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Movie Challenge: #81-100 Conclusion


Before I begin this final installment of my 200 Movie Challenge, I’d like to talk a bit about the challenge itself. When I conceived of the idea, my original estimate was that I would be be able to comfortably squeeze in 100 movies in a year. TWGW suggested that 200 should be more of a challenge. Not one to back down easily, I decided she was right, and thus the 200 Movie Challenge was born.

As you may, or may not recall, my original reviews consisted of lengthy disscussions of the movies I had recently watched. In those long reviews, I included still shots from the films–which, most of you probably know, included a fair amount of digital editing to include some sort of relevant easter egg. That took scads of time, and I was reluctant to watch another movie until I had finished a review. This slowed me down considerably. Add to that the fact that I acquired high-speed internet at home for the first time ever, and got a copy of God of War 2 for the PS2, and it was a recipe for procrastination. A third of the way into the year, and I had only watched around 20 movies. I clearly was not on track to meet my goal of 200 by year’s end.

Then I switched to my super-short reviews, using the number scale you’ve grown to love and/or hate. Things really picked up then, and I started knocking out reviews quickly. It looked like I might just make it after all. This Summer, however, life had different plans for me. Work was such a demand, that I barely had the energy to watch movies with any kind of critical eye, but I perservered, and still made a respectable pass at staying on track. (A note on my number-scale: some have suggested that my scores are over-inflated as I tend to rate everything near a 10. Well, this means one of two things, either I don’t waste my time watching movies I won’t like and have refined my skills at picking a worthwile [to me] film–or, as is more likely the case, I’m able to find merit in almost any movie I endeavor to watch. Either way, I like movies of all sorts, and I stand behind my ratings. Your mileage may vary.)

Then came Netflix. Oh how I love Netflix.

For a movie lover, having Netflix is like a heroin addict having a live-in dope dealer. Movies delivered to my doorstep, and more importantly, movies on tap via the streaming feature. Who could ask for more? The problem came in when I discovered that I could stream not just movies, but television shows as well! I started soaking up shows that I haven’t seen in 20 years, shows I’ve only caught glimpses of when visiting family who had cable, and shows I’ve only recently discovered. Since getting Netflix, I’ve watched nearly 4 complete seasons of Futurama, 1 1/2 seasons of Miami Ink, the complete 4 seasons of Good Neighbors (aka The Good Life) series, all 8 seasons of Red Dwarf, the better part of a season of A-team, about 1/3 of a season of Babylon 5, and a good chunk of the Fawlty Towers series.

In short, I’ve watched a pantsload of Netflix. If you add up all those hours, it’s probably the equivalent of 100 movies. I loved every minute of it, and I’m not sorry for missing my goal of 200 movies. This challenge was about enjoying myself, and being entertained. Well, mission accomplished, as far as I’m concerned.

81. Batman: Under the Red Hood
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):1
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman Mask of the Phantasm
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want to put on tights and run around Gotham after dark with it”) 10

82. Murder on the Orient Express
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):2
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of: And Then There Were None, House on Haunted Hill
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would help it hide a dead body”) 10

83. Paprika
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):10
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):6
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of: Memento, Tekkonenkrete, What Dreams May Come
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would share my dreams with it”) 8

84. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):1
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Yes–in fact, you should make your kids watch it.
Reminds me of: It stands alone, really. Maybe similar-ish to To Kill a Mockingbird
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would endorse it’s run for Senate”) 10

85. An Affair to Remember
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):5
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Yes–but some the themes will go over kid’s heads
Reminds me of:Don’t Eat the Daisies
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want book a cruise with it”) 10

86. Man, Woman and the Wall
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):10
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):3
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of: Sliver
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would spy on it regularly”) 8

87. The Fantastic Voyage
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):10
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):1
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Yes
Reminds me of:Westworld, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d put my life in danger to save its life”) 10

88. King of Kong
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):2
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Yes, but not “kid friendly”
Reminds me of:A Mighty Wind, Dogtown & Z-Boys
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would let it beat me at pac-man”) 10

89. Casablanca
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):1
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No, mature themes
Reminds me of:Ninotchka
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would take the fall so it could escape the Nazis”) 10

90. After The Thin Man
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):8
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No, excessive alcohol use
Reminds me of:Clue, Thin Man
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want to team up with it and solve crimes”) 10

91. The Knack and How to Get It
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):10
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):8
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Not Really
Reminds me of:Lickerish Quartet
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want to ride a bed around the city with it”)8

92. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):10
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Mostly–some mild swearing
Reminds me of:National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation, Mr. Hulot’s Holiday
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want to book a month on the beach with it”) 10

93. The Colour of Magic
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):9
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Not really–scary moments and swearing
Reminds me of:Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Xena, Hercules the Legendary Journeys
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would gift it with magic luggage”) 10 <The books are definitely better, though>

94. Sex Drive
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):10
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Absolutely not
Reminds me of:American Pie, Road Trip
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would turn Amish for it”) A very surprising 10

95. Moog
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):10
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):2
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Yes
Reminds me of:King of Kong
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would hire it to play at my wedding”) 8

96. Park
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):8
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of:Twenty Bucks, SLC Punk
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would stop it from committing suicide”) 10

97. It’s A Very Muppet Christmas Movie
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):1
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):10
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Yes
Reminds me of:It’s a Wonderful Life
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would slap a Cusack on its behalf”) 4
Watch this instead:

98. Beowulf & Grendel
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):1
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of:Beowulf (The Chris Lambert version), 13th Warrior
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I would fight demons to the death for it”) 8

99. White Christmas
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):8
Kid safe? (Yes or No)Yes
Reminds me of:Holiday Inn, Guys and Dolls
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d put on a special benefit show to remind it of how much it’s loved”) 10

100. The Ωmega Man
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):1
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of:The Last Man on Earth, I Am Legend, Soylent Green
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want to repopulate earth with it”) 8

Watch this instead, it’s much better:

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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in better living, Movie Challenge, review

 

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Movie Challenge Update #71-80

71. The Age of Innocence
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 1
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Valmont, Dangerous Liasons
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d invite it to dinner despite the scandal”) 8

72. Harvey
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 10
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: This movie stands alone.
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d take it out for drinks and maybe to visit with ol’ Judge Johnson”) 12

73. After the Fox
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 10
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Probably not
Reminds me of: Oceans 11, Pink Panther, Woody Allen’s Casino Royale
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d help it escape prison”) 8

74. Superman Doomsday
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 2
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Not Really
Reminds me of: Batman Begins, Superman III
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d keep its secret identity to myself”) 9

75. As You Like It
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 9
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: The Black Scorpion, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”Alas! I shall go and write sonnets to it every day, shouting my love from the mountaintops most high!”) 10

76. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 4
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No (Swearing)
Reminds me of: X-men 3, Justice League New Frontier
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d even help Lex Luthor on behalf of this movie”) 7

77. The Wolf Man (1941)
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 9
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 1
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: Hulk, Frankenstein, Mary Reilly
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d take it for a moonlight stroll”) 10

78. An American Werewolf in London
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 9
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 6
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d trek through Europe with it”) 9

79. The Longest Yard (1974)
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 6
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 7
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: The Replacements, Cool Hand Luke, The Great Escape
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d play left tackle for it”) 10
I couldn’t find a trailer for this on Youtube–tragic.

80. The Shop Around the Corner
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 8
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No (Some mature themes)
Reminds me of: Sleepless in Seattle
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d promote it to salesman”) 10

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2010 in Movie Challenge, review

 

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Movie Challenge Update #61-70

61. Rosencrantz And Guildenstern are Dead
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 8
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Not Really
Reminds me of: Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Clerks, Stranger than Fiction, Adaptation
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”Wither thou goest, so do I”) 10

62.The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 10
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Naked Gun, Blazing Saddles
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”Gadzooks! What an astounding film!”) 8

63. Pinup Girl
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 10
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: Some Like it Hot, Anchors Aweigh
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”VaVaVoom!”) 9

64. Into the Woods
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 8
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: Noises Off, Every Fairy Tale you’ve ever heard
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”Happily Ever After”) 10 (Bernadette Peters can do no wrong.)

65. Being John Malkovich
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 4
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Stranger than Fiction, Switch
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want wear its skin like a suit”) 8

66. Tea for Two
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 7
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, The Westpoint Story
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”Let’s build a house together”) 9

67. Bottle Rocket
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 7
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Oceans 11, The Perfect Score, M*A*S*H*
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d willingly drive its get-away car”) 10

68. I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 9
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: The Darjeeling Limited, Almost Famous, Pajama Party
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I baked it some brownies”) 9

69. Four Jills in a Jeep
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 8
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: Pinup Girl, The Westpoint Story, Holiday Inn
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d follow it into battle”) 10

70. The Libertine (1969)
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 10
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 6
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Absolutely not.
Reminds me of: The Lickerish Quartet, The Taming of the Shrew
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I’d give it a piggy back ride any day”) 9
Trailer not available

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Movie Challenge, review

 

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Movie Challenge Update #41-51

#41 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):1
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):6
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Mostly. Some scenes are quite intense.
Reminds me of: The Harry Potter Series, Star Wars
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#42 Wanted
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):1
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):4
Kid safe? (Yes or No)No
Reminds me of: Boiler Room, Antitrust, The Professional
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#43 Shock
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 1
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Probably not, no swearing, but it’s intense.
Reminds me of: Rear Window
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 7

You can watch the whole movie at Archive.org

#44 Vanity Fair
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 3
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Gosford Park, War & Peace, Marie Antoinette
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#45 Bangkok Dangerous
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 2
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No, it’s about a hitman
Reminds me of: The Professional, Karate Kid
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#46 Rear Window
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 3
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Kid safe, but not kid friendly–has heavy themes.
Reminds me of: Body Double
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 10

#47 Vertigo
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 3
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Kid safe, but not kid friendly–heavy themes
Reminds me of: Memento, The Game
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 10

#48 Marie Antoinette
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 2
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 4
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No
Reminds me of: Elizabeth, Vanity Fair
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#49 The Legend of the Drunken Master (AKA Drunken Master II)
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 8
Kid safe? (Yes or No) No–Language,violence
Reminds me of: Once Upon a Time in China, Rumble in the Bronx
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#50 Killers from Space
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 9
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 2
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes but not kid friendly
Reminds me of: Plan 9 from Outer Space
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 7

Watch the full movie here.
Here it is with the Mystery Science Theatre Guys doing a voiceover.

#51 The Greatest Show on Earth
Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 5
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 5
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes, but it has intense scenes
Reminds me of: 10 Commandments, Canonball Run, The King & I
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 10

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2010 in Movie Challenge, review

 

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Movie Challenge Update #31-40

#31 Superman II

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):5
Kid safe? Maybe–some language
Reminds me of: Ghostbusters 2, Star Trek V
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 9

#32 Shine

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):3
Kid safe? No, mature themes, language, nudity
Reminds me of: A Beautiful Mind, Immortal Beloved
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)10

#33 Superman III

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):3
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):7
Kid safe? Maybe, some language, drunk Superman, heavy themes
Reminds me of: 60’s Batman, Batman 3, Wargames
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#34 The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):8
Kid safe? Maybe, intense scenes
Reminds me of:Wallace & Grommit, Breaking In
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)9

#35 Amadeus

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):2
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):2
Kid safe? No, language, nudity, mature themes
Reminds me of:Immortal Beloved, Quills
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)10

#36 Butterflies are Free

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):2
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):5
Kid safe? No, language, Goldie Hawn running around in her underwear
Reminds me of:Deathtrap, Mask (the one with Cher)
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)9 (It has Goldie Hawn running around in her underwear)

#37 Moon Over Parador

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):1
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):7
Kid safe? No, language, scantily clad women
Reminds me of: Wag the Dog, Dave
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#38 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):7
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):5
Kid safe? Maybe, some language, intense action
Reminds me of: Starship Troopers, The Rocketeer, Superman and the Mechanical Monsters
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)9

#39 The Rocketeer

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):2
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):6
Kid safe? Probably, some intense scenes
Reminds me of: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Indiana Jones
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)9

#40 Run Lola Run

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):8
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):2
Kid safe? No, mature themes, language
Reminds me of: Memento, Pulp Fiction
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)8

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Movie Challenge

 

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Movie Challenge Update #26-30

#26 The Myth

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):6
Kid safe? Probably–violence, some swearing
Reminds me of: Everything else Jackie Chan has ever done/House of Flying Daggers
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 7

#27 The Triplets of Bellville

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 9
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 8
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Probably–violence
Reminds me of: American Pop
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 9

#28 Fire Over England

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 1
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: Elizabeth/Mary Brown
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

Complete movie available online:

#29 Lady of Burlesque

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 4
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 7
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Probably not.
Reminds me of: Noises Off
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 8

#30 Superman the Motion Picture (2000 recut)

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”): 6
Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy): 5
Kid safe? (Yes or No) Yes
Reminds me of: Star Wars Episode 4 Special Edition
Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”) 9

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2010 in Movie Challenge

 

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200 Movie Challenge: Summer Update

Six months ago, the challenge began.  Could I watch 200 movies in 365 days?  It averages out to about 4 movies a week, or 16 movies a month.  Here we find ourselves at the halfway point, and one question is looming:

Why do hot-dogs come in packages of 10 while buns come in packages of 8?

Once we realize that the answer to that question has more to do with shelf-space and convenience of packaging, we can move on to this more meaty issue:

Will I make it to 200 movies before year-end?

That’s a very good question.  If I continue at my current pace, there’s no way.  If, however, I make some changes, my goal is still quite reachable.

I find myself, on this balmy June day contemplating why I’ve only watched 20-something movies so far this year.  Before I outline my new plan, allow me to point out some things that you may or may not already know.

First, it’s a lot of work writing reviews–If you haven’t noticed, I try quite vigorously to make the tone of my reviews match or at least compliment the film I am reviewing.  I’ve set some fairly unrealistic expectations on myself and I’m finding it increasingly difficult to motivate myself to reach those standards.

Secondly, it’s a lot of work tracking down decent movie posters, especially for the less mainstream movies that I do so enjoy watching.  Yeah, I hear ya, just use google images and pull up the first one that comes up, right?  Well, it’s not always that easy.  There are a lot of really bad quality scans of movie posters hanging around out there, and finding one that isn’t watermarked or of low quality can take some time.

Thirdly, images don’t edit themselves.  There’s no doubt that you have noticed the “hidden” eggs in the screenshots from each movie I’ve reviewed to date.  Admittedly, my skills as an image editor are by no means of professional quality; my edits are often quite noticeable, but they do take time.  I have to find a usable image from the movie, think of some connection, then paint in elements from either other found pictures or from elements created from scratch.

When I look at my stats, I see that each review brings in somewhere around, at most, 6 hits.  Of those 6 people visiting my reviews, one person has consistently left comments–usually pointing out the “egg.”  That all adds up to a great deal of effort for very little payoff.  While appreciate those of you who do regularly check my blog, I just don’t feel like I’m getting my work’s worth out of posting such detailed reviews.  I end up dreading the process of writing the reviews, so I put off watching the movies.  As you read this, I am thinking about the last two movies I watched –2 weeks ago.  I still haven’t written any reviews for them, because I just don’t have the energy.

There are some other factors also contributing to my unproductive movie watching.  Namely, DSL.  Starting in February, I got high-speed internet for the first time in my house.  Surfing the web has seriously been eating into my movie watching time, and I’m going to have to make myself cut back.

Another factor that you might not know about is that since all the television networks switched over to digital signals, we’ve acquired a channel that specializes in catering to my soft-spot–cheesy old movies.  Wait!?!  But watching old movies should fit right into the challenge! Right?!?  If only I were that sensible.  Early on, I decided that my challenge would only include movies I could watch without commercial interruption.  In reality, I’ve watched many more movies this year than what my blog reflects.  I don’t plan on dropping that criterion.

Are you still reading?  Wow, thanks for your devotion!

So, what’s going to change?  I’ve developed a system that I believe will help to rate the movies I watch in a way that will give you, the reader/watcher, the information you need to decide if the movie I watched is something you might be interested in.  Because of the nature of many of the movies I watch, a simple “star” system just won’t do the job.  I’m going to rate movies based on these criteria:

Audience (1=Mainstream 10=”Cult”):

Tone(1=Drama 10=Comedy):

Kid safe? (Yes or No)

Reminds me of: name of other movie

Did I like it? (0=”Not at all” 10=”I want it to have my children”)

I’m going to try to make it a habit to watch several movies a week, and post a summary post once a week listing the movies I watched and displaying the above notes on them.  I may adjust the criteria slightly until I get everything worked out fully, but that’s the basic plan.  Hopefully, these changes will help me along my way to meeting my self-imposed challenge.  Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2010 in Movie Challenge

 

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