October 09, 2015

Fall Film Challenge: Check-In

This post was all drafted, ready to go, and then Blogger decided to get squirrely and replaced the post with an entirely different draft. I don't get it, I don't understand it but I retyped the entire thing as best I could.

We're about a month and a half into the Fall Film Challenge and I finished way earlier {Sept. 28th} than I thought I would. Who knew!

Here's a look at what I watched:

1| any set in New York City. Almost Famous - It was good but I didn't think it was amazing. I think I built up a lot of hype in my own mind about this. 

2| any incorporating hot air balloons in the story. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium - This movie was so fun. It just reminded me to never truly grow up. There's always something magical going on if you look close enough.

3| any featuring a child as the main character. The Book Thief - I was going to watch Kids but it was taking forever to get from the library so I opted for this instead since it was on HBO. I absolutely loved this movie. It was such a great story. I wish I had read the book.

4| any Disney film. The Sword in the Stone - I was going to watch Inside Out but since it's not on DVD yet I switched to this. I'm a Disney junkie but I have to say, this was the most boring Disney movie I have ever seen. It was just so old looking.

5| any set in Egypt OR that has an Egyptian character OR that stars an Egyptian actor/actress. Deep Cover - I was originally going to watch Exodus: Gods and Kings but once I put it on I was bored to tears. I did some research and this movie stars a Cairo born actress. My initial reaction was ehh but after more reflection, this actually wasn't a bad movie

6| a close friend or family member's favorite film. Pride & Prejudice - I couldn't tolerate the book but I actually liked the movie a lot. It was long but the story was told in a way that made it move a little quicker.

7| any with the word great in the title. The Great Outdoors - This is on par with National Lampoon movies but with the John Candy/Dan Ackroyd duo I thought this was a lot funnier... and heartwarming.

8| any starring Harrison Ford. Cowboys & Aliens - I remember seeing the trailer for this and wanting to see it. I'm glad I waited this long. I should have kept waiting. I understood the concept, I was able to stick with it, but this movie was just lacking. I didn't care for it at all.

9| any featuring an idiot as the main character. The Pink Panther (the original) - Another movie I think I overhyped on my own. It had it's funny moments but overall, it was kind of boring.

10| any mentioned in Levis Srauss' list: denim in the Oscars: a look at jeans in cinema. Thelma & Louise - Not sure what took me so long to see this but I really did like it. It's not one I'd watch repetitively, but it was good. And a baby faced Brad Pitt? Adorable!

11| a film about a knight. Season of the Witch - I went into this thinking it wasn't going to be that great. Personally, I really enjoyed it. I wasn't expecting the ending but it fit the story.

12| a love story. The Best of Me - I had originally picked Casanova but then decided to watch this instead because it was on Netflix and I had nothing to do at work. Word to the wise? Don't watch this at work. It's Nicholas Sparks so you know what that means.

13| a movie about something miraculous.  127 Hours I'm just going to say it - I don't think I would have made it. I'm cool for blood, guts, and gore, but the scenes where he's cutting his arm off, no thanks. 

14| any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours. Kingsman: The Secret Service (Michael Caine) - I'm a really big fan of Michael Caine and this had been on my list to see since the trailers were airing. It was a little 007 but a lot more unbelievable. I still enjoyed it.

15| a film about the Olympics. Miracle - K owns this. I've avoided it because I'm one of those rare people who doesn't give a rat's tail about the Olympics. This is a factual movie and I actually ended up really liking it. 

16| a film on time magazine's list: the top ten newspaper movies. His Girl Friday - This is one of my favorite time periods for movies. Black & whites are the mac N cheese of the movie world if you ask me. This movie was fun, even though I didn't care for the ending.

17| any with a question in the title. Shall We Dance? I had originally picked Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? but I think I'm just not meant to see it. Any time I attempt to watch it I flake. Shall We Dance was fun and it made me want to take dance lessons.

18| any with a score of ninety percent or greater on rotten tomatoes. Skyfall - I'm not a fan of Daniel Craig {bring back Pierce!} but I do love the 007 movies. This one was a little different since M was the target {spoiler?} so that made it interesting, but overall, I found it to be a bit boring.

19| a film about a superhero. X-Men: Days of Future Past - This was an easy one to get through. I love me some X-Men. I was confused at first but once I understood I was all in.

20| any with subtitles. Let the Right One In - I thought this was going to be a lot scarier than it was. It wasn't scary at all. Like, at. all. It was more a tween love story. I hear the American version is more horror though.  

21| any incorporating unicorns in the story. Legend - I tried to cop-out and watch My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure but after about 20 mins I wanted to shoot myself. Holy annoying. Also, that was a straight to DVD movie so it didn't count. I chose Legend after some Googling because Tim Curry was in it and I love him. Other than his voice, you'd never even recognize his character. I actually really liked this and was surprised I'd never even heard of it.

22| a film about a personal victory. Chef - I wanted to watch Southpaw but again, not on DVD yet. Chef was on my list back when it was at film festivals. It was really enjoyable. And all the food they cook in the movie? Mouth watering. I need to get a food truck like right meow. 

23| a film with black or white in the title. Black or White  - Kevin Costner is like fine wine. How does that happen? This was a really nice movie if you liked The Help. It's not the same, just on par with those feelings.

24| any set in a country you would most like to visit. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (England) - I picked this because Netflix and Tristan + Isolde (Ireland) just looked so boring. I really loved this movie. It had happy, sad, and funny moments and was just really fun. Amy Adams played her character perfectly.

25| a film set in a zoo. Zookeeper - I expected this to be funny and it was. I like this kind, or any kind, of comedy so I was more than happy to sit down and watch this.

The Bonus List was just released so I'm compiling that list and getting back on the movie train, wish me luck!

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