Opinion Battles Round 8 – Favourite Car Chase Scene

Once again, I managed to be alone in my selection. Another great lineup for this week’s Opinion Battle!

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Opinion Battles Round 8

Favourite Car Chase Scene

Each year we seem to see an action film go out of its way to make sure we get a more jaw-dropping car chase scene. These will often become the most iconic scenes in what can be average action films but every time we sit at the edge of our seat filled with tension to what will be happening next. Today we will pick our favourite car chase scenes.

If you want to join in the next round of Opinion Battles we will be looking at our Favourite Talking Animals. If you want to take part email your choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.ukby 30th April 2017

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Car Chase Including Fight – The Raid 2

The Raid 2 is easily one of the best action movies ever put to film and where the film built on the first…

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Announcing the 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon

Check out this upcoming Blogathon hosted by Becky over at Film Music Central. I’ll be joining in, will you?

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The 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon

The time has come once again to honor the memory of the late James Horner, a genius of the film music world who is still sorely missed. Many of you joined me last year for my first ever blogathon and I hope you can join me once again for the 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon, which will be held June 23rd-June 25th later this summer.

As with last year, this blogathon will focus on any film that features the work of James Horner. To give you an idea of what this looks like, here are links to the recaps of last year’s blogathon:

Remembering James Horner Blogathon: Day One Recap

Remembering James Horner Blogathon: Day Two Recap

Remembering James Horner Blogathon: Day Three Recap

I am only allowing two entries per film, so if someone wants to write about Titanic, then only two people can use that topic…

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Opinion Battles Round 6 – Favourite Film From 1987

If not for one film, this would have been a really tough call. The year 1987 was a great one for films!

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Opinion Battles Round 6

Favourite Film From 1987

To celebrate my 30th birthday I have decided to challenge everyone to pick their favourite film from the year of my birth so 1987 will be the selection of films we will be looking at.

If you want to take part in the next Opinion Battles we will be looking at Favourite Performance in a Comedy Movie by a NON-Comedic Actor. If you want to take part email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.ukby 2nd of April 2017.

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Predator

Predator was one of the very first adult action movies I ever saw and while it definitely isn’t the best movie from 1987 it is easily one of the most fun movies from the year. We get Arnold Schwarzenegger facing off against an alien creature with better weapons then him in the middle of the jungle. A…

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Opinion Battles Year 3 Round 4 Least Favourite Oscar Winning Performance from an Actor in Leading or Supporting Role

Another Opinion Battle, another likely unpopular opinion 😉

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Least Favourite Oscar Winning Performance from an Actor in Leading or Supporting Role

The Oscars are around the corner and we all know that people either love or hate the Oscars committee decisions. We have had the best or the best winning Oscars and after looking at our Favourite we need to look at our Least Favourite this time around.

If you want to join in Opinion Battles our next round will be Favourite Video Game Adaption. Send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.ukby 5th March 2017.

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Michael Caine– The Cider House Rulescider-house

Dr Wilbur Larch is a performance I do enjoy but when you see the performance it beat you have to question the decision for his choice as a win, Michael Clarke Duncan (Green Mile), Tom Cruise (Magnolia) and Jude Law (Talent Mr Ripley) who could all…

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A Surprise from Drew

Note: for some reason, WordPress decided to “eat” about half of my original post (serves me right for trying to edit on my phone). I’ve tried to reconstruct my original post as best as I can.

Well this just made my day! Drew over at Drew’s Movie Reviews decided to include me in his nominees for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thanks, Drew! Though if I’m being honest, it feels a little like getting nominated for Best House on the Block when all you have is a bit of framing up. Nonetheless, I really appreciate it, and if it brings just one person over to this little project of mine, that’s wonderful. And if you haven’t checked out Drew’s website, what are you waiting for?

Here are the basic rules for the award:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma. You can find out more information about it here.

Three things about me

  1. In a former life, I was a neuroscience researcher. While I still work in that field in a way, I’m not doing actual research anymore. On the flip side, I have absolutely no film study training nor really any music training aside from a few semesters of music theory. I’m really just an enthusiastic amateur.
  2. While I like to think of myself as a nerd when it comes to books/tv/movies, I have never read any of the Harry Potter novels, and I’ve only seen the first three movies. It’s not something I’ve actively avoided, I just never went out of my way to seek them out (obviously).
  3. The first CD I ever owned was Michael Kamen’s score to ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES. I’m just going to let that one sit here…

Drew’s questions for me

What is your favorite place you have visited? I’m not as well-traveled as I would like, but I had the chance to spend two weeks in Barcelona, Spain back in 2009, and I would love to go back. The city offers pretty much every experience you could want, from beachfront to very old to extremely modern. Plus the food is amazing. Sitting outside at 9 pm with tapas, wine, and just relaxing? Sign me up.

What would you do if you had a time machine and didn’t have to worry about the ill effects of time travel? I’ve always been interested by how people really lived during different eras. I would love to be able to see that in person, particularly if I was protected against disease and straight up being killed at certain points in history. Second, and this is the film buff in me talking, I would LOVE to be able to go back and check out all the classic films as they were originally shown in theater. I mean, getting to see BEN HUR in Camera 65? Definitely!

What was your favorite film released last year? This is a tough one, because for a few reasons, I didn’t get out to see many films the past year (to the point where if I did do a “top 10” list, it would have to include the INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel). I’m going to have to take the easy way out and say ROGUE ONE, simply because it exceeded my expectations going in, and I had a great time watching it despite its flaws.

Why did you start blogging? I’ve always enjoyed talking about my interests, and with the advent of social media and the like, it’s been great to find and get to know people who share those interests. This was just another way to connect with like-minded people and hopefully talk about our mutual interests.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose? It will come to no surprise to anyone who has talked to me for more than 10 minutes or follows me on Twitter that I’m a huge Star Trek fan. The world of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in particular speaks to me as a great place to live. Yes, there’s the weekly brush with death, but that’s really for TV purposes 🙂 As a former bench scientist especially, a world where money isn’t a thing and people are free to pursue their interests and are only limited by what effort THEY put into their lives (and yes, some Federation politics) seems like a great place to be.

My Nominees

My nominees are

Becky (Film Music Central)
Darren (Movie Reviews 101)
emmakwall (explains it all)
Kira (Film and TV 101)
MovieRob

My Five Questions

  1. What is one piece of advice on blogging that you would tell yourself from back when you started writing?
  2. What is the most disappointing film/TV experience you’ve had?
  3. If you were to start another blog on a topic completely unrelated to the one you do now, what would it be and why?
  4. If you could trade places with a fictional character from any universe/property, who would it be?
  5. What is your favorite movie/tv show that most people have never heard of?

My Favorite Posts

Since I’m really just getting started, I will link to the post that started everything: my discussion of the music from ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. Also, since one of my own nominees for this award, Darren, invited me to participate in his Opinion Battles series, I’ve decided to post short reviews of the films I choose. The first of those reviews is for one of my all-time favorite films, THE FRENCH CONNECTION.

That about wraps it up. Thanks again to Drew for the nomination! If you’d like to answer either the questions I answered or the ones I posed to my nominees, please feel free to put your responses in the comments below.

Opinion Battles: Favorite Oscar-winning Performance from an Actor in Leading or Supporting Role

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My Brief Review of THE FRENCH CONNECTION

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Opinion Battles: Favo(u)rite Nicolas Cage Role

Opinion Battles Year Three Round One Favourite Nicolas Cage Role Nicolas Cage has had one of the most fascinating careers in Hollywood today with one Oscar win to his name. his career started in 1981 has seen him take the strange roles, the brilliant roles, become the action hero of the 90s before tackling those […]

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