Saturday, March 22, 2014

Week 3: March Movie Challenge

Fail week! I only watched five out of seven movies, skipping two days. Life just got in the way this week, with sickness, tiredness, Sports Day at school and generally being mega-busy rounding out my excuses. Now I have the hard task of making up not one, but two movies in the final week of my March Movie Challenge. Here's how I fared in Week 1 and Week 2. Anyway, here's what I saw in Week 3...

Day Fifteen: TO THE WONDER
I really disliked this Terence Malick directed romantic-drama 'art' film. It's a painstakingly slow, boring set of 'beautiful' (matter of opinion) montages of hair blowing in the wind, sweeping scenery, and Olga Kurylenko dancing in fields. Ben Affleck is as wooden as ever. There's minimal dialogue. And the foreign language parts are subtitled, often with white text on white backgrounds. Seriously annoying, but luckily the movie sucked so bad, I gave up trying to read them after a while, because I really didn't give a shit.

This movie provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of Marilyn Monroe, during the filming of 'The Prince and the Showgirl' in 1956. Michelle Williams is fantastic as Monroe, doing well to capture her charm and vulnerability as well as her fragile, troubled side.

Day Seventeen: no movie

Day Eighteen: NIM'S ISLAND
This is a great fantasy adventure with lovely performances from Abigail Breslin and Jodie Foster in particular, who was over the top and hilarious; perfect for a kids film! Gerard Butler also stars but this fun adventure is all about the female characters. I enjoyed this film more than I anticipated.

Day Nineteen: MY LITTLE EYE
This horror flick, directed by Marc Evans, is TERRIFYING. Like actually have 500 heart attacks during the movie type terrifying. Unless I'm a total scaredy-cat (a highly likely scenario). Scary movie fans would love this, I reckon. Basically, five people agree to spend six months together in an isolated house, where their every move will be filmed. It's like Big Brother but a million times more frightening (if that's possible). 

I quite enjoyed this "coming-of-age" (in first time Director Floria Sigismondi's words) story. She says it's not a biopic and Joan Jett agrees, saying it's a "parallel narrative of The Runaways, based on Cherie's book". Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon give inspired performances as Joan Jett, Cherie Currie (The Runaways members) and Kim Fowley (their record producer) respectively. This film provided me with interesting insight into a band I knew little about. Great music, too!

Day Twenty-One: no movie

Have you seen any of these film?


  1. I haven't seen any of these but would love to see A Week with Marilyn. I feel like I havent seen a movie for so long.

  2. My little eye sounds very interesting - might have to have a look

    Great reviews!!!

    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy My Little Eye. Aaaaarrgh, scares me just thinking about it!

  3. I really liked the Runaways too. I knew a little about the movies so I was able to sing along. Haha. Great post
    Renee x


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