Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #145: A Disappearance



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Disappearance

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Today's a mix bag of a newer watch and two old favorites.

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
The disappearance of her mother hangs over a teenage girl's life until she confronts the suspicious events surrounding it. This is one of my newer watch. It's a little weird and trippy, but interesting.

In My Father's Den (2004)
A man returns to his hometown after his father's death and befriends his ex-girlfriend's teenage daughter. When the girl disappears, he becomes a suspect. An old favourite that I have often picked and it's here again. It's such a good movie, but I think it's become quite a forgotten little gem.
 
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
A few girls and a teacher disappear after a picnic at Hanging Rock. Guess what? This is being readapted into a mini series with Natalie Dormer as the headmistress. So this is probably a good time to check out the excellent 1975 movie or read the book. Then afterwards read the theories about the mystery or if you can get that secret chapter that was published separately posthumously...which I have yet to read but wonder if they'll include in the new adaptation

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #144: Rivalry



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Rivalry

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Relying on some old previous picks that make perfect rivalry movies.

The Prestige (2006)
Two rival magicians continually try to put up the better show and sabotage each other. I think this is going to be a popular pick today, it is certainly one of my favorite movies.

Death Becomes Her (1992)
Two women try to outdo each other in love and beauty. Haven't seen this in ages, but remember it to be very funny.
 
Mean Girls (2004) 
Two girls sabotage each other as they vie for queen bee status. I think it's one of the best teen comedies. 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #143: Cars/Racing



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Cars/Racing

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My picks today are from least to most liked.

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The movie that inspired today's theme. I actually saw this in the theaters way back in 2001 and it's so not my type of movie, which is why I think I've only watched one of it's sequel. But apparently the movies get better and the franchise is still going strong.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Again so not my type of movie. Don't care for the plot, I mean it's so thin anyway right, but great action and just a visual spectacle.

Drive (2011)
The only one out the three that I actually love. The Driver, yep the protagonist is an unnamed driver, is just so confident in his driving and everything else that he does.
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #142: TMP Television Edition - Period Drama



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

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If you've read my blog for some time, you may know that I love period dramas, so finally I get to talk TV period dramas. I'm going to do two theme within a theme just because there are so many good ones, and it's such an impossible task to narrow down to so few, so bear with me because today will be a long post.

Based on a Book

Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Based on the Jane Austen novel. While I do enjoy the 2005 movie, I think I love this TV adaptation more. Being longer it gets more of the book in and it just feels less glossy/prettied up. Now if you've never seen a period drama or unfamiliar with Jane Austen, start with this one. It's pretty light and is full of Austen's sharp humour.
 
North & South (2004)
Based on the Elizabeth Gaskell novel. If you love Pride and Prejudice, you have to check this one out (Thornton might be your new Darcy)! It's a great romantic drama that is sort of like Pride and Prejudice; the guy is proud, the girl is prejudiced. However it's set several decades later in England during the industrial revolution, featuring class struggles and the issues facing the working class, so the tone is darker. Despite the bleakness, it is such a beautiful miniseries; great score and those scenes with the cotton, like snow, floating in the mill were just ironically gorgeous.

Jane Eyre (2006)
Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë. If you feel the different movie adaptations feel condensed, this is an excellent TV adaptation to check out. Both leads are great, especially Ruth Wilson who I think does well with silent scenes that's just the small expressions on her face. They tend to do a TV adaptation of Jane Eyre every decade, so I think we are probably due one soon.

Little Dorrit (2008)
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. It has the usual interlinking stories that is common in Dickens books (at least the ones I'm familiar with), but overall I found this is just a very charming drama and Claire Foy was just really good in this one.

Emma (2009)
Based on the Jane Austen novel. Probably the best Emma adaptation, other than Clueless. Emma usually has the best intentions but goes about it the wrong way because she's young and a little ermm...clueless...anyway it's a light and funny watch that makes me happy.


Based on Real Events/Characters 

Peaky Blinders (2013 -)
So very very loosely based on a real gang, that is a youth gang in the late 19th century Birmingham. I don't think the series actually depicts any of the real members. Instead it follows, I assume, the fictional Shelby family as they run their legitimate and criminal business. Anyway I found the series to be a very well made fast paced drama that manages to marry rock music well with the early 20th century setting. Cillian Murphy plays the leader of the family and he is soo good in this. 

Boardwalk Empire  (2010-2014)
Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s Atlantic City featuring some real life gangsters in, I assume, mostly fictional storylines. Have only seen the first two seasons or so, really like it and hope to pick up again soon. I actually saw it before Peaky Blinders and when I did see Peaky Blinders, I thought wouldn't it be great if Boardwalk Empire was still on air and there was a crossover episode. 

Black Sails (2014 -)
It's actually a prequel of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, so it's fictional but it also features several real life characters in fictional roles which is sort of awesome. I love naval period dramas, so I am really enjoying this. 

Wolf Hall (2015 -)
Love historical dramas and the Tudor period is just fascinating. This one is from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell during his time at Henry VIII's court and I think this mini series is probably the best depiction of the time and place...not that I'm a historian and can say for sure, but I definitely notice it's effort; it looked like it shot on location for most of the scenes, it burned a lot of candles, used music that seemed to be from the time and the actors all stood and carried themselves like in the Holbein paintings. Also good performance all round especially Mark Rylance and Claire Foy. 

The Crown (2016 -
It's that Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Was a little unsure about it since Netflix tend to do more contemporary things and not period/historical dramas. Anyway, so glad this turned out to be good. Incredibly well made and can't wait for season 2.
 
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #141: The Underdog



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Underdog

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It seems a lot of movies about underdogs are family friendly movies...I guess because the whole perseverance thing. Anyway here are some underdog movies from my childhood.

Cool Runnings (1993)
Haven't seen this in ages, but I remembered it being funny. My school used to play us movies after exams, and I'm pretty sure this was one of those.

The Mighty Ducks (1992-1996)
Love the Mighty Ducks series growing up. The kids were cute and it seemed to be so much fun to be  a part of a team.

The Karate Kid (1984)
Hmm...I'm not sure I saw all of them. I think it was only 1,2 and 4. I definitely did not see the last one with Jaden Smith which just sounds like the dumbest thing naming it Karate Kid when it's Kung Fu.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #140: Ancient World (3600 BC – 500 AD)



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Ancient World (3600 BC – 500 AD)

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I'm a big fan of period dramas, but the ancient world is not particularly a period I like for movies. That said here are the ones I like.

Gladiator (2000)
I've picked this before for some other theme. I was actually quite surprised that I liked it the first time I saw it. The performances here are great, both Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix who played an incredible hateable, as well as the score.
 
300 (2006)
Great action and visually stunning.

Centurion (2010)
A small group of Roman soldiers, survivors of a guerrilla attack, try to get back into the safety of Roman territory. It's a pretty great action movie and has a couple of actors I like in it as well.

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