Top 10 Most-Read Posts of July 2016

Top 10 Recap: Previous months’ Top 10 Most-Read Recaps and recent special features reigned victorious in July. As the re-launch of the Quick Hit Movie Reviews and Entertainment Inquiry each claimed 2 spots, while general movie reviews took 3 slots on the list. The complete playlist for #RKC’s presentation of Eclectic Selection #10 landed in third place.

For the second straight month, the #ThrowbackThursday and #FlashbackFriday social media campaigns majorly rejuvenated interest in old reviews. The Shailene Woodley starrer “White Bird in a Blizzard” zoomed to first place by re-sharing it with the popular hashtag on Twitter and Google+. Clinging to a close second was the #6 installment of the Entertainment Inquiry, which dealt with questions surrounding the final episodes of “Game of Thrones'” sixth season and whether or not Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) betrayed Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the season’s penultimate episode. Likewise, the #5 E.I. heavily featured the HBO series.

Also featured in that column and all Entertainment Inquiries are insights into the content streaming on Netflix. So if you ever experience a time where you are unsure of what is worth watching on the streaming giant or feel like you have watched everything already on it, the Entertainment Inquiry hopes to supply you with some fresh ideas in a brief way.

Of exciting personal note is that the review for the phenomenal film “Far from the Madding Crowd” made its third consecutive appearance on the Top 10 list. In July it even rose 3 places from its June finish, going from #10 to #7. For all of you HBO subscribers, it is important to mention that this amazing movie will be leaving at the end of August, so you need to check it out while you still can.

Content Notes for the Remainder of August:
- Those links to my “Game of Thrones” pieces for are coming. While the delay was unfortunate, the good news is there is now more content to pore over than there would have been if it had been published earlier.

- The Quick Hit Movie Reviews and Entertainment Inquiry features will continue on a bi-monthly to monthly basis. If there’s a particular theme or genre you would like to see included in the Quick Hits, leave a comment below. Same goes for any question you would like to submit for the Entertainment Inquiry.

- This month, two older features were reworked and re-launched as one: the Top 5 and Best New Movie Bets. The new incarnation is a hybrid: [insert movie] - the Top 5 Things You Need to Know. This gives Eclectic Pop a chance to spotlight a movie of interest and supply readers with 5 fun facts regarding it. The goal is to hopefully include trivia you won’t find on IMDB and offer a different take on why you should see the film in the first place. Right now, the focus of the feature is movies, though that could potentially expand to TV.

So that about does it, as always thank you for reading! To discover all of the posts that made July’s Top 10 Most-Read list, scroll down and click the titles to read them. 

'Disorder': Top 5 Things You Need to Know

It has been over a year since “Disorder” bowed at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and after what has felt like an eternity, writer/director Alice Winocour’s dramatic thriller starring Matthias Schoenaerts (“Far from the Madding Crowd”) and Diane Kruger (“The Infiltrator”), has finally arrived for American audiences to see and Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the Top 5 Things You Need to Know about this must-see movie.

#5 What It’s About
“Disorder” follows Vincent (Schoenaerts), a former soldier suffering from PTSD, who takes a job protecting a wealthy businessman’s wife (Kruger) and young son, as head of their security detail. Whilst keeping a watchful eye on them at their palatial mansion, peace and tranquility are soon disrupted, when the husband leaves and a possible threat arrives.

#4 How to Watch
As of now (8/13/16), “Disorder” is only available via Movies On-Demand. If you are a TWC customer with Roku, you will still have to use your Time Warner Cable set box to watch it.

#3 Trivia Tidbits 
After starring in 4 back-to-back costume dramas, Matthias Schoenaerts returns to the present day for the first time since 2014’s “The Drop”. That crime drama reunited Schoenaerts with his "Bullhead" director, Michael R. Roskam and saw him star opposite Tom Hardy as the antagonist to Hardy's quiet bartender character.

"Disorder's" original title (“Maryland”) took its name from the ubiquitous mansion, which plays an integral role in the film's story.

Alice Winocour’s second directorial feature film, her first was the 2012 drama “Augustine”; which she also wrote.

After starring in 5 films in 2015, “Disorder” is Schoenaerts’ second and last film, expected for release in 2016. 

“Disorder” is the third script by Alice Winocour to be made into a feature film. The second was “Mustang”, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2015 Oscars.

“Disorder” was screened in competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard. The winner of the Palm d’Or that year was “Dheepan”, which was directed by Jacques Audiard. Audiard directed Schoenaerts in “Rust and Bone”. 

Matthias Schoenaerts and Alice Winocour have both contributed to movies that earned an Oscar-nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Schoenaerts starred as the lead in the 2011 Flemish/French-language nominee “Bullhead”. While Winocour wrote last year’s Turkish-language nominee, “Mustang”. 

#2 A Chance to See Actual Screen Chemistry between Leads
Expect a bit of forbidden flirtation between the lead characters in "Disorder" and for the actors portraying this scenario to actually bring the sparks necessary to make that realistic. Schoenaerts has stricken believable screen chemistry with every one of of his co-stars, something that has made him a casting go-to for romantic leads and Diane Kruger has a similar gift. Seeing these two share the screen is a film fan’s dream. 

#1 Why You Should Watch
While the concept is highly intriguing, “Disorder” can count its greatest allure as its star, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Schoenaerts is truly one of the best thespians currently working. It is a title he has earned thanks to such magnificent performances as his ones in the brooding “Bullhead” and in the following year’s riveting romantic drama “Rust and Bone”. In “Disorder” he stars in a role similar to the ones in his breakthrough efforts - as an edgy lead, carrying a volatile story with romantic underpinnings.  

As an actor who has proven more than capable of portraying the range between primal abandon (“Blood Ties”, “The Drop”) and gentlemanly calm (“Far from the Madding Crowd”, “A Little Chaos”), his role in "Disorder" brings the opportunity to simultaneously play both. It is something few actors have the ability to pull off and Alice Winocour seems primed to that knowledge as well. She wrote the part in “Disorder” specifically for Schoenaerts.

Last year he starred in 5 movies; 4 of which were available in the U.S. (all of those landed on Eclectic Pop’s Best Films of 2015 list). However, “Disorder” marks his first role as a film’s central lead, since 2011. Here's to hoping it can start a new trend.

Hidden Remote Links: Week of August 7: The Top 5 TV Takeaways from 'PLL', 'Tyrant', 'Scream', 'BATB' - Plus, 'Game of Thrones'

In a compelling week of television, one show exceeded their season's midpoint (“Tyrant”) as all of the others hurdled towards the finish line (“Beauty and the Beast”, “Scream” and “Pretty Little Liars”). It all made for another busy week covering the Top 5 Takeaways from each of them for and the links to all of the pieces featuring the most exciting developments from this week’s episodes have been gathered in one place for your reading pleasure.

Movie Review | Crimson Peak (2015)

Be wary of "Crimson Peak", writer/director Guillermo del Toro will seduce you with the film’s visual majesty to distract from a paper thin plot. A movie that checks off every true blue horror taboo; del Toro’s extravagant production brings with it a sensory splendor that has the capacity to sweep one off of their feet without giving them the scripted substance to do so. 

Opening in 20th century New York, aspiring writer and heiress Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is toiling away on a ghost story when Thomas Sharpe; a refined baronet (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) enter the picture. The Sharpe siblings’ prestigious presence jolts upper crust society with a bustling excitement. A thrill the usually pragmatic Edith finds herself an exception to, until Thomas's gaze falls upon her. Swept into his steely charms, Edith’s life is upended by tragedy shortly thereafter, which causes her romance to soon fall under an ominous specter.

Quick Hit Movie Reviews #6 | Comic Book Movie Edition: 'Batman v Superman' & 'Deadpool'

In anticipation of DC’s release of “Suicide Squad”, Eclectic Pop offers a bite size rendition of its reviews for two of 2016’s most talked about comic book flicks: Director Zac Snyder’s superhero showdown; “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and Tim Miller’s cheeky “Deadpool”. The first movie features two of DC’s most famous heroes duking it out in a war of misunderstanding. While Marvel kicked things up a naughty notch with its first foray into the R-rated with the Ryan Reynolds starrer. Remember that if you would like to read about each movie further, simply click on the designated link to read the full review.

'Suicide Squad': Top 5 Things You Need to Know

DC’s highly anticipated “Suicide Squad” marks the cinematic return of some major villains and the live-action debut of others. There is more to the “Suicide Squad” movie than meets the eye and Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the Top 5 things you need to know about it…

#1 - The Suicide Squad has been Attempted Before
While this marks the first time the “Suicide Squad” storyline has been tackled on the big screen, the small screen beat them to the punch, years ago. The CW’s spectacular Superman series “Smallville” saw the Squad introduced for an arc in Season 10. At one point, they kidnap Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) and Chloe (Allison Mack) later calls on them for help rescuing her friends.

The more recent TV effort to feature the Squad occurred on another CW series’; “Arrow”. An entire episode of the series’ second season was devoted to the storyline; replete with a reflective episode title. In that storyline, Diggle (David Ramsey) agrees to go on a mission with them, despite his moral consternations at the prospect. The result was one of the series’ stronger episodes.

Movie Review | Jane Got a Gun (2015)

When her husband (Noah Emmerich) is gravely injured by his former gang, Jane (Natalie Portman) grabs a gun and reaches out to her ex-flame (Joel Edgerton) for help combating the incoming attack of her husband’s enemies. The ingenuity principally setting “Jane Got a Gun” apart from the genre is that it is the rare Western to center on a female protagonist. While many Westerns have featured a female character, this is one of the exceptional entries to feature her story as prominently as her male counterpart’s. The problem is if she were a better fleshed out central character it would have elevated this plot point beyond sheer gimmickry. 

With a woman riding shotgun in the saddle, "Jane” overly relies on this unique quality to distract from its scripted shortcomings. A Western with a non-linear plot progression that unravels the love story/mystery of what transpired between Jane and her ex; it maintains a driving mystique that while captivating, is also hard to follow. Jane’s choices are especially puzzling and both Dan and her husband come off as victims of a woman constantly making one bad decision after another and acting as though she has been the only victim of bad circumstances and the unfair dealing of life’s cards.

Quick Hit Movie Reviews #5 | 'The Face of an Angel', 'Nightcrawler' & 'Honeymoon'

Eclectic Pop plunges into the shadows of the night for these 3 atmospheric thrillers. In the firstly covered film; director Michael Winterbottom veers into true crime territory with the drama, "The Face of an Angel" starring Daniel Bruhl as a brooding director researching a film and Kate Beckinsale as the emotionally ruthless reporter, who guides him through the media circus surrounding the high-profile events he is trying to unearth.

As with the third film in this compilation ("Honeymoon"), "The Face of an Angel" tells a story shrouded in quiet mystery and steely intrigue without giving viewers too much action as it unravels. At play in all 3 movies, is a mystery that tears each of its central characters apart. Distancing itself in narrative is Dan Gilroy’s startlingly original masterpiece "Nightcrawler". Its suspense revolves around what its lead character is going to do, not what he has. The fabric of its story is still unraveling as viewers join in, while the fate of the characters in the other films included here are set on an inevitable course early on.

"The Face of an Angel", "Nightcrawler" and "Honeymoon" each reach into the disquieting exploration of what goes bump in the night and the cause of what often sends a shiver down your spine, that primal fear of the unknown and often unknowable. Remember, if you would like to read about each movie further, simply click on the designated link to read the full review.

Entertainment Inquiry #6 | 'Game of Thrones', The Emmys, Netflix & more!

Since there is only so much time in the day to read 750+word reviews, it seemed right to boil down all of the sentiments expressed on Eclectic Pop into a simple question and answer format; getting to the point in a concise and clear manner that transforms those broader analyses into a bite-size read. 

If there is an entertainment topic you want a quick answer to, the Entertainment Inquiry aims to give it to you. These questions have been self-generated by taking into account current hot topics and the interests you already come to Eclectic Pop for coverage on. In this edition, you will find inquiries about the Season 6 Finale of ‘Game of Thrones’, what’s worth watching on Netflix, who/what deserved Emmy recognition and more…