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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.