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The Shining (2 Reel Quirky Cats October (P)review – Poll Winner)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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To finish off the months of ghost and ghastly ghouls, here’s The Shining, our poll winner. I’ve seen “that” classic picture of Jack Nicholson so many times. I know without a moment’s hesitation that it is from The Shining. But never have I watched even the trailer. Perfect opportunity to do so. Here it is (for those of you like me who’ve never seen it) followed by the still I was on about…

Ok…so…I’ve finally got a slight clue as to what this movie is about. I’m sorry…but, however excellent Jack Nicholson is in the trailer (and therefore he’s brilliant in the movie)….I am absolutely not, ever, going to watch the movie. I looks terrifying. Scary. Disturbing. Gruesome. (You might add Brilliant but I’m not taking the bait).

All I can say is that this trailer has, scary bits aside, been done really well. Love the way Jack Nicholson‘s character is all supposedly nice and friendly and “normal” yet you can immediately see that he is absolutely psychotic. He appears perfect for this role (and I’m sure he is). And yes, this is a trailer that gives you just enough to entice you but never enough to ruin the movie. It has that perfect balance that trailers should be. In fact, this is one that shows (I think) that this is both a gory and psychological horror. Not that I’ll ever find out…tee hee.

So, I’m going to dress up for Halloween now (not really) and enjoy the lighter side of the genre. Happy Halloween!

cropped-cat2 Realweegiemidget Reviews gives you her take on it (here) and as always, head on over to Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for comments and chit chat. See you there…

 

 

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The Others (2 Reel Quirky Cats October (P)review)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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Continuing with the theme of ghouls and such, here is a brief trailer review of The Others. And while I write this…I realise that for The Hand I stated “Rest assured, this month all my previews will be of trailers of movies I’ve never watched.”…well, hmmm, I lied….I have actually watched The Others but can’t remember a thing…other than Nicole Kidman being in it.

Here’s the trailer…which I’ll get to shortly…

…and, even the trailer didn’t bring back any memories of this movie at all. Weird as usually trailers trigger some or other reminder of what the movie was about. In context of the 2 Reel Quirky Cat Trailer review series I guess I could say that it is a pretty good trailer as it gives nothing away. Yes, there are some creepy people, mainly children, hanging around an old house but other than that I think we don’t get too much from the preview. I’m guessing that there was some psychological thriller explanation behind all of the events that freak Nicole Kidman‘s character out. Ok fine, I did look up some trivia for the daily clues on Twitter and apparently the children have a disease that really exists but hang on…those are her children…now I’m confused. I should re-watch…ha ha, probably not. Oh well, moving along.  So, as with most horrors, a plausible explanation for the story. But I really can’t tell you much more as from the snippets above you get what you get.

cropped-cat2 Realweegiemidget Reviews gives you here take on it (here) and as always, head on over to Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for comments and chit chat. See you there…

 

 

The Hand (2 Reel Quirky Cats October (P)review)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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It’s the month of ghouls and such. So, naturally, the 2 Reel Quirky Cats had to go along with the perfect opportunity for Horror Movies. The one genre that I’m so scared of. Rest assured, this month all my previews will be of trailers of movies I’ve never watched.

If I don’t sleep tonight…all your fault…

Well…whew…I made it through the trailer. At least it isn’t one of the modern day really, really scary ones with all sorts of awful gory, disgusting, terrifying scenes. This one almost looks like a psychological thriller in which all will be explained. In fact, I think the trailer really leads us to believe that.

From what I can see…Michael Caine’s character loses his hand and the psychological effects drive the story. That’s the thing with these older movies…they aren’t as…I don’t know…vivid? Gory?

Oh wow…I’ve just looked it up…written and directed by Oliver Stone. Ok…so has definitely got to be a good one.  And Michael Caine is Jon Lansdale who loses his hand. Yes…figured that much. The hand then takes on a life of its own. But, like I said…I strongly suspect it is all in his mind. You’ll have to tell me because I’m still too scared to watch this one.

I think the best is to head on over to Realweegiemidget as it was her choice…I’m sure she’s seen it and can give you some more of the gory details! Have fun…

cropped-cat2As always, head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for her take on this trailer and then join us on Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for your comments. See you there…

 Oh…and I was so nervous of this horror theme that I forgot the poll. Let us know which is your favourite (hmmmm….is that the right term?) here:

 

 

Suspiria (2 Reel Quirky Cats Guest Post – Cinematic Catharsis)

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We’re on to Horror movie trailers….just in time for October…the month of Halloween. Kicking off this genre is our guest poster Cinematic Catharsis. Thanks so much for joining us with your great post.

Here is Cinematic Catharsis’ post:

Trailer Take: Suspiria

 

“The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of Suspiria are the first 92.”

– voiceover from Suspiria trailer

I’d like to extend a great big thanks to Gill Jacob for inviting me to do a guest post for her blog Realweegiemidget Reviews.  I’m honored to participate, and I hope I don’t adversely affect Ms. Jacob’s readership. In addition to the aforementioned web site, be sure to visit the flipside of Realweegiemidget Reviews, Thoughts All SortsTwitter-inclined folks can stay up to date by following Gill and Company at @2ReelQuirkyCats, @Thoughtsallsort, and @realweegiemidge.
I’ve reviewed quite a few movies over the past seven years, but never tackled the previews that advertised them. As an experiment of sorts, I present for your perusal, a look at the trailer for Dario Argento’s mind-blowing horror film, Suspiria.
A movie trailer, at least a good one, is supposed to pique the potential audience’s interest and get them revved up for the movie. This is especially difficult for horror. In three minutes or sometimes significantly less, the trailer needs to capture the viewer’s attention, getting the heart pumping with memorable images or scenes. One thing that sets Suspiria apart is that the opening part of the trailer doesn’t contain a scene from the film.
It’s this opening sequence that took me by surprise as a little kid innocently watching the small TV alone, in my parent’s room (where I cut my teeth on quite a few movies and classic TV shows). The commercial (which turned out to be an abridged version of the trailer, but I’m not splitting hairs), seemed innocuous enough, with a lady, her back turned to the camera, combing her hair and getting spruced up, presumably for a date, “roses are red, violets are blue…” And then – holy crap (I’ll say no more)! Looking back, 40 years later, it all seems quite tame, but as an impressionable nine-year-old, it floored me. For years, I never made the connection with the film. Only that opening portion of the trailer remained embedded in my gray matter.
What the heck is Suspiria anyway? I have no idea, but it sure sounds good. The trailer has it all. It hooks you from the first shot, lulling you into a false sense of security, and then pow! Almost immediately, you’re asking, “What’s this movie about, and where’s it taking me?” The initial shock is followed by a pastiche of scenes from the movie, and those glowing, disembodied eyes – Yikes! Well, if this doesn’t get you in the mood to see this, I don’t know what will. The trailer works its magic, promising stylish scares, and the movie delivers the goods.
Need more convincing? Here’s the trailer in all its glory:

Shameless Plug: This trailer review is all fine and dandy, but what did I think of the movie? Well, I’m glad you asked, because I reviewed the film several years back, and you can read it here.  
Just remember: “You can run from Suspiria… You can hide from Suspiria… but you can’t escape Suspiria.”

Edge of Tomorrow (2 Reel Quirky Cats September (P)review)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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I really need to stop saying “I don’t really watch Sci-Fi movies” because I’m finding more and more that I enjoy. This is another one that I watched for lack of anything else to watch and ended up enjoying it.

I haven’t watched the trailer…so let me go do that before Realweegiemidget Reviews tells me to focus on the topic at hand 😉 I’m already treading on thin ice because yet again my poll selection won for the time travel theme this month.

Ok…trailer watched…

“For me, it’s been an eternity”…that’s exactly the point you need to understand from the trailer. It really has been an eternity for Tom CruiseCage as he finds himself in an endless cycle of repetitions. Endless Reset buttons…

Don’t be put off by the outlandish creatures faced on combat or think this is totally absurd (I mean yes, the trailer makes it look that). Rather, ignore that aspect and focus on Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise in the trailer. You’ll find yourself quite curious. What does she mean by wanting to start over. Or “come visit me when you wake up”. It all becomes clear.

Basically, we have a type of time travel movie where the characters find themselves in the same spot over and over yet with slightly different knowledge this being able to change the outcome of that same situation. It is really cleverly done. The only “negative” is that there could have been a more elegant closure of this cycle…to be honest, I got the impression that no matter how brilliant the concept was…there was no way out…but don’t let that put you off. It is fantastic and the trailer doesn’t do the movie full justice.

So…don’t delay. Go give it a watch!

cropped-cat2As always, head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for her take on this trailer and then join us on Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for your comments. See you there…

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2 Reel Quirky Cats September (P)review)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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Here’s another time travel romantic drama with Rachel McAdams. The Time Traveler’s Wife. This time, she’s partnered with Eric Bana as her time traveling partner.

I find this story a lot heavier, a lot sadder than the previous trailer we did for About Time. While this one looks absolutely beautiful and draws me, I felt I didn’t really understand the actual movie when I watched it. Or maybe, I just wasn’t in the right time for it. Yes, it was really nice from what I remember but somehow I didn’t get the satisfaction I’d been hoping for.

But the trailer…it’s just beautiful. It shows that life isn’t always easy. Love stories aren’t always happy and uplifting but rather have their ups and downs as in real life. The story has Clare (Rachel McAdams) falling in love with Henry (Eric Bana). The catch to this relationship is that Henry travels through time. And we see how this couple interact, meet, fall in love during different ages in Clare‘s life. What I enjoy about this trailer is that it doesn’t give the entire movie away. The “problem” to be overcome isn’t disclosed or made obvious. It gives just enough to make you wonder what the explanation is and how these two will make it work. In fact, having watched the trailer again now, quite some time after having watched the whole movie, I’m really tempted to give it another go. It looks very sweet and special. But not quite sure…

So Realweegiemidget, thanks for choosing this one. It might, maybe, maybe, just get another chance in my To Watch list.

cropped-cat2As always, head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for her take on this trailer and then join us on Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for your comments. See you there…

About Time (2 Reel Quirky Cats September (P)review)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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Ah….sigh…I love this movie.

Just delightful…as is the trailer…

So, the story, as you’ve by now gathered, is about a guy who can travel in time. But, for once, this concept is presented in a such a beautiful and believable way that I actually don’t mind the time travel concept (I’m usually not a big fan to be honest, hence I nearly missed this movie in the first place). Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson make such a wonderful couple. And, as you can see from the trailer, there are awkward moments (didn’t we all have those on first dates or first encounters?) and…they’re realistic ones, believable oopses. Yes, here, unlike reality, Tim (Gleeson) is able to travel back in time to change things to his liking. But, as we all know, everything in life impacts everything else so a teeny tiny change isn’t always going to work out the way he expects. But, I won’t give away any more…it is the trailer we’re focusing on after all.

Watch it. Enjoy it. There are serious bits and there are light bits. All-in-all it teaches you are really good lesson.

cropped-cat2As always, head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for her take on this trailer and then join us on Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for your comments. See you there…