The Ten Movie Project

Posted May 24, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 28 Comments

Ten Movies

A fact about me: I don’t really watch movies.

I can list the movies I’ve watched so far in 2014: Catching Fire, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a comedy I don’t remember the name of with my roommates, and Singin’ in the Rain(my all-time favorite). That’s less than a movie a month. I always say I prefer TV to movies, and that’s true. I like how TV shows allow you to go deeper with character development and plotlines. There’s just more you can do in eleven hours rather than two.

BUT. . . I’m not sure I’ve given movies a far chance. So I decided to embark on a project. . . to watch ten new-to-me movies the rest of 2014. I know to some people that number is nothing, but to this not-really-a-movie-watcher it is. I’m going to try to vary movies by genre, release year, etc. And that’s where YOU come in.

See, I’m painfully out of the loop when it comes to movies. I need recommendations. I’m going to add some other movies to the list, but I wanted to get recommendations too. And the recommendations I take and watch? I’ll be discussing them on the blog. So please, give me all your movie recommendations!

Some preferences:

  • I love musicals.
  • I want a good number of “older” classic films & newer releases. I basically haven’t seen any classic films other than like thirty minutes of Casablanca and of course, Singing in the Rain.
  • I like strange things.
  • I hate hate hate “stupid” comedies. Like, if it’s a movie Adam Sandler or Will Ferrel star in or COULD have starred in, that movie is not for me.
  • I don’t have cable or Netflix, so most of these movies will be coming from my library or Redbox. So while I want recent movie recommendations too, nothing released this year, please.
  • I love: historical movies, action movies(but not if it’s just for the sake of action), adventure, and drama.
  • I get scared in movies easily.

So. . . on your mark, get set, GO. What are movies everyone(and by everyone, I mean me) watch? What are some of your favorite movies?

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28 responses to “The Ten Movie Project

  1. anniejacksonbooks

    I know it’s belated and you’ve probably come up with your list of 10 πŸ™‚

    I don’t know that I’d have that many movies to suggest anyway. i love movies, but I’ve gotten to a place where I like tv so much more. It’s sad but I watch movies once, check the mental/social box that they’ve been seen and move on. Instead of watching and rewatching and revisiting movies again and again. I”m much more likely to revisit tv shows because there’s more variety in several seasons so it’s more fun to delve into. Plus, it can be parsed out into short pieces (40 min is a lot less than 120) or binged in a weekend.

    That being said: all Marvel movies are pretty great and I revisit them occasionally. And the Harry Potter movies are all pretty good. I feel so inept at this πŸ™‚

    • Stormy

      I am the SAME way with TV. I love TV shows. More character development, plot threads can be longer, etc. But I’m trying to give movies a chance! And I love the Harry Potter movies.

    • Stormy

      Not a final list of “these ten for sure” but I’ve been handwriting a list of everyone’s suggestions!

  2. I’m pretty sure I already Twitter-shouted at you about Tangled, yes? And Frozen?

    If you like comic book movies at all, the first Thor movie was really good (and so, so, so pretty with the space effects) and so was The Avengers. There’s a version of Mansfield Park that I ADORE from 1999 – so it’s older and you may have already seen it, but maybe not!

  3. Summer

    There are already so many great suggestions for you here, but I thought I’d chime in with three of my favorites in case you’d like a few others to choose from.

    Roman Holiday – Audrey Hepburn stars as a princess who decides to run away from the confines of royal life and Gregory Peck is a reporter set on exposing her. If you like bittersweet romantic comedy and vintage fashion, this one’s ideal.

    Princess Bride – It’s adapted from a book (which I haven’t read though I keep meaning to). It’s a silly and funny fairytale with romance and adventure.

    That Thing You Do – It’s not a musical but it does have a lot of music in it. Written and directed by Tom Hanks, it’s about a pop/rock band in the sixties who score a one-hit wonder and how their egos handle the sudden fame. It’s cute, funny, and has one of my favorite movie kisses.

  4. Cari

    Hi,
    I think I’ve seen it on a couple of recommended lists, but I have to second (or third?) almost any Marvel movie.

    If you haven’t seen any, The Avengers is a pretty good place to start because they give a little bit of background on the main players so you can decide later if you want to watch more, and there’s so much action that it’s pretty hard to get bored.

    I love the Marvel movies because Stan Lee (who’s responsible for creating most, if not all of the characters in some way or another) has such a gift about questioning and commenting on human nature. Each character, good, bad, and in between (lots of in between characters!), is so relatable.

  5. I don’t have time to watch a lot of movies, either. but here are three I could watch over and over: American Beauty (really smart and well-directed and acted) Little Ashes (an independent film about Salvador Dali and my favorite poet, Federico GarcΓ­a Lorca), and What Maisie Knew (a modern day retelling of the Henry James book).

    Have fun with your project!

    • Stormy

      I’ve heard excellent things about American Beauty, but the other two are new to me! Little Ashes sounds like it could be right up my alley.

  6. Cait

    Up until this year, I would have said I NEVER watch tv series and only movies do I love. Now? Haaaa. It’s completely switched. I love how tv series give you like a mini-climax in the 40 minutes as well as dive deeper into the characters in each show. I LOVE THAT. (I’m..um…slightly addicted to Supernatural. But the doors have opened. SO MANY SERIES I COULD TRY.) You have a bunch of recs up there, and I don’t know what even to suggest! I really love all things Marvel. And if you like book adaptions I think The Book Thief made a phenomenal movie, although I haven’t actually read the book, so I can’t say how accurate it was.

    • Stormy

      Yes, I LOVE TV series. It’s just that 14 hours of TV time means you can really get into characters, storylines, etc. OHhhh I LOVE Supernatural. LOVE. It’s my favorite currently airing show. I like certain seasons better than others but I still really like it. I did watch The Book Thief! It was one of 2 movies I saw in theaters last year. It was a pretty accurate adaptation, in my opinion!

  7. – Inception – One of the most amazing movies of all time. Seriously.
    – Psycho and/or Rear Window and/or Rebecca – These are the three Alfred Hitchcock films I’ve seen, and if you want to watch good classic films, Alfred Hitchcock is a must. I would probably recommend Rear Window or Rebecca first and work your way up to Psycho, though I didn’t find it that scary (and I don’t do horror movies at all).
    – The Dark Knight trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) – Mostly so you can see The Dark Knight. Amazing and gritty.
    – Emma 2009 BBC mini-series – Basically a long movie. And oh so good. If you like Emma Approved you’ll love this. And the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film is also a must-watch!
    – Les Miserables – Simply amazing musical!
    – The Phantom of the Opera – Also a great musical.
    – ALL THE MARVEL MOVIES – Enough said.
    – Original Star Wars trilogy – Oh please tell me I was silly to include this and you’ve already seen them…
    – Sherlock Holmes – Because Robert Downey Jr. AND Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. WHAT.
    – Gattaca – One of the best (and most realistic) science fiction movies out there, IMO.
    – August Rush – There’s a lot of great music in this one and it’s a moving story.
    – Enchanted – Tongue-in-check fairy tale/musical. Super cute!
    – The Prestige – Lots of twists in this one. And because I’ve already recommended so many other Christopher Nolan movies and this one deserves its due as well.
    – While You Were Sleeping – I don’t like most rom-coms, but I love this one, CUTEST EVER. Sandra Bullock + Bill Pulman + The 90’s.
    – Ocean’s 11 – Fun heist movie.
    – Anything Pixar – My personal faves are Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and Wall-E.
    – Clue – Quirky film from the 80’s based on the board game.
    – SERENITY – A must after having watched Firefly!
    – Tangled – Because it’s basically like watching Cress and Thorne.
    – How To Train Your Dragon – The best non-Disney/Pixar animated film IMO.

    What’s really sad it I actually reigned myself in for this list. Please let me know if you have questions! I clearly love movies. πŸ™‚

    • Stormy

      I love these lists because I have seen a few of them and it makes me feel accomplished, haha! I still haven’t seen most, though. I’ve seen most Pixar/Disney movies, and I watched Tangled recently(AFTER reading Cress, which was an excellent decision!) I LOVE, LOVE How to Train Your Dragon. I’ve seen Inception and The Phantom of the Opera, and I *think* I’ve seen August Rush. Serenity has been on my list! I’m glad you said that about the Hitchcock films because I really want to see some of them for the classics reason, but I’ve been scared! I just rented The Prestige from my library yesterday! I think I tried to watch it along time ago and failed, but I don’t remember because there was another movie about magicians in a similar vein I remember being advertised. Don’t remember which one I tried, but I’m giving it a second go!

      • Don’t fear Hitchcock, he’s great! If I was going to recommend just one of the three I mentioned, I’d probably go with Rear Window. Hope you enjoy The Prestige!

  8. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    I’m not a big movie person either. Everyone’s always going to the movies and I haven’t been in over two years (The Hunger Games). There are a few each year that I mean to go to, but I never seem to get around to going. Like you, I prefer TV. I also don’t have the attention span to watch a two (or more) hour movie in one sitting. When I rent movies or watch them on cable, it takes me hours just to finish one.

    I saw Pitch Perfect this year and I liked that.

    • Stormy

      I’ve been to the movies more recently for Catching Fire & The Book Thief, but I only went twice in 2013 for those two and haven’t at all this year. I don’t really enjoy going to the movie theater when most people do–I hate crowded places, so I really only like afternoon shows if I go at all. I can get into a movie and watch(I tend to have good concentration), but it takes me so long to GET to that point. A two hour movie just feels like such a commitment!

  9. I’m glad you’re doing this! To me, movies are so fun, and I love watching them! I shall give you all the rec’s!

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (classic musical)
    My Fair Lady (classic musical)
    You should definitely finish Casablanca
    Oklahoma (classic musical)
    Any Hayley Mills movie (most of them a children movies, but they’re so good.)
    Moon Spinners, Summer Magic, Parent Trap (the classic one), That Darn Cat (some of
    these are musicals)
    Mama Mia (musical -if you like ABBA, this is really fun!)
    Les Mis (WATCH IT NOW! -the most recent one)
    Phantom of the Opera (with Gerard Butler -musical)
    Leap Year (romance, it’s quirky but cute and not Adam Sandler-ish at all)
    Anonymous (this wasn’t a very popular one, but if you like historical pieces and stuff about
    Shakespeare, definitely check this one out) (mystery, historical)
    Robin Hood (with Russell Crowe) (Action movie, historical)
    V for Vendetta (action, comic to movie adaptation -very interesting thematically)
    Frozen (You did see this one though, right? I thought I remember you writing a post about it)
    I would tell you to watch any and ALL of the Marvel films. They are fantastic.
    Gladiator (with Russell Crowe -this came out a long time ago, but it was one of those movies
    that were excellent and won a lot of awards for good reason)
    Snow White and the Huntsman (some people didn’t like this, but I LOVED it! I don’t like Kristen
    Stewart, but thematically it was awesome and the cinematography was absolutely
    beautiful!)

    I have so many more rec’s for both movies, and TV, so let me know if you want more to choose from!

    ofspectaclesandbooks.com

    • Stormy

      Ah thank you! Love the musical rec’s! I haven’t seen Frozen yet, but I did recently see Tangled! That was my last Disney conquest. Adding all of these, but especially the musicals, to the list! I have seen Leap Year with a friend, but the rest are new to me!

      • Right! I remember your saying you just watched Tangled. Definitely watch Frozen. It will live up to the hype, I promise! I grew up on all the old musicals, so that was my thing. Singing in the Rain was my favorite as a kid along with all the ones I listed. Also to add to them, you should check out The King and I (the old classic musical), South Pacific, and Carousel.

        Happy movie watching! Please write a post on what you watched, I would love to know your thoughts!

  10. Oh dear, this could take a while…

    Moulin Rouge – musical, weird, romance, emotional, fun
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s – weird, classic, romance
    The King and I – musical, romance, classic?, hugely enjoyable
    Shutter Island – weird, mystery, thriller, exciting, keep-your-brain-in movie
    The Shawshank Redemption – classic, entertaining, amazing
    Transporters – just because… all for action, robots, aliens, humour
    Disney for musical type movies and because I love Disney, old-school Disney – Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin all rate highly
    The Body Guard – Whitney Housten, music, thriller, romance
    Robocop – (the original), dark comedy, action, weird, strong story-line
    Beverly Hills Cop – action, humour, action, action…
    Hancock – action, humour, romance, supernatural, Will Smith…
    Men in Black – humour, action, aliens, weird, hilarious
    Resident Evil – action, weird, alien/virus
    Erin Brocovich – true story, gritty, real, emotional, great watch
    Rain Man – classic, different, funny, emotional
    Righteous Kill – thriller, mystery, who-done-it, twists, De Niro
    When Harry Met Sally – classic, romance, funny, light
    The Net – old-school hackers, thriller, suspense
    The Sixth Sense – weird, thriller/scary, kepp-your-brain-in
    Groundhog Day – weird, funny, emotional
    Crank – action, Jason Statham, gangster, weird
    Kill Bill – action, super weird, cult classic
    Sister Act – old school, feel good, music, funny, story with a moral
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – classic, cartoon mixed with real movie, funny, weird
    Derailed – thriller, suspense, best Jennifer Aniston movie ever
    Salt – action, who-done-it, suspense
    Hansel and Gretel: Witchhunters – paranormal, weird, re-telling, action
    The Others – weird, thriller, suspense, twists
    The Fifth Element – weird, sci-fi, humorous, action
    Unbreakable – classic, action, paranormal-ish, twist
    Ghost – romance, paranormal, suspense, humorous, classic

    I could go on, and on and on!! What kind of movies do you enjoy??

    • Stormy

      Oh my goodness, this is awesome! I’ve seen most Disney movies, Men in Black, and both Sister Acts, and I *think* I’ve seen The Others(I’d have to look it up to see if it’s the one I’m thinking of), but the rest are new to me!(Well, I’ve heard of the classics of course, but haven’t watched!)

  11. The 2000 (or 2001?) version of Moulin Rouge! It is a musical where they revamped a lot of well known songs around the time it was made and, too, it is very strange.

    I am not sure if you would be into anything animated/Disney, but there are plenty of musical-ish choices there πŸ™‚

    • Stormy

      When I asked for recommendations on twitter lots of people recommended Moulin Rouge to me, so it’s going on the list!
      I have seen most animated Disney movies(other than Frozen)–that’s the only place where my movie experience is not lacking!

  12. I recommend Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s a classic, strange(very) and a musical. You will love it!! Also, Fight Club, it’s psychological and not really about Action. I think you’ll also like The Prestige. It’s a competition between magicians and similar to The Night Circus.

    I can’t wait to here what you think! And it isn’t strange! I never watched Animated/Disney until this year.

    • Stormy

      Adding them to the list! I actually checked out The Prestige from my library yesterday so I WILL be watching that one this week! I *think* I tried watching it in HS but couldn’t get into it, but I’m older now plus I’m not sure. I remember another movie w/ feuding magicians coming out around that time and not sure which one I tried.

  13. LES MIS WATCH IT, I’m awful with classic movies but I’m sure the Audrey Hepburn movies are a good place to start? For newer movies theres the Avengers + that whole franchise (Captain America, Thor), The Amazing Spider Man, and I heard Pacific Rim was pretty good but I never saw it. Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly is A+ and so are the Chronicles of Narnia movies.

    • Stormy

      Almost everyone has recommended Les Mis!
      I have to admit that movies based on comics scare me. Like, I don’t know the first thing about them. I’ve NEVER watched a movie based on a comic character or read one. No Spiderman, no Batman, no anything. I feel like there’s SO MUCH and it gets intimidating to start!
      I actually have watched the Kiera Knightly P&P–it’s one of my favorites! And I love the Narnia movies(well, not the last one, but I’ve SEEN all of them!).

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