First 20!

Just a quick recap on what’s going on here, I have been a fan of movies for as long as I can remember & have amassed a large DVD collection over the years. I used to buy a lot more than I could possibly watch and found myself re-watching a lot of the same movies. I decided at the beginning of this year to watch as many movies as I possibly could for the first time. I’m no longer watching any movies I have previously seen before in a bid to try and work my way through the ridiculousness that is my unwatched  DVD pile. I only started this blog a week or so ago so at the moment trying to catch up with the movies I’ve seen in the first couple months of the year, onward the journey continues….

16. Jack (1996)

I’ve been a Robin Williams fan for as long as I can remember, all the movies I’ve seen with him in have always delivered on either a comedic or entertaining level, Jack was no different. This is the story of a boy who ages four times the usual rate, so Robin Williams appears as a forty year old man but is actually a ten year old boy. His parents try to protect him by homeschooling him, but Jack just wants to be a regular little boy and go to school, have friends and go out and play but his condition and his parents fear of allowing him into the real world has thus far hindered this. This was a nice feel good movie which can be enjoyed by anybody of any age, Robin Williams does very well to capture the innocence of a 10 year old child in his performance and it’s just a joy to watch his transition from outsider to being one of the gang unfold throughout the movie. 7/10

17. The Color Purple (1985)

I have generally seen most Steven Spielberg movies so I was surprised that this one has slipped my attention. This is a story based around Whoopi Goldberg’s character Celie Johnson, a southern black woman who struggles to find her identity and purpose after decades of abuse from her father and others throughout her life. This movie was nominated for 11 Oscars but didn’t manage to claim a win although Whoopi Goldberg definitely deserved the win for best actress. I haven’t seen the winner from that  year (Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful) but have seen worse performances than Goldberg’s win at different academy awards. The Color Purple journeys through Celie’s life and instead of being a tale of despair, it focuses on her tale of triumph which by the end warms the heart and brings a smile to your face. Oprah Winfrey also features in The Colour Purple and was impressive in her limited screen time and Danny Glover put in one of his better performances in a somewhat checkered career. The only thing really that let this movie down was its runtime and at a little over two and a half hours, it maybe could’ve been condensed a little bit as at times it did feel like the story dragged for no reason at all. 8/10

18. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

This has been a movie I’ve been looking forward to watching for a long time as I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone that has watched it. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear as well a young Abigail Breslin and Paul Dano. The story of a somewhat dysfunctional family determined to make it cross country so they can enter their daughter (Abigail Breslin) into the finals of a beauty pageant. This story has great ups and downs as well as some fantastic character development and the ensemble worked extremely well together. I couldn’t recommend this movie enough, it’s filled with such charm and charisma that it will leave you wanting to watch it again. 9/10

19. Where to Invade Next (2015)

A Michael Moore documentary where he travels to various countries around the world, including Finland, Italy, France & Slovenia, to see what these nations have to offer and what America can learn from them. This was quite a surprising eye opener to see the United States of America, the worlds leading super power, struggle at so many basic areas such as their health system, education, prison system and tax expenditure. It was surprising to me that America with all its wealth, power and influence can get so many things wrong and nations that you wouldn’t expect have got them beat in very important areas of society. Nothing much else to say on this one except it is quite a fascinating watch with a lot to take away and think about. 7/10

20. The Breakfast Club (1985)

The story of five very different high school students who all meet and get familiar with each other in Saturday detention and discover that they all have more in common than they first thought. Starring some of the big names from the 1980’s Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall and directed by John Hughes who has brought us other 80’s juggernaut movies such as Weird Science, Planes Tranes and Automobiles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This had plenty of laughs along the way as well as having some good character development and relationship building. I had a fun time watching this and Judd Nelson definitely stole the show although the rest of the cast put in a good shift collectively. 7/10

The next 5 to follow shortly

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