Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 8 – Favourite Film From 2017

This year’s Round 8 of Opinions Battles is here and we are looking at our favorite film of 2017. Granted I still have a ton of movies to watch to at least feel like I caught up a lot of movies chosen here I did see and a few of them even were considered. Ultimately, I chose Kong: Skull Island because it had a great balance of everything. It wasn’t Oscar-nominated or anything but I never care about that sort of thing. Head on over to check out some other great choices and remember to vote in the poll for the choice you agreed with the most.

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 8

Favourite Film From 2017

We are well into 2018 now, so now it is a good chance to look back at 2017 and our favourite film from that year, we had some classic join the libraries of many, we also had some stinkers though, we don’t want to talk about them though. We are focusing on the ones we enjoyed the most, so lets see what we are picking.

Next Round Favourite Martin Scorsese –Closing Date Friday 7th September 2018

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The Shape of Water


The Shape of Water is one film that struck home perfectly, it showed how loneliness can be difficult to get through and finding hope in the most different person can turn the life around. We have beautifully shot movie with stunning performance and it did go onto to win Best Picture at the…

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Movies and Tea #8 – The Three Musketeers

Its time for the next episode of Movies and Tea. Its the penultimate movie to our Paul W.S. Anderson focus this season: The Three Musketeers! Head on over to check out the show! Tell us if you’ve seen this adaptation and whether you like it.

Be sure to follow Movies and Tea to not miss out on our individual reviews of each of the movies and other fun content as well as the podcasts. We have something special planned once we wrap up the last movie of Paul W.S. Anderson (for now), Pompeii for this season.

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Compared to the other films in his filmography his “clock-punk” reimaginging of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel marked a noteable changeable of pace for Paul W.S. Anderson.

Critically panned on its release we take another look at the film to find out if the critics were too quick to judge what is arguable one of the more original adaptations of the popular tale. So come join us in the booth.

Further Viewing

The Three Musketeers (1973)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
The Man In The Iron Mask
The Mask of Zoro

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Paul Haslinger – Only Four Men
Paul Haslinger – Buckingham’s Departure

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5 Movie Scenes Involving Christmas Trees!: Christmas in July Blogathon 2018

Drew’s Movie Review’s annual Christmas in July Blogathon is here! This year, after doing some serious thinking, I decided to go with 5 Movie Scenes with Christmas Trees!

Head over to check it out and tell me what scene with Christmas Tree would make it on your list!

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Hello, friends!

Many of you should know my next Christmas in July Blogathon participant, especially if you followed my blog in the earlier months of the year during the Ultimate Decades blogathons. And if you didn’t, I’m sure you’ve seen her around. She has a life blog where she blogs about movies, books, cooking, her travels, and a multitude of other things and a photography blog called Avenue of Daydreams. She also co-hosts several podcasts, including Game Warp and Movies and Tea. I am talking about Kim from Tranquil Dreams, of course! Kim is involved with so much. I have no idea how she manages it all and stay sane! One of the things I like about this blogathon is how varied the entries are and Kim always offers some of the most unique each year. For this year, she brings us her favorite scenes involving Christmas…

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Movies and Tea #7 – Death Race

Continuing the Movies and Tea Podcast with my fantastic co-host Elwood Jones as we look the next film in Paul W.S. Anderson directing effort, Death Race! Packed with some Jason Statham action, Tyrese Gibson and of course, deadly races as well as a villainous role by Joan Allen. We look at all of that and what makes it one of the great and underrated films in Paul W. S. Anderson’s filmography.

Head over and check out our episode. Share your thoughts on Death Race!

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Having spent years languishing in development hell Paul W.S. Anderson finally brought the remake of the cult favourite “Death Race 2000” to the screen in what he envisioned as a prequel to the original film.

But with Anderson choosing to reimagine than create a straight remake for many fans of the original this film failed to even get off the starting grid and on this episode we question if perhaps they were right to judge the film so quickly.

We also look at truck flips, the joy of vehicular carnage aswell as if this was Anderson’s last great movie and much more!

So come join us in the booth!!

Further Viewing

Death Race 2000
Fast Five

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Mary J Blige Feat. Ludacris – Grown Woman

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 7 – Favourite 90s Animation

Round 7 of Opinion Battles is here! This time is was a topic that I had the pleasure to choose and of course it had to be Favorite 90’s Animation. The decade that had some fantastic animated films. Everyone choose some great choices here that I had thought about also but I went with a movie that I was so excited to see Disney bring to life and that is Mulan.
Head over to check out the other choices and drop a vote in the poll on whose choice you agreed with the most!

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 7

Favourite 90s Animation

This is a previous years winner choice Kim selected us 90s animation, the 90s are one of the most important times for animation, we saw the true rise of Studio Ghibli in America, Pixar burst onto the scene and the decade started with Disney returning to their best, the question is though, what is our players favourites?

Next Round – Favourite Film from 2017

Closing Date 4th August 2018

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Lion King

Growing up in the 90’s gave me first cinema experiences, the first animated movie I saw was The Lion King, this is why I have picked this movie, I love the songs through the film, the character arc that Simba goes through in what film is all about and to use the African animals, the ones you can’t see anyway except a zoo was fascinating…

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Movies and Tea #6 – Alien Vs. Predator

Time for Elwood and I to sit down for the next episode on Movies and Tea. This time we take a look at the next Paul W.S. Anderson movie, AVP. Let’s see what we thought of how he did on the epic clash between Aliens and Predators.
Head over to Movies and Tea Podcast blog to leave your comments on your thoughts on AVP (and subscribe so you don’t miss any upcoming episodes).

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Despite first clashing in Randy Stradley and Chris Warner’s comic book in 1989, it wouldn’t be until a year later and the release of Predator 2 with its cheeky use of an Alien skull in the trophy case that intrest in combining the two horror icons really gained momentum despite being stuck in development hell for a further 10 years until Anderson pitched his own script but would he be the right director to finally bring this clash between the two iconic monsters to the screen.

Welcome to the booth!!

Further Viewing

Deep Rising
The Thing
The Mummy (1999)
Tomb Raider

Music on this episode

Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
Harald Kloser – Down The Tunnel

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Double Feature: Varsity Blues (1999) & A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (2016)

It feels like quite a while since I did a double feature but that might be because I’ve been taking a little movie watching break and binging some more TV that I never happen to write about (but I will, I promise). A bit of a mixed bag here although you could call this a young adult/adolescent pairing? I don’t know when A Cinderella Story for this one takes place. Its usually around the high school phase as well.

Varsity Blues (1999)

varsity blues

Director: Brian Robbins

Cast: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Scott Caan, Amy Smart, Eliel Swinton, Ali Larter

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured. – IMDB

Those who know me know that I’m a huge fan of Paul Walker, as a human being and truly do miss his presence since he had done some fantastic work in Fast and the Furious as well as other movies. I’m sure that I’ll be doing something in the Sunday Lists very soon. With that said, I haven’t seen Varsity Blues before where he plays the supporting role of Lance Harbor, the injured star quarterback mentioned in the plot summary above. The main character here is played by James Van Der Beek. Going into Varsity Blues blind did give me quite the shock because it is quite an intense film especially in the sense, of how Jon Voight’s character as the coach of the team.

Varsity Blues is quite generic in the coming of age sports film but it shines in its performances and the cast member. The movie also has some pacing issues particularly in the beginning however the second half of the film does redeem itself quite a bit as that is where I was truly invested into the movies. It touches a lot on say the future of the dreams but also brings into other realities of say race and prejudices as well as unreasonable ambitions and doing/fighting for what is right and following your heart instead of what others perceive as your future or the path you should take.

I was a little underwhelmed by the film as its fairly average but the decent performances does make it worth a watch.

A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (2016)

a cinderella story if the shoe fits

Director: Michelle Johnston

Cast: Sofia Carson, Jennifer Tilly, Amy Louise Wilson, Jazzara Jaslyn, Thomas Law, David Ury, Sven Ruygrok

A contemporary musical version of the classic Cinderella story in which the servant step daughter hope to compete in a musical competition for a famous pop star. – IMDB

I have no idea how these A Cinderella Story is still going on. I think I’m missing like the third one if this one is the fourth one. I do like the Hillary Duff one with Chad Michael Murray which started it all. Its one I watch every once in a while for the obvious reasons that the cast is spectacular with Jennifer Coolidge as the absurd mean stepmother role. The next one after that was Another Cinderella Story with Selena Gomez which I didn’t love but enjoyed since it had some cute moments and lovely dancing and singing moments. I didn’t bother with the third one since I figured this stuff wasn’t worth my spending money on it so to fill up some background noise and uninvested movie viewing, I put this on because I saw it on Netflix. I know no one in this one and its all quite rinse and repeat. There’s some dancing and the opening thing of singing and dancing seems like this female replica of Grease’s Grease Lightning part. However, this one is just bad. The humor is not funny. The acting is meh. The singing and dancing is okay. The story is generic.

It was something of a waste of time but then I mean, as background noise, I guess it fit the bill but I wouldn’t watch it again.