I guarantee this isn’t the first movie I saw, but it’s the first one I remember seeing in the cinema. My dad took me to see it when I was old enough to sit still and shut up in a theatre.
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite fairy tale, Disney or otherwise. I’d nearly forgotten it until I saw a play at Disney World, Orlando, Florida, when I was in high school. It’s also my absolute favourite story in “my fairy tale book.”
As a very boyish tween who was obsessed with the “modern” science fiction look of the late ’90s (mostly dim lighting and a lot of bare metal), thought music couldn’t get any cooler than rock and techno, and secretly watched Friends when my parents weren’t looking, it didn’t take me long at all to adore this movie.
The story was well executed, the CGI was great for the time, and I definitely loved the characters. I wanted to be as confident as Judy, as cool as Penny, and as smart as Will. And of course, I wanted my own personal robot.
Day 24: A Movie That Inspires/Encourages Your Dreams
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
My choice for this category fits in both the sense of life goals, and that of daydreaming! As an introvert who loves to live in her inner world, but also enjoys a good real life adventure, I couldn’t resist choosing this movie.
Walter Mitty is a man who spends enough time fantasising that it often disrupts his mundane real life. Eventually, though, when his livelihood is at stake, he goes on a grand adventure to save it.
It makes for a good reminder not only to dream, but to live.
What movie inspires or encourages your dreams (however you want to take it)?
Day 23: A Movie You Tell People You’ve Seen, But Haven’t (or Haven’t Finished)
Technically, I’ve never actually said that I’ve seen them, but I know people assume I have. (Mostly, it’s people thinking of me when they see Star Wars stuff, when I’m a trekkie.)
But first, let me explain.
I have seen all of them, or at least most of all of them. I just never seem to have watched any of them in their entirety or from beginning to end. I’ll catch it in the middle and watch to the end, or I’ll start and not finish for some reason. A couple years ago, some friends and I even decided to get together in our pyjamas and watch episodes 4-6 so we could finally say we’ve seen them, but we ended up talking the whole time.
One big thing that proves I’m not to be considered an actual Star Wars fan, is that until last month I thought AT-AT was pronounced as two words instead of four letters. (I thought it was “at at,” when it’s “ay-tee ay-tee.”) I wasn’t even corrected by Star Wars, but by Cake Wars.
So, I may have technically seen them, and understand a lot of the references (I’m on team “Han shot first”), but I know for certain that I’ve never seen any of them from beginning to end in one sitting. (Except episodes 3 and 7.)
Don’t worry — I’m fixing this now.
Is there a movie you tell people you’ve seen, but haven’t (or haven’t finished)?
Day 22: A Movie You Feel Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
Guardians of the Galaxy
Before everyone starts leaving hate comments, let me explain.
I didn’t see this movie until it had been released on DVD. By then, everyone had been raving about how brilliant it is and how I HAVE to see it. I thought, “OK, it must be pretty gosh darn amazing then!”
THAT was the hype it had to live up to.
I also looked forward to seeing the movie that made Karen Gillan shave her head. Somewhere along the line of awaiting the movie, I was led to believe she would be the main villain. Obviously, I was disappointed to find she wasn’t.
I’d only seen one trailer, and knew nothing of the comics, so I couldn’t even think “well, at least it was true to canon.”
Lastly, I’ve only seen it the one time.
I fully acknowledge that my disappointment with Guardians of the Galaxy has nothing to do with the movie itself, but rather with what I was made to believe about the movie before I saw it.
And now it’s time I gave it another chance.
What movie do you feel didn’t live up to the hype?
Before this movie, I knew nothing about the civil war from the comics except that there were FAR more superheroes involved than in the movie. I’d chosen to be #TeamIronMan, simply because he had more heroes on his side that I would consider favourites, haha.
While watching, I was understanding of both sides, so I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, choose a side.
*SPOILER IN THIS PARAGRAPH* My only thing about Iron Man’s reason for not wanting to fight anymore was, in a way, negated in this fight. There was still a lot of destruction being caused during the battle, even though there weren’t any people around. The destruction during any superhero fight has always bothered me, though.
Anything I wasn’t thrilled about in the movie was partially made better by the fact that I do like this version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Also, this Aunt May didn’t seem agonisingly worried about her nephew. Finally.
And Martin Freeman was in it (what little screen time he had). That was just a little icing on the cake for this fangirl.
We all know the real answer is disaster movies, so I figured I’d expand on something not-so-known. Though the only comics I was ever able to get my hands on when I was younger was Archie and Friends, I devoured any knowledge I could find about Spider-Man. I’m not really sure why I liked this hero so much over others when I hadn’t even read his (or any other super hero) comics.
I may not enjoy them all, and feel the sheer number that gets released more and more lessens my anticipation, but I’ve seen them all (the ones released this century). Good and bad, Marvel and DC, Tobey and Andrew.
Let’s keep in mind that this is about movies, not TV shows. The shows on the CW and Netflix don’t really pique my interest. I quit Arrow at the end of season three (and only started watching it because several people told me I had to), and the rest don’t even intrigue me. (Except Legends of Tomorrow, but I make myself enjoy watching it because of Arthur Darvill.)
But I digress.
While I may have only read a handful of Marvel comics, I have done a bit of reading about characters and storylines, and I’m so glad they’re making movies about them (and that they’re actually made with quality now).
Since X-Men: First Class and The Avengers is taken by another topic in this challenge, I’m going to choose Spider-Man 2 for today. Sorry, Tobey haters.
We all, in a way, want to be like Jason Bourne, don’t we? Heightened perception, resourceful, super smart, and the ability to defend ourselves as easily as Ryan Gosling attracts women.
Of course we’d want all that without the amnesia, putting forth the effort to train, and being constantly pursued by the government who only wants to see us dead. The guy just wants to be left alone and have a normal life, for pete’s sake!
Whether or not we actually want to be like him, we like Jason Bourne for who he is, and enjoy watching the action-packed moments of his life as he discovers who he is. And makes the government pay.
And of course, I’m absolutely looking forward to the release of the next Jason Bourne movie later this month!
Another one that won’t sway me with a debate. Yes, each movie has its pros and cons, but overall I think this is the best movie trilogy ever made.
I generally hate sequels — most of the time they’re a huge letdown. I always give them a chance, though, because you never know which ones are going to be an exception.
Back to the Future was meant to be a stand-alone movie; however, with the way it ended, fans demanded a sequel. I think they did a brilliant job of making it work, especially by giving it a feeling of completion at the end of part three.
Just for kicks and giggles, I’m going to leave this here: