Here we are, October 15, about half way through the Halloween month! Anyone who knows me can quickly tell you that Halloween is my favourite holiday, maybe even so far as to say that it’s my favourite season! Yes, I consider Halloween a season haha.
Each year I compile a list of ‘Halloween’ or horror movies to marathon throughout the month. I don’t think I’ve ever made it through the full list of 31 films, but it’s become a tradition.
Mad Max, a character that’s lived through generations. My first exposure to the story and the character was through this film although the character, created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy, was brought to life first in 1979.
Set in a desolate and post-apocalyptic Australia, Fury Road finds Max (Tom Hardy) in a battle for his life with a corrupt civilization and their war lord leader, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). In Max’s attempts at escaping he pairs up with Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and her fight to free the five young wives of Immortan Joe and bring them to the greener pastures she remembers from childhood.
Alex Garland’s Ex Machina has been nominated for two Oscars this year: Visual Effects and Best Original Screenplay. This doesn’t seem like enough though as so much more of this film demands your attention.
British actor Domhnall Gleeson portrays an American programmer who is called to a remote estate to test the human qualities of a newly developed Artificial Intelligence. During the evaluation Caleb discovers that AI creator Nathan (Oscar Isaac) may have some skeletons in his closet.
I’m incredibly late writing this review as it’s been about a week since I’ve seen it but I was struggling to find the right words.
To put it plainly – the beauty and detail in this movie are awe inspiring! Director Guillermo del Toro sets the bar high for the many other films to be released in the near future. While Crimson Peak hasn’t received the attention and praise that I believe it deserves, it certainly has the makings of a cult classic for the few that enjoyed the film’s unique genre and exquisite visualization.
Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. – Description from Rottentomatoes.com
I’m often torn with feel good movies. I love them and usually enjoy myself but I find the joyous feeling is often fleeting and passes shortly after the credits roll. They are predictable and full of cliches but I love them just the same. I usually leave the theatre and return to life as usual but this one hit a soft spot for me. Continue reading
I was lucky enough to have had the chance to see this movie at an advanced screening thanks to my lovely friend Nicole! I recently saw it again with my sister because I loved it so much. I’m not one to stifle my laughter and this movie had me howling!
The F Word (also released as ‘What If’ in certain countries) is “the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?” – Description from IMDB.com
“The Kadam family clashes with Madame Mallory, proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant, after they open their own nearby eatery, until undeniable chemistry causes the Madame to take gifted young chef Hassan under her wing.” -Description from IMDB.com Continue reading