Dear 100 Hour Board (and alumni!),
What's the single best movie you've seen since last alumni week?
Dear good movie,
I have a horrible memory and can't think of all my movies I've seen in the past month, let alone since last alumni week, so I'll just go with one I saw last week: The Greatest Showman. Granted, it was really only good for the music (which was amazing), as the actual human they based it off is rather racist and horrible and they made up people and created love triangles where none existed which wasn't cool. (My family got a bit annoyed at me constantly correcting the movie and told me to just enjoy it.) But the music and choreography (especially from this scene) was simply fantastic.
-guppy of doom
I don't see lots of movies, but my wife and I went to see A Quiet Place a few weeks ago. While I wasn't blown away with the movie itself (to be clear, I really liked it, but it didn't change my life or anything), I was just super intrigued by the premise (a modern silent film in the horror/thriller genre). They explored the idea of how you would live in a world where you can't make noise in a very interesting and complete way. The audience is drawn into it as well because much of the movie is done without music or very much background sound at all so you feel like you're in there with them. Great directing.
The Man with a Mustache
I've seen some great films since then (Wonder Woman, Black Panther), but the one that sticks out to me is one that came out several years ago, but I watched streaming on Netflix for the first time called Sing Street. It's a pseudo-musical about an Irish teenager in the 1980s who starts up a rock band with his friends. I highly recommend it.
Probably Wonder Woman, honestly.
Released in that time period? Baby Driver (That's not an insult to other recent films—I'll be catching up on a bunch this summer.)
Watched in that time period? Tie between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Moon.
I've seen like, two movies in the last year, so I'm going to have to say The Big Sick.
I saw a lot of really good movies this year, but almost all of them have already been mentioned. Get Out, The Big Sick, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Avengers: Infinity War, and Thor: Ragnarok were all really good. Spiderman: Homecoming was also fantastic, but I don't want to use a Marvel movie as my answer. Bladerunner: 2049 was also pretty good, but not the best movie I saw this year either.
It didn't come out in the past year, but I watched Marshall on one of my many flights for work, and I think I'll pick that one.
I'm late to this party, but I had a co-worker that was insistent that I watch Get Out a few months ago. I got a hold of a copy and watched it on a Friday night. It may have been the single most deeply affecting film that I've ever seen. I'm not black, so I can't understand what it's like to have that experience, but seeing things through Chris' eyes (see what I did there?) for two hours may be as close as I'm going to get. It gave me so much to think about, so much so that it's still on my mind three months later.
I don't want to talk too much about the plot in case anyone reading hasn't seen it yet, but I will say that it is highly, highly recommended. (Disclaimer: the film is rated R for pervasive language and disturbing psychological content) (and blood) Find a copy, set aside a few hours, and watch and consider carefully. It will change the way you think about a whole lot of things.
I also watched The Last Jedi, which was fine. COME AT ME WITH YOUR TAKES.
Dear Titular Role,
Theatrical release: The Florida Project.
New to me: Paths of Glory.
Rewatch: Three-way tie between Zodiac, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Before Sunrise.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople. So good.
--Ardilla Feroz, from Barcelona, Spain/Catalonia
I thoroughly enjoyed Mad Max: Fury Road, Logan Lucky, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The Soulful Ginger
Released in last year: Just saw Thor: Ragnarok for the first time and it was great, fight me. Coco was also really beautiful—plus my three-year-old sister is obsessed with it and loves singing "Remember Me," which is the cutest thing.
Saw for first time: Cloud Atlas.
Dear Ladybird ~
I haven't seen many movies... I don't get out much. Let me think.
After checking YNAB (my favorite budgeting software. Try it. It's amazing. Students get a year free... just saying. No, I don't get anything out of referring this, even though I could. I just love it so much.) I'm pretty sure in the past year I've watched Coco and Thor: Ragnarok in theaters. I know I watched Wonder Woman at home recently, even though I bought the DVD when it first came out.
Between those three? Uhhh... I dunno. I struggle with favoritism. The only easy choice of favorites is choosing my favorite child. And that rotates based on who let me get the most sleep, who has the least sass during the day, and who is the most adorable overall. Even that choice is not always easy, especially as they now basically sleep through the night, and when they don't, Yellow gets up and changes pee-soaked sheets.
So let's go with Coco, because it's the one that I'll watch over and over again a million more times, because of the three of them, it's the only one I'll allow my kids to watch without me. (Disclaimer: I watched Wonder Woman with at least Dragon Baby. Possibly Niffler Baby? I don't remember now.) And if I'm going to have to watch a movie on repeat, it might as well be a favorite. And I might as well be able to sing along to it.
~ Dragon Lady
Dear I still need to watch that,
Three-way tie between Get Out, Molly's Game, and Atomic Blonde.
To be fair, Atomic Blonde is likely only so high because I have an insane crush on Charlize Theron. But honestly, who doesn't?
Does NBC's production of Jesus Christ Superstar last month count as a movie? Because it was amazing. I'd never seen the musical before, and for some reason I'd always assumed it was sacrilegious and disrespectful, so I was surprised to find out that not only was it a sincere expression of faith, it was actually an incredibly moving interpretation of the days leading up to Jesus's crucifixion. I feel like Christianity, and the LDS Church in particular, does a really good job of teaching and dramatizing Jesus-as-God, but a really terrible job of showing us Jesus-as-human. And Jesus-as-human is a really important part of Christian theology.
I'm so used to seeing films portraying a stoic, thee-thine-thou Jesus on the cross that when I watched John Legend lifted up, sobbing, shouting out the seven last words from the cross in the plainest language possible, it absolutely ripped my heart right out of my chest. I've known the story of the crucifixion for as long as I can remember and I've seen more portrayals of it than I can count, but I have never felt it in any way that I can even begin to compare to how that made me feel.
The entire musical is extremely well-done. Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas Iscariot is incredible, and Norm Lewis as Caiaphas is absolutely chilling. The spare, modern-industrial stage setting was jarring at first, but ultimately it worked for me. I feel like it's easy to get so caught up in the New Testament story as a period piece that we completely miss its modern relevance. My only serious complaint is that the resurrection - the centerpiece of the Christian story - didn't make an appearance. It robbed the musical's ending of the power it could have had.
I give the production nine and a half out of ten stars, and I absolutely intend to watch it again.
For me it's a toss-up between Paddington 2 and A Quiet Place, which are honestly basically the same movie if you really think about it.
Keep it real,
Thirding Get Out.
I haven't seen that many movies this year so I'm sure I missed several that were better, but it's probably between Avengers: Infinity War or Kubo and the Two Strings.
I loved a lot of the movies already listed here, but nobody's mentioned Black Panther yet and it was absolutely stunning.