Blogathon

The Now (and Then)…

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As you might have discovered by now, now and then, well, actually quite often, Realweegiemidget Reviews and I end up going off on a tangent around actors (every now and then actresses) and what they were like way back then and also how gracefully they’ve all aged…hmmm…

Here’s the NOW & THEN Blogathon running from 12 to 15 November 2017.

Well, that all depends on which one of us you ask…I think it is the Now & Then Blogathon but Realweegiemidget Reviews is adamant it is the Then & Now Blogathon…oh well…each to their own. What’s important is that it’s a Blogathon and what it is about…

So, we’re asking you to:

Select either

  1. an actor or actress and review two movies in which they appeared OR;
  2. a director or producer and review two movies they directed or produced OR;
  3. a film or tv series which has been rebooted or remade and review those.

BUT there needs to be at least a 20 year age gap between the two films/tv series being reviewed.

AND…there’s more:

  1. The reviews/posts need to be separate i.e. one review/post for the THEN choice (the earlier film and a separate review/post for the NOW choice.
  2. The THEN review/post must be sent to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) and the NOW review/post must be sent to Thoughts All Sorts (that’s me, right here). We do require two reviews/posts i.e. if you only send one review/post we will deem the Blogathon requirements not met and won’t post it. So…we need to have both a THEN and a NOW review/post. Please send these to us within a few minutes of each other so we can keep track.
  3. No need to match up your reviews/posts…just send the relevant one to the relevant person and we’ll do the matching and linking and all that jazz.
  4. We will allow duplicate actors/actresses/directors/producers BUT not duplicate films. Example: we will allow duplicates of say, Leonardo DiCaprio, but not duplicate NOW and THEN films he appeared in. (although in Leo’s case Realweegiemidget Reviews might argue this point)
  5. Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts will link to each other’s sites during the Blogathon days as well as the recap. We will keep these updated as entries come in throughout the Blogathon.
  6. Due to us having to match up posts, we ask that you restrict entries to a maximum two sets/pairs of NOW/THEN combinations so we don’t lose track. (hope this makes sense)
  7. Remember….the age gap between the THEN and NOW selections must be at least 20 years e.g. 1978 and 1998.
  8. Have fun and be creative! Oh, and grab a banner below for your NOW post and head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for the corresponding THEN banner.

You’ll find the roster further down.

Examples include:

The Poseidon Adventure and Poseidon

Leonardo DiCaprio in Marvin’s Room and Shutter Island

Dallas (1878-91) and Dallas 2012

3:10 to Yuma (1957) and 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

 

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The NOW roster so far:

Thoughts All Sorts – Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (and Lolly Madonna)

Realweegiemidget Reviews – Kurt Russell in The Hateful Eight (and Escape from New York)

cropped-cat2Don’t forget to head on over to Realweegiemidget for her announcement by clicking here or on the image to the left.

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The Colours Blogathon…a few more entries

Yaaay…it isn’t over yet. I’ve received another entry (that I totally missed on WordPress but found on Twitter…note to self…visit Twitter more often)…HUGE apology for that. A few more are in the pipeline so be sure to come back here during the course of the week.

Here is The Thin Blue Line that sounds really, really interesting and I can’t wait to watch it. Thank you Sometimes they Go to Eleven and a HUGE apology for missing your post.

Maddylovesherclassicfilms gives us the passion, dedication and sacrifice of the world of ballet in The Red Shoes.

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The Colours Blogathon: Thank You

It has been a wonderfully colourful weekend…and for this I thank you! To all of you who have posted and read, to absolutely everyone who has headed my way for the Blogathon…a great big…

Thank You!

I’ve loved each and every colourful post. And, oh, to discover new movies is absolutely awesome…thank you…there are so many colours that I have now added to my To Watch list.

If you missed some of the posts… here is the “live” Blogathon page that has all the colourful entries listed. And, if you still want to send a post my way…feel free to do so.

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The future is bleak with Soylent Green

Soylent_greenIt has been at least 20 years since I’ve watched Soylent Green (1973). Probably longer. But, it has never left my mind, especially watching world population rise at an alarming rate, climate change impact us more and more and on and on. Why? Because, although Soylent Green might look dated (very 70s decor), the reality is still very, very real. Scarily so. And…we’re not so far from 2022, the year this story takes place. Maybe we’re already living that world…or close.

Based on a novel by Harry Harrison, the world is overcrowded (New York City 40 million people), most food resources have been depleted (most resources of any kind in fact), the greenhouse effect is in full swing and the world is in a dire state. Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman Simonson (Joseph Cotton) (yes, there will always be those who manage to get their hands on a small piece of beef or a real apple, soap, hot water and all the other luxuries) who happens to have worked for the Soylent company. The company that has launched a new food replacement product called Soylent Green. It is supposedly meant to be sourced from the oceans and therefore to contain more protein (and it does, in a warped way) than the other soylent coloured plastic food chips. With the help of friend Sol (Edward G. Robinson), Thorn uncovers the truth behind this highly in-demand product.

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I won’t tell you what the green food source is ultimately made of but trust me, I often wonder (well, not often, but when I do wonder, my thoughts come back to this one) when we will get to that point. And how much longer food will be in the form that we know it. And what will happen with us all in this alarming rate of population growth. The signs are all there already but let’s not go down this road in a movie blogathon.

So, yes, you’ll notice the dated “modern” setup (I love that pacman-type arcade machine that is meant to appear futuristic – no way, it is far from it) but put that aside and it is a good movie. I’m not a big fan of the current dystopian movie trend but this gives a different view of the world as it may soon be. Being Edward G. Robinson‘s last role it always strikes me as being a bit weird that he as character Sol (spoiler alert) decides he’s had enough and decides to exit the world. The scene in which he carries out this process always feels awkward knowing that he actually passed away two weeks after filming Soylent Green.

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It’s a Colourful Day…a Colourful Blogathon Day…

…without further ado…let the waiting be over…and the colours start splashing…

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It feels like forever since I announced it but here are the entries. Thanks to those contributing posts and thanks to those reading them. I can’t wait to read all the colourful thoughts. I’ve had some early birds and really  had to restrain myself from kicking off the Blogathon early…I was that excited.

Send any colourful posts you have my way…even spur-of-the-moment ones. Anything with a colour in the title welcome even if you didn’t sign up.

Please come back during the course of the next two days as I’ll be updating the list below as often as possible.

Click on the movie name to read the post…

Day 1:

Yellow3 demandedcriticalreviews brings you a wonderfully  psychedelic Yellow Submarine
BlueGrey MovieRob presents the first movie that came to his mind on announcing the Colours Blogathon – The Blue and the Gray.
Red1 Cinematic Scribblings presents Raise the Red Lantern, a movie that promises to be excellent.
Yellow2 MovieRob can’t resist an movie he’d watched over and over in the 80s. Here’s Yellowbeard.
water drops on red Taking on my favourite genre, colour and childhood hero, here’s MovieRob with Red River.
White02 MovieRob gives us a movie about rising up and aiming to be a champion despite the prejudices in The Great White Hope.
Gold3 Movie Movie Blog Blog shares a wonderful Charlie Chaplin comedy that is The Gold Rush.
Purple03 One that sounds absolutely wonderful…another by MovieRob. Here’s Purple Violets.
Pink01 Love Letters to Old Hollywood gives us a delightful post on The Pink Panther. (And I’m sure, like me, you’ve now got the theme motif going through your mind).
Red The Midnite Drive-In brings us WW III with an action-packed Red Dawn (the 1984 version)
Black MovieRob is making a week of it (thank you) and keeps us on the edge of the seat with Black Book.
Red2 Gorgonzola or Roquefort…definitely time to watch and learn with The Blonde Screwball and her review of Red Dust.
Blue The Stop Button presents Devil in a Blue Dress and tells us the things that work and those that, unfortunately, don’t in what had such great potential.
Green Green isn’t what it seems with Thoughts All Sorts‘ post on Soylent Green.
Blue02 I’m (Thoughts All Sorts) going to be cheeky and re-share one of my favourite movies Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue).
Blue03 Tranquil Dreams presents us with a delightful sounding Blue Jay. Thanks for sending this our way…if you hadn’t misplaced your White Oleander DVD we wouldn’t have known about this one.
Chocolate Realweegiemidget Reviews just can’t resist this substance…the real or the visual. She writes about the sweetness of Chocolat.
Dark red glitter texture For some gorgeous visuals from the fun Red Riding Hood brought to you by It Came from the Man Cave!
Red9 For superb animation and an Oscar-worthy nomination, head on over to Rhyme and Reason for The Red Turtle.

Day 2:

White01 Crítica Retrô mysteriously brings us blackmail and intrigue with The Woman in White.
Blue07 The Blue Bird, a wonderful sounding (looking?) silent gem is presented by Silent-ology.
Blue08.jpg dbmoviesblog shares a French cult classic with us. Head on over to be tempted by Betty Blue.
Black02 Sat In Your Lap takes a look at an early Bogart movie that may still have a little relevance today with Black Legion.
Black03 Lifesdailylessonsblog brings us some interesting facts both about the real events and the movie with Black Hawk Down.
Gold2 Pure Entertainment Preservation Society presents us with a delightful, solid piece of gold in The Solid Gold Cadillac.
Colours To end day two, here’s MovieRob with The Color of Night.

The Colours Blogathon

8 & 9 September 2017

Secretary…hmmmm

So. You walk into an office. There’s the secretary. She’s sweet (mostly). Polite. “Stereotypical” crosses your mind. Ha ha ha ha ha….how wrong you are. Welcome to a different kind of workplace. Let me show you Secretary (2002).

Lee (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is trying to adjust back into society after been released from hospital following some serious self inflicted injuries. She applies for a position with attorney Edward (with James Spader perfect in this role). She’s not phased by the fact that there is no technology and that she’s probably overqualified for the position. So, in this very strange working environment, Edward discovers that Lee has a tendency towards inflicting pain on herself. He quite likes this idea along with her always doing exactly what he tells her. Little by little, mainly at the office (if I remember correctly), unfolds this relationship of pain infliction and pain reception i.e. BDSM. In a non-graphic way I might add. And never heavy, heavy thematically.

The scene I’ll never forget is (spoiler alert) where Lee, having fled from her future groom in wedding attire, ends up in Edward‘s office…sitting for hours on end at his desk having been instructed not to move her hands or feet from the position her sadistic boss found her in. True love?

Golden Globe nominated for Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s performance, this is well worth seeing. And James Spader…well, he’s so good at these, dare I say, slightly sleazy roles. But leave your expectations at the door. It is not a movie filled with graphical S word scenes. And yes, while it is indicated as a “romantic comedy drama”, I personally link it is more “romantic drama”. There are light bits but I can clearly remember entering the cinema expecting a comedy type movie and leaving thinking it wasn’t that at all.

Be daring. Watch this one.

And then…head on over to Moon in Gemini to read the other great workplace related entries for her Workplace in Film & TV Blogathon.

 

 

 

 

A Colourful Reminder…

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…that it’s almost time to bring all your colours for

The Colours Blogathon

8 & 9 September 2017

 

It’s not too late to join in. Anything colourful goes. In any language. And I’m happy to push the boundaries…chocolate and rose are colours in my book.

Here’s the original post…Announcing the Colours Blogathon