Category: Films we watch

The Click Tick List – Watch 50 New to Me Films between June 2018 and December 2019

Loved, loved, loved this one. I gave some early thoughts on this film adventure over here.

All of that remains true. I continued watching, documenting and finding it hard to rate them all. But here we are at 50 and well ahead of schedule.

I’ve gone back through my comments about each film and made some stats of what I watched. Where there is more than one genre I’ve gone with the one I felt outweighed the others although sometimes the balance was 50/50.

The rating system I used changed part way through the process. Like I say I was struggling with this and Gav suggested that I use Halliwells rating system. Here is an abridged description of that system.

  • 4 stars – outstanding in many ways, a milestone in cinema history
  • 3 stars – high standard of professional excellence
  • 2 stars – generally entertaining
  • 1 star – not satisfactory as a whole
  • 0 stars – totally routine production or worse

Of course the Halliwell system had more than one critic. Content and quality of movies is very subjective so bear that in mind…. Ha!

Here is a list of all 50 –

  1. The Age of Adaline
  2. Admission
  3. Home Again
  4. Love, Rosie
  5. Queen of Katwe
  6. Elizabethtown
  7. Oblivion
  8. American Assassin
  9. Mama Mia – Here we go Again
  10. The Hit Mans Bodyguard
  11. Destry Rides Again
  12. I’ll See You in My Dreams
  13. The Nice Guys
  14. The Spy Game
  15. Now You See Me
  16. Crazy, Stupid Love
  17. Black Panther
  18. Before We Go
  19. Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
  20. Nights in Rodanthe
  21. Leap Year
  22. First Man
  23. The Notebook
  24. Belle
  25. Pygmalion
  26. Our Brand is Crisis
  27. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  28. One Day
  29. Love and Friendship
  30. Magic Mike
  31. The Secret Life of Pets
  32. The Limehouse Golem
  33. Summertime
  34. A Christmas Prince
  35. Holiday Calendar
  36. Bohemian Rhapsody
  37. Tomb Raider
  38. Larry Crowne
  39. The Big Short
  40. Mary Poppins Returns
  41. Hampstead
  42. Aloha
  43. The Bookshop
  44. Ready Player One
  45. Wind River
  46. Mission Impossible – Fallout
  47. Crazy Rich Asians
  48. Sweet Home Alabama
  49. Puzzle
  50. The Narrow Margin (1952 version)

Genres

  • Drama – 9
  • Romance – 12
  • Musicals – 3
  • Romantic Comedy – 6
  • Drama/Comedy – 8
  • Sci-fi – 2
  • Action – 7
  • Crime – 3

Within those something I noticed was that 4 were also biographies.

Where/how watched 

  • Netflix – 33
  • Cinema – 4
  • T.V – 4
  • Other – 9 (this included my sisters Sky)

Rating

  • 0 – 16
  • 1 – 19
  • 2 – 12
  • 3 – 3
  • 4 – 0

All that said I think my favourites for sheer entertainment value are Mama Mia, Home Again, The Nice Guys (violent but very, very funny) and Crazy, Stupid Love.

If you know me at all then you know I like happy endings so it is a miracle that lots of these did not have happy endings! It’s good to have learned that I can accept this even though my comfort zone will always be happy endings……

I’m pleased that there are some oldies in the mix too like The Narrow Margin and Summertime. Both worth a watch to see film making like it used to be done.

I also found a holiday destination while watching Nights in Rodanthe. The Outer banks in North Carolina were simply captivating in the film, a character in itself. I fell in love with the place so much that we are going to go see if it lives up the the depiction in the film when we head stateside in October!

All in all I am really glad I challenged myself to this adventure. And am pretty sure that I will do it again.

Here’s to the film watching.

Click Tick List – Update – Watch 50 New to Me Films

I had a lot of fun updating my list a couple of months ago and I have already managed to cross one of the new items off. I’ll write about it next week when I’ve snapped some pictures.

I wanted to pop in here today and share my experience so far with one of the simpler items from the list. Watch 50 new to me films between June 2018 and December 2019. I say simpler but that was only in theory because I regretted adding this t the list about five minutes after I hit publish. I am very boring when it comes to new films. I like what I like. Gav always struggles to get me to watch eight films with him when his film a day challenge rolls round in November.

But you know what? Life is funny and a couple of weeks ago, when I had a Monday off work, I sat and watched one of my favourite films on Netflix. Notting Hill.

This didn’t count of course because they have to be new to me films but it was the catalyst for a new routine of film watching. Most of what I’ve watched so far has been well within my comfort zone, romantic comedies, but I have ventured into action and drama too.

After watching about three films I decided I needed to document this experience. I ‘borrowed’ Letterfolk’s concept for their passport collection. I have followed them on instagram for a while and love their humour, ethics and products. This is what they say about these little books –

     At the heart of the Passport Collection is the challenge to experience more. Each                   blank page represents a new memory, a new adventure, a new invitation to go do.

So far it’s going well and as of today I’ve watched 11 films! What strikes me as odd is why I haven’t been regularly watching films all these years. I used to watch lots as a teenager when video was the new thing. Actually I used to watch lots in my twenties and thirties too. Maybe my love of the laptop replaced movies…… eek.

I’m finding that by watching new ones regularly I can compare them. I love that they are making me think, even the ‘sappy’ rom coms and I feel like my movie appreciation is going to grow. Of course I won’t be telling Gav that he’s had it right all these years…..

That said I am finding it hard to rate the films (I added a score out of ten to the list). But I’m doing it anyway. I think it will be interesting to look back and see what I thought was worth an 8 and if I still agree with that in five years time.

Anyway I’ll stop rambling now and go switch on the Netflix!

Trip to the Movies – Beauty and the Beast

A random post for this Monday morning.

Over the weekend I went with family to see this film. Three generations of us. Grandmother to Granddaughters. And me, the Aunt.

We don’t get to the cinema as often I’d like and we certainly don’t get my Mum there very much but I’m so glad she came with us to see this classic Disney Fairytale. It was a bit of a shock to my older niece that I, in fact, had never seen the original cartoon version. If you have been reading here for very long you’ll know that I like happy endings and yes I know that Disney is usually a happy ending but boy do some of their characters go through the wringer to get there. I think it was the Aristocats in the 1970’s that put me off Disney films for the best part of 20 years!

Anyway, I was destined to fall for this new live action film as soon as I heard the music and saw a teaser trailer about a year ago. So off we went.

And I am very happy to report that a fun filled, happy ending was had by all.

Apparently, the reviews have not been all that favourable but who cares about the reviews? I loved it. Emma Watson was perfect as Belle and I loved the Beast. CGI yes but still, Dan Stevens did a great job and I was truly hooked. In fact I liked the Beast more that the Prince! An all star cast and all star production made this a hit in my book.

So if you like a Fairytale and a Disney one at that treat yourself to 2 hours of fun escapism and go see this re-imagined classic.

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Looking forward to……

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  • Finishing planting all the spring bulbs.
  • A week away in out favourite cottage.
  • Making the cover for my December Daily® Album.
  • Taking part in the December Daily® class over here.
  • Watch 8 Films in November – my last attempt.
  • The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – part 2.
  • Getting Christmas inspiration early and being organised. (Every year I say this, is this going to be the year I do it?)
  • Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. (Squeeeee)

What are you looking forward to?

October Baseball Movies

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It’s October. That means one thing. The Playoffs!

Yes, we are Brits but we love baseball.

We thought to go along with the play off games this month we would catch a few baseball movies too. Most of these will be new to us and I’m looking forward to indulging in stories all about this most magical of sports.

Here’s a list of a few we have in our sights to watch.

  • Bull Durham
  • Trouble with the Curve
  • A League of their own
  • 42
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Pride of the Yankees
  • The Natural
  • Moneyball
  • The Sandlot
  • For the Love of the Game
  • Bang the drum slowly

I’ll let you know how we get on with these and what others we find along the way. Here’s to a grand slam October. (sorry bad pun!)

Eight Films in November

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Gav has embarked on a little film watching project -30 films in November – and so that he doesn’t have to watch all of them at 11pm at night when I’ve gone to bed, I agreed to watch eight with him. So Sundays and Thursdays are our film nights throughout the month.

If you have read here for any time at all you know I’m a picky devil when it comes to films and books. Has it got a happy ending? No trauma to children or animals? Is it an all-star cast? You know things like that, but actually he’s done a great job at selecting stuff he thinks I’ll either suffer through or quite like.

So far I’ve watched a 1950’s all-star melodrama in Written on the Wind, a documentary with Keanu Reeves talking to film industry bods about the pro’s and con’s of film vs digital (amazingly interesting – no really!), a documentary to commemorate 50 years of James Bond and Roman Holiday. A mix indeed but so far so good.

Up next is a Fistful of Dollars. I’m getting out the poncho as I type……