Movie challenge 2014: Part I

Sunday, 8th June, 2014

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At the beginning of 2014 I decided to continue the movie challenge I did in 2013, so in 2014 I'll try to watch 120 movie. I won't be posting the lists at the end of the year but I'll make it a quarterly thing. In the first quarter of 2014 I already watched 61 movies. So I'm guessing that reaching a 120 won't be to difficult anymore.  

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989] *** 
Mary  Poppins [1964] ****
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008] **
Gangsta Granny [2013] ***
Lucan [2013] ***
Death Comes to Pemberley [2013] *****
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Labours of Hercules [2013] ****
Hoe duur was de suiker [2013] ****
Austenland [2013] ****
Frozen [2013] ***
Saving Mr. Banks [2013] ***
AD/BC [2004] **
Upside Down [2012] ****
Monsters Inc. [2001] ***
The Butler [2013] ****

South Riding [2011] ***
Albert Nobbs [2011] ****
About Time [2013] ****
Lilo & Stitch [2002] ***
Stormy Weather [1943] **
Brave [2012] *** GROEN
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Dead Man's Folly [2013] **
Fantasia 2000 [1999] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Big Four [2013] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express [2010] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Halloween Night [2010] ***
How to Stop Being a Loser [2011] ***
Treasure Planet [2002] **
Hattie [2011] ***
What Maisie Knew [2011] ***
The Princess and the Frog [2009] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Three Act Tragedy [2010] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Clocks [2009] ***

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Appointment with Death [2008] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Third Girl [2008] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: A Cat Amongst Pigeons [2008] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Taken by the Flood [2006] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: After the Funeral [2005] ***
Moonrise Kingdom [2012] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Cards on the Table [2005] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mystery of the Blue Train [2005] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Hollow [2005] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Death on the Nile [2004] ***
Forgetting Sarah Marshall [2008] ****
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Sad Cypress [2005] ***
Creation [2009] ***
Summer in February [2013] **
Very Mary Annie [2001] *
The Lion King 1 1/2 [2004] ***
The Book Thief [2013] ****
Bee Movie [2007] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Five Little Pigs [2003] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder in Mesopotamia [2001] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Evil Under the Sun [2002] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies [2000] **
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd [2000] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Dumb Witness [1996] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Links [1996] ***
The Polar Express [2004] *
How Do You Know [2010] ***
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Hickory Dickory Dock [1995] **

    = Already seen before

Top 10 favorite movies:
2. The Book Thief
3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
4. About Time
5. Austenland
6. Albert Nobbs
7. Upside Down
8. The Butler
9. Mary Poppins 
10. Hoe duur was de suiker

1. Death Comes to Pemberley 
Earlier I wrote an entire blogpost about this great work of drama.

2. The Book Thief
This is a beautiful adaptation of a book about a young girl that is placed with foster parents because her mother is convicted of being a communist. The mother is forced to give up her two children. On their way to the foster parents the younger brother dies and so the girl is left in a distraught state at her new home. She forms a tight bond with her foster dad and although her foster mother needs a long time to warm up, does warm up to the girl eventually. Although this new environment seems safe at first, the war interrupts. A young man comes to their doorstep in search of medical care and a place to hide. And when the man of the house turns out to be a jew living with a false name the girls future becomes even more uncertain. The girl is intrigued by books and they play a big role in the story. Besides a story about the love for books, this is a film about people during World War II, a story about death but most of all a story about a little girl who survives although the odds are against her. The cast includes: Roger Allam, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. 

3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
One of the best comedies I've seen in years. I laughed out loud several times. It was written by Jason Segel who you might know as Marshall in How I Met Your Mother. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jason plays a composer of musical theatre (he has written a terribly bad vampire musical) who has just been left by his girlfriend Sarah Marshall. He tries to forget her in a Hawaïn resort with a nice girl (Mila Kunis) who works in the resort. Coincidently Sarah and her new boyfriend are also in the resort. Sarah is a very famous actrice in some sort of police series (think CSI, Law & Order, NCIS). She is now dating a hippy rockstar (played by the incredibly funny comedian Russel Brand). 

4. About Time
An enchanting, sort of feel-good story about a guy named Tim who learns from his father that he can travel back in time by stepping in to a closet. Thanks to this gift he manages to marry the girl of his dreams (this is really a very funny and big part of the movie). When his father dies he has a hard time letting him go and he keeps traveling back to the past in order not to say goodbye to his dad for good. However at one point he finds out that traveling back to before the point his baby was born also alters the person his child is. When his wife wants to have a third child he has to make a choice between his relationship or not having to say goodbye to his dad. The cast includes: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander. 

5. Austenland
Austenland is a comedy about the massive Jane Austen fan Jane Hayes (played by Keri Russell). Jane dreams of finding her own Mister Darcy (the man the heroine in Jane Austens' novel Pride & Prejudice marries). When she discovers that there is a Jane Austen-themed holiday resort in which people live as in Jane Austen's time, she uses her life savings to book this vacation. The vacation end's with a ball and a romance is guaranteed. When she arrives things are not as she had imagined. As it turns out Jane has booked the low budget option and this means she feels sort of left out. The guaranteed romance turns out to be actors who are mostly self-absorbed.
I laughed so hard at the beginning of this movie that it was already worth the watch. It is full with references and it really is a must see film for any Jane Austen fan. The movie also stars some of my favorite actors like Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity), JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey, Sally Lockhart, Miss Marple), James Callis (Bridget Jones' Diary) and Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn).  

1 comment:

  1. wow! Je hebt al veel films gezien :) Je gaat goed. Ik wil The Book thief ook graag zien, maar ga eerst het boek lezen!


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