Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #12: TMP Television Edition - Revivals and Reboots

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: TMP Television Edition: Revivals and Reboots!

Now, I often have a love/hate relationship with reboots, remakes and revivals since some of them can be good and do the original series justice. While others are horrible and they don't seem to understand why the original series was so great to begin with.  So, here are a couple of remakes, reboots or revivals that I actually enjoyed watching!

This is of course, the 2011 remake of the original 1980s "Thundercats" series.  I just loved watching the original "Thundercats" TV series and when I heard that they were going to do a reboot for it, I was a little hesitant about it.  But then, I actually sat down and watched it and I LOVED IT!!!  I loved the different take they had on the characters from the original series.  Too bad this show got cancelled too soon.

I honestly never seen the original "Hawaii Five-O" series.  But I did enjoy this remake of the classic series.  I guess it's because I have always been a huge fan of crime dramas and this was a really good crime drama series!

"He-Man" was another animated series that I used to watch a lot when I was little and I had always enjoyed watching that series.  So of course, I heard about the reboot coming out and I was hesitant about it.  But then I watched it and I loved it!  I loved the darker and edgier tone of this series and I like the different takes they had on various characters, especially with Teela and Ran-Man!  Unfortunately, this was another show that got cancelled too soon.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #11: Actors in Multiple Roles

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Actors in Multiple Roles!

I have seen various movies where one actor was playing multiple roles in a movie and I always found those types of movies to be the most interesting since we get to see just how that actor can take on different roles in one movie.  So, here are some movies where the actors were in multiple roles.

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

I never thought about this movie having actors that played multiple roles.  But I just remembered that the actors Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger and Jack Haley had actually played multiple roles in this movie like the Wizard of Oz, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, Hickory and the Gatekeeper and they were all amazing in those roles!

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Oh man!  I remembered watching this movie and it was just so hilarious! As usual, the Monty Python crew (Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam) all did fantastic jobs at portraying various roles in this movie!

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

I remembered loving this movie when I was little and Lindsay Lohan did a fantastic job at portraying both twins Annie and Hallie to the point where I actually thought that Lindsay Lohan actually had a twin sister in real life!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Top 10 Weird Movies that I Want to See

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the "Top Lists" where I do a top 10 lists on any topics that I come across!

This week's theme is: Top 10 Weird Movies that I Want to See!

There are a lot of weird movies out there that I haven't even seen yet, despite me being a huge movie fanatic.  So, here's a list of weird movies that I haven't seen yet, but I would love to see (in no particular order)!

1. Eraserhead

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Honestly, I haven't seen many of David Lynch's films, but "Eraserhead" has always remained to be one of his most iconic works.  I'm really interested in seeing just how weird this movie really is and I'm even more interested in seeing the infamous "mutant baby" scene!

2. Mandy

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

This is probably one of the most recent surreal movies that was released and it was interesting seeing Nicolas Cage star in this movie.  I've been hearing lots of good things about this movie and I also heard about how weird and terrifying this movie is, which is a nice bonus for me!

3. Videodrome

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
I never seen any of David Cronenberg's films, but I heard that they were pretty weird films! One of his weirdest films was "Videodrome" and if the premise of the film is television turning reality inside out, then you know that you just hooked me in!

4. Donnie Darko

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

I've been hearing lots of great things about this movie and the fact that there is a guy in a rabbit suit who messes with the protagonist throughout the film sounds really weird and interesting to watch!

5. Alice (Neco z Alenky)

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

I've heard about Jan Svankmajer's films, but I never seen any of them.  Probably his most well known film is "Alice," which is an adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland."  But I have to tell you, this adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" is considered to be one of the most disturbing and twisted versions ever done with the original story and that has me really interested in checking this film out!

6. Black Swan

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." 

I have never seen any of Darren Aronofsky's films before.  But "Black Swan" is one of the films that everyone says that I should check out and this film seems to be one of Darren Aronofsky's most well-known and bizarre films.

7. Forbidden Zone

The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.

I've been seeing some images from this film and from what I've seen, this seems like one of the most bizarre black and white films that I have ever seen!  I can't wait to dive into this film soon!

8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

I've been hearing nothing but great things about this movie and since Jim Carrey is in this movie, I'm definitely going to check it out!  Also, I'm interested in seeing how the movie tackles the theme of going inside other people's heads and how their thoughts are processed!

9. Blood Tea and Red String

A handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults that tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart's desire.

This movie seems like it's inspired by Jan Svankmajer's works and I am curious to see just what kind of movie this is!

10. Little Otik (Greedy Guts)

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress.  To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child.  However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real.  When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a normal child.

I remembered reading a Russian folktale version of this story when I was little and I was quite terrified of that book, especially with the illustrations of the clay boy eating his parents and the people in town.  So, imagine my surprise when I heard that Jan Svankmajer is also adapting this tale.  I would love to see how Jan Svankmajer adapted this tale and if its scarier than the book I read!

Well, that's my top 10 weird movies that I want to see and I'm hoping to watch all of these movies soon!

What weird movies haven't you seen yet and what weird movies do you think I should watch?  Please let me know in the comments down below!

Thursday Movie Picks #10: The Mrs Robinsons

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: The Mrs. Robinsons!

Now, you are probably wondering what a "Mrs. Robinson" is.  The term "Mrs. Robinson" means an older woman having a relationship with a younger man.  Now, I don't normally watch movies like this, but here's a list of several "Mrs. Robinsons" movies that I haven't seen yet, but I would like to see.

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

This is the movie that started the "Mrs. Robinson" term and I've been hearing nothing but good things about this movie.  I'm actually surprised that I never gave much thought to this movie, until this week's "Thursday Movie Picks" was about the "Mrs. Robinson" trope.

A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.

I haven't heard of this movie before, but it was mentioned on several lists for this week's "Thursday Movie Picks" and I do like Jennifer Aniston.  So, I guess we'll see how this movie turns out for me!

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

This is another movie that is highly rated (just check out it's IMDB score) and it's probably the first black and white film that I ever featured in these "Thursday Movie Picks" posts.  It would be great to watch a classic film that has a "Mrs. Robinson" type of character!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Surreal Monthly - July 2019

Hello everyone!  Welcome to "Surreal Monthly" where I go over everything that has happened on the blog for each month!  So, here's what's been happening in June!

Movies and TV Shows I Reviewed this month:

Activities on the Blog:

1. [Surreal Image of the Week]  Surreal Image of the Week: 7/21/2019
2. [Thursday Movie Picks]  Thursday Movie Picks #7: Parenthood
3. [Thursday Movie Picks]  Thursday Movie Picks #8: Blockbuster Flops
5. [Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV]  Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV #7: The Triangle (Kolmnurk)
6. [Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV]  Weird Images from Weird Movies and TV #8: The Fool and the Flying Ship
7. [Weirdness Approved List Update]  Weirdness Approved List Update - 7/7/2019

TV and Movie News that Happened this Month:

  • Stranger Things Season 3 beats its ratings record!
  • The Lion King was released in theaters!
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was released in theaters!
  • Crawl was released in theaters!
  • I had just watched Spider-Man: Far From Home in theaters and it was amazing!  Aaahh...Tom Holland, you're such a cutie!
  • AAAGGHHH!!! I had a pretty bad reviewing month! I didn't get the chance to review any movies or TV shows for this blog!  Sigh...there were so many other movies that I wanted to check out that I didn't get the chance to check out the more "weird" films of the month.  Oh well, if you want to see what movies I watched in July, then swing on by my Letterboxd account for the details!
  • YAAAYYY!!! My Reviews 2.0 series is getting even more popular!  Thank you everybody for checking out these videos! I can't believe that my "The Lion King" review got over 6 likes (which is a lot for me at the moment).

Updates on Reviews 2.0:

Around the Blogosphere for this month: