Film Diary: January

With January nearly over, I thought I’d post my progress on the Mad Movie Challenge (to log 365 movies viewed this year). To be brief, it’s going well. I’ve already seen 37 films, which gives me a 6 movie buffer with 2 nights left in the first month of the Challenge. So yay! I’m working hard at sitting on the couch!

I’ve listed the movies below for the curious. They range all over in tone, genre, decade, and (oh yes) quality. Masterpieces like the British war comedy The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp share the list with inept films like the ecological horror Contamination .7. Some were so bad they were truly great like Escape from L.A. but many were just indefensibly awful (I’m looking at you Sharknado). Old favorites made up a minor portion of the list (the three Star Trek films and Truck Turner, which all have Nichelle Nichols in major roles) with most being new to me. Some were pleasant surprises (Gremlins 2: The New Batch was unexpectedly fun), and some were even worse than feared (Female Vampire, which is meandering and plotless even for Jess Franco).

I have no regrets. I got to see ancient forces destroy Nazis and Humphrey Bogart command a tank. Peter Cushing killed both Dracula and a mummy. Horror comics came to life and strangers died in an elevator. Ghosts and trees walked. A blind swordsman and a female sushi platter took out mobs. Christopher Lee was very naughty. And that’s only about a third of what I saw.

I’d pace myself, but I’m having too much fun!

Beau Geste (1939)
Bloodfist (1989)
Catacombs (1988)
Cellar Dweller (1988)
Contamination .7 (1993)
Creature (1985)
Devil (2010)
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Eugenie… the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion (1970)
Europa Report (2013)
Female Vampire (1973)
The Final (2010)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
House Hunting (2013)
The Keep (1983)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
The Mummy (1959)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Planet Earth (1974)
Proteus (1995)
Ragewar (1984)
Sahara (1943)
Sharknado (2013)
Shrooms (2007)
Skyfall (2012)
Spiders (2013)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Stolen (2009)
Sushi Girl (2012)
The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962)
Truck Turner (1974)


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