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BP’s Top 100 Movie Challenge #75: Duck Soup, by Sarah Brinks

28 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen. The Battleship Pretension Top 100 list provided such a challenge.

Duck Soup was my first Marx Brothers film and I think it will be my last. I like to try and find positive things about all the movies I watch for this challenge, so we’ll start there. I have to give the Marx Brothers credit for their ability to do physical comedy. There was a scene where Chico, Harpo, and a merchant keep swapping hats and it is quite skillful and funny. Probably the best scene in the film is when Groucho and Harpo are dressed identically and do a choreographed mirror scene. It is completely silent and a delightful several minute-long break in the film.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie Challenge: The Bridge on the River Kwai, by Sarah Brinks

25 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

One of the reasons I undertook this challenge was to see films I have never seen before but always wanted too. The Bridge of the River Kwai is one of those films. It was also a film that I knew a surprising amount about despite never having seen it. I had seen the big train crash before and the classic whistling soldier’s scene.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie Challenge #78: Blade Runner, by Sarah Brinks

21 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

I’m hoping this is a safe space because I must admit that this was first time I had ever watched Blade Runner in its entirety. I had tried watching it once before and gave up. I feel like I had gleaned a lot of the plot from pop culture, but it was good finally see it. And just to be clear I watched the ‘Final Cut’ version of the film.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie Challenge #79: Badlands, by Sarah Brinks

18 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

Terrence Malick’s films are usually hit or miss with me and Badlands, his first feature length film, was a miss. One thing that I struggle with in film is when characters don’t seem to care about anything. Badlands is a great example of characters like this. Sissy Spacek watches her father get gunned down in front of her and she has less of a reaction then when her dad shot her dog earlier in the film. Martin Sheen’s Kit, who does the shooting, seems to barely care. Even the people that Kit shoots barely seen inconvenienced by it. He shoots his old garbage route buddy Cato, who just lies down in bed and checks himself out in the mirror while bleeding to death. If the characters don’t even care about their own deaths, how is the audience supposed to get invested?

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BP’s Top 100 Movie Challenge #80: Sunrise, by Sarah Brinks

14 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

As I make my way through the Battleship Pretension Top 100 list, I am often delighted by how many different types of films are on the list. I was delighted that this week included a silent film I had never seen. Admittedly the silent era is not one I regularly seek out for my own personal viewing but I enjoy silent films and it is always good to look back at the early days of film. F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise is an excellent example of silent filmmaking. Though this was released the same year as The Jazz Singer, Sunrise is delightfully silent.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie List Challenge #81: Groundhog Day, by Sarah Brinks

11 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

I love Groundhog Day. I own it, I grew up watching it, I love it. Okay, now you know where I am coming from. Honestly I don’t know what you could find to not love it. The performances from the leads Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell to the characters that make up the town of Punxsutawney, PA like Ned Ryerson, Buster and Nancy are all fantastic.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie List Challenge #82: Wild Strawberries, by Sarah Brinks

7 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

Memory is a strange thing; some things you can recall with no difficulty, other things slip away or change. Memory is so often colored by the things that have happened since the memory occurred. Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries is an exercise in memory and reflection. The day Dr. Isak Borg (played by Victor Sjöström) is due to receive an award for his career as a doctor, he finds himself confronted by strange dreams and memories.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie List Challenge #83: The Best Years of Our Lives, by Sarah Brinks

4 Mar

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

In doing a little research about this film, I was surprised that it had won seven Academy Awards but I had never really heard of it. The Best Years of Our Lives tells the stories of three World War II veterans returning to their home town and their adjustments back to civilian life. This film feels like it is always relevant as long as there are service men and women returning home from active duty.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie List Challenge #84: Werckmeister Harmonies, by Sarah Brinks

28 Feb

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

You can’t be a listener of Battleship Pretension for long without hearing a reference to Werckmeister Harmonies. I kept hearing about this film but had never made the time to check it out until the Battleship Pretension Top 100 Challenge gave me the opportunity.

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BP’s Top 100 Movie List Challenge #85: Fantasia, by Sarah Brinks

21 Feb

I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.

I feel in some ways this might be the most personal movie I’ve watched since starting this challenge. I watched Fantasia countless times as a kid. I have a lifelong habit of putting stories in my mind to music, especially classical music; Fantasia must have been an early influence on that. I was admittedly nostalgic watching a childhood favorite film with adult eyes for this challenge.

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