Day Thirty-One: All or Nothing (2002) (March of the Movies 2022)

Apologies for the somewhat shoddy cover photo; there does not seem to be a lot of good cover photos for All or Nothing. Additional apologies for the length of this post, as the end is in sight and I am sprinting.

Mike Leigh is a special kind of director. I’ve stated before that Denis Villeneuve is likely my favorite director currently living, but Mike Leigh makes a very strong case for being in similar company. Something about the way he constructs situations and molds characters really appeals to me. Poignantly depressing, but generally offering glimmers of hope or humanity. Also seems to get the absolute best of out his actors. It’s a character-driven paradise!

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Day Twenty-Nine: Witness (1985) (March of the Movies 2022)

Harrison Ford stars in a high-stakes thriller with action, romance, and a ton of Amish people! Not quite the kind of action you’d necessarily expect, given that over half of this film is Ford learning how to live as an Amish person! That’ll definitely sell, right?

While there are some things that could be elaborated on, I’m gonna keep this post rather short. The light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter and, boy, am I running as fast as I can!

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Day Twenty-Seven: J’ai perdu mon corps (March of the Movies 2022)

This morning was something, let me tell you. My original intention was to watch The Book of Life on Disney+. However, the streaming service would not load for me, despite trying multiple times. Scrambling to find a replacement film, I browsed through hundreds of films on other streaming services looking for anything of interest—in particular, animation.

With no luck, I escaped to Letterboxd for a more in-depth search. (I had been searching for nearly an hour by this point.) Then I came across J’ai perdu mon corps (or I Lost My Body), something a critic I trust liked quite a bit. With a short runtime and an intriguing synopsis, I said, “Fuck it” and booted it up. Ended up being a solid choice!

[Post will be short.]

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Day Twenty-Five: The French Dispatch (March of the Movies 2022)

This post will perhaps be the shortest yet, and maybe the shortest there will be. I spent a good chunk of today playing Kirby and the Forgotten Land, then what I originally intended to watch ended up becoming unavailable. Thus, I settled on The French Dispatch. (The other film was a Wes Anderson picture, too, so it worked out.)

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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 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 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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