Everybody’s Chattin’ + This Week’s Questions on Top 3 films of 2015 so far

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Happy Thursday everyone! Crazy how time flies, we’re already smack dab in the middle of Summer. So some of the biggest Summer movies have been released: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland and Jurassic World this very weekend. July will give us Terminator Genisys, Antman, Minions and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Hmmm, I don’t know about you but it hasn’t been a stellar year for Summer movies eh? Apart from Fury Road, no big tentpole movie has REALLY impressed me yet.

There are perhaps more smaller/indie movies that made an impression, that’s why I’m excited for tonight’s screening of the Sundance hit Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. [For Twin Cities film fans, check out my FB for an advance screening pass offer]

Ok, now let’s get to those linky dinky…

Nostra gives us another great ‘Many Faces Of’ post, this time on the versatile & handsome thespian Oscar Isaac 

Speaking of Oscar Isaac, check out Cindy‘s commentary on his and Al Pacino‘s career

Mark finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road and gave an appropriately glowing review

Speaking of which, Jordan gave a high praise to The City of the Lost Children (1995) from his fave directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet

On the flip side, Jay warned us not to bother with Unfinished Business

Wendell went down memory lane and posted about the movie he grew up with, The Last Dragon

Steven started his new Auteurs Series, this time shining the spotlight on Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu – check out the full post on Cinema Axis

Last but not least, Irene reviewed the latest Nicole Kidman + Colin Firth’s collaboration Before I Go to Sleep


Time for question of the week!

Well, as I mentioned above, I haven’t been all that impressed with most big tent-pole movies that’s been released so far. In fact, if the first five months is any indication, it’s a rather lackluster year for blockbuster movies. I can’t even pick my top 5, let alone 10 as of yet, but I think I can pick three. I’m picking those that I know I want to see again, preferably even later this year. So here goes:

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  • Cinderella
    I don’t know yet if this will end up in my final top 10 but it’s definitely my fave of this year so far. It was delightful and enjoyable, something I don’t mind rewatching over and over. So yeah I can’t wait to get the Bluray!
  • Ex Machina
    No doubt this one will make my top 10, maybe even top 5! Masterful work by Alex Garland… stylish, provocative and haunting. Plus it’s got Oscar Isaac in one of his most fun roles to date.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
    Well, what else is there to say? Fury Road is awesooooome!! A thrilling, fun ride with plenty of heart. As Mark said in his review, see it on the biggest screen possible. I intend to do so and hopefully this time I can find one with Dolby Atmos!

Let’s hope there’s more gems in store for 2015 and that the best is yet to come!


So what would you top 3 favorite movies of the year so far?

Monthly Roundup: What I Watched in February

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Happy March everybody!! It’s still Winter here and we actually may get snow showers on Monday but I don’t care, I’m going to have tulips on my recap banner today!! Think Spring. Think Spring. Think Spring. 😀

Ok, now that I’ve got that out of my system.

Well, February has been quite a hectic month, blogging and otherwise. It’s also been VERY cccccolddd…  more days w/ subzero temps than I remember. But… according to a local meteorologist, historical weather data shows the coldest 90 days of the year, on average, are from December 1 to March 1, so yeah!! Plus, We’ve picked up over 2 hours and 20 minutes of daylight since December 21,  I love it when it’s still somewhat light out when I get out of the office.

Ok, enough with the weather report, or you’re gonna think you’re stranded in a weather blog 😉

Here are some posts you might’ve missed in February:

I participated in a couple of major blogathons this month. They’re both challenging and took some effort, but very rewarding when I’m done. Hope you check ’em out if you haven’t already.

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Motifs in Cinema: Marriage in Films   |  31 Days of Oscar: Spotlight on Edith Head

Now, as far as movie watching, it’s actually been a pretty good month as I saw about 20 films and TV shows. That’s quite a lot for my standards, usually I can only fit a dozen or so.

New Releases:

New to me:

Code 46

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Bill Cunningham New York

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People Like Us

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All About Eve

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The Heiress (review upcoming)

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Bel Ami

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Hotel Transylvania

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Tube Watch:

Rewatch:

Favorite Movie seen in February:

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There should be no surprise this one would top everything else this month.
An absolute masterpiece that I definitely wouldn’t mind watching this time and time again.


Well, that’s what I’ve been watching this past month. What’s YOUR favorite movie of the month?