Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #410: Mazes



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Mazes

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I thought that this week would be hard to pick, but actually it was quite easy after thinking about it a little. Here are the ones I like.

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Well it's in the title plus it is a favourite of mine which I have picked many times before for other themes. In the movie, Ofelia follows a supernatural winged creature to the forest where there's a maze. She goes through it and down a spiral staircase and meets Pan.

The Guest (2014)
The movie was such a surprise. This was not a role that I had ever thought to see Dan Stevens in, all I had seen him in before was as middle/upper class British guys, but he really transformed into this fit lethal American soldier oozing Southern charm and he was soo good in it. Anyway at the end of the movie, the characters go through this fairground style haunted house type of maze.


The Night House (2021)
I can't decide if I like this movie. I think there are quite a number of holes in it, but I did find it super creepy and weird. So the maze in the movie is a house the main character's dead husband built that has a maze like design because he wants to confound a demon.
 

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #409: Actors who are Real Life Family Playing Same Family Role in Movies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Actors who are Real Life Family Playing Same Family Role in Movies

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I'm picking the three that immediately came to mind. And these are all first time picks.

Say Anything (1989)
Brother and sister John and Joan Cusack playing siblings in Say Anything. Both have been co-stars in multiple films though not all of them as siblings. This is a popular 80's teen movie, but I thought it was just ok.

Donnie Darko (2001)
Brother and sister Jake and Maggie Gyllenhall playing siblings. This was super dark and weird but I think I liked it when I saw it. I haven't seen it a long time so I wonder what I think of it now. 


Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Mother and daughter Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer playing a mother and her daughter. This movie has such a low rating on IMDB but I enjoyed it. Streep tends to star in more Oscar baity movies so this was a nice turn; a more family dramedy sort of flick about an aging musician who never became famous and trying to reconnect with her family.
 

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #408: Cinephiles in Movies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Cinephiles in Movies

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I thought this would be a fun theme for us movie fans, seeing other movie fans on the screens. Here are the three I immediately thought of.

A Little Romance (1979)
Love, love, love. I'm a big fan of this movie...it is so charming and I have picked it for various TMP themes before. The main boy character in A Little Romance is a cinephile; he hangs out at movie theaters. The movie also has this adorable meet cute of the boy and the main girl character in which he makes a movie related reference in his pick up line. 

Scream (1996)
Scream of course pays homage to horror films that came before it and it has a scene where the teen characters list the rules of horror films...those teens know their horror movies.


Super 8 (2011)
A couple of teens make their own zombie movie during their summer vacation, that aspect is cute and endearing and I like the late 70s early 80s sense of nostalgia. However as much as I wanted to love this one, I don't think it manages to be that kinda kid friendship/adventure movie, like the The Goonies, ET, etc, that one revisits again and again.
 

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #407: TMP Television Edition - Royalty



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition -  Royalty

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I'm posting this quite late. I'm also going for a theme within a theme....The Tudors

The White Queen (2013) and The White Princess (2017)
These (and The Spanish Princess) are part of an anthology TV series all adaptations of historical fiction book series The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels by Phillipa Gregory; each season focusing on one prominent woman in the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasty. These two seasons takes place during the War of the Roses which is the war between the two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty, the Yorks and the Lancasters and followed Elizabeth Woodville, the queen and her daughter Elizabeth of York, the princess who would later marry Henry Tudor (Henry VII), founder of the Tudor dynasty. I found the series a little on the soapy side, a little too glossy and not much grit but it was still an entertaining series. So I do still want to watch The Spanish Princess (2019-2020) which follows Katherine of Aragorn who became the first (out of 6) wife of Henry VIII.

The Tudors (2007 - 2010)
Follows the exploits of Henry VIII from the House of Tudor. Jonathan Rhys Meyer plays Henry VIII and I thought he so did not match the king's physical size. During the period of time the series is mostly set, Henry VIII was supposedly growing fatter and fatter and was described as obese by the time he died while Meyers is slim and stayed so throughout the series. I don’t think he even wore a fat suit; he basically just wore bigger layered costumes of velvet and brocade. However, I do think he has a very sleazy rakish look to him so I think in that regard it makes him good for the king and his womanizing ways, he had 6 wives afterall, two of which he executed to make way for new ones. I would say overall the series is light on history but still very entertaining and is quite raunchy (which is why they kept Henry VIII slim probably).
 
Wolf Hall (2015)
This is an adaptation of Hillary Mantel’s books Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, both of which won the Booker prize. It follows Thomas Cromwell during his time at Henry VIII’s court. They have really good actors in the major roles: Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damien Lewis as Henry VIII and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. It also had high production value and just looked and sounded great. I had read somewhere that they only shot with candles and natural lighting to get a more authentic look and it showed; it looked great and very different from a lot of other period dramas. I also really like how the show sounded like the sound of footfalls when the characters walk the hall and then there was the score, which sounded like the type of music that was true to that period played on instruments from that period. So of the three TV series, I think this is the best and if you like Tudor period movies like Anne of a Thousand Days and A Man for All Seasons I would highly recommend this.
 
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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #406: Environmental Wrongs/ Disasters



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Environmental Wrongs/ Disasters (not a natural disaster, so something like Chernobyl)

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This is a quick one. Picking the three that came to mind first.

Erin Brockovich (2000)
This movie was big when it came out and Julia Roberts won an Oscar for playing a legal assistant for a firm fighting a company involved in water pollution. The movie was just okay for me.

The East (2013)
A woman is tasked to infiltrate an environmental activist anarchist group serving their own justice for ecological crimes. Of the three picks today, this is the one I like the most. It's a very interesting crime thriller. If you like Brit Marling's work like The OA, Sound of My Voice and Another Earth, I'd recommend The East as well, it is also one she that co-wrote.

Mother! (2017)
Jennifer Lawrence plays a mother, the stand in for mother earth, and her life/world is disrupted and destroyed by unexpected guests and intruders and violence...basically the other characters represent mankind the cause of the environmental wrongs. I really really dislike this movie. It's just manic and pretentiously nonsensical.

 
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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #405: Psychics and Mediums



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Psychics and Mediums

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****So if you participated last week, you've realized there was a mistake in the final schedule, which I fixed. But guess what? ThePunkTheory spotted another mistake. An extra theme in November. Ahhh. I guess the root of all the mistakes is that I had used the 2021 schedule as a template and I think April had 5 Thursdays in 2021 and that jumbled everything up when I was doing the 2022 schedule and I somehow thought 30 November 2022 is a Thursday. Anyway I've removed the second extra theme.  Please refer to the newly edited schedule here. Hopefully that is the final mistake. ****
 
Here are my most recent watches.

Doctor Sleep (2019)
This is a sequel to The Shining (which I am not really a fan of). I think I like Doctor Sleep more, at least the first two thirds of it before the story had the characters go to the hotel. I just felt the whole hotel thing was just there to make the connection between the two movies clear and that it was a sequel.

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
This is a prequel of the 2014 movie Ouija and I think it is the better movie. Quite a sad one too about a family haunted by evil spirits. If you like The Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor and Midnight Mass, well this was made by the same people and has some of the same actors, so you might want to check it out.

Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
This is a very charming very talky type movie, the type you’d expect from a Woody Allen movie.

 
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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #404: Diary/Journal



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Diary/Journal

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****So I've noticed there is a mistake in the final schedule. I had listed on April 1st - Diary/Journal (which is not a Thursday) and April 7th - Psychic and Mediums. So if you were going just by order of themes and not by date when you looked through the schedule, then you would have done the Diary/Journal theme for today (like me). So I'm just going to keep it simple. If you have done Diary/Journal today, then on April 14th do Psychic and Mediums. If you did Psychic and Mediums today then do Diary/Journal on the April 14th. Combat Sports which was previously for April 14th is now on December 1st, so please refer to the newly edited schedule here. Hopefully no more mistakes. ****

I'm avoiding those that have diary or journal in their title because that is just too easy. Here are the ones I like:

Cruel Intentions (1999)
This is a fun classic 90's teen movie about a couple of spoiled rich teens playing a game of seduction. Sebastian one of the main characters, if you remember, writes a journal and it would later be used to bring the downfall of his stepsister.

I Capture the Castle (2003)
Based on one of my favourite books this is a charming adaptation that I love. The story is told from a journal the main character writes and so in the movie she is often seen scribbling away. The movie like the book closes with the last lines from her journal, though they changed the words a little. 

Gone Girl (2014)
The domestic thriller that every other domestic thriller wants to be. Amy, the gone girl, had been writing a diary the contents of which makes her husband look like he had a hand in her disappearance.

 
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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #403: TMP Television Edition - Family Comedies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition -  Family Comedies

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I'm just picking half hour family comedies and the ones that immediately came to mind.

Schitt's Creek (2015-2020)
This got added to Netflix this year so I just started watching and I'm about halfway through and am enjoying it. I find the adult children who are still very childish funny.

Arrested Development (2003 - 2019)
I have only seen the original seasons and not the 2 season revival that came out a few years ago. Anyway I really like the original seasons. I had back then not seen anything like it as a half hour comedy; it was full of sarcasm and dark humour.
 
8 Simple Rules (2002 - 2006)
This was a pretty funny family comedy back in the early 2000s. What made me remember this after all these years is that it was the first show I had seen where the main actor, John Ritter who plays the father, passed away when they were still filming the series. It was actually very early in the second season so the writers had to write his death into the series...what a turn because it is a comedy and they had to do the "goodbye" episodes that show the bleaker aspect of life and have this fictional family deal with their husband/father's death; as far as I remembered it was decently done.
 
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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #402: Gaslighting



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Gaslighting

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I'm picking the ones I like.

The Invisible Man (2020)
A woman believes her abusive ex husband's death is a hoax and that he is still tormenting her. I've picked this a couple of times before because I really enjoyed it and this theme was also inspired by it.

Unsane (2018)
A woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she soon alleges that one of its employees is her stalker. The movie has this nightmarish claustrophobic look to it which I thought effectively brings the main character's predicament to life.

What Lies Beneath (2000)
A woman believes her home is haunted. I saw this 20 years ago and decided to rewatch it last year. I still think it is a pretty good ghost movie/thriller.

 
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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #401: Movies with a Body Part in the Title



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies with a Body Part in the Title

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This theme is suggested by Brittani. This is quite an easy one, there are plenty of movies using a body part in the title. I'm picking the ones I like.

Jaws (1975)
I finally saw it in full two years ago. It was good. I’ve never really found the idea of sharks in the water scary, because I mean just stay away from shark infested waters right? So what I did like more was the first half where it was more of town drama; the town is trying to figure out what to do, fearing the news of sharks would affect the local economy that is dependent on summer vacationers.

The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
A month ago we did a second chance love theme where the characters usually at a later age have a second chance at love. This movie is a little different, these are middle age nerdy characters who never found love when they were younger and finally do find their person now. It’s sweet and funny; I really enjoyed it.

Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
I’ve picked this before. It’s about an older man who reflects on a particular summer of his childhood with his friends when an elderly man with mysterious skills enter their lives. Several of Stephen Kings adaptations are about nostalgic trips down childhood memories, this is similarly so and I enjoyed this more than others like IT and Stand By Me.

 
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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #400: Falsely Accused



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Falsely Accused

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Today is TMP's 400th edition and it is a suggestion by Getter. This is quite an easy one since there are quite a number of crime thrillers with this type of plot. Here are my 3 most recent watches.

Eagle Eye (2008)
I avoided this when it came out because Shia LaBeouf was also in Transformers and this to me seemed too similar; just mindless action with a lot of exploding things. So I finally saw this last year and it was ok. The action was decent but I didn’t really care for the plot, it was so silly.

The Invisible Man (2020)
The being falsely accused of a crime thing isn’t really the central plot of the movie, but it is what happen to the main character about halfway through and because of it she is remanded to a psychiatric hospital. I really like this movie. I like how they turn the story, based on HG Wells Invisible Man, into one of domestic abuse and gaslighting where victims of such often continue to be haunted by the trauma they’ve experienced.
 
Next Three Days (2010)
Found this on Netflix last year. I don’t think I was aware of the movie before then. It’s a pretty good thriller. In short it’s about a man attempting a prison break for his wife whom he believed was falsely accused of murder. This is actually a remake of a French movie which I would like to see as well.

 
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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #399: A Dig



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Dig

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I'm going with my 3 most recent seen "Dig" movies and honestly there are very few movies that are about archeological digs. Most tend to be about an archeologist running around in some treasure adventure. So the ones I pick all have at least have some dig scenes.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
I saw this when I was little but remember none of it so I rewatched it a few years back. I know this is a well loved movie but I thought it was just ok. The archeological dig is more of the Nazi's stealing the artifacts for themselves and serve as a backdrop for Indiana Jones to save the day...or stealing it for the Americans?

The Mummy (2017)`
There is some sort of dig site at the start of the movie and the leading lady in this is an archeologist but it's not really about an archeological dig...like I said before, this like most movies is an adventure movie and not a very good one. Pretty boring and a total flop. It was supposed to launch Universal's monster series of movies and I don't think that's happening anymore. 
 
The Dig (2021)
This is based on a real archeological dig in England. I have no idea how accurate the movie is to the real story of the excavation of Sutton Hoo but this movie is the only one I've ever seen that really is about a dig rather than some background scene for an adventure story. So it is interesting in that regard.

 
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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #398: Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Workplace Romance


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Workplace Romance

 

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Hey it's February and it's time for the Romance Tropes Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month. 
 
February 3 - Romance Tropes Edition: Enemies to Lovers
February 10 - Romance Tropes Edition: Famous Person and Non-Famous Person Romance
February 17 - Romance Tropes Edition: Second Chance Love
February 24 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Workplace Romance
 

This is the last of the Romance Tropes Edition, I hope you've enjoyed it. Today's theme isn't that hard. Almost every workplace series has some romantic relationship in it. My picks are some of my favourite series and I do enjoy the romantic side stories, though I would say for most of them not much romantic stuff actually happens especially with the series that are still ongoing. One of the characters is usually unavailable, they are either engaged or married and even when they eventually get divorced or their spouse dies from a disease, the characters still don't get together (yet for the ongoing series) because even though it's clear they have great affection for one another they're afraid it will destroy their friendship.
 
Superstore (2015 - 2021)
I love this series. It is so much fun. The employees at this store are just so wacky so it's very funny. I haven't seen the final season and the last one I saw, the characters were still in the friendzone, but I've always love the banter between both of them and they've been tiptoeing around the prospect of something more between them for a very long time.

C.B. Strike (2017 - )
This is one of my favourite new crime TV series based on JK Rowling's books. The two main characters are a private detective and his assistant. There's clearly something there between them but neither crosses the line. He is her boss, who just ended a long relationship, and she is engaged though her fiance is a shit and there were moments that it seemed she was going to call off the wedding. I do hope the two of them would get together eventually.
 
The Chair (2021 -)
I picked this a month ago for 2021 Freshmen Series. This was a fun comedy too. Sandra Oh plays the new chair of an English department who has a major crush on her best friend at work and everyone at work knows this though I'm not entirely sure if it had been reciprocated then, because he was married. But his wife has since died and he is coming out of I think a year long depression over her death so even though I think they eventually share a kiss in one of the episodes they still seem more in the friendzone but if we get a new season, their relationship might evolve.
 
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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #397: Romance Tropes Edition - Second Chance Love


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Romance Tropes Edition - Second Chance Love

 

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Hey it's February and it's time for the Romance Tropes Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month. 
 
February 3 - Romance Tropes Edition: Enemies to Lovers
February 10 - Romance Tropes Edition: Famous Person and Non-Famous Person Romance
February 17 - Romance Tropes Edition: Second Chance Love
February 24 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Workplace Romance
 
 

I love the Second Chance Love trope. I think it's because the characters are older, they have more life experiences with a lot more baggage and they are also more reflective as well as the romance is no longer puppy love, it's more serious with more at stake. There are at least two sub themes I could go with, with this theme. I could do a theme where someone has gone through a failed relationship or lost someone, and now just when they thought the romance ship has sailed for them, they meet someone new and has a second chance at love. Or the other theme is ex lovers meeting again after years apart and have their second chance at love. My picks today will be the latter because I enjoy their stories more as the characters have more history with each other; a lot of unspoken things and hurt feelings between them which all makes for good drama.
 
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
The Gist: After seven years of separation, a woman returns to her home town to get a divorce from her husband. Saw this when it was released and saw it again about a year or two ago because I had forgotten how the movie went. It is not a favourite, but I did enjoy it. I was quite funny and the two leads had some entertaining banter.

Before Sunset (2004)
The Gist: Nine years after a romantic chance encounter, two people meet again while the other is on a book tour. I've picked this countless times before because I love this movie. Before Sunset is one of the best just-people-talking movie ever. And the two actors are great in portraying these two people who are meeting again after so long and who are still clearly (to the audience) attracted to each other but sort of trying to not show their interest to early for fear the other is not as interested.
 
Persuasion (2007)
The Gist: 8 years ago, Anne was persuaded by family and friends to reject Wentworth's proposal of marriage as he was of a lower class and was an undistinguished naval officer with little money. Now years later their paths cross. He has a shining naval career and is now a wealthy man while her family has become one those cash poor gentry. I love Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice because it's a fun romantic comedy, but if you're looking at just romance...Persuasion is it. It is this lovely aching romantic tale of second chances and enduring love and this TV movie adaptation of it is wonderful. Sally Hawkins was just amazing as the lead character Anne; those scenes where Anne is both excited and anxious to see Wentworth again after so long because she fears that not only does he no longer have any affection for her, but that he might hate her for rejecting him, was performed so well. Also there's that letter that Wentworth sends to Anne at the end (is that letter not the most swoonworthy letter ever - you can read the letter here) and the reaction from Anne...just a great closing. By the way there's two new Persuasion adaptations in production. One is by Netflix with Dakota Johnson as Anne which has completed filming while the other is still in development with Sarah Snook attached to star.
 
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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #396: Romance Tropes Edition - Famous Person and Non-Famous Person Romance


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Romance Tropes Edition - Famous Person and Non-Famous Person Romance
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Hey it's February and it's time for the Romance Tropes Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month. 
 
February 3 - Romance Tropes Edition: Enemies to Lovers
February 10 - Romance Tropes Edition: Famous Person and Non-Famous Person Romance
February 17 - Romance Tropes Edition: Second Chance Love
February 24 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Workplace Romance
 
 

I'm doing a theme within a theme and I don't think I've ever picked any of these movies before for previous themes.
 
Rock Star (2001)
I haven't seen this in like 20 years but I remember liking it. The gist is Wahlberg plays a guy playing in a tribute band when he gets scouted to replace the lead of a popular metal band and he now has to navigate his life and romantic relationship through his new rock star status. The whole rock star thing with Wahlberg playing a guy in one of those 90s long stringy hair rock band was fun and funny.

Music and Lyrics (2007)
Hugh Grant plays a man famous for being in a popular Wham-like band in the 80s, who is now a songwriter and has been paired with a lyricist to write a hit song for a pop princess. I don't really care much for the romance aspect of the story, but I thought the whole ex-80s pop star thing as well as them having to write for a Britney-like teen star was a lot of fun.
 
Beyond the Lights (2014)
I don't remember much of the romance aspect, but I think it was ok. What I did like was the scenes of  Gugu Mbatha-Raw being this pop star character and the story of her buckling under the pressure. Minnie Driver also plays the character's rather young mother who is the momager and has a lot of control over her life/career...both of the actors were great on screen together.
 
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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #395: Romance Tropes Edition - Enemies to Lovers


Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Romance Tropes Edition - Enemies to Lovers

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Hey it's February and it's time for the Romance Tropes Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month. 
 
February 3 - Romance Tropes Edition: Enemies to Lovers
February 10 - Romance Tropes Edition: Famous Person and Non-Famous Person Romance
February 17 - Romance Tropes Edition: Second Chance Love
February 24 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Workplace Romance
 
 

Today is the start of the Romance Tropes Edition which will run the whole of February. This is the second year I'm running this annual special edition. The Romance Tropes Edition, if you weren't here last year is very much inspired by the sub-genres and popular tropes in the romance novels I've read and today's theme is a very popular trope in the world of romance. Here are the movies that immediately came to mind:

Pride & Prejudice (2005)
The best thing about the Enemies to Lovers trope is the banter between people who thinks they hate each other but secretly like each other and Pride and Prejudice is a classic, the original romantic comedy. Now while Darcy is socially awkward and rather tongue tied, Elizabeth makes up for it with all her quick witted responses to everyone...she has the best lines.Even though this isn't my most favourite adaptation (the 1995 mini-series is) this is still good.
 
Leap Year (2010)
A naive misguided romantic meets a surly innkeeper and they sort of reluctantly travel together across Ireland. I really enjoyed Leap Year; it is a super cute fish-out-of-water travel movie.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
One of the best teen romantic comedies. There's a lot of fun banter between the leads...like I think every time Kat rebuffs Patrick's advances.
 
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