Every Month, the site runs a poll based on the list of films submitted by LAMB members for the prestigious ability of being named as the Movie of the Month that will be discussed on the LAMBCAST podcast during that given month.
I decided that each month I will watch each of the films chosen and give my rankings of those films in order to decide which film I should vote for and in doing so, maybe help some of you also decide which film to vote for.
The voting is open until Sunday the 21st April, so make sure to get your vote in soon.
This month, there were 7 Contenders suggested so here they are:
- Z (1969) – [Howard Casner, Rantings & Ravings]
- D.C. Cab (1983) – [Troy Anderson, AndersonVision]
- Jury Duty (1995) – [Mark Hofmeyer, Movies Films & Flix]
- Battlefield Earth (2000) – [Matt Roe, Criticlysm]
- Mean Machine (2001) – [Jeanette Ward, The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl]
- Paddington (2014) – [Tony Cogan, Coogs Review]
- Hereditary (2018) – [Sean Homrig, The 1001 Movies Podcast]
Here are my rankings along with brief thoughts on each film (click on the film title if you want to read my full review)
7. Battlefield Earth – Extremely horrendous film that lives up to the expectation that this is among the worst films ever made. Surprisingly, the cast is quite talented even if the story and script are hilariously boring. The special effects are done really poorly and this film is atrocious in every aspect possible and isn’t worth enduring if you have the opportunity to avoid it. The fact that this film is based on the novel by the creator of Scientology is the main reason that Travolta signed on for it, but he isn’t able to help make this any more interesting with his presence alone.
6. Jury Duty – Clever idea that is presented really poorly. Shore is not a funny actor at all and this film is further proof of that fact. The film has it’s moments but overall is too juvenile for its own good and doesn’t manage to keep things funny and enjoyable as a comedy should. The story is filled with many plot holes that don’t even manage to help the story move along. The cast is actually quite talented yet they are mostly wasted throughout. Vigoda is the best thing about this film as the judge, but he even has moments which he isn’t effective enough.
5. Hereditary – Completely not my kind of film. I found the story itself to be a bit too disturbing and it didn’t make as much sense to me as I would have hoped. Collette is fine in the lead and they do a nice job trying to pursue the idea of mental health issues possibly being hereditary yet something just didn’t allow me to really care about any of the characters or what would happen to them. The special effects are done nicely especially when dealing with corpses being animated, but overall, this film just fell flat to me. Not a film I plan to ever revisit.
4. D.C. Cab – Pretty silly film that has more jokes that fail than ones that work. The cast is actually quite talented and it’s fun seeing some now famous actors in this film. The fact that Busey, Warfield, Baldwin, Rodriguez, Gail, Maher and Mr. T. appear here might give potential viewers the wrong impression because they might actually think this film has something humorous to say; which unfortunately it does not. Many of the characters are written very stereotypical which works for laughs once or twice, but looses its appeal quite quickly. The gimmick of using Irene Cara as a focus of one of the characters works well as we get to see things play out.
3. Mean Machine – Not the best remake of a classic 70’s film. The original version with Reynold’s is still much more enjoyable because they get the right tone for the humor and the depiction of the sport. Jones and Statham feel more like gimmicks in these roles than they should which hurts things a lot. The story isn’t very different from the original film and in general, the only real change felt is the sport itself which unfortunately just isn’t enough.
2. Paddington – Such a wonderful story that is fun for all ages. So many hilarious slapstick scenes. Can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard during a movie.
1. Z – Really loved the way this film was presented. It’s message resonates long after the credit have rolled and it will make you constantly think not only about what really happened but why and how. Like other amazing films, the main character here is the story and none of the characters stand out separately since they all contribute equally to the final outcome. Definitely deserving of winning Best Foreign language Film at the Oscars that year as well as Best Picture (which it might also have won had this film been in English).
So who should I vote for? – Z (1969). IMHO, this film is the most intriguing and interesting of the choices and it allows us to see how politics was run 50 yuears ago and also see how not much has changed over the years.
To vote, click here
Good luck to one and all!!!