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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.”
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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…

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

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…