Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks Seven Deadly Sins Edition: Lust

This year Thursday Movie Picks has a cool theme running through – the seven deadly sins! We look at the well known sins and we recommend movies like always. It’s going to be so much fun to see how people interpret these sins and I’m for one am thrilled for the first one: lust! I’m interpreting lust as cheating and by using my stretched out imagination, I managed to find three Scarlett Johansson movies to recommend this week. In other words, this is a theme within a theme week where ScarJo is the deadly sin of lust.

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

captain america civil warDespite my advantage to see Captain America: Civil War before America, it has taken me ages to just get myself focused enough to sit down for its review. After seeing it, and after seeing it for the second time, I have collected so many emotions and thoughts, that it has proven to be difficult to focus my head around the idea of writing them all down. But here’s to attempting the impossible!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers Age of UltronWatch out for spoilers.

Going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron was a world wide event – everybody went, you went, your mom went (probably), your best friend went, your best friend’s friend went to see it twice and yet, I would say it might not have been worth it. Sure, there were great moments here and there but as a whole the second Avengers lacked the upmh (it’s a technical term!) it needed.

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Chef (2014)

chef 2014There are no spoilers ahead of you, continue with ease.

A simple story, good writing, a great cast, lovely moments and all that food porn makes Chef into a heartwarming movie that nobody saw coming. I mean, I sure didn’t see it coming, I didn’t even think I was going to love as much as I do right now. Maybe part of my love is the fact that Chef surprised me, Jon Favreau surprised me and I absolutely love being surprised!

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Katy’s Blockbusted Blogathon

Just my luck guys! After coming back from the hibernation, my laptop decided it was time to give up on me and well, it doesn’t look good. Not only did I loose a large amount of important stuff, I was also stripped away from my image-editing software and blog writing possibilities away from home. Not sure how or when I will get my laptop back, if I get it back, but here’s  a fun blogathon to distract you from my life-issues.

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Her (2013)

herscoreYou shall not pass if you want to avoid spoilers.

There’s a certain power to Spike Jonze’s Her that might not be evident at first but give it time, give it a week even and the idea of Her will slowly but surely build up in your mind into something amazing. That is, after Her you start looking at technology in a whole new way and suddenly you realize, having that artificial friendship/relationship might not be a far fetched idea after all.

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Don Jon (2013)

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For those who are frequent visitors on my blog, the highest rating for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature debut Don Jon probably doesn’t come as a surprise – I adore that man! I have even gone as far as calling him my boy and in my eyes he can do no wrong (except Premium Rush but let’s not bring that up again). So, due to my affection towards Joe, I decided not to pressure myself into loving the movie and instead of having  extremely high expectations for Don Jon, I just wanted to celebrate his first movie – and I did!

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The Avengers (2012)

June has been an extremely successful month for my cinema addiction, not only have I seen three movies, two of them have been quite the hits and like with everything, even the luckiest movie lovers get a miss sometimes. There’s a long list of movie reviews I have yet to write, but no worries, they are all on their way, including some certain shows that I need to talk about and actually watch because I’m falling behind on things. Even my summer is so hectic that the few shows that I love happen to be lost in my weekly schedule – not for long, Sunday will be entirely reserved for them!

Enough of this chit-chat and let’s get down to a more serious topic and that of The Avengers! Can’t stress enough of the fact that I am a big Marvel fan and here’s something that supports this well known fact.               “Hey, look, it’s Iron Man!”

Well, now you know, I own a really awesome shirt and it will explain a lot of things I’m going to share in this very superhero filled movie review.  The Avengers has so many favorites of mine that I was especially glad that I saw it on a big screen with my best friend who gets all the jokes and shares all my excitement when it comes to Jeremy Renner wearing really tight pants (I’ll explain later). For the most part, the movie was totally unknown for me because I had stayed clear from everything related to it, including the trailer. That not only helps me to enjoy the movie more but it also allows me not to know the whole story before I actually see it: trailers do tend to give away way too much. In the end, when the final-final scenes of the movie had finished I was glad I skipped everything regarding The Avengers because seeing it without any knowledge about the punch lines probably made the whole movie better.

The entire plot revolves around the chemistry between all these superheros. Really. Everything in The Avengers seems to happen around these guys (and one lucky lady) and their relationship to each other. Captain America, who I know as Chris Evans wearing a tight outfit, is in a fighting relationship with Iron Man, who is Robert Downey Jr wearing a robotic suit and an ironic attitude. They also had a three off with the hammer dude called Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who despite his anger towards Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his step-brother and the villain, wants to reason with him – oh, and they are both gods. Everybody is a bit afraid of the scientist (Mark Ruffalo) who might get angry and turn into a big green thing still wearing his pants. Then they have the good-turned bad-then good again guy (Jeremy Renner) who can aim perfectly because he has a hawk eye thing going on and who secretly loves and is loved secretly by the teams only woman (Scarlett Johansson) who has some really strong hair (I wonder what kind of conditioner she uses).

No, I’m not mocking the movie, far from it, I’m just enjoying it that way because although superhero movies are prone to violence and action, they do have the element of humor in them. Comedic action movies, that’s what they should be called and The Avengers is a great example of that new genre that is gaining its success. Add some of the biggest names in Hollywood (at the moment) to the cast list and you got yourself a movie that gets fans into the cinema like a porch light attracts moths. (Wow, I was really poetic for a second there, must be the chocolate chip cereal I had in the morning.)

So the main plot comes to the surface after the Captain America movie and possibly close to the whole Loki being punished by Thor and all the previous superhero movies, including Iron Man’s two movies, the endless Hulk movies where all the Bruce Banners look different and that’s about it. Every superhero in this one has already appeared in a Marvel movie one way or the other and there is no way they stop with these characters any time soon. Not only are they great way to earn money but the IMDb score of 8.6 on The Avengers pretty much says that they are putting money in their pockets in a great way. Making good entertainment and giving us what we want to see. Iron Man being all ironic and funny, a superhero with an attitude is superb! Captain America hasn’t been in the present for a long time but he has his moments and not to mention the whole brother issues between Thor and Loki. Is it just me or is Loki the most lovable villain out of all the Marvel ones? Or is it just the Tom Hiddleston’s charm that gets me every time.

Although Loki is the one causing the main end of the world situation in The Avengers, the team itself is so mal(e)functioning that the problem at hand gets out of their hands. But in the end they all together save the world, not even sure who gets the most spotlight in this situation because everybody does something. If I had to pick, I would say Iron Man was the coolest out of them all with his knowledge in science and the ability to blow up the bad guys Loki “hires”. And he has the funniest comebacks and punch lines, although he does get a lot of awesome guys to help him and a girl. I keep forgetting the Black Widow because I want to, never really cared for Scarlett Johansson which would be an unpopular opinion. I do like her strong hair though – and I can’t get over that one. Her thing with Hawkeye was also mainly enjoyable because of Renner.

The Avengers’ success is hidden behind the comedy, at least for me. I guess it’s the fact that the action part is typical for any action movie but the comedy might come off as bad or not be present at all. That’s not the case with this one though, everybody made at least one joke. Even The Hulk, who didn’t do much except literally ruin things, got a comedic scene together with Loki. So all that humor and smashing put together and I have a great cinema experience in my mind! Besides, the movie had Jeremy Renner who is turning out to be one of my favorites and not only because he wore some really tight pants in MI: 4 and did some exercise moves while having his back turned to the camera (very nice angle, Mr. Renner), but because he is good. There’s a reason he is the main guy in the next Bourne, the next MI and Hansel in the newest fairy tale turned action movie (just like Snow White is suddenly all bad ass and does no cleaning and cooking what so ever!) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Now as the superheros are so awesome, all the fairytale characters want a piece of the action, literally. But no thank you, I’m sticking with the real heroes!

PS: Joss Whedon, if you happen to read this post, I’m just going to let you know that I think you & The Avengers are awesome and by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

# 221 – A Love Song For Bobby Long

While Suits was running and making my weeks a whole lot of better than they would’ve been without it I was looking for more Gabriel Macht. Since A Love Song For Bobby Long was a movie my dear friend had recommended me countless of times I finally took the time to see it. I need to be very mentally in a right place in order to watch a serious movie, I just can’t manage to connect with deep movies while I’m tired which is a lot lately. But not to gonna make this post about me and I’m just gonna tell you what I thought about this movie that by the end had given me mixed feelings.

A Love Song For Bobby Long is a story about three people that come together because of a serious situation and have to tolerate each other. John Travolta and Gabriel Macht portray the more beat down characters, alcoholics who try to manage with each other while they try to keep themselves together. Travolta as a previous teacher and Macht as a writer was an unexpected duo kind of worked but was disturbed by Scarlett Johansson who had some good moments but still didn’t win me over.

The story was about pathetic people were supposed to be run down by life itself but looked the opposite to that. This iss my problem with it, all though it was great to see Macht in a different role as somebody who was on the lowest bar of the life-ladder I kept seeing him as somebody much better. Trying not to think about the actors, the story on its own was very decent. I like all the movies which refer to writers especially those who struggle to write (just the other day I watched Finding Forrester again – still love it). Apparently others like these types of movies as well cause it has a 7,1 score on IMDb and I’m giving it a solid 3 out of 5. I feel like it should get much more but I think it could’ve been much more as a movie as well. But to give you an idea what A Love Song For Bobby Long is all about I added few stills to the post.