Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks: Spoofs / Satires / Mocumentaries

This week allows three different type movies to be listed and I’m going to go with satires. It seems the one I’ve seen the most and most likely enjoy the most. Spoofs aren’t really my thing and I haven’t seen enough mocumentaries to recommend them. The one I’ve seen isn’t my jam either. So spoofs it is and I’m glad to say that one is quite a recent one.

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Palo Alto (2013)

palo alto

I sense a spoiler, or two.

Ironically, being all grown up, I still think coming of age movies speak to me more than any other kind of stories being told on screen. Some of these teen dramas really resignate in me for weeks, months, years even (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fish Tank, The Breakfast Club), and others simply fall into the depth of all those 1000+ movies I’ve seen over the years. I have a feeling Palo Alto is one of those movies that has the potential, but might be gradually forgotten instead.

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Veronica Mars (2014)

veronica mars movie reviewFew spoilers ahead!

As promised on Monday, this Veronica Mars week will end with the not-so-positive movie review and hopefully by now all of you hardcore Marshmallows understand that this review I’m about to write doesn’t come lightly to me. I loved the series, I adore Kristen Bell and I’m super happy about the fact that Rob Thomas made this movie with the fans and for the fans but all of that aside, Veronica Mars (Bell) just didn’t have that kick she had 10 years ago!

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This Is the End (2013)

This is the End

This post features spoilers hence avoid this post if you haven’t seen the movie but by now, I assume you have so just keep reading – just keep reading.

I knew I wanted to see This Is the End in the cinema right after I saw its home video styled teaser trailer featuring James Franco and Seth Rogen hiding in the basement. Then the trailer came out and made me even more thrilled about this Summer’s big block buster comedy featuring the end of the world. So it’s fair to say that I was very hyped up about this movie but as per protocol, that exhilarating feeling I had before seeing This Is the End was eventually its biggest downfall.

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Spring Breakers (2013)

Spring Breakers

This post is designed towards giving away too much information – putting it simply, spoilers.

Everything you’d know before watching Spring Breakers will most likely work against it. The over hyped sexual context, the lack of clothes, the Disney graduates and last but not least, the egoistic James Franco. Yet, Harmony Korine manages to create a harmonized multidimensional story that actually feels authentic if you stop watching 10 minutes before the actual end.

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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful

As a classic, Wizard of Oz is still a movie I haven’t seen but watching it’s prequel seemed sill like a splendid idea at first. As it turned out, it was not delivering as powerfully as one would expect. There were various problems, some more related to the entire plot of the movie but most of the issues were caused by the lack of power behind the acting, in addition, the strong visuals  ( cause I didn’t care for 3D) couldn’t salvage the movie to a point of greatness or anything good to be totally honest.

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Howl (2010)

As I feared, reviewing Howl is a task I’m not used to because it is difficult to write about things that have personal meaning. But what makes this Rob Epstein’s and Jeffrey Friedman’s movie even more complex in my eyes, is the fact that I can’t figure out how it all of a sudden became so personal in the first place. And, as my confusion continues, finding it out might never happen.

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# 96 – Eat, Pray, Love

Ugh, Stop, Drag! Now, let me explain.

(This review is based solely on the movie and the fact that it is based on a book has been ignored by me just because I can.)

I get the whole “I want to live my dream” thing, I get it to the point that I’ve been thinking about my future for the past week and a half after I saw this movie. But I didn’t think about the movie, I thought about the idea behind it which in Eat, Pray, Love was over shadowed by Julia Roberts monologues and pointless dialogs. After all, it was a movie about Julia Roberts eating, praying and going from being married to the arms of a hunk and then crushing his heart in order to fall in love with a new man.

The story begins with Julia being unhappy, unsatisfied with her life as a wife – she wants to travel and see the world but she feels stuck. I have no idea why she has to get a divorce in order to do the traveling thing, she can travel alone with a ring on her finger or at least that is my opinion. I mean, her husband lover her very much and it wasn’t ever implied that he had done something wrong. But no, she had to file for a divorce and loose all her money and then, she didn’t even leave the city but got right back into the arms of a man, younger one, a hotter one, one who looks exactly like James Franco! This was actually my favorite part of the movie and since it’s not a secret I’m gonna tell you that the reason is of course no other than James Franco personally. I think he is wonderful and I’m really surprised when people don’t know who he is but after Eat, Pray, Love and 127 Hours I’m sure he will be well known to everybody!

After a weird comment towards Julia and James (the characters names were actually Liz and David) they split, the guy again seemed heart-broken and Julia finally went on her year long trip to Italy, India and the last destination was Bali. The saddest thing about this movie  seemed to be the way the story progressed – it took forever! It seemed like the editor didn’t cut anything and all the scenes that they filmed stayed in the movie, it was over 2 hours long and right now I’m thinking that cutting 30 minutes would’ve given the movie a better vibe. It was like Sex and the City 2, too much scenes that didn’t go anywhere and made the movie boring. Especially in the middle, when she was in Italy and India – cause there was nothing except eating and praying which I get it is 66% of the movie title but nothing really happened! By the time she got to Bali I was so tired that I didn’t even get excited when Javier Bardem aka Felipe entered the picture as Julias’ new love interest. And by the time I sort of woke up the movie was over, so much for the comeback of the most expensive actress Julia Roberts! I don’t even know if it was supposed to be a comeback but it felt like she tried to do just that and my strong opinion is that she failed – Eat, Pray, Love has a great idea but the execution makes it a mediocre movie.