The Lamb’s November 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 25th of Oct, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

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

  • The Red Shoes (1948) [Meg Hyland, Meg’s Movie Alphabet]
  • A Face in the Crowd (1957) [Brian Eggert, Deep Focus Review]
  • The Candidate (1972) [Troy Anderson, AndersonVision]
  • That Thing You Do! (1996) [Aaron Neuwirth, The Code is Zeek]
  • Mean Machine (2001) [Jeanette Ward, The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl]
  • V for Vendetta (2005) [Damien Riley, Riley on Film]
  • Wedding Crashers (2005) [Darren Lucas, Movie Reviews 101]
  • The Way, Way Back (2013) [Amanda Kirkham, Hollywood Consumer]
  • Coherence (2014) [Lisa Leaheey, The Critical Movie Critics]
  • As Above So Below (2014) [Mark Hofmeyer, Movies, Films & Flix]

 

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 Red Shoes (1948) – 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)

9. 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. (5/10)

8. As Above So Below (2014) – Film that starts off really well because it feels like an Indiana Jones type of adventure, but then it turns into a horror film and ruins the atmosphere. Most of the characters are developed really superficially which shows that they are just there as human canon fodder. The film relies too heavily on lots of connections to Dante’s Inferno and other depictions of the various levels of Hell and for those of us uninitiated with either (like myself), many of the references get completely lost. The final third of the film is a mess and a lot happens that is not properly explained which also takes away from the experience. (5/10)

7. Wedding Crashers (2005) – Hilarious film that actually works on numerous levels. Wilson and Vaughn have amazing chemistry together which helps make this story work even better. The supporting cast is extremely talented with Adams, Fisher, Walken, Cooper and Seymour are doing great jobs. The overall premise is both great and sleazy at the same time yet like a bloody accident, it’s hard to look away because of the character arcs throughout.  (8/10)

6. Coherence (2013) – Very interesting premise that gets so confusing about halfway through that it’s quite easy to get completely lost. Really enjoyed how dialogue driven this film was. (8/10)

5. A Face in the Crowd (1957) – Great depiction of how face and attention can change one’s personality. The story does a wonderful job making things seem quite realistic. The story is timeless and it’s very easy to believe that this kind of event could still happen to day. The cast is superb with Griffiths showing his potential as an actor along with Neal and Matthau. The film is presented really well and gives a very direct look at the fast rise and fall that people in the media can experience. Great dialogue helps keep things so engaging and interesting to watch unfold. (8/10)

4. That Thing You Do! (1996) – Hanks did a great job in his directorial debut. The infighting between the band members works quite well and feel very believable. The music is superb here and I personally love the title song… unfortunately, it is played 11 times during the film and gets a bit tedious by the end. Great cast of young actors help personify the feeling that they are a real band with real issues as they yearn for stardom. (8/10)

3. V for Vendetta (2005) – Very interesting premise that works more than it doesn’t but something still feels missing the entire time. The cast is great and even Portman sporting a British accent helps show how universal such a theme can be. The theme of trying to overthrow a corrupt government or society is shown really well and they allow us to see how it might be possible for one lone person to help ignite a rebellion against a system that goes against everything man has been meant to believe. Loved the way that they subtly let us understand more and more about the corrupt society via articles, TV shows and even posters on the walls. (8/10)

2. The Candidate (1972) – Really fun film that is a perfect satire for the way political campaigns are run. The fact that not much has changed since this film was made 48 years ago says much about the establishment and how politics can be such a timeless issue. Redford is superb in the lead role and his charm and charisma helps keep things quite realistic the whole way through. Boyle is perfect as his campaign manager who is much more savvy about how things work and despite this kind of role being so diverse from the kinds he usually takes on, he shines throughout. The script is great and the dialogue is quite engaging throughout. It doesn’t surprise me that this film won an Oscar for its screenplay. It’s easy to see how this film was used as a basis for so many future films or TV shows revolving around politics. (8/10)

  1. The Way, Way Back (2013) – Excellent coming of age film that manages to bring us not only a great story, but one filled with lots of interesting and diverse characters. The story works on so many levels and they take the time to develop each of these characters so we can get a real sense of who they are and what their objective are. The story is told from the perspective of a teenager and even those of us who are far from that age are brought back to out teen years when seeing the way that this character needs to deal with his surroundings and the people that he meets along the way. The cast is great and the two stand outs are Carell and Rockwell who both manage to evoke different kinds of emotions along the way. The film has a very nostalgic feel to it because despite it taking place in the present, it all feels as if it is connected to the 80’s throughout. (9/10)

 

So who should I vote for? – This month has some great films to choose from but The Way Way Back is the one that spoke to me on a very personal level, so I will be voting for it this month.

To vote, click here

 

Good luck to one and all!!!

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