Friday Film Pick by Alessandro

glassbanner2I have to go with a classic and hands down the only sequel to be so awesome that people forget about part one sooooooo my pick is…..(wait for it) Godfather II. Do I need to say more? Actually, I do, or Tonia would be mad.

Soo, Pacino & Deniro I mean c’mon do I have to say anymore? Yes, I do or then Andrew will be mad. Francis -Fucking- Coppola. An amazing gangster film. Listen, folks, I’m sure you have all seen this beauty but it’s a film that will never get old.p6319_p_v8_bc

If you’re not planning anything for the weekend then sure watch part 1 too but don’t you dare and I repeat DON’T YOU DARE! watch part 3. That’s my pick for the weekend, enjoy my all time favorite gangster film.

By Alessandro Molluzzo

 

Friday Movie Pick by Tonia

glassbanner2Friday is here and so is my next movie pick. Because I didn’t watch the Superbowl, I had a different movie selected than the one I’m posting today. However, after checking out the Superbowl commercials and found that a new Cloverfield was released on Netflix, I was sold.

Cloverfield Paradox, is perfectly named for this third installment in the Cloverfield franchise and many will love it, many will hate it, and others will just be confused. This is mainly the reason why I choose to still recommend this movie because regardless of your final decision it will make you think.

This movie was promoted as an explanation to the first movie… and possibly to the very end of the 2nd movie. However, that explanation leads to many questions and cloverfieldparadoxinterpretations instead of quenching our curiosity. And other than an info dump moment which I felt could have been changed into a dynamic conversation between the characters, I really enjoyed this movie. It also contained a scene that made me jump out of my skin, which made me incredibly happy.

However, if you do choose to watch this movie, do not go into with any type of expectations. If even possible, don’t even watch any previews, especially the Netflix preview on its website. As I said previously, this movie will make you think, and for me, this is why I loved this movie and will watch it again.

-Tonia Winer

Friday Movie Pick by Andrew

glassbanner2My second installment of the Andrew Wilcox film recommendation cycle has come. And here, without as much of the perniciously prevalent preamble as before, but thrice the alliteration, is my recommendation.

Take Shelter is a 2011 psychological drama/thriller starring that most manic of men, Michael Shannon. A family man begins having deeply unsettling prophetic nightmares about a world ending storm and finds himself split between trusting these visions and trying to protect his family at any cost or to seek help for what he dreads is a mental illness that runs in his family. Beyond being a tightly wound and beautifully crafted thriller, this movie had a very strong impact on me, especially as the movie goes to great lengths to takeshelterput you inside the perspective of Michael Shannon’s character Curtis, to show how he feels instead of just telling it. As a sufferer of mental illness myself, I found Curtis’ struggle to maintain a facade of normality as he loses the ability to trust in himself and the frightening experience of having to rely on other people more than your own senses true to life.

So if you want to see a masterful set of performances from Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, as well as to experience both the alienation from the self and from one’s community told beautifully through cinematography and editing, in addition to enjoying a tense night at the movies; I heartily recommend Take Shelter.

Episode # 19 – True Romance

trueromanceFor our February movie selection, we choose a film written by Quentin Tarantino but directed by Tony Scott. True Romance is on the TV at Films Uncorked Podcast to start off the month of love.

R ‧  1993 ‧ Crime film/Thriller ‧ Movie Running time: 2h 1m

Reviewed by Alessandro Molluzzo, Tonia Winer, & Andrew Wilcox
Music: Leave Me Here by Skinny Wrists

Movie Pick – Oculus

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Spoiler Free Review by Tonia Winer

Oculus – defined as a round eyelike opening or design and as a circular or oval window. In reference to the film Oculus which was released in 2013 and stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, and Katee Sackhoff I believe it refers to what the characters and we as the audience sees.

What the characters see and experience is the plot of the movie because the question that is asked is, is it real? For me, that question was incredibly creepy because I didn’t know if they were crazy or sane, or something else entirely. Are the experiences of these characters real? In a very large sense, the events that brought them to the beginning of the movie are very real. Once the brother and sister have this mirror in their possession, what about then?
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I saw this movie in the theatre with my friend and when the final credits rolled, we looked at each other and said, “What just happened?”We just watched the movie, and we couldn’t even explain it, but the questions that were left had us continuing the conversation long after the movie ended. I recommend this movie because I love the way I cringed in disgust and horror, but also I had to really think about what I was watching. Oculus is currently available on Netflix, so please let me know what you think of the movie when you watch it.

Movie Pick by…

glassbanner2I ask myself what exactly is the point of me recommending a movie. There are hundreds, if not thousands of movies worth watching and really any one of them would make for a couple hours well spent. Throw a rock in a Blockbuster Video and you’ll probably hit a movie worth your time. Well, you would if this were twenty years ago when Blockbusters were still a thing, you’ll probably just hit a raccoon nowadays. So then, there must be some value beyond whatever choice I make being a Good Movie that must be determined. That value then is me.

Who am I? Well, if you’re reading this you most likely already know me, whether from the podcast or otherwise from this sorry existence we call life. Otherwise, let me introduce myself and specifically my bonafides for making a movie recommendation. Hello, I’m Andrew and I watch movies. If you need further assurances to my value as a movie recommender, well I don’t owe you anything. Go listen to the podcast or otherwise stalk me for more information. If you are unsatisfied with that answer, well I doubt you would have gotten much from a movie recommendation from a person you don’t know nor care to learn about.

I have stalled long enough. I must now recommend a movie. Shit. Fine, the first movie I will ever recommend is this: Arsenic and Old Lace.

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A Frank Capra comedy from the forties, Arsenic and Old Lace is one of my favorite all time movies. Pitch black in tone and routinely absurd, this film serves as a palette made to color madness across the pliant face of Cary Grant. He plays a newlywed husband who brings his wife to meet his family; who include two serial killing old ladies, his brother who’s an escaped murderer with the face of Frankenstein as well as his creepy constant companion, the plastic surgeon who keeps trying (and failing) to fix it, and his other brother who is convinced he’s President Theodore Roosevelt. Grant must juggle all of these homicidal balls in the air; trying to keep his family’s true nature secret from his new wife while also trying to keep her and everyone else who wanders by from being murdered. It’s a joy from start to finish as well as a relief to know that, even if it is in fiction, there are worse examples of meeting the in-laws than what I personally have experienced.

Movie Pick – Battle Royale

 

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Alessandro’s Friday Movie Pick

Battle Royale: is my pick, why you ask? Welp, who doesn’t want to see a bunch of insane kids going nuts with weapons on a deserted island on each other. Picture this folks, your “Hunger Games” just more violence and the kids are much younger. Plus, if you have kids that miss behave you can tell them that you’ll send them to this Island if they don’t do their chores. 😂

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Episode # 18 – The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

220px-The_36th_Chamber_of_ShaolinA young student, Liu Yude, gets caught up in the local rebellion against the Manchu government and ends up fleeing for his life. After seeking sanctuary at a Shaolin temple he has to convince the monks to teach him kung fu so he can get his revenge. From here begins the story for the 36 Chambers he must survive.

R ‧  1978 ‧ Drama/Action ‧  Movie Runtime:  1h 59m

Reviewed by Alessandro Molluzzo, Tonia Winer, & Andrew Wilcox
Music: Leave Me Here by Skinny Wrists

 

 

 

Episode # 17 – Face/Off

 

faceoffNew Year! New Face? John Travolta and Nicolas Cage get together in this face swapping romp directed by John Woo.

R ‧  1997 ‧ Thriller/Action ‧ Movie Runtime:  2h 20m

Reviewed by Alessandro Molluzzo, Tonia Winer, & Andrew Wilcox
 Music: Leave Me Here by Skinny Wrists

Episode # 16 – Die Hard

die-hardYou know its Christmas when Die Hard is on TV. John McClane and Hans Gruber in Nakatomi Plaza going head to head against each other. What more can you ask out of an 80s action packed movie?

R ‧ 1988 ‧ Thriller/Action ‧ Movie Runtime:  2h 12m

Reviewed by Alessandro Molluzzo, Tonia Winer, & Andrew Wilcox
 Music: Leave Me Here by Skinny Wrists