Movies and Tea #52 – Reservoir Dogs

Next season of Movies and Tea starts as we jump into a season-long evaluation of Quentin Tarantino’s directorial work. The first to kick off is Reservoir Dogs! Head on over to Movies and Tea to give it a listen!

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We kick off Season #7 and the start of our season long re-evaluation of the Quentin Tarantino’s filmography starting with Reservoir Dogs as a failed a group of crooks try to figure out who the rat is in their group when a jewellery store heist gets astray.

Further Viewing

Takers
The Town
Oceans 8
Taking of Pelham 123
City On Fire
The Killing
Kansas City Confidential

Music on this episode

Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede

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After Hours – To All The Boys Trilogy

Its time for the next episode of Movies and Tea as we wrap up the After Hours of this season. This time is a dive into the To All The Boys Trilogy on Netflix which of course is my own pick since I’m a big fan of the book series and the films. Head on over and give it a listen!

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Kim introduces Elwood to the “To All The Boys” trilogy staring Lana Condor as the shy high school junior Lara Jean Covey whose letters she wrote to her crushes accidently get mailed to her crushes sparking a series of romantic misadventure

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After Hours – Dumplin’

Continuing in the After Hours! We enter the world of beauty pageants as we look at Netflix exclusive Dumplin’ with a Dolly Parton soundtrack, Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald as mother and daughter and a group of unlikely beauty pageant participants who join to break the norm.

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Elwood and Kim look at the world of beauty pagents with the Netflix exclusive Dumplin’ in which the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps,

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After Hours – The Reef

Season 6 heads into After Hours as we kick off with our Shark Week film choice. This time its Australian thriller The Reef. Head on over to Movies and Tea and give it a listen!

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Shark Week returns as this time Kim and Elwood check out the minimalist take on the genre with The Reef in which a group of friends find themselves being stalked by a great white shark when thier boat capsizes

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Movies and Tea #51 – The Farewell

The final episode for this season’s Female Directors ends with Lulu Wang’s The Farewell. Head on over to Movies and Tea to give it a listen and let us know whether you’ve seen it and your thoughts on the film.

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Our celebration of female directors comes to a close with Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” based in part on an event in Wang’s life as Billi (Awkwafina) finds herself drawn into a speedy wedding organised as a cover to bring the family together when her grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

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Arrival – Alex Weston
Come Healing – Elayna Boynton

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Movies and Tea #50 – XX

Time for the next episode of Movies and Tea as we continue our dive into the female directors season with a female directed horror anthology XX. Head on over to Movies and Tea to give it a listen!

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The season long celebration of female directors this time doesn’t look at just one but instead the work of five diffrent directors as Roxanne Benjamin, Sofìa Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic come together for an anthology of horror stories.

Join us as we break down the tales of mysterious boxes, demonic possession, problem children and possibly the worst birthday ever!

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Movies and Tea #49 – The Edge of Seventeen

The next Movies and Tea episode is here as we continue the Female Directors season. This time, we are talking about 2016’s coming of age The Edge of Seventeen. Head on over to give it a listen!

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Our season long celebration of female directors this time moves onto Kelly Fremon Craig and her directorial debut The Edge of Seventeen in which high school junior Nadine sets out to redisover who she is when her best friend starts dating her popular brother throwing her life into turmoil.

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Sky On Fire (Eo17 Remix) – Handsome Poets
When I’m Small – Phantogram

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Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022 Conclusion

Its time to conclude the Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022! Its been a ton of fun! Send our biggest thank you’s to all the participants and readers! Head on over to Drew’s Movie Reviews to check out the complete list of entries as well as the our final words of thanks from myself and Drew!

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Hello, friends!

Welcome to the final post in the seventh annual Ultimate Decades Blogathon, celebrating movies released in years ending in “2.” This year’s blogathon contained films from throughout all of cinema’s history, from 10 years ago to 120 years ago! I would like to give a huge thanks to all of the participants and their creativity in their selections; we truly had a wide array of films in this blogathon. Here is the full list of entries:

Tranquil Dreams – Porco Rosso (1992)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – End of Watch (2012)

Various Ramblings of a Nostalgic ItalianThe Godfather (1972)

MovieRobA Trip to the Moon (1902)

Film MiasmaThe Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Plain, Simple Tom ReviewsNosferatu (1922)

Starry Traveler’s RoadThe Secret of Arrietty (2012)

Rhyme and ReasonThe Pianist (2002)

Drew’s Movie Reviews – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022 Wrap-Up: Drug War (2012) by Tranquil Dreams

The final wrap-up piece is from moi! As I am slowly trying to gear towards more Asian cinema, specifically Chinese language films, I went ahead an chose 2012’s Johnnie To action crime thriller Drug War! Head on over to Drew’s Movie Review to check it out! 🙂

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Hello, friends!

Welcome to the final entry in the Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022! Today’s part 2 of the blogathon’s wrap up comes from my wonderful co-host, Kim! I’m sure she needs no introduction at this point so let’s get right into her review of 2012’s Drug War!


Drug War (2012)

Director: Johnnie To

Cast: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang, Michelle Ye, Yunxiang Gao, Wallace Chung, Guangjie Li, Tao Guo, Jing Li, Hoi-Pang Lo, Eddie Cheung, Ka-Tung Lam, Suet Lam, Ting Yip Ng, Philip Keung

“A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.” – IMDB

With a filmography spanning from 1980 until 2020, Johnnie To is no doubt a Hong Kong director that has quite a few titles in his filmography which has been renowned especially in the action and crime area. Billed as…

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Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022 Finale: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) by Drew’s Movie Reviews

Welcome back to Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022. After almost 2 weeks, we are winding down with our finale posts over today and tomorrow. The first of the two posts is from my awesome co-host Drew with his pick of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Drew is diving into Steven Spielberg’s films over the course of 2022 so you should definitely make sure to keep checking his blog out to make sure you don’t miss any of those reviews (and all his other reviews and weekly trailer round-ups).

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Synopsis 
When E.T., an alien visiting Earth, gets left behind when his ship quickly leaves, Elliott (Henry Thomas) helps him contact his home world.

Review 
When E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial released 40 years ago in 1982, no one, not even Steven Spielberg, predicted that it would be the phenomenon that it has become. After finally viewing it myself, I can see why this film has become a beloved classic. The movie tells a story about a boy befriending an alien while also examining the affect of divorce on children. It’s a very unique story combination that few filmmakers without Spielberg’s expertise could pull off. All of the relationships, Elliot’s relationship with E.T., Elliott’s relationship with his siblings, and Elliott’s and his siblings’ relationship with their mother, are all thoroughly developed and fleshed out. The score, created by Spielberg’s regular composer John Williams, excels at elevating the emotional undertones of every scene. One particular moment that stands out is the iconic moment when Elliott, with assistance from E.T., flies his bike in the air with the moon behind them. It’s already a fantastic scene but Williams’ score makes it even better. Even without the score, the script does a wonderful job of building emotion. By the end, you’ll no doubt have become attached to the characters, particularly the lovable E.T. himself, culminating in an emotional ending.

I thought E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was GOOD 🙂 Filled with heart and relatable characters, Steven Spielberg crafts an epic tale that everyone can enjoy and hold dear.

Trivia
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial holds the record for the longest ever theatrical run, staying in theaters for over one year after it’s release on June 11, 1982. (via IMDb)

Trailer 

Cast & Crew 
Steven Spielberg – Director
Melissa Mathison – Writer
John Williams – Composer

Henry Thomas – Elliott
Robert MacNaughton – Michael
Drew Barrymore – Gertie
Dee Wallace – Mary
Peter Coyote – Keys
KC Martel – Greg
Sean Frye – Steve
Tom Howell – Tyler
Pat Welsh – E.T. (voice)

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Check out the full list of blogathon entries for this year’s Ultimate Decades Blogathon HERE!

Remember to head over to Drew’s Movie Reviews tomorrow to check out my blogathon final pick!