nightcrawler film review

hr_Nightcrawler_6Nightcrawler is not for the faint of heart. It’s a film for those of you who love true crime. I mean really love it. Love the suspense, love the gore, love the shock, love the twisted nature of it, and are always left wanting more. This movie is incredibly twisted, but in such a way that the sociopathetic tendencies of the main character are considered almost comical. In a dark humour sort of way, that is. You find yourself laughing all the way through the film, if not because his actions are so unbelievable, but because they are so believable that you do it as a coping mechanism. 

While the film is obviously fiction, it is shot more like a documentary. Consequently, that makes the events that occur feel much more intense and realistic. As the movie progresses, your involvement in the storyline also deepens. By the end of the film, you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation. It’s nothing short of amazing.

If I were you, I would be running to the theatre to catch Nightcrawler on the big screen. That is, if you like real life crime stories. If you don’t, go and see it anyway.

Have a great week!

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Emory

a week of halloween: sinister house films

we-are-what-we-are-largeAnd so begins the final countdown to Halloween! In honour of this awesomely gruesome holiday, I’ve decided to make each post this week a Halloween post. Because why not? I feed off of tough challenges and insane deadlines! 

Today’s post will be one that focuses on scary movies. These aren’t just any frightening films, but those that take place within sinister houses. Call it an ode to our new one

Here is my top ten list of movies with horror-ific homes:

1. The Conjuring (2013)

2. Silent House (2012)

3. The Fourth Kind (2009)

4. The Amityville Horror (2005)

5. You’re Next (2013)

6. The Shining (1980)

7. V/H/S (2012) 

8. 1408 (2007)

9. The Innkeepers (2011)

10. We Are What We Are (2013)

What are some of your favourite scary films to watch on Halloween? Feel free to leave me a list below!

<3

Emory

if you’re going to see pulp fiction

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset2If you are young, have Instagram, or a set of ears, you’ve probably heard of a series called ‘Throwback Thursday’. TBT as it’s known to us hipsters. The highly credible online urban dictionary defines TBT as “When you put a picture from a “while” ago on your social media sites.” Classic.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetBroadway Theatre in Saskatoon has adopted this internet phenomenon and has turned it into their own cash cow by screening old and popular films on Thursday nights for one night only. The best part is, if you dress up as one of the characters in the film, your ticket is discounted.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetLast Thursday, Geoffrey and I went to see Pulp Fiction. While I may appear to have Mia Wallace’s hair, and Geoff have Vincent Vega’s, we did not actually wear any costumes. And while we may own the film, seeing it in person is, as always, one hundred times better. I wish that every theatre around the world would show every great film on a regular basis. For those few hours, you are instantly transported back into time, and you get to discover that movie all over again while feeling the same sort of feelings that those people did decades ago. It’s indescribable. I just love it.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetPrior to the movie starting, the owner of the theatre announced that they were going to have a dance off in true Jack Rabbit Slims fashion. The winner would get free passes to all the TBT movies for the rest of the year. Up went Vincent, Jules, Butch, and Mia, and on went the music. It was priceless.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIf you’re going to see Pulp Fiction, whether it’s your first, second, or millionth time, make sure you see it in a movie theatre, with popcorn, a beer, and a dance off.

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Emory

the trip to italy review.

Unlike previous movie review posts, I am not going to talk this one to death. If you like laughing and traveling, then you will like this film. 

The Trip To Italy is the sequel to The Trip, and is every bit as good as the first. Actually, it’s a hair less (not to be confused with hairless, although they have undoubtedly aged a bit), only because the prequel was such a simple yet refreshingly brilliant concept that took most audiences by amazement. While the element of surprise has been eliminated from The Trip To Italy, it’s originality and cleverness remain intact. If you liked the first, be sure to see the second!

Here are a few great clips from the film:

On aging and rejection.

On The Dark Knight Rises.

Let’s start this week off right! Happy Monday, friends!

<3

Emory

P.S. Happy birthday to my beautiful sister!

the drop review

BeFunky_5.jpgI have a thing where I’ll only watch the first 30 seconds or so of a movie trailer. I figure that if I’m won over in that time span, chances are that I will end up liking the film. I remember seeing my older brother doing that very same thing a few years ago, and thinking that it was an odd thing to do. In the meantime, I began to regard most trailers better than the movies themselves. I eventually came to understand why he did that. In my opinion, the worse or less you see of the trailer, the lower your expectations, and the better the film is. I think that in the end, I’ve developed trailer-phobia.

1.jpgWhile I did only watch the first little bit of the trailer for The Drop, I could have forgone seeing that. Merely knowing that Tom Hardy was starring in it was enough for me to pay for a ticket to the theatre. I know that we shouldn’t judge actors based on their looks alone, but I think that I missed half of the film because I was staring at his beautiful face. Sorry Geoff. This has to be said. Tom Hardy, you are God’s gift to married, single, dating, and widowed men and women everywhere. Amen. :-)

6.jpgI suppose I should say something about the movie itself. Based on the short story, Animal Rescue, The Drop is about a bartender named Bob (Hardy) who is employed by his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), and the pair become involved in a robbery gone wrong. Bob goes on to meet a waitress named Nadia (Noomi Rapace) who ultimately has a key role in his life, and who also has dangerous connections of her own. In my humble opinion, Rapace hasn’t really shone since starring in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, but she does do a convincing job playing a tortured soul. Maybe that’s her niche. There’s nothing that I can say about Gandolfini that you aren’t already aware of. He plays a broken man in this role, and you witness him transforming his lines into heartbreaking situations. Given that it was the last movie that he ever made, I would say that it was a very fitting sendoff. Ann Dowd, who played Marv’s sister Dottie, also did an outstanding job with her small but vital role. I wish that she would have had a bigger part in the film.

BeFunky_drop-2.jpgThe real star, aside from Hardy, was his puppy Rocco. After being found beaten in a trash can, he is taken in by Bob and Nadia. He gets named after St. Rocco, the patron saint of dogs, the sick, and falsely accused people. St. Rocco’s patronage inevitably correlates greatly with Bob’s own story, and for the better part of the film, the story revolves around the love and devotion between Bob and Rocco.

tom-hardy-with-pup-on-new-film-animal-rescue-1Whether you like intelligently adapted stories, outstanding acting, crime films, adorable pit bull puppies, or scrumptious lips to stare at, you should be going to the theatre to see this movie. It is finally an action flick for both genders. If you don’t believe me, then believe Rotten Tomatoes. They rated The Drop at 88%. Probably because of Rocco’s cuteness. And Tom Hardy’s.

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Emory

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