The Lamb’s July 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 21st of June, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

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

  • American Graffiti (1973) [James Wilson, Blogging by Cinema-Light]
  • Chef (2014) [Damien Riley, Riley on Film]
  • George of the Jungle (1997) [Robert Zerbe, To The Escape Hatch]
  • The Last of Sheila (1973) [Sean Homrig, 1001 Movies Podcast]
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962) [Nick Rehak, French Toast Sunday]
  • Mean Machine (2001) [Jeanette Ward, The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl]
  • The Red Shoes (1948) [Meg Hyland, Meg’s Movie Alphabet]
  • Series 7: The Contenders (2001) [Howard Casner, Rantings & Ravings]
  • Sing Street (2016) [Audrey Fox, 1001 Movies and Beyond]
  • Speed Racer (2008) [Chris Tanski, Fright Rags]

 

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. George of the Jungle – Extremely silly film that doesn’t work on any level. Fraser is terrible in the lead because he doesn’t manage to bring forth the heroic Tarzan persona to this story. He has no chemistry with any of the pother characters (including Mann who is meant to be his love interest.)  Things are far too juvenile here and the jokes and dialogue aren’t able to become engaging at all which is a shame.  The story moves along in a very strange way and goes to some very eccentric places which doesn’t make the viewer feel welcome enough along that journey. (2/10)

9. The Red Shoes – Interesting premise that just didn’t work for me because of its reliance too much on the metaphor of a ballet. Found most of this film to be extremely boring to watch and just wanted it to end. (3/10)

8. Speed Racer – What a crazy and strange film. The story itself is quite boring but the effects used during the racing sequences were actually fun to watch. Instead of keeping this film enjoyable it gets bogged down with stereotypicaly crooked racing officials and racers. There’s a reason many people thing this movie was a dud.. and now I agree with them. (3/10)

7. 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. (6/10)

6. Chef – Favreau is a very talented writer and director who knows how to get his audience engaged. Interesting characters and a ‘real’-feeling make this very entertaining. The father-son relationship is very touching and knowing from personal experience, it worked. (8/10)

5. The Last of Sheila – Great idea for a film. The use of the various personas that help make a film work is extremely clever to use here. The cast is superbly chosen and Coburn stands out here as the best of he bunch. Loved the murder mystery style of it all and the twists and turns along the way kept getting more and more intriguing. The various explanations by the characters that sometimes contradicted each other helps make this even more mysterious to watch. Witty dialogue helps keep things very interesting the whole way through. (8/10)

4. Series 7: The Contenders – Great and scary concept that is taken to the extreme but doesn’t feel too far fetched based on the trends today. Filmed like a real Reality TV show and feels like it could be genuine. (8/10)

3. 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.  (9/10)

2. American Graffiti – Movie that proved Lucas knew what he was doing as a writer and director. Love how this was the inspiration for Happy Days. Great cast of relatively unknowns that mostly went on to bigger and brighter projects. Excellent soundtrack and production that transports us back to the early 1960’s. (9/10)

1. The Manchurian Candidate – One of Sinatra’s best roles. Great conspiracy movie that unfolds nearly perfectly before our eyes. (9/10)

So who should I vote for? – This month has at least 4 films worthy of having a long discussion about them, but the Manchurian Candidate is the most complex and thrilling of the lot and will get my vote.

To vote, click here

 

Good luck to one and all!!!

One thought on “The Lamb’s July 2020 MOTM – My Rankings

  1. You’re right. “The Manchurian Candidate” is the class of this group, but I think the gap between it and “American Graffiti” isn’t as large as you might think.

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