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Escape to Victory (2 Reel Quirky Cats July (P)review)

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I’d never heard of this one before (oh, how I love the world of blogging…so many movies to keep that To Watch list growing by about 10 for every 1 I manage to watch. Yes…I’m looking at you Realweegiemidget, amongst others).

And wow…Sylvester Stallone was that young? Michael Caine too (the voice has never changed…recognisable anywhere of course). And Max von Sydow.

So, here’s the trailer for Escape to Victory (1981) aka Victory:

“Well you must realise, it’s my busy time. Everybody wants to escape in the good weather”. Perfect hook – it got me right away. Sets the scene perfectly and with no further convincing I going to watch this one.

The story? From what I can make out, a group of POWs want to escape (who doesn’t?) and their planned way out is through a most unexpected manner – a soccer match against the Germans. I’m guessing that because it is meant to be a propaganda show in favour of the Germans there’s no way this will be the case. I’ll have to watch and find out though…

Another trailer that appears to do a great job of not giving away the good parts or the whole story – so I hope. It leaves me wanting to find out exactly how this is all going to go down. As for Stallone, I’d forgotten about his looks back in the Rocky days. I quite enjoy the role he has in Escape to Victory (from the snippets that are shown). I’m hoping this is the case. I did do a little reading and discovered that a whole lot of professional and semi-professional soccer players feature too. I’ve also read that Kevin Beattie “plays” Michael Caine‘s legs because of the latter struggling to run.

cropped-cat2Realweegiemidget has watched this one so head over to her place here for a more comprehensive review. We’ll be on Twitter for a chit-chat later today too (@2ReelQuirkyCats).

Oh…I nearly forgot…it is a new theme so we have a new poll…here you go – vote for the one we should review next:

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Inglourious Basterds (2 Reel Quirky Cats’ Guest Post by emmakwall)

Wow! Great review. Head on over to emmakwall, our guest for this month, and check out her thoughts on the Inglourious Basterds trailer. Thanks for joining us Emma.

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Inglourious Basterds (2009) – trailer review Thanks to 2 Reel Quirky Cats (both such cool, funny, lovely ladies) for this great opportunity to talk about a trailer I STILL enjoy watching (it’s fun sharing things you love) I know everyone’s probably thinking, oh what a surprise (not) Emma’s chosen a Tarantino film. But I’ve loved […]

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Scream (2 Reel Quirky Cats June (P)review Nr 3 – Poll Winner)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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Scream (1996)…for some reason, this is one of the first movies that came to mind when the 2 Reel Quirky Cats’ “comedy horror” theme came up for this month. I had in my mind that it was funny. But, based on the trailer…it isn’t. Well…there may be a few funny-ish moments. Not really.

The story appears to be that someone is stalking girls who like scary movies. I’m sure there is something linking them all (there has to be doesn’t there?). Maybe they’re all linked to something they did way back when. Most of these 90s movies were like that…weren’t they? And I suspect the killer is someone they all know…someone they somehow wronged. Or, someone who’s jealous of the guys and so stalks the girls. The trailer doesn’t really give much away does it? Just that a bunch of girls are phoned while they are at home at night by some weirdo.

Well, ok…I need to confess. The reason I thought it was a comedy horror (and put it onto our poll) is because…uhm, well, yes…I was thrown out of the cinema way back when it was released. Maybe not thrown out…but close. My friend and I were laughing from the beginning and about 20 minutes in, the teenage couples who were hoping to get cozy started complaining (no point having two silly gals laughing while you’re hoping to have your date hold on to you from fear) and we decided to leave. I’ve never really seen it. I remember it was funny 😉 Going back to the pub where we’d started out before heading to the cinema was more fun (oh, golly, did I say that out loud?) Now it all becomes clear as to why it was a comedy in my opinion.

Our next month’s theme is “War Movies” but because it’s summer up there in the northern part of the globe, we’ll spread our posts out over two months i.e. July and August. Means that down here in the south I can hibernate and keep warm. Or catch up on those movies that I’m just not getting to.

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 screaming comments. Have fun!

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Warm Bodies (2 Reel Quirky Cats June (P)review Nr 2)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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Warm Bodies (2013) is another one of those movies that would have passed me by – not being a big horror/supernatural fan – this is out of my comfort zone (despite the “He’s Still Dead but He’s Getting Warmer” line being intriguing) . But, it just happened to be on TV. So I watched it. Kinda. I’ve never watched it to the end…well, to the end yes, but I skipped a whole chunk and then watched the last few minutes (not because it was bad, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind). However, with this trailer, I may just sit myself down and watch the whole movie properly…from beginning to end. A work colleague told me I should – “it is so sweet” he says.

Have a watch:

This trailer has me smiling. It is just too funny. In a cute, silly way. Pretty much the jist of this movie is that R (Nicholas Hoult) starts developing human responses to Julie (Teresa Palmer). It’s a refreshing take on the human/supernatural love story genre. As must be the case, there is a threat from both the humans and other supernatural beings. All par for the course. I think the trailer is well made in that it gives us enough to tempt but doesn’t spoil all the good bits.

I’ve grown fond of Nicholas Hoult since seeing him as Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road (which I’ve reviewed here) and this role suits him too. But can you ever go wrong with John Malkovich? He’s absolutely awesome.

This is a movie with a whole lot of heart (pun intended). I’ll give it a “full” watch soon. Hope the trailer has convinced you too.

Join us again next week for the poll winner of the month…while I think it may not be a pure comedy-horror (horror-comedy)…We’ll have fun anyway.

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 zombish comments. Have fun!

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Shaun of the Dead (2 Reel Quirky Cats’ Guest Post by Shanannigans)

Shanannigans of Reads & Reels gave us this awesome guest post today. Thanks for joining us, Shanannigans.

Buddy Post: Trailer review of the classic, “Shaun of the Dead”, starring Simon Pegg. Cont…

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Uhm…Cockneys vs Zombies (2 Reel Quirky Cats June (P)review Nr 1)

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So…yes…uhm…well…hmmm….wow….I don’t know how to start this one. Maybe, let me say that collaborating with other bloggers broadens one’s horizons. Firstly, this month’s topic of “Horror Comedy”, selected by our June guest blogger Shanannigans of Reads and Reels, is a genre I’ve never really watched. Secondly, that’s exactly why this blogging community is so awesome…I’m being exposed to movies (and genres) I’ve never even heard of, or, rather, never taken much note of. So, while we’ve giving Shanannigans some time to get her zombies ducks in a row, my collaborator in crime, Realweegiemidget has selected her choice for this topic…tada…Cockneys vs Zombies.

What’s it about? Actually, I don’t know. I wasn’t concentrating on the story. But, I was having a good chuckle throughout the trailer (here I need to tell you that I’m not big into comedy. Even less into horror). Oh my! The two grandad-and-his-walker scene snippets are just something. And, I’ll never think of certain fashion brands the same either 😉 (I need to confess, I’ve picked a slightly different trailer from what Realweegiemidget gave me – just for the grandad parts.)

The British are great at comedy (I need to rephrase my previous comment here to “here I need to tell you that I’m not big into comedy except the wonderful art of British comedy”. The horror comment still stands though) and they might just pull this one off too. In fact, I am quite tempted to watch this one. It looks like good, mindless, non-so-scary fun.

cropped-cat2Head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for her take on this comic bit of horror (or is it horrific bit of comedy?) and then join us on Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for your zombish comments. Have fun! By the way, thanks for broadening my horizons with your selection, Realweegiemidget.

Oh…and, because it’s a new month and so a new genre of reviews we have a poll for you. Vote for your favourite Horror Comedy movie of those we’ve put forward and we’ll tackle that one at the end of the month:

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27 Dresses (2 Reel Quirky Cats (P)reviews Nr 3)

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Congratulations to the poll winner: 27 Dresses. reelweegiemidget and I choose the poll entries by each giving two of our choices for the theme of the month and then leaving the final choice up to voters. This first round went to my selection, a real guilty pleasure that I secretly watch roughly once a year…27 Dresses (2008).

Jane (Katherine Heigl) attends wedding after wedding as a bridesmaid but never a bride. She’s always been content arranging her friends’ weddings and crushing on her boss. However, the arrival of her sister stirs things up and even more so when Jane is left to arrange an unexpected wedding while having wedding reporter Kevin hanging around.

The trailer gives us a fair idea of the story but thank goodness, doesn’t give away too much. It still leaves you wondering how this will turn out and if Jane will ultimately end up with her boss, George. It give you just enough…Jane doesn’t ever look out for herself but how this will be resolved is up to you to find out. Kevin‘s (James Marsden) role is also not very obvious – hurray!

The strange thing about this movie is that I didn’t really like it the first time I watched it. Only years late, out of the blue, did I think about it a bit more, wondering why I hadn’t liked it. Gave it another watch and tada…it kind of “grew on me”.

cropped-cat2Head on over to the other quirky cat, reelweegiemidget for her thoughts on this one. As usual, join us for a chit-chat on Twitter: @2ReelQuirkyCats

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