Last Month in Watched It: November 2018

Movies:

  • Searching (2018)
  • Leave No Trace (2018)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018)
  • A Dogs Purpose (2017)
  • All the Money in the World (2017)
  • A Star is Born (2018)
  • The Happytime Murders (2018)
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
  • First Man (2018)

The Good:

L

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The Bad:

T

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The Old or Surprising:

Rewatched a 1960’s classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho. I have slowly started making my way through the AFI 100. I will be watching most for the first time, but have decided to rewatch a some I haven’t seen in a while. Psycho was groundbreaking and far ahead of its time when it was released. Norman Bates is an all time classic horror movie character and the shower scene is iconic. It was a fun rewatch.

Grade A+

American Film Institute Top 100 Movies

AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time

Recently, I decided I will follow along with the Unspooled Podcast as they make their way through the AFI 100 Greatest American Films of all Time. I have probably seen 40 or so of the films that comprise the list, so this will be a crash course in classic film for myself. Here I will track the films as they go along. Some I have seen multiple times and consider classics already and don’t feel the need to revisit at this time. Others I have either not seen or only seen once and would like to rewatch them. Here we go!

  1. Citizen Kane (1941)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. Casablanca (1942)
  4. Raging Bull (1980)
  5. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  6. Gone with the Wind (1939)
  7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  8. Schindler’s List  (1993)
  9. Vertigo (1958)
  10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  11. City Lights (1931)
  12. The Searchers (1956)
  13. Star Wars (1977)
  14. Psycho (1960)
  15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  16. Sunset Blvd (1950)
  17. The Graduate (1967)
  18. The General (1927)
  19. On the Waterfront (1954)
  20. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  21. Chinatown (1974)
  22. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  23. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  24. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  25. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  26. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
  27. High Noon (1952)
  28. All About Eve (1950)
  29. Double Indemnity (1944)
  30. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  31. The Maltese Falcon
  32. The Godfather Part II (1974)
  33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  35. Annie Hall (1977)
  36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives  (1946)
  38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  39. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  40. The Sound of Music (1965)
  41. King Kong (1933)
  42. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  45. Shane (1953)
  46. It Happened One Night (1934)
  47. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  48. Rear Window (1954)
  49. Intolerance (1916)
  50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  51. West Side Story (1961)
  52. Taxi Driver (1976)
  53. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  54. M*A*S*H* (1970)
  55. North by Northwest (1959)
  56. Jaws (1975)
  57. Rocky (1976
  58. The Gold Rush (1925)
  59. Nashville (1975)
  60. Duck Soup (1933)
  61. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  62. American Graffiti (1973)
  63. Cabaret (1972)
  64. Network (1976)
  65. The African Queen (1951)
  66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  67. Who’s Afriad of Virginia Woolf (1966)
  68. Unforgiven (1992)
  69. Tootsie (1982)
  70. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  74. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  76. Forrest Gump (1994)
  77. All the President’s Men (1976)
  78. Modern Times (1936)
  79. The Wild Bunch (1969)
  80. The Apartment (1960)
  81. Spartacus (1960)
  82. Sunrise (1927)
  83. Titanic (1997)
  84. Easy Rider (1969)
  85. A Night at the Opera (1935)
  86. Platoon (1986)
  87. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  88. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  89. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  90. Swing Time (1936)
  91. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
  92. Goodfellas (1990)
  93. The French Connection (1971)
  94. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
  96. Do the Right Thing (1989)
  97. Blade Runner (1982)
  98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  99. Toy Story (1995)
  100. Ben-Hur (1959)

Last Month in Watched It: October 2018

Movies:

  • Ant Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Bleed For This (2016)
  • Murder Party (2007)
  • First Reformed (2018)
  • Sorry to Bother You (2018)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Wonder (2017)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

The Good:

L

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The Bad:

T

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The Old or Surprising:

H

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Last Month in Watched It: September 2018

Movies:

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
  • Ocean’s Eight (2018)
  • Skyscraper (2018)
  • Uncle Drew (2018)
  • The Meg (2018)
  • Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018)
  • Lean on Pete (2018)
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)
  • Eight Grade (2018)
  • Three Identical Strangers (2018)

The Good:

I was finally able to get around to a couple documentaries that people have been taking about on different podcasts, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Both were good but only one was loved and it was the one that focused on the lovable Fred Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a deep dive into Fred Rogers life and his time with PBS. It’s a heartwarming movie that may need to be accompanied by with a box of tissues. Such a wonderful man.

Grade A

The Bad:

Unfortunately this honor must be bestowed upon… The Meg. Yikes. Now, I didn’t expect it to be the second coming of Jaws but I also expected more than Sharknado with a better budget and imagery. No denying that this movie is beautifully shot at times, but theres also no denying this movie is extremely corny as well. Now, unlike Skyscraper… The Meg owns it. Knows what it is and has fun with it. Unfortunately, it still didn’t work for me at all.

Grade C-

The Old or Surprising:

H

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Last Month in Watched It: August 2018

Movies:

  • Avengers Infinity War (2018)
  • A Ghost Story (2017)
  • Tully (2018)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Isle of Dogs (2018)
  • Upgrade (2018)
  • Hereditary (2018)
  • American Animals (2018)
  • Tag (2018)

The Good:

Avengers Infinity War really surprised me. I have probably said this before but, MCU movies rarely blow me away. They’re consistently good and do enough to keep me interested, but this is one of those rare occasions. Infinity War is a fantastic ensamble movie that is pulled off almost to perfection and is easily one of the Top 5 MCU movies I have seen.

Grade A-

The Bad:

T

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The Old or Surprising:

I went back to last year to revisit a movie that made a lot of top 10 lists, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story. It’s an unusual story that probably left audiences polarized in either a love it or hate it. I don’t imagine this has a very big middle ground. The symbolism and imagery are undeniably beautiful but the story does take it’s time and if your not completely sold from the start, it can get long and feel tedious. Personally, I liked it quite a bit.

Grade B+

Last Month in Watched It: July 2018

Movies:

  • Blockers (2018)
  • Life of the Party (2018)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Super Trooper 2 (2018)
  • Thoroughbreds (2018)
  • Love, Simon (2018)
  • Overboard (1987)
  • Overboard (2018)
  • I Feel Pretty (2018)

The Good:

Love, Simon is one of the best coming to age movies I have seen in a while. It’s a reincarnation of a John Hughes style love story that is beyond beautiful and delightful. It also takes on the problems and dilemmas a person might go through when decided when and how to come out… if they aren’t ousted by someone else. This is must see and top 10 of the year I predict.

Grade A

The Bad:

Overboard continues the on the list of remakes we never asked for or wanted. In doing my “research” for this movie, I had to watch the original, something I hadn’t seen yet. The 1987 version is good. It’s a fun movie with a good cast, but on to the remake which sucks. It’s shot for shot at some points and lacks an original spin besides the gender swap of who has amnesia. I did like how some characters unapologetically spoke Spanish. It was nice to not have them speak broken English for a low hanging fruit joke.

Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Hands down the most surprising thing I have watched this month is Blockers. I had zero hope for this raunchy looking comedy with the stupid title. Then I watched it and this movie got me misty, like in my eyeballs. It’s so much more than a raunchy comedy, it actually has a heart and solid message behind it. Blockers did itself no favors with the crap title and that’s unfortunate because it should be seen. I enjoyed every bit of it.

Grade B

Last Month in Watched It: June 2018

Movies:

  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Tomb Raider (2018)
  • Annihilation (2018)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  • Paddington 2 (2018)
  • A Quiet Place (2018)
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
  • 12 Strong (2018)
  • Peter Rabbit (2018)
  • Unsane (2018)
  • The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
  • Death Wish (2018)
  • The Death of Stalin (2018)
  • Ready Player One (2018)
  • Rampage (2018)
  • Red Sparrow (2018)
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • I Kill Giants (2018)

The Good:

A Quiet Place

Grade A

The Bad:

The 15:17 to Paris is a great and heroic story poorly executed by a decent director with a too grand of a vision. The idea of using the actual heroes to play themselves in the film was a bold and risky move, that ultimately didn’t pay off. I found the acting distracting and the 90% of the film to be extremely boring. Now, we get to the part on the train, the part that is the focus of the story, that part was amazing. Extremely gritty and moving to see what these heroes did to save the lives of the passengers of that train. This is a very bad movie but it’s almost worth watching just to see the last 15 minutes or so. Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

This might be purely based on the wealth of nostalgia I witnessed and went though while watching Ready Player One, but I loved it and I really didn’t think I would. I love Stanley Kubrick and the scenes that take place at the Overlook Hotel brought so much joy to my Kubrick loving heart. Ready Player One itself is a fun ride with plenty of flaws but it really feels like Spielberg had fun with this one after making several intense and good dramas. Grade B+

Last Month in Watched It: May 2018


What I Watched May 2018

Movies:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
  • Molly’s Game (2017)
  • Thank You For Your Service (2017)
  • The Commuter (2018)
  • Game Night (2018)

The Good:

Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin team up in Molly’s Game, the story of Olympic skier turned high stakes poker host. I can’t for the life of me understand why Meryl Streep got nominated over Jessica Chastain for the Best Actress Oscar. Streep is always great but she doesn’t deserve and automatic bid every year. Chastain was a amazing in this movie and should have received a nomination. She carries a good not great movie on her own. Grade B

The Bad:

I have to go with The Commuter for this one. It’s a bad movie that lacks any sort of originality and feels like every other Liam Neeson movie that has came out the past 5-7 years. It a tired premise that worked pretty well for a while. Liam is starting to get that Bruce Willis look… you know… the look that says “I’m too old to be looking like I’m still kicking everyones ass.” Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest from 2006 is the old for the month. I’m behind on the Johnny Depp pirate series, so I have decided to play catch up. I really enjoyed the first movie and found the second one to be pleasant as well. I don’t understand the need of them to be so long, this one was two hours and thirty one minutes long. Grade B-

Last Month in Watched It: April 2018

What I Watched April 2018

Movies:

  • Battle of the Sexes (2017)
  • Deepwater Horizon (2016)
  • Lucky (2017)
  • IT (2017)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

The Good:

As someone who is not a big fan of horror movies and put off watching IT for as long as possible… I absolutely loved the movie. It’s such a fantastic adaption of the original material and the cast nailed their performances. It was scary at times and campy at others providing for the perfect mix in my opinion. Grade A

The Bad:

The bad for April is going to be a little film called Lucky, staring Harry Dean Stanton in his final performance. I understand a lot of people have found the beauty in such a simple story about this 90 year old man and his journey through life, and I see some of that beauty but overall I couldn’t get past the poor directing and turtle slow pace. It left me bored and checking the time on my phone… a lot. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it.  Grade C-

The Old or Surprising:

The most surprising thing about the movies I watched this month, was how meh i was on Deepwater Horizon. Peter Berg was fresh off Lone Survivor, which was a solid movie and followed Deepwater with Patriots Day, an absolute amazing movie. I just thought this was going to be another solid offering that I finally got around to and it’s just ok. Worth a watch but I was slightly let down. Grade B-

Last Month in Watched It: March 2018

What I Watched March 2018

Movies:

  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Brigsby Bear (2017)
  • Colossal (2017)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Father Figures (2017)
  • War of the Planet of the Apes (2017)

The Good:

This was nearly impossible. I couldn’t decided after going back and forth between two movies. In the end I decided it’s Brigsby Bear and War of the Planet of the Apes. I absolutely loved each of these movies and they were immediately put on the top 10 list for 2017, so how could I single one out. Brigsby Bear is so creative and unexpected while War of the Planet of the Apes polishes off one of the great movie trilogies of all time. Grade for both.

The Bad:

It’s Father Figures. It had a couple ups and plenty of downs but truthfully wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. I laughed pretty good a couple times and the emotional string it attempted to pull was ever so slightly tugged. Grade C+

The Old or Surprising:

Revisited a classic with the family this month… The Lion King! My son turned 5 this month and we hadn’t watched it in a while. Still such a great movie. The music and the story are some of Disney’s best work. Grade A+