The Fifth Annual Fall Film Challenge…
One. Tag. I LOVED this movie, yall. It was HILARIOUS. What made it awesome for me was knowing this was based on a true story. These guys have been playing tag FOREVER. Once a year, just for the month of May, the game resumes. These guys had FUN making this movie, and it shows. I’ve watched this one twice. Ed Helms starred in We’re the Millers with Jennifer Aniston who starred with Bacon in Picture Perfect.
Two. Still Alice. This was beautiful. BEAUTIFUL. Julianne Moore is amazing. My paternal grandparents suffered Alzheimer’s. I expect my father will do so as well. Her portrayal is pretty spot on, and the supporting cast does a good job, as well. My only complaint is that I expected this one to make me cry, and it did not. Julianne Moore starred with Bacon in Crazy Stupid Love.
Three. Life Itself. This one’s my favorite on my list, so far. It’s PACKED with conflict, yall, and the cast — everyone of’m — does a phenomenal job relaying how that conflict affects them. Oscar Isaac is INCREDIBLE. I’ve watched this one twice. HOLY FUCK THIS WAS GOOD. Definitely NOT a date movie, but DAMN Dan Fogelman knows how to write a script… someone on Twitter said she’d walked out after the first forty minutes because it was excruciating… it’s NOT an easy film to watch, and the beginning isn’t great by any stretch… but the last forty minutes are EXCEPTIONAL. Yall, the more I watch this, the more I LOVE it. Oscar Isaac starred in Inside Llewyn Davis with John Goodman who starred with Bacon in Patriots Day.
Four. The Bookshop. This one packs a punch, too, and I didn’t think that it would. To be honest, I was kind of bored through the first half, and then all the sudden there’s this power — a kind of quiet rage. I really hadn’t expected that, and I love that something so simple could be THAT powerful. Love Bill Nighy here. Might be my favorite of his performances. Love Patricia Clarkson. Might be her best work, but my God her character’s repulsive and vindictive. Clarkson starred in Playing by Heart with Jay Mohr who starred with Bacon in Picture Perfect.
Five. Destination Wedding. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder had a damned fine time making this one, I think. Their characters aren’t very likable, and yet I loved them. I’ve watched this one three times. This one made me laugh a lot. I had a feeling it would, and I’m glad it did. It’s VERY focused on the two characters and dialogue HEAVY, which I didn’t mind. They are unhappy people with biting wit, and it does get to be a bit much, but right about the time you think oh God… there’s just enough sentiment, just enough goodness in them to get you to the end. After the first viewing, I wasn’t sure that I would want to watch it again, and yet, I missed these characters. Winona Ryder starred in Edward Scissorhands with Johnny Depp who starred with Bacon in Black Mass.
Six. Darkest Hour. This one was good. There’s a couple of instances where the story’s a bit overdramatic; there’s a couple of instances of cinematography for the sake of a pretty picture. But it’s good. Yall should watch it. I got a little teary-eyed in this one, which I hadn’t expected. God love Winston Churchill. We need more men like him in the world. God love Gary Oldman for playing him so well. Oldman starred with Bacon in Murder in the First.
Seven. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I liked this one. Pretty film, pretty story. Mathew Goode starred in Watchmen with Billy Crudup who starred with Bacon in Sleepers.
Eight. Sleeping with Other People. NOT a fan of Jason Sudeikis, but I didn’t mind him in this movie. Liked the story well enough. It had some moments that i felt were pretty strong. Amanda Peet starred in Playing by Heart with Jay Mohr who starred with Bacon in Picture Perfect.
Nine. Love, Simon. This was good. I liked it. Love Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel. I thought the cast did a pretty good job with this one. Good stuff. Jennifer Garner starred in Thirteen Going on Thirty with Judy Greer who starred in Love Happens with Jennifer Aniston who starred with Bacon in Picture Perfect.
Ten. Operation Finale. Hell of a story, this one. Everyone should watch it. AMAZING. WATCH THIS NOW. Oscar Isaac is my hero. Melanie Laurent starred in Inglorious Basterds with Brad Pitt who starred with Bacon in Sleepers.
Eleven. Hired Gun. This one made me not like Billy Joel, but it made me see Alice Cooper in a very positive way, which I appreciated. I enjoyed learning more about how the music industry works. I decided to watch this because my dad was a musician in high school and college — he played with the Winters brothers — and I sometimes wonder what life would’ve been like had he chosen to follow the musical path. This made me feel sorry for musicians, actually. I no longer like Billy Joel or Richard Patrick. Jason Newsted looks like an idiot. I saw Neal Schon, Aaron Lewis and Mike Mushok in the credits… would’ve been interesting to see their clips. Loved seeing Pink. loved listening to Rudy Sarzo, Kenny Aronoff and Alice Cooper talk. Jon Bon Jovi starred in New Year’s Eve with Robert Deniro who starred with Bacon in Sleepers.
Twelve. Stronger. So I watched Patriots Day, which was a really good look at the first responders and law enforcement agencies who worked to save those affected by the Boston bombers. I wanted to watch this one because it kind of focused on one person and how the event affected him and those close to him. It was difficult to watch, but the ending impressed me quite a bit. Jake Gyllenhaal starred in A Dangerous Woman with Debra Winger who starred in Terms of Endearment with Jack Nicholson who starred with Bacon in A Few Good Men.
Thirteen. Before I Fall. I liked this one. Good story. Predictable, but good. Interesting. This one was a hard one for me to watch, and I pegged the ending. But I liked it. Jennifer Beals starred in Four Rooms with Marisa Tomei who starred with Bacon in Crazy Stupid Love.
Fourteen. How to Make an American Quilt. I wanted this one to be better. SO much better. I didn’t much care for this one. For such a STRONG cast and decent amount of conflict, this movie is WEAK. Samantha Mathis starred in Pump Up the Volume with Christian Slater who starred with Bacon in Murder in the First.
Fifteen. Outside Providence. This one was alright. I wish Alec Baldwin had been in it more. Not bad. Not one I’d want to watch again. Richard Jenkins starred in Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts who starred with Bacon in Flatliners.
Sixteen. The Miracle Season. Meh. I didn’t care much for this one, either. So I’m the girl who looked at the main photo on IMDB’s site for this film and thought West, Texas. Like the volleyball team there came back to win a championship after the town suffered a tragedy. It’s Iowa City West… and they lost a player. It’s a good story, but the execution’s typical, predictable, formulaic schmaltz. I loved the credits. Would’ve liked the film better if it had had as much heart as that player had. Helen Hunt starred in As Good as It Gets with Jack Nicholson who starred with Bacon in A Few Good Men.
Seventeen. Deadpool Two. Didn’t like this one nearly as much as the first. Not sure they should’ve made a second one, actually. All the things that made the first one so good were absent from the sequel. Brad Pitt starred with Bacon in Sleepers.
Eighteen. Unbroken: Path to Redemption. I picked this one because I watched the first part of this story last year and wanted to see the continuation of it. The sequel’s MUCH more well-done than the original. But there’s no reason why these two films couldn’t have been one. Gary Cole starred in Darkness Falls with Shawn Ashmore who starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past with Hugh Jackman who starred with Bacon in X-Men: First Class.
Nineteen. Why Him. Meh. I thought I was going to love this one. The trailer CRACKED ME UP. The movie did not. I did like Megan Mullaly in it, though, and i’ve never cared much for her work before so it was really nice that I could appreciate it here. It’s funny. Just not as funny as I wanted it to be. James Franco starred in Alien Covenant with Billy Crudup who starred with Bacon in Sleepers.
Twenty. Every Day. This one SUCKED. It was such a STUPID, STUPID story. Don’t waste your time. SO, SO, SO, VERY, VERY, VERY B A D. DO NOT watch this shit. Maria Bello starred in Coyote Ugly with John Goodman who starred with Bacon in Patriot’s Day.
Originally published September twenty-seventh, ‘eighteen.
Twenty-One. Haunted Mansion. This was not a film I’d selected. I’d spent an evening with my younger brother, his children, his wife, her sister and niece. We had an outdoor movie night, swimming and soaking in a hot tub. The ghosts make this movie. Eddie Murphy does NOT. It was this or Hocus Pocus, and I’d already seen the latter, so… I voted for this one. I think I would’ve preferred to watch Hocus Pocus again. It wasn’t awful. But it wasn’t awesome, either. The kids enjoyed it. Terence Ttamp starred in Valkyrie with Tom Cruise who starred with Bacon in A Few Good Men.
Twenty-Two. Before the Flood. Watched this one to learn about some work I’m doing. It’s interesting enough. I can’t STAND Leonardo DiCrapio. He was in The Departed with Jack Nicholson who starred in A Few Good Men with Bacon.
Twenty-Three. Easy A. I love Emma Stone, and she’s her typical, cute self here. It’s an interesting story, and I enjoyed it. It can be pretty ridiculous at times, but then almost immediately following the silly, there comes a scene that is really sweet. I like it. I’d watch it again. It’s the only movie of the five mentioned here about which I can say that. Emma Stone starred with Bacon in Crazy Stupid Love.
Twenty-Four. John Wick. I do love Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane. This movie is all special effects and gratuitous violence for the sake of those things. Not a fan. I thought the story was stupid — the film another excuse for special effects and techno music.The only good thing about it was Ian McShane and Willem Dafoe. I’d planned on watching the sequel. That’s not happening now. Keanu Reeves starred in Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson who starred with Bacon in A Few Good Men.
Twenty-Five. Peter Rabbit. Another flick the kids picked. I was really glad when it was over. Yall, this movie was SO, SO stupid. The only good thing I can say about it is that the end comes quickly. Rose Byrne starred with Bacon in X-Men: First Class.
Originally published October twenty-seventh, ‘eighteen.
The fifth bonus round…
Once again, I lost my film-viewing mojo. I worked on a bonus list but didn’t post it because I didn’t love it. I actually watched four films, not three, but damned if I can remember what the fourth one was (so that’s a rave review, right?), and of course I didn’t log them in the Facebook group (because I didn’t post the list, so I figured why post in the group). So…
One. Sing. Yall, I can’t STAND Matthew McConaughey, but he was PERFECT for this movie. He did GOOD. I liked his character. I liked the story. STRONG cast. The first half is MUCH better than the second. The end was disappointing. Had the first half been as weak as the second, I NEVER would’ve made it through the movie. It was cute. Not one I’d want to see again. Starring Jason Pace… as in Pace Picante Sauce.
Two. The First Time. Found this one on Netflix. I didn’t love the beginning, but I couldn’t bring myself to turn it off — maybe because I liked the characters. The story was kind of weak, though. The ending was okay. not one I’d want to see again, but I wouldn’t turn it off it were on. Starring Halston Sage… as in the spice.
Three. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Yall, I am SO, SO over Johnny Depp, and I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say this because I’ve been in awe of his skills and work for much of my adult life. But now when I see him on screen… ugh. Jude Law, though. I still love him. I LOVE, LOVE him as Dumbledore. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE J.K. Rowling for giving us such glorious magic. This one was GOOD. I liked it better than the first. I’d watch it again and again. Starring Thea Lamb… as in the animal.
Originally published December twenty-eighth, ‘eighteen.
The Sixth Annual Fall Film Challenge…
- Nine. John Rhys-Davies: Aquaman.
- Ten. Luke Evans: Midway.
- Eleven. Martin Freeman: Ode to Joy.
- Twelve. Ian Holm: Young Winston.
- Thirteen. Christopher Lee: The Three Musketeers.
- Fourteen. Evangeline Lilly: Avengers: End Game.
- Fifteen. Ian McKellan: Stardust.
- Sixteen. Dominic Monaghan: Soldiers of Fortune.
- Seventeen. Viggo Mortensen: Green Book.
- Eighteen. Miranda Otto: The Daughter.
- Nineteen. Lee pace: Captain Marvel.
- Twenty. Andy Serkis: Inkheart.
- Twenty-One. Liv Tyler: Dr. T and the Women.
- Twenty-Two. Karl Urban: Red.
- Twenty-Three. Hugo Weaving: The Dressmaker.
- Twenty-Four. David Wenham: Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
- Twenty-Five. Elijah Wood: Green Street Hooligans.
I did not watch a single film.
Originally published August twenty-third, ‘nineteen.