September 29, 2017

Fall Film Challenge - An Update

As you may or may not know every fall Jenn hosts the Fall Film Challenge. The first year I participated I was one of the first to finish {in yo face!} and I'm hoping to repeat it this year and  get through the bonus round. 

To keep you all up to speed, here's a recap of what I watched this month. Go here for a refresh on my 2017 list.

one. Starring anthony hopkins. Red 2 
This has been on my TBW list since it was being previewed in theaters {basically, a long time}. I actually had no idea Anthony Hopkins was in this so it was an easy choice for the challenge. 

two. Listed on nathan bransford's best hundred movies challenge. The Shawshank Redemption 
I feel like this movies was my "Eleanor" {please tell me someone other than Stephanie gets this reference?!}. It's always on TV. Everyone says it's a must-see classic. I'm over here all next! I've just never had any interest in seeing this movie. Even the librarian said it's great and I really should watch it. Well.... it's been seen. And it was good. 

three. About charity: As Good as it Gets 
I really liked this movies. The cast all worked well together. Jack Nicholson plays the perfect crotchety neighbor and Cuba Gooding Jr. is hilarious as a street savvy art dealer. 

four. Starring robert downey, jr. Avengers: Age of Ultron
As I've seen the rest of the Avengers/Marvel franchise. expected to like this and I did. Now to wait 2527 years for the next follow up to be released. 

five. About envy: Envy 
I found this movie to be more annoying than anything. Sure, there were parts that were amusing, but overall, I certainly wasn't impressed. 

six. About faith. Hail,Caesar! 
I feel like I'm in the minority here but I did not like this movie. I was bored the entire time, didn't find it funny and was more or less counting down until the credits rolled. 

seven. About greed. Deepwater Horizon 
I don't know what I can say about this movie. It was sad. My eyes ran. I was pissed off at BP, I was pissed off at the greed that US companies have; the procedures, protocols, AND LIVES that they turn a blind eye to for the sake of making a profit. The movie was well done I thought,

eight. About hope. Passengers 
I enjoyed this one. It wasn't what I was expecting at all but I liked it.

nine. Starring jeremy irons. Assassin’s Creed 
The entire time I watched this all I did was think about how much I loved and miss playing the video game. I can't wait for the follow-up movies to come out. Plus, Jeremy Irons has an amazing voice and I would listen to him read a grocery list for Home Depot. 

ten. About justice. Deadpool 
I'm not sure why I avoided watching this while it was in theaters because it was pretty amusing. The jokes and puns were clearly on purpose but the movie was entertaining and held my attention.

eleven. Starring kevin bacon. Wild Things 
Initially this movie made me mad but as I kept watching I realized it was a ridiculously twisted web of deceit and lies. Once it became clear what was going on I actually was annoyed for having watched it. The ending irritated me and I felt like I had wasted 108 minutes of my life. 

twelve. About lust. Vicky Cristina Barcelona 
I thought this was going to be incredibly boring but I found that I liked it. Any movie with Javier Barden is a plus in my book. 

thirteen. Starring ian mckellen. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Finally watched this and although I very much prefer the original animated version, this was well done. The costumes and sets were amazing and I can appreciate the work that went into the movie. Josh gad is so underappreciated. He plays the most perfect LeFou ever. 

fourteen. Set in a castle. The Other Boleyn Girl 
I said it in the Facebook group for the challenge, and I'll say it again, if the king looked like Eric Bana in this movie I'd happily be his mistress. This movie was surprisingly good and now I'm curious to watch Elizabeth simply for the "follow up" story. 

fifteen. About fortitude. switch to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 
I really wanted to see The Glass Castle but by the time my schedule permitted it was being pulled and was only showing in the middle of the weekday afternoon. I switched to Mr. Smith since I'd never seen it {requirement} and it sounded ok. You guys, I'm in love with this movie. I was so enthralled. moved. Proud. It amazes me the way history repeats itself. The way things, that we've resigned to being outdated, are still very much relevant. This movie made me wish so much that someone like Mr. Smith would go to Washington and speak the truth; adhere to honor, integrity, and morals. That someone would maintain the fortitude to stand up FOR the people, as they are elected and appointed to do. 

sixteen. About pride. Pride& Glory 
I personally found this to be an excellent cop movie. The corrupt cop thing has been sooo many times but this one was really enjoyable. I definitely recommend it. 

seventeen. Starring alan rickman. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 
I found this movie to be incredibly boring. I have only said a handful of times these following words: I hate this movie. Alan Rickman's character was engaging since he plays an amazing "bad guy" but otherwise the movie was slow and incredibly uninteresting.

eighteen. Released last year and reviewed on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 
In my personal opinion, this book has absolutely nothing to do with Harry Potter. There is ONE mention of Dumbledore and Hogwarts and it's very off hand. As for this movie, I like it enough. It held my attention and there were parts I found funny. 

 nineteen. About temperance. The Karate Kid (2010)
I'm just going to say it... this one got me a little teary-eyed. The scene where he runs to the Kung Fu school and watches them all practicing in the square moved me. Like, wow. So graceful. So in sync. 

twenty. About prudence. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
I've long suspected Jane Austen and I are not to be friends but we may have a respectful understanding now. I was surprised but I was interested in this movie from the very beginning. It was long. Longer than I care for {unless it's GWTW} but it was worth it. 

twenty-one. Starring val kilmer. Batman Forever 
Another movie I was pleasantly surprised by. I expected it to be boring and quite outdated given when it came out, but I really enjoyed it. Not to mention Val Kilmer was pretty adorable in his heyday.

twenty-two. About wrath. Gone Girl 
I'm  on the fence about this movie. After watching it I wish I had read the book 1st rather than putting it off, and although the movie was good, and I did not know what to expect since I didn't read the book, I did not like the ending. 

twenty-three. Set in an exotic locale. The Jungle Book (2016)
As a Disney junkie I'm kind of being blasphemous in saying this, but The Jungle Book is one of my least favorite Disney movies. The scenes were well done and even the animated animals looked relatively life-like but as with Beauty & the Beast, I still prefer the animated version. 

twenty-four. About gluttony. Marie Antoinette 
This movie was enough to keep me entertained but it wasn't action packed at all. And yes, I realize it's not an action movie but I feel like the entire movies absolutely nothing of substance happened. 

twenty-five. Set in space. The Martian 
I was impressed with this and wish I had read the book. Matt Damn is a great actor and really nails it in this one. 

And in case you haven't noticed...


I can't even tell you how excited I am to be done. All I was thinking was the sooner I finish, the sooner I can take a break before the bonus round starts!

How about you? Are you participating?  What's your list look like now that we're a month in? 


  1. Ha. I watched 8 movies last month which is amazing for me. Great job on finishing it up, though!! I can't believe you'd never seen Batman Forever!
    I freakin' hate Shawshank Redemption. It might be my most hated movie and people look at me with their jaws on the floor when I say that!

  2. LOL guess how many of these I've seen *monkey covering eyes emoji*

  3. I literally said ELEANOR! And then read the 'other than Stephanie' part. Damn you, you know me so well.
    Hell yes on finishing, that's amazing! I just watched Beauty and the Beast myself since it came to Netflix, and I agree with your assessment. I thought I wouldn't like it at all but I really did enjoy it. It's not the animated Disney level, no, but it's really good in it's own right. So much more serious when it's not animated, damn.

  4. I loved The Other Boleyn girl. It doesn't seem like any of those movies you really really liked. Maybe you will have better luck in the bonus rounds!

  5. hey lady! i'm so excited that you're done already. so cool. (which reminds me... i need to get redbox to you and andrea; i'll do that tonight.)

    the five films i liked best from your list were the shawshank redemption, as good as it gets, deepwater horizon, deadpool and fantastic beasts and where to find them (looks like jude law's playing dumbledore in the sequel, by the way). the one that most surprised me was the martian; i really had been dreading watching that one last year but was pleased with it. the two i most want to see on your list are mr. smith goes to washington and pride and glory.

    thanks again for participating and for posting about it.

  6. Man you killed it!! Ive seen like 3 of these haha. I need to start watching more movies!

  7. Haven't seen all of these but you brought me back with As Good As It Gets -- I LOVE that movie and haven't seen it in forever.

  8. congrats on finishing! the jungle book is not a favourite of mine anyway but i wasn't a fan of the new one. it's KC's favourite and he loved it lol. you should totally read the book for the martian! i loved it so much.