Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #201: Twisty Thrillers



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Twisty Thrillers


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What makes a twisty thriller? I'm going with anything that just makes you think what is going on at every turn.
 
Fight Club (1999)
Well one of the usual suspects is Fight Club of course. Everything is just so odd and manic and it all makes sense at the end.

Shutter Island (2010)
I was reminded of this when I watched Tabula Rasa a few weeks ago. The gist: a federal marshal is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient at an asylum, but things just get weirder and weirder.

Triangle (2009)
This is one of those mindfuck movies like Fight Club. The gist: after a yachting accident, a woman and her group of friends board a cruise ship but she gets the feeling that this has all happened before.

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
I love the book and wished this was a better movie; it's not bad but it could have been so much better. The gist: Since a terrible accident two decades earlier, a woman wakes up everyday still thinking she is in her late 20s, remembering nothing of the accident and her life after that, her mind resetting and unable to form any new memory after a full night's sleep. Can she trust the husband she wakes up next to, whom she doesn't recognize, or the secret psychiatrist she's been seeing or the secret diary that she's been keeping chronicling all the troubling yesterdays she has no memory of? 

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #200: Cannes Favourites



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Cannes Favourites


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Hey! Another milestone! This is the 200 edition of TMP! Today's theme is one by thevoid99. I'm picking from those that have won either the Palme d'Or, Grand Prix or Prix du Jury.
 
The Go-Between (1971)
I've picked this before last year, so I'm copying and pasting the summary: Set in 1900, a boy spends his summer vacation at a school friend's grand home and becomes a go-between carrying messages for his friend's older sister and her secret lover. There was a recent TV movie adaptation and I think I much prefer this 1971 version which doesn't try to over explain things.

Fish Tank (2009)
Rebellious urban girl, Mia, dreams of becoming a dancer, despite the lack of talent, and is encouraged to follow her dreams by her mom's too friendly new boyfriend. I really like this one and Fassbander is very good in it. 

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
The movie follows a week in the life of a folk singer in New York City. Wow, I can't believe I've not picked this before. My only guess is that it's probably not a movie that I love love, but I remember liking it. And there's the music.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Monthly Book Picks: The Month of April 2018


Hey, if you've ventured past my usual movies post and found this book blog post, welcome. It's a new series that I've started: Monthly Book Picks where I select my favourite reads of the past month. Interesting coincidence: both my April picks' protagonist is named Allison.




“Hunger flickered, always there, but I pushed it down. I was a vampire. Nothing would change that. But I didn't have to be a monster."

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa (2012)
The Gist: In a post apocalyptic dystopian future that takes place years after a terrible virus, the vampires are now living out in the open and ruling the cities (hence the title). A human girl living in the fringe of the city and society gets turned into a vampire. Forced to flee the only home she's ever known and passing herself as human she tags along with a group of humans on a journey to Eden, a place that may have a possible cure for the virus. It's been a few years since I've read anything vampire related and I miss the genre. So I finally picked up this one that has been on my to-be-read list for years. I really enjoyed it. It's a little slow at first but the action scenes in the later parts makes up for all that. Also, great protagonist. Kicks ass and has agency. I would say it is sort of a mix of Daybreakers and Underworld with a dash of Children of Men and The Walking Dead.


“It didn't even feel like lying anymore. It felt like forgiveness, leaving the past in the past. It felt like mercy. It felt like moving on...And what was one more secret in this house packed to the attic with secrets? ”  

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
The Gist: Allison had been one of several children fostered or adopted by a philanthropist / brain surgeon. She led a happy life in the doctor's home with the other kids until she almost died. Due to the suspicion that someone in the family may have tried to kill her, she is whisked away into the care of an elderly aunt. Thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter that the good doctor is dying and she decides to visit her foster family and perhaps finally find out what happened to her those years ago. Really like the book and I did not expect the places it went (in a good way) because the synopsis on the book (which is little longer than my gist) gave little indication. I found it quite scary too, and it's not with the whole she-once-almost-died mystery, but the deeper story of her foster family and the why and how they came to be.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #199: Characters Making a New Start



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Characters Making a New Start


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Boy A (2007)
Of my three picks, I like this the best. Andrew Garfield plays Jack, newly released from a prison sentence for a violent crime he committed as a child. He is given a new identity in a new town to start his life again but his past soon catches up to him.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
After her marriage fails, Frances buys a villa in Tuscany to start her new life. It has been a long time since I've seen this, so I don't remember much other than I enjoyed it.

Passengers (2016)
This one has characters trying to make a new start on a distant planet colony but a malfunction of their sleep chambers awaken them 90 years early. I didn't really like this. While it looked cool, I was bored and felt the story was too thin and a little dumb. With so many passengers on board and with help so far away, why would there be no crew and engineers on shift duty? Like sleep 115 years and work 5 years.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #198: TMP Television Edition - Failed to get a Second Season



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Failed to get a Second Season (excluding mini-series/limited series where it was meant to be just one season)

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Hey, it's my favorite Thursday of the month: the TV edition! This week it's TV shows that unfortunately did not get renewed which always sucks when the first season ended with a cliffhanger. Most of my picks today are series that are more than 15 years old, so my memory of them is very poor, but I did like them and had wanted to see a second season.

American Gothic (1995-1996)
I remember this as being very creepy. Most of the plot escapes me now just that it had a scary sheriff, a sort of devil-like character with supernatural powers, trying to control a young orphan boy who has a very thick southern accent.

Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
I re-watched this recently and I think it has aged very well. Still found it very funny. What sets it apart from most teen shows is its focus on the "freaks and geeks", none of the main characters are the popular kids. Such a pity it did not get a second season.

Undeclared (2001-2002)
This was the other Judd Apatow series that got cancelled after one season, this time a college series that was just as funny and had some of the cast of Freaks and Geeks.

Pasadena (2001) 
A teen girl discovers her wealthy family may be hiding some terrible secrets. The thing I remember most is that there was something that was left unresolved in the last episode and I had so wanted to see a new season only to learn that it had been cancelled.

The Returned (2015)
A remake of the French series, which I heard was better, about deceased locals returning. However, I had not seen the original so I can't compare. I thought this remake was a decent series, much better than the other series with a similar premise that had aired about the same period - Resurrection. The Returned ended with things starting to go wrong and with no explanation yet why the deceased have returned, so I was very disappointed when it was not renewed.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #197: Meltdowns



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Meltdowns


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I tend to love meltdown scenes in movies. They usually have some great lines and showcases a great performance. Here are some of my favorites:

"I just ran out of bullshit. Am I still on the air? I really don't know any other way to say it other than I just ran out of bullshit."
Network (1976)
When a news anchorman is fired, he begins the first of many rants about his unhappiness on the air. This movie is so good, it's over 40 years old and still feels relevant.


"...please hear me out because this is not an episode, relapse, fuck-up, it's... I'm begging you Michael. I'm begging you. Try and make believe this is not just madness because this is not just madness."
Michael Clayton (2007)
A lawyer has a meltdown during a deposition meeting and later rants and rambles in an attempt to explain what happened to a colleague.


"I understand. Junior high must've been kind of tough, but it doesn't give you the right to treat your workers like horseshit, Janice. ...I want you to know, if you weren't such a bitch, we'd feel sorry for you. I do feel sorry for you. But as it stands, the way you behave - I feel I can speak for the entire office when I tell you... go fuck yourself."
Wanted (2008)
It's that scene where Wesley finally has had enough of his boss.


"You better lawyer up asshole, because I'm not coming back for 30%, I'm coming back for EVERYTHING."
The Social Network (2010)
It's that scene where Eduardo Saverin found out that only his ownership share and none of the others were diluted. He confronts Zuckerberg and loses it in the office.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #196: Movies about Movies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies about Movies


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Ahh...no wonder this theme seemed familiar, it's because we had one way back in 2014. Oh well, it has been almost 4 years since then so I'm sure there are enough movies out there for another round.

Scream 3 (2000)
Of my three picks today, this is probably the one I like best. The Scream movies have all been about paying homage to horror films before it, and Scream 3 finally took the characters to a film set based on their own story.

Be Kind Rewind (2008)
The movie follows video store employees reshooting films to replace the tapes they had accidentally erased. The scenes of the characters acting out all the scenes of famous movies are charming, but that is about all the movie has going for it.

Hugo (2011)
Hugo was pretty to look at, but ultimately it felt too long and didn't quite charm me.

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