Last year in June, I watched a new movie every day of the entire month. This year I’d like to reprise that same challenge for the month of July. It was pretty good last year, I only managed to miss a few days worth of movies.
Seems simple enough, amended some rules to change up the movie list.
For reference, here was last year’s list.
I realized the phrase “South American” didn’t include Mexican features so a better way of putting that is “Latin American” features. I changed my rules list to better describe the movies I meant I wanted to watch.
- 50/50 Comedies and Dramas; slot sub-genres as best as possible to comedy/drama guidelines
- Can slot in 2 documentaries
- At least 2 Latin American films
- At least 5 any foreign language films
- At least 7 films by a female director or by a female writer
- A minimum of 15 shorts can slot in for 1 movie, music videos don’t count
- No rewatching movies!
JULY MOVIE REVIEWS
The following one line reviews will be as spoiler free as possible. I can’t say for certainty that they will be 100% spoiler free and I will not take responsibility for it.
Here we go…
Check List: Foreign Language (Hindi), Action/Drama
Moon Rating: The craziest, harshest cuts. Probably where modern pop stars get their wardrobe ideas, including MIA. Madam X refers to herself as the express train of death so like watch it?!
Check List: Comedy, POC Cast, Female Written by Erica Rivinoja & Kenya Barris
Moon Rating: Endearing comedy about women, raunchy as heck, would watch again. Haddish is a treasure and would like a sequel. I would like to see the Flossy Posse again.
Check List: Drama, Unintentional Dark Comedy
Moon Rating: Utterly mesmerizing. If you had any ambition to make a movie, this film lets you know you could so long as you did it for yourself first.
Check List: Drama, Slightly Biographic, Movie About Music
Moon Rating: A strange trip that feels surreal if you were a fan of Slim Shady long before this non-biopic biopic.
Check List: Drama, Indie, New Black and White, POC cast
Moon Rating: Tense, beautiful story telling, fully realized characters, needs more female characters but was quite the ride. pls watch
Check List: Horror, Satire, Cocaine Fuelled mess
Moon Rating: OMIGOD OMIGOD WHY?! How… who financed this? These are some hard edits in this. EMILIOOOOOO!!!!
Check List: Comedy, Action, Comic Book, In Theatres
Moon Rating: Probably the funniest Marvel movie, very tightly written, must love Paul Ruddisms.
Check List: Drama, Based on a Book, Intrigue, Indie
Moon Rating: You might feel a bit lost at first but it was all intentional because by the end the puzzle completes itself. Highly mesmerising, might make you hate your desk job a lot.
Check List: Rom Com, Netflix Made, Written by a Woman (Katie Silberman), Directed by a Woman
Moon Rating: A well thought out comedy, a wonder revival of the romantic comedy genre, worth watching.
Check List: Horror, Suspense, Drama, Korean
Moon Rating: Twisted, scary, haunting, a strange ride but worth it. Expect possible nightmares.
Check List: Comedy, Political Satire
Moon Rating: Clunky but highly needed for today’s political landscape as everything in the movie is happening right now. Strangely. That or just watch Idiocracy. What a double bill.
Check List: Action, Dark Comedy, Retro Detective Roots
Moon Rating: This movie wishes it was a Shane Black adventure BUT IT NOT and was not very good. Ever wanted to see a retro detective movie done not very good? This movie. How did it get this cast idfk…
Check List: Horror, Thriller, Human Experiement
Moon Rating: An interesting situation, gory, bloody, and worth a watch.
Check List: 80s Teen Comedy, Modern Retro, Throwback
Moon Rating: A messy baby but worth the perspective and recent history of Korea.
Check List: Drama, A Highly Referenced/Spoken About Movie
Moon Rating: Less baby boomer than you’d think, more progressive than you think, YUNG JEFF GOLDBLUM, YUNG GLEN CLOSE, AND MF YUNG KEVIN KLINE WTFFFFF
Check List: Drama, Biographical, Chase Movie, Chilean/Argentinian Feature
Moon Rating: Beautiful, utterly stunning frames, one of the softest spoken movies I’ve seen. There’s fucking gorgeous POETRY.
Check List: Comedy, High School Antics
Moon Rating: It’s okay, good for a few laughs, best scene might be Charlie Day’s character doing the Big Sean number with onscreen daughter played by Alexa Nisenson.
18. 40 Below and Falling (2015) – Directed by Dylan Pierce, Starring Jewel Staite, Cindy Busby, Shawn Roberts, Mark Meer
omg… no. NO. JUST DON’T.
Check List: Comedy, Quarter Life Crisis, A Wain Movie
Moon Rating: Funny, strange, and very much in the vain of a Wain movie. If you liked Wet Hot American Summer, you’ll probably like this.
Check List: Drama, Quiet Wave, Meditative
Moon Rating: The reviews are true, this movie will make you give a shit about architecture. Also, how can I get cool enough to smoke with John Cho and talk architecture???
Check List: Drama, Dramatization, Biopic-ish, Whistleblower Series
Moon Rating: A very Oliver Stone’d movie, interesting to see how the days leading to Snowden rabbiting across to Moscow went. More interesting since the subjects of the movie are alive, not very old, and apart of the process.
Check List: Animated, Dramatic, Fantasy, Owls
Moon Rating: This movie is strange, filled with the beginnings of Snyder’s isms, possibly worth it to see great feather animation dynamics. DID I MENTION THIS IS PRE MAN OF STEEL SNYDER? omg it weird but i mean watch it…
22. The Similars (2015) – Directed by Issac Ezban, Starring Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Catalina Salas, Carmen Beato, Fernando Becerril, Humberto Busto, Cassandra Ciangherotti, María Elena Olivares, Santiago Torres
Check List: Horror Suspense/Sci-Fi, Mexican, Nostalgia Filmmaking
Moon Rating: Twlight Zone feels. Deadpan suggest this movie to your friends. You’ll figure it out.
Check List: Comedy, Heist, Written by a Female (Rebecca Blunt)
Moon Rating: Slick, funny, every nook and cranny stuffed with character acting. Watch this if you miss Soderberghisms.
Check List: Comedy, Dry, Subgenre Competition Story
Moon Rating: It’s so Guestiant, tons of dialogue word plays, FRED WILLARD.
Check List: Foreign Film (Japanese), Drama, Period Piece, Samurai Movie, Apart of a Series
Moon Rating: The baby is on the demon road and is hard af. Don’t doubt the kid.
Check List: Action, Comedy, Co-Written by a Woman (Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn)
Moon Rating: It’s interesting. The action shots are frequent and fun. They really want that trilogy hey… This is also the second movie to highly feature John Denver’s Country Roads.
27. My Life as a Zucchini (2016) – Directed by Claude Barras, Starring Erick Abbate, Ness Krell, Romy Beckman, Nick Offerman, Barry Mitchell, Clara Young, Finn Robbins, Olivia Bucknor, Amy Sedaris, Susanne Blakeslee, Will Forte, Ellen Page
Check List: Animated, Drama, French, Stop Motion, Co-Written by a Woman (Céline Sciamma, Claude Barra,s Germano Zullo, Morgan Navarro)
Moon Rating: Movie is about orphans and child psychology, lots of amazing little performances and beautifully animated.
Check List: Animated, Music Based Story, Family
Moon Rating: I don’t know why I slept so hard on this for so long but damn its a great story. An interestingly intricate story for those who have big families. IT’S GORGEOUS! Sad the album is not longer.
Check List: Foreign, Dark Comedy, About the Arts, Swedish
Moon Rating: At one point the main character Christian yells “The Tesla of Justice!”, they skewer modern art whilst asking the viewer to see their world through modern art references. A strange journey. Notery gets to re-up on his King Kong animalling.
Check List: Drama, Christmas Movie, Shot Entirely on an iPhone
Moon Rating: A day in WeHo with two bffs on Christmas Eve, they take you through their ups and downs in a day. Lots of drama, all new ways of speech, a fucking trip and worth your time. Still thinking about it.
Let’s see my final count…
- Madam X
- Girls Trip
- Brigsby Bear
- 8 Mile
- Maximum Overdrive
- Ant-Man and The Wasp
- The Double
- Set It Up
- The Wailing
- War On Everyone
- Belko Experiment
- Seoul Searching
- The Big Chill
- Fist Fight
- Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
- The Similars
- Logan Lucky
- Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart on the River Styx
- Kingsmen: The Golden Circle
- My Life as a Zucchini
- The Square
Comedy: IIIII IIIII II
Drama: IIIII IIIII IIIII III
Latin American: II/2
Female Directer or Written: IIIII/7
- I missed a few days but managed to catch up with one movie off
- I didn’t hit a few ratios and goals like 50/50 comedy and dramas or enough female directed and/or written film
- I really thought I could watch a short everyday of this month and I never did, I just watched youtube videos like a chump
- I’m glad to have fit in some Latin American films, they’re different and hoping to get a few more in this year
- Kinda sad I didn’t take advantage of the documentary rule I put in specifically for getting bored
- Only one of these movies was shot black and white and that movie is Gook
- A total of 5 movies specifically set in California
- 3 animated movies consumed
- 2 movies with female leads, my bad
- Only one movie fail; 40 Below and Falling, I tried but its just so bad so I stopped watching it after probably 25 minutes
- Big Surprises: Brigsby Bear, Gook, The Wailing, The Big Chill, Neruda, Columbus, The Square
- Meh Awards: Kingsmen: The Golden Circle, Fist Fight, War On Everyone, Snowden
- Strangest Trip Award: The Double, The Square
- WTFUCK AWARD?!: Bulworth because Warren Beatty WROTE THOSE BARS
- What to watch RIGHT NOW?!: Tangerine, that’s a trip and real fucking trip
- Worst of the Bunch: War On Everyone, it very bad
Always weird to see what you end up liking or disliking, how a movie marketing reads and how the movie actually is like. I am still thinking about Tangerine and Brigsby Bear. Surprised by The Big Chill. You gotta get a list together and just try it, even if you watch movies everyday. Get a list of movies that you always wanted to watch but you keep putting off, get it together and do it.
Alright, time to go. Do the challenge, don’t chicken out.