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What I Watched In… May 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Favorite of the Month: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

In the interest of full disclosure (and to generate a little content here) I thought I’d present a regular tally of what movies I managed to see in the previous month. Some of them I’ve written or talked about, most of them I haven’t. This list includes movies I saw for the first time, movies I’ve seen a thousand times, movies I saw in the theater, movies I watched at home, direct-to-DVD, made-for-TV and anything else that qualifies as a movie. I also choose my favorite of the month among those movies I saw for the first time, marked in red. Feel free to discuss or ask about any of them!

  1. The Time Travelers (1964), D+, MST3K Riff, B+
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), A
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), A-
  4. Fast Five (2011), B
  5. Inglorious Basterds (2009), A+
  6. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), A
  7. It Follows (2014), B
  8. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) B
  9. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013), B
  10. Avalanche (1978), C-; MST3K Riff, A-
  11. Lord of the Flies (1963), A
  12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), B
  13. The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956), F; MST3K Riff, B+
  14. Prometheus (2012), B-
  15. Tombstone (1993), A-
  16. Aziz Ansari Live in Madison Square Garden (2015), B
  17. Phantasm (1979)
  18. Invasion of Astro-Monster aka Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (1965), B+
  19. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), C+
  20. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017), B+
  21. Aliens (1986), A
  22. The Painted Hills (1951), D; MST3K Riff, A-
  23. Alien: Covenant (2017), C+
  24. The Mars Generation (2017), B
  25. The Prestige (2006), A-
  26. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), A
  27. The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993), B-
  28. Knights of Badassdom (2013), B-
  29. Super (2010), B
  30. John Carter (2012), B+
  31. The Noose Hangs High (1948), B+
  32. Gargoyles (1972), C
  33. Starcrash (1978), D+; MST3K Riff, A
  34. The Land that Time Forgot (1975), D; MST3K Riff, B
  35. The Loves of Hercules (1960), D-; MST3K Riff, B
  36. Yongary, Monster From the Deep (1967), D+; MST3K Riff, B
  37. The Legend of Tarzan (2016), B
  38. The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955), D

Reel to Reel: Icons Update

Thanks to everyone who responded to my first Reel to Reel: Icons post a few days ago. After several suggestions here and on Facebook, I’ve decided on three additions to the slate. That brings me to eleven weeks, enough for one a month through November and two in December to round out the year. The additions are…

Tarzan Week:

  1. Elmo Lincoln: Tarzan of the Apes (1918, silent film)
  2. Johnny Weismuller: Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
  3. Glenn Morris: Tarzan’s Revenge (1938)
  4. Christopher Lambert: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (1984)
  5. Tony Goldwyn: (Disney’s) Tarzan (1999)

Cinderella Week:

  1. Ilene Woods: (Disney’s) Cinderella (1950)
  2. Julie Andrews: (Rogers and Hammerstein’s) Cinderella (1957)
  3. Jerry Lewis: Cinderfella (1960)
  4. Drew Barrymore: Ever After (1998)
  5. Anne Hathaway: Ella Enchanted (2004)

Dorothy Gale Week:

  1. Dorothy Dwan: The Wizard of Oz (1925, silent film)
  2. Judy Garland: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  3. Diana Ross: The Wiz (1978)
  4. Fairuza Balk: Return to Oz (1985)
  5. Zooey Deschanel: Tin Man (2007, miniseries)

I’m thinking of adding one more horror icon in October, pairing him with Dracula for two Halloween weeks… a little stuck on who to pick, though. I’ve already covered the three greatest Frankenstein’s Monsters, and there aren’t five great Wolfmans (Wolfmen?), Creatures from the Black Lagoon, or other such characters that I’ve been able to think of. Again, if anyone has suggestions for a horror or monster movie character, I’m all ears.

And if I didn’t use your suggestion, that doesn’t mean I haven’t taken note. I turned away several suggestions because they overlap with other projects I’m thinking of doing down the road (such as Shakespeare, Westerns, and certain historical figures), so those films will be covered eventually. Others gave me all-new ideas for future weeks or themes that might not necessarily fit into “Icons,” but will also go somewhere else. Plus, who knows, there’s no reason I could do an “Icons Round 2” if this one works out. Thanks, everybody!