Movie Madness: The Greatest Showman

Ongoing challenge: Watch all the 1001(+) Movies you Must Before You Die. Read about it, and find the full list here.

Title: The Greatest Showman
Director: Michael Gracey
Release Year: 2017
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Country: USA
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical

There are plenty of reviewers out there, and I do not feel like doing a in-depth report. My plan is to find a short plot summary to share about the movie and give myself a short Q&A to complete crossing off the movie from the  large list. I might not always answer the questions though.

Questions & Answers type of review:
1. Would you watch this again?  I loved it. Yes, would watch again.
2. How did it make you feel? happy. Loved all the songs, especially “This is Me”
3. Did you learn anything from this movie?  It inspired me to look up PT Barnum to find out the real story about him.
4. What aspects worked well, and which didn’t (think about writing, direction, cinematography, acting, editing and soundtrack)?
5. ? – Please, let me know of any questions that would be good to add.

plot summary:

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

—Twentieth Century Fox

Movie Madness: The Big Short

Ongoing challenge: Watch all the 1001(+) Movies you Must Before You Die. Read about it, and find the full list here.

Title: The Big Short
Director: Adam McKay
Release Year: 2015
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Country: USA
Genre: Biography, Drama

There are plenty of reviewers out there, and I do not feel like doing a in-depth report. My plan is to find a short plot summary to share about the movie and give myself a short Q&A to complete crossing off the movie from the  large list. I might not always answer the questions though.

Questions & Answers type of review:
1. Would you watch this again?  Once was enough.
2. How did it make you feel? shocked, I guess
3. Did you learn anything from this movie? At the time that this occurred (2006-ish) I heard on the new about housing issues, but it didn’t interest me. Watching this movie, was shocked and fascinated how people can read the numbers and see the trend and what was coming. And of course there would be opportunists.
4. What aspects worked well, and which didn’t (think about writing, direction, cinematography, acting, editing and soundtrack)?
5. ? – Please, let me know of any questions that would be good to add.

plot summary:

Based on the book by Michael Lewis (writer of Moneyball, Liar’s Poker and Flash Boys, among others), the true story of a handful of investors who bet against the US mortgage market in 2006-7. Through their own research they discovered that the US mortgage backed securities market was a bubble about to burst, and they invested accordingly. What they didn’t initially know was how structurally flawed the MBS system was, the level of corruption in the market…and the impact on the average person when the bubble burst.

—grants (IMBD)

Movie Madness: The Jungle Book (2016)

Ongoing challenge: Watch all the 1001(+) Movies you Must Before You Die. Read about it, and find the full list here.

Title: The Jungle Book
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Year: 2016
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Country: USA
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

There are plenty of reviewers out there, and I do not feel like doing a in-depth report. My plan is to find a short plot summary to share about the movie and give myself a short Q&A to complete crossing off the movie from the  large list. I might not always answer the questions though.

Questions & Answers type of review:
1. Would you watch this again?  Yes.
2. How did it make you feel? Happy
3. Did you learn anything from this movie? Not really
4. What aspects worked well, and which didn’t (think about writing, direction, cinematography, acting, editing and soundtrack)?
5. ? – Please, let me know of any questions that would be good to add.

plot summary:

The Jungle Book is a live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he’s no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern-mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley) and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

Movie Madness: Independence Day

Ongoing challenge: Watch all the 1001(+) Movies you Must Before You Die. Read about it, and find the full list here.

There are plenty of reviewers out there, and I do not feel like doing a in-depth report. My plan is to find a short plot summary to share about the movie and give myself a short Q&A to complete crossing off the movie from the  large list.

 

Title: Independence Day
Director: Roland Emmerich
Release Year: 1996
Country: USA
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

plot summary:

From the cold and pitch-black depths of the boundless space, a silent and insidious menace enters the solar system; grazes the Moon, and violates the Earth’s atmosphere: an innumerable spaceship flotilla governed by a hostile and technologically advanced alien life form. As the extraterrestrial adversary’s indestructible flying saucers wreak havoc on our planet from end to end killing millions, the end of the human race is near–and what is even more certain–we, the powerless and unprepared earthlings, are utterly defenceless. Once, we dreamed of making contact with otherworldly celestial entities. Now that the all-powerful invaders claim our world, the President of the United States and a handful of good men mad enough to stand up for all mankind must make a heroic last stand against the enemy, on a decisive Fourth of July. Will we survive to see another glorious Independence Day?

—Nick Riganas (IMBD website)

Questions & Answers type of review:
1. Would you watch this again? I love this movie! I made a tradition of watching it every 4th of July weekend for the fun of it. And now I’ve added the sequel too.
2. How did it make you feel? Happy
3. Did you learn anything from this movie? Not really
4. What aspects worked well, and which didn’t (think about writing, direction, cinematography, acting, editing and soundtrack)? Unique take on the aliens from space and how we’d respond scenario.
5. ?

Please, let me know of any questions that would be good to add.

Movie Madness: Lady Bird

Ongoing challenge: Watch all the 1001(+) Movies you Must Before You Die. Read about it, and find the full list here.

There are plenty of reviewers out there, and I do not feel like doing a in-depth report. My plan is to find a short plot summary to share about the movie and give myself a short Q&A to complete crossing off the movie from the large list.

Title: Lady Bird
Director: Greta Gerwig
Release Year: 2017
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Drama

plot summary:
Sacramento, California, 2002. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is in her final year of high school. She longs to leave Sacramento and go to college on the East Coast. However, her protective, obsessive mother, pessimistic at her chances, is determined to keep her in California, and ideally nearby to home. Lady Bird’s final year of school will be one of discovery, new experiences and finding herself.
—grants

Questions & Answers type of review:
1. Would you watch this again? This was a re-watch (first saw it in the theater). I’d recommend people watch it at least once.
2. How did it make you feel? Sad & Happy
3. Did you learn anything from this movie? I thought about my own relationship with my mom, and realized how, sometimes I don’t get along with my mom and don’t want to hear her trying to help. Then later know she’s there for me, and frustrated just as much sometimes with trying to figure out a relationship with me.
4. What aspects worked well, and which didn’t (think about writing, direction, cinematography, acting, editing and soundtrack)? Overall liked it as an independent, coming of age story.
5. ?

Please, let me know of any questions that would be good to add.

Movie Madness: Pan’s Labyrinth

Ongoing challenge: Watch all the 1001(+) Movies you Must Before You Die. Read about it, and find the full list here.

There are plenty of reviewers out there, and I don’t really feel like doing a in depth report. My plan is to find a short plot summary to share about the movie and give myself a short Q&A to complete crossing off the movie from the large list.
Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
El laberinto del fauno (original title)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Release Year: 2006
Country: Spain
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War

plot summary:
In 1944, in the post-Civil War in Spain, rebels still fight in the mountains against the Falangist troops. The young and imaginative Ofelia travels with her pregnant and sick mother Carmen Vidal to the country to meet and live with her stepfather, the sadistic and cruel Captain Vidal, in an old mill. During the night, Ofelia meets a fairy and together they go to a pit in the center of a maze where they meet a faun that tells that she is a princess from a kingdom in the underground. He also tells that her father is waiting for her, but she needs to accomplish three gruesome, tough and dangerous assignments first. Meanwhile, she becomes friend of the servant Mercedes, who is the sister of one of the rebels and actually is giving support to the group. In a dark, harsh and violent world, Ofelia lives her magical world trying to survive her tasks and sees her father and king again.
—Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Questions & Answers type of review:
1. Would you watch this again? Once was enough
2. How did it make you feel? Sad
3. Did you learn anything from this movie? Not really
4. What aspects worked well, and which didn’t (think about writing, direction, cinematography, acting, editing and soundtrack)? It was well done and interesting. To me, it’s more artistic then an enjoyable to watch. I didn’t care much for the storyline.
5. ?

Please, let me know of any questions that would be good to add.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

My mom and I went to see Midway in the theater. I told my mom that we should go see it as part of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The movie starts with the attack at Pearl Harbor and shows events leading up to, and the battle at Midway. It is interesting to read about the general strategy and events, but it really hits home with the personal stories. Things like this should definitely not be forgotten.

Midway 2019

Learn the Names of the Seven Films in Which John Wayne Dies

Not sure why this is a must do, but now I’ll have to watch the movies, not just learn their names.

  1. The Shootist
  2. The Cowboys
  3. The Alamo
  4. Sands of Iwo Jima
  5. Wake of the Red Witch
  6. The Fighting Seabees
  7. Reap the Wild Wind

Whenever I think of John Wayne I can’t help but also think of a joke I heard a long time ago that totally cracked up my mom and sister too. I googled to see if I could find the description online and came across one post that had it titled that it was John’s favorite joke about himself:

To tell this joke properly requires a physical demonstration. I’ll describe it, then hopefully, you’ll know how to act it out.

This really was the Duke’s all-time favorite on himself. It takes place in what was his favorite restaurant, Ambrosia, on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California where he lived.

As he was having dinner, a distinguished gentleman approached, introducing himself as Dr. William Thompson. “Mr. Wayne,” said the doctor, “you have been a hero to me for so many years. It is such a privilege to shake your hand.”

“Thanks, Doc,” Wayne responded with his famous grin.

The doctor then bent over and said quietly into Wayne’s ear, “Mr. Wayne, as a physician I couldn’t help noticing that when you went to the men’s room a while ago, you came out with your pants leg wet. Mr. Wayne, I really am a fairly prominent physician here in Balboa, and if you have any medical situation, it would an honor for me to treat you at no expense.”

Wayne stood up, towering over the doctor. [You now have to stand up.] “Well, Doc, you see, it happens every time. I’m standin’ there at the urinal… [you stand with your hands at the appropriate position]… and this feller comes and stands next to me. Then he looks up and says… [you look up in amazement, hands still there, pivot sharply right and shout]… ‘You’re John Wayne!'”

Watch Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap Movie PosterOne might ask what is this movie about?

Let’s jump over to Wikipedia and do a search for a definition:

“This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.”

Was able to get around to watching this movie and I don’t really see why it is considered a “cult” classic. I understand the standardizes that they were making fun of. The number of British bands coming over to America, the bad luck that followed some bands, in this movie it was the accidental deaths of their drummers, and last the ending with them getting a resurgence of their fame over in Japan. I was surprised that several big name stars had small appearances in the movie. Like Billy Crystal playing a waiter at a party dressed as a mine.

This is NOT going on my “let’s re-watch this movie lots of times” list.

Play it again Sam 1001 (plus) Movies to Watch

My original goal was to complete the AFI’s 100 years, 100 Movies list of the 100 best American movies of all time. They created one list and had an update to it in 2007. I was excited when I read they would keep revising every few years, but so far I haven’t seen any new ones. The plan was to watch these movies and then go onto tackling the 1001 Movies to See Before You Die and all those revisions.

I recently had a LIGHT BULB EXPLOSION moment and realized that I could probably go through the AFI list AND start working on the 1001 Movies list at the same time. Who would have thought movies would be on both lists? Duh!

I have watched several movies, but I feel it would be more fun to start over from the beginning and create posts for each movie I watch (probably 5 at a time). I created a tab up top to put the list on as I go. I also thought it would be fun to break it up into year, director, genre, and country categories.