I decided I'll do a short review of all the movies we watch every month, pick a monthly winner, and then pit them against each other at the end of the year.
This month's movies were the following:
The WarriorWe heard about this movie from Dan's cousins over Christmas and they promised that we would like it. It is a story about two estranged brothers who each enter a mixed martial arts competition for different financial and personal reasons. Obviously, they end up having to fight each other.
Dan and I were on different sides regarding which brother we wanted to win. Needless to say, Dan ended up hating the ending, but I loved it. I went into this movie with such low expectations, and could not believe how much I enjoyed it in the end. A must watch!
MoneyballI like baseball. I like dramas. So why wouldn't I like Moneyball? Well, because its kind of boring. The concept is really interesting, but for me, the mathematical calculations didn't really carry the movie. Plus, I hate Brad Pitt, and I thought his acting in this movie was moderate, at best. Thank God for Johah Hill, otherwise this movie would have been a total snooze fest.
Ides of MarchThis movie was fantastic: politics, crime, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling. It had us both on the edge of our seat the whole time. My only complaint was the ending. I wanted, no, I needed some kind of redemption - but I got none. While I can appropriate what the movie was trying to say, I couldn't help but think "is that it?" as the credits rolled.
SecretariatThis is a true story about the horse that wins the triple crown. So good, so well done, but not exactly a thriller when you know what happens at the end. I also felt like I didn't have a strong enough emotional connection to the horse or any of the characters with the exception of Diane Lane who did a fabulous job (as always). I should note, however, that Dan loved this movie and thought it was so well done.
Which means our rankings this month are really odd:
Melissa's January Rankings:
(2) Ides of March
Dan's January Rankings:
(2) Ides of March
*Dan wanted me to add that he doesn't think this movie is worth being ranked, he was really upset about the ending.
Any suggestions for February movies?