in case you don't remember this post, i decided this year to participate in jenn's movie challenge. to watch 25 movies in the different categories she set, and i finished! (i think i finished in 1st place actually...) the rate at which i finished these... was quick but not surprising, really. john's pretty game for watching a movie every week night, rather than going out. and if i'm alone and doing laundry or cleaning/organizing, i can easily knock out two at a time. so here's my thoughts on what i finished:
one. any set in new york city. Shaft. it's totally cheesy. i thought it was a legit, serious cop movie, but it's so not. it's more funny than anything.
two. any incorporating hot air balloons in the story. The Mummy 2 loved! i had only ever seen the first one, so i marathoned it, plus this and the 3rd, and then the scorpion king. they're so good. scorpion king was awesome, but that might be my love of the rock talking.
three. any featuring a child as the main character. The Big Green. typical disney movie of my childhood. it was like little giants but with soccer instead of football. it was cute though.
four. any disney film. The Sorcerer's Apprentice. i swear, nicolas cage just plays nicolas cage. i think it's why i love him. not my fave of his movies (or of disney movies) but it was good. ending was a little off. like... there was a lot of build up and the ending was just super quick or something. i expected more.
five. any set in egypt OR have an egyptian character OR star an egyptian actor/actress. The Scorpion King. see #2
six. a close friend or family member's favorite film. Blazing Saddles - john's dad's pick. john's pick is roadhouse. we did both one movie night. they're both totally terrible, but in a hilarious way of course. though blazing saddles is worse.
seven. any with the word great in the title. The Great Gatsby. it was what i thought. i love leo, he's a phenomenal actor. and the movie is visually beautiful. but ugh that gatsby story line, i just hate it. i thought they made daisy more likable in the movie, because i loathed her in the book.
eight. any starring harrison ford. Patriot Games. i have no idea what i thought it was about, but it wasn't what i expected. i think i got it confused with the mel gibson one. the patriot? regardless, it was good, i really liked this one!
nine. any featuring an idiot as the main character. Black Sheep. hilarious! just like tommy boy, it's my kind of movie. stupid funny. john loved it too.
ten. any mentioned in levis strauss' list: denim in the oscars: a look at jeans in cinema. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. again, i have no idea what i thought it was about, but it was not what i was expecting. for some reason i thought it was a totally serious movie. nope. the ending was uggggh but the movie was really great. i can see why it's my dad's fave.
eleven. a film about a knight. Braveheart. uggggh. hated it. it was going ok and then they stabbed the horse and i was 1000% done. too bad i still had 2 hours left to go. and i knew, i just knew, there would be so much more horse stabbing and falling and hurt neighing and i just cannot. hated this movie with every fiber of my being. (i realize, i hope at least, that the horses weren't actually hurt. and that the stunt horses were made of foam rubber. does not change my opinion.) terrible rotten sucky movie and if i weren't so determined to finish this list, i would have shut it off after the first 20 minutes. i don't like animal stunts in movies. two horses died in flicka, you know. even without all the horse issues though, it was an otherwise terrible movie. why is this a classic? why do people love it? it sucks.
twelve. a love story. Top Gun. no, i had never seen it. it was fine. probably could have been content never seeing it but meh, at least it's off the list and people can stop saying 'you've never seen top gun?!'
thirteen. a movie about something miraculous. Miracle. i loved this one. it was probably too slow for some people but i like hockey and i like this story and i thought it was an awesome movie.
fourteen. any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours. You're Not You. definitely saw the story/ending coming from a mile away. it was sweet, well-acted, all around a good movie just... not my type of movie.
fifteen. a film about the olympics. The Cutting Edge. as good as everyone said, or better. the lines are just hilarious.
sixteen. a film on time magazine's list: the top ten newspaper movies. Welcome to Sarajevo. i liked it better than i thought i would. i have literally nothing else to say about it.
seventeen. any with a question in the title. Are We There Yet? ice cube on kids: "they're like cockroaches, except you can't squish 'em." i take back every negative thing i said about having to watch an ice cube movie. i was super into this one, it was funny and he hated the kids up until the last 10 minutes of the movie, which i can definitely get on board with.
eighteen. any with a score of ninety percent or greater on rotten tomatoes. Snowpiercer. the ending is strangely realistic, which i like. spoiler alert - this is not a boy gets the girl (there is no girl, anyway) and defeats the villain and lives happily ever after movie. and i think that's why i like it. it's dark.
nineteen. a film about a superhero. Hellboy. i like this one. apparently there's a second and i'm going to find it. i'm not usually big on super hero movies that don't star robert downey jr, but this was an exception.
twenty. any with subtitles. Ragnarok - terrible disaster movies are my jam, this was no different. it was like... anaconda, but in finland. and i loved every terrible horribly-acted minute of it.
twenty-one. any incorporating unicorns in the story. Stardust. didn't hate it, for not being a fan of love stories or claire danes. it was really weird but also kind of cute.
twenty-two. a film about a personal victory. The Maze Runner. really, really good. i'm so excited to see scorch trials now.
twenty-three. a film with black or white in the title. Little Black Book. fine, predictable, cute. i miss brittany murphy.
twenty-four. any set in a country you would most like to visit. Scott Pilgrim vs The World. so freaking weird. i knew that going into it (people warned me) but still... anna kendrick and all and i still couldn't love it. it was just too weird and jumpy, and i don't smoke nearly enough pot to have enjoyed it. (i've never smoked pot in my life, for the record.)
twenty-five. a film set in a zoo. We Bought a Zoo. adorable! i can't believe it doesn't get better reviews, it's so stinking cute. and so is matt damon.
so with all that said, here's what i learned - just because the world likes it, doesn't mean i will. in fact, it likely means i won't. oscar winner picker i am not. braveheart ended up being my least favorite. and the dumbass ice cube movie was pretty high on my 'liked it' list. i'm a conundrum, what can i say? now i'm currently working on the bonus round, but i'm not doing nearly as well. i've only checked off 5 out of 15 since it started october 15. you can see my list in the comments here, except entourage instead of the rage for a gary busey movie.
thanks for hosting, jenn. i hope you do it again next year, i'm in!
thanks for hosting, jenn. i hope you do it again next year, i'm in!