The Lamb’s August 2019 MOTM – My Rankings


As a frequent and steady contributor to The Large Ass Movie Blog, (The LAMB), I always try to get more people involved with the site.

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.

Since August is the birthday month of the LAMB Shepard Jay Cluitt, he gets to choose the films for this months MOTM.

He decided to pick 9 films released in a year ending with a 9

The voting is open until Sunday the 28th of July, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

This month, there were 9 Contenders suggested so here they are:

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  • Stagecoach (1939)
  • Passport to Pimlico (1949)
  • Some Like it Hot (1959)
  • The Italian Job (1969)
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • Being John Malkovich (1999)
  • Cloudy With a Chance for Meatballs (2009)

 

Here are my rankings along with brief thoughts on each film (click on the film title if you want to read my full review)

9. Being John Malkovich – Liked the way that the story tries to make puppeteering more tangible to the audience, but overall, I found the storyline to be quite boring and annoying. I have liked Malkovich when he plays a very eccentric and devious character moreso than when he plays in a straight drama and his performance just didn’t work for me here. Characters are quite unlikable. Funny that Charlie Sheen has a cameo here. Overall a good attempt at something bigger that just didn’t speak to me well enough.

8. Cloudy With A Chance for Meatballs – Fun movie for the whole family. The images of the food falling from the sky is done really well. The best is the ice cream scene.

7. Passport to Pimlico – Great farce that tries to show the effects of war on smaller communities within the British realm. This story obviously takes things to the extreme, but the way they present the various aspects of the story line and the problems between this small new nation and Britain works really well. Halloway stands out as the leader of the new country that must try and find a way to deal with their problems in a succint and forceful way. The jokes are quite funny and they manage to mix together politics, royalty, the war, poverty and ultimately the need for compassion along the way.

6. The Italian Job – This is a fun heist with some memorable scenes. Most of the characters aren’t developed enough tho. Great cliffhanger at the end that sets up a sequel perfectly but it never came to fruition. Caine, Hill and Coward are all great together. The heist itself is explained to us quite well, which helps when it goes into fast paced mode to follow what is going on

5. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – One of the first thrillers ever made that also introduced the idea of twists and flashbacks in the movies.

4. The Warriors – Great modern adaptation of a historical story. Slightly campy but a great storyline to reflect upon.

3. Stagecoach – One of John Ford’s earliest Westerns that is seen as one of the best in the genre. Loved the way they introduce all of the diverse characters and show how they each need to deal with one another during this dangerous and uncertain journey. Wayne is pretty good here despite showing his youthfulness in one of his most famous genres. There is so much going on here on multiple levels and it’s easy to interpret so many things in numerous ways which makes the story even more fascinating to watch unfold.

2. Some LIke it Hot – Quite a funny premise that works almost the whole time despite some of the silly antics. Lemmon and Curtis are superb in these roles which seem to go completely against their normal comedic typecast. Like how the plot played out and the way it all comes together in the end. Monroe is fine as costar but she isn’t able to outshine the leads no matter how you look at it.

  1. When Harry Met Sally – One of the best rom-com ever made because it feels so realistic. The Reiner-Ephron collaboration is amazing especially knowing that the two of them injected so much of themselves into the characters. Crystal and Ryan are amazing together and have unbelievable timing and chemistry together.

 

So who should I vote for? – When Harry Met Sally by a slight margin. It is the best and most memorable of the films on the list. Crystal and Ryan are superb in one of the best Rom-Com’s ever made. Both Stagecoach and SLIH are also great, but this film transcends it’s genre.

To vote, click here

 

Good luck to one and all!!!

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