Friday, February 5, 2016

Mock Squid Soup: February 2016: Three Clues




Here are my three clues for this month's movie!

1)  Of the first ten actors credited in this movie, eight have had roles in movies based on comic books or comic strips...but this is NOT a comic book movie!

2)  The writer and director of this movie is credited with directing three major comic book movies...but this is NOT a comic book movie!

3)  The star of the movie (who also wrote, produced, and directed the film) says this film was loosely inspired by the owner of the Kogi Korean BBQ food trucks of Los Angeles.



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This month, everyone gets to throw a movie of their own choice into the pot.  The week before our gathering, on Friday, February 5th, everyone is invited to post three clues about his/her movie for others to guess.  Our next regular meeting is Friday, February 12th.   No need to sign up twice.  The Squid used the same link list for both.  If you are interested in joining us, please sign on to the list below.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: November Entries

I have fallen off the blogging wagon and am not following through on the theme for this month's hop.  I am not a good blogging co-host.

Instead, I will share ALL of the movies I watched last weekend.  I spent last week in Doha, Qatar visiting some schools and attending an education summit.  The flight home allowed me to watch ALL of the following movies.

My current flickchart rating is under each image. I currently have 1,209 movies on my flickchart list.

Only The Prestige and The Social Network were repeat viewings.  All the others I was seeing for the first time.


#754

#105

#47

#75
#104

 If you have seen this, you know it opens with a stunt on an airplane.  This was what I was watching as our plane took off!


#466
 If you have seen the marketing for this one, you know it is an earthquake movie.  Watching it while experiencing turbulence added to the effect.  I can't say it made the movie better.


#39





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Friday, August 14, 2015

Mock Squid Soup - August 14, 2015 - Sleepless in Seattle

I am sitting in the last day of class and received a text from Nan that we forgot to do our posts!

I think everyone figured out I watched Sleepless in Seattle.  It was a big favorite, due to the soundtrack, to watch in the video store back in the day.  Last week, I put it on while I was starting to set up my classroom.


It does seem to be both a relic of its time but still holds up well enough to be enjoyable.

And now I must get back to class!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: August Trivia Teaser


>cough cough<  This blog is a little dusty...let me turn on a light.  


Ahh...that's better.  Let's see...the last post was...June 12?!?!?  Holy cow!  Well, I'll pretend nothing has happened!



It is time for this month’s gathering of the Mock Squid Soup, hosted by the Armchair Squid and by myself! Today, we provide 3 clues to keep you on the edge of your seat! Next Friday we will share our movie choices and reviews. 

1.  Despite being a romantic comedy, the two leads share less than 2 minutes of screen time together.
2.  The lead actor won the Academy Award for Best actor for another movie he starred in the very same year!
3.  At one point in the movie, the male lead does an impression of a different actor, who starred in a  1957 film, clips of which feature prominently throughout the movie.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Mock Squid Soup - June 12, 2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road

MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to welcome you to Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society, meetings on the second Friday of each month.  Last week, society members posted three clues as to their chosen film for the month.  Today is the big reveal.

Last month, I thought I knew what this month's movie was going to be.  I had intended to re-visit an old favorite but instead...



I had not intended to see this film.  I don't recall if I've seen the original trilogy.  But shortly after this was released, a friend texted that he was interested in seeing this.  We were supposed to go see "American Sniper" together this past winter, but those plans fell apart.  So, since I hadn't seen him in a bit AND he had convinced another friend I had only seen briefly the week before, I jumped in.

And I am quite glad I did.  This was a bombastic, in-your-face, senses assaulting thrill ride.  I have read somewhere that there were about 15 pages of dialog when the script was written and 3500 stills for the storyboarding of the action scenes.  It just picks up after a low key opening monologue and doesn't stop for its entire two hour running time.

It has strong female characters, lots of humor and action, and a nice set up for a new trilogy.  While not overly gory, it is definitely not for everyone.  

But it was fun.
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