Saturday, March 8, 2014

Week 1: March Movie Challenge

I set myself a challenge to watch one movie every day in March (you can read about it here) and so far, it's going well. There's only been one day where I really just wanted to go to bed and had to force myself to watch something. So I picked a really short film. Here are my thoughts on the movies I saw in Week 1.

This Christmas flick was cute and funny, even for adults. Great 3D animation and I love me a bit of Hugh Laurie, even if it is just his voice. My six year old talked continuously throughout, commenting on everything, asking questions, etc, so he was totally engaged with it and afterwards said he thought it was really good.

Day Two: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
'Wow' would be my own-word review. This is a very slow-moving epic sci-fi by Stanley Kubrick. Afterwards, I tweeted "What the Motherfuck?! I was fine 'til the freaky timewarp monolith acid trip. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? #2001ASpaceOdyssey #MarchMovieChallenge". Also might have tweeted "Hal is a bastard".

With only three actors in the cast, this thriller managed to captivate and excite me, keeping my interest with various plot twists and Gemma Arterton's boobs.

Day Four: BAIT
Is it wrong that I liked this? I don't care. I'm a Xavier Samuel fan and I thought Sharknado was hilarious, so I was probably always going to enjoy this. Utterly ridiculous, with some awesome OMG moments, Bait was a real guilty pleasure.

Day Five: ONCE
I wanted to like this! I thought I would. I'd heard people rave about it. And on some levels, it is beautiful, quaint and lovely, but for me, too much music, not enough romance. It just went nowhere! I'm annoyed by the bad decisions the two leads made with respect to their love lives. Its frustrating and sad. I wanted to scream at the TV.

This was freaking god-awful. Badly lit (on purpose) with horrible characters that I felt no empathy towards. The constant scenes with the group of obnoxious business men talking about the financial crisis were the worst.  '2009 experimental indie-drama' gone wrong. Thanks for nothing, Steven Soderbergh.

It took me a while to get into this vampire flick starring Gemma Arterton (again!) and Saoirse Ronan, but as it turns out, it exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed seeing Elementary's Jonny Lee Miller as a baddie, as I really just think of him as Sherlock Holmes. The best thing about Byzantium, however, is the beautiful mother/daughter relationship between the two female leads. That, and Gemma Arterton's boobs. 

A month of movies


  1. The only one I've seen was 2001 Space Odyssey and I can't really remember it now, was years ago. I lead a sheltered life obviously. My favourite movie is Galaxy Quest. I have seen it 10 times at least. Might go watch it again now. Maybe that will be my Quest for April. Watch Galaxy Quest every night! I look forward to the rest of your reviews though.

    1. Haha! I love Galaxy Quest too, but I don't think I'm up to 10 views yet. I also love rewatching my favourite films, so I'm glad I'm pushing myself to see ones I've never seen before. Keeping things interesting!

  2. What a great idea for a personal challenge. There are so many films that I've been saying for ages I want to see and still haven't, years later. I actually haven't seen any of the films on your list. I like your very honest reviews :)

    1. Thanks! Yes, I've had some of these for ages, so setting myself a challenge motivates me to watch them. I might do this again in the future, it's fun!

  3. Wow, Snowtown I read the book, was the movie grizzly? What a challenge, one I'd love to do though, just for the rest sake and give brain a rest

  4. I watched 2001: Space Odyssey and felt the same way! I read that it's because the human mind wouldn't be able to comprehend meeting an alien life form, which is probably true. Not a film I would watch again but it was still good to knock it off the list! Stanley Kubrick had such a vision for cinematography :)

    Kate |

    1. Yes, he was so talented! I really should watch The Shining again, another classic Kubrick film. I love knocking these epic films off my list, too :)


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