Girl Asleep #TheToiBoxOfWords #film #review

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So, I’ve been ill and haven’t really been able to give this review the attention I would like, but since it’s already a day late, here goes nothing.

If Wes Anderson got really high and was held at gunpoint by the Australian mafia to create a film inspired by Pan’s Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, and Alice in Wonderland, Girl Asleep might be the result. With a 6.5 IMDB rating and 82% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, this is bound to be an odd adventure (53% audience vote).

If anyone is interested in my experience of watching Girl Asleep, click here to see my notes.

This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability.

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1. What is this film about?

14-year-old Greta is new at school and very shy. She’s also turning 15 in a few days and her oddball family thinks a big party is just what she needs. Too bad she hates the idea.

2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?

I literally discovered this film surfing through Netflix and knew absolutely nothing about it ahead of time. The poster of the two kids in their school uniforms seemed interesting to me. Plus I wanted to try something different, and this certainly looked different.

3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?

Everything about this movie was odd. With that being considered, it was difficult deciding whether the actors were performing their roles well or not. I’m only vaguely familiar with the work of Bethany Whitmore, who plays Greta, but as child actresses go, I think she did a fine job with the odd material.

4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?

I’m not sure how I feel about the direction of this film. As I mentioned before, I got the sense that Wes Anderson might have been an influence but so might have Tim Burton and Jim Henson. I didn’t really get it. Sometimes it seemed like close-ups were the focus, but then a wide-angle scene with one individual in the shot would come up next. I’m not even going to try to understand the use of stop-animation at one point.

5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?

This movie takes place in the 70s, so of course, the music is fun. Even with tunes I don’t clearly recognize, the music helped ease the oddness. That is until an unnecessary musical number broke out, more than once… Yeah.

6. What did I like about the story as a whole?

Well, I guess the anti-bullying and self-acceptance message is a good point to drive home, so… that was good. I did actually like the end where…SPOILER… Greta puts on her friend’s suit and he puts on her dress to prove a point.

7. What did I not like about the story?

So much. It’s difficult to pinpoint one thing.

8. Would I recommend this movie to others and what would I rate this movie?

Probably not.

The moral of the story seems to be that being a teenager sucks. I’m still not quite sure why the critics liked it so much. I honestly don’t think this is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. It’s not that bad. It’s just really not good, to me.

On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film reels.

P.S. This should really be a 1 reel rating. I discovered a glitch in my rating system for works I “Didn’t Like” or “Didn’t Finish”. I will leave all previous ratings as they are but will apply adjustments for all future book and movie reviews. 

9. Is there anything I would have changed or done differently?

Perhaps it’s simply a cultural difference, but I wouldn’t have made the people seem so sitcom-like. They just didn’t feel the slightest bit real. I also probably wouldn’t have had the kids curse so much. Kids cursing in movies has its place, but hear it just seemed like too much.

10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?

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In this movie, Greta takes a trip, I mean that in the “puff, puff, pass” sense (if you don’t get that reference, don’t spend too much time thinking about it). It’s supposed to be a dream, I think, but it quickly becomes a nightmare. It’s like many other films where reality and the dream world collide. I often write stories where that happens, especially in my Eternal Curse Series.

Watch, rent, or buy this movie here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

CHEF #Review – Mock Squid Soup No.20 #cinephiles #film #food

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If anyone is interested in my experience of watching CHEF, click here to see my notes.

I’m following in the footsteps of Nancy Mock and MOCK and I hope I can keep up. I made a point not to read their reviews before watching this film so it would be a fresh experience for me. Let’s see how it all went.

This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability.

1. What is this film about?

Chef Carl is good, but he’s insecure. Not a good husband, not a good dad; being a great chef is all he has, but even his idea of what legitimizes a chef is a little askew. After a bad review and discovering the nature of social media in the worst way, Carl is forced to rethink his methods and downsize to a food truck.

2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?

The title is simple. Made me think the movie would be simple and subtly profound. I never watched the trailer. The poster looks fun.

3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?

Well first off, this cast is ridiculous. Jon Favreau called in every big name he’s worked with, or wanted to work with, even down to cameos from real chefs and recording artists. No one did a bad job with their roles, but then they weren’t really challenging roles. I did think the boy, Emjay Anthony, did a great job standing his ground next to talents such as Dustin Hoffman, Scarlet Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr.

4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?

Quadruple-threat-man, Favreau, did a nice job putting this all together. I liked the way he incorporated the social media elements. It was student-film-like in that way that feels natural and edgy, even if it’s not.

5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?

The soundtrack was the second best thing about this film. The cooking scenes were the first, but I have a thing for cooking scenes. Sadly though, anyone who doesn’t like Jazz, Blues, and or Latin music won’t share my thoughts here.

Let’s all thank Nancy for sharing the soundtrack with us here.

6. What did I like about the story as a whole?

I like that the need to connect and create was at the center of it all. Chef Carl wasn’t able to create and it drove him crazy and because he wouldn’t connect, he stifled his own focus and execution.

7. What did I not like about the story?

Simple is usually good, but the simplicity of how everything worked out seemed generic. It was an enjoyable story, but it didn’t excite me.

8. Would I recommend this movie to others?

Probably, but I’d be picky about it. If anyone asked me if it was worth seeing, I’d say yes, but I don’t feel like I need to hurry out and share this with all my friends.

9. What would I rate this movie?

On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film 3 reels.

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10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?

Yes, FOOD. I love food and try to include it in my writing though I don’t always do so well. I find that I often create recipes for stories or characters as part of my writing process. I’m no chef, but I understand Carl’s need to create, whether in the kitchen or at my desk.

Watch, rent, or buy this movie here.

Download the soundtrack here.

Mock Squid Soup – Film Society

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MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to movie reviews. We invite others to participate and post their reviews…Don’t be shy; come join the fun! 😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

That Thing You Do! #Review – Mock Squid Soup No.18 #cinephiles #film #comedy

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I’m following in the footsteps of The Armchair Squid this month reviewing That Thing You Do! Click here to check out his review.

If anyone is interested in my experience of watching That Thing You Do!, click here to see my notes.

This review will consist of me asking myself 10 questions and answering them to the best of my ability.

1. What is this film about?

The movie is about a man and a band that converge briefly in the 1960s and some good music is made. The movie is partly about Guy and how one small opportunity changed his life and brought his love for music to the forefront of his life. It’s also the story of how a band forms, rises to fame, and then falls apart. There’s also a love story.

2. What did I think of the title, poster, and or trailer?

I honestly don’t remember what I thought when I first saw the trailer. I watch the IMDB trailer to see if it would bring it all back, but I don’t think it’s the same. Perhaps I never actually saw the trailer when the movie first came out. In 1996 or 97 when I first saw this film, it’s likely that I would have watched it without having seen a trailer just because of its premise. After watching it again years later, I know I wanted to see this movie for the music, the era, and the story of the band… I honestly didn’t know Guy was the main character until I saw the film.

3. What did I think of the main character(s) and how the actors performed them?

I think this movie was the perfect launching path for some growing talents. While Charlize and Giovanni were merely faces in the crowd, Steve Zahn got to show off his acting and singing talent. Tom Everett Scott is good. You can tell he’s a bit fresh but it works for him. As for Mr. Hanks, it was odd to see him in a supporting role, but of course, it’s an authoritative supporting role, so it suits him well.

4. What did I think of the direction and cinematography?

The film had serious and comedic moments happening back-to-back, so the homage to 60s film and the Beatles’ films was appreciated. It almost felt like a panoramic sitcom without an audience, but I liked it.

5. What did I think of the soundtrack and score?

I love this soundtrack. All the original songs brought together to create the Play-Tone galaxy and more is just fun stuff. Plus, “That Thing You Do!” actually hit the real pop charts after the release of this movie. That’s just cool.

6. What did I like about the story as a whole?

I like that Guy was for lack of a better term, a good guy. He was the glue and the magic that made it all possible. He was a great character to watch.

7. What did I not like about the story?

I liked Faye so much, but I couldn’t get into her and Jimmy. I was just waiting for that to end.

8. Would I recommend this movie to others?

Yes, but not everyone will be into it because of the music, which only makes me sad.

9. If yes, who? What would I rate this movie?

I think anyone who appreciates music and or 1960s period films will appreciate this movie even if they don’t fall in love with it. I really like this movie, but even I admit that it’s a little corny and cliché.

On a scale of 1 to 5 movie reels, I give this film 4 reels.

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10. Was there anything in this movie that could be related to me or anything I have written?

Well, as I briefly mentioned earlier, this is my kind of movie. I love music and 50s – 70s period films. If I could go back in time and erase all the racism and war from that era, I think I’d thrive there. I haven’t written anything taking place during that time, and haven’t really incorporated music into my work, but I will one day.

Watch, rent, or buy this movie here.

Mock Squid Soup – Film Society

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MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to movie reviews. We invite others to participate and post their reviews…Don’t be shy; come join the fun! 😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

3 clues to guess my Apr ‘16 movie: A Mock Squid Soup Teaser #cinephiles #film #review

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Sorry I’m a bit late, but here I go.

Clue #1– This movie won four Oscars though the lead actor has never won one (he’s been nominated twice).

Clue #2– As of March 28th, this film is two years old.

Clue #3– This film has a culturally diverse cast with actors from many different countries, which makes sense because the setting of the film is a fictional East Indian country.

Do you think you know what my movie is? I am making this way too hard?

I can’t wait to see everyone else’s clues. I hope I guess some right. I’m so looking forward to the actual reviews that will be posted next week.

Mock Squid Soup – Film Society

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MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to movie reviews. We invite others to participate and post their reviews…Don’t be shy; come join the fun! 😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Top 10 Chick #films this tomboy will stop to watch! Inspiration #itslikethefullmoon, #bloghop.

In celebration of Bish Denham’s eight years of blogging, she presents the Listing Hop Blogfest. Thanks to Bish and the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, for hosting us today.

Here are the Top 10 Chick Flicks
this tomboy will stop to watch at any given moment.

All images sourced from Wikipedia.com

Moonstruck– A direct influence on my book It’s Like the Full Moon

 

A Room with a View
direct influence my book It’s Like the Full Moon

How to Make an American Quilt
direct influence my book It’s Like the Full Moon

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Beaches

Pretty in Pink– indirect influence my book It’s Like the Full Moon

My Girl

Now and Then

Annie (original, but I do like the new one)

Tammy and the Bachelor

All images from Wikipedia.

Click here to see what others are sharing on their lists today!

Also, I’ve started a monthly blog hop for book lovers and
would love for your join. Click the image to learn more.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords