All posts filed under: Movies

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

Originally posted on LazySundayMovies:
“Pick a number between 1 and 3,500.” What’s it about? A guy in a wheelchair falls in love with the Mother of Dragons and a retired writer turned carer go on a road trip to the world’s deepest pit because road trips solve everything. Who’s in it? I know him as the kid from Tracy Beaker but you’ll probably recognise him as Assjuice from Bad Neighbours, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez and the woman that was originally cast as Catelyn Stark. Why should I watch it? + First of all, Trevor is a very funny dude, he’s very sarcastic and pulls a lot of pranks + Using humour as a coping mechanism, which is something I can see myself doing if I was in his position + Paul Rudd was dialled back a bit but still manages to pull off laughs + Especially the “Bite of the James” scene + Seriously, Craig Roberts should get an Oscar just for not breaking character during that scene + Their back-and-forth jabs and constantly one…

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Originally posted on LazySundayMovies:
“People are strange creatures. You can’t always convince them that safety is in their best interest.” What’s it about? A woman gets in a car accident and wakes up in a bunker. A guy claims to have saved her from the wreck and from the contaminated air above after a chemical attack, but it seems that his story has more plot holes than Batman v Superman. Sorry Sadffleck. Who’s in it? Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, the guy from Short Term 12 and a voice cameo from Bradley Cooper. Why should I watch it? + Doesn’t waste time grabbing your attention and once it’s got it, it doesn’t let go + John Goodman really stands out, incredible performance from being creepily intense to sincerely welcoming + Goes from “What a great host, why is she being rude?” to “Fuck this guy, get out of there!” + He would also make the worst Santa ever + MEW was also awesome, why isn’t she in more films? + Acts like how someone would in…

Carol Movie Review

Originally posted on All My Life… I Wanted To Be A Blogster:
Todd Haynes’s Carol takes its source material from Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, written at a time when its subject matter was considered taboo and where its hopeful conclusion was unfathomable to many of the readers. There’s a Hitchcock connection here as Highsmith is primarily known for writing the book in which Strangers on a Train is based, but The Price of Salt (in which Carol is based) tells a lesbian romance in which she used an alias to release it. Sixty plus years later, the film serves as an often engaging and very well acted tale of a different time in which this particular love story was considered toxic. Set in New York City in the 1950s (with beautiful production design and first rate cinematography), Cate Blanchett plays the title character. She’s a well to do housewife with a young daughter going through a rough divorce. Her estrangement from her husband (an always solid Kyle Chandler) is not explored in great depths, but…

Pride, Prejudice & Zombies and The Benefits of FanFiction

Last Saturday I went to see Pride Prejudice and Zombies, which is based on a book by the same name and parodies Jane Austin’s original. The story is pretty much the same; it still has the overbearing mother who is desperate for her daughters to marry rich men and thus avoid the perils of early 19th century landed gentry society. It still has the feisty Elizabeth Bennett who refuses to marry against her wishes. It still questions pre-Victorian society and gives us a view of rural upper class country life. It still has the same themes of women in the 19th century, education, marriage, love and our perception of others. The only difference is that in addition to all of the above, the Bennetts are living in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, where the recently deceased upper class rural Georgians are turning into corpses and eating the brains of the living.

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: When Marnie Was There

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
Studio Ghibli. Enough said. While I want to focus this review mostly on the film, it’s difficult to do so without also addressing Studio Ghibli, one of the greatest animation studios, and its current hiatus situation when it comes to the film’s impact and importance of being nominated at the Academy Awards. In any case, I’ll start with the review first. And to point out: I watched this movie in Japanese with English subtitles. I don’t know how voters watched this film when voting for it to be nominated (and voting for the winning film), but I’m sure the difference in voice acting and adaptation of lines and interpretation will certainly have some impact on the experience. It’s a little strange to tackle this film when seeing only one version – especially the Japanese version, but I’m going for it anyway. Check it out: Anna Sasaki, a tomboyish preteen, lives with foster parents in Sapporo, Japan. She is distant from them mostly, and after having an asthma attack at…

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: Room

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
Here’s what I knew before watching: Brie Larson is getting rave reviews, the young boy Jacob Tremblay gave an adorable acceptance speech at the Critic’s Choice Awards show. I knew the premise of the film and expected an emotional roller coaster. It’s so much more than that! It’s not a simple “let’s decide to escape this life and live happily ever after.” It’s a process as are the consequences that follow. Here’s how I see it and why I want others to as well. Check it out: ? A young mother and her now-five-year-old son have been living in a small shed they call “Room.” Joy, the mother, was imprisoned seven years prior, while her son, Jack, has no idea that there is a world beyond Room. But now that he’s old enough, Joy reveals the truth. Initially in disbelief and outrage towards what she tells him about everything he thought he knew, Jack comes around to help them both escape from their captor, a man they call Old Nick.…

10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Jordan’s Take

Originally posted on Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys):
Will Batman vs Superman live up to the hype? Accounting for both cinema and home audiences, 2016 appears to have a strong line up of blockbuster and awards fair, as well as independent and genre offerings worth getting excited for. Cultured viewers will appreciate franchises such as Underworld returning, hopefully as immaculately constructed as ever, and I’m predicting some quality to be found in an adaptation of one of 2015’s most popular novels. Please note also that these films are included based on their Australian release dates, and some may have already been released in other territories. Of course sometimes the very best films are the ones that come out of nowhere and don’t feature on these types of lists, but I hope you can agree and see reason to be excited about the below 10 titles! For Eddie’s list of most anticipated films click here. Plot summaries from IMDb 10. Cold Moon Directed by: Griff Furst Starring: Robbie Kay, Christopher Lloyd, Candy Clark   Christopher Lloyd as James Redfield…

Oscars 2016, Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Originally posted on Ice the Burn:
What a beautiful film. There may have been some things that I was trying to process during this film – like who the people are and what’s going on? But visually this movie was stunning. Not only that, but the setup, the characters, and the stunts made this movie one that I will appreciate moving forward. Check it out: The setup is post-nuclear holocaust world, where civilization has collapsed, and this world is barren desert. There are human survivors, we see some that for the most part seem normal and then there are War Boys, who are human but may have a kind of mutation or disease as a whole, and they are led by Immortan Joe. Max (Tom Hardy) is captured early in the film because he is a universal donor and is used as a human blood bag for sick Nux (Nicholas Hoult). Then Joe’s Lieutenant Imperator Furiosa is sent in a semi-truck to collect gasoline – very valuable in this world – but she is discovered…