January Update : #OneHundredMovies

I’ve taken the #OneHundredMovies challenge issued by @JoseMolinaTV on Twitter. The idea is simple: watch 100 full-length feature films – that you’ve never seen before – in the 2014 calendar year. This works out to 8-9 per month.

I’m going to do a blog post each month to let you know how I did the previous month, with some mini-reviews of the movies I chose.

After getting off to a good start in January, I stalled out, watching only a total of 7 movies. The problem? The last season of Dexter became available on NetFlix. Yep, that one killed me. But I’ve watched the whole season now, so I’m back in the saddle for February.

Quick reviews of the 7 films I saw:

Best movie I saw in January: Her

Worst movie I saw in January: A Good Day to Die Hard

And here, in alphabetical order, my mini-reviews. I’ll add to this list each month, maintaining the alphabetical order and bolding the new entries.

  • (Jan) A Good Day to Die Hard : This movie had no plot. Truly awful. I can say no more.
  • (Jan) Blue Jasmine : Woody Allen’s take on A Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett is brilliant in her Blanche Dubois-like role.
  • (Jan) Captain Phillips : Could have been fifteen minutes long and told the same story. Instead I was forced to watch the same three minute segment again and again, like an endless loop. Didn’t like it. Not even Tom Hanks could save it. The cinematography didn’t help either.
  • (Jan) Enough Said : I rented this because Julia Louis-Drefus won the Golden Globes (she didn’t win an award,  but she was so fantastically funny…) and she didn’t disappoint. Neither did James Gandolfini. This movie made me sad that he’s gone. A true loss to acting.
  • (Jan) Her : A beautiful and timely meditation on the concept of love and relationships. I’ll be thinking about this movie for a long time to come.
  • (Jan) Kick Ass 2 : Meh. I needed to see how the comic translated to film. Not well. This is probably one of those comic stories that should stay inside the stapled pages.
  • (Jan) Lee Daniels’ The Butler : I didn’t expect the structure of the story, with the son’s tale interwoven with the father’s (the Butler). I really enjoyed this movie. Eye-opening and heart-warming.

See you next month! I need to ramp up to at least 9 movies so I’m at least at 16 by the end of February…

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