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.

<3

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.

<3

Emory

t h e d o u b l e || e l b u o d e h t

photo_03photo_01photo_04photo_02Happy Civic Holiday Canadians! How was your weekend? Better yet, how do you like my title? Pretty trippy, right? I did it on purpose, given the movie that I am about to discuss. Can I just say that I found my favourite movie of the year? Ok, maybe not my #1 movie, because it is tied with two others. Let’s say my 3rd #1 movie of the year! Confusing? Right!

Here is a synopsis of The Double:

“Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.”

Not being a fan of Jesse Eisenberg, but one of Mia Wasikowska and Richard Ayoade, I went into this film with some trepidation. Let me just say that no trailer can do it justice. It felt like it was a mix between Rear WindowThe Fight Club, and Amélie while still being completely original. It was outrageously dark and enthralling. It was suspenseful and clever without coming across as pretentious. It was dry and humorous. It was an artistic explosion for your senses. Honestly, it has everything that I look for in a movie. Yet, it has more than that because I was not expecting it to be such a creative film. I would be insane to give it a rating less than 100%.

Watch the trailer now, then run to the theatre to see The Double.

<3

Emory

hang me, oh hang me

inside-llewyn-davis-2013-03When I first began HSB, I was publishing posts at least five days a week. While I long to get back to my old writing schedule, right now it is next to impossible. One way that I was able to keep up with my daily posts was through various reviews. Mondays were usually dedicated to songs or reads, and Thursdays to film. That left only Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for other topics (sort of like what I do now). I think that every blogger can relate when I state just how hard it is to find, create, photograph, and put together imaginative, fun, and engaging posts 3 days a week. Even if you are full of drive, sometimes the inspiration is just not there. Rather than writer’s block, we get blogger’s block, and it can be a bitch to pull yourself out.

I am probably the worst reviewer on the internet. I rarely ever get the double meanings or subliminal messages that are often hidden in movies and music. I prefer to write about what parts I did or didn’t like, and to hear your opinions as well. I am still somewhat amazed that I was able to pull off a twice-weekly review, but I’m considering doing them again. Would you guys like that?

What I do like are Coen brothers movies. I love their wide angle camera shots, the grittiness to their films, their dark humour, and the fact that they are often inspired by great literature. Even more so, I love folk music from the 1960s. Inside Llewyn Davis should therefore have been a winning film for me. However, I think that in the end I preferred the music over the movie itself. Oscar Issac brought a modern slant to old folk songs, and because each one was filmed live, it added more to the film than pre-recorded songs ever could have. Most were heartbreaking, some were playful, but all were incredibly soulful. I think what I didn’t like was that the star studded cast was too distracting, and I couldn’t relate to any of the characters themselves. Watching it made me feel as if I was thrust into a time machine and would come out to either witness a fight or a dramatic situation. Then, just as I would turn back to enter the machine for safety, someone would begin to sing (usually Isaac), and all would be peaceful again. 

In my opinion, the music is what saved the film. At the same time, maybe that was the point, because there was no way that you could make a movie about the pre-Bob Dylan era without having it filled with tumultuous conditions and just really amazing music.

Emory

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