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A Movie a Day for a Year

THE IDEA

I have many movies in my collection, many of them I haven’t gotten around to watching. This year I’ve decided to change that.

I got the idea from this article on Independent. However, there is no way I’d be going to a movie theater every day for a year, I don’t have the bank account or the time for that.

THE PLAN

The basic idea is that I will start with my DVD collection. When I run out of DVDs, I have access to Netflix and YouTube and a local movie theater (though I’m not going to make the theater a priority).

I will also make use of movie lists. There’s one I found on Facebook that seems pretty fun, and I might start there just to give myself a little direction.

THE PROGRESSION

I’ll post a movie review on this blog every day with a new movie. I am an Amazon Affiliate (disclaimer!) so I will also link back to it in case anyone is interested in watching/purchasing a copy.

I will be starting on February 01, 2020 and finishing on February 02, 2021 just to be thorough.

THE REVIEW

As the majority of these movies I already own it’ll be safe to say that I liked them enough to spend money on them. However, I will be using a five star system:

★ : I did not like it.
★ ★: It was okay.
★ ★ ★: I liked it.
★ ★ ★ ★: I really liked it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★: I loved it.

THE END

At this point I’d like to think that I could carry on reviewing movies past the end date of this project, and maybe I will. However, I also have the realistic view that by the end of this project I might be burned out or bored. So who knows what the next year will bring? So let’s enjoy the ride!

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Wikipedia:

Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film marks Anderson’s return to direct in the Resident Evil film series, after the first film. A direct sequel to Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), it is the fourth installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the video game series of the same name, and the first to be shot in 3D. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, and Wentworth Miller.

The story continues with Alice now targeting the head of the Umbrella Corporation along with her many clones. However, not all goes as planned, survivors are disappearing, and Alice herself has finally been cured of the T virus that has made her superhuman.

More survivors are holed up in a prison awaiting rescue from Arcadia, the ship and sanctuary promised over the radio. Alice arrives and of course all hell breaks loose forcing all involved to abandon the prison and make the dangerous trek to the Arcadia, only to find the ship seemingly abandoned as well.

The secret of the Arcadia is revealed, only leaving more questions rather than answering them altogether, but eventually giving everyone left a sense of hope for the future…

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★

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Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Wikipedia:

Resident Evil: Extinction is a 2007 action horror film directed by Russell Mulcahy and written by Paul W. S. Anderson. A direct sequel to Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), it is the third installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the Capcom survival horror video game series of the same name. The film follows the heroine Alice, along with a group of survivors from Raccoon City, as they attempt to travel across the Mojave desert wilderness to Alaska and escape a zombie apocalypse.

A continuation of Apocalypse, Extinction proves that the T virus has spread throughout the country and survivors keep on the move to stay alive, but there may be a sanctuary out there.

However, Alice is again detained by the Umbrella Corporation, she’s the only one who has successfully bonded with the T virus and they want to know why, thus her presence is a danger to anyone she encounters.

The numbers of the undead rise to include animals, and the danger is all too real. Will Alice escape a third time? Will the survivors continue to survive? The story continues…

I like this movie series in general, but my favorite is still the original movie, because I can rewatch it again and again and not be, well bored comes to mind, but I think movie lovers will know what I’m talking about.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Wikipedia:

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a 2004 action horror film directed by Alexander Witt and written by Paul W. S. Anderson. A direct sequel to Resident Evil (2002), it is the second installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the video game series of the same name. The film marks Witt’s feature directorial debut; Anderson, the director of the first film, turned down the job due to other commitments, though stayed on as one of its producers. Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, and is joined by Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine and Oded Fehr as Carlos Oliveira.

While Resident Evil (the first one) is my favorite so far, that doesn’t mean that the sequels are bad, far from it. Apocalypse continues the plot as the virus spirals out of control from the Hive into Raccoon City above.

Milla Jovovich returns to play Alice, who is now infected with the virus herself, but in a very different way from the zombies. She teams up with the survivors to pull off a rescue mission and escape the city before it’s overrun.

It’s not that easy when zombies and lickers are around every corner, plus Umbrella isn’t just experimenting on Alice, and by morning Raccoon City will be sanitized…the story continues.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★

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Resident Evil (2002)

Wikipedia:

Resident Evil is a 2002 action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Mila Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, and Colin Salmon. It is the first installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the video game series of the same name.

This film is the first in a series starring Milla Jovovich, she is the only recurring actress and character throughout the series. The movies are based on the video game for the PlayStation.

It’s a zombie movie to put it simply.

But it is so much more than just a zombie movie. This first film is probably the most well known of the series and has been on TV on occasion. It’s also a bit blood and gore (dead people eating live people, gun fights, and gory injuries), but not graphic; the camera doesn’t linger on the death scenes but continues moving with the plot.

The mystery of the Umbrella Corporation, who Alice (Milla Jovovich) really is, and what exactly happened at the Hive slowly unravels throughout the movie, and at the end…well it doesn’t really end, the next movie starts (sort of).

I have previously admitted to a fondness of dark movies, and this is certainly one of those. Also, this all started because I found a 4 in 1 DVD of the Resident Evil film series, so be prepared to see reviews of all four.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Wikipedia:

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman, and based on Dan Brown’s 2003 best-selling novel of the same name. The first in the Robert Langdon film series, the film stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno and Paul Bettany. In the movie, Robert Langdon, a professor of religious symbology from Harvard University, is the prime suspect in the grisly and unusual murder of Louvre curator Jacques Saunière. In the body, the police find a disconcerting cipher and start an investigation. A noted British Grail historian named Sir Leigh Teabing tells them that the actual Holy Grail is explicitly encoded in Leonardo da Vinci’s wall painting, The Last Supper. Also searching for the Grail is a secret cabal within Opus Dei, an actual prelature of the Holy See, who wish to keep the true Grail a secret to prevent the destruction of Christianity.

As Robert Langdon puts it at the end of the movie, “It’s whatever you believe”, and while the question proposed throughout the movie is controversial, it does make for a good movie. I would liken it to Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies as they are all a search for “treasure” of one kind or another.

Symbols, codes, clues, and secret societies fill this movie with intrigue and interest. I also love all the history (however true it actually is) reported throughout the movie to prove the religious theory that the Holy Grail isn’t an object, it’s a person.

I also love the ending, where everything is revealed, and all the mysteries are (somewhat) laid to rest. Tom Hanks, while not a favorite actor, is one I do enjoy watching on the big screen, and Ian McKellen has been in some great movies too. Paul Bettany even makes an appearance. No matter what you believe, it does make a good story and gives us all a little food for thought.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Binge-Watching YouTube: Bondi Vet

Wikipedia:

Bondi Vet is an Australian factual television series. It follows the lives of veterinary surgeon Chris Brown at the Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital (near Bondi Beach), and emergency veterinarian Lisa Chimes at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH), in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde.

Also featured on Bondi Vet are Andrew Marchevsky, a specialist surgeon at SASH, and Tim Faulkner of the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby on the New South Wales central coast.

I recently came across a veterinary series on YouTube. This is an actual TV series (see the Wiki article) that has been converted into YouTube videos. There are currently 5 seasons on YouTube (2 – 7), plus other videos and series (Vet on the Hill).

I’ve been binge watching this channel for a few weeks and am only now starting to see reruns. I love it.

It’s not a graphic series, it doesn’t focus on the surgeries, though you do see some blood and insides. They film in such a way that you don’t see the incisions or a lot of guts, but you see the outcomes and can follow what’s going on.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★ ★

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Wikipedia:

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a 2016 supernatural horror film directed by André Øvredal. It stars Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox as father-and-son coroners who experience supernatural phenomena while examining the body of an unidentified woman (hence named Jane Doe) (played by Olwen Kelly). It is Øvredal’s first English-language film.

What stars out as a normal autopsy for a family run morgue quickly turns supernatural for a father(Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hersch).

A crime scene turns up an unexpected corpse, a Jane Doe, and she’s sent off to the morgue to determine cause of death. As the two men begin to do just that, several things turn up strange from the external exam. Then as they cut into Jane Doe, the weird quickly becomes dangerous.

I do like my horror films, especially of the paranormal/supernatural kind, and this is definitely supernatural/paranormal. But, I was never on the seat of my chair, and the jump scares weren’t even that bad, so labeling it a horror film might have been a bit too far. Suspense, yes, thriller, yes, drama, yes even. Horror? Maybe.

However I do not recommend watching it during a thunderstorm, like I did.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★

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Demonic (2015)

Wikipedia:

Demonic is a 2015 American supernatural horror film directed by Will Canon, written by Max La Bella, Doug Simon and Will Canon with Executive Producer Harvey Weinstein. The film stars Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan, Megan Park, Scott Mechlowicz, Aaron Yoo, and Alex Goode.

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This is a horror movie told in the same manner as Oculus, through a series of flashbacks as the police investigate a homicide and kidnapping in a supposedly haunted house where years ago another homicide was committed.

The police have one suspect, one missing person, and one person presumed kidnapped. While the police psychologist interviews the suspect, the rest of the officers search the house, recover evidence, and track down the two missing persons.

However, this is not a normal situation, it’s a paranormal situation, which means nothing is as it should be…

I did like the plot twist and never saw it coming, it was quite good. There is quite a bit more to the plot, but as usual I didn’t want to completely spoil everything since this is a movie available on Netflix.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★

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The 3rd Eye (2017)

Wikipedia:

The 3rd Eye (Indonesian: Mata Batin) is a 2017 Indonesian horror film directed by Rocky Soraya and written by Riheam Junianti and Rocky Soraya. The plot revolves around the young Abel (Bianca Hello) who is seeing mysterious things around her family’s home. It was followed by a sequel in 2019, made by the same director/writers.

This is the first horror movie I’ve watched with subtitles, it’s Indonesian, but that didn’t deter from the quality of the movie. It was a little bit of a culture shock and not everything was explained terribly well (why didn’t they sell the house if they weren’t living in it?).

Anyway, we follow two sisters through the loss of their parents and subsequent cross-country move back to their old house, where something is not quite right.  Abel has her third eye open and sees some scary things, Alia doesn’t believe her so they go to the local New Age lady to force her third eye open. What follows is a string of increasingly deadly escapes from dead people.

It also gets increasingly more unbelievable as the movie continues, but it does work…sort of? I’m still not sure if I enjoyed it or if it was just ‘okay’.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★

As Above, So Below (2014)

Wikipedia:

As Above, So Below is a 2014 American horror film written and directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written by his brother Drew. It is presented as found footage of a documentary crew’s experience exploring the Catacombs of Paris. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, making it the first film in Legendary’s deal with Universal.The film was released on August 29, 2014, and stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, and Ali Marhyar.

This is one of those movies that starts out a bit like Indiana Jones. The main character is off on a dramatic search for a very important historical item that takes her to the ends of Earth until she happens upon THE clue. The one that tells her exactly where historical item should be. So of course she has to go.

If you’re not familiar with alchemical references and lore this movie might make slightly less sense to you, but the horror aspect is still quite applicable even if you don’t know the background. The group gets lost, people go missing, and strange characters arise to provide misleading information, and of course they are in a maze.

It’s been a little bit between the time I watched the movie and made this post, but at this point I have an itch to go back and rewatch this one.

My Ranking: ★ ★ ★

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