The LAMB’s January 2021 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 27th of Dec, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

This month, there were 8 Contenders suggested so here they are:

  • The Red Shoes (1948) [Meg Hyland, Meg’s Movie Alphabet]
  • The Apartment (1960) [Aaron Neuwirth, The Code is Zeek]
  • The Last of Sheila (1973) [Sean Homrig, Sh*t We Watched on Netflix]
  • The Sting (1973) [Todd Liebenow, Forgotten Films]
  • Dark Star (1974) [Howard Casner, Rantings & Ravings]
  • Timeline (2003) [Mark Hofmeyer, Movies, Films & Flix]
  • The Way, Way Back (2013) [Amanda Kirkham, Hollywood Consumer]
  • Coherence (2013) [Lisa Leaheey, The Critical Movie Critics]


Here are my rankings along with brief thoughts on each film (click on the film title if you want to read my full review)

8. Dark Star (1974) – What a silly movie with a somewhat interesting premise. Never been the biggest fan of Carpenter, but I do understand what he was attempting to do here despite it failing completely in my eyes. The special effects are complete worthless even for its time. I didn’t care for any of the characters and just wanted it to end quicker. It may be sci-fi satire, but it just didn’t work for me at all. (3/10)

7. 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)

6. Timeline (2003) – Terrible adaptation of a fun Crichton novel. I understand why he himself disowned the film. None of the characters really stand out besides Connelly and he doesn’t get enough to do. The premise could have worked had they done a better job adapting the savvy novel, but too much was changed and turned it into a typical Hollywood style story. Truly a mistake on their part. (3/10)

5. The Last of Sheila (1973) – 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. 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)

3. The Sting (1973) – Very fun movie, worthy best picture 40+ years later.  Redford and Newman are great together and are helped so much by such a stellar supporting cast. The story flows so smoothly and things feel quite realistic the whole way through. (9/10)

2. 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)

  1. The Apartment (1960) – Such a fun romantic comedy that finds a way to stay fascinating the whole way through. The chemistry between Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacClaine is amazing and helps make this story feel even more plausible. The characters are created in a very quirky way yet they still are easy for the viewer to relate to because they seem so real. The story is a simple one, yet it works so well largely due to the exquisite dialogue that is delivered in rapid fire succession by the characters. The plot is quite timeless and is still one that could be very relevant to today’s world which is amazing since it shows that certain things don’t change very much even after 60 years. The dialogue is filled with lots of innuendo and code that also shows that despite this film being made 6 decades ago, the ideas of love, sex, flirtations, affairs and ultimately wishing to not be alone in the world still resonates no matter when or where a story takes place. (10/10)

So who should I vote for? – There are some great films on the list this month, but The Apartment is clearly the best IMHO. The story works so well and it is one o the best Romantic comedies ever made.  The fact that it still feels relevant after 60 years is superb!

To vote, click here


Good luck to one and all!!!

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