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Thursday Movie Picks: Prequels

Happy Thursday, folks! If it even is Thursday. I should have stuck with Wandering Through the Shelves’ Thursday Movie Picks from the start of lockdown really, but it’s been so difficult to find any love for movies since the end of March. Now’s a good as time as any though, right? So this Thursday we’re talking about movie prequels.

The movie world is rife with sequels of varying quality, but prequels are rarer to come by. I have to admit, I couldn’t find 3 prequels that Ii can say I ‘loved’, but I did find some that I enjoyed.

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Bumblebee (2018)

I haven’t seen all of the Transformers movies. I enjoyed the first one, as cheesy and silly as it was, and I’m fairly sure I watched Revenge of the Fallen. After that, I honestly couldn’t say. If it weren’t for my ODEON card I doubt I would have given Bumblebee a chance, but do you know what? It was a really decent movie! Full of heart and stunning action sequences, and Bumblebee has always been my favourite Transformer anyway.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Something funny I read online that I’ve never forgotten is “Noone hates Star Wars movies as much as Star Wars fans”. It’s so true! From the chatter I heard though, the consensus was that Rogue One was a solid addition to the series. It’s not one I find myself wanting to rewatch as much as the other movies, but I loved K-2SO so much. It had some pretty dodgy CGI that isn’t going to age well but the Darth Vader corridor scene more than makes up for it.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Are you ready for a confession? I’ve only seen 1 of the Lord of the Rings movies. I don’t know why I’ve not made an effort to see the others, they should be my ideal kind of movie, but it just hasn’t happened. I really enjoyed all 3 of the prequel movies, and I read the book for the first time afterwards, too. It’s wild how they made 3 movies out of such a small book!

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2012

Two days in a row, baby! And a happy Christmas Eve to you all! I’ll be offline for Christmas Day and Boxing Day whilst buried under torn-up wrapping paper with a plate of pigs in blankets in one hand and a bottle glass of wine in the other, but I’ll be back soon. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!

I’m back with my next 10 top movies of the decade, this time looking at 2012. These lists are starting to get more and more difficult to narrow down, but it’s so fun to look back on what I’ve watched and enjoyed. You can find the other lists for the decade here.

2012 Movies Watched: 50

2012 was the first year I watched the BAFTAs, and although most of the movies nominated were completely unheard of to me, I loved watching the ceremony and I haven’t missed a year since. I guess this year was the start of my movie hobby, although I wouldn’t start blogging for another 2 years.

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#10 Magic Mike

Wait, wait, don’t close the tab just yet! It gets better, I swear. Come on, though. Not only was Magic Mike a wildly fun movie to watch the cinema with friends (or your Mum, if you’re me), it was actually a decent movie at the same time!

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#9 Chronicle

Chronicle is a criminally underrated movie. It’s found-footage done well. It’s a perfect blend of superhero and thriller and it’s darker than expected. And if nothing else, it introduced me to Dane DeHaan who never fails to put in an excellent performance.

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#8 Dredd

I was mostly forced to go and watch Dredd, it’s not my usual go-to movie. At face value, it’s an extremely simple movie but it does action and gore very, very well. If I remember right it was a 3D-only release at the cinema (in the UK, anyway) which seemed odd at the time but worked brilliantly!

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#7 Silver Linings Playbook

I miss the old Jennifer Lawrence who seemed super down to earth. Regardless, I loved Silver Linings Playbook. It was a touching representation of mental illness and two individuals finding love despite their problems. I haven’t seen it since but I really ought to.

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#6 Disconnect

This one I didn’t watch until after I’d started blogging, and I can’t remember who it was who put this on my radar but I was so glad I watched it. I guess the TV show Black Mirror took away the need for movies like Disconnect, but it shows the stories of several lives ruined by the internet and social media.

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#5 Argo

Basically, on the night I watched the BAFTAs for the first time, Argo was the movie I was rooting for. It was possibly the only nominated movie I’d watched but I loved it and was rooting so hard for it! The scenes at the airport were so intense, I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing for a while.

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#4 Django Unchained

I guess 2012 was a year of a lot of firsts because Django Unchained was my first Quentin Tarantino movie. I’d seen clips of Pulp Fiction in college but didn’t watch it fully till much later. There are still a few of his that I need to see but Django Unchained will probably stay as one of my favourites.

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#3 Looper

After Looper, The Last Jedi, and Knives Out, I will blindly watch anything that Rian Johnson makes. I must literally be his target audience. Looper was so much fun! I’ve always enjoyed the theory of time travel and it was so well done in this movie.

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#2 The Avengers

There was no stopping the MCU train at this point. I remember thinking this Avengers movie was bold by bringing so many superheroes together! The Avengers was everything it needed to be. It was funny, it was captivating, it had great action, and it had heart.

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#1 Moonrise Kingdom

Another movie I can thank the bloggers for introducing me to. After watching The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014 and wondering what on earth that colourful, crazy and amazing movie was, you all told me more about Wes Anderson and the rest of his work. Moonrise Kingdom is where I turned to next and it did not disappoint. It was so sweet.

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Thursday Movie Picks: Blockbuster Flops

Sometimes, after spending literally hundreds of millions of dollars on acting talent, special effects and marketing, a movie flops at the box office. More often than not, these movies are Blockbusters – those movies sometimes based on other movies, books or TV shows. Most of the time, the flop is justified. The movie was just downright terrible. But that isn’t always the case, and I guess this week Wandering Through the Shelves has set us bloggers the task of defending some of those failed movies.

I used this Wikipedia article to help me define what the biggest movie flops are, and these are 3 of those movies that I don’t think deserved to do so badly.

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Ghostbusters (2016) Production Budget: $144m Worldwide Gross: £229m

I loved the all-female Ghostbusters remake. Not because I’m a woman and I want women to have bigger roles in the industry, but because it was a fun movie and it made me laugh. In fact, it was the first Ghostbusters movie I ever watched, I watched the original for the first time last year and wasn’t that impressed (don’t @ me). What annoys me so much is wondering how much of a factor internet trolls were to the failure of the remake. If anyone’s seen the movie and hated it that’s fine, everyone has their own opinion, but to hate on a movie before even seeing it is just childish!

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Rise of the Guardians (2012) Production Budget: $145m Worldwide Gross: £306m

Honestly, I was shocked to find Rise of the Guardians in that Wikipedia list. I think it’s such a beautiful animated movie. It’s definitely geared more towards being a Christmas movie but it covers a lot of other holidays too. The voice cast is stellar (Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law to name a few) and the story is so sweet. If you’ve never seen it before please just do me this one favour and give it a try!

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Green Lantern (2011) Production Budget: $220m Worldwide Gross: $219m

Yeah, yeah, you rolled your eyes so hard I heard them! I know Green Lantern isn’t a good movie. I watched it before I got into the genre and didn’t know better. Anyone who’s ever read a Green Lantern comic could write a better script, and the bad guy was butchered in the development phases. BUT. Are you telling me that Green Lantern deserves a flop sticker when movies like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad are labeled as huge successes?

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Thursday Movie Picks: Undercover

It’s probably about time I admitted that I’ve been undercover all this time. Secretly, I’m actually a great blogger who writes concisely and elegantly and keeps to a strict writing schedule in order to post consistently. Just kidding, sloppy, incoherent and inconsistent me is the real me – nothing is going to change about that!

I do always try, though, and keeping up with Wandering Through the Shelves’ Thursday Movie Picks is at the top of my list. This week’s theme is Undercover, and whilst there have been many iconic, serious movies that fit the subject (Reservoir Dogs, The Departed, etc) I’m not going to talk about those today. My picks are pure fun!

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21 Jump Street (2012)

2012 was a magical year for Channing Tatum. He was obviously already well known for the Step Up movies but in 2012 he not only stole the hearts of women everywhere with Magic Mike, he broke those hearts with the romantic weepy movie The Vow, and then cheered us all up with the surprise hit, 21 Jump Street. It’s a remake of an 80s show where Channing and Jonah Hill play 2 cops going undercover as High School students to take down a drug ring. It’s honestly one of the best comedies of the decade!

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Miss Congeniality (2000)

I just love Sandra Bullock. It doesn’t matter what the movie is, if she’s in it I’ll watch it. I haven’t seen Miss Congeniality in years but Sandra basically plays a tough cop going undercover in a beauty pageant, and it’s as funny as you can imagine. It must have done well at the time because they made a sequel, but it’s sadly nowhere near as good as the original…as always!

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Point Break (1991)

Sometime, a week will pass without me mentioning Keanu Reeves. This week is not that week. How can I not mention Point Break?! Keanu plays an FBI agent going undercover as a surfer to catch a group who are suspected bank robbers. I only watched it for the first time recently (before Keanu fever hit, thank you) but it was so much fun! I ended up watching the remake straight after and actually compared them – excuse the self-promotion!

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Thursday Movie Picks: Interview

Thursday Movie Picks

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s almost Easter! It’s almost time for it to be acceptable to stuff our faces with chocolate, wayhey! Did I buy my toddler a chocolate egg? Of course I did. Did I pick her the one that just so happened to be my favourite too? You can bet your ass I did. Chocolate is bad for you, kiddo.

Today’s Thursday Movie Picks theme is Interview. Did I ever mention that I work in recruitment? Well, to be honest, I don’t, I’m a Sales & Marketing Administrator, but I work for a recruitment agency – so the theme is quite relevant for me! It’s a shame most real interviews don’t happen the way they do in the movies, but the consultants I work with have more than a few odd stories to share.

So, this week I’ll be sharing my favourite interview scenes from movies!

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Ted (2012)

I don’t think I could even type out what Ted said in his interview for the job at the grocery store it was so obscene, but it’s one of the best bits of the movie! I still can’t believe my brother convinced our mum to watch this movie…

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The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the true story of Alan Turing, The Imitation Game is far from a comedy, but the scene in which Alan is interviewed for the job of cracking the code is deadpan humour at it’s finest!

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Nightcrawler (2014)

It is so much easier to get a job in movies! All Rick needed was a driving license, a cell phone, knowledge of LA and the freedom to start the job immediately. I had to laugh when he revealed that he worked as a landscaper until he realised he had hay fever.