The LAMB’s January 2020 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.

The voting is open until Sunday the 24th of December, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

This month, there were 10 Contenders suggested so here they are:

 

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. In Fabric – Interesting concept that unfortunately doesn’t work well enough because the film takes things into some very strange places. The film tries too hard to try and justify itself but the various small story lines just don’t manage to be interesting enough to care about the characters or the situations that they get themselves into. The film has an aura of a cult working in the background, but the scenes that try and explain things are too esoteric to actually make much sense. The powers and effects of the dress towards its various owners is quite inconsistent and things aren’t explored enough to try and explain the “why” of it all.

9. Chicken Run – Loved the homages to The Great Escape (1963) and other famous POW camp films but the story doesn’t work as well with chickens instead of humans. Nice voice cast highlighted by Gibson. Some of the jokes work but more often then not, this feels too average. I am glad tho that it helped establish the new Oscar category (see trivia below) mostly due to the spectacular job of animation.

8. Spider-Man 3 – Weakest of the original trilogy. Problem is that they have too much going on and even in a 2+ hour running time it seems rushed without giving enough exposure to each subplot. It’s too bad that they dropped the idea of splitting this into two separate movies.

7. Casino – There are plenty of better Mafia movies out there. Go see them before you waste 3 hours on this one.

6. Eastern Promises – Great film that does an interesting job showing us the internal working of the modern mob in a very modern city. The story comes across as being quite realistic and the twists and turns along the way are great even upon a rewatch. The cast is excellent and Mortensen, Watts and Mueller-Stahl all give superb performances. The level of tension in the story constantly is raised and they do a very thorough job making the story work so well. I’m not sure why Mortensen was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for this film even though he does do a great job; I’m just not convinced that it was worthy of an Oscar nomination.

5. Sing Street – Excellent film that drew me in from the start and didn’t wanna let go. Loved the 80’s vibe that reverberated throughout including music, hairstyles and of course wardrobes. Great young actors are able to keep us interested and we care so much about what happens to them all. The original music for the film is so catchy and it really all feels like 80’s music. My favorite new film of this series so far.

4. On the Waterfront – Should be seen on it’s own merit and not for underlying themes. Excellent acting.

3. Memories of Murder – Excellent detective story that works really well. The story is paced perfectly and things move along in a way that adds so much to the suspense and tension of everything going on. The story is filled with some great twists and turns that constantly changes what the characters (and ultimately the viewer) believes is going on. Love the way that each of the characters use their own skills and methods while trying to find a way to solve this very strange and unique crime. The fact that this is based on fact also helps raise the stakes of it all as we are constantly aware that much of what we are being told really happened.

2. Make Way For Tomorrow – Amazing film that is so poignant and timeless that it still is extremely effective and relevant after 82 years. The story is a simple one yet it stays heartwarming throughout because of the superb performances by Moore and Bondi. The supporting cast also helps make this story work better. The characters are able very easy to relate to no matter one’s age because we get to see the various situations via various viewpoints and then are allowed to try and decide for ourselves what is the right thing in these various situations. The film is presented as a comedy, but it is much more a drama due to the various themes and messages that it is able to put forth here. So glad I came across this film.

1. Inception – Amazing film that is able to work on so many levels. The story is quite existential yet they use effects and dialogue to help make it feel even more tangible. The cast is superb and they all work so well together as a team in order to help the story constantly move forward. Nolan directs this film amazingly and is able to create a world that is both real and fantasy for us to grasp all that is happening throughout. The story itself is quite layered and that helps make things so much more intriguing and interesting since one needs to constantly try and keep track of what’s going on the entire time because nothing is ever as it truly seems. With this film, Nolan once again proves how adept a writer he can be and is able to give us a very unique and original story that is mind blowing over and over. One of the best thrillers ever made especially since it is truly a story that fits “outside of the box”.

 

So who should I vote for? – Inception! Loved this movie and it is by far the most powerful film on this lists even if Memories of Murder or Make Way For Tomorrow would also be great choices.

To vote, click here

 

Good luck to one and all!!!

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