Calling Out for Guillermo Del Toro Fans!

Hey everyone!

A little announcement and invite to everyone today!

Movies and Tea Podcast is about to head into our second season. After a great first season focused on Paul W.S. Anderson and a 3 episode After Hours session (and even had a little break to catch up on all the written material), we are ready to move onto the next director. If you are unfamiliar with Movies and Tea. Its a movie podcast hosted by myself and Elwood Jones where we choose one director every season to look at their directorial work. It acts at both a re-evaluation of their works as well as filling in those empty spots of films that we haven’t seen from director’s that intrigue us.

If you want to check out the episodes from Season 1, you can head over to the blog linked above or to Podomatic, iTunes, Spotify…we’re in a lot of places.

This season, we are talking about Guillermo Del Toro’s films. The change from last season, we want to open up invites to see who would be interested in joining us on some of the episodes and specifically which film you want to talk about. Suffice to say that Guillermo Del Toro is definitely more loved than our first season but his work and progression of style and film material has its diversity. For myself, I haven’t seen any of his earlier works so its going to be a journey to discover how his debut material is.

The list of films we are looking at this season are in the banner above:

  • Cronos
  • Mimic
  • Devil’s Backbone
  • Blade 2 & Hellboy
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Pacific Rim
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Shape of Water

That is really all I have to say. To keep things a little more secretive, you can drop me an email if you are interested and which film you would like to talk about and/or leave me a comment to tell me that you sent me an email at kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com so that I know to keep an eye out for it. In the email, you can leave me the film you want to talk about, and recording availability. If you don’t know yet, we can work it out and see if our time zones can all jive.

We were super happy with how the first season went so incredibly excited to talk about Guillermo Del Toro’s works.
We’re looking forward to sharing this podcast experience with all of you!
One last thing: If you know anyone that is interested, please pass on the message!

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What’s Up #8 & October Plans & Suggestions?

Its time for the next What’s Up. I might start taking out the number versions soon and just keep it with themes of the video or something, if I can figure it out.

Either way, this week’s is a tad long. There’s some tangents and a lot of editing to even get this length. Apparently, I like to ramble A LOT. If you hold on to the end, one of them is talking about October plans for the Halloween marathon this year.

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to the past week or so (a bit before also). Things get back to actually weekly stuff next week.

Thanks for watching!

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Megaquarium: http://www.thatmomentin.com/megaquarium-review/
Searching: https://klling.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/fantasia-festival-2018-searching-2018/

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 9 Favourite Martin Scorsese

Its time for Round 9 of Opinion Battles! This time we are choosing our Favorite Martin Scorsese Film. Mine was a no-brainer. Hugo all the way! Its such a leap from the usual and so fantastical and awesome.

Head on over to Movie Reviews 101 to check out the other choices from the participants and remember to drop a vote for the choice you agree with the most!

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Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 9

Favourite Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest directors of all time, his latest film ‘The Irishman’ will be coming out soon and we will be looking at the films we enjoy from this legend who has given as a excellent collections of classic movies.

Next Round Worst Horror Franchise (5 Movies minimum) – Closing Date Friday 5th October 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Shutter Island

When it comes of Martin Scorsese, I know and respect he is one of the greatest of all the directors in the world, however I am not a fane of gangster films, which takes a couple of titles of the table for me, when picking the favourite of his career. I have gone with Shutter Island because I love a good mystery thriller and watching the pieces of this puzzle unfold is one of…

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Double Feature: Mayhem (2017) & Newness (2017)

Double feature time!

Can I just say how excited I am to talk about these two movies? By far, the most excited I’ve felt in a while. I might actually discuss Newness and films of that sort in a video, once that initial video gets edited…

Let’s just get right to it then!

Mayhem (2017)

Mayhem

Director: Joe Lynch

Cast: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, Dallas Roberts, Mark Frost, André Eriksen

A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses. – IMDB

Over the top violence is what Mayhem is all about. Its extreme and over the top and every bit of it is just all kinds of fun. It goes way out of control. Its makes us wonder how much people repress their feelings at work and just how a virus like this would just be absolutely nuts. For what the film wants to achieve, it definitely seems like they got there.

mayhem 2017

Their two leads played by Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving are incredibly awesome. Just because they each had their own objective and eventually also grew to trust each other despite the virus in their systems. Plus to find their emotions amplified without any barriers gave them their own credibility. The best comparison I had when I was watching this captivated was the movie was structured like The Raid, where they started at the bottom floor and worked their way to the protected yet infected shareholders at the top to get what they deserved. Except this was much more comedic. This gave them the opportunity to defeat one person or barrier after the next and many times it was playing on events that happened at the beginning of the movie before everyone’s virus started kicking in. Mayhem may have its predictable bits that a story like usually has but the non stop action and crazy spiral of events makes it hard to turn away from. Its entertainment at its very best.

Overall, Mayhem is a definite worthy watch if you are into this type of bloody and violent horror comedy. Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving are great as the leads but that doesn’t take away from the myriad of supporting character they need to get through that represent the exaggerated roles in the company as they move up the corporate ladder.

Newness (2017)

Newness

Director: Drake Doremus

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Pom Klementieff

In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries. – IMDB

I love movies like these ones and Drake Doremus seems to have hit a winner with this one, especially when compared to the previous movie of his that I reviewed called Equals (review). With Newness, it takes us on a journey through the relationship of millenials trapped in the world of online dating. Perhaps this story might not hit the chords for a lot of people on every level but at some level, it will highlight its rawness and realness of relationships whether it be the struggle to communicate and be open about their feelings or whether its about knowing whether you have crossed the line from liking to loving someone and perhaps for some, its learning when you are willing to settle down instead of always searching for what this movie is called, Newness. I personally have a soft spot for this type of movie topic, especially when it rides the border of being in the steamy romance category while still delivering a deeper message.

newness

While I do enjoy a lot of the films that Nicholas Hoult has been a part of, I can’t say I’m a big fan of his acting. However, in Newness, it feels like he grasped the role in such a believable way. In fact, I’d go to the extent to say to date, its my favorite role of his. It helps in romance movies that the actress is also doing a fantastic job in portraying her role. Laia Costa literally stole the show. She felt real and we watched Marty and Gabi grow on screen and find ways for their relationship to work and create a balance for their desires and struggles but still remain together. Their characters weren’t perfect. They made mistakes and had to get through it together. Fact is, it made them real and genuine. They were also paired up with some great supporting roles. Gabi meets this rich divorced man called Larry, played by Danny Huston who wakes her up a little on his perspective of relationships. While Marty has talks with his best friend, Paul who shares a lot of insight on his thoughts on relationships. Different characters at different stages in life giving their own perspective on relationships as these two tried to work out their own was what it needed.

Newness probably isn’t for everybody. It deserves a bit of an open mind on this subject and probably a more forgiving view on the trial and errors of the path the two main characters take. Romance films have been pretty lackluster of late but Newness is definitely one of my new favorites. In my mind, Newness is about the bumpy road in relationships and finding the same pacing as your other half until you reach the same page. People change as they go through the different things in their own lives and the people they meet and we don’t all have a defined road map of how to navigate relationships, love and all the feelings that go in between. Newness may be about millenials (which I apparently am considered) but it delivers a much deeper aspect of relationships, much less about the events but what these decisions did for the characters to allow them to develop. I love a great story with fantastic character development and Newness had all of that.

On a side note: Its peaked my interest on Drake Doremus’ directorial efforts to take a look as it seems on a quick glance that he has a love for making romantic films of all kinds.

Sunday Lists: Abigail Breslin Roles, Ranked

Abigail Breslin has been in the acting business for over 10 years. In fact, her debut role started in 2002 with Signs. She’s been a lot of movies since then and taken on a wide range of roles from independent films to downright Hollywood blockbusters. She’s worked with some great actors and actresses. Today’s task is to rank her roles from best to worst.

The list will be updated as I watch some of the roles I haven’t caught up with yet. For now, it will highlight the top 5 roles with a little of why I’ve placed them there. As I see more roles than 10 of them, I’ll expand on it with the updates.

Olive Hoover -Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Olive Hoover

Review

Little Miss Sunshine in itself is an odd independent film but just so well done in so many elements. Not surprising that their own Little Miss Sunshine who is the innocent one in this family is played by Abigail Breslin in a much younger role. Her youth and her fun role as Olive Hoover really is a captivating one. She might be the youngest but she is the glue of the messed up family that she is in. If you haven’t seen Little Miss Sunshine, let me tell you, it is a treat.

Little Rock – Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland Little Rock

Review

Probably one of the most bad-ass roles for Abigail Breslin (at least from what I’ve seen as of this point), she takes the role of a gun-toting girl running with her rag tag group away from zombies. This is a great role for her to see how much of a smart-ass she was and really keep up with being the youngster in the group.

Nim Rusoe – Nim’s Island (2008)

nim's island

This is the first role I ever saw of Abigail Breslin and it was the one that really stood out for me especially as she played across Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler. She captured Nim’s adventurous spirit really well. It adds a lot of entertaining and fun moments that takes you for a wild ride through her island while just holding her fort and being brave while her father was away.

Anna Fitzgerald – My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

my sister's keeper

Review

One big heavy role for Abigail Breslin in My Sister’s Keeper as Anna Fitzgerald, playing a sister who goes to court with her parents for emancipation so that she doesn’t have to be born just to save her sister. Family drama at its best but Abigail Breslin takes on this role with so much heart. It was a great job as she plays across from Cameron Diaz who plays as her furious mother who doesn’t understand why she’s doing what she is.

Maya Hayes – Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Definitely Maybe

Abigail Breslin plays something of a supporting role here since she plays a daughter called Maya who asks her dad, played by Ryan Reynolds, to figure who her mother is as he tells her love story. She makes child-like remarks especially when he talks about buying cigarette and making the love story take little cute breaks. She honestly takes on the smart-mouth kid role so well and she has being incredibly cute on her side to make up for it instead of coming up annoying (which a lot of kid actors have that problem).

Haunter – Lisa (2013) Review
Casey Welson – The Call (2013) Review
Valentine Wiggin – Ender’s Game (2013) Review
Zoe – No Reservations (2007) Review
Hailey – New Year’s Eve (2011) Review
Veronica – Final Girl (2015) Review

Can’t remember or haven’t seen

Signs – Bo Hess
Raising Helen – Sarah Davis
Princess Diaries 2 – Parade Girl Carolina
Keane – Kira Bedik
Chestnut: Hero of New Central Park – Ray
The Ultimate Gift – Emily Rose
Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause – Trish
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl – Kit Kittredge
Quantum Quest – Jeana (voice)
Janie Jone – Janie Jones
Rango – Priscilla (voice)
Zambezia – Zoe (voice)
August: Osage County – Jean Fordham
Perfect Sisters – Sandra Anderson
Maggie – Maggie Vogel
Fear, Inc. – Jennifer Adams
Freak Show – Lynette
Yamasong: March of the Hollows – Nani

Sunday Lists: Resident Evil Franchise, Best to Worst

Video game adaptations is pretty huge. There aren’t a whole lot of successes but Resident Evil has been the franchise with quite the longevity. Whether you like Paul W.S. Anderson, are a gamer or a big fan of Mila Jovovich, Resident Evil has its appeal for some mindless entertainment especially in all its sequels. Being a fan of the franchise, I have my reasons to love everything that people may hate about it. While they have its flaws, the entertainment level is still there depending on the film. I’ll have a video game adaptations ranked or faves coming out soon as I build up on what I’ve seen.

Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil

The original Resident Evil is absolutely the best one out of these Resident Evil. Its a bit more slow burn and focuses more on horror than action while still having that balance and relates the most to the video game franchise that it is basing itself on. The sequence of events and the zombies and the transformation is the origin story of where it all began and how Mila Jovovich’s Alice starts. Of course, the starting point of Alice is really where the heart of this franchise lies and because of that, this takes top spot for creating this iconic female character with her one liners and her straight face. For some, it just seems like bad acting but over the franchise, its grown on me and I think it works so well with the character of Alice.

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Review

resident evil retribution

It took a few movies to get back the  fun of Resident Evil franchise back in order. Something always felt a little off but the movie to pump me back up was Resident Evil: Retribution. At this point, it was pretty much an action film. Alice is a bad-ass female character with all the weaponry she has. In this one, she wakes up in a facility that she learns is a replica of a beautiful life and soon meets up with some characters from the video game which has taken too long to show up in the movie. Its fun little action romp with over the top action and one liners. Perfection it is not but entertaining as heck.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Review

Resident Evil the final chapter

The Final Chapter makes it here because of its wonderful coming together of important cast members but also because it wraps up all the loose ends from the entire franchise to end the story for Alice. There’s still a lot of action and some suspense and pays homage to some scenes from the first film. Alice is great to watch and the cast works really well. With that said, going back to where it all started makes a great deal of sense for film and its always been the strongest location for the setting and the Red Queen has always been the strongest villain even more than any massive size and oddly morphed zombies would ever be.

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Resident Evil: Extinction

To be honest, I’ve always ranked this third installment and the fourth on something of the same spectrum. They both have obvious flaws but fill a different purpose to the story with some iconic characters from the video game franchise coming in play. However, Extinction benefits from a change in setting to the desert where it shows how the world has suffered from the outbreak at Raccoon City.  It sets up the devastation that has swept across the world and how the Umbrella Corporation under the wings of Chairman Wesker and the science mission they have to try to fix the world lead by Dr. Isaacs comes into play and forms their roles. There is a look at all sides of the situation. Alice is incredibly cool here with her motorcycle and meets up with some fun characters. Action and something of a feel-good zombie film for the most. There are some dialogue issues but its starting to shape to what the next few movies embody.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Resident Evil Afterlife

For almost the same reasons as Resident Evil: Extinction, I like this one. At this movie, I made a revelation that Alice’s outfits are almost as iconic as the entertainment value of the movie. Plus, its always impressive to see how extensive these mutated zombies can go. However, this movie doesn’t go so much into the zombies. This one is a fun one just because its the first movie after the first movie where Paul W.S. Anderson takes back the reins and we can really feel the tone that makes it very fun. At the same time, he seems to understand this gaming franchise so we see a lot more of the video game characters is. The story fits in with the direction the third set.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

The most forgettable of the live action franchise has to be the direct sequel of Resident Evil called Resident Evil Apocalypse. Alice is fantastic as always but the story itself felt forced and it lacked the entertainment value that the later movies that followed had. It seemed like they weren’t quite sure what direction to it.

Other Resident Evil films (not seen yet):

  • Resident Evil: Degeneration (animated 2008)
  • Resident Evil: Damnation (animated 2012)
  • Biohazard 4D-Executer (short film 2000)
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta (animated 2017)

Are you a fan of the Resident Evil franchise?
How would you rank this franchise from best to worst?

Announcement: Ultimate 70’s Blogathon!

Hello, my lovely friends!

Today is a special day! Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews and I will be hosting our third blogathon this year! Following our past two year’s theme, we are continuing the Ultimate Decades. We went forward in time last year to the 90’s and now we’re going to the past as we dive into the 1970’s.

I’m excited to announce the Ultimate 70’s Blogathon!

Ultimate 70's blogathon

Why 1970s, you ask? 1970s had a lot of great films that came out. For starters, the second half of the decade saw the beginnings of some great franchises from being hunted by a giant lethal alien Xenomorph in Alien to being pumped up by Eye of the Tiger in Rocky. Of course it doesn’t stop there. The world was introduced to the frightening Michael Myers in Halloween and the shores of Amity Island was terrorized by a shark in Jaws. Of course, we can’t forget the more lighthearted movies that took us into a dancing and singing musical world in The Rocky Horror Picture Show which showed us how diverse Tim Curry’s acting is as he transformed into a mad scientist/transvestite as well as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John experiencing a life-transforming love in Grease. And of course, we also got introduced to the Corleone family and their ruthless mafia ways in Godfather.

Just look at all those selections! I’m sure all of you have your reasons of what started your love for 70s movies whether you grew up with it or later was introduced by some iconic title. 70’s is a little before our time but we have found our love in 70’s film nonetheless and like previous years, we will be kicking off the blogathon with our choices.

For this blogathon, here’s our question for you: What 70’s movie do you love? What sparked your love for the 70’s? What movie do you think is a movie representative of the 70’s as a starting point? 

Ultimate 70’s Blogathon is quite simple like previous years. The rules are straight-forward: You can choose and review whichever movie you’d like as long as it was released in the 1970s. Preferably, it is a choice that inspired your love for this decade whether its one that you love watching over and over again or one that you grew up with or the movie that you simple love.

Ultimate 70’s Blogathon kicks off on February 12th, 2018. We have allocated 3 weeks to sign up and get us your posts. The deadline to send us your reviews is February 4th. However, we do fully acknowledge that everyone is busy so if you do need more time, just send us an email to tell us and we can plan accordingly. We will be posting it alternating between our two blogs so please remember to submit to us your review. If you do plan on posting it on your blog/website as well, do tell us and we will match up the posting day.

We really hope that you can participate! You can tell us whether you can participate in the comments below or send us an email at kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com and drewt510@gmail.com. We love to have your choice as a surprise so if you participate, please email us your selection as well. 

We’re looking forward to seeing all the choices and submissions! Feel free to use the banner above to show off at your sites! If you know anyone that might be interested in joining in, do spread the word! The more the merrier! 🙂