What Have I been Watching: Movies [March]

Because I had Spring Break in the middle of the month and school work semi-ended, I was able to revert back to my old ways and devoured several hours of movies! Some were Oscar nominated films that I missed in theaters, others were small indie films, one classic film, and a couple of films I watched were actually featured in my most anticipated March movies list.

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The +116 Films I Watched This Year

In 2016 I watched 116 movies, possibly more, making it the most amount of movies that I have watched in a single year (beating 2015 by 30+ films). This year, last year I should say now, I revisited some favorites, watched a few classics, rewatched some films that I loved as a kid and saw them in an entirely new light as an adolescent, and watched a bunch a movies for the very first time- some I loved, some I hated. I explored a handful of French films and got a glimpse of a couple indies. This list is truly diverse and filled with a bunch of gems that some may or may not know.  So fill free to explore my 2016 film watchlist……

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5 Films To Look For in the Second Half of 2016

Whether you think that 2016 films have been meh or awesome, or you even believe that this is the worst blockbuster summer ever, the final half of the year certainly has some promising projects. Check out 5 films that I am looking forward to in the second half on 2016.

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Rear Window (1954)- A Timeless Piece of Cinema

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller piece Rear Window opens with an uncut 2 minute shot that displays a lively New York City courtyard.  The camera moves gracefully from window to window introducing a new character for a mere couple of moments before moving to the next frame. At the one minute mark in this beautiful continuous shot I had already realized that Rear Window was going to be a wonderful piece of cinema.

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5 Movies That Make Me Happy

Film, going to the cinema and talking about the movies makes me so happy. There is no better way to cheer myself up when feeling down than watching a film. Especially watching a film I’ve watched 1000 thousand times and can recite the lines throughout the duration of the story. You know? Those movies that you will always love despite the incredible amount of times you’ve viewed them. I want to share some of those movies and hopefully introduce you to a world you may be unfamiliar with. Here are 5 movies that make me happy.

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My Liebster Award [Thank You FlickBox]!

Thank You So Much FlickBox for nominating me for the Liebster Award! FlickBox is one of my favorite bloggers who writes on a subject that I often write on too, cinema. Before I answer the 11 questions created for FlickBox’s 11 nominees I recommend anyone and everyone to check out and follow FlickBox.

The rules of the Liebster Award are simple!

  • Thank those who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Answer the 11 questions that those who nominated you created [for the 11 I nominated the questions are below]
  • Let those 11 know you nominated them
  • Create 11 Questions for your 11 nominees

FlickBox’s Questions Are:

1. What is your favourite horror movie ?

Not a huge fan of the genre but I would have to say The Cabin in the Woods [2011] directed by Drew Goddard. I love that movie.

2. If you could be a movie bad guy, which one would you be ?

Really tough question but I’d have to say Captain America in Captain America Civil War. In Civil War he is the good bad guy, he is doing the right thing but is technically the antagonists against the world governments and Team Iron Man. If I were Cap at the end of the day I’d still be marked as a rogue but I wouldn’t lose at the end [spoiler alert]!

3. Would you let a movie crew film in your house ?

Of course I would, as long as I got to see the production process.

4. What kind of movie would you like to star in ? Why ?

Any upcoming Star Wars movie. Why? Because the sets, as seen in The Force Awakens, would have so much authenticity and would feel so lively that it would be as if I were actually immersed in one of my favorite cinematic universes.

5. Which movie star should live forever ?

I’d say Robert De Niro.

6. Would you like to be an actor/actress ? Why or why not ?

At the moment no because I’d be way too self-conscience to see myself on screen + I do not like the sound of my voice.

7. Do you think movies have been developing technology or technology has been developing movies ?

I believe that it’s a bit of both. Technology such as virtual reality headsets are propelling cinema further, for example IMAX wanting to create VR cinemas. In other cases technology in film has an influence on real world tech. For example Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 inspired Apple and even Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future II inspired Nike, finally, to begin developing the self-lacing sneakers.

8. If you were to be an actor / actress, which director would you like to work with ? And actor ?

Probably Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors and his films have resonated so strongly with me. All of his films are extremely character driven and really immerse not only the actors but the audience into his stories. Being part of one of his worlds and getting lost in them with co-actors would be an amazing experience. As for  an actor I’d love to work with, probably Joseph Gordon Levitt and or Natalie Portman; they seem like really nice people.

9. Would you rather be in a movie, or be given $500.000 ?

I would rather be in a movie because my salary would be more than $500 and I get to part of the magic of cinema. I would love to be in a Star Wars movie as said in number 4.

10. Think of a boring movie you’ve seen. Is there a way to make it better ?

Not to say that the Revenant is boring but it was a bit slow. Don’t get me wrong DiCaprio’s performance was stellar and the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki and direction of Alejandro G. Inaritu created an absolutely gorgeous film. However, carrying the movie on Leo’s back for most of the film was a bit tiresome. One way to make it better could’ve been to create a more lyrical score.

11. Which movie has the best story ? Tell me about it.

Really tough question. There is no telling what the best story is, it may not be subjective but it’s incredibly difficult to decide. Some of the best stories are found in Science Fiction and Fantasy films such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, you can also find great stories in Tarantino films such as Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.  So I don’t give an expected response, I would like like to say that Princess Mononoke has one of the greatest stories. Even if you are not fond of anime, Princess Mononoke should be a truly engaging experience. At the core it is essentially a story between humans and animals over a forest but dig a little deeper and it’s a film with the strongest characters, a moving plot, an extremely lyrical score, strong themes on deforestation and the evil of humanity. From the first minutes to the very last seconds of the movies climatic battle, viewers will be completely lost in Hayao Miyazaki’s world of  Princess Mononoke.  PLEASE, PLEASE SEE IT!

My 11 Nominees Are:

FlickBox (Who Nominated Me)

Louder than Silver 

The Female Geek 

Prime Six Blogs 

Geekritique

Comparative Geeks

Moonskittles

Daisy in the Willows (Extremely special because she is the 10th blogger to ever follow me!)

Rica Chua 

Nola Films

Mettel Ray (one of my favourite bloggers ever)

My 11 Questions Are:

  1. What are your 5 favorite films?
  2. What is the best film you’ve seen in 2016 thus far?
  3. What are your 3 favorite television shows that you are currently watching?
  4. If you have one, what was your favorite cartoon series growing up? Why?
  5. Who are 5 celebrities you’d invite to a dinner?
  6. Who is your hero or someone you look up to? Why?
  7. What is your favorite movie franchise [for example Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.]?
  8. Who is your favorite female hero on television or film ever? Why?
  9. Would you rather have a Dragon or a Pegasus?
  10. Would you rather be able to travel through outer space or time?
  11. What advice do you have to give to someone who wants to be more confident?

Please check out all 11 of my nominees they are all great nominees!

 

 

X-Men Apocalypse Review Coming in 12-24 Hours

Hi! To those of you who do not follow my blog, I write 4therace which includes short stories, reviews/breakdowns of films and movies and even essays on society. I am a comic book fan and have written about my love for comics previously (check out: Comic Book Anxiety and Batman vs Superman and Snyder’s DC Extended Universe [What it Means to be a Superhero]) Early responses to the latest comic book film, X-Men Apocalypse, have been surprisingly negative. I had the chance to see it today (May 21st of 2016) and absolutely loved it. After leaving the cinema, I could not believe that such reviews existed and will create my own review of Apocalypse that will slam the slammers who slammed the film. Please follow or stay around this blog if you want to join into this discussion which may be controversial, and I want it to be.  This review will change your  perspective of the film (to those who have seen it) and will possibly change your perspectives on comic book movies.

Please stick around and wait, I can’t wait to finish my review!

Hugo [Cinema Was Made To Enchant]

At the surface Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a story which follows a young boy’s struggle living as an orphan in a train station. Delve a little deeper, and Hugo is a masterful piece of art that explores the magic of the medium that is cinema.

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Snowpiercer: The Hierarchical System That is Society

Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is a painful cinematic experience filled with hyper-violence and disgustingly eerie characters (both on the outside and inside).  However, what makes the film so painful to watch is not credited to these two things but to its depiction of the hierarchical system that we call society.

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