Because Why Not 25 Movies?

August 07, 2015

i'm officially doing a fall movie watch challenge.  25 movies!  i'm a netflix addict, we can all agree, but i always just watch tv shows or really really bad straight to tv disaster movies.  when erin posted her list of movies she picked, i started thinking what i would do in each category.  and i figured what the heck, let's give it a try.

jenn does this fall film challenge every year, but this will be the first time i'm attempting it.  you can join and read over the rules here.  and i think you absolutely should do it, because there's prizes on the line.  (redbox and amazon gift cards!)  it starts september 1 so you have time to pick your movies.  and it runs until november 30, so it's not like 25 movies in 2 weeks!  plus that gives me the rest of august to finish criminal minds and yes i'm already halfway through season nine stop judging me.
so here's the categories (and some reasons why i picked the ones i did.)  it was trickier than i thought it would be, coming up with everything.  mainly, i tried to pick ones i could find on netflix.  so i don't have to search rentals and hard to find movies!  the fact that they had to be ones i've never seen and ones that have had a theatrical release made it tough.  but it's supposed to be a challenge.

one. any set in new york city. Shaft
two. any incorporating hot air balloons in the story. The Mummy 2 - saw the first one then stopped watching them.  i'm excited this apparently has hot air balloons.  (i googled it)

three. any featuring a child as the main character. The Big Green - it's on netflix, it's from the 90s, and i can tell by the cover it has one of the kids from the sandlot.  how did i miss this as a child?!

four. any disney film. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - i just never got around to watching this one and you know we weren't going to make it out of this list without a nicolas cage movie!

five. any set in egypt OR have an egyptian character OR star an egyptian actor/actress. The Scorpion King - yep, had a theatrical release, i checked.  the rock, how can you beat it?  i'm doing a full mummy/scorpion king marathon.
six. a close friend or family member's favorite film. Blazing Saddles - john's dad's pick.  john's pick is roadhouse.  we're doing a movie night and watching both.
seven. any with the word great in the title. The Great Gatsby - i love leo, i do.  but i loathed this book.  i realize i'll hate the story line but i heard it's a pretty movie.  i'll watch for the fireworks i keep seeing in that pinterest viral photo.

eight. any starring harrison ford. Patriot Games
nine. any featuring an idiot as the main character. Black Sheep - love tommy boy.  never seen black sheep.  it's time.
ten. any mentioned in levis strauss' list: denim in the oscars: a look at jeans in cinema. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - i just bought it on dvd for my dad for christmas, it's all he asked for and says it's his favorite movie.  he'll be thrilled to have me watch it with him.
eleven. a film about a knight. Braveheart - no, never seen it.  the only reason i kind of know some details is the dawson's creek episode where pacey enters the beauty pageant and gets up there all 'well i'm not william wallace, but i am pacey witter.'  'pacey witter's 7 feet tall!... so they say.' (no, just me?  i can repeat that entire scene.  and probably all of dawson's in general.)

twelve. a love story. Top Gun - again, no, i've never seen it.  not a big tom cruise fan.  but apparently it's a classic, and it's on netflix, and it was under the 'romantic' section so i say it counts.  because i freaking hate rom coms and this is as close as i'm getting to a love story.

thirteen. a movie about something miraculous. Miracle - well, the title couldn't be more obvious.  but i'll take it.

fourteen. any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours. You're Not You - do you know how hard it is to find movies with an actress named stephanie?  they're all on tv shows or porn.  it was rough.
fifteen. a film about the olympics. The Cutting Edge - legit did not know this was the original.  i've seen the christy carlson romano disney version but apparently that's #2.  so pumped there's a first one.

sixteen. a film on time magazine's list: the top ten newspaper movies. Welcome to Sarajevo
seventeen. any with a question in the title. Are We There Yet? - not excited about this one, but what other movies have question titles?  if you think of something, let me know.

eighteen. any with a score of ninety percent or greater on rotten tomatoes. Snowpiercer
nineteen. a film about a superhero. Hellboy
twenty. any with subtitles. Ragnarok - come away from this without one bad netflix disaster movie?  never.  it's in norwegian and it was released in theaters.  i checked.
twenty-one. any incorporating unicorns in the story. Stardust
twenty-two. a film about a personal victory. The Maze Runner - i didn't want to read the whole storyline and ruin it, but i assume it has personal victory in it.  plus i gotta watch it before the scorch trials comes out, because that looks cool.
twenty-three. a film with black or white in the title. Little Black Book
twenty-four. any set in a country you would most like to visit. Scott Pilgrim vs The World - i could have lied and picked something in london or paris but... i hate travel.  i want to go nowhere, you all know that.  so i picked canada, because at least i could drive there.  it says this movie is in toronto so i'm going with it.
twenty-five. a film set in a zoo. We Bought a Zoo - no idea how many zoo movies there are, but it's not a lot.  this was easy enough, and it has matt damon.
since it starts officially september 1st, i have a bit of time if i decide to tweak my list.  most i'm pretty set on, but i'm considering changing maybe two.  we'll see.  (seriously if you can get me out of watching an ice cube movie, you let me know.)

will you be taking part?  anything on my list you've seen and loved or hated?  any other ideas for me?

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