Thursday Movie Picks: Interview

Thursday Movie Picks

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s almost Easter! It’s almost time for it to be acceptable to stuff our faces with chocolate, wayhey! Did I buy my toddler a chocolate egg? Of course I did. Did I pick her the one that just so happened to be my favourite too? You can bet your ass I did. Chocolate is bad for you, kiddo.

Today’s Thursday Movie Picks theme is Interview. Did I ever mention that I work in recruitment? Well, to be honest, I don’t, I’m a Sales & Marketing Administrator, but I work for a recruitment agency – so the theme is quite relevant for me! It’s a shame most real interviews don’t happen the way they do in the movies, but the consultants I work with have more than a few odd stories to share.

So, this week I’ll be sharing my favourite interview scenes from movies!

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Ted (2012)

I don’t think I could even type out what Ted said in his interview for the job at the grocery store it was so obscene, but it’s one of the best bits of the movie! I still can’t believe my brother convinced our mum to watch this movie…

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The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the true story of Alan Turing, The Imitation Game is far from a comedy, but the scene in which Alan is interviewed for the job of cracking the code is deadpan humour at it’s finest!

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Nightcrawler (2014)

It is so much easier to get a job in movies! All Rick needed was a driving license, a cell phone, knowledge of LA and the freedom to start the job immediately. I had to laugh when he revealed that he worked as a landscaper until he realised he had hay fever.

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Frank & Lola (2016)

frank-and-lola-movie-review-2016-posterDirector: Matthew Ross

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 88 Minutes

Main Cast: Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Emmanuelle Devos

Plot: Usually I try to sum up the plot myself but the IMDB version is so beautiful it would be a shame not to use it: A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.

My Thoughts: Does anyone else find that their watchlist only seems to grow bigger, no matter how many movies you watch? Last year I was up to about 50 and I vowed that by New Year’s I would have watched every movie on it. I think I managed about 3, and as of right now there are 55 movies in my watchlist. Argh! Maybe this year will be my year? Anyway, I’m working my way through in order starting from the movies first added.

Frank & Lola was next, and being a 2016 release means that it’s been on my list for 3 years now. So long in fact that I can’t recall what made me put it there in the first place! Anyway, Frank & Lola is a quiet and dark little romance story, not like anything else I’ve really seen. One thing I can say for certain is that Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots put in amazing performances as two troubled individuals brought together.

The first half of the movie was captivating, I wondered what was going to go wrong next, whether the admission by Lola was completely true, and just to what lengths Frank would go to get revenge, but even though it’s only a short movie, it just couldn’t hold my interest long enough unfortunately. A beautiful little movie, but just not for me.

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Best Bit: I don’t think there’s ever been a movie or TV show where I’ve been disappointed when Justin Long turns up. Whether he’s bringing some laughs or turning up the awkward factor as is the case here, I’m always happy to see him!

Worst Bit: There’s no particular bad bit, to be honest, I just felt like the movie showed its hand too soon and my concentration drifted for the last half an hour.

Fun Trivia: Director Matthew Ross had been trying to make this film for ten years prior to its release in 2016. Imogen Poots (Lola) admitted that his dedication attracted her to the project and it was a large deciding factor in her signing on.

My Rating: 2 and a half sets of chef’s knives which, when wielded by a stern looking Michael Shannon wanting blood, are absolutely terrifying!

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Missing Link (2019)

missing-link-movie-review-poster-2019Director: Chris Butler

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Main Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, David Walliams

Plot: Sir Lionel Frost is desperate to join the Adventurer’s Guild and gain the respect he deserves. Mr Link is the last of his kind and longs to find his long-lost relatives in Shangri-La. Together, the two team up to help each other with their dreams.

My Thoughts: I’ve always had a soft spot for animated movies, and a fascination for stop motion. It absolutely blows my mind the amount of work and effort that goes into it, and when technology is at a place now that a similar effect could probably be created digitally, it’s a blessing that Laika Studios still make their animations this way. Hours and hours of work just to create a couple of seconds of footage! Anyway, let’s talk about Missing Link.

After falling head over heels for their last movie, Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) I was dead excited to see Missing Link, especially with that voice cast! Sadly the movie didn’t have many showings at my local and I doubt it’ll even be in the cinema very long in the UK, despite the marketing effort. It was a great movie, but it doesn’t beat Kubo for me, mainly because that gut-punch of emotions was missing.

Still, Missing Link has one of those stories that is simple enough for the younger audience with enough jokes for the adults to enjoy too. Don’t expect anything too deep and just enjoy the adventure and you’re bound to have a good time! Laika are on an absolute roll, and I can’t wait to see what they make next.

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Best Bit: I loved how Mr Link took everything Frost said literally. “Throw this rope over the wall”. He throws the entire lot, grapple hook included, over the wall and as stupid as it was it just tickled me and I laughed embarrassingly loudly. There’s also the scene where Mr Link gets to pick his own name, and that was just as funny!

Worst Bit: You can probably tell by now I loved this mostly for the animation. But what didn’t sit right with me was the look of Adelina’s character. She just didn’t seem to quite fit in with the style of every other human character in the movie and it was kind of distracting at times.

Fun Trivia: Missing Link is the first Laika film to feature an all adult cast, where the last four films, all the lead roles have been performed by children.

My Rating: 4 out 5 green tweed waistcoats which Mr Link can just about squeeze into. Those poor buttons!

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The Rumour by Lesley Kara

After stepping out of my comfort zone slightly, for my next book of choice, I dove straight back into familiar waters with The Rumour by Lesley Kara. Joanna Critchley and her young son Alfie have recently moved to Flinstead, Joanna’s childhood home. They’re both finding a hard time settling in and making new friends so when Jo hears about a tantalising rumour she can’t help but share it with her book club, instantly gaining herself attention.

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What is the rumour? There’s a child-killer living in town. Sally McGowan was just 10 years old herself when she killed a 5-year-old boy, and she’s been in the witness protection system ever since with a new identity. The rumour spreads like wildfire among the town with a local shopkeeper targeted as the main suspect, and then Joanna herself begins receiving threatening messages.

This is one of those dangerous books that’s easy to read and so gripping you just can’t put it down. The author is very clever at giving enough clues and hints to keep you guessing and changing your mind all the time, and even when I put some thought into it and came up with a wild theory it turned out wrong.

I was about 70% through the book when I found out who Sally McGowan actually is, and although it was a fascinating part of the book, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed at the fact I still had a good chunk of the book left with no more surprises to come. I was wrong though, that last part got read in one go because I had to find out how it ended.

What I love the most about mystery novels is that it’s so much harder to see the twist coming than it is in a movie, I’m always taken by surprise. I do wonder whether the more of the genre I read the more I’ll be able to deduce what’s happening, but for now, I’m going to enjoy it.

The Rumour is my favourite mystery at the moment. It was solid all the way through but it was the final sentence that really did it for me. My jaw hit the floor and I ran downstairs to tell my husband what had just happened because I just couldn’t keep it to myself!

Pet Sematary (2019)

pet-sematary-movie-poster-review-2019Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Main Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence, Lucas Lavoie, Hugo Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed, Alyssa Brooke Levine, Maria Herrera

Plot: In the woods near a family’s home lies a cemetery for pets, and beyond it, a mysterious piece of land where whatever is buried there comes back to life, but not the same as they were before.

My Thoughts: I got cocky. I found peace with the horror genre and have seen and enjoyed a lot of the modern horror movies that got a lot of praise. I guess I decided that I’m now a converted horror fan and can deal with anything, which is how I found myself at the cinema to see Pet Sematary on opening night. I know I’m a wimp but it really scared me! It’s the tension, I can’t handle it.

With my critic hat on, the movie was alright. It’s based on a Stephen King novel so you know the story is going to be good, but I got the feeling a lot of the detail got missed out. If anything, it’s made me want to read the book. At least that can’t scream or hiss at me. The biggest problem I have is that every interesting part about the movie was in the trailer. If you’ve seen it, you’ve honestly seen the whole movie, which is a shame really. It’s a famous story so they surely didn’t need to give away so many details.

John Lithgow was the star of the show for me, I forgot how good of an actor he is actually. His character had the most depth, but again I feel like there was so much backstory that got left out. It’s not like the movie was too long and had to be cut down, I’d have happily sat there for another 10 minutes. That’s a lie, I practically ran back to my car…

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Best Bit: When Louis was at the hospital trying to save the lad who had literally lost half of his face/head, the moment that followed was the only scare that took me and everyone else by surprise. Those are the cinema moments I love, when everyone collectively jumps and then there’s a mumble of nervous laughter.

Worst Bit: Someone really cranked the fog machine up to 11, didn’t they? It looked a bit silly. Also, when I got home just before 11pm, my neighbour suddenly appeared behind my car and scared the living daylights of me. Then, when I stepped inside, my cat was sat on the stairs directly in front of me, staring at me. Because of course he was. Jerk.

Fun Trivia: When Rachel is returning home from Boston, there is a highway sign that says “Derry 20 miles”. An Easter egg for “IT”.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 speeding lorries that are to blame for most of the trauma in this movie. Surely someone in the town should report the drivers?!

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