The LAMB’s May 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 2nd of May, so make sure to get your vote in soon.

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

  • The Last of Sheila (1973) [Sean Homrig, Sh*t We Watched on Netflix]

  • Koyaanisqatsi (1982) [Nick Rehak, French Toast Sunday]

  • Brain Damage (1988) [Brian Eggert, Deep Focus Review]

  • Dragonheart (1996) [Emily Slade, Why This Film Podcast]

  • A History of Violence (2005) [Heather Baxendale-Walsh, MILFcast]

  • This is England (2006) [Tony Cogan, Coogs Review]

  • Jumper (2008) [Mark Hofmeyer, Movies, Films & Flix]

  • The Awakening (2011) [Lisa Leaheey, The Critical Movie Critics]

  • Holy Motors (2012) [Paul Devine, The People’s Movies]

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) [Chris Staron, Popcorn Auteur]

 

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. Holy Motors – Completely absurd film that feels so pointless in everything that they do here.The one things that works are the various disguises of the main character because they all allow him to seem like a completely different person over the course of the movie. The various scenarios and events that he plays out during the course of the film take things to the far extreme and come across as being much too creepy in the way they are all presented.

9. Brain Damage – Horrendous film that makes so little sense what so ever. The special effects are done really poorly and take away from even attempting to find a way to feel any realism in everything that transpires here. (1/10)

8. Koyaanisqatsi – Great idea that fails miserably. The film has no narrative and is just a long collection of shots of landscapes and of random things that happen in the world. Not easy to follow because it doesn’t have any connecting tissue between the various scenes. (2/10)

7. Jumper – Complete waste of time. The story is extremely boring and filled with so many holes that it leaks like a sieve. This is Christensen’s worst performance (and this from someone who actually thinks he has some talent in him). Skip it! (4/10)

6. The Personal History of David Copperfield – Intriguing adaptation that works quite well. The way that the story tries to be a bit too politically correct in some of its choice is both bold and a bit awkward at the same time. (6/10)

5. The Awakening – The movie has a very intriguing idea that works due to the various twists and turns along the way. The story slowly develops itself and the way that the information about the characters and situations are presented adds to the suspense and tension of everything that transpires. (6/10)

4. This is England – The premise sounded a bit strange yet I was still curious to see what it was all about. The story plays out really well and explains how a young 12 year old could be so easily influenced due to his own vulnerabilities and his lack of a father figure. The story takes certain things to the extreme, yet they allow us to see how things get to that point in quite an effective way. (7/10)

3. 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)

2. Dragonheart – Such a fun and unique fantasy film that works so well. The film deftly uses special effects to help create the atmosphere of this far away ad long ago land. The film’s plot plays out really well and the blend of humorous scenes with the dramatic ones enhances things so much. (8/10)

  1. A History of Violence – This movie is a cross between an action movie and a drama and numerous times there are scenes here that keep crossing both of those lines over and over. We can easily see the anguish that this family goes thru when being stalked by people who think they know who they really are. The story is very well written and it keeps the viewer knowing only what the characters know, nothing more until it is necessary. (8/10)

 

So who should I vote for? – This was not an easy month to decide. In the end, it came down between Dragonheart and A story of Violence but I think that AHoV is a much more compelling film eventhough I would be fine with either winning.

To vote, click here

 

Good luck to one and all!!!

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