February Blind Spot Review: Magic Mike (2012)

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“You are the husband they never had! You are that dreamboat guy that never came along!”
– Dallas

SYNOPSIS: A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. – via IMDB

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Not even remotely my cup of tea (though it seems I am very much in the minority with this), but this is specially for my bestie, even though she made me watch this, and even though this drives her to contemplate whether it would be worth burning her house down or not:

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GRADE 6Alrighty, so this was a selection that made my list because, when I sent my final few Blind Spot possibilities, Natasha absolutely jumped on this one. I was unsure as to whether this was because it was crap, because there was a lot of flesh all over for perviness, because the plot was so non-existent I might murder my TV, if she just wanted to hear my bitch session live, or because again, more flesh. So anyway, back to Magic Mike. The movie was… okay. Actually, it was significantly better than I thought it would be, what with all the negative feedback on it, but it is still a far cry from a masterpiece. It was shot very well and had music, while not my favourite, that was well suited for the film. The cast came with relatively impressive names attached to it, but they were criminally underused. I am looking specifically here at Matt Bomer and Matthew McConaughey. I expected more from them. It would have been nice. On the flesh front, however, there was a lot (and by this I mean extremely little clothing) going on. The movie successfully managed to never cross over into tacky territory, which was good – nice job, Soderbergh – but covered up the lack of story by stripping and dancing its way through everything. Magic Mike is a great watch for a girls night: few cuties, lots of flesh, every girl’s secret fantasy to be dominated and plucked out of chairs and just carried off like that thrown up on screen, you get it all – but again, absolutely no story. Ticks all the boxes. However, I must admit, while I might have enjoyed certain, erm, aspects of the film, I don’t know how much the male appreciation for this will be. Again, I didn’t think the story was particularly amazing or anything like that, but it was enough to string it all together (even if done so weakly). The ladies didn’t really need that much to sell this to them, but I just wonder how the male demographic feels about it? I really enjoy Channing Tatum, for comedy and for drama (though apparently not many agree with me on the latter), and I liked seeing him here. I thought he worked well with Alex Pettyfer here, they shared pretty good chemistry. Cody Horn seemed like such a bitchy and flat character, though, which was a real pity, and as an actress she was also underwhelming. Also, I am going to take a moment here to mention that I thought she had the world’s most annoying laugh. The movie knows it is a fluff piece, which also works for it, it doesn’t try to be some revolutionary drama film or anything, and has fun with what it is doing. I can think of plenty superior movies to watch, but I can also think of many more that are an utter waste of time. This was alright… although I honestly think if the stripping was taken out it would be a very dull affair indeed.

Blind Spot Series 2015

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So I have seen this on a few blogs and I have decided that this year, I, too, will participate in a blind spot list. I was specifically looking at Ruth’s roundup at the beginning of the year, and this was the final deciding factor for me to finally just get to it.

Basically this series means that I pick twelve movies that I would really like to just get to already and then check them out each month of the year. I spent a little time thinking about which movies I would pick and these are the ones that I am thinking of looking into.

The Ides of March (2011)

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Synopsis: 
Stephen Meyers is a young idealist who’s brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris’s presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris’s opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris’s negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen’s romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What’s most important, career, victory, or virtue? – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: It just looks like it would be my kind of movie… politics and backed with a pretty strong cast? I am very interested!

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

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Synopsis: 
The place: a small town in the south of the United States. The time: the early 20th century. A black man is accused of raping a woman, and an idealistic lawyer gets to defend him. We start watching the reasons that make his defense far from easy; and that’s mostly because nobody in this town seems determined to believe in the guiltlessness of an accused negro. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
After reading the book and loving it, I would really like to see what kind of adaption it got. Hoping for the best!

The King of Comedy (1982)

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Synopsis: 
Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the Jerry’s show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
As a fan of Scorsese, this is one of the films that I have never caught yet heard so much about. Time to change that, I think.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

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Synopsis: After a brutal car accident in Los Angeles, California, Rita is the sole survivor but suffers mass amnesia. Wandering into a strangers apartment downtown, her story strangely intertwines with Betty Elms, a perky young woman in search of stardom. However, Betty is intrigued by Rita’s situation and is willing to put aside her dreams to pursue this mystery. The two women soon discover that nothing is as it seems in the city of dreams. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it:
Always one for a mind twist movie, I was told that if I was a fan of Donnie Darko, then I should check this one out. Who am I to argue? If I can find a flick to do with my head what Donnie Darko did, then I am front and centre. 

Amelie (2001)

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Synopsis: 
Amélie is a shy waitress in a Montmartre café. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a quirky guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
I continually come across this movie on peoples top ten lists, and some bloggers I highly respect have it on theirs and speak fondly of it. I think I am just going to have to get to this then, find out what all the talk is about whether the movie is deserving or not!

The Descent (2005)

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Synopsis: 
The sportswoman Sarah loses her husband and daughter in a car crash, but she survives. One year later, her friends Beth, Rebecca, Sam and Holly, leaded by Juno, invite her to explore a deep cave in the mountains. When the expedition is about three kilometers underground, a rock collapses and blocks the access tunnel, trapping the group inside the cave. With limited supplies, they try to find a way out, but sooner they face a hunger and savage breed of predators. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
I want to finish it, that’s what that is about. I have started this movie a few times, never gotten past the first twenty minutes. I really just want to know what happens, and understand why this movie has such a fan base.

Magic Mike (2012)

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Synopsis: A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: Well, I was wondering about this one, but I was sold when my bestie, Natasha, expressed how she would simply love to get my opinion on it. Who am I to not oblige her request?!

Rush (2013)

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Synopsis: The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: I was such a huge Formula 1 junkie growing up. I was so pro Kimi Räikkönen it was insane. I loved McLaren, I loved my driver, I loved sitting up at midnight on Sunday nights to watch the races, though it meant I would go to school a zombie the next day. I don’t know, I was very big into F1. Things change, I’m not watching F1 anymore and I couldn’t tell you for the life of me what is going on in that world now. But I think that this would be a movie that I would enjoy, a serious biographical sports drama? Yep, well, let’s see if it does it for me!

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Synopsis: Set against the sweeping vistas of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, this film tells the story of two young men – a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy – who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: Come on. This movie is infamous. Really, everyone knows about it, and it garnered a lot of heat and mockery in some places, and acclaim and praise in others. As for me, I have never seen it in its entirety, and considering I am a fan of Ledger and Gyllenhaal, this is just unacceptable and embarrassing. This is the year that I rectify that!

Love Actually (2003)

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Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: Because I keep reading about it and I think the cast is pretty darn impressive and I really just need to get this off my damned watch list already!

Children of Men (2006)

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Synopsis: The world’s youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: I have been meaning to get to this for a while, and it is continually being recommended to me. Not only that, while I was thinking on it, my neighbour told me in no uncertain terms that this movie best make it onto my blind spot list so that I can finally get to it so we can have endless discussions about it.

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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Synopsis: 
Aaron Cross, a new hero, experiences life-or-death stakes that have been triggered by previous events. – via IMDB
Why I want to watch it: 
I am a massive Bourne fan, but I was really not happy when I saw they were going to expand from a trilogy and that they were doing it without Matt Damon because, uhm… hello? Matt Damon is Bourne (and yes, I am aware that this is different). However, this has Edward Norton in it, who is always worth the watch, and I get a tic every time someone asks me if I have seen it. Gosh, let me just get it off my darn plate already.

So there are my twelve picks. I know that they are not all classics, but they are ones that I have wanted to see, have kept putting off, keep meaning to get to and have been recommended to check out on countless occasions. This is just the year that I tackle and assortment of films.