Movies and Tea #23 – Alien 3

The new season Movies and Tea is here! We’re kicking off Season 5 as we step into a season of David Fincher’s filmography! Its going to be a fun one especially with all those well-known titles. Head over to Movies and Tea Podcast blog to give our kick-off episode of his feature film debut with Alien 3.

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Kicking off season 5 and our re-evaulation of David Fincher’s filmography is Alien 3 a film equally loathed by fans of the saga as it is loved by those who appricated the darker change in direction. For Fincher however it would prove to be a baptism of fire and one which almost put him off feature film directing.

On this episode we are joined by Heather Baxendale-Walsh to discuss her own superfan love for the series (somthing this episode has plenty of) aswell as charting the problematic production history, the evolution of Ripley’s character and much more!!

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After Hours #13 – Paradise Hills

Next up is the last episode of our 4th episode as we wrap up the last After Hours pick, Paradise Hills! Head over to Movies and Tea to give it a listen! While there, let us know whether you’ve seen this one and what are your thoughts.

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On this episode we check out the pastel goth dollhouse that is “Paradise Hills” a mysterious behavioural modification centre for women who have displeased their families.

But what secrets does the island hold? We find out as we check out this sci-fi thriller from Alice Waddington here making her directorial debut and featuring a script co-written by Nacho Vigalondo

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Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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After Hours #12 – First Love

Next up in Movies and Tea, we are in our selections for After Hours. Kicking off is our first pick which is Takashi Miike’s First Love. Head over to Movies and Tea to listen to the episode and let us know your thoughts on the movie if you’ve seen it or if you haven’t, whether you’ve heard of it or plan on seeing it at some point!

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We check out Takashi Miike’s “First Love” which amusingly was given a one nights release for Valentine’s day as here he taps into the same vein as Tony Scott’s “True Romance” as Leo a Boxer with a terminal brain tumor has a chance encounter with the call girl Yuri only for them soon to find themselves caught up in a drug smuggling scheme.

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Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Double Feature: 3615 Code Pere Noel (1989) & The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018): Christmas in July Blogathon 2020

Its time for Drew’s Movie Reviews Christmas in July Blogathon for this year! I went a more normal path this year and did a double feature for French film, 3615 Code Pere Noel and Disney film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Head on over to Drew’s Movie Reviews to check it out!

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Welcome to the second half of the Christmas in July Blogathon 2020! Today I am exciting to bring in my co-host for my other annual blogathon, the Ultimate Decades Blogathon, who is none other than Kim from Tranquil Dreams. Kim’s blog is filled with a variety of content from movie reviews to food content to book reviews to lifestyle posts to much much more. She likes to focus on Asian cinema and television but as you can see below, she reviews a little of everything. Go check out her site because she absolutely has something for you. As for this blogathon, Kim always like to bring various types of entries to the Christmas in July Blogathons. This year, she is returning to a more traditional post and providing us with a Double Feature feature (a regular on her blog). Here are her reviews of Dial Code Santa Claus and

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After Hours #11 – Bait

Movie and Tea Season 4’s After Hours is here! As usual, we kick off with our 4th Shark Week! This time, we’re looking at 2012’s Australian shark movie, Bait! Head on over and check it out and let us know if you’ve seen this one before and your thoughts on it!

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Shark week is here once again as this time we look at Bait in which a freak Tsunami traps a group of people in a convenience store along with several giant white sharks.
Not only featuring some memorable death scenes and questionable character choices we also get to hear Julian McMahon’s native accent as we question what it was about this film which saw it disappear shortly after it’s release.

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Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

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Movies and Tea #32 – Life of Pi

Next Movies and Tea Podcast is live! Its time to wrap up the final movie in Season 4 as we look at the last film we’re looking at in the Ang Lee filmography, Life of Pi. Head over to Movies and Tea to listen to our discussion of the film as well as sharing our best, worst and hidden gems in Ang Lee’s filmography to wrap up the season. At the same time, let us know how you rank Ang Lee’s filmography and your thoughts on Life of Pi.

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As we bring out Ang Lee season to a close with Life of Pi his Oscar winning film based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name. Here Pi Patel recounts the story of his life and most importantly how he survived being standed in a lifeboat with a tiger called Richard Parker.

We also reveal our favourite, worst and hidden gems from the season.

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Movies and Tea #31 – Lust, Caution

Time for the next Movies and Tea episode as we head into the second last film of Season 4 with an Asian film, Lust, Caution! Set in Hong Kong and starring Tony Leung and Tang Wei, this film has a lot to talk about whether in plot or characters and its erotic thriller elements. Head over to the Movies and Tea blog to check it out and leave us comments on your thoughts on the film.

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Our Ang Lee season arrives at Lust, Caution, an erotic thriller set in Hong Kong in 1938 and in Shanghai in 1942 which sees student Wong Chia Chi being drawn into an assassination plot to kill special agent for the Japanese goverment Mr. Yee only to soon find herself falling for him as she is forced to decide between lust and duty.

Despite the critical acclaim recived for the film it still saw leading Tang Wei blacklisted unlike her male counterpart Tony Leung which we also question as we also look at the controversy the film caused upon its release in China

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Movies and Tea #30 – Brokeback Mountain

Time for the next Movies and Tea episode as we continue on the Ang Lee films journey. Next up is Brokeback Mountain, a much more renowned title in his filmography.
Head over to Movies and Tea to give it a listen and let us know your thoughts on Brokeback Mountain and Ang Lee’s films!

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Having already looked at a character dealing with complex emotional issues in “Hulk” for his next film Ang Lee didn’t stray far from these ideas as he tackled an adapation of Anne Proux novel about two cowboys finding each other at the titular mountain range and their struggle to deal with thier feelings over the course of two decades as they make regular trips back.

We also look at it’s place in New Queer Cinema aswell as the impact it had on the cinematic and social landscape when it was released plus more!!

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Ultimate 2010s Blogathon Conclusion

Its time to wrap-up the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon! I thank everyone there but seriously, thanks so much for all the support! Check out our conclusion over at Drew’s Movie Reviews!

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Hello, friends!

Welcome to the end of the fifth annual Ultimate Decades Blogathon! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the decade we just said goodbye to than looking back at all the great and varied films that were released during it. It has been a blast hosting this blogathon with Kim from Tranquil Dreams and reading everyone’s reviews of their ultimate 2010 film. If you missed any of the entries, here they are:

Tranquil Dreams – Wandering Earth (流浪地球)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – Eighth Grade

John ReiberTrain to Busan

Box Office Buzz – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

18 Cinema LaneThe Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

Police Entertainment Network – Denis Villeneuve: Defining a Decade using Shades of Grey

Starry Traveler’s RoadFrozen and Frozen 2

MovieRobDunkirk

Flick HunterHoly Motors

The Hypersonic55’s Realm of Reviews and…

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Ultimate 2010s Blogathon: Your Name (2016) by Tranquil Dreams

Its time to wrap up the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon with my choice for the final conclusion review. I decided to choose a movie that Drew had recommended strongly to me upon its release in 2016, a Japanese anime called Your Name! Head on over to Drew’s Movie Review to check out my review! Leave a comment whether you’ve seen it and your thoughts on it! 🙂

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Alas, here we are, the final entry of the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon. Just as Kim and I began the blogathon, so too do we end it. Yesterday, Kim shared my review of Inception, which you can read here. Today, it is my turn to share Kim’s review of one of my favorite animated films to come from the decade: Your Name.


Your Name (2016)

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Director (and writer): Makoto Shinkai

Voice Cast (English ver.):  Michael Sinterniklaas, Stephanie Sheh, Kyle Hebert, Cassandra Morris, Ben Pronsky, Ray Chase, Laura Post, Glynis Ellis, Catie Harvey, Scott Williams

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart? – IMDB

There’s no doubt that when we think of Japanese animated films, Studio Ghibli is the first one that gets the most recognition. Yet in the sea of Japanese anime…

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