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Days 81 – 90 | 365 Day Film Challenge (Year Two)

I’m finally back! I’ve watched more movies (*cough* no life *cough*), so let’s discuss them! Drum roll, please… (By the way, you can follow me on Letterboxd to get a sneak peek at what I’ve watched and the ratings I dole out.)

 

DAY 81 – ALL I SEE IS YOU (2017)

A film that had massive potential but fell a tad flat in its execution, All I See is You follows a blind woman named Gina (a wonderful Blake Lively) who receives a corneal transplant and regains her vision. Sounds great, right? Not to her husband James (Jason Clarke), who is used to Gina relying on him. When she gains independence, their relationship starts to unravel, and they discover things about each other that aren’t so pleasant.

The performances were solid, and the sequences where we get to experience what Gina lives with on a daily basis is fascinating. The story just didn’t live up to the concept. Some parts were predictable, but I still thoroughly enjoyed All I See is You and think it’s worth a watch.

VERDICT: 3.5/5

 

DAY 82 – ONLY THE BRAVE (2017)

A fantastic, powerful account of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Only the Brave is a film that demands to be experienced. It’s bolstered by strong performances (the cast includes Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, and Taylor Kitsch), and the story packs a punch. A must-watch, especially if you don’t know about the Hotshots.

VERDICT: 4/5

 

DAY 83 – TRAGEDY GIRLS (2017)

A silly, shallow, but fun, movie that is splashed with candy-colored gore, Tragedy Girls examines the bond between two teenagers (Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp) who just happen to be seriously fascinated by death and serial killers. They plot to commit the perfect crime, and chaos of course ensues. Campy cameos from Josh Hutcherson and Craig Robinson add some humor to the dark subject material, but I ultimately felt like Tragedy Girls was lacking some magic. It wasn’t funny enough, nor dark enough. It was just an odd mish-mash.

VERDICT: 3/5

 

DAY 84 – MAYHEM (2017)

Another fun, gory horror film that tackles a tired trope, Mayhem is centered around a virus that causes anyone it infects to act on their darkest impulses. Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving give good performances, and the gore and concept is great, but it’s not a particularly memorable movie.

VERDICT: 3/5

 

DAY 85 – THE RITUAL (2018)

The Ritual is an interesting film that tackles deep topics while also incorporating some successful twists and turns. The cast is solid, and the effects are well done. The film does feel overly familiar at points, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with The Ritual. It’s not a movie I can see myself watching again, but it’s worth a watch if you’re a horror fan.

VERDICT: 3/5

 

DAY 86 – SHOT CALLER (2017)

A gritty, violent film with a fantastic turn from an unrecognizable Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Shot Caller inevitably draws comparisons to Brawl in Cell Block 99. Even though it’s not as strong as that film, it still manages to pack a punch. Supporting turns from Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, and Max Greenfield add to the emotional aspect, and the story is compelling. This is definitely a diamond in the rough, and if you want to experience a hard-hitting film, give Shot Caller a watch.

VERDICT: 3.5/5

 

DAY 87 – PHANTOM THREAD (2018)

Phantom Thread is a knock-out film from the brilliant mind of Paul Thomas Anderson, and it’s a fitting swan song to Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting career (if this is actually his last role). The story follows Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis), a dressmaker whose life is dedicated to his craft. Until he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps), and she disrupts his carefully organized life. His life quickly becomes wrapped around her, but will his devotion to his clothing ruin their relationship?

The costume design is exquisite, and the story is tightly woven, with little delights sewn into the fabric of the plot. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like Anderson’s work and want to see Day-Lewis act his heart out, give Phantom Thread a spin.

VERDICT: 4/5

 

DAY 88 – GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (2017)

A wonderfully moving film about A.A. Milne (a delightful as always Domhnall Gleeson), the author of Winnie the Pooh, and how the sudden popularity of his work affects his young son Christopher Robin. I liked how the movie focuses on Milne himself, and how PTSD affected him. This is very much a film about family, and a heart-string tugging one at that. My only gripe is the fact that some of the story felt truncated, and Margot Robbie’s Daphne didn’t feel as fleshed out as she could have been. Otherwise, Goodbye Christopher Robin is as sweet as honey.

VERDICT: 3.5/5

 

DAY 89 – WHEN WE FIRST MET (2018)

A sweet, yet rote, movie that apes the Groundhog Day formula. The story follows Noah (Adam Devine), who is head over heels for Avery (Alexandra Daddario). The only problem? He screwed up his chances with her three years ago and now she’s marrying the hunky Ethan (Robbie Amell). When he discovers he has the chance to travel back in time, though, he does everything in his power to ensure he ends up with Avery. You can probably already tell how this movie plays out…

When We First Met is formulaic, but there are some genuinely funny moments sprinkled throughout. If you’re looking for a rom-com to take your mind off of things, this will scratch that itch. Just don’t go in expecting anything mind-blowing.

VERDICT: 3/5

 

DAY 90 – BLACK PANTHER (2018)

Marvel’s latest entry into their cinematic universe is a fun, if underwhelming, ride. I adored the action scenes and the badass women, but Erik Killmonger was a weak villain and some of the CGI was iffy. I also found the story to be lacking. I admittedly went in with high expectations (due to Marvel’s recent lofty output), and I did have a great time watching Black Panther, it just left me wanting more. It’s still a solid film, though.

VERDICT: 4/5

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