Monday, December 11, 2017

2018 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule (Preliminary)


Hi everyone! I finally have the 2018 themes. Please note this is not the final schedule as I will be adding suggested themes and may reorganize all the themes.

So anyway, this has been the fifth year I'm doing this. For those that have stuck around: thank you so much and I hope you continue to do so. The TMP Television Edition is a new edition I started in 2017 and it's back for 2018 as they have been so much fun. As before they will be on the last Thursday of each month. You can pick TV series or mini-series, just NOT TV movies.

Lastly, I've opened up NINE dates for suggestions on next year's schedule including one for the Halloween Edition. [Wendell you have already made your suggestions and I have already picked two of them.] Everyone else if you're interested here are the submission criteria:
a) must have participated in a few TMPs and have commented on previous posts.
b) submit two (no more as I'll probably have a hard time choosing) suggestions by posting a comment on this post. Only on this post.

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2018 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule

January 4 - Character Name in Title
January 11 - Once Was Enough (Movies You Don't Want to Watch Again)
January 18 -
January 25 - TMP Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations
February 1 - Story Within a Story
February 8 - Romance
February 15 - Break into Song Scenes (Non-Musicals)
February 22 - TMP Television Edition: Legal Dramas
March 1 - Just One Day
March 8 -
March 15 - Meltdowns
March 22 - Nostalgia
March 29 - TMP Television Edition: Non - English
April 5 - Underground
April 12 -
April 19 - Movies about Movies
April 26 - TMP Television Edition: Failed to get a Second Season (excluding mini-series/limited series where it was meant to be just one season)
May 3 -
May 10 - Characters Making a New Start
May 17 - Twisty Thrillers
May 24 - Friendship Movies
May 31 - TMP Television Edition: Entertainment Business
June 7 - Speech/Soliloquy/Monologue
June 14 - Legend/Mythology
June 21 - Juvenile Delinquents
June 28 - TMP Television Edition: TV Spinoffs [Suggested by Wendell]
July 5 - Long Awaited Sequel
July 12 - Characters Magically Aging Up or Down
July 19 -
July 26 - TMP Television Edition: Spies
August 2 - Body Switch
August 9 - A Siege
August 16 - Non-English Language Movies
August 23 - Gangsters
August 30 - TMP Television Edition: College
September 6 - The New Kid at School
September 13 -
September 20 - Farm
September 27 - TMP Television Edition: Anthology
October 4 - Halloween Edition: Home Invasion
October 11 - Halloween Edition: The Dark/Night
October 18 - Halloween Edition:
October 25 - Halloween/Television Edition: The Weird
November 1 -
November 8 - Political Comedy [Suggested by Wendell]
November 15 -
November 22 - Museum
November 29 - TMP Television Edition: Adapted from a Non-English Series
December 6 - Meet the Parents
December 13 -It's a Party
December 20 - 2019 Movies You're Looking Forward To
December 27 - TMP Television Edition: Comedies

Friday, December 8, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #178: Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan Makeover



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 Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan Makeover

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There are so many of these makeover movies so I'm sure you are spoiled for choice.Anyway here are my three picks.

Grease (1978)
Good girl Sandy falls for a greaser so she gets a makeover to be one of the Pink Ladies. One of my favorite movies and love the songs! This is also probably one of the only movies that the guy had a makeover too.

The Princess Diaries (2001)
When Mia finds out she is the heir to some European country she gets a makeover to become a princess. The movie is sweet. Mia and her friends were funny and cute and Mandy Moore was great as the mean girl. Anyway I was so mad that when the second movie came out they chucked out Mia's best friend's brother, but I guess he was busy with Rooney.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)
When his dancing partner leaves him, experienced ballroom dancer Scott takes Fran a beginner dancer as his partner for an upcoming competition. And so she gets intense training and a makeover for it. Of the three, I think this is probably the least known; I highly recommend it. It is such a charming charming movie.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #177: TMP Television Edition - Workplace



Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five titles 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 TMP Television Edition - Workplace

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There are a lot of workplace TV shows when you think about. All the cop, legal and medical dramas are all workplace shows and I tried my very best to not pick one of those except for one. I'm picking the ones I like this week.

The Office (2001 - 2003) & The Office (2005 - 2013) 
Follows the lives of employees at a paper company. I've seen both the UK version and the US one, although not all since there were so many seasons. I think I stopped up until Jim and Pam got married. Anyway I enjoyed both versions.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 - )
Follows the lives of detectives at Brooklyn's 99th Precinct. I don't watch a lot of comedies, but this is one of the current one still airing that I love. It's funny, it's sharp and the characters are super geeky about the things they love, it's cute.
 
Superstore (2015 - )
Follows the lives of employees at a superstore. A new favourite which I only started watching from the second season. It's funny and just very easy to get into even when you haven't started from the beginning. 

Boston Public (2000 - 2004) 
Follows the lives of faculty members at a high school. It's been soo long since I saw this. Anyway I like that they show a different side to school.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #176: Origin Movies



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 Origin Movies

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When I came up this theme, I was thinking of something that was more than just a prequel and something along the lines of character origins, so that's what my picks are based on. Unfortunately I don't think any of these movies are that great.

Dracula Untold (2014)
The movie uses the real life 15th century Romanian prince famously known as Vlad the Impaler as the origin story for Dracula of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Not the most creative as an origin story since people have always wondered if Stoker had modeled Dracula on Vlad because of the name and origin country. The movie was just ok.

Maleficent (2014)
An origin story for Maleficent the one that cursed Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. I just did not like the origin story for Maleficent and the movie had too much CGI. Is it just me or did anyone else when they saw Sleeping Beauty as a kid, just thought Maleficent was just like a witch and not some fantastical creature? Like I was so surprised that she had like wings and horns. I mean in the animated movie I thought she was just wearing an exaggerated version of a kind of double conical headwear that European women wore in the middle ages.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Not good and just very forgettable. From the title, my guess is that they probably had wanted to do a bunch of X-Men origin movies...well that didn't happen.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #175: Movies with Strong Female Character(s)



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 Movies with Strong Female Character(s) [Suggested by Birgit]

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Today's theme is by Birgit

Volver (2006)
A great movie with an almost all female cast about family and secrets. When something happens to her daughter, Raimunda holds it together and fixes the situation as she is also confronted with the truth of her mother's death.

The Hunger Games (2012-2015)
Katniss - the girl did take the place of her sister and survived two Hunger Games.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Rita Vrataski - the warrior that lead the victory in one of the battles against an alien race. Live, die, repeat. You've got to be brave to do that and without the guidance that Cage got.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #174: An Adaptation (of a book, comic, game etc that hasn't been adapted) You Want to See



Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share 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 An Adaptation (of a book, comic, game etc that hasn't been adapted) You Want to See 

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Ok I love today's theme because I have often thought...hey I would like to see a movie of that. My Picks are going to be all books, all standalone titles (meaning not part of a series).


YA Books

Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is the only book by John Green (you may have heard of his other books: The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns which have been made into movies) that I've read and I love it.  Apparently I read somewhere that the movie at some point was in the works but somewhere along the line it fell through or something...I'm not sure if it's back on, which is why it's on this list. The gist: believing he has led a boring existence, a teenage boy decides to go to a boarding school where things are perhaps less boring. There he falls for one of the girls in his group of friends, called Alaska.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
This one is so much fun. Frankie is witty and smart, but has been treated as being less smart or excluded for being a girl. Realising that in the real world the ruling elite are mostly from the old boys club; she secretly infiltrates her school's all boys secret society and outwits them...basically there a lot of amazing pranks involved.

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
16 year old Gemma is drugged and kidnapped from Bangkok Airport and taken to the Australian Outback. The story is told in letter form from Gemma to Ty, her captor, as she reflects on what has happened to her from the moment she saw him. But here's the thing, as you read, you don't really know if Gemma has escaped, is still a captive or worse...until the very end of her letter of course.  Anyway there had been news that there was going to be a movie, but it has been a year or perhaps more since the news; it has been very quiet. Here's hoping it is still happening.



Adult Books

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
If you've seen Fight Club, or read Palahniuk's books than you sort of know what to expect. His characters tend to be a bit or a lot nutty. In Survivor, the main character is Tender Branson, the last surviving member of a cult. The book opens with him speaking into a flight recorder of an empty plane. He plans to tell his life story, before the plane crashes. The story is all sort of crazy with a lot of dark humor, I'm very curious what a movie of it would look like.

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
I've been reading quite a lot of thrillers lately and this is one of the better ones. The gist: 21 year old Sophie goes missing 18 years ago and her best friend, Frankie, is haunted over what happened to her. When Frankie gets a call from Sophie's brother, now a local newspaper editor, that her remains may have been found, Frankie goes back to her hometown to find out if it's really Sophie. The story is also a little spooky which I like. I don't even remember where it is set, but I imagine the movie would have a lot rain and very misty/foggy.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #173: A Stranger



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Stranger


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This is I think one of those more unique sort of theme unlike say remakes or vampire movies...so I'm curious as to what movies end up on everyone's list today. Anyway here's mine, the bottom two picks are the ones that I like.

Sommersby (1993)
I've seen this at least twice, but this is one of those movies where I retain very little of what happens other than the basic plot and a bit of the ending. A man returns home after the American Civil War, but his wife suspects he is an imposter.

Stoker (2013)
After India's father dies, an uncle she never knew existed comes to live with her and her mother. I've picked this movie so many times before but here it is again because it fits so well and also a favourite of mine. A beautifully shot psychological thriller.

The Guest (2014)
A man visits the family of a fallen soldier and claims to have served with him. He's so nice and charming that the family lets him stay with them. The only roles I had seen Dan Stevens play prior to seeing this were all middle/upper class British guys and this was such a departure; he got really physically fit and plays an American with a southern accent. Also you'd never think the guy who was cousin Matthew could do sinister, but yeah Dan Stevens was so so good in this. Of course this year there was Legion, where he got to play crazy as well...which were the best bits of the very inconsistent TV Show.


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