Erin (irisboffin) wrote in 100moviedare,
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First Update of the New Year

turtgurl and I are still knocking around ideas about what to do with this challenge this year...  I know, I know, it's already the middle of February.  But for now, just keep recording your movies.  I know that we want to take an idea from a member (sorry, I can't remember which one!  Don't hate me!) and have a musical requirement.  Maybe 5 or 10 of your movies should be musicals?  Like I said, still working on the details.  Here's what I've watched so far in 2006.

1.  The Skeleton Key (3/5 stars) Not as scary as it could have been, and I would have enjoyed more information about Voodoo/Hoodoo.  I watched this in the middle of the afternoon, but I would have been fine watching it in the dead of night.

2.  The Longest Yard (4 stars)  I've never seen the original, but Adam Sandler can pretty much make me laugh at anything.  Chris Rock was a hoot, too.

3.  The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (2 stars)  This was watched in an effort to see all the movies made by an Astin brother.  Mackenzie Astin tried really hard to bring up the tone of this awful movie, but those FUGLY dwarfs did it in.

4.  Clay Pigeons (4.5)  Originally this was rented to help the roommate in her quest to see all of Joaquin Phoenix's movies, but it turned out being extremely funny.  I love Vince Vaughn, and this movie increased that love level.

5.  Party Girl (3)  I used to think that Parker Posey could do no wrong, and she did do a good job of playing a drugged up loser... but the rest of the movie was terrible.

6.  Brokeback Mountain (4.5)  I really liked this movie.  I went to it mostly to see if I could see where the controversy was, but I didn't see it.  Heath Ledger probably doesn't deserve all the award accolades he's receiving, but he did make me tear up at the end.

7.  Batman Begins (3.5)  I'm not a huge fan of the Batman franchise, but this one was better than the George Clooney/Val Kilmer years.

8.  Real Women Have Curves (4)  The Latina girl from "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is in this one, and she does a great job showing the struggle to helps ones family or oneself.

9.  The 40 Year Old Virgin (4)  I laughed until I almost wet myself.  I don't know if it was because it was actually that funny or because there were only two of us in the theater.  I love Paul Rudd.

10,  Darkness (1)  Terrible.  Poor Anna Paquin.

11.  Elvis Has Left the Building (3.5)  Pretty funny and I love John Corbett.  This was definitely not a thinker, but I had fun with it.

12.  It's All About Love (1)  I was ready to slit my wrists by the time this terrible Joaquin Phoenix/Claire Danes fiasco ended.  Vomit.

13.  High School Musical (3.5/ Musical #1)  Yes, it was a cheesy Disney Channel Movie, and yes, the story has been told a million times before, but I liked it.  Did you know that 9 of the songs from this movie have already reached the Billboard Top 100 Hit Singles Chart?  Whoda guessed it!

14.  Glory Road (5)  Love, love, loved it!  Of course, I'm a sucker for sports movies, but still it was fantastic.

15.  Sybil (3.5)  Sally Field can do no wrong, and how interesting and challenging would it be to actually play 15 different characters in one movie.  Watching this inspired me to check out the book it was based on, aptly named "Sybil".

16.  Crash (3)  I didn't think this was as good as everyone made it out to be.  And Matt Dillon creeps me out no matter what role he's playing, so this role was perfect for him.  Oscar worthy, though?  No.

17.  The Jazz Singer (3/ Musical #2)  Neil Diamond as a Jewish cantor struggling against his faith to become a rock star.  Too bad it was so long, because I love me some Neil!

18.  In Her Shoes (3)  Appropriately cheesy chick flick.  I don't like Cameron Diaz, but the role of Maggie was written for her.  I wish Toni Collette would get more play.

19.  Believe (3.5)  I had a hard time remembering what this movie was for a second... probably not a good sign.  But, it was a ghost story that made me a little scared to go downstairs in the dark, so for that I'll give it a higher score.  It did its job.

20.  Ring of Darkness (1.5/ Possibly Musical #3, but probably not intended as such)  Awful, awful, awful.  But, the premise of it sounded really funny, so I had to TiVo it.  A guy joins a BOY BAND (key words, here) who are actually zombies out to make him one, too.  Hee hee.

21.  The Believer (4)  Ryan Gosling sure makes some thinking movies.  I almost sent this one back to Netflix before watching it because it sounded so deep.  And it was, but I got sucked into it.  Jew Nazi, enough said.

22.  From Just to Kelly (3/ Musical #3)  I loved the first season of American Idol, and as cheesy as this was, it made me smile.  Some of the songs were fun, but the spontaneous dancing/singing was as corny as it was intended to be.

23.  Happy Accidents (3.5)  Vincent D'nofrio (spelling, whatever, I call him Twitchy) and Marisa Tomei are lovers.  He's from the future... chaos ensues.

24.  Saw (4)  I didn't think I'd like this one.  I thought it was going to be all blood and gore.  And it was, but there was also a suspenseful plot line that I enjoyed.  And the end!  Holy shit!  I am not so patiently waiting for the sequel to arrive in the mailbox.  Hello!  Donnie Wahlberg!

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