Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 Movie Madness Challenge - July Report

Time for my seventh status report for the Movie Madness Challenge.

Here is my code for the films:

New to me - N
Repeat viewing - R

I'll also be including how I viewed the films:

VHS (yes, we have a lot of those, and a VCR)
Network TV
Pay TV
In theatre

Russian Doll

This is a 2001 Australian film starring Hugo Weaving and David Wenham.

White Sun of the Desert
You Tube

This is a Soviet-era cult film which Mosfilm has made available on You Tube. Remarkably funny in a very understated way.

Russian cosmonauts watch this film before every lift-off, and many lines from the movie are part of Russian popular culture.

Forbidden Quest

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Pay TV

The Three Musketeers
Pay TV

Pay TV

Sleeping Beauty


Total movies for July - 7

Total movies for 2012 - 50


Movie Fanatic status secured.

Took some doing, though. I'm definitely glad I took up this challenge, because without it I would not be making the time in my schedule to watch movies.

For a film-oriented person like me, watching movies unlocks my muse. You could say that I owe it to my writing to get myself in front of a screen and watch, darn it.

I'm a month behind in my quest to hit Movie Master status by the time we're ringing in the new year. I'll have to take a cue from the Olympic athletes currently inspiring me at the 2012 London games--and put some effort into it.

25 Movies: Movie Newbie

50 Movies: Movie Fanatic

75 Movies: Movie Critic

100+ Movies: Movie Master


Melissa Bradley said...

Love Sleeping Beauty. It's perhaps one of my fave Disney classic princess flicks. Never heard of Russian Doll so I will be on the look out for it.

M.J. Fifield said...

Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney films ever.

Which version of The Three Musketeers did you watch? I'm assuming it was the newest.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Melissa - not only is Sleeping Beauty my favorite classical ballet, but this animated version has all my favorite stuff: man in chains, sword-weilding prince, dragon!, an interesting romance and a chilling villain.

Russion Doll gives Hugo Weaving and David Wenholm the chance to play against type - at least the types they're most closely associated with nowadays.

MJ - yes, this is the most recent version. Not everything I watch has to be dark and tragic. This version has lots of laughs, great sword fights, Mads Mikkelsen, Ray Stevenson and sumptuous sets and costumes.

Melissa Bradley said...

I forgot to let you know that I have also tapped you for an award since I love coming here and don't get here nearly as often as I wish. Here's the link


Julia Phillips Smith said...

Woo hoo!

*happy dance*

Travis Cody said...

I couldn't tell by the photograph which version of The Three Musketeers you watched. My favorite will always be from the early 1970s featuring an all star cast...Michael York, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finley, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway, Charleton Heston.

Wow...I listed those names from memory. Wonder if we can fit in a double feature with both films this weekend, around the Olympics.