Day 1 – The best movie you saw during the last year
It wasn’t my favorite film of the last year (it was #4) but definitely the best one. It had a terrific script, was well cast, and an amazing director. I went into expecting an okay film about Facebook, but it was a lot more complex than that. It was a way better film than I expected which might be why I enjoyed it so much. Plus it had Justin Timberlake which just makes the 12-year-old girl in me go giddy!
Day 2-The most underrated movie
I absolutely love this film and it doesn’t always get the credit it’s due. It brings together an absurdly talented cast including: Zooey Dechanel, Hank Azaria, Famke Janssen, Kelly Preston, Rip Torn, Ray Romano, Jesse Bradford, and Debra Winger. It’s a dark comedy that manages to be both hilarious and heartwarming. And is one of the more original scripts out there. Critics panned it (it has a 32% on rotten tomatoes), but I don’t care. Maybe they just came from families that weren’t full of crazies and couldn’t relate to the dysfunctional Collins family.
day 3-A movie that makes you really happy
I know this film has its problems, like singing, but it’s a lot of fun. ‘sAbba songs are light and bouncy and make me want to sing and dance. My sister and I saw this eight times in the theater. EIGHT TIMES! In the end I didn’t care the the three male leads couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket (except SOS, that’s painful) or that there’s an unaccounted for 10 year gap. It still makes me really happy.
day 4-A movie that makes you sad
I walked out of Atonement feeling like someone had punched me in the stomach. It’s not often that a movie effects me that much. It has one of the best bad endings I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen it I won’t spoil it for you. And I’m not a big romantic either, but this love story really hit me.
day 5 – Favorite love story in a film
I don’t know if this really qualifies as a “love story” but it is one of my favorite relationships in a movie. Burt and Verona (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) are in a committed, loving relationship and about to have a baby. When Burt’s parents announce that they’re moving to Europe, they realize that they can leave too. They begin a cross-country road trip to find the perfect place to raise their family. It’s sweet, funny, touching, and features a really good cast.
day 6 – Favorite made for TV movie
I went back and forth between this one the “The 60’s.” In the end the Diva won out because I love Christmas movies, I love unique retelling’s on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and it’s full of pop culture references. Vanessa Williams is Ebony Scrooge. TLC’s “Chilli” is here ex-singing partner Marli Jacob. Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future are (respectively) Kathy Griffin, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, and a VH1 “Behind the Music” special. It’s good, campy fun.
day 7 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
There are a lot of movies with good plot twists, “Empire Strikes Back,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Psycho,” any M. Night Shyamalan movie, but “Fight Club” wins because I had no idea it was coming. I was completely taken by surprise when *SPOILER ALERT* Brad Pitt tells Edward Norton that he is Norton’s imaginary friend. WTF?!? Plus it leads to one of my favorite movie quotes ever, “WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! Ok, you are now firing a gun at your ‘imaginary friend’ near 400 GALLONS OF NITROGLYCERINE!”
day 8-A movie you’ve seen countless times
To be honest, I avoided this movie for a long time because of the title. I was expecting a sappy, romantic, chick flick. How wrong can a person be? I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!! I can quote it backwards, forwards, and sideways. In high school, my “words of wisdom” to future classes, was “Don’t get involved in a land war in Asia.” Anytime a facebook message trend pops up with just “Princess Bride” quotes I have to join in, whether I know the person or not. To not enjoy this film would be inconceivable!!!
I’d post a clip of my favorite scene here, but it’s too hard to decide. You’ll just have to watch the entire film. Sorry 😛
day 9-A movie with the best soundtrack
I really like listening to soundtracks. I’m a fan of a lot of different genres and soundtracks are good because you get a lot of different types of music in one space. Plus, it gets the added bonus of reminding you of the movie. There are a lot of good soundtracks out there but “Elizabethtown” is my favorite. There is not one skippable track on it. (Both volumes now that I think about it.) Cameron Crowe knows music (more to come on “Almost Famous“). Here we get Tom Petty, Elton John, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, and so much more. I totally love it. It’s a fantastic movie too!
day 10-Favorite classic
I know I just wrote about this one but it’s not my fault Elizabeth Taylor died. Anyway, this film adaptation of one of Tennessee Williams‘ plays is one of my favorite films. It stars Paul Newman as an ex-football player who’s bitter and depressed and ignores the affections of his loving sex kitten wife (Taylor). It’s Newman at his best and Taylor at her sexiest. I love family dramas, especially when it’s someone else’s family. If you’ve never seen it, go, NOW!
day 11-A movie that changed your opinion about something
I wish I could think of something more profound than this. Oh well, I choose “Empire Records” because it helped me realize that I could love a film with Renée Zellweger in it. I haven’t found another one yet. “Empire Records” is one of those movies that I can’t not watch if it’s on TV. It’s a movie about friendship, loyalty, and finding that one place where you fit. The place where you can be you without judgement.
day 12-A movie you hate
There are not enough words to explain my hatred for this movie. Just writing this makes me angry that I wasted 85 min. of my life on this. UGH!!! In fact, I can’t stand any of David Lynch‘s films. They drive me absolutely nuts. People say that I just don’t understand them, that I don’t get it. Well, I do understand them. What I don’t get is how so many people adore Lynch and worship at his feet. I shake my fist in anger at you Lynch. And the Lady in the Radiator.
day 13-A movie that is a guilty pleasure
Yes, I am a little embarrassed to be posting this for the entire blogging world to see but oh well. I can’t help it, I love these movies and how incredibly bad they are. I know that real vampires don’t sparkle but how can you deny lines like, “Hold on tight spider monkey.” It’s like a car accident, I can’t not watch.
day 14-A movie that no one would expect you to like
So I’m not the biggest romantic in the world, but I adore “The Notebook.” To be honest, every other Nicolas Sparks book/ movie/ anything makes me want to claw my own eyes out. (Especially “A Walk to Remember“) Maybe it’s because of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Maybe it’s because of James Garner. I don’t know. It’s the sappiest chic click that I can tolerate.
day 15-A movie that you relate to most
No, no one has ever been paid to date me (that I know of). And no, no one has sacrificed themselves on the alter of dignity by singing to me over the PA system. But I knew this high school and these characters. I worshiped Kat (Julia Stiles) and her take-no-bullshit-from-no-one attitude. She knew that there was life after high school and it didn’t matter who you went to prom with or what clique you identified yourself with after graduation.
Day 16-A movie you used to love but now hate
When “Ace Ventura” first came out I thought it was hilarious. I was 8, what the hell did I know. It was on tv a couple days ago and couldn’t sit through 5 min. It was awful! We could throw “Dumb and Dumber” into this category too. In fact, most of Jim Carrey in the 90’s kinda makes me cringe now. I’m very glad we’ve moved on.
Zach Galifianakis, decent. Todd Phillips, pretty good. Buddy road trip movie, awesome. Robert Downey Jr., frickin’ badass. Something went terribly, terribly wrong in this movie and it saddened me. 😦 I was really, REALLY looking forward to this movie. (I look forward to anything RDJ) This movie was clearly a blatent attempt to cash-in on “The Hangover‘s” success. Which I’m pretty sure “The Hangover 2” will do also.
day 18 – A movie you wish more people would see
WHY DIDN’T PEOPLE GO SEE THIS?!?!?! I am in Lesbians with this movie. And I’m not even a gamer. But seriously people this movie was awesome. It had fighting with cool graphics and effects, witty dialog rife with pop culture references, psychic vegans, and demon hipster chicks. Plus a love story.
day 19 – Favorite movie based on a book/comic
The third book was my favorite, but I think maybe the fourth movie. I don’t know, the first part of the seventh movie was pretty great too. Then again, the first movie was, well, the first so there’s something to be said for that. Whatever. I counted down the days until Amazon would deliver the books on my doorstep so I could lock myself in my room for a couple of days. And while I am eagerly anticipating the 2nd part to the seventh, and final, movie I’m also a little sad.
day 20 – Favorite movie from your favorite actor
Robert Downey Jr.!!! What more is there really to say? He’s made a lot of fantastic movies but “Home for the Holidays” is probably my favorite. It’s kinda quirky, and kinda heartwarming, and he’s really funny in it. Plus, it’s a rare Thanksgiving movies. I’ve noticed that a lot of the films I like center on family dynamics and the relationships between everyone when they are reunited.
day 21 – Favorite movie from your favorite actress
This one was harder. I had my favorite actress narrowed down to Sandra Bullock and Rachel McAdams. In the end Sandy won out because looking at her filmography I realized how many of her movies I love. “While You Were Sleeping,” “Practical Magic,” “A Time to Kill,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Blind Side,” the list goes. Even “Demolition Man” has it’s moments. “28 Days” won for today’s spotlight for one very important reason … Steve Buscemi.
day 22-Favorite action movie
John McLean. Hans Gruber. Terrorists. Explosions. Guns. Swearing. And Christmas. Die Hard is the epitome of action. There’s really nothing else to say about it. It’s the best. I really don’t feel the need to defend it anymore.
day 23-Favorite Documentary
I don’t watch many documentaries but I do have a few different favorites. “My Architect” and “Z-Boys and Dogtown” I both highly recommend. In the end, “Helvetica” wins because at my core I am a huge font nerd. I see a sign and I try and guess what font it’s written in. Nothing makes me happier than downloading a new font. And a good even-weight, proportionally-spaced sans serif sends me into a tizzy.
day 24-Favorite animation
Today was hard. I love animated movies and there are a lot of good ones to choose from. Especially now that there is more than one studio pumping out animated hits. The stories are getting better, the animation is getting better, the genre is just getting better. I had to go with a Disney movie though because I’m a HUGE Disney kid. I can’t help it, it’s what I grew up on. I’ve always loved Mulan. It was great songs, Eddie Murphy is hilarious, and I liked the story. I still say she’s not a Disney princess.
day 25-Favorite comedy
Jason Segel and Mila Kunis and Russell Brand and Paul Rudd all on Oahu. This movie was a lot funnier than I thought is was going to be and I still laugh hysterically every time I watch it. For a long time I thought nothing would top Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but each Will Ferrell movie just seems to get crappier and crappier. Sarah Marshall was fresh and sweet and hilarious. I LOVE IT!
day 26-A movie you love but everyone else hates
I can’t find one other person that will admit to seeing Piranha 3D let alone liking it. This is an epically BAD movie that I can’t get enough of. It’s vulgar, violent, and VERY awesome. It’s an exploitation film which means lots or blood and lots of T&A. It delivers both. The deaths in this movie are gruesome, but in a totally hilarious way. I laughed so hard when I saw this, a little bit of pee came out. And I have to mention the cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Jerry O’Connell, Elisabeth Shue, and Ving Rhames. Oh, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but the last 30 seconds … TOTAL GENIUS.
day 27-A movie you wished you’d seen in theaters
I don’t know why, but horror movies are always scarier in the theater. The first time I watched Scream was at home, and I always wished I’d met Ghostface on the big screen. Scream is one of my favorite horror films becuase horror movies are cliches and it acknowledges that. It mixes the cliches with humor and real scares. The sequels have been decent too. I’ve grown up on the Scream franchise and while I don’t condone the making of unneccesary sequels as long as they keep coming up with good stories and can keep the original cast coming back for more, so will I!
day 28-Favorite movie by your favorite director
Oh John Hughes, what would the 80’s have been like without you? All of Hughes movies were fun, heartwarming, relatable, and had a good message. I love them all but “The Breakfast Club” is by far my favorite. I felt like I knew each of the characters. They’re all fully-developed, three-dimensional characters that go on a complete journey together.
day 29-Favorite movie from your childhood
I don’t remember this being my favorite movie as a kid, but it was the first movie that came to mind so it wins. I liked this movie a lot, and watched it A LOT. The only thing I really remember is that Robin Williams was the bat and I felt really sad when the smoke guy was going to hurt the trees. I went back and looked at the cast list and that smoke guy is Tim Curry. Which makes sense because he was a really good evil voice. Plus, Cheech and Chong are in “Fergully,” did you know that? I kinda want to rewatch this movie now.
day 30-Favorite movie of all time
I have loved this movie since the first time I saw it. It has a terrific story, well written characters, and great music. I absolutely love everything about it!!! It’s funny, sweet, and heartwarming. It’s part comedy, part drama, part romance, and part road tip, all set to the soundtrack of the ’70’s. There’s not much else to say about it. Go see it, NOW!!!