Decades Blogathon – Scream (1996)

Check out my entry for Scream is Tom and Mark’s Decades Blogathon!

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Welcome back around to the second week in Decades, a blogathon in which me and my good friend and inspiration Mark from Three Rows Back are asking bloggers to weigh in on their favorite films from decades past, films that were released in a year ending in ‘6.’ We’ve been posting a review per day, re-blogging each other’s posts (with the exception being this weekend where we took some time off). I had the chance to write my thoughts on Shane Black’s newest film, The Nice Guys. If you missed that piece you can find it here.

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For Science: A Study On Suits – Part II

Ladies, ladies, ladies, I am back again, and heck, I think it is time we have a little perve session look see at some hot guys delightful specimens in their super scrumptious suits! It’s about time. Without further ado, I present to you a fine selection for your Friday viewing pleasure! Enjoy😉

Yes. It is a big post. Obviously extensive research was done. *innocent whistling*

PS: If there is anyone else you would like to see added to this list, please do let me know so I can update it!

Obviously I am going to start with Sebastian Stan. I have a problem. I am aware of this. But look at him, just look!

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I have never really been a fan of Ian Somerhalder. Yes, he has always been pretty, but before The Vampire Diaries, I had no idea how sexy he could possibly be.

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Ah, Leonardo DiCaprio. Classy to the end.

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A mighty fine and super groomed Luke Evans.

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Dan Stevens. I don’t even think I need to justify this, so hot all round!

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Not that Alexander Skarsgård needs the suit, per se (just look!), but it still looks great!

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Benedict Cumberbatch and all his English elegance.

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Gosh. Gorgeous suit for Paul Wesley, who is, of course, rocking that hero hair, too!

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Ah, what would one of these posts be without Chris Hemsworth to cause a competitive ruckus in the comments section? *hem hem CPD and Natasha*

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Armie Hammer, totally looking fantastic!

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Milo Ventimiglia, dapper as always in a pin striped affair.

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Just look at Cillian Murphy in a hot, tailored suit! Gah!

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Michael Fassbender rocking both an amazing suit and that chair. Luke, I await your chair commentary!

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That picture collaboration that damn near broke the internet a while back.

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The super Henry Cavill stepping up with one supremely handsome suit, ready to save the day.

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Now, if I don’t add the primal Jason Momoa here, Natasha will be after my hide! #indecentobsession

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The adorable Paul Rudd, mighty fine!

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Keanu Reeves simply owning those suits of Mr Wick. Hmmmm.

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Tom Hiddleston is absolutely charming in his fitted three piece.

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Looking delightfully hot and suave in his suit and shades, Joseph Morgan is looking yum. #thoselips

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Idris Elba, swanky and polished in his stunning tailored attire.

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Again, while Daniel Craig might not be everyone’s cup of tea (he sure isn’t mine), it cannot be denied that he wears a suit like a second skin!

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Jensen Ackles is just wow. Adding a suit to the mix was just never going to go wrong.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, relaxed and beautiful on the beach. Enjoy, Melissa!

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The mischievous Simon Baker.

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Ruth, while the Sam Riley obsession is still strong, enjoy!

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For all ladies everywhere, Tom Hardy cannot (and will not) be forgotten.

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I know Game of Thrones is back in full swing, so I would have to share a snap of Kit Harington looking all gorgeous in a suit.

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I know Shemar Moore has his fans.

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A very nice and sharp Casey Affleck.

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Naturally we have to bring in Matt Bomer, who is just too pretty.

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Man, Brad Pitt is just beautiful and stylish, without a doubt.

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Chris Evans sporting a lovely suit and funky shades – hot!

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Jackson Rathbone is so scrumptious!

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Rewatching The X-Files has me looking at Fox Mulder Hank Moody David Duchovny way different than I did as a kid.

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Representation from home in the form of Trevor Noah (who I am sure you guys are starting to get to know out there overseas).

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Ah, isn’t Norman Reedus looking good?

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As per Marta’s request, Sam Heughan!

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Character Tribute: Noah Foster

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So I watched Scream recently, and while I was not the biggest fan of the show, necessarily (review here), I was a massive fan of Noah Foster. For so many reasons. The guy… he is amazing, and such a cutie to boot. Anyway, he entertained me so much that I thought to do a character tribute on him and share it with you all. I know, it’s been a while!

No game? Really? It’s always been the cute, geeky ones that kicked it for me. However, how he feels about his realisation of being that nerdy dude is hilarious.

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Being the virgin of the show was funny, especially when he and his bestie became Bi-Curious and The Virgin!

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Noah is comfortable in his own skin. Yes, he might be strange, and quirky and ditzy and all sorts of things, and awkward about other things, but he does not hide the fact that he is a horror fanatic of note and has a deep-seated fascination with serial killers. His honesty is refreshing.

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He can be adorkable at times xD Wouldn’t want to let his mama down after she made the cape!

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The way that Noah applies horror logic to (undeniably) creepy situations. Yes, he really does live and breathe this stuff.

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Another time? Refusing to fall victim to the deadly clichés.

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How, even in a dire situation, he is still the one carrying all the humour, and pointing out the delightfully obvious.

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Noah was also essentially the narrator for the Scream series, and the throwbacks he had to Randy Meeks thrilled me no end, I won’t lie. Noah, like Randy, gives us the rules, points out the obvious, and is super entertaining while he is at it.

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Okay, Noah Foster screaming is a thing of beauty. Like, really. It rivals Dean Winchester.

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He just has a way of saying things, he can get so excited and then it is like this crazy word vomit… another favourite of mine (but I can’t find a gif) is “Oh, holy Manson Family album!”

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Friendship goals! Audrey gets taken in for questioning, and what is Noah doing? Printing up some epic shirts!

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How finicky on the details he is, no matter how sketchy it might make him look xD

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Noah is hilarious – caught in a bad situation, he is going to freak his way out of it, homemade weapons and all.

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I will always appreciate how smart Noah is, and how he actually spends time picking at some damaged logic in shows/movies.

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I love how Noah can get on a roll and just keep talking, even when he sees he is walking right into a tricky situation. It’s almost like he thinks that somehow, this time he will talk himself out of it. It’s too funny.

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His wonderful modesty at times.

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Just because it looks fantastic, and suits Noah down to a tee.

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His epic monologue about a what a slasher is, well worth the look see!


Rapid Review: Cloverfield (2008)

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“Okay, just to be clear here, our options are: die here, die in the tunnels, or die in the streets. That pretty much it?”
– Hud

SYNOPSIS: During a surprise leaving party, the lights go out and the ground begins to shake. With explosions happening everywhere, the party-goers decide to leave the apartment. Accompanied by a hand-held video camera, Hud manages to capture on film the terrifying incidents that occur. – via IMDB

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GRADE 6I have heard relatively mixed reviews about this, but I have always been meaning to check it out because of JJ Abrams’s involvement. I was vehemently advised against watching this by a colleague. I decided to give it a shot anyway recently because his opinion was in the minority. Well, now I can say I have watched it. Another found footage film (yes, you heard that huge abundance of excitement right there). Joy. Not the worst one you can come across, but certainly not the greatest, but then I might just be biased because it is found footage. I always feel like I end up with a headache watching that jittery, jumpy film footage. Also, the characters had some terrible logic here, and I found them to be really silly. I didn’t develop an affinity or liking to any of them, so their plight didn’t really affect me all too much at all. Typical for one of these films, there is no happy end or explanations to be expected, and that is also alright. This is one of those movies you watch and try to identify with character actions and what was being done versus how you would have done it, which would have been fine, but like I mentioned, the characters were not being the smartest group out there. The performances were pretty standard, nothing revolutionary, and the story was also nothing new. It was better than expected and better than most found footage films, but still fell quite short of the mark of something for me like Chronicle, for instance. I don’t really have much more to say about it. It is alright, not the biggest waste of time, but certainly not something I will be rushing to rewatch, but not the totally useless film it was marketed to me as.


Rapid Review: In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

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“We were headed for the edge of sanity… like we were aberrations, phantoms. Trust gave way to doubt. Hope to superstition.”
– Old Thomas Nickerson

SYNOPSIS: A recounting of a New England whaling ship’s sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7Right off the bat, I must admit that I never read Moby Dick. Yes. There, I said it. I finally got around to seeing this, though. I was expecting a wasted, pointless film ultimately, because reviews came back less than favourable, although not scathing. Personally, I found the movie to be entertaining and engrossing, even though there were flaws. I think the biggest drawback to the film is that the cast is not utilised as well as it could be, so many of the cast members and their characters are grossly underused. I was, however, a fan of Melville getting the story from Nickerson, and creating Moby Dick from there. The film explores some of the darker, nastier things about surviving while shipwrecked that far out, and this is done really well. Just thinking about the lengths that these men had to go to to survive is just something else. Hemsworth delivers a solid performance, and Cillian Murphy is, as always, well worth watching. I’d watch him anywhere though. The cast works well together to spin the story of a whaling ship, desperate to get enough oil to return home, crazy enough to take on a monstrous whale and pay the cost. Not only that, the interpersonal relationships between them were also well done, fraught with politics, friendship, competition, and status. Visually, In The Heart of the Sea is stunning to look at, though this is something I did expect, if we are being honest. The costumes, the settings, everything looked good. I do feel, however, that the movie did play things very safe, but I was engrossed from the off, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed it, too, which I actually didn’t expect. It gets to emotional places that are sad, don’t get me wrong, but never pack the raw punch you are holding out for. Overall, In The Heart of the Sea is worth the watch, a film that I enjoyed watching and can recommend.


Rapid Review: Fanboys (2009)

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“Greatest deed Luke Skywalker ever did was take down the Death Star, right? As far as I’m concerned, that’s what everybody needs. You need that one bad-ass thing that lets you live on forever, you know.”
– Hutch

SYNOPSIS: Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7So on a movie watching day recently, a good friend of mine brought Fanboys with when she heard I had never seen it. Especially knowing how much I love Star Wars. Let me tell you, I had an absolute blast with this. I don’t care what the scores online say, this was hilarious and silly and entertaining and endearing… I had so much fun! The references sprinkled throughout this is absolutely fantastic, and the Star Wars vs Star Trek war that went down in this, again, exaggerated but a lot of fun. I liked this because it is not something I took seriously, which I think would be a surefire way to kill this, and I think you have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy this one as much as the creators were hoping. It is cheesy, it is silly, it is what it is and it embraces that wholeheartedly, which works, in my opinion, so even with all the flaws, one can have fun with it, and I sure as hell did. I thought that it was great to see Chris Marquette in something again (although I am late to the party with this – I used to watch so much Joan of Arcadia growing up), and Sam Huntington was entertaining, too. Jay Baruchel has such a nasally annoying voice, but it suited his character down to a tee here. Dan Fogler was probably my favourite of the lot, even though he was super nasty at the best of times. I also liked the cameos we had of both Star Wars and Star Trek actors in this, it just made it so much more awesome. The whole journey to steal The Phantom Menace for a dying friend was great, I just feel so sorry for the guy knowing that was the only movie of the prequels he got to watch – what a disappointment:/ This movie definitely won’t be for everyone, there is no doubt in my mind of that, but I had fun, and it was great to watch this with my friend, who loves this, and Star Wars, it just elevated the whole thing in my mind.


Rapid Review: Bloodsucking Bastards (2015)

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“Wikipedia did not mention that.”
– Frank

SYNOPSIS: Evan is a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda and his slacker best friend Tim . Evans world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max. When his office mates start going through disturbing changes, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead. – via IMDB

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GRADE 5I can’t even remember where I read a review of this and decided to possibly check it out. But I did, and I cannot say that I was impressed. I mean, it is better than most movies, but it is a long way from really good, or even great. For one, starting the movie feels like you are watching a terribly boring sitcom. Nothing is happening, the characters suck, no genius, nothing. Then it moves along to the actual vampire bit, and things started getting more interesting there at least. The one good thing is that you can see the whole cast is having a total ball, which is great, and they were all very entertaining. Joey Kern’s stoning, Kelly Clarkson-loving, ever-eating Tim was a really good character, he was such a chop, and as much as Marshall Givens’s crazy, military, Redbull-guzzling Frank makes you smile, when you pair the two of them up, you get a stroke of genius. As for Fran Kranz… I could totally only see him as the stoner with a huge mug bong. Seriously. Pedro Pascal was very good as Evan’s arch nemesis, and you can see he is having a blast playing this crazy weird vampire with an MBA. Now all of this looks like it should make for a good movie, right? Well, it just didn’t. It looked ridiculously low budget, which isn’t something I usually have a problem with, but this really looked awful. Plus there was a lot of awkward, forced humour, which fell flat consistently and made me cringe. Let’s not even forget to mention the incredible amounts of stupid thrown into this. I am not a fan of stupid, brainless humour, and this movie packed a lot of that. Nothing really smart. Not because all comedy has to be smart, but I am not a fan of that by-the-numbers, don’t-use-your-braincells comedy. Every now and again Bloodsucking Bastards gets a laugh in, but not necessarily what you want, all the time. Plus two, the pacing was all over the show. Like I said, the movie takes quite a while to go anywhere and feels like a cheap sitcom, and then jumps into something more entertaining, but still falls grossly short of the mark, never really reaching the heights it set itself up for. Not the worst  movie you could be spending your time on, but not nearly as amusing as it would like to be.


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