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 25th Aug, so make sure to get your vote in soon.
This month, there were 10 Contenders suggested so here they are:
- Apocalypse, Now (1979) – [David Brook, Blueprint: Review]
- Back to School (1986) – [Chris “Tank” Tanski, The Title-Pending Movie Podcast]
- The Devils (1971) – [Zoe Rose Smith, Zobo With A Shotgun]
- Magnolia (1999) – [Cameron Kanachki, The Michigan Movie Guy]
- The Matrix (1999) – [Thomas Stoneham-Judge, For Reel Movie News and Reviews]
- The Music Man (1962) – [Troy Anderson, AndersonVision]
- Not Another Teen Movie (2001) – [Jeanette Ward, The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl]
- Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) – [James Wilson, Blogging by Cinema-Light]
- Slingshot Cops (2016) – [Today I Watched A Movie]
- Where The Heart Is (2000) – [Jason Soto, CineGamer]
Here are my rankings along with brief thoughts on each film (click on the film title if you want to read my full review)
10. The Devils – Horrible film that make so little sense. The film is too existential and lacks a true narrative with characters that we can care about. Reed and Redgrave both give over the top performances here and this entire movie just gets crazier and crazier as things move along. I can understand how this can get a cult following, but even that can’t change the fact that this film is presented in a completely absurd way that makes it quite hard to enjoy anything that happens here.
9. Slingshot Cops – Terrible film that has so little going for it. This is a really low budget film that is able to give us horrendous amateur actors and shoddy cinematography yet the worst part is that the story itself is extremely silly and doesn’t make much sense along the way. Most of the characters feel as if they are reading off of cue cards and the dialogue never seems to flow because it’s all quite choppy. The plot is presented to us from a very strange perspective and doesn’t manage to reach a point where it could actually be deemed interesting or enjoyable in any way.
8. Not Another Teen Movie – Gets some of the spoofs just right, but the story here is a mess because they try too hard to cram too many aspects of the genre into this film all at once. The idea to try and parody 80’s high school films along with 90’s teens ex parodies just doesn’t work because the film looses its balance when things get too raunchy and go too far. I didn’t laugh as often as I would’ve expected from a parody film.
7. Where The Heart Is – Nice romance film that definitely feels as if it was adapted from a teen romance novel. That’s both good and bad because it allows us to accept some of the crazy plot points yet also makes one wonder how the characters are so underdeveloped despite having the book as the main source. The cast is quite good and Portman, Judd, Channing and Cusack all give us strong and powerful female figures The lack of strong male figures is blatantly missing and that makes this film feel as if it has an agenda. The plot feels a bit too contrived but still manages to have a nice message about finding a way to forgive others for past transgressions in order to find a way to move forward in life.
6. Back to School – Dangerfield’s self depreciating humor works incredibly well here to make his character so likeable. His one liners reverberate throughout the film and he makes this film so much fun to watch. The premise itself is quite interesting and I wonder if it would have worked with another comedian as the lead. The supporting cast is great to watch but Zabka is underused as the bully especially so soon after he played Johnny Lawrence in the Karate Kid Series. Barbeua has a small yet pivotal role in moving the story along. Truly a fun film to watch especially when you don’t expect anything but laughs.
5. The Music Man – Movie that is much more memorable for it’s music than for the story itself. Preston and Jones are great and have nice chemistry together. Love seeing a young Ron Howard in a pivotal role. Nominated for 6 Oscars, but it is clearly one of the weakest films nominated that year.
4. Magnolia – Amazing anthology of stories of life in LA. The characters are all developed very well and things flow quite well and in a believable way. The way that the characters are slightly related to one another by their actions and lives is done really well and helps make the story feel ever more realistic. The cast is superbly chosen and even though none of them can truly be considered the lead, they all share the same level of exposure in a story that moves towards a very big finale where the characters can eventually all meet. That is actually the weakest part of the film and it detracts from things because the method used here seems more like a farce than an epic way of connecting all of the characters properly.
3. The Matrix – Amazing film that leaves so much to the imagination. The special effects are ground breaking and the idea is mindblowing. Great performances by Reeves, Fishburne and Moss help make this so entertaining to absorb. They should have stopped after making this and not trying to expand the world even more with the two sequels that just don’t work as well.
2. Once Upon A Time In The West – Great movie that was done exceptionally well. Deliberately slow at certain points, but if you stay patient, it’s completely worthwhile. Three lead actors are all superb!
1. Apocalypse, Now – Movie that can be understood on multiple levels but any way you look at it, it’s close to being a masterpiece.
So who should I vote for? – Any of the top three would be great choices, but I think a discussion about Apocalypse Now would be the most lively, intriguing and interesting to listen to, especially since it’s so controversial a film so it gets my vote
To vote, click here
Good luck to one and all!!!