The 2021 Oscar nominees for Best Director are Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), David Fincher (Mank), Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round), and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland). As of this very moment when I haven’t really dwelled on who should win this category, I have no idea. I only know that while I adore Fincher’s work, Mank is not the movie that should bring him his first Oscar. Also, I’m conflicted to root for a female director here because this could be historic and amazing! But… I think… and I almost feel strange for saying this… I think I’m rooting for someone (slightly) surprising instead.
It feels like the only way I can tell the difference between weeks is thanks to Thursday Movie Picks. Days fall into one and the stress of the entire year and a month on top is truly getting to me now. Work is not easy at the moment either which is just an added stress on top. BUT that is not what we are talking about today, we are talking about psychological Thrillers! I for one am not the biggest fan of these movies but when one clicks I love it a lot. Psychological thriller isn’t just something I look out for on purpose though. Anyway, I thought of this theme and I figured I’d pick three movies without even looking at Google for help. So if they don’t really fit the theme… blame the stress. I’m sure it’s at fault somehow.
I’m starting this week off by bringing you ten book to movie adaptations that I thought worked wonderfully. All these books are okay, some are actually very good, but others simply aren’t as strong. The point of the Top 10 list is that the movies were better than books. Yes, I love some adaptations a bit more than the books and that is rare. By the way, I’ve been reading less books lately, so if you have any recommendations to me (to get out of the reading slump) feel free to leave those in the comments!
Weeks melt into one and before I know it, another Thursday is around the corner. This week we’re looking into numbers – oooooo, numbers in movie titles (not sequels though)! I don’t know why I’m making this so strange, it’s just numbers. Here are my picks with a surprise twist at the end.
It’s been a while since I sat down, watched a show, and felt inspired to discuss it. It’s also been a while since a show has managed to be so interesting that I’ve stopped scrolling through Tumblr while watching it (I have a problem focusing on only one thing at the time). Yet Mindhunter managed to do both, all while showing me the beginning of criminal profiling – something that I have always had a personal interest towards.
While there might be some things that never change, we as people still constantly evolve just like the world around us. Our thoughts, our tastes, our opinions – with every new grain of information something in us could change completely. We might idolise someone one minute and cringe our noses at their stupidity the next, we might find a movie absolutely brilliant, only to fall out of love with it two years later. And it’s fascinating to see and compare our present to the past, which is why I had this crazy idea to compile My Movie Alphabet Vol 2, almost five years after I posted the first one. To see how I’ve changed… and how much I’ve stayed the same.
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Time to revel in the awesomeness of opening credits: Se7en is one of Fincher’s best and its intro is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I mentioned in my Gone Girl post that I wanted to share this with you but before I get started, I want to warn you that this is probably the longest visual post so far – there are almost 100 images of it!
When I heard David Fincher was going to direct Gone Girl, based on a widely acclaimed book by the same name, I was slightly overwhelmed. My love for Fincher has been fundamental these past few years so I thought I’d shake things up a bit by reading the source material of his upcoming thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. This is not going to be a book review but I must emphasize that my excitement for Fincher’s Gone Girl is slightly driven by my knowledge of the story.
Last week, while I was not updating my blog (which seemed to be the theme for this week as well, sorry guys!) I watched House of Cards and got lost into its intrigue and complicated political terms I can’t even comprehend with the help of Wikipedia. It was created by Netflix and the show’s entire first season, all of its 13 episodes, were released at the same time (finally, somebody understands how TV-shows are made to be watched) and it stars the brilliant Kevin Spacey.