Winter is coming (no, really, it is). The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder, so there’s no better time to stay inside and watch all the things. With this in mind, I recently presented a challenge to myself – I plan to watch 365 movies in 365 days.
I picked this idea up from Doug Benson during his Doug Loves Movies podcast. Doug is doing 365 movies in 2015. I’m doing 365 movies in FY16 (fiscal year, for those of you who don’t live in the DC Metro area), running from October 1st, 2015 to September 30th, 2016.
While #365in365 works out to a movie day, I’m not forcing myself to watch a movie a day because, well, life. The rules are pretty simple:
- Watch movies I’ve never seen
- Pay attention to what I’m watching (I’m famous for falling asleep during movies)
- They don’t have to new or seen in theaters, because this girl ain’t rich
I have a lot of movies that have been sitting on my list for years and years, so it should be relatively easy. I’ll be making posts with batches of 10 “mini-reviews”, containing some brief thoughts and my favorite quotes from the film. These are essentially from a running journal I’m keeping, so they are presented as such.
Without further ado, I present movies 1-10:
#1 of 365
In honor of my Dad who passed away one year ago today, October 1st, the first movie is Gettysburg (1993). At over four hours in length, it should count as #1 and #2, but I’m not going to start cheating at my own game (yet). It’s an all star cast full of familiar faces – familiar faces covered with big ass mustaches and beards.
I have to wonder if Sam Elliott was the only person wearing his real facial hair. It’s actually kind of hard to rate or review this one. Being a period piece from the 90’s, it’s difficult to know if I find the acting mediocre in quite a few places because it’s a period piece, or because it’s from the 90’s. It has a mini-series feel in some places and, low and behold, it went into production as a mini-series but was released as a feature film in the end.
“Next thing I know, I’m tangled with half the Union army.”
“Dooo be careful.”
INSIDE OUT (2015)
#2 of 365
I’m not sure if I cried because of my current head space (it still being October 1st) but this was a touching, sweet movie. The story behind why/how Peter Docter wrote it made it even more of a special movie.
“We’re a total fraud.”
“Do you think they can see through us?”
“Of course not, we’re wearing eyeshadow.”
“Being cool is so exhausting.”
PITCH PERFECT 2 (2015)
#3 of 365
I love popular songs being sung a cappella, so who cares about the story. But that was good too. Actually, I liked it more than the first Pitch Perfect. It’s still October 1st, so I’m trying to get a few movies under my belt for when I get lazy or life happens.
“What are you doing?! I’m soloing here!”
THE MARTIAN (2015)
#4 OF 365
There is not really much to say about how great this movie is that hasn’t been said by people who are paid to write professional movie reviews. I am glad Louis talked me into see it (it’s October 2nd).
So many creative one-liners by Damon’s character. I couldn’t write quotes down in the theater, so I had to resort to looking online. I can’t find one online that addresses the poop potatoes, so I went with this one:
“In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”
JURASSIC WORLD (2015)
#5 OF 365
In the same day that we watched The Martian, we saw Jurassic World.
It started off decent and enjoyable enough, following the standard science playing with nature trope. But then the B-story (with Vincent D’Onofrio) becomes the A-story and *groan*.
Also, can we just have one story where there isn’t an ex boyfriend-girlfriend thing going on? *groangroan* Several people I know seemed to enjoy it, but I was just “meh” about it.
“Uh, I have a boyfriend.”
SPICE WORLD (1997)
#6 of 365
Yes, Spice World. No, I don’t regret it. It’s October 5th, 2015, so I’m only a few years late. This one got onto my list from the How Did This Get Made podcast. They actually highly recommended watching this bad (but good) movie. It was fun, silly, and entertaining. I also discovered that I actually like a lot of the Spice Girls’ music.
“Now that’s Girl Power”
#7 in 365
Figured I’d follow Spice World with something classy. This is a great documentary. Back in the day I discovered many artists through Napster, including Coldplay, who I have since spent hundreds of dollars on. I’m really glad this is on Netflix now because it’s been on my to-watch list for over a year. Even happier that Alex Winter is the writer, director, and producer. Teen-Jen is all kinds of giddy.
I still have a huge chunk of MP3s sitting on a hard drive, mostly being live shows and audio clips from TV shows like Buffy that I put between songs. Still hate Metallica over this, and will never give a dime to them or even listen to them if I can help it. And fuck you too, Dre.
“Now, Napster can take a nap.” Dre, they gave you and Metallica a million dollars. You are a tool.
“Even iTunes is destroying the music industry. People can buy the song they want and listen to one time and that’s it.”
#8 of 365
I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a big Doug Benson fan, thanks to his podcasts. I’ve never actually seen one his specials, and being intertwined with SDCC I figured this was a good one to start with. And it was. While I did NOT almost pee my pants at any point, I did laugh out loud and enjoyed everything about it.
“Where in the world is Morgan Spurlock?”
SUPER HIGH ME (2007)
#9 of 365
On a Doug Benson roll! In this film, Doug doesn’t smoke for 30 days, and then smokes all day for 30 days. Obviously a take on Super Size Me, but still it’s own movie. It’s interesting to see even the minute physical, mental, and emotional differences between the cycles. My take away is that weed makes you smarter and a mind reader.
“I spent the weekend getting fucking crazy high all weekend. I can’t remember.”
#10 of 365
It’s only in my Netflix queue because ANYA! But I found it to be a sweet, cute, romantic movie up until the last few minutes, which I wasn’t crazy about. But thinking about it, I guess it wasn’t a Hollywood ending. I’ve had two ciders, leave me alone with my shitty mini-review.
Finished wave 1 on October 10th – just a few days behind. D’oh.
“The venereal fallout of reckless promiscuity.”
That’s it for now! Check back soon for the next round of reviews!