Day Twenty-One: Blazing Saddles (March of the Movies 2022)

Spaceballs was introduced to me at a young age. Maybe that was a bad thing, but that’s a discussion for another day. It was the film to introduce me to satire-comedy films and to Mel Brooks. Since then, I haven’t seen too many satire-comedies, but when I do, they’re usually Brooks’s work. The Producers, Young Frankenstein; yet I never took the time to watch the one that many consider his best work: Blazing Saddles.

I won’t be too detailed with this one, because my thoughts are just about the same as… all of them.

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Day Twenty: King Richard (March of the Movies 2022)

Tennis is a sport I’ve never really cared to follow. Yet because it falls under the category of “sport,” I’m intrigued, nonetheless. As I’ve grown, I’ve become more at terms with the fact that, despite only really caring enough about football to actively participate in its leagues, I actually do like sports in general. Because what tends to interest me more than the competition is the competitors.

Take Cinderella Man, at one point my favorite film of all time. It is, on the surface, a boxing film. A rags to riches (though technically riches to rags and then back to riches) story about a guy who’s good at fighting. What worth that has to me, though, is the character behind the fighting—what he has to go through, to sacrifice, to get back on top. So really, no matter the sport, I simply enjoy what it brings out in people. Enter King Richard.

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Day Nineteen: Taxi Driver (1976) (March of the Movies 2022)

What is under inspection today is a film I’ve actually wanted to watch for some time. Like Shawshank Redemption, Taxi Driver is considered a cinematic classic and masterpiece—one of the greatest films ever concocted. Such is appropriate given my overall thoughts is fairly similar to the film I’ve compared it to!

Though that is not to say the films are all that similar. Shawshank is fairly blunt, with an approachable aura that invites and indulges in many enjoyable fashions. Taxi Driver is more rough, jagged, and puzzle-like. Motivations aren’t clear-cut and neither are the characters. Robert De Niro as Travis is the heart of it all; all he can hope to do is make an impact.

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Day Eighteen: West Side Story (2021) (March of the Movies 2022)

Back in middle school, I watched the original West Side Story in music class. At the time, I remember liking it, though I was barely a teenager at that point. Various songs from the film still stick with me today, such as “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight, Tonight,” as well as some cheeky references to “Stay Cool, Boy.”

When I learned early last year that the film was getting remade, the initial reaction was skepticism. After further thought, I let it go—it had been sixty years since the original. Hollywood has waited far less time for other things. Its trailer, nonetheless, didn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. Fast forward to now, it has stellar reviews and is nominated for Best Picture. Huh? My curiosity has enticed me to see how it fares for myself.

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Day Seventeen: Andre the Giant (March of the Movies 2022)

Some days, I want to watch comedies. Other days, I want to watch dramas. Today, I wanted to watch a cheesy sports documentary on one of the most legendary wrestlers of all time—a wrestler that I have always been fascinated by, ever since childhood: Andre the Giant.

What makes him interesting? He’s really big. Why is that interesting? Because it’s not normal. This man is like two men in one. His sheer girth makes him compelling to the eye and to the minds of those he towers over. A massive force who, outside his ring persona, was just a simple guy. This documentary chronicles the life of a man who was… no, I’m not gonna advocate for such clichés.

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Day Sixteen: Don’t Look Up (March of the Movies 2022)

With this entry, I am officially over halfway through the March of the Movies! Should it continue to greet me with films like Don’t Look Up, someone please help me.

From here, I will begin to sprinkle in some Best Picture nominations, leading up until the Oscars itself on the 27th. I already did so earlier with The Power of the Dog; I also intend to watch a few others (but likely won’t watch all of them). So far, I believe two are deserving and now two are not. We’ll see how that changes as time passes.

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Day Fourteen: Akira (1988) (March of the Movies 2022)

Today was a fun one; filled with friends and food and endless amount of animated gore. Quite the memories will be made of this one.

It’s Akira! That one anime film everyone seems to consider the greatest thing ever! If it’s not Studio Ghibli, it’s Akira. Vintage appeal, sci-fi tragedy, animated marvel; all the makings of a classic. Now, after nearly ten years since I started watching anime seriously again, I’ve finally sat down and gave it a watch.

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Day Thirteen: The Shawshank Redemption (March of the Movies 2022)

Ah, the classics. If you were to ask the users on IMDb, The Shawshank Redemption would be the greatest film of all time. Go to any film database that allows user ratings; you’re likely to see this within its top 100, if not 50 or 20 or 10. With so much appeal, it’s obvious I’ll wish to view it eventually.

Is it the greatest film ever? Nah. Is it a great film? Well, it certainly makes a case.

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Day Twelve: I Want You Back (March of the Movies 2022)

I don’t anticipate this post being spectacularly long. In general, there isn’t much to say and this didn’t harbor a lot in my eyes as worth noting. We’ll see what happens.

As a bit of personal context, romantic comedies were a preference of mine way back when. I like to laugh and I like to experience the floaty, fluffy niceties that come with love. Unfortunately, both of those things do not come naturally to me. It comes with being deeply cynical. For the twelfth day of March, I decided completely on a whim to go back to those days where I would watch endless amounts of safe romantic comedies. Well, “safe” is more of a buffer; they were generally very raunchy.

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