Sunshine Blogger Award

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So the legitimately likable Liam (https://motionpictureblog.com/) threw a little Sunshine blogger award my way (for some reason). Well… Thank you, Liam! I appreciate it despite not knowing what you see in my blog (self-deprecation, ladies and gentlemen!). So I guess I should write out the rules for this thing. And by write out I mean copy and paste.

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions they set you
  • Pick another 11 bloggers (and let them know they are nominated!)
  • Give them 11 questions

And now I shall answers the questions given to me (and 10 other people) by Liam.

If you were stuck in a room for 48 hours and you were allowed to watch one film to pass the time, what would it be?
That is a really good question. While I do have a favorite movie, it’s not one I feel like I could watch several times in such quick succession like that. So I’m probably gonna pick the 1996 action movie “The Rock” for this thing, since it’s so much fun.

Who is your favourite actor?
Edward Norton.

Who is your favourite actress?
That is a damn good question, because I’ve never really given this one too much thought. But to give some form of answer I will say Julia Roberts, because we need to move on.

Which genre of film do you most dislike?
Probably musicals, I have a hard time getting into them. Except for maybe animated Disney stuff, those are fine.

If you could bring back one famous person from the dead for a coffee and a chat, who would it be?
Probably Patrick Swayze. I’ve been a fan of him for most of my life, and he seemed like a cool person, so I’d love to be able to meet him.

What are your personal goals/ambitions for the future of your blog?
Just go on and try to continue having fun with it. The positive feedback given by my followers has really helped me stick this out since it gives me so much motivation to continue doing this. But I really don’t have any actual goals with it, since this has always been a little hobby of mine.

What is the scariest film you have ever watched?
“Jack and Jill”. No, but seriously, it’s actually “Requiem For a Dream”. The intensity and horrific things going on in it just makes it so scary for me, despite not really being a horror movie.

Have you had anyone else write for your blog?
Nope. Hasn’t happened yet and I’m not really planning to let it happen. Maybe at some point in the future when I stop being such a grinch, but as for now… nope.

Who is your favourite superhero and why?
Spider-Man. I grew up watching the 1994 cartoon and the Sam Raimi movies, so he’s always been part of my life, and my love for the guy has only increased even more with his inclusion in “Captain America: Civil War”. But he’s just a likable character who is pretty easy to relate to when all is said and done.

If you could travel back in time and watch one older film in the cinema when it was released, what film would it be?
I love this question so much. Uhm… either “Jaws” or “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Both are classics and both would probably be pretty awesome to see in an older cinema.

Are there any films you think are really overrated?
I’m gonna get so much hate for this… But I think “Avengers” is a pretty overrated movie. It’s not bad, but it’s a bit too hyped and overrated. Also, “Avatar” and “The Dark Knight”. One of those a lot of people agree on that it is overrated, and the other one is legitimately great but maybe a little bit overrated. You figure out which is which.

And those were Liam’s questions for me (and 10 other people). So now I guess I’ll have to nominate 11 people for this, *sigh*… this takes a lot of effort, you guys.

https://keithlovesmovies.com/
 https://sarahsawamovie.com/
 https://flightstightsandmovienights.com/
 https://themeltingfaces.com/
 https://vinnieh.wordpress.com/
 https://forgottenfilmcast.wordpress.com/
 https://mibih.wordpress.com/
 https://emmakwall.com/
 https://letsgotothemovies7.com/
https://journeysinclassicfilm.com/
 https://filmmusiccentral.com/

So those are my victi- I mean, nominees. So here are my questions:

If you could eliminate one movie from this reality, which would it be?

Have you ever broken a bone?

What is your favorite movie of 2016 so far?

What book would you like to see get made into a movie/TV show?

Favorite artist/band?

Ever had a celebrity encounter? If so, who? (2 in 1, loophole!)

Batfleck or Baleman?

Favorite kind of pizza?

Favorite comedy series?

Why did you start blogging?

What song (lullabies and kid’s songs don’t count) do you know all the words to?

That took a good amount of time to do… holy shit. But it’s done, thank god. But I’d like to once again, for the last time, thank the lovingly listed lunatic Liam (https://motionpictureblog.com) for nominating me for this silly thing.

This has been Markus taking quite a bit of time out of his evening to write this thing.
Have a good one.

 

 

Series Review: Stranger Things – Season 1 (2016)

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I may have been born in the late 1990’s, but I am still familiar with the 1980’s. The movies, the music, the TV shows… I know that stuff. So when that stuff is brought up in some way, I’m in. Yeah, that was the best I could come up with for the intro.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Stranger Things” season 1!

The year is 1983 and we’re in the town of Hawkins, Indiana. One late night, young Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) disappears under mysterious circumstances. So now his mother (Winona Ryder), the local police chief (David Harbour), and his best friends (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin) have to look for him. All of this while a mysterious girl called Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) shows up and creates even more mystery on what the hell is going on. And from that we get supernatural stuff and drama and government conspiracies and I’m not gonna say anymore about that because the plot of the show is terrific and should be experienced. The plot itself reminds me a lot of movies from 1980’s, with a lot of similar themes going on as those classic things. But the story is not just an homage to all of those classic movies and books, because it’s also a pretty original mystery with plenty of great dramatic moments, suspenseful scenes, and twisty turns. The mystery is interesting and it always kept me guessing what was going on and I just loved that. Not gonna lie, there was a moment during the last episode that actually made me tear up… It’s manly to cry, okay!

The characters in this show are great, there’s no doubt about that one. Winona Ryder is an actress I’ve been a fan of for a long time, thanks to movies like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands”. And she is absolutely terrific in this show, playing a mother who just wants her son back, but starts going crazy… in the eyes of the community, that is. David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper is simply one of the greatest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing in a show. Not only does he give us some genuinely funny lines, but he has a good arc and his performance is absolutely terrific. The three central kids in the show are really good too. And not only because their performance are overall good and they happen to be likable… but because they actually act like real kids. What I mean by that is that when adults write dialog for kids, it doesn’t really fit kids, feels fake. But not here, this stuff is real, this is what kids are actually like. And then we have Millie Bobby Brown as the mysterious girl Eleven… yeah, she blew my damn mind. It’s like the acting talent of an Oscar winning actor… crammed into a 12 year old girl. And the character overall is really interesting, with plenty of backstory given throughout the season. Seriously, give a big hand to this girl for giving such a fantastic performance. We also have Matthew Modine as a strange science man in the show and he’s fine, never really blows me away in any way… but he was pretty good.

The score for the show is aboslutely fantastic! If you’ve seen any of John Carpenter’s films from the 80’s or if you’ve at least seen the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner”, then you should know what the music in this show sounds like. A lot of synths and ominous sounds and I love it, it’s so great. Thank you, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for creating this lovely score for the show. But it’s not just that synth-based score, we also get some 80’s songs and they are all really good too and used perfectly throughout the show.

This show was created by the Duffer brothers and it’s clear that they love the Spielberg/Carpenter films of the 1980’s. They also directed six of the eight episodes and this is a very good looking show. The camera work is terrific and the cinematography is great. I also really enjoyed the 2.00:1 aspect ratio, gave it a very interesting look. There is some CGI in this show, but not too much. And when it’s used, it looks pretty good, never blew my mind but also never insulted my eyes. I also have to say that the show at times was surprisingly scary. I am not one to be scared by movies and such easily, so the fact that the last few episodes managed to scare me was pretty impressive.

This show has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 75/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,1/10 and is ranked #23 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Stranger Things” is a show that for me just came out of nowhere. I wasn’t really anticipating this show at all prior to it getting so many good/great reviews. But now that I’ve seen it… holy shit. The story is great, the characters are great, the acting is great, the music is great, the directing is great, everything is great! Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for the frist of season of “Stranger Things” is a 9,93/10. So yeah… it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Stranger Things” season 1 is now completed.

“Mornings are for coffee and contemplation” – Chief Jim Hopper. A sentiment I agree with.

“Bad Santa 2” Red Band Trailer

THANK YOU, JEBUZ CRUST!!! *Clears throat* Sorry about that… let’s talk about this thing.

So you might remember that two weeks ago I made a post where I talked about the “Bad Santa 2” teaser trailer. But if you didn’t, go check it out (#ShamelessPlug). Well, that was just the beginning. That little teaser was innocent enough, with it being very PG and all. And remember, that was just the teaser, a smidget of what’s to come… so hold on to your butts because this shit is taking it to a whole new level. So as stated in that old post, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) is back to be the naughty claus once again. And we see the return of some familiar faces and also the arrival of new ones. And THANK THE HEAVENS ABOVE, THIS SHIT IS RATED MOTHERFUCKING R!!! *Clears throat* Sorry, again. What I was worried about was that this movie might be watered down and not be as cruel and vulgar as the original… boy, was I wrong. This shit truly looks like a sequel worthy of it’s predecessor, with the same type of dark vulgarity that made the first one so great. I mean, this movie looks really funny. I also appreciate the use of Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle”, that was a nice choice. Not gonna lie, I am seriously pumped for this movie that I never thought would actually be able to happen. Also, if you have kids nearby, don’t watch this trailer. Seriously, it’s about as R-rated as can be.

So what are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to “Bad Santa 2”? And are you a fan of the original? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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If you follow me on twitter (@TheMarckoguy #ShamelessPlug) you would know that I made a poll a few weeks ago. And in that poll I asked people to vote for what movie they would prefer to see a review for out of four different choices… and this movie won! So let’s review this thing!

Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you to… “10 Cloverfield Lane”.

After a car crash, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker. Apparently she was brought there by Howard (John Goodman) right before some big attack happened. And according to Howard no one can leave the bunker because of the outside world being a hell on earth after said attack. So now Michelle is trying to figure out what the hell actually happened while also being stuck in this bunker with Howard and another man named Emmett (John Gallagher Jr). So from that we get a very tense and suspenseful plot with several twists and turns throughout… and I absolutely loved it. The amount of suspense generated throughout the movie is astounding. But it’s not just tense thrills, there is also a good amount of compelling drama being generated. I was invested into the plot throughout the entirety of the runtime and I thought it was great. Sure the ending was a bit weird in comparison to everything that preceded it, but I didn’t mind it too much.

The characters in this movie are very compelling and very interesting. Usually the girl in a horror-thriller tends to be really inept and useless… but not Michelle! She was clever, she was resourceful, and she felt like a real person. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead was absolutely terrific in the role. John Gallagher Jr was great in his role, playing Emmett as a sort of comic relief without actually making the humor feel out of place. John Goodman… holy fucking shit, you guys. I’m not just saying this as a lifelong fan of this man, I’m saying it because he was legitimately terrific in this movie. Yeah, it’s easy to say “Wow, John Goodman was so good in that!”, but this is a movie where he truly impressed me. His character was so unsettling, jumping back and forth between reasonable man and borderline psycho on a whim. Yeah, I loved him in the movie. Shit, I would say that I love everybody in this movie, they’re all great in their roles.

The score for this movie was composed by Bear McCreary and it was pretty fucking great. The way that the score was able to add to the drama and the tension was really impressive and I thought that it was just really great. There were a few licensed songs on the soundtrack too that I thought worked for the scenes they were in.

This movie was directed by Dan Trachtenberg and raise your hand if you knew about him prior to this movie. Yeah, I can tell that no hands were up right there. But I don’t blame you, because this was his frist feature film. And what a way to start out your career withinthe world of feature films. The movie is tightly directed, perfectly using the isolated location to build tension. It’s a very good looking movie too, being visually appealing without needing huge landscape shots or fancy “Birdman”-ish camera tricks. It’s perfectly fine with it’s tight shots and tense situations.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is one of those movies that just came out of fucking nowhere, surprised both audiences and critics with it’s quality and mere existence. It has a terrific plot (ending a little weird though), great characters, terrific acting, great music, and terrific direction. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a 9,87/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “10 Cloverfield Lane” is now completed.

Take me down to 10 Cloverfield Lane, Where the Winstead’s hot and the Goodman’s crazy. TAKE. ME. HOME.

We got a trailer for “Dunkirk”!

Hi guys, how’s it going? First off, thanks for all the love on the announcement/milestone post yesterday, it really warms my heart! Secondly, we now have another trailer to talk about, so let’s do this shit!

So we now have an official announcement trailer for “Dunkirk”, a war movie directed by Christopher Nolan, about one of the most important battles of the second world war. Just that premise alone is enough to get me excited about it. Then you look at this trailer and it’s very minimalistic, but still very interesting and actually pretty intense. Then you also have a look at the list of cast members and see that this movie will star Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh. And for some reason we also get Harry Styles from One Direction, but whatever. But looking at all of these factors jsut makes the movie so intriguing and hypes it up quite a bit. “Dunkirk” is set for July 2017 release.

So what do you think? Are you excited about “Dunkirk”? And what’s your favorite Christopher Nolan movie that is not “The Dark Knight”? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

 

Ten Thousand(ish) Views!

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Good evening, my friends and other possible people who may or may not be reading this. This is not a post I do very often (mostly because these types of things happening incredibly rarely). And if things continue going like it currently does, you won’t have to see these types of posts that often (self-deprecation, ain’t it fun?). So let’s talk about this.

So as the title (and image) above this text says, I have finally reached ten thousand(+) views on this blogerydoo! That’s right, a bit over two and a half years on wordpress and I NOW reach this milestone. To be fair, I’m sure some blogs might not reach this milestone at all, but that’s probably only because the bloggers on those sites give up too soon (no disrespect meant to those people)! But yeah, for the longest time I didn’t think I would ever be able to reach this. Sure, 10000 views is pretty much chump change for some bloggers, but for me it’s a pretty big deal. It shows that people are interested in reading about my opinions on stuff and things. It even shows that some people are willing to return to this damn thing every now and then and have a read. For those folks I say, thank you. For those who have only read my blog once and have never returned, thank you. For those who are coming here for the first time, thank you. Shit… I thank anyone who come here and read my things and possibly even liking posts, commenting on posts, and following me for even more posts. What I’m trying to say is that… I am thankful for all the people who have helped me get this far. I’ve made some really good friends thanks to this thing, and I hope to make many more. Thanks… all of you people of the internetz.

I guess now that I’ve reached 10000(+) views, I should aim to reach 200 followes. I guess that’s the challenge… reach 200 followers before the end of 2016. Can this be achieved? Who the fuck knows?
Have a good one! (Also, this achievement gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”).
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Series Review: Preacher – Season 1 (2016)

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The world of comic book/graphic novel adaptations is pretty huge. From movies, to video games, to TV-shows. Which means that there are a lot of different adaptations to choose from. And my guess is that we will keep getting these types of adapations until the end of time.

Ladies and gents… “Preacher”.

Welcome to the fictional town of Annville, Texas! In this town there’s a preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper). Jesse may have a bit of a shady past, but he at least tries to be a good preacher. However when a strange supernatural event at his church gives him a special power, things seem to take weird turn. So with the help of his new friend, the Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joesph Gilgun), Jesse has to try to figure out what the hell is going on. All of this while a few things happen to the side, including Jesse’s ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) suddenly showing up in town. And I’m not gonna say anything else because it’s quite the interesting plot that should be experienced rather than described. The plot of the show takes some very weird turns throughout, which gives the show a lot of personality and makes it stand out a lot within the world of comic book adaptations. I found the plot incredibly interesting and entertaining, constantly surprising me with everything it had up it’s sleeve.

Calling the characters in this show colorful would be quite an understatement. Jesse like I said, has a bit of a shady past which you gradually get to know more and more about as the show goes on. And I think Dominic Cooper was fantastic in the role, perfectly playing his part in this whole thing. Ruth Negga as Tulip, she’s cool and her performance was really good. Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy is just buckets of fun. From the first time I laid eyes on him I knew that I was gonna like him… but I didn’t think I was gonna love him as much as I did. There are also a whole lot of supporting characters that are just as entertaining as the main three people and have really good actors in their respective roles.

The score for the show was composed by Dave Porter, the same guy who did the music for “Breaking Bad”, anotehr show that aired on AMC. And I think that the stuff he composed for the show was good, working perfectly for scenes that it was used in. But there are also a lot of licensed tracks too, mostly within the country genre. And it all works because of the show not taking itself too seriously for that type of music, but also because of the Texas setting. There’s also a good amount of Johnny Cash in the soundtrack, which is always a plus in my book.

“Preacher” is based on the comic series that was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon for Vertigo, a sort of subsidiary of DC Comics. And this show was developed by three people: Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen (Yes, that Seth Rogen). And while I haven’t read a single issue of the comic, I can still see that this show does a lot of things right. The directing in this show is terrific, it’s visually terrific. The action scenes are great, but even the more quiet talking scenes look great. I’ll give a wanring though, if you’re not a fan of blood and gore… yeah, this show has a lot of it. But if you’re like me and have a dark sense of humor, you’re really gonna enjoy the writing in this show. The humor is really dark and twisted and weird and I laughed a lot during the show.

This show has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has an 89% (100% if you go by “Top Critics” only) positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,4/10 and is ranked #239 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

If you couldn’t tell, I love “Preacher”. The plot is really entertaining, the characters are really fun, the acting is great, the music is great, the directing is great, the action is great, and the humor is really funny. Time for my final score. OH LORD, JEBUZ CRUST! My final score for “Preacher” season 1 is a 9,94/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval 

My review of “Preacher” season 1 is now completed.

Billy-Ray was a preacher’s son And when his daddy would visit he’d come along.