End of September Movie Update

HEY! It’s almost October! (In other words, THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!)

Remember back in August I decided to do this movie challenge? (Here’s the original post.) Well, to keep you up to date I will post about it at the end of each month. (It ends November 30th.) I’m fairly confident I can get through more than half of these movies. I love reading, but it takes energy that I just don’t have on weekday nights after spending the day typing/staring at a computer screen. Movies are actually an easy way to unwind and I can pause them to change the laundry/cook dinner/let the dogs out!


Alright, here’s what I’ve watched so far!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (September 1)
I picked this movie because it’s a movie about something miraculous (Ferris never gets caught). I think it’s weird that I’ve never seen this movie. I also think the name “Ferris” is weird. I also had no idea that he breaks the 4th wall or that it is a such a crude movie! My favorite characters were definitely Jeanie, Cameron, and Grace (the secretary). Honestly, I thought Ferris was a bit of a jerk. Then again, we were all jerks in high school. I loved that the high school students in this film look average- they had zits, they had on clothes that normal teenagers would wear, and they weren’t models. Overall, I give it 5/10 stars.

Roman Holiday (September 5)
Audrey Hepburn is so darn cute. Can you say #eyebrowgoals? Gregory Peck ain’t bad looking either 😉 I loved this movie and I didn’t think I would. I love how Peck has a change of heart and I love the confidence Hepburn has in him the entire time. I read this is the film that made Audrey a star. So glad to have finally watched it! I give it 8/10 stars!

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (September 4)
I managed to catch this one on the BBC so I didn’t have to dig at the library. K even joined me for the second half (whoa!). Honestly, I didn’t find this movie as entertaining as I thought I would, though I loved Morgan Freeman. I never thought I’d say this, but I absolutely prefer Prof. Snape- Alan Rickman was so easy to hate as the sheriff! The movie was entertaining, but it was long. Overall, I liked the twist on an well known story, but I prefer my Disney fox-Robin Hood, haha. I give it 4/10 stars.

Tangled (September 5)
I’m so ashamed that I hadn’t seen this movie. Even K has seen it before! (He still watched it with me, though! Yay!) I thought it to be a cute Disney movie and I love that Rapunzel fought to make her own decisions and ended up figuring everything out on her own. Maybe it’s because I watched them on the same day, but I saw so many similar trends in this movie and Roman Holiday: A girl just wanting a day of freedom, a boy with less-than-honorable intentions that has a change of heart, two people blindly trusting one another (and falling in love). I give this movie 7/10 stars.

Chocolat (September 10)
When people read my list they all said how much they love this movie. Well, make room, folks, because I’m joining the fan club, too. I loved the messages in this cute little 2-hour film. I loved how heavy and light this movie was, all at the same time. I love Judy and Johnny and the little girl. The idea of personal struggle and healing and forgiveness is such a timeless message. I really, really loved this film! I give it 10/10 stars for sure!

Aloha (September 26)
(I made a switch and this is my new twenty-four: any set in a country you would most like to visit…*state, in this case) I really wanted to love this movie. I love the actors (and their characters!), so I had very high hopes for this one. I watched it on vacation with friends and they just weren’t feeling it… and neither was I, sadly. The movie moved way too fast and the non-romantic story-line was really hard to understand and follow. I enjoyed the romantic plot and the lessons learned, and I think I would’ve enjoyed the military-esque plot had it been more clear, but I just didn’t think it was a good movie. Really disappointed, guys. Ugh. I give it 4/10 stars.

I am seriously having so much fun with this challenge!! I thought I’d have more crossed off my list by now, but hopefully October brings some downtime to watch more movies! Checkout what I still have yet to watch/review:

one: any set in new york city | One Fine Day
two: any incorporating hot air balloons in the story | Mysterious Island
three: any featuring a child as the main character | The Sandlot
four: any Disney film | Tangled
five: any set in Egypt OR that has an Egyptian character OR that stars an Egyptian actor/actress | Death on the Nile
six: a close friend or family member’s favorite film | Crazy Stupid Love
seven: any with the word great in the title | The Great Muppet Caper
eight: any starring Harrison Ford | Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
nine: any featuring an idiot as the main character | National Lampoon’s Vacation
ten: any mentioned in levis strauss’ list: Denim in the Oscars: A Look at Jeans in Cinema | Rear Window
eleven: a film about a knight | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
twelve: a love story | Chocolat
thirteen: a movie about something miraculous | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
fourteen: any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours | Roman Holiday
fifteen: a film about the Olympics | The Cutting Edge
sixteen: a film on Time magazine’s list: The Top Ten Newspaper Movies | All the President’s Men
seventeen: any with a question in the title | How Do You Know?
eighteen: any with a score of ninety percent or greater on Rotten Tomatoes | The LEGO Movie
nineteen: a film about a superhero | Antman
twenty: any with subtitles | The Lunchbox
twenty-one: any incorporating unicorns in the story | Inkheart
twenty-two: a film about a personal victory | The Grand Budapest Hotel
twenty-three: a film with black or white in the title | Dear White People
twenty-four: any set in a country you would most like to visit | Aloha (formerly The Queen)
twenty-five: a film set in a zoo | Zookeeper

Points so far: 60/250 (each movie is 10 points)


Watch any good movies this month? Tell me about them!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. ohhhh jeez i need to see ‘roman holiday’ already! what am i doing with my life?!


    1. Louise says:

      I was seriously so ashamed to have never seen this movie… I feel like I have this extra obligation to watch all her movies since we share a (fairly rare) name. That’s totally normal, right?! Haha!


  2. I love the selection you have left too!


    1. Louise says:

      What’s crazy is that I actually OWN a few of the ones that I haven’t watched yet… but for some reason I didn’t sit down and pop them in the DVD player. Haha! Hopefully I get to them soon!


  3. Jae says:

    I’m only interested in watching Aloha because of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams, though I think this had been a very controversial movie re: selection of actors to portray the characters?


    1. Louise says:

      I can’t express to you how sad I was that I disliked it. UGH. I love all those actors (plus John Krasinski) and it just wasn’t any good. I think some people were annoyed by Emma Stone’s character? She’s a little intense. It was less than 2 hours long, so if you really wanted to subject yourself it’s not too much time wasted, but it was just a poorly made movie. Sigh.


      1. Jae says:

        Yeah? How unfortunate to have a great list of cast, but the storyline may have been poorly executed. 😦


  4. I’ve only watched 6 challenge movies as well. I didn’t/don’t expect to finish it, but it’s fun to participate and interact with others. I’m the kind that has a hard time planning ahead for a movie. I read, then I close my book and channel surf, then I say “hey, what’s on the movie channels?”, and if I find something, I watch it. I participated in this challenge last time she hosted it. It makes me watch movies that Ive always meant to see but haven’t.


    1. Louise says:

      The first week I watched four movies… but now I just don’t want to take the time! I own two of the unwatched movies on that list, so I have them readily available, but I still haven’t watched them. It did force me to finally see movies that I think I should’ve seen a long time ago, though! (Ferris Bueller and Roman Holiday)


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