Movie Challenge and Surgery

I cleared out my Netflix queue and watch a bunch of movies this summer in an A to Z challenge. Here’s what I watched with a short review:

A – The Artist Even after all the hype I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get into this movie. A silent movie? Come on! But I liked it. Luckily the storyline progressed quickly and I didn’t get bored. I gotta admit, the music and the mugging got really annoying after a while, but I still enjoyed the movie.

B – Bachelorette I've been excited to see this since February and I LOVED it! The cast is filled with my favorite people and although it really isn't a comedy, there were so many funny parts. I loved the Clyde and Genna storyline and Kirsten Dunst was perfect as a type-A bitch. All of the '90s references totally made the movie for me. Loved it!

C – Chronicle I really liked this movie! I was totally engaged, the special effects were awesome and I loved the premise. Found footage movies are annoying and it was kind of depressing at times, but it felt realistic, as far as movies about super powers go.

D – Don’t be Afraid of the Dark Stupid. I’ll admit it did make me jump quite a few times which is the best part of watching a scary movie. And basements are always the creepiest part of the house, so it was fun that it mostly took place down there. But the plot was stupid, Katie Holmes bugged me and those little monsters looked funny, not freaky. The little girl was pretty great though.

E – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Heartbreaking! It didn’t do well at the box office and got terrible reviews, so I really didn’t think I was going to like it, but I did. It’s very unbelievable, but when you put that aside and appreciate how great the kid is, you’ll cry all night long.

F – Friends with Kids I honestly thought this was a comedy. With all those hilarious people, why wasn’t it? Regardless, it was a great movie. Sad and depressing, but honest and adorable. I loved it and my crush on Adam Scott has grown even more!

G – The Grey Why can’t Liam Neeson ever just play an Irish guy? His American accent is soooo terrible and it takes me away from his characters. I didn’t love this movie. It was pretty creepy at times but I could have done without all of the philosophical discussions around the campfire. It made the movie super slow.

H – Hesher I didn’t really like this movie, even though the cast was awesome. JGL was really great as Hesher, a burn out metal-head who squats in the garage of a family who recently lost their mother. But the movie was slow and because nothing was really ever explained, I didn’t feel involved with the characters.

I – I’m Not There I really didn’t like this movie at all. I was bored and uninterested. Maybe it’s because I’m not really a Bob Dylan fan or maybe it’s because the movie was so random, slow and unstructured. I just didn’t find it entertaining.

J – Jeff, Who Lives at Home I really thought this was going to be an offbeat comedy, but there was nothing funny about it. It was pretty slow and depressing. The actors were all amazing and it was a cute storyline, but I wasn’t that into it.

K – Katy Perry: Part of Me I don’t hate Katy Perry, but I’m not her biggest fan either. I felt like the entire movie was a show or a gimmick. She was acting through the entire thing. I didn’t feel like I left knowing more about her and I didn’t like how she responded to the unraveling of her marriage. She was an immature drama queen. I’m sure her fans loved the movie, but I was kinda irritated. I only went to see it because my mom wanted to. She loves her, even after seeing the movie. Ha!

L – Lovely & Amazing This movie has been in my queue for about three years. I think it’s the only Jake Gyllenhaal movie I’ve never seen. He wasn’t in it much and he was soooo young, but I’m glad he got me to watch because I really liked the movie. Catherine Keener and Emily Mortimer (love them both) play sisters going through midlife crises. It was a little sad, but with love interests like Jake and Dermot Mulroney what’s not to like?

M – Magic Mike Read my review here.

N – New Year’s Eve I went into this movie knowing that I wouldn’t like it. I didn’t like Valentine’s Day at all and this looked even worse. But since my boyfriend Zac is in it, there was no way I wasn’t going to watch it. I was right. It was awful. Zac was adorable and charming and the dancing scene during the credits almost made it worth watching because he’s just so frickin cute. I wanna dance with him! And other things…

O – One for the Money Such a stupid movie! So many people love these books but I have zero interest. I still thought I’d give the movie a shot. I know it’s supposed to be kinda campy, but it’s the wrong kind of campy for me. It felt like a made for TV movie. I couldn’t even finish it.

P – Primary Colors I kinda loved this movie. I love political campaigns and even though it was a Hollywood version with soooo much drama (possibly too much to fit into the 2 1/2 hour movie), it was entertaining and interesting. John Travolta was awesome as a Bill Clinton-esque candidate running for president and the rest of the huge, star studded cast was on point as well.

Q – Quarantine I like the whole fake documentary horror movie genre. It makes you feel like you are right there. This was a good, creepy movie, especially at the end, but it was a little too gory for me. Also, I thought Jennifer Carpenter only annoyed me on Dexter. Turns out, I just don’t like her. Her screams and cries were so over the top, I didn’t feel sorry for her, I just wanted her to shut up. Everyone else was pretty great though and I forgot how HOT Jay Hernandez is. Yum.

R – Rock of Ages Read my review here.

S – Shame This was a depressing and slow movie about a sex addict and his dysfunctional relationship with his sister. They say this movie isn’t for everyone, and it definitely wasn’t for me. I found it hard to feel sorry for him. I was also creeped out by how comfortable they were being naked around each other. Ew. I thought Carey Mulligan was amazing though, as usual.

T – Two Girls and a Guy I think Robert Downy Jr is amazing in everything he does and this was no exception. He reminded me so much of a guy I used to date though, down to his mannerisms and clothes (the movie and the ex were from the ‘90s) and especially the way he rationalized the lies and talked his way out of things. Heather Graham was pretty great, but the movie was poorly produced with problems with dubbing, but I still really liked it. Also, I desperately want to live in his apartment.

U – Unstoppable I thought this movie was pretty ridiculous and had no idea it was based on a true story, but I didn’t hate it. It was pretty full of the same old action movie clichés, but it moved quickly and kept me entertained. It didn’t hurt to look at Denzel and Chris the whole time either.

V – The Vow This movie pleasantly surprised me. For some reason I have a bad attitude about super romantic Nicholas Sparks-type movies (besides The Notebook, of course), but I always end up liking them and they ALWAYS make me cry like a baby. This one was no exception. At least I held tears off until the end. And I think I finally get the Channing obsession. He was adorable.

W – We Need To Talk About Kevin Very disturbing, but so good. Tilda Swinton was perfection and they did a great job casting kid Kevin and teen Kevin. They were both creeeeepy. It was a truly heart wrenching movie that gave me a stomach ache while I watched it, and kept me thinking about it for at least a week. Very, very good.

X – X-Men: First Class I like all X-Men movies and this was no exception. I thought the cast was pretty great. The special effects started out crappy, almost cartoon like, but got better. It was too long though. They really took their time getting to the point. I hope they make more with the same cast! I enjoyed it.

Y – You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger I got kinda pissed at this movie because it was a rip-off Woody Allen movie. About half an hour into it I realized it was a Woody Allen movie! Oops! I didn’t hate it after that. The cast was great and the sets and locations were amazing (I love London). It kept me entertained, but again, I like Woody Allen. I think most people would be bored because it wasn’t one of his better ones.

Z – Z This late ‘60s French film, based on the book of the same name, was about the assassination of a Greek politician in 1963 and all the manipulation and corruption around it. It was in black and white and had subtitles. I couldn’t really get into it. I fell asleep twice and got totally lost. It won tons of awards and has great reviews. I really need to watch it again.

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I have to go in for surgery tomorrow. Seventh time's a charm, right? It's a long, boring story. The acid reflux I had when pregnant with Nolan caused scar tissue in my trachea, and resulted in stenosis (narrowing of the windpipe). I get a dilation procedure done to push the scar tissue out of the way so I can breathe again. I seriously can't breathe right now. I constantly wheeze and gasp for air doing anything physical. I even lose my breath when talking a lot or singing. And right now I'm hoarse from all the coughing. It’s awful! Surgery is painful and often (about every four months), and I'm put under which always freaks me out. I have a sore throat, neck, and jaw for days and I cough up blood and mucus (TMI?) for about two weeks. But I can breathe better instantly, I get lots of pain killers, and Jacob takes care of the kids and lets me stay in bed. He also brings me smoothies and popsicles all day. Love him! 


Jodi said...

Good luck with your surgery. It doesn't sounds fun but if it helps it of course will be so worth it!

Suze said...

I loved The Artist and I liked Jeff Who Lives at Home.

Didn't like Z very well- call me a bad French major.

Good luck with your surgery! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Jen said...

I am such a terrible movie watcher. I haven't seen any of these! Hope everything goes well tomorrow! And I hope this is the LAST time! I forgot to jot your address down before I threw out the box you sent me. Will you send me your address? Thanks!

Meghan @ Shine On said...

Ok - awesome list. And for some reason, I didn't think the Bachelorette was even out yet? Where have I been? In other news, I agree with you about One for the Money (TERRIBLE), and Friends with Kids (Good, but sad).

Fun fact? The Vow isn't actually Nicholas Sparks - shocker, I know! It's VERY loosely based on a true story...

Good luck, tomorrow! If you need anything, let me know!

Kalie said...

Good luck on your surgery! You're a trooper for continually having these procedures.

Sounds like you have an awesome caregiver too, so that makes it easier I am sure!

Jessica Renee said...

Dang woman that's a lot of movies! haha. I really need to get better at watching them. Maybe I'll copy some off of your list ;)

I haaate that you have to go through surgery again. and so often!! :( I'm thinking of you friend and wish I could be there to help! Good luck!

Kari said...

Good luck! Here's to a fast recovery!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

You poor thing! I can't wait for the day you no longer need surgery :( But just think, in a few months you'll be chugging margaritas with me lol. Feel better? Didn't think so but I tried hehe!

This list is epic! I have a few of these movies in my queue and maybe I need to do some cleaning up lol.

Good luck tomorrow!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I've had movies on my queue for 5 years! Ahhhh! Great list though.

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be sending good vibes your way!!

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

DAnnnnnnnG.. girlfriend has been bizzzzzayyyy!
Do you leave your house, ever?

PS> I hope everything goes well. I'm sure it will :)

hotpants™ said...

I wish they could fix you up permanently. I hate that you have to keep having this done. Sucks!

I still haven't seen The Artist. I liked Unstoppable. Granted, it's not the best movie out there, but I was entertained from start to finish.

Taylor Morgan said...

Wow, you really hit all the movies! I also saw Jef who lives at home and felt the exact same way. Spot on! :)



Krystal said...

Great movie list. Hope your surgery goes well =]

Jodie said...

I love this idea for doing the alphabet with movies you watched!! I've watched the majority of them... omg... let's talk about Shame for a second... I love Michael Fassebenger (sp) and that movie was a little toooo much for me!! Bachelorette is on my list to watch next... thanks!

Also, so sorry to hear about your surgery! You are in my prayers!!