Films

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

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In a Nutshell: Animal Kingdom (2010)

Wow…I don’t know what to say. Was it good? Was it bad? No…definitely not bad. Good. Hmmm, yes, I’d say so. Actually, yes, definitely good as otherwise I wouldn’t even be writing about it. I think it was actually, pretty darn good. Hectic. Sometimes depressing, or rather, hopeless. Thought provoking. Well worth watching.

17 year old Joshua ‘J’ Cody (played by James Frecheville who I really enjoyed in Adore (here)) moves in with this grandmother and her sons after his mother overdoses on heroin. This is no ordinary family…no, they’re armed robbers, drug dealers, killers, the works. J is inevitably pulled into this criminal environment which isn’t made any easier with detectives trying to take the family down and a girlfriend adding to complications.

While it isn’t a very fast-paced action movie, it definitely keeps viewer tensions high all the way through. A number of times I found myself sitting with jaw agape from pure shock at some of the things that go down. Most shocking of all is character Andrew ‘Pope’ Cody, played so sickeningly well by Ben Mendelsohn. In fact, the entire cast is utterly convincing in their respective roles. From Jacki Weaver to Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton to Luke Ford and every other actor/actress involved. Directed by David Michôd, Animal Kingdom has even had an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination (Jacki Weaver as Best Actress in a Supporting Role which, boy oh boy, is well deserved. She’s a nasty piece of work as the matriarch and likewise had me gaping in disbelief at some of her actions/decisions).

It’s gritty. Not glamorous. Brutal. And has some wonderful visual shots that provide the only relief for the two hours. Really well done.

This Australian movie is well worth the watch and will have you wondering how it can all possibly end. But be in the mood. It isn’t “light”…in fact, it had quite a negative effect on me yesterday.

So..not quite in a nutshell…but hey…

The Bridge on the River Kwai (2 Reel Quirky Cats August (P)review)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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Well, another month comes to an end together with our random war movie theme. The poll winner this month (well, July and August due to Realweegiemidget and I both galavanting in our own ways) is The Bridge on the River Kwai (in case you didn’t read the post title).

Our theme for next month is Time Travel and we’re also going to be stirring things up a bit…you’ll find out soon enough…he he.

So, let’s get on with it. Here’s the trailer…

I’d watched the movie years and years ago and honestly can’t remember much of it. So, I’d expected the trailer to remind me of the story…but because I was expecting it…it didn’t. What it did do is tempt me to watch this one again…great trailer I’d say. One that doesn’t give it all away.

This 1957 epic movie stars William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa and Jack Hawkins amongst others. Directed by David Lean it won 7 of the 8 Oscars it was nominated for and is based on a novel by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Planet of the Apes).

What the story? Well, as you know from the trailer…it doesn’t let on too much other than some prisoners of war need to build a bridge. And they experience the brutality, tenderness and difficulty of war. So…yes, the story, on the surface, is pretty much that. But, of course, there is more to it. Lots, lots more. And…hmmm…because the trailer is fairly vague and the movie really excellent…I’m likewise going to be vague and leave it at: do yourself a favour and watch it from beginning to end.

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…

Round 2 of not so popular popular (Unpopular Opinion Tag)

Richard over at The Humpo Show originally tagged me and I gave my contribution here. But, Realweegiemidget, who’d also been tagged, and who’s my other quirky cat partner in crime re-tagged me (Realweegiemidget, herewith you a tagged back and somehow I recall using “nix” way back in school days to block from being tagged back immediately…so “nix”… 🙂 ).

Here are my next three movies that everyone liked but I didn’t (after this I’m back to positive reviews). Once again…you’ll probably be shocked and unfollow me…but…boohooo, I’ll survive…sob, sob… 😀

Good Will Hunting. I can’t remember this one too well. What I do remember is rushing out to see it because everyone went on about the brilliance of it. And thinking it didn’t make such an impression and had more “f” words than dialogue. But that’s me. And maybe it warrants a re-watch.

The Sixth Sense. Another one that everyone goes on about what a great movie it is. I didn’t think it that good. But then, maybe it had something to do with some fool telling me the “punchline” before I’d seen it. In all likelihood, that’s what ruined it for me.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? This seems to have been quite well received but I just didn’t enjoy this one. It is one of the few movies I’ve actually stopped watching – usually I’ll sit through to the end but sorry, I just couldn’t here.

So, of course Realweegiemidget is tagged (and can’t tag me back)…but, here are a few more…

Fiction Fan, I hope you can be my friend again after having shocked you with my previous list (hee, hee). I suspect this list will have you shaking your head once more though 😉 I know you focus on books so no pressure to do this.

Anybody Got a Match?

Mettel Ray

Tranquil Dreams

pure entertainment preservation society (you and your sister are now both “officially” tagged)

And once again…the Rules:

1 – Pick 3 films that are well liked by most people, except you!

2 – Tag 5 or more people to get involved.

3 – Thank the person that tagged you. 🙂

Not so popular popular (Unpopular Opinion Tag)

There are always those “popular” movies that everyone raves about but that just don’t gel with me. Imagine everyone had the same likes and dislikes.

Richard over at The Humpo Show tagged me and I enjoy these things so…why not? Thanks Richard! Your tag is much appreciated.

And, without further ado (be warned though…you might just want to unfollow me or throttle me or shake your head in disgust)….here are the three movies that I really don’t like despite popular opinions.

Immediately to mind comes this one:

No Country for Old Men. I’m sorry but I absolutely HATE this movie. I know, I know…hate is a very strong word but in this case…I HATE it! It is sooooo disturbing. It ends off with this feeling of hopelessness. I know that is often reality but the reason I watch movies is for escapism and there needs to be a glimmer of hope. I never got that from this one.

The other one that was all hyped up and just left me feeling down:

Up. I’m sorry…go ahead, unfollow me if you want. The opening few minutes were cute and then I was sad for the rest of the story. And despondent. And wondered why such a depressing movie was made. Definitely not one for kids. But that’s just how I feel.

And finally….

Gone with the Wind. This is based purely on my memories of watching it years and years ago. I can’t tell you what I didn’t like or why, but I remember being all excited to watch it and then….disappointed. I recall hoping for a happy end which I don’t think ever came. Ok, maybe I’ve forgotten how it all pans out. Maybe if I watch it now (yeah, right, like that’s going to happen) I’ll take a more mature view on it and enjoy it….hmmm….

The blogs I’ll tag for this one are, in no particular order (see the rules further down):

Plain, Simple Tom Reviews

Maddylovesherclassicfilms

Caftan Woman

Reads & Reels

Jason’s Movie Blog

Often off Topic

Taking Up Room

and Realweegiemidget, I’d double-tag you but you have this habit of adding to my To Watch list. Ok…you’re tagged again

Rules:

1 – Pick 3 films that are well liked by most people, except you!

2 – Tag 5 or more people to get involved.

3 – Thank the person that tagged you. 🙂

Summer Splashes…The Way Way Back

It is freezing right now I’ll have you know. Winter. Cold. Brrr…❄ Ok, fine, no snow, but cold nonetheless. And I have to write about summer…how cruel. Hee hee…

But, nothing like a nice warm and fuzzy movie to add to some summer spirit. Let me present…The Way Way Back (2013). A lovely movie set during the summer holidays and to top it off, at a water park (to a degree).

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Duncan, brilliantly played by Liam James, is a shy teenager who doesn’t really fit in, especially within the dynamics of his mother Pam (the ever brilliant Toni Collette), her new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and his daughter. They all head off to Trent‘s beach house for a summer holiday. Trent constantly has a go at Duncan and more subtly at Pam, although she doesn’t notice it. During the course of the holiday, needing to keep busy as well as escape the adults, Duncan finds himself at Water Wizz, a local water park. Here he meets outgoing Owen (Sam Rockwell, awesome as usual) the park manager and other staff members. Although Owen seems to be a carefree and sometimes irresponsible adult, he knows exactly how to get Duncan to come out of his shell without being blatantly obvious. It is just beautiful watching Owen and Duncan‘s interaction, always with respect yet with just enough guidance from Owen. While there were some serious and sad moments (yet never heavy), I thoroughly enjoyed watching Duncan‘s growth and relationships with fellow Water Wizz staff, family (family-to-be) and neighbours.

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As the summer progresses, so do the relationships (some regress). The ideal place for personal growth is often during those breaks away from the everyday routine. Summer holidays bring people out and therefore are perfect settings for finding friends, yourself and some fun.

Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who also have small but great roles, The Way Way Back also stars Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb and Rob Corddry amongst others.

A fellow blogger once made a comment that “The Way Way Back is like a big hug in cinematic form”. Absolutely.

 

A Movie Gift to You Blogathon

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The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and my daughter (albeit only in a couple of years), without a moment of doubt the two things that immediately came to mind when I stumbled across this Blogathon. Why this combination? Well…because she’s a girl, but not a “girly-girl” who’s into dainty characters and, because I just want to share my all-time favourite with her. The passion, the adventure, the music. I want her to experience the anticipation, the intrigue, the relationships, the time spent falling in love that special first time watching a movie. I think she deserves to be moved by this story like I was and still am (Yes, there is also the brutality of humans on show but it is never what comes to mind first). And, who wouldn’t want to give their daughter what they think is the best? Well, not necessarily the best but the best for that person.

Briefly, the story is around two sisters (Cora and Alice) who make their way to their father who is stationed at Fort William Henry. At the same time, three frontiersmen (Chingachgook, Uncas and Hawkeye) make their way west and circumstances bring them all together. Thus they navigate through the dangers of the French and Indian war. Not romantic? Well, you’d be surprised.

The Last of the Mohicans is decorated with the most beautiful musical ribbon. Winding its way through the movie, sometimes gently, sometimes a little firmer but never overbearing, never harsh, it is that special touch that gives the perfect finishing. One that evokes so much more than the picture alone could. In fact, when immersing myself in only the soundtrack, I relive the film wishing I was there.

Then, midst the beautiful scenery, come the individual adventures of such different characters, woven together to form a single sheet of wrapping paper. Each contributing to the whole where none would make sense without the other. I like a strong yet gentle woman who is able to make her own decisions while taking the advice of those important to her yet never being needy. Such is Cora Munro. Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe) is always the way a person should be: true to themselves and not changing their behaviour when they are with the woman they fall for to what they are like when she isn’t there. I love the scene where he is helping the colonial militia prepare to escape Fort William Henry. Here he stays true to his cause yet also to Cora. The light exchange of “I’ve got a reason to stay.”, “That reason wear a striped skirt and work in the surgery?” and “It does. No offense, but it’s a better looking reason than you…” always makes me smile. I think they are the perfect fit and equals to each other. Uncas, the last Mohican, lives his life and never puts himself in a safe place because he is the last of a People, falling in love with Alice. His father, Chingachgook, is such a great man and amazing parent who supports his two sons (Uncas and Hawkeye) equally despite Hawkeye not being of his blood. So their lives and wonderful characters all converge to form this adventure.

But, the core of this beautifully wrapped gift is this: the romance and the loyalty. Of Hawkeye and Cora, but also Uncas and Alice. Never soppy, always passionate and powerful. To me, the most romantic notion ever comes from the scene where Hawkeye tells Cora “You be strong, you survive… You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you”. And then, just as romantic is when Cora says “You’ve done everything you can do. Save yourself! If the worst happens, and only one of us survives, something of the other does, too.” Wow – the “selfishlessness” of love, where you let someone go in order to save them instead of yourself so that love can endure. Every girl deserves this kind of romance, if not in the real world, then in the movies which subsequently transcends into the imagination.Last of the Mohicans

I could go on and on and on with the romantic aspects such as Duncan‘s unrequited love for Cora which is so true that he gives himself to be burnt at the stake for her sake. He could have saved himself. As brutal as it is, it is such a romantic notion. As is the scene where Alice, who sometimes annoys me a bit with her “clinginess”, throws herself off the cliff to be with the love of her life. In fact, this is to me one of the most heart-wrenching scenes of any story which I always struggle to watch and repeatedly wish that somehow things have magically changed since the last time I watched. But then, it just wouldn’t be the same. Something special would just be gone.

Lastly, what girl doesn’t love a good “rescue” scene and The Last of the Mohicans delivers just that. I refer to the battle scene where Uncas and Hawkeye spot their ladies about to go under Magua’s knife and race to save them. Ah…nothing else to say here…

I know a film speaks to me when I get this squeezing feeling in my stomach (I can’t really describe it, but it is there when a couple really connect romantically and convincingly for me). And I get this every single time I watch The Last of the Mohicans. This is why I’d like to gift it to my daughter – something so special for my most special. And, I don’t care what anyone says around lack of realism, political correctness or archaic notions – it is my gift after all. And we need to dream a little.