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Badly Drawn Movie Posters: My Zoom Quiz Round

Right in the depths of lockdown, it seemed like every man and his dog was taking part in a family Zoom quiz on a weekend – our family took a while to hop onto the bandwagon but we’ve Zoomed 3 times now! Of course, our latest easing measures mean we can meet up in groups of 6 as long as we stay outdoors but in true British fashion, that’s when our good weather ended, so who knows, we could be quizzing again soon.

Anyway, for our first family quiz we each picked a category and put together 6 questions; we would host our own round. It won’t surprise you that I picked movies! However, as us bloggers always do, I wanted to pick a theme within my theme, and so I chose to badly recreate 6 movie posters with the first marker pen I could find in my toddler’s craft box.

None of my family got all 6 right, the last one stumped them all – but I’m guessing you could probably guess them all…unless my drawings really ARE that bad.

I included the movie’s tagline in each poster, and they’re all movies that were 2019 releases in the UK! Let’s see how you do…

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Movie Reviews

The Lodge (2019)

the-lodge-movie-review-2019Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Genre:  Drama, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Main Cast:  Riley Keogh, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone, Katelyn Wells, Rebecca Faulkenberry

Plot: A tragedy in the family changes the lives of siblings Aiden and Mia. Around Christmas time, they visit the family lodge with their Dad and his Fiancee – but the atmosphere is as frosty as the weather outside. Aiden and Mia dig up some strange things about their future Step-Mum’s past – and then things get weird.

My Thoughts: With life starting to show signs of getting back to normal in a coronavirus filled world, I’m trying to get back into movies and blogging and generally just feeling a bit more ‘me’. I started with catching up on a movie I heard a lot of people talking about after the cinemas shut – The Lodge. I could tell it was a movie best watched with no knowledge about the story and so that’s how I went in, and I definitely urge you to do the same. I’ll hide any spoilers I happen to mention.

I think you would definitely be forgiven for drawing comparisons between The Lodge and the works of horror director Ari Aster. It blends extreme grief with horror elements to give that uncomfortable tone, and now that I think of it, it uses that dollhouse theme that Hereditary has, too. As much as I enjoyed The Lodge though, I don’t rank it as high as Hereditary or Midsommar.

It’s slow going until that point after the movie sleepover and all the things go missing, but it was wild after that. The ending, in particular, was one of those that made me audibly gasp – I certainly won’t forget it for a long time. Also, this is the second thing I’ve watched this year where Richard Armitage plays a Dad who makes terrible decisions. You should watch The Stranger on Netflix if you haven’t already!

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Best Bit: I kept flip-flopping on the idea of #SPOILERS# the trio actually dying in the night because of the heater, as suggested by Aiden #END OF SPOILERS# but when it’s finally confirmed what actually happened? Oh man – I don’t think I’ve ever hated a character (or two) more than in that moment!

Worst Bit: What is it that horror movies have against pets? I get it, it made me feel the feelings that the movie wanted me to feel, but oh man!

Fun Trivia: The dog’s name is Grady, which is the character name of Overlook Hotel’s care-taker in Stephen King’s story of “The Shining”. (Coincidence? Maybe!)

My Rating: 3 and a half completely unsafe gas heaters that you should never, ever use. Especially when you’re likely to drop to sleep any second.

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Lockdown Day 7 & The Upside (2019)

So the world feels like we’ve entered the upside-down but at least one thing never changes, I’m great at making a plan and failing to stick to it. I’ve been stuck under a bit of a grey cloud these past couple of days, but I was determined to journal this crazy situation and so here I am.

Our supermarkets finally have strict measures in place. There is a limit on how many people are allowed in the store at any time, so you now have to queue to get in. There are now sanitising stations for trolleys and baskets too, huzzah!

You know what’s angered me though? I have an unwell family member right now. They used the NHS 111 online service to answer questions about their symptoms and was told yes, they most definitely have Covid-19 symptoms. They were given a reference number. And that was it. They won’t be tested. You what? How on earth can we report daily figures on the number of cases when we aren’t even testing people with symptoms?!

I’m dreading tomorrow. I’ve now been put on furlough so I’m not working, but my husband’s job falls into the grey area of not being an essential business, but not being public-facing, so he has to go to work still. This past week he’s been working shifts to reduce the number of staff in the unit, so 13:30 – 20:30, but for whatever reason, they’re now scrapping that and so he’s working his using 7:30 – 16:30 from tomorrow. It’s so tough keeping a 2-year old entertained at home all day, I really struggle with it, and now I’m losing my partner in crime, my help, and my only chance at conversation all day.

That’s what I’m finding the hardest about the lockdown. It’s so lonely. Plus, once we’ve finally got the little one to bed, I’m so exhausted and full of anxiety I struggle to enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ with a movie before going to bed and starting over again the next day. Urgh.

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I’m still enjoying Animal Crossing, that game couldn’t have come at a better time, really. And I finally got around to watching The Upside (2019). I wanted to see it at the cinema, missed my chance and then forgot it even existed. Which is a shame, because it’s a really decent movie! Not the flat-out comedy I was expecting, more of a drama than anything else, but Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston have such good chemistry it was hard not to enjoy.

It has a The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) vibe to it, with elements of Me Before You (2016). Well worth a watch if you haven’t already.

UK Netflix finally got Season 6 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine so that’s what I’m watching whilst I write this, and then who knows. I’m torn between watching Underwater (2020) or digging up an old Domhnall Gleeson movie. I hope you’re all keeping safe and well, wherever you are. We’re all in this together ❤

…and now I have that High School Musical song in my head.

Movie Reviews

Dark Waters (2019)

dark-waters-movie-review-2019-posterDirector: Todd Haynes

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Runtime: 126 Minutes

Main Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper

Plot: The real-life story of one corporate defence lawyer and his lawsuit against a huge chemical company found to be knowingly poisoning thousands of Americans.

My Thoughts: These thriller-esque biographical movies are quickly becoming favourites of mine. If I can learn something new and shocking and have an absolute blast whilst watching, then what more can I ask for? I honestly thought Dark Waters was by the same director as Spotlight (2015) as they have a very similar style. And they both have Mark Ruffalo! So you’ll have to excuse my confusion. I’d struggle to sell this movie to anyone who hasn’t heard of it because on paper it sounds dry as hell, but it’s so good.

It starts a little slow and takes a while to get going, but Mark Ruffalo is so likeable that I was in it from the start for his character, and his character’s family too. Come the mid-way point of the movie a huge bombshell is dropped, and the pacing turns up tenfold from that point and doesn’t let go. I say it reminds me of Spotlight because that was the last movie I found myself angry watching.

It’s hard for me to fault the movie apart from the pacing at times, but for so long I couldn’t help but feel like Anne Hathaway was being wasted. She was a background character for so long but when the case kicked off, she got her chance to shine and it’s probably one of my favourite performances of hers. I also loved how some of the real people portrayed in the movie actually got cameo roles!

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Best Bit: I’m torn between two moments in the movie. The first being when it was revealed that the problem was so much worse than originally thought. The second was the meeting Ruffalo’s character had with the head of the chemical company, going through all the evidence he had collected. It was so tense.

Worst Bit: Speaking of tense, I never thought I would be so stressed out watching someone turn their key in their car’s ignition. Also – chemical companies suck.

Fun Trivia: Second film Mark Ruffalo has appeared in dealing with the DuPont family. The first was Foxcatcher (2014).

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Teflon-coated pans, dug out of my kitchen cupboards and thrown away.

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Movie Reviews

Uncut Gems (2019)

uncut-gems-2019-netflix-movie-reviewDirector: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 135 Minutes

Main Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield, Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel, Kevin Garnett, Judd Hirsch, John Amos, Trinidad James

Plot: Howard is a charismatic gems dealer who is up to his eyeballs in debt. When he gets his hands on an extremely rare Ethiopian uncut rock of gems, he makes a series of high-stake bets which don’t go to plan.

My Thoughts: I’m having a scroll through my Twitter feed and can see everyone talking about a new Adam Sandler movie, called Uncut Gems. I’m confused, for two reasons. One, from the poster I thought it was a documentary. Two, everyone was saying how amazing it was, and that Sandler should have been nominated for an Oscar. Am I in the Bad Place? I didn’t know Adam Sandler could act! Colour me intrigued.

I’ve watched movies that have made me happy, movies that have made me sad, scared, sometimes even sick, but I don’t think I’ve watched anything that’s made me feel so stressed before! My husband walked in at around the halfway point and asked what was going on, and at that point I was like, I don’t know what to tell you! This Howard guy makes terrible choices and everyone is just shouting all the time!

I liked it though. It’s kind of impossible to not get sucked into Howard’s life, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to see him win or fail. He’s a bit of a jerk but his bets were so crazy I knew there would be a sense of wonder if he did actually pull it off in the end. As for Adam Sandler himself, I don’t know if I would call his performance Oscar-worthy, but it’s definitely the best performance I’ve seen of his.

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Best Bit: So many of the loud, shouty scenes merged into one in my mind but there’s this moment where Howard’s on the phone to at least 2 different people, Lakeith Stanfield is also shouting at him, everyone is rushing around and then the poor fish are almost murdered. That’s definitely the stand-out scene for sure.

Worst Bit: The door to Howard’s shop is definitely up there with the door to the cabin in The Hateful Eight in the list of ass***e doors. One won’t open, the other won’t shut!

Fun Trivia: Uncut Gems features the 4th most f-words in film history, exactly 408 times.

My Rating: 3 and a half fake Rolex’s…you’ll have to shout louder than everyone else in this movie to complain about them, though!

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