Movie Yays and Nays

I saw Tanya and Erin do this fun little questionnaire. So now I’m doing it, too!

Most Hated Movie of All-Time: Django Unchained, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Last Airbender
Movie I Think is Overrated: Shawshank Redemption (it actually ties for “most hated”)
Movie I Think is Underrated: Field of Dreams
Movie I Love: Clue
Movie I Secretly Love: Inglorious Basterds (even though I hate violent movies)
Favorite Action Movie: The Mummy
Favorite Drama: Ocean’s 11
Favorite Horror: The Grudge or Gothika (is that horror?)
Favorite Comedy: Talladega Nights
Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King or Aladdin or Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Favorite Sci-Fi Movie: Star Trek (2009)
Favorite Animated Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Favorite Superhero Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy or X-Men: First Class
Favorite Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Favorite Western: Rio Bravo (1959)
Favorite Martial Arts: Ummm… I don’t think I’ve ever seen a martial arts movie
Favorite Indie: I guess Juno… independent films are always so dang depressing
Favorite Bad Movie: Alice in Wonderland (1999)… it was made-for-TV, but I don’t think it’s bad
Childhood Favorite: Billboard Dad
Favorite Franchise: Harry Potter & X-Men
Best Trilogy: LOTR (or the original X-Men)
Guilty Pleasure: Napoleon Dynamite… so bad, yet so good
Favorite Director: Wes Anderson and David Yates
Favorite Actor: Chris Pratt or Jon Hamm
Favorite Actress: Jennifer Lawrence or Olivia Munn
Favorite Foreign Film: Water (2005)
Favorite Movie this Year so Far: I’ve only seen Beauty & the Beast this year…
Worst Movie so Far this Year: -nothing-
Movie I Have Seen Recently: We’re the Millers
What I Thought of It: I’ve seen it before but it was on TV recently. I actually think this is a hilarious movie. Stupid and cheesy, but comical.
Most Anticipated Film of this Year: Guardians of the Galaxy 2!!
Favorite Movie of All-Time: It’s a tie between HP, Alice in Wonderland, & X-Men

What movie do you hate? What’s your favorite Disney one?

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The Best 2000s Movies

I am one of those lucky bloggers who has a husband that critiques reads all my posts. After I shared my post on the best 90s movies my husband asked when I was going to do one for films from the 80s and the 00s (2000s? How does one abbreviate that…?). I hadn’t planned on doing another, but he insisted.

Keeping that in mind, these films are a culmination of my favorites and his favorites. We have pretty similar taste, though, so my name is Audrey and I approve all these movies:

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Ok… not everyone is going to agree with this pick. Some people find Will Ferrell to be dumb and unfunny. (And in the case of Semi-Pro, Elf, and Blades of Glory I 100% agree with you.) But as a NASCAR fan, this movie cracks me up every single time I watch it. I swear a member of my family quotes this film at least twice a week. Yeah, it’s dumb, but it’s a comedy and I think it’s crazy funny.

The Incredibles (2004)
This is my favorite Pixar movie. (I’m unnaturally excited about the rumored sequel.) I think this movie appropriately sums up the frustrations and trials of every family (plus some superhero drama). I love that the men and women are equally kick-ass and flawed; I think it’s a super balanced movie with a very important message about family and friends, and being yourself in a world that might not always like you.

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The Italian Job (2003)
This is an favorite in our house. We’re big fans of heist movies and fast cars, plus the cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, and Chalize Theron. It’s also easy to hate Edward Norton because he’s so bad you want to punch him… Right, Charlize?

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Oh, Leo… how did you JUST get an Oscar? I think this film is incredible and has an all-star cast (include some people that weren’t huge in 2002, but have skyrocketed to fame now). It’s a clever movie that makes you laugh and cry and shake your head and totally gives you mixed feelings about who to root for and who to despise. If you haven’t seen this film, I highly recommend it.

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Ocean’s 11 (2001)
Oh look that that… another heist movie. This was back before Angelina ruined Brad. This is another one of those movies that made me fall for Julia Roberts. This movie has a great cast, too, and once you’ve fallen in love with Ocean’s crew you have two more movies you can watch with them! (Plus the 1960s version.)

We had a few runner-ups that didn’t quite make the cut, but I’d still recommend any day: Pearl Harbor | Inglourious Basterds| Cars

This list was tricky… I think the 90s had a lot of fun teen comedies while the 2000s were action-packed. You’ll never find super violent films on my lists (except I.B.) so it was a little tough with this decade. Chances are someday I’ll make a list of top 80s movie, too, so stick around.

What are some of your favorite movies from the 2000s?

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The Best 90’s Movies

Sadly, my husband and I rarely go to the movies. There are new releases that I’d like to see, but the movies are expensive and K gets fussy about sitting in a theater for +2 hours. I think the last movies I saw were Inside Out/Minions at the drive-ins with my little cousins last summer…

On a totally unrelated note, I am a 90’s child and I grew up with 90’s cartoons and toys and the lingo… but since I was so young I missed out on some of those great 90’s teen-targeted movies. Since I can’t recommend the latest superhero movie on the big screen, I offer you 6 movies from the 90’s that you should see:

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
If you haven’t see this movie then I’m shocked. I feel like this film (and She’s All That) totally exude 90s culture- plus Heath Ledger *swoon*. This film is based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and it’s just a really cute, clever movie. Bad boy likes uninterested girl… he woos her… romance ensues… You get it.

A League of Their Own (1992)
K would’ve refused to marry me if I didn’t like this movie. He loves it and quotes it at least once a week. We’re not big sports fans in our house, but we really enjoy baseball movies. I find Geena Davis to be a stunning actress and this movie has other big names like Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna!

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Batman Forever (1995)
We just watched this on Monday night & I am such a sucker for the 90’s Batman movies! While Michael Keaton is my favorite Batman- sorry George Clooney/Val Kilmer/Christina Bale- I love all the actors in this film, especially Jim Carrey as the Riddler.

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Se7en (1995)
I feel like I’m progressively getting darker with these movie suggestions… This film is rated R, but it’s due to strong language (they say the f-word 74 times…) and graphic crime scenes. As far as I can recall, there isn’t brutal violence. This is back when Brad Pitt was so cute it hurt. I don’t usually like thrillers, but this is a good one.
“What’s in the box?”

Notting Hill (1999)
Back to light and airy movies. This is another favorite of my husband’s- solid proof that he has a soul. I kid, I kid. He’s the one that introduced me to this film and brought the glamor of Julia Roberts into my life. I used to dislike her for no reason, but this movie turned all that around for me.

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Hook (1991)
Anything Robin Williams did in the 90s is gold (Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Aladdin), but this film has the best message about growing up and family and what’s important in life. And it also has Maggie Smith, which automatically makes it great.

You’ll notice that some big 90’s films are missing from my list (The Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club, American Beauty)… that’s because I hate those movies and I’ll never recommend them. I know I’m in the very small minority here. They make me feel sad and anxious, so they’re forever on my “no” list.

Since we rarely go out to the movies, I’d love to hear what your 90s suggestions might be! Have you seen these films? What would you recommend?

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