Genre Movie Challenge: Part Two

by Michelle C. & Grant P.

A couple weeks ago, your Sno-Isle Libraries’ Movie Critics, Michelle C. and Grant P., listed our top movie in each of the library’s movie genres (ex. Action, Comedy, Television, etc.). We each have very different tastes in movies and some fun was had in the comments about which list was better. To further the torture of one another, we promised that we would each watch three movies from the other person’s list and share our commentary on those movies.

Each of us put off watching the movies until the very last second. But we have come through for you, dear readers, and are now delivering on our promise.

Grant’s Picks, Michelle’s Commentary

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: I know it’s a classic and therefore I should love this movie. Parts of it, I did like. The bromance (before bromance was a thing) between Paul Newman and Robert Redford was fun. Their back-and-forth witticisms were great. I liked the inclusion of still photographs to show the passing of time. I also enjoyed the desert cinematography. But there were also long moments of boredom for me in this movie. I found myself playing Candy Crush in between the dialogue. I also wanted to know more about the character Etta Place. She seemed like the most interesting character to me but we did not find out much about her. Overall, I am glad I watched it, but I doubt I would ever rewatch it.

 

Hard Boiled: First, I have to say that I love foreign language films. They combine my love of reading and my love of movies. Win, win. This movie was fast-paced and enjoyable. It has lots of over-the-top action sequences where upwards of fifty people are fighting at a time. The main character, Tequila, a police officer, is reminiscent of Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon; he does not care that millions of dollars worth of damage was just done to the city–as long as the bad guy gets caught. Like most action movies, there are some tropes here that get a little old. There is only one female and her main purpose is as Tequila’s love interest. Which is super irritating. Tequila is able to do death defying feats that no mortal man could do. There is a sequence where he is able to jump out of a building, several stories up, holding onto a live electrical wire, while his leg is on fire, and he is holding a baby. Of course he has a perfect landing. Overall, I liked this movie, but it didn’t really have anything in it that would make it better than any other action movie. In fact, one review I read said that it was a great action movie because it was ninety percent action and had a paper thin plot. If that is what you like, this is the movie for you!

Hoop Dreams: This was the movie that I was not looking forward to watching the most (and if you knew how I felt about Westerns, you would know that’s saying a lot!). A three hour movie about two high school boys who want to make it to the NBA. I can’t think of a synopsis that I would be less interested in watching. That’s why it made it all the worse when I had to tell Grant that this movie was amazing. It really was. The three hours went by quickly. I was completely engrossed in the lives of these two boys and their families living in inner-city Chicago. I was even on the edge of my seat during their basketball games; and I do not like sports! Although a documentary, this movie feels more like fiction in that it has a story arch and action that keeps the story going. The filmmakers follow these boys for five years of their lives. Although both boys are scouted early and start their Freshman year at a prestigious Catholic high school in suburbia, only one of the boys is able to continue at the school. The film focuses on the diverging and parallel lives of the boys as one is sent back to an inner-city high school that lacks the funds to truly help the students, and the other is given opportunities and scholarships with the heavy weight of carrying the basketball team to glory. Overall, this movie was fantastic. There is also an overlay at the end which tells you what happened to each of the boys and their families.

Michelle’s Picks, Grant’s Commentary

Two Mules for Sister Sara: I will start with the one that I liked the most; this movie was fine. Clint Eastwood played the same character that he was in about twenty-five other westerns. Shirley MacLaine was good; but it was weird that the twist of the movie was called out in the synopsis. The score was fantastic and there were some entertaining (and funny?) action sequences at the end (at one point an arm just comes flying off.) I don’t usually care that much for westerns as they are just the same movie told over and over again, this didn’t disprove that point.

 

Mansfield Park: My wife and I watched the movie last weekend, and after about an hour she turned and asked me, “I thought this movie was supposed to be funny and entertaining?” Alas it was neither. I don’t remember the book all that well, but it seems like they made some major changes from the novel. Was the aunt always an opium addict? And I seem to remember a younger brother of Fanny. Anyway, the movie was boring, and some of the sets seemed to completely lack furniture and decorations which was just odd. This movie should have been called “Worse Pride and Prejudice”. Also spoiler, she marries her cousin, apparently that was OK then?

 

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Oh boy, I decided to watch this movie with my two year old, who will watch pretty much anything that has music, dancing, animation, or joy.  This movie had three of those things. Multiple times during the movie he told me “Daddy all done TV.” Not a good sign. The film starts in England during WWII with three orphans  (I can only assume they are orphans because Disney movies must have dead parents, but the movie never explicitly states it, nor do the child seem bothered by their lacking parents), being put in the home of a witch in training. It was not clear if witchcraft is commonplace in this world. Anyway, nothing much happens outside of an actually entertaining eight minute dance number in which none of the main characters are involved. Did I mention this movie was two hours and twenty minutes long? Then the children, the witch, and a conman go off to an animated land for the next forty minutes, there is an underwater ballad that isn’t bad and some other weird stuff, but it just ends and serves no actual point to the movie. After that we are treated to a war scene (in a children’s G movie) with actual Nazis. Thanks, Walt! This movie was terrible.

The Verdict

It looks like we were unable to convince each other 100%. It doesn’t look like we will ever be able to see eye-to-eye when it comes to movies. Have you ever watched a movie that a friend suggested and been underwhelmed? Do you have any differing opinions on these movies? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

 

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2 responses to “Genre Movie Challenge: Part Two”

  1. Abby B. says:

    Wait, so you guys got to pick which 3 movies the other had to watch then? Next time you should get to pick from the list for yourselves and see if that improves your opinions at all. It’s almost like you both selected the ones most likely to annoy one another here… 😉

    • Grant Perrigo says:

      I had seen almost everything on Michelle’s list. She hadn’t seen almost any of my movies, and if you will believe it, I actually picked movies that I thought she would like.

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