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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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #195: Underground



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Underground

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P2 (2007)
After a late night at the office, a woman is locked in the garage by the crazy garage attendant. I don't remember much of it now, so I suppose it was neither bad or good enough to be memorable.

City of Ember (2008)
I remember thinking the premise of this sounded so interesting, but ultimately the movie was boring and perhaps a little too juvenile for me. Like I know it's a kids movie, but there are those that transcend age.

The Divide (2011)
A group of people survive a nuclear blast in a basement shelter. But things eventually get worse when personalities clash, resources dwindle and so on. I've picked this before previously and of the three today, is the only one I like. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Monthly Book Picks: The Month of March 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. Last month turned out to be a solitary endeavour but if you want to join in this month do leave a link using the inlinkz gadget below. Monthly Book Picks will go up every first Monday of the month.


 


“Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom."

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (2006)
The Gist: Back on the job after a brief stay at psych hospital, a journalist is assigned to return to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. There's something about the women in a Gillian Flynn novel. They're never simply one thing. They are often messy and most likely very messed up. In Sharp Objects even the children are too. They are so creepy; some are drinking and taking drugs at such a young age and others are wild in an almost feral like way. As a mystery, I think it is better than Gone Girl; Sharp Objects certainly has a lot more stuff to unpack and to sieve through to the truth.


“No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.”  

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (2016)
The Gist: After being abducted and knocked unconscious, Jason wakes up surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. He soon learns that in the world he has woken up to, he did not marry the woman who was his wife and his son was never born. I remember seeing Dark Matter on a lot of top book lists in 2016 and finally read it last March. Wow, what a mind fuck of a book. This was such a fun thrilling fast paced read that was also nightmarish and horrifying with the infinite possibilities it presents.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #194: TMP Television Edition - Non-English



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Non-English

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If you think you've seen this theme before, you're right. We had one last year. But since it is increasingly easier to watch international series what with all the streaming services carrying them, I thought why not make it a yearly thing. Here are the recent ones I've seen that I love.

Dark (2017 - )
In 2019 in a German town surrounded by thick woods, children have gone missing. As the community search for answers and tension increases, some of the townspeople are reminded of a similar occurrence 33 years ago. A drama mystery with a supernatural/sci-fi element to it, Dark is dark, interesting and it has time travel (highlight to reveal spoiler) so yeah I absolutely love it. The series is getting a second season so I'm glad, but I sort of think the first season ended with a kind of open ended ending that worked just as well if it ended being just a one season series. I kind of think they're all doomed anyway since they're in loop, bound to repeat themselves over and over again. Two people who were in a prime position to break the loop did not: Michael could not because of Jonas, leaving Jonas to make that self sacrificing choice on his own (highlight to reveal spoiler). Also the weird tattoo we saw is based on a supposedly actual ancient tablet that has since disappeared or something, so I wonder if they're going to weave some sort of fake mythology and explore it in season 2.  

Tabula Rasa (2017)
A woman suffering from amnesia is involuntarily committed to a mental institution when she becomes a key figure in the disappearance of a local man that she doesn't even remember she knows due to her condition. I really enjoyed this psychological thriller that constantly shifts between the present and the weeks and days before slowly leading up to the disappearance as the extent of her amnesia and the truth slowly reveals itself. Tabula Rasa sort of feels like a mash up of Shutter Island, The Orphanage and Before I Go to Sleep, so if you like them, I think you'll enjoy this.

Trapped (2015 - ) 
In a remote town in Iceland, part of a body surfaces in the port just as a ferry is about to dock. The local police desperately try to solve the crime as a snow storm descends stranding everyone including possibly the murderer. This is a solid thriller. I love the small town one arc sort of series and this is so soo good. I love the setting too; the unforgiving environmental conditions just adds to the claustrophobia and urgency of the situation.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #193: Nostalgia



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Nostalgia

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This week's theme is inspired by Ready Player One which is about a kid that goes on a treasure hunt in a virtual world that is based heavily on the pop culture from the virtual world creator's lifetime. So the movies I was going to pick initially was something in the same vein as Ready Player One, those that have characters nostalgic about pop culture from their youth. Then I changed my mind. Now I'm going to go with movies that get me nostalgic about these three things: Brick and mortar record stores, video stores and book stores. I'm picking only movies that I like.

Empire Records (1995)
I love this movie and whenever I watch it, it makes me so nostalgic for browsing and buying CDs at HMV. HMV closed here in 2015.

Scream (1996)
Scream of course pays homage to horror films before it, so they already had that nostalgia thing going on, and the movie itself also has this scene at the video store where they discuss who Ghost Face could be. Whenever I watch a movie with a video store scene, I always try to see what titles are on their shelves. Anyway we never had big rental stores here, so I had prefered once again HMV for browsing and buying DVDs. They used to import the Region 1(US) and Region 2 (Europe) DVDs which sometimes have extra special features that the Region 3 (South East Asia) do not. 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 
Not a movie about a bookstore but it had a memory wiping scene at the bookstore that one of the characters works at that reminds me a lot of Borders. Borders too closed here in 2013. I loved Borders. Its first outlet was the largest bookstore here (which would still be considered small when compared to any of the US stores probably) and it was a chill bookstore: a lot of areas to sit and they didn't wrap their books with plastic, they really let you browse. 

So you get where my blog name comes from. Suffice to say all the places I used to hangout at are gone and these movies make me nostalgic for them. Now the only place that comes close is the library.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #192: Childhood Favourites



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Childhood Favourites

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These are movies that I watch over and over again as a kid.

Mary Poppins (1964)
What's not too love? It has lovely music and a whimsical story. One of my favourite parts was when they went to the animated world.

Grease (1978)
I was introduced to the music of Grease first; my parents had the vinyl of the soundtrack. They later bought the video so I could see the movie the music was from and I immediately love it.

Casper (1995)
I had seen the cartoons growing up and this is the live action version with a gothic manor, of course I loved it. The effects in this movie would now look dated, but back then when I saw it I was in awe that they were able to make the ghosts see-through.


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