THE 500/365 FILM CHALLENGE: WEEKS 1 – 4 PART TWO

We’re now half way through our Weeks 1 – 4 recap, so I hope that you used that little break to refill your popcorn and stretch your legs because we’re almost there! (For January, I mean – we’ve still got just under 450 films to watch this year!)

[PART ONE HERE]

For the full list of films that I have watched so far this year (updated daily) click HERE

 WEEK THREE (Part 2)

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The second half of our Week 3 Recap starts off with a rewatch of what is probably my favourite film of all time: Moulin Rouge. My cousin had come to visit for the weekend, and, as I was discussing my challenge with her, we somehow got onto the subject of this film and how she had never seen it. I’ve been completely in love with this film since the first time I watched it as a child, and it’s never failed to utterly enchant me on every viewing since. This film is so crazy and beautiful that I spent a good ten minutes trying to find the perfect still to represent it, but I couldn’t – no picture could capture the energy of this film. I could write novels and sonnets on Moulin Rouge – but I’ll leave that until another day. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 5 stars

The next day we watched Spike Island. I genuinely liked this film as a Stone Roses fan, and the I Am The Resurrection scene towards the end never fails to leave a smile on my face. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 and a half stars

The last film of the week was Down With Love. If you combined Hairspray with Gone Girl, this would be the result. Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor are completely charming in this sixties set delight. A lighthearted and genuinely entertaining film – and did I add an extra star for the cheesy, lovely musical number in the credits? You bet I did. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 and a half stars

WEEK FOUR

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The first film watched in Week Four, was the sequel to The DaVinci Code: Angels and Demons. Once again, my dad picked this film – carrying on from our viewing of it’s predecessor, while I was sat wondering why it felt like Ewan McGregor was all of a sudden in literally every film ever made. I enjoyed this film more than the first one, and now I REALLY want to go back to Italy ASAP. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 stars

Later that night I decided to stick on a film while studying, so I chose What We Did on Our Holiday on a whim. It’s a quirky, adorable little film that I would recommend to anyone who’s a fan of Outnumbered, Scotland, or heartwarming films in general. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars 

The next day I only got around to watching one film: Panic Room. I’d been meaning to watch it for years since I’d heard so many good things about it, but honestly? I felt a bit let down. Maybe it was the fact that I’d had it hyped up to me so many times, but I just felt that something was missing from this film. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 2 and a half stars 

Gone Girl was next, and I was much more impressed with this film. Rosamund Pike is phenomenal in her role, and her character is complex and brilliant. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 and a half stars

I then decided that I needed to watch something a bit lighter, so I turned to the woman that most British girls/women of the last 15 or so years turn to when they need to be cheered up a bit: Bridget Jones. Bridget Jones’ Baby is a sequel that I never knew I needed in my life, but one I have rewatched so many times that I have lost count (just as I have with the first two films). Should those films be classed as a guilty pleasure? Probably. Do I care? Not. At. All. Everybody needs a bit of Bridget in their lives. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars

After debating what to watch for a good hour, I spent the next morning watching the 1997 version of Lolita. I found it an engaging and disturbing watch, but it’s not a film I’ll be choosing to watch again. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars

I followed this up with Remember Me. I vividly remember this film being released, as it was around the same time that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were photographed in my local Somerfield, and it made the local paper. The film itself felt slightly slow in places, but overall was an enjoyable – albeit sad- watch. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars

I finished off the day with Amelie. A quirky, delightful film that I am sure I will rewatch many times. Audrey Tautou is delightfully unusual as the title character. A must watch. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 stars

Friday the 26th was a triple film kind of day as well, so first up was Zodiac. I found the film to be brilliant and engaging, with Jake Gyllenhaal giving a stand out performance. I love anything to do with unsolved crimes and serial killers, so this truly was a great watch for me. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 and a half stars

Penelope was my next choice. I’d seen this film exactly once before: in the cinema on the day of its release back in 2006. It felt magical then, and honestly? It still holds up. You can’t go wrong with a cast that features both Reese Witherspoon and James McAvoy.  I found that I somehow remembered every line of the script, which is bizarre, but this little film had such a strong impact on me as a child that I suppose that it makes sense. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 stars

The last film of the night was Jackie. I’m a huge fan of Natalie Portman, and her performance in this film is stellar. It’s a moving watch, that brings a new sense of humanity to one of modern history’s most famous events. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 and a half stars

We’re now on the last day of our recap!

A fact that you should know about me: Sometimes I get the overwhelming need to watch period pieces starring Keira Knightley. So today started with Pride and Prejudice, a film that I fell in love with while studying for a literature exam. Elizabeth Bennett is everything that a female character should be, and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched this on a rainy day. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 stars

I followed this straight up with another Jane Austen film adaption starring another one of my favourite British actresses: Sense and Sensibility. I’ll be completely honest, I’d never seen this film before. I was delighted by it and found it great to see a teenaged Kate Winslet in such a role. Although it is nowhere near as close to my heart as Pride and Prejudice, and you just can’t beat Elizabeth Bennett, I enjoyed this film immensely.  RATING: 5 Star Rating System 3 and a half stars

That evening my mum chose a film for us to watch together: The Impossible. Now, we’ve watched this before, and yet I STILL found it as emotional and draining-in-the-best-way as I did before. The tsunami scenes literally took my breath away and Naomi Watts is brilliant. It’s a younger Tom Holland who really steals the show in this film though. I also had forgotten that Ewan McGregor was also in this movie and spent the whole time yet again questioning if I was actually in some alternate universe from the start of 2018 where he was in fact the only actor in every film ever. He’s absolutely brilliant in this though (as he seems to be in every film he does), so no one’s complaining here. RATING: 5 Star Rating System 4 and a half stars

Well that’s it! We’ve reached the end of our month long recap! From now on there’ll be posts every Saturday featuring a weekly recap and my film of the week. I hope that you’ll stick around! 40-something down, 400-and-something to go!

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