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
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.
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.
Music on this episode
Arrival – Alex Weston Come Healing – Elayna Boynton
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!
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.
Music on this episode
Sky On Fire (Eo17 Remix) – Handsome Poets When I’m Small – Phantogram
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!
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:
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! 🙂
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…
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).
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)
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)
We’re midway through the second week of this year’s Ultimate Decades Blogathon. Today’s entry is also the final participant before Kim and I wrap up the blogathon to close out the week. And our last participant is one of the most unique film bloggers I know: SG from Rhyme and Reason. I describe his blog as unique because he is the only blogger I know who combines his passion for poetry with his love of film. If you aren’t familiar, you can see what I mean below. Follow his site to keep up with all of SG’s poetic musings. Today, SG reviews 2002’s war film The Pianist.
What would you do were you hunted and hated?
What if your value were hotly debated?
What could you share with the Cain to your Abel
To sway them to see you as more than a label?
The next entry of Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022 is here with a movie celebrating its hundredth year this year, 1922’s Nosferatu reviewed by Plain, Simple Tom Reviews. Head on over to check out this fantastic entry and remember to go check out Plain, Simple Tom Reviews and give him a follow!
Welcome to week two of the seventh annual Ultimate Decades Blogathon, where this year is all about movies released in years that end in “2.” Starting off this week is Ultimate Decades regular Tom from Plain, Simple Tom Reviews. Tom has been blogging for quite a while now, and as such reviews all kinds of movies for all kinds of tastes. Be sure to check out his blog if your unfamiliar with it already (and check it out anyway if you are!). Like last year, Tom is reviewing a film turning 100-years-old in 2022. Let’s check it out!
Here we are again at another of Drew and Kim’s “Ultimate Decades” blogathons and as this one is all about release years that end in a “2”, I knew that there was only one film that I wanted to talk about (seriously, I didn’t think at all about any…
Today’s guest is the movie review monster Rob, of MovieRob. Rob has reviewed literally thousands of films on his blog. If you’ve never read any of them before, where have you been!? Also, Rob’s podcast, MovieRob Minute, will be starting season 2 March 28th with Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Be sure to give that a listen as well. Now, as for this entry in this blogathon, Rob is reviewing one of cinema’s landmark and earliest science-fiction films. Taking us way back to 1902, here is Rob’s review of A Trip to the Moon.
Number of Times Seen – Twice (30 Aug 2015 and 21 Feb 2022)