The Fall Film Challenge Wrap-Up

When I saw The Fall Film Challenge mentioned on Life as Louise, I was intrigued. The challenge, hosted by Quirky Pickings, is to watch 25 films that you’ve never seen before and that fit into one of the 25 categories. And, you have to watch them between September 1st and November 30th. While I didn’t complete the challenge this time around (I blame you Hallmark movie channel), I did see quite a few movies I’ve been wanting to watch but kept putting off.

The Fall Film Challenge is hosted by Quirky Pickings from Sept 1st - Nov 30th. You watch 25 films that you've never seen before. Here's what's on my list!

one. starring anthony hopkins. Proof
Based on the play by David Auburn, this movie is thought provoking and well acted.
This movie has a lot to say while being completely entertaining. I thought the concept was really interesting, especially considering reality TV had not taken over our culture yet.
three. about charity: an organization, an individual, a cause, an act… interpret this as you will. Woman in Gold
Based on a true story is often code for “this movie is going to be slow”, and that was exactly the case here. I enjoyed the flashback scenes the most. The period costumes were beautiful, and the most interesting parts of the story were about escaping to America.
four. starring robert downey, jr. Tropic Thunder
This movie is hilarious. I could have done without the gross bit at the beginning and the almost non-stop f-bombs, but I laughed so much while I watched this.
five. about envy: a character, a plot device… use your imagination. Amadeus
Tom Hulce’s laugh is everything. I can see why the film won so many awards. The casting is spot on, and the sets and costumes are beautiful.
six. about faith. Schindler’s List
seven. about greed. The Social Network Thor: Ragnarok
A fun Marvel movie that made me laugh a lot.
eight. about hope. The Shawshank Redemption
nine. starring jeremy irons. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Kenneth Branagh’s mustache is ridiculous, but the film stays mostly true to the original story, and the costumes are fantastic.
eleven. starring kevin bacon. Footloose
twelve. about lust. Cloud Atlas
The hair and makeup in this film is incredible, making the actors (who play several different roles) almost unrecognizable. The story is fascinating, too, as various characters and timelines are woven together to create something unique.
thirteen. starring ian mckellen. X-Men: Days of Future Past
I’m not really into the X-men series, but it was great to watch while cleaning out my inbox.
fourteen. set in a castle. Howl’s Moving Castle
A fun, magical tale with the added bonus of Christian Bale voicing Howl in the English version.
fifteen. about fortitude. Suffragette
This is definitely a movie that makes you think. The acting, of course, is beautiful, and the story of women risking everything in order to get the vote is powerful.
sixteen. about pride.  Frost/Nixon
seventeen. starring alan rickman. A Promise
This is not a fast paced movie. It took forever for anything to happen, and then, it just sort of fizzled. I still love Alan Rickman though.
eighteen. released last year and reviewed on slothsandmovies.comThe Light Between Oceans
A beautiful, heartbreaking film, this movie was well acted, but I liked the book better. The movie is slow moving, but everything from the costumes to the scenery and cinematography is like a postcard.
nineteen. about temperance. A Quiet Passion
For a film about a passionate poet, this movie is strangely flat. Not even the costumes were good enough to redeem this film.
twenty. about prudence. Far from the Madding Crowd
Such a beautiful movie. Now I want to read the book.
twenty-one. starring val kilmer. Batman Forever
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this movie, but it was fun. It made no attempt to be gritty and real. Lol.
twenty-two. about wrath. Beautiful Creatures
I read the book a few years ago and like it. But, the movie is unrelenting teen angst, and I’m just not in the mood for that.
twenty-three. set in an exotic locale. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
twenty-four. about gluttony. The Bling Ring
Shoes! Designer handbags! Teenage entitlement mixed with celebrity obsession come together in this movie based on a true story. I think a lot of Sofia Coppola’s movies have an almost documentary style feel, and this film is no different.
twenty-five. set in space. Passengers
What a weird movie. It’s not what you think it’s going to be about, and in the end, it’s pretty much just about two people on a spaceship.

What’s a movie you want to watch but haven’t seen yet?

P.S. If you are looking for more movie recommendations, don’t miss the Christmas Movie Marathon!
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  1. You did well!! I did not. Haha! I think I watched 8? I’m usually much better about it but after the first month we moved and my life got turned upside down, lol. I’m glad you enjoyed the challenge, though!!
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  2. ha, Kenneth Branagh’s mustache IS ridiculous! I have a lot of favorites on this list as well as some challenges to catch.
    Hallmark Channel has been doing the same to me!

  3. Howl’s Moving Castle is a favorite film! The film is pretty different from the book; have you read it? It too was a childhood favorite.

    Woman in Gold is a fascinating story, though I found a documentary about the painting that was I liked better than the film. One thing the documentary pointed out that (not sure if the film did?) was Woman in Gold was not the name of the painting; it was named after the (Jewish) woman in the painting and her heritage was part of why it was initially changed. We went to see the painting at the Neue Galerie in New York.

    Murder on the Orient Express- confession! I haven’t read the books. But my mom is a big fan of Christie and both my parents love the Masterpiece THeatre versions so it was fun to hear their comparisons. Is Hercule Poirot as OCD in the book? Loved all the costumes and acting.

  4. Love this challenge! Next year I want to participate! Sounds like a lot of fun.
    I love the X-Men series, but that’s because I just adore action movies. Plenty of that into it.

  5. This is quite an interesting challenge. I really do need to get some more films watched as there’s loads of classics I’ve never seen and this sounds like something that would prompt me to do that.

    Corinne x