The Lamb’s May 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 19th of April, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

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

  • Highlander (1986) [Joe Froemming, The Joe-Down]
  • Inherit the Wind (1960) [Darren Johnson, Screen DJ]
  • The Last Starfighter (1984) [Chris “Tank” Tanski, Fright Rags]
  • Mean Machine (2001) [Jeanette Ward, The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl]
  • Memories of Murder (2003) [Howard Casner, Rantings & Ravings]
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) [James Wilson, Blogging by Cinemalight]
  • Paper Man (2009) [Bubbawheat, Flights, Tights and Movie Nights]
  • Sing Street (2016) [Audrey Fox, 1001 Movies and Beyond]
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993) [Patricia , Three Sentence Movie Reviews]
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) [Dave Anderson, Free Kittens Movie Guide]

 

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. Mean Machine (2001) – 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.

9. Paper Man (2009) – Very quirky story that does have its moments but it isn’t as endearing as I had hoped. Excellent cast. I liked some of the twists, but ultimately I didn’t find this any better than average.

8. Highlander (1986) – Definitely an overrated cult classic that really isn’t as good as the hype would make it out to be. Connery is great here, despite his role of mentor is a supporting role. The rest of the cast give very over-the-top performances that take away from the enjoyment. Overall, this is just an average fantasy film that has some good fight scenes, but is lacking in heart.

7. The Last Starfighter (1984) – Really fun 80’s sci-fi film that works on numerous levels. Love seeing Preston in a role so different from what we are use to.  Liked the way that the story moves along. The effects are a bit mediocre for something from the 80’s, but that actually helps with some of the charm of things.

6. Sing Street (2016) – 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.

5. Memories of Murder (2003) – 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.

4. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) – 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!

3. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – Amazing movie because it gives us so much hope after tragedy. Hanks is perfect in the lead role and he is able to mix the emotions of humor, tragedy, hope and of course love for his son all into one. Ryan does her perfectly quirky routine here which also endears her character to us along the way. The soundtrack is superb and I found myself singing along with lots of the background music. Loved the way that they tell two very different and distinct stories at once. This is a unique premise for a rom-com that has been rehashed numerous times in the over 25 years since it was made, but it still remains one of the best of its kind.

2. Inherit the Wind (1960) – The film is extremely poignant in the way that it presents the true nature of men as we get to see how they each acts in these situations that are put forth for them along the way. The two main characters in this story are based on Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryant who were the lawyers in the actual Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 and this movie allows us to see how a court case involving these two great men could potentially be so engrossing and entertaining to watch take place.  This is one of the very best courtroom dramas ever written and stays engaging the whole way through.

  1. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) – The story plays out at a great pace and allows for things to move so smoothly along sometimes in directions that one never expects. The dialogue is superbly written and it allows the viewer to get a better understanding of so many aspects of how the subway system works without needing to go into technical jargon too often. Such a fun and thrilling ride and it doesn’t matter that I’ve seen this film so many times because it still works every single time so well.

 

So who should I vote for? – This month has some really amazing films to choose from and it came down to three choices for me, but ultimately The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three won me over because it’s such an amazing film that works on so many levels

To vote, click here

 

Good luck to one and all!!!

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