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 12, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
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.