one. any set in new york city. – Taxi Driver - (watched September 14th) - Apart from a few brilliant scenes, it was slow, very slow. Sorry.
two. any incorporating hot air balloons in the story. – Casanova (2005) - (watched September 20th) - I wondered how this movie had such a great cast, but I didn't even know it had been released. Because it's terrible, that's how. It was really not a good movie.
three. any that features a child as the main character. –
Empire of the Sun changed to Jurassic World (watched October 24th when the stepson chose this) - I expected far-fetched, but this was just ridiculous. Don't include me in the Jurassic World fan club.
four. any disney film. – Big Hero 6 - (watched September 12th) - Thoroughly enjoyable; maybe the most entertaining animated movie that I've seen in a while.
five. any set in egypt OR have an egyptian character OR star an egyptian actor/actress. – American Sniper - (watched October 17th) - the main bad guy sniper is Egyptian born - I was surprised and impressed by Bradley Cooper's performance. He got the small town Texas accent. Props to the speech coach. He also portrayed the soldier that couldn't reconnect to "real life" pretty well.
six. a close friend or family member's favorite film. – Dedication - (watched October 13th) - Quirky and cute. Mandy Moore's character reminded me of Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club (her hair, make-up, coat, posture). I wonder if that was intentional.
seven. any with the word great in the title. – The Great Raid - (watched November 30th) - "The raid on Cabanatuan remains the most successful rescue mission in U.S. military history." - a story about U.S. men in a Japanese P.O.W. camp based in the Philippines during WWII. The end credits rolling real footage was particularly moving.
eight. any starring harrison ford. – Paranoia - (watched November 9th) - Maybe I missed something, but I was bored through most of this. If it weren't for the challenge, I would've changed the channel.
nine. any that features an idiot as the main character. –
Talladega Nights - This Is Where I Leave You - (watched November 30th) - I
enjoyed the book quite a bit. I found the movie mildly entertaining.
The Penny storyline annoyed me in the movie, and I think that took things
down a notch. I quite enjoyed the "idiot" brother in both book and movie.
ten. any mentioned in levis strauss' list: denim in the oscars: a look at jeans in cinema. – No Country for Old Men - (watched October 21st) - I'd read the book and knew what to expect; intense, dark, great performances, and I enjoyed it...but probably not for everyone.
eleven. a film about a knight. –
Kingdom of Heaven - changed to Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (even though I loathe Ben Stiller in movies); (watched October 3rd) Since Lancelot is the bad guy of the movie, I think it can count as a
movie about a knight. It was awful. But my stepson laughed and giggled
throughout, and that's why we watched it.
twelve. a love story. – 500 Days of Summer - (watched November 2nd) - Cute with a little bit of quirkiness and a little bit of sadness. Matthew Gray Gubler was a pleasant surprise! The Hall & Oates scene was the best, and I'm pretty sure I'd dig the soundtrack.
thirteen. a movie about something miraculous. – The Martian - (watched November 17th) - I talk about it in this post.
fourteen. a film starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours. – We Need to Talk about Kevin - (watched September 7th) - I'd read the book; the book was better. Knowing the thoughts in these messed up characters' heads adds a lot more dimension to the story.
fifteen. a film about the Olympics - Foxcatcher- (watched October 18th) - Looking back, this one may have been the most disappointing of the challenge. I expected so much more and was bored most of it. The personalities weren't nearly as intriguing or dynamic as I expected.
seventeen. a movie with a question in the title. – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
eighteen. any film with a score of ninety percent or greater on rotten tomatoes. – The Sapphires - (watched October 21st) - Adorable, fun, filled with great music, poignant at times. Loved it and highly recommend. Stories of dreams, racism, war, Aboriginals, family bonds, love, loss, community, and more. Really. Watch this movie. Oh, and there's Chris O'Dowd.
nineteen. a film about a superhero. – X-Men: Days of Future Past - (watched September 4th) - I have a confession to make. I've seen none of the previous X-men, so I was a little confused at times. But, it was a good one. James McAvoy is dreamy.
twenty. any film with subtitles. – The Girl Who Played with Fire
twenty-one. any incorporating unicorns in the story. – Stardust
twenty-two. a film about a personal victory. – The Judge- (watched November 17th) - Fantastic cast and acting performances...did I expect anything less from RDJ or Robert Duvall. No, I didn't..but the supporting cast was fabulous too. And, the final credits start with a version of Coldplay's The Scientist performed by Willie Nelson, and I'm biased, I know, but I have a thing for Willie Nelson's unconventional voice.
twenty-three. a film with black or white in the title. – Snow White and the Huntsman
twenty-four. any set in a country you would most like to visit. - Unbroken- (watched October 26th) - Based on a true story and a book that I have not read...and another movie set in a Japanese P.O.W. camp. Inspirational. Some people have a strength and a spirit that goes beyond superhuman.
twenty-five. a film set in a zoo. – The Wild
Overall, I watched 19 movies (for the challenge). That's good for me. Others watched all 25 PLUS 25 more in a bonus round. I am not ashamed by my nineteen films. Over half of them, I enjoyed and would recommend.Have you seen any of these? Thoughts?