Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #166: Financial World



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Financial World

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I'm going sans computer today so it will have to be another short post. Plus today is one of those what-was-I-thinking sort of theme. I have only watched 3 movies about the financial world so here they all are.

Wall Street (1987)
I remember nothing other than yeah it was an entertaining movie. Question - is the sequel worth a watch?
 
Margin Call (2011)
It follows an investment bank in a 24 hour period as they realise their assets are junk and tries to quickly sell them off before the rest of the world finds it too. Like it's so terrible...a lot of people made a lot of money selling junk. Anyway the movie was really good.

Big Short (2015)
It attempts to tell a story and explain the financial crisis to a layperson...which it does decently I think.


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #165: Animated Films Geared Towards Adults



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Animated Films Geared Towards Adults [Suggested by Brittani Burnham]

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Today's theme is a suggestion from Brittani. I don't watch a lot of animated films so this is a tough week for me so I'm going to do a real quick one.

Persepolis (2007)
If you've read the graphic novel and like it, you'll probably like the movie too, it looks very much like the novel.
 
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
I don't remember much of the story other than I like it and that it is very Wes Anderson in it's quirkiness. If you like his movies, you'll probably like this one too.
 
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Another stop motion animation and it's also a musical. I love how it looks and the songs in this are pretty awesome as well.


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #164: TMP Television Edition - High School



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

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I still do enjoy high school series, they're light and fun and offers a break from some of the more gloomy serious dramas. Here are the ones I like past and present.

Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
This was probably the first high school series I saw. I was very very young when I saw this, but I do remember liking it a lot. I actually didn't know it was on air for so long, I think I only saw it up until the end of high-school for the major characters.
 
The O.C. (2003–2007)
I love love the O.C. I saw the first season again recently, yes its soapy but I still love it. It was the series that introduced me to the San Diego Comic Con, and a few years later the con became this huge media machine. I also think it's the high-school series with the best soundtrack. I you haven't listened yet, go check it out on Spotify. ♫ C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A here we come !!!
 
Gossip Girl (2007–2012)
Totally soapy, but soo fun. Also geek me love that all its episode titles, other than the pilot, are fun twist on movie titles.

Degrassi: Next Class (2016 – )
I've never seen the other Degrassi series other than this new spinoff which is on Netflix and I really like it. It feels very current with its story lines, decent acting and has the most diverse cast than any of the high school series I've ever seen.

Riverdale (2017– )
While I don't love love it, I like that they took the Archie comic that we know and made it into small town mystery that's moody and gloomy. I just wish it's a little better written and performed. However, the mystery is interesting enough so I will keep on watching.

Bonus

Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)  
I saw this again recently and it's such a pity that it was canceled just after one season because I think it really is one the best high school series. It's 80's setting was fun and the show itself is often very funny.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #163: The Stage



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Stage

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I thought this week was the last week of the month and was preparing a list of TV shows to pick, but nope, this month is a 5 week month, so it's still a movie pick and it's The Stage.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
I've picked this a few times before for other themes because I love love this movie! Set in the late 19th century it's a musical about a writer and courtesan falling in love at the Moulin Rouge as they work on a musical together.
 
Anna Karenina (2012)
I didn't love the movie, but I appreciated the way it was presented which was like a stage play. Most of the scenes take place indoors in like a theater, making full use of it so we'd see the actors act on the stage as well as the auditorium area. Doors would open to a new area of the theater or props would move around to introduce a new scene and setting; it's pretty amazing to look at, how the story flows from one scene to the next.
 
Black Swan (2010)
I've never seen an actual ballet performances before so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought the Swan Lake scenes the short one at the start and the one at the end was just so beautiful. In the middle of that we follow Nina, the lead ballerina as she struggles with her sanity where her own life becomes a sort of manifestation of Swan Lake.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
I didn't love it the first time I saw it, however the second time I sort of do. They probably could have gone with an actor with a more stronger commanding voice for the Phantom, but Gerard Butler wasn't bad, certainly not like Russell Crowe in Les Misérables. My favourite scene is probably the masquerade where they had this gorgeous lavish sequence of finely dressed people all dancing.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #162: Rescue



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Rescue

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This week's theme is Rescue. Hard week for picks today, so I'm just gonna do a quick one.

San Andreas (2015)
After an earthquake, a rescue helicopter pilot, played by Dwayne Johnson, makes a journey to search and rescue his daughter. This movie was just a super dumb disaster movie. Skip it. 

Captain Phillips (2013)
It's about a cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates, with Tom Hanks in the title role. If I remember correctly, most of the movie it was mostly of the captain and crew trying to survive the hijacking...the rescue bits came only near the end. Overall an interesting, although not really a memorable movie for me.

The Perfect Storm (2000)
I saw this again recently. I think it's a decent disaster movie and the storm was scary. I pretty much had forgotten that this came out way before the Deadliest Catch series, so the typical fisherman's day at sea haven't really been seen by most; how dangerous it can be even without a storm. Anyway, I was fascinated that rescue helicopters actually go out in such volatile storms, I would have thought helicopters were worst off at weathering it than the stranded ships.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #161: Summer Blockbusters



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Summer Blockbusters

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This week's theme is a suggestion by Mettel Ray. My favorite genre is drama, summer blockbusters most of them are definitely not. But here are some blockbusters I have enjoyed in the past.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
I definitely did not see this when it came out, while I have always been aware of it, I only saw it about a decade ago. It's such an adorable, sweet and heartwarming movie, it's hard to not fall in love with it. It's been referenced so much over the years, if you haven't seen this, get to it.

X-Men (2000)
I've not read a single, X-men comic (you can't get comics at newsstands here, you'd have to go to a comic book store and most are just so out of the way) so long story short my introduction to most comic book stories were through the cartoon series and I love the 90s X-Men series. When this movie was released I was so excited to see it and was so happy that it turned out well.

Spider-Man (2002) / Spider-Man 2 (2004)
I grew up watching the 90s Spider-Man series and seeing these Spider-Man movies were incredible. They were so fun, had good villains and Spider-Man swinging from building to building, who would have thought they could have actually put it on screen.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #160: Crime Family



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Crime Family 

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I don't watch a lot of gangster movies, which are often about crime families, so my pool of movies to pick from are very limited.

Animal Kingdom (2010)
I've picked this before for other themes. Anyway...the gist: when a teen boy's mom dies, his only choice other than being homeless is to move in with his grandma and uncles, the very people that his mom had tried keep him away from when she was alive. Such a great movie. It has also been made into a TV series recently, which changed the setting from Australia to the US. I've seen the first season and I think it's good.

Road to Perdition (2002)
Another favourite which I have often pick. It's about two sets of fathers and sons, their life of crime and the complications it brings to their relationships.

The Newton Boys (1998)
I really don't remember much about this other than I had found it entertaining and they're brothers so it fits the theme.

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