Time for part 5 of the Movie Challenge!
It is that time of the month again, Lot – we are coming to an end of 2020 Movie Challenge! Only two months to go! This was (still is) pretty exciting thing for me. Thanks to the Challenge, I was able to watch movies I never have before. And hey, if you like it then worry not – 2021 edition is on the way!
Before I move into the actual summary, let me tell you how is life. Usually it’s ups and downs – currently more downs but that can only mean, that up is head. Right? I hope you lot are staying safe during this awful time of second wave.
Remember, that we are in this together. And yes, films are our only hope for mental survival <3
SEPTEMBER – “Back to school” movies
Ladies and gentlemen, September always was a school month for me – vacations were over and it was time to go back to reality. Since I started working, basically every month is a “school” month. This is the adult life! 😉 It was fun to look for films, that would bring the school time memories back. And it could mean a lot of things to us all, right?
TV shows corner was all FRIENDS and newest (for me at least) hit – The Prodigal Son. And you know what? One night, Marta M. came to visit and we were looking for something to watch and she suggested that series. We started around 7 pm and went to bed at… 3 am? THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD!!!! Can’t wait for the second season.
Take a look how it looked for me, Marta and Gavin:
Robin Williams was the ultimate KING of this month for all of us – with Dead Poet Society, Good Will Hunting and Patch Adams. I think he was the warmest soul. For all people in the cinematic arts, he will be eternally missed, but never forgotten.
I am glad that we are picking different films. I can’t wait to pick all the highest scores from each of us and create “TOP OF THE TOP” list for 2021.
Here are the Twin Peaks Café September highlights:
SURPRISE OF THE MONTH: Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me – let me explain why: I completely forgot that this film is a HORROR. Twin Peaks series is not that dark and scary. Sure, it is on the edge of supernatural and spookiness, but holly shit. I forgot that Fire… is that scary. But young Chris Isaak and Bowie cameo? I will suffer every time for that quality content! And the demonic score, of course.
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH: Booksmart – it was typical “teen” movie, which is not my favorite category. There are rare exceptions to this rule, but Booksmart was just another film, that I could “skip” thorough. I like the motive with “regretting not having the high school experience” though this is extremely American thing.
HIGHEST SCORE OF THE MONTH: The Devil all the time – fresh Netflix production with Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson. The story itself was really dreadful and therefore pace was quite slow, sometimes triggering. But the performance… Wow. Hands down, one of the best movies of 2020.
BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Patch Adams – no surprise, that once again Robin Williams takes place in my highlight section. This film is the “patch” on every broken heart. It warms you up from the inside and leaves the light on.
OCTOBER – “Magic” films
The category speaks for itself, right? And I am so happy, we all went beyond the obvious! Also, let me welcome Damian to the Challenge! I hope that you will stick with us till the end and that you will enjoy it.
For me, it was a great opportunity to watch Nolan again, and yes – there is another review that will be added to NOLAN PACK, soon. I liked October’s films because it was my birthday month and this year it felt a little magical.
For TV shows I chose Schitt’s Creek – the award-swooping show, that is so hilarious, it cracks me up every 5 seconds. It is the kind of show one can watch before work and suddenly, the world seems a better, lighter place.
Take a look at our scores:
Here are the Twin Peaks Café October highlights:
SURPRISE OF THE MONTH: Love and Monsters – I forgot about it, really! I remember being excited for it once I saw the trailer, and then life happened. So, it was a nice surprise when it came out and got me hooked. This is the kind of film to watch after rough day/week/month at work. It relaxes you, yet keeps you engaged in the plot. Oh, and one more thing: MICHAEL ROOKER!!!
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH: The lake house – I don’t know, lot. This was really weird “time travel” movie. I think my perception is crooked and we all know why. This was a throwback to me and I remember that I liked this film better the first time. Still, a very nice date with Internet’s boyfriend.
HIGHEST SCORE OF THE MONTH: The Prestige – that’s no surprise to you all, right? But what can I do! It is so Nolan-ish, to the bone! And even though I’ve seen it 4-5 times, I am always on the edge of my seat. And once again, David Bowie everyone. I love his acting career.
BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH: The trail of the Chicago Seven – if you have any kind of sensitivity in your body, it will shake you to the core. Amazing performance by star-packed cast and so many issues covered in a delightfully frustrating way. I wrote a piece about it and you can read it here.
Time for the last part. It will be posted (I hope) in the end days of December, so we could wrap it up in 2020. That’s how I want it, but we will see with time, if it’s going to work. For 2021 I will change the formula just a bit – 5 words reviews are a BEACH, I know. But hey, we all agreed that that right? And you have to admit, it was stimulating. And frustrating. But mostly fun.
Keep an eye out for 2021 files (yup, plural) – coming soon!
You can still join the challenge – just download the form, watch one movie a week, write 5-words-review and you know – don’t forget to send me the file!