Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #125: Your Comfort Movie



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This week's Thursday Movie is Your Comfort Movie

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Your comfort movie - the kind you can watch over and over again and never grow tired of them and lift your spirits when you're feeling blue. I have a quite a few so here's 3 of them.

Stardust (2007)
Absolutely love this movie! I'd say this is a fairy tale for adults, I don't think kids would get much of the humour. Anyway it's such a magical, charming and funny movie; it just makes me happy and I love the score as well. The gist of the story is a young man goes on a journey into a magical world to catch a fallen star for the girl he loves. But he isn't the only one looking for the star: three witches and ruthless princes want the star as well.

Love Actually (2003)
I think everyone would have seen or at least have heard of Love Actually by now. It's the movie that gets played quite a bit during this festive season. You either love it or hate it; I love it! It makes me laugh and cry, I just think it has a lot of heart.

A Little Romance (1979)
I've picked this movie before in the early days of TMP; it's picked again today because I think it's quite a forgotten gem having fallen through the cracks of time and it is one of my favorite movies that I revisit from time to time. It's also one of those movies that I think could do what the Before (Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight) series did, exploring what happens to the characters years or in this case decades later - I would just just love to see it. Anyway...A Little Romance is about two young intellectual teens (I think they're 13), an American girl (a young Diane Lane) and a French boy, who meet in the Palace of Versailles. They become fast friends and soon realise they are probably each others soulmates. When the girl learns her family is moving back to the US, they both run away to Venice to the Bridge of Sigh because legend say that the couple that share a kiss underneath it will be granted eternal love and bliss. The kids are adorable and the movie is just so so charming, shot against some very historic and scenic places in Europe.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #124: Western



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This week's Thursday Movie is Western (Suggested by Birgit)

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Ahh...Westerns...definitely not my genre, which is why it probably took Birgit to suggest to finally become a theme on TMP  but I have seen a few; mostly the newer ones. My picks today are the ones I like.

Slow West (2015)
One of my most recent watch. It's sort of a quirky poetic fish-out-of-water story set in the American West. The scenery in this was just very beautiful, the music too and I just overall really enjoyed the movie. The gist of it is a Scottish teen goes on a journey to find the girl he loves who is, with her father, on the run and has come to the West to hide out. Along the way the boy meets a mysterious man whom he pays to guide him as the journey begins to become more and more dangerous.

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
A rancher takes up the dangerous job of escorting an outlaw to the 3:10 to Yuma train. It has been a quite a while since I've seen this, so my memory of it is hazy, but I do remember liking it a lot.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Another one that I haven't seen in a long time, but yeah I think it's as great as everyone says it is. In short it's a buddy movie of two robbers trying to escape from the law..

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #123: Movies based on a TV Series



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This week's Thursday Movie is Movies based on a TV Series

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Here's a fun theme. I love watching TV just as much as movies so it's always interesting to see if a successful tv series can be made into a movie. My picks today are 2 that I like and the third is one where it totally didn't work.

21 Jump Street (2012)
I thought the idea of a movie remake of 21 Jump Street was so dumb. I wasn't super familiar with the TV series, but from what I understand it was a drama. So thinking the remake would similarly be a drama I just thought the premise sounds too dated for this decade. But nope, the movie is comedy and it was great. They had a lot of fun with the basic premise of young-ish  (but not so young-ish) cops having to go undercover as high school students.

Mission: Impossible (1996-
Have not seen this TV series too and had never really cared for the movies as well; but after seeing how great Ghost Protocol was, I checked out the 3rd one and have now also seen Rogue Nation. As action films, they're probably one of the best. In terms of story, they have convoluted plots that I've given up following which I suspect are all really dumb anyway. So just watch it for the amazing stunts, gadgetry and impossible situations.

Bewitched (2005)
The bad apple of today's picks. I love the TV series and had look forward to the movie. Unfortunately it was terrible. I just don't understand why they just didn't do a straight up remake.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #122: Movies about Addiction



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies about Addiction (Suggested by Wendell)

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This week's theme is a suggestion from Wendell@DellonMovies. It's a tough topic for me; not that I can't think of any, just that I can't say I really like them much. Still I'm going with the 3 that I suppose I like better than the rest.

Smashed (2012)
In a lot of movies, the person with the addiction is like the only screw up. I think the most interesting part in this one is that the people in the lead character's life are pretty much functional alcoholics too; so much so that she doesn't, nor does anyone else, realise her alcoholism has gotten really bad until it's put her in embarrassing and dangerous situations.

Flight (2012)
Has a premise that is sort of like Sully, but it's not a true story and with the alcoholism bit.

Trainspotting (1996)
I really don't remember much of this. I think there was a freaky hallucination scene of a baby crawling around or was that in Requiem of a Dream? Anyway, there is a sequel coming up, so I guess I'll be seeing this again before watching the new one.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #121: Non-English Language Movies - Middle Eastern Language Movies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Non-English Language Movies - Middle Eastern Language Movies

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This week is challenging for me. I don't have a lot choices to pick from and 90% of the ones I've seen are Iranian so all my picks to day will be Iranian movies and they're definitely gems.

A Separation (2011)
Such a great movie. A married couple have differing views on where to raise their daughter. The husband wants to stay in Iran so that he can also care for his father who has Alzheimer while the wife wants to move to another country for better opportunities for their daughter. Caught in the middle is the daughter, and the last scene was just very sad because throughout the movie we see that they are pretty loving family; it's that one thing that forces them apart.

Baran (2001)
Set in Iran, a Turkish boy is resentful of the new Afghan boy at the construction site he works at as the boy gets to do the lighter tasks. However, when he discovers the boy is actually a girl, he begins to understand the hardship she goes through and falling in love with her, he tries to help her in any way he can. A lovely story of unselfish love that is definitely not like the typical teen love story.

Children of Heaven (1997)
A brother loses his sister's shoes, and not wanting to trouble their parents, they cope with the lost shoes by sharing the only pair they have left, the brother's, between them. The movie and the kids are just sweet, charming and full innocence.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #120: Halloween Edition - Epidemic/Pandemic/Outbreak


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition -  Epidemic/Pandemic/Outbreak

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 6 - Halloween Edition: Witches/Warlock
October 13 - Halloween Edition:  Creature/Monster Features (NO Aliens/Vampires/Zombies/Werewolves) (Example of Creature/Monsters: Cujo)
October 20 - Halloween Edition: Science Fiction Horror
October 27 - Halloween Edition: Epidemic/Pandemic/Outbreak

Ahh...it's last week of October. I hope you had a fun one and discovered some good new scary movies to watch.
  

28 Days Later (2002)
Absolutely love this movie! Great story, great music and just really really scary. I think this was the first zombie-ish movie I ever saw and what a movie to start with.

Contagion (2011)
Scary because it sorta looked like SARS (which did happen here) even with the way it was spread globally. The movie does up the mysterious epidemic several notches with what looks like a worst mortality rate so yeah very very scary but at least we can console ourselves that one of this magnitude didn't happen and yet look how easily and quickly it could.

Carriers (2009)
Two brothers and their friends are on the road to go to their childhood vacation spot to escape a mysterious outbreak that has seemingly left the world quite deserted. It has been a few years since I saw this but I remember liking it. It's like a low key version of Zombieland, that's not a comedy and wasn't quite a zombie outbreak (I think people got rapidly sick but linger for some time) but has a more disastrous consequence for a few of the main characters.

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So that's it...my three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #119: Halloween Edition - Science Fiction Horror


Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each.For further details visit the series main page here.


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition -  Science Fiction Horror

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 6 - Halloween Edition: Witches/Warlock
October 13 - Halloween Edition:  Creature/Monster Features (NO Aliens/Vampires/Zombies/Werewolves) (Example of Creature/Monsters: Cujo)
October 20 - Halloween Edition: Science Fiction Horror
October 27 - Halloween Edition: Epidemic/Pandemic/Outbreak

Black Mirror 3rd season will be out this week, so it's the perfect time for a science fiction horror theme.
  

Ex Machina (2015)
A young programmer is invited to a remote facility to participate in a psychological test with an android. I love that we're constantly trying to make out what and who exactly is being tested.

Daybreakers (2009)
Set in the near future, vampires have become the dominant race and are trying to find a solution to their food supply problem as the human race is on the brink of extinction. While the movie doesn't have a great last act, it does create an imaginative future vampire world - like how does a vampire walk about or drive around town during the day?

The Fly (1986)
I'm struggling to find a third pick so I'm just going with this, The Fly, which I haven't watch in ages and probably never will again. I saw it as a kid; this and Alien totally freaked me out.


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So that's it...my three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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