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.

Music on this episode

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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Ultimate 2010s Blogathon: Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) Review by The Hypersonic55’s Realm of Reviews and Other Stuff

Wrapping up the second week of Ultimate 2010s Blogathon is Curt from Hypersonic55’s Realm of Reviews and Other Stuff and Film Focus Podcast sharing a review of 2019’s Ip Man 4! Head over to Drew’s Movie Reviews to check it out !

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Here we are, at the end of week 2 of the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon. Today we are joined by Curt from The Hypersonic55’s Realm of Reviews and Other Stuff. Curt hosts the Film Focus podcast, which I have been lucky enough to have been a guest on several occasions. He talks about all kind of film related topics on his podcast from film reviews to soundtrack discussions to best of lists. If you like cinema, chances are he has an episode for you. Go give it a listen once you finish here. For the blogathon, Curt reviews the latest and final entry in the Ip Man series, aptly titled Ip Man 4: The Finale.


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Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I wanted to share with you my entry for this blogathon and one of my favourite films in recent times; Ip Man 4: The Finale.

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Ultimate 2010s Blogathon: Dunkirk (2017) Review by MovieRob

Next up for the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon is a review from MovieRob on 2017’s Dunkirk! Head over to Drew’s Movie Reviews to check it out!

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We’re halfway through week 2 of the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon! Today the movie review monster himself, MovieRob, joins the blogathon. If you somehow don’t know Rob, he has literally thousands of reviews on his blog. Every month, he hosts his feature called Genre Grandeur, where he asks one blogger to pick a topic and other bloggers send in reviews related to that topic, almost like a monthly blogathon! There is a lot going on on his site so it’s definitely worth a look. But today, he reviews his favorite war movie from the last decade: Dunkirk.


Dunkirk movie poster“Seeing home doesn’t help us get there, Captain. ” – Commander Bolton

Number of Times Seen – 4 (20 Jul 2017, 7 Dec 2017, 25 Feb 2018 and 12 Feb 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – An intense look at the Battle of Dunkirk during…

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Movies and Tea #28 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Next episode of Movies and Tea is here as we continue the Ang Lee films moving onto Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, a film that brought the wuxia world to the West starring Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh.

Head on over to Movies and Tea to give a listen and remember to leave your thoughts over there!

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Having made a Western with Ride With The Devil it seemed almost fitting that Ang Lee would choose to follow it up with an Eastern as he pitched the film asSense and Sensibility with sword fighting as he brought together Wuxia fight scenes and lavish production design in a film which not only revitalised the intrest in Wuxia film but also helped open the door for a revived interest in Asian cinema.

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Ultimate 2010s Blogathon: Denis Villeneuve: Defining a Decade using Shades of Grey by Police Entertainment Network

Kicking off Week 2 of Ultimate 2010s Blogathon over on Drew’s Movie Reviews is Jordan from Police Entertainment Network sharing his overlook on Denis Villeneuve’s films: Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival with a neat look at how he defines the decade using the shades of grey. An interesting piece on a talented director. Head on over to Drew’s Movie Reviews to check it out!

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Welcome to week 2 of the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon! Today’s entry is not a review like all the entries last week but rather a retrospective. A retrospective of Denis Villeneuve, a decade-defining director of the 2010s, and three of his biggest works that were released during the 2010s. This retrospective comes from Jordan, founder and head writer of Police Entertainment Network. Jordan and his writers cover not only movies and other cinema related topics but topics about on duty police officers as well. It is a unique site that is well worth checking out. But before you do that, here is Jordan’s look at a decade of Denis Villeneuve.


(Spoilers ahead for Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival)

The 2010s are incredibly difficult to define when it comes to the films released in the decade. If you look at box office alone, it’s easily the best decade of…

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