Thanks to Stephanie, I now have another reason to be anti-social over the coming months. What is that reason? The Fall Film Challenge. Read more about the rules here (and join if you’re a couch potato like me!).
Basically, you watch 25 movies over the course of three months (runs from September 1st to November 30th). They have to be movies you have not seen before and only movies that were released theatrically count. Each of the 25 movies must fit in with a theme. I’ve listed my 25 here… God help me.
one. any set in new york city. – Manhattan (1979)
I’m watching this because I love Woody Allen but have yet to see so many of his films. This one is heralded as being one of his great films, so I’m pretty pumped to watch it.
two. any incorporating hot air balloons in the story. – Up (2009)
Please no one throw things at me, but I have not yet seen Up! I’ve wanted to see it for a very, very long time but somehow have not gotten around to it. Now is my chance.
three. any featuring a child as the main character. – Murmur of the Heart (1971)
I’m trying to watch more foreign films and this one has been on my list for quite awhile.
four. any disney film. – James and the Giant Peach (1996)
I remember this coming out when I was a kid. I always thought it looked magical and awesome, but I never saw it.
five. any set in egypt OR that has an egyptian character OR that stars an egyptian actor/actress. – Cairo Time (2009)
This one was tough, since I’ve already seen The Prince of Egypt and I’m not at all interested in The Mummy.
six. a close friend or family member’s favorite film. – Beetlejuice (1988)
I don’t think it’s her number one favorite, but my roommate likes this movie a lot and it is one of the few Tim Burton movies I have yet to see. Win-win.
seven. any with the word great in the title. – The Great Dictator (1940)
I’m honestly NOT super pumped about this one. I’ve never seen a Charlie Chaplin movie because they don’t really seem like my thing, but this movie is very highly rated. And since I’m trying to eventually complete the IMDb Top 250 I figure it’s worth it.
eight. any starring harrison ford. – Blade Runner (1982)
It’s funny that this challenge is starting in a few days because I just watched a Harrison Ford movie — Witness — last night. Shame I can’t use that. But Blade Runner has been on the “to watch” list for years.
nine. any featuring an idiot as the main character. – Step Brothers (2008)
Trying to get over my apprehension of Will Ferrell.
ten. any mentioned in levis strauss’ list: denim in the oscars: a look at jeans in cinema. – Drive (2011)
This looks good and so does Ryan Gosling.
eleven. a film about a knight. – The Princess Bride (1987)
No, I’ve never seen it. Yes, I know that’s ridiculous.
twelve. a love story. – An Education (2009)
This is a film that I have wanted to see for awhile. This is my excuse to finally see it. Peter Saarsgard is the best.
thirteen. a movie about something miraculous. – The Martian (2015)
This isn’t out yet, but it looks awesome. I kind of cheated because a bunch of people put this on their list, but I figure it works. Also, my main bitch Kristen Wiig is in it so I would have been watching it anyway.
fourteen. any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours. – Foxes (1980)
I thought this would be harder than it was! I didn’t know that Cherie Currie (of The Runaways) ever acted. Luckily for me, she did and this looks like a fun ’80s movie.
fifteen. a film about the olympics. – The Cutting Edge (1992)
I will say that I probably would never otherwise watch this, but I’ve seen it around a few times over the years so I am a bit curious.
sixteen. a film on time magazine’s list: the top ten newspaper movies. – His Girl Friday (1940)
So many movies made before 1960 bore me, but hopefully this will be an exception.
seventeen. any with a question in the title. – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
My mom told me about this movie a long time ago. It looks really insane and awesome in a campy way. I’m pumped.
eighteen. any with a score of ninety percent or greater on rotten tomatoes. – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
This movie looks positively awesome. Iranian female vampires? Yes please!
nineteen. a film about a superhero. – The Incredibles (2004)
I know. Shoot me.
twenty. any with subtitles. – Persona (1966)
Getting another one of my foreign films out of the way here. This will be my second Ingmar Bergman movie. Pretty excited — not gonna lie.
twenty-one. any incorporating unicorns in the story. – The Last Unicorn (1982)
My first boyfriend loved this movie and always talked about it. I never ended up seeing it. Now is my chance!
twenty-two. a film about a personal victory. – Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)
This is seemingly about victory? I don’t know. But it looks badass.
twenty-three. a film with black or white in the title. – Three Colors: White (1994)
I have only seen Blue in this three film series… and I saw that probably 8 years ago. It’s about time I finish it up.
twenty-four. any set in a country you would most like to visit. – The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
This was hard because I couldn’t find very many films set in Scotland, but I would like to go to France as well so we’ll go with another French film.
twenty-five. a film set in a zoo. – Zookeeper (2011)
I’ve seen part of We Bought a Zoo so I had to go with this. I do like Kevin James, but I’m not sure I’ll like this.
What do you think of this challenge? What movies would you pick?