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.

There you go!

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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.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: June Trivia Teaser

Today, as an added treat for this month's edition of Mock Squid Soup, all society members are invited to post three hints about their film choice for the month.  All are welcome to guess, of course.  Here are the three clues for my movie:

-Twenty years ago, the writer/director of this movie worked on a film that earned seven Academy Award nominations (including his adapted screenplay) but that film only won one award...for Best Visual Effects.

-Since the inception of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, one of the animated movies this movie's writer/director helmed became one of only two animated features to ever beat a Pixar film for the award. (That's a clunky sentence!)

-Playing anti-heroes in this movie, both lead actors were nominated for Teen Choice Awards for their roles, in two separate movies, as "Best Choice Villain" (She in 2012 and he in 2013).

That was harder than I thought it would be.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mock Squid Soup - May 8, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Could it be anything else?

Nan and I had grand plans to watch movies and tease trivia, but, alas, it was not meant to be!

Currently, it stands as my favorite Marvel movie and it cracks the top ten of all my movies on Flickchart.

I saw it during previews with Nan and our son, then saw most of it at the drive-in the next night with a large group of friends (including my son, my daughter and her boyfriend) and then again on Saturday with my two cousins in Rutland.

There are stories behind each viewing, but the clock on the wall says I have to head to school.  I might find my placement for next year today.  And then I have a big presentation tonight for my Masters project so it will all have to wait.

I hope you are all well.

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