So it's Monday morning again. F**king Monday morning. Normally I'm an anti-Mondayist, but recently I've been acting a little differently. It's now the third Monday of December, meaning it's now the third Monday of the 100 Movie Challenge, meaning that at some point today half the month will have already happened. That came quick, but at the same time, it didn't. The days feel longer and the nights shorter, but in retrospective, it's simply been two weeks. Two weeks of films.
While there were times during the first week of my challenge where I didn't really feel like watching at least three films a day, this week I didn't feel that once. Fun fact, a similar thing happened in the second and third week of #ScaryMovieMonthAtDCM where I got completely sick of horror movies for a day or two, but got back on track soon after. Despite my occasional whinge, I enjoy pushing myself through challenges like this. They're my Olympic Games, so to speak, and I'm going for that gold medal.
In similar form to last week, I won't discuss each film individually. Instead, I'll take you through my highs, lows, rewatches and overall feelings. You get the gist. My total films for the month has now hit forty-three, which means I've viewed twenty-two films since I last checked in. Out of these films, four of them were rewatches, and three of these were Bond films. Yep, I'm still plowing through my Bond rewatch-a-thon (well, maybe not plowing). Goldfinger is still one the best Bonds, Thunderball is still a little underwhelming and You Only Live Twice is still rather racist. And that brings me to my final rewatch: Dumb and Dumber. And my god, this film still makes me laugh upon every viewing.
This week was both an improvement and step back with the quality. While the highest rating last week was 4.5 Stars, this week I had not one, but two five star viewings, although both of them were rewatches: Dumb and Dumber and Goldfinger. There's also been plenty of other highs, such as Mulholland Drive, which turned my brain to mush and then spat on the remains. The emotional Million Dollar Baby, which is a boxing movie that's not about boxing. There's also the two Aussie masterpieces: The Babadook, which is now one of my favourite horrors of all time, and These Final Hours, an intense and exciting film about the end of the world. And the final 4.5 star film this week was Calvary, a dark and occasionally hilarious tale.
Enough with the good, there's also been a plethora of terrible movies that I've had to witness. The worst of which is Saw IV, a horror film so lazy and uninteresting in execution that forced me to give in a read a comic book while the many dull traps were taking place. There's also the insulting, racist and unfunny Bruno, which is currently placed as the worst Sacha Baron Cohen film to date. And then there was The Tree of Life, which is a film many have deemed a masterpiece. Many, but not me. It's an overly artsy movie that's both ambiguous and boring.
So I'm now two weeks into December and I'm still loving this challenge. It may require more effort that I originally thought, but that's fine. It's not like I have anything to do with my life outside of the internet. With just a few more weeks left in the year don't be surprised if you see me cramming in some final 2014 gems that have the possibility of making it into my top 25 Films of the Year, a list which will be up on this page on the 31st December. I will also be having two other lists coming out around then: my 15 Worst Films of the Year on the 30th and my Top 2013 Releases Not Released in Australia Until 2014 on the 29th. So make sure to stay tuned for them.