Movie #47 of The June Challenge
Occasionally funny film most notable for being the debut of Annette Benning. The duo of Candy and Aykroyd doesn't really work for me, but I'm not sure it's their fault. There really isn't a lot to work with here other than the rich snotty guy versus the poor slob angle.
The subplot involving talking raccoons might been my favorite part of the film.
Movie #46 of The June Challenge
Not only is this a great documentary, the process involved in making it is arguably more fascinating than the subject of the documentary itself. In fact, without going into too much hyperbole, I hope there's a separate documentary on the blu-ray that explores just exactly how Stories We Tell was made.
I don't want to go too deeply into either the subject or the method it's told on the off chance you haven't read anything about this film. This is the ultimate case of the journey being just as important as the destination... and the journey itself changes the destination for one of the characters. It's really quite something.
I guess the reason I'm being so vague is that I don't feel like I can do the film justice. I would urge you to see this before it wins best documentary at the 2014 Academy Awards. It's quite simply the best and most unique doc I've seen since Man On Wire.
The final scene that plays during the credits is worth the price of admission by itself.
Movie #45 of The June Challenge
I feel like there's a good movie bogged down by a lot of bloat. It suffers from the same problem I had with Now You See Me in that I'm mostly here for set pieces and not only are there not enough of them they don't pay off quite as well as they should.
It's hard for me to say that a movie with so much exposition felt rushed, but the last 15 minutes could have definitely been played up more. All in all it felt quite vanilla and safe. That's not what I want a movie about anarchists to feel like.
Movie #44 of The June Challenge
Zany film that has the same vibe as Planes Trains & Automobiles. The scope here is a little smaller, Ohio to New York and inside New York, but the travel nightmares are just as hilarious. It's hard to imagine a comedy starring Jack Lemmon that I wouldn't enjoy.
Movie #43 of The June Challenge
A sci-fi coming of age romp directed by John Hughes and I hadn't seen it. Kind of crazy, in retrospect. Hall and Paxton were great, plus you get a young Iron Man as the bad guy. It's undeniably 1980s, but it's still a lot of fun, and it has a better message to it than I would have anticipated.
Movie #42 of The June Challenge
Oh my goodness, what a revelation. Lane and Williams are spectacular. I thought I was going to fall out of my chair when Lane entered the room as the wife. And the John Wayne walk. Oh man. And those bowls at the dinner! Ok, I'm drunk so I don't really want to keep trying to correct my typos as I typed this just know that I laughed and laugh and I'm really happy now.