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Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling (Part 2)

Strike is a British detective series starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger based on books by Robert Galbraith (also known as JK Rowling). The first three episodes all come from The Cuckoo's Calling, which centers the death of a model that was initially ruled out as a suicide. I wrote a bit about the first episode, although it was more of my thoughts rather than an in-depth recap of the episode; this is a bit similar to that. *spoilers ahead*

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs is about a group of people who were hired for a diamond heist, only for their plans to be foiled by a police informant in the group. The plot is straightforward, so this is relying on the delivery and pacing of the narrative. Since this was one of Quentin Tarantino's prolific work, my expectations were a bit high.

Favorite Movies Reviewed on Big Screen Small Words

Does the title make sense? I have been blogging for the past five years, and I was looking for something to celebrate the milestone. According to my review index (as of writing), I have reviewed around 200+ movies so I'm celebrating the milestone with a list of favorite movies I reviewed on my blog. I chose the ten movies on this list based on how memorable they are for me. It might be because I didn't expect to enjoy it, or I stumbled upon it some time ago and loved it. Some of these are now part of my favorite movies of all time. I won't be linking reviews because of third party hosting rules, all images are replaced with those error images. All the posts are basically 'destroyed'. The list is in alphabetical order. *may contain spoilers*

Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling (Part 1)

Strike is a British crime series based on the books by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). The series follows Cormoran Strike, a private detective who is down on his luck. He is joined by Robin Ellacott, a temp who shows a skill for detective work. The Cuckoo's Calling is the first book in the series, and is adapted to the first three episodes of the show. This stars Tom Burke as Strike, with Holliday Grainger playing Robin. I've read the books a year or two ago and really enjoyed the series, so I thought I would give this a go. *spoilers ahead*

Thursday Movie Picks: Animated Films Geared Towards Adults

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. For more of this year's themes and other entries for the week, head over to her site. This week focuses on animated films that are targeted for adults. There is quite a lot, but since I'm trying not to repeat movies, here are my picks for this week.

Everything, Everything

Based on the novel by Nicola Yoon, this is a story about a teenage girl who has been confined in her home due to her sickness, and finds a new path in life when she meets the boy next door. I really liked the book this was based from, and while it flew under the radar, it was something I was going to see when I can. While the trailer shows most of what to expect, this was still a solid teenage flick. *review contains spoilers*

Thursday Movie Picks: High School (TV)

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. For every last Thursday of the month, the theme shifts from film to television, with this month being about high school in television. While I don't watch shows set in a high school now, I did watch a bunch of them before. Here are my picks for the week.

Baby Driver

Baby Driver is about the life of a young man who works as a getaway driver for a heist group. The driver, aptly named Baby, is quite the music enthusiast, and employs a soundtrack for his daily life. All of this is revealed during the opening sequence, marking the momentum and the kind of character Edgar Wright visions Baby to be. Baby’s life, and thus the narrative, takes a turn when he eventually meets another music-loving soul. *review contains spoilers

Grave of the Fireflies

I was told that Grave of the Fireflies is a depressing film, and for an animated feature, it lives up to its reputation. It tells the story of two siblings, Seito and Seisuke, during the last months of World War II, and their struggle to survive. Since the film is told as a flashback of sort, the audience is already informed that the characters have died, and that we see how they lived their last months.

To the Bone

To the Bone follows Ellen, a 20 year old who is anorexic. She has been moving from one treatment facility to another, with her family hoping that she will get better. When she gets kicked out of a facility, her stepmother transfers her to Dr. Beckham's facility, as the doctor heading the program has a great reputation and success rate.

Thursday Movie Picks: Rescue

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. For entries of other participants and themes for the year, head over to her site. This week's theme is about rescue movies. Here are my picks for the week.

Against The Crowd Blogathon 2017

It's that time of the year! Dell on Movies and KG's Movie Rants are hosting the Against the Crowd Blogathon. It runs from August 14 to 20. I've participated in this for three years now, and it's been really fun. Here are the rules:
1. Pick one movie that "everyone" loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com [or 7.0 on imdb]. Tell us why you hate it.
2. Pick one movie that "everyone" hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com [or 4.0 on imdb]. Tell us why you love it.
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies. My choices for this year's entry are both movies that I am surprised that are not liked/disliked more. Here are my choices for the blogathon:

Thursday Movie Picks: Summer Blockbusters

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. For entries of other participants and themes for the year, head over to her site. This week's theme is about summer blockbusters. Blockbuster season usually starts around April and ends in July, with the year's flashiest and biggest movies are released. Here are my picks for the week.

Dunkirk

For the record, I don’t normally watch war movies and in turn, have not seen a lot of them. My brain shuts off when I hear that a movie is set during some kind of war. Movies like Captain America and Wonder Woman don’t count because even if they are set in a world war background, the war isn’t the focus of the film. Because of this, I haven’t seen any of the great war flicks, or watched movies that I am genuinely interested in watching because of the war aspect. However, I found myself paying to watch Dunkirk, with 50% of the reason being the fact that if I wait for it on DVD, there is a high chance that I wouldn’t watch it immediately. That ticket was definitely worth it, as Dunkirk is a flawless work from Christopher Nolan.

Thursday Movie Picks: Crime Family

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. For entries of other participants and the themes for the year, head over to her site. This week's theme is about crime families. The first thing that comes into my mind about crime families are mobs, and I don't think I've seen a lot of movies involving mob families, so there are the picks that are off the top of my head.

Mickey Blue Eyes

I think Mickey Blue Eyes can fall under one of Hugh Grant's lesser known or forgotten movies. It might have been popular at its initial release but this isn't a movie you would immediately associate with the actor. Grant plays a curator at an auction house who proposes to the love of his life. When she rejects, he finds out that it's because she belongs to a mob family. Now he has to figure out a way to keep true to his fiance while trying not to get himself involved with the mob.

Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English TV Shows

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Television shows dominate every last Thursday of the month, with this month’s theme being non-English TV shows. The only non-English TV shows that I usually watch are East Asian shows, with all my picks coming from Japan. Here are my picks this week.

Demolition Man

It’s 2036 and it’s a different Los Angeles in Brambilla’s Demolition Man, an entertaining action piece starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. They play John Spartan and Simon Phoenix respectively, and we meet their characters in a crossfire after years of Spartan trying to catch Phoenix. When the incident goes awry, it sends both of them into a cryogenic prison where they would be kept frozen until their respective parole hearings years later.

Thursday Movie Picks: Amusement Parks

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. For more entries and to join in, head over to her blog for themes and links. This week is about amusement parks, and here are my picks for the week.

Reading Wrap Up: April to June 2017

I haven't been active in writing content or visiting other sites lately; most of my recent posts have been scheduled. This however is something I can write about now. I'm not on a reading slump, and have managed to finish more books for this quarter. Everything else on the other hand, is at a pause. As of writing, I have read 21 things all varying from different genres and age groups. Most of them I liked, but not enough to stand out for me to rave about. It's not that the books are bad, but I didn't get that feeling of sheer joy and the want to push whatever it is I read to you. I have five books to write about - that's good, right?

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies Based on True Events

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme is movies based on true events. There’s a lot of movies that are based from historical events, or stories of people. Here are my picks for this week.

My Movie Alphabet Volume 2

In celebration of the 7th birthday of her blog, Mettel Ray has hosted the second round of her movie alphabet blogathon! Head over to her site and join in the fun! I participated in her first blogathon, and had a blast writing this so I was definitely in the second time around. When I first made this list, I was just thinking off the top of my head and placed a few things in there for the sake of crossing off some letters. I did end up thinking a lot for this list, and I went with things that are currently relevant to me. I also tweaked the rules a little bit, only because I don't want to let go of some of my picks. I think this list is a much clearer reflection on where I am in terms of my preferences compared to my previous years.

Trailer: Wonder

When I read Wonder early last year, it stayed with me so much that it ended being one of my favorite books of the year. The story of the book was very ripe for an adaptation, and this has now become one of my most awaited for the year. Jacob Tremblay was fantastic in Room, and I have a feeling that this would be really good.

Thursday Movie Picks: The Renaissance (14th to 17th Century)

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme is renaissance movies. I rarely watch period pieces so I had researched if I was getting the time lines right. Here are my picks for the week.

No, You're Crying! Blogathon

Debbie over at Moon in Gemini is hosting the No, YOU'RE Crying! Blogathon. The rules are simple - talk about our favorite tearjerker films! Head over to her site for a list of participants and their subsequent entries. I had a bunch of movies that made it to my short list, but ultimately decided on the movie that I keep coming back to. That is Disney's The Fox and the Hound - and it does not fail to make me cry. Note: spoilers for the movie below.

Thursday Movie Picks: Deserts (Hot or Cold)

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's theme is hot or cold deserts. I'm actually not sure how to go with this theme, but here are my picks for the week.

Thursday Movie Picks: Clones/Doppelgänger

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme is about clones or doppelgänger in movies. I haven’t seen a lot of movies that fit this theme, so I went with some known ones. Here are my picks this week. 

The Net

If you’re looking for an uneven movie about computer programs, murders, and dated computers, look no further than 1995’s The Net – or another movie that sounds similar to this but isn’t The Net. This sums up much of my thoughts about the movie but when I ended up sitting through the whole ordeal thinking ‘it’s not so terrible but still really bland’, why not write about it?

Thursday Movie Picks: Police (TV)

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. The end of every month is dedicated to television, with this week’s theme being about the police on television. I watch generic cop shows (one case per week plus a bit of character drama) so my picks are of the generic cop show kind. Here are my picks this week.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects is one of those films that is referenced frequently in pop culture. With that said, I know about the 'plot twist' beforehand, so my viewing is mostly about if the film is still enjoyable even if you know the big reveal. It's a simple heist story; when a burning ship was discovered at the port in California, the road leads back to a small-time crook and sole survivor Verbal Kint, and a criminal line up he partook in six weeks ago. 

Thursday Movie Picks: A Disappearance

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's theme is about disappearances in movies. Here are my picks for the week.

Thursday Movie Picks: Rivalry

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's theme is about rivalry. There's a lot to choose from for this week, so I'm going with rivalries that produce hilarious results. Here are my picks for the week.

Thursday Movie Picks: Cars/Racing

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's theme is a theme that I know next to nothing about - cars and racing. Both haven't appealed to me in any way except for transportation needs, and my choices this week shows the lack of knowledge about the theme. Here are my picks for the week.

Reading Wrap Up: January to March 2017

Initially I wanted to do a monthly reading wrap up but I haven't been reading much this year so I scrapped the idea. Last year I picked out 3 random books per month and talked about them. I'm just going to do a quarterly collective wrap up and talk about five books I liked For this quarter, I managed to read 15 things. It's a low count considering the pace I was going through last year but still good. Here are the top six that I enjoyed, in no order.

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski tethers on the premise of mistaken identity when Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski was mistaken for someone else and gets himself embedded in a mess that he has nothing to do with. This movie plays a lot into pop culture, especially with the iconic character played by Jeff Bridges. This movie brought together a string of varied personalities to produce what is a hilarious comedy.

Air Doll

When I first read the synopsis for Air Doll, I thought that it would at least have a similar vibe to ‘Lars and the Real Girl’; since it’s one of my favorites, I dove into this one with a positive outlook. I expected that the movie would either fall on a fantasy-type spectrum, or a philosophical study of humanity. While it does fall under the latter, it was still way off from my expectations. Contains spoilers.

Beauty and the Beast

Ever since the trailer first dropped, the live adaptation of a beloved Disney classic has been heavily marketed with tons of behind the scenes, features, and song numbers to boot. The heavy marketing deemed this adaptation to high expectations. Reigning in names like Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen certainly makes the pull of the movie stronger. However, did it meet expectations?

Thursday Movie Picks: Ancient World

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week has us looking into movies set in the ancient world, particularly between 3600 BC – 500 AD. My picks are movies that were either disappointing or terrible. Here are my picks this week.

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon is a crime drama surrounding a statue of a bird that is worth a lot of money - and the people that would go through lengths to acquire it. Sam Spade, a private detective, gets entangled into the mess when a woman approaches his agency for protection, and various characters come to play.

Thursday Movie Picks: Remakes/Sequels/Reboots I Want to See

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme is about remakes/reboots/sequels. Hollywood hasn’t shied away from rebooting, remaking, or adding sequels to popular movies so it’s no longer a surprise when an existing property is getting a glitzy upgrade. I went with one pick for each (remake, sequel, reboot) and listed accordingly.

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother is my first foray to Xavier Dolan’s filmography – and I think this movie only gets good at the last five minutes, but those five minutes are enough to change my mind about it. This might be a case of over thinking things, but the beauty of the film only makes sense once all the pieces are together, and that does happen towards the end of this film.

The Mt. Rushmore of Movies Blogathon

This blogathon is hosted by m.brown of Two Dollar Cinema. I haven’t joined a blogathon for a while and this sounds fun. In his words: “To participate, simply choose the top four of anything cinematic and explain why they should be carved into a side of a mountain forever. Remember, these are real people carved into imaginary rock – so choose wisely!”
Inspired by Katy Rochelle of OhSoGeeky’s post ‘Where Did All the Rom-Coms Go?’ I’m going with my favorite Romantic Comedy Leads of the 21st Century. I narrowed down my choices in such a way that no two same personalities appear on the list. I’m excluding Bridget Jones on this because she is my all time favorite romantic comedy lead for this century and I feel like I’ve raved about the movie a lot in this site.  Here are my choices.

Thursday Movie Picks: On The Run

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme involves movies where the characters are running away from something. Here are my picks this week.

So Close

So Close was the first Hong Kong movie that I’ve seen. As I haven’t watched this for a very long time, I thought I’d go revisit it. This movie is about assassins and a rookie cop whose worlds cross when the cop investigates a death in a company.

Wuthering Heights

When it comes to classic literature, I live under a rock. I did not know what Wuthering Heights was about. I knew it had characters named Cathy and Heathcliff but beyond that, nothing. Andrea Arnold's adaptation was my first foray into this piece of literature - and I wasn't sure if this was the piece that I should have started with. Wuthering Heights tells the story of two people, and how their love bloomed in the wrong time.

The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen is a teen movie I didn’t know I needed. It was funny and relatable. There are certain things here that I positively and negatively feel strongly about. This post would contain spoilers because I nitpicked on my problem with this film.

Thursday Movie Picks: Shakespeare Adaptations

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Visit her website for this year’s themes and join in! This week is all about Shakespeare adaptations. When I was looking for movies for this week, I realized that I haven’t seen a lot of adaptations or have already used the movies in a different week. Since I didn’t want to repeat movies, my last pick is a movie that I want to watch. Here are my picks for this week.

Trailer: Everything, Everything

I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon two years ago and loved it, so I'm stoked for the movie adaptation. While this trailer gives a really big chunk of the movie away, I just hope that this would be good. Saying that this was brought by those who brought 'Me Before You' and 'If I Stay' doesn't give me confidence about this project, but then again Amandla Stenberg! This also looks more like Nick Robinson's alley; I just hope he doesn't give a performance similar to Jurassic World.

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain was released when I was in high school, and a memory that I closely associate with it is my friend’s obsession with Jake Gyllenhaal after this film. Brokeback Mountain also caused a lot of controversy during its release, with its culmination losing the Best Picture race after being a strong frontrunner during the Oscar season. This film tells the harrowing tale between two people who developed feelings for each other over the course of summer, and the lives the led afterwards.

Thursday Movie Picks: Prodigy/Genius

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week is all about prodigies and geniuses. I think I might have a hard time with the themes this year as my choices (like the others) are limited and I didn’t want to repeat movies. Here are my picks this week.

A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a children’s series penned by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket. The series is about the Baudelaire children who were orphaned when their parents perished in a fire. They were initially placed under the care of Count Olaf, who only wanted the children for their fortune. The season adapts the first four books, each divided into two, making it an eight-episode season.

The Girl on the Train

There was a lot of hype surrounding this movie - from the cast down to its intensive marketing as the next 'Gone Girl'. The Girl on the Train mainly tells the story of Rachel, an alcoholic who commutes to the city every day. On her way to work, she always passes by a house where she envisions the couple living there to be the happiest of couples, just like she and her ex-husband were. It also happens that she used to live a few houses away from the couple, and her house is now occupied by her husband and his new wife.