The Challenge started up June 13th and I tried to start it off as random as possible.  Looking back, I believe I succeeded.

I started my first day by going to the theater and watching…

Monday, June 13th


The Conjuring 2
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor

First off, this was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Number 4 to be exact. I am such a huge fan of the first film that I can watch it over and over and still be entertained as hell. James Wan is the hero the horror genre needed. Going into this movie, I was scared it wouldn’t live up to the first one. The Rotten Tomatoes score was low (which I barely care about anyway) and horror sequels always let me down. Not this one, however. The hardest thing for me to do is really say if this is better than the first one. Even though it’s the same characters, genre, and tone I still feel that they are both so different. Either way, I suggest you watch this fucking movie.



Movie 2: Tuesday, June 14th

The Truman Show
Directed by: Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Ed Harris

I haven’t seen this movie in so long. The last time was probably when it came out in 1998, when I was 10. Back then I didn’t really grasp the concept as to how powerful this movie is. All it made me wonder was if I had my own show, and if people actually wanted to watch me. After watching it again, I love this movie. It might be up there as one of my favorite Jim Carrey movies. I don’t think Noah Emmerich and Laura Linney get the credit they deserve. Whenever I hear someone talk about this movie, it’s always about Carrey and Ed Harris. Now that I have re-watched it, I will say that Emmerich and Linney are absolutely amazing in it. *Mouse Drop*



Movie 3: Wednesday, June 15th

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Directed by: Robert Wise
Starring: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe

I watch this movie way too often. This is in my top 10 favorite films and my favorite Sci Fi movie ever. Don’t watch the remake bullshit. Fuck that. I can’t geek out enough about this film. So groundbreaking, so well written, different, and perfect. I just can’t keep myself from saying how awesome this film is. Thank you Dad for sitting me down and making me watch this when I was a kid. By the way, Happy Fathers Day!





Movie 4: Thursday, June 16th

Directed by: Frank Oz
Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski

Honestly…. I have no idea why I love this movie so much. It is so weird and out there… I can’t figure out how Frank Oz has a knack for making movies like this as charming and fun as they are. Just like Death at a Funeral, this movie really puts a smile on my face and makes my heart warm (which is not just because of Heather Graham). It’s not really re-watchable, but I am glad I revisited it after all these years. It reminds me how amazing Steve Martin is and how hilarious and great Christine Baranski is.




Movie 5: Friday, June 17th


The Exorcist
Directed by: William Friedkin
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb

This is the greatest horror film ever. If you ever listen to The Gathering, you know how much this movie means to me. Terrifying, jaw-dropping, and thrilling. I don’t really know why I have to explain myself for this. But I do have to say, that I watched it on Netflix and they don’t have the extended/director’s cut on there, which I think is bullshit. I like the staircase and scene with the priests outside Regan’s door. Come on, Netflix.





Movie 6: Saturday, June 18th


Jupiter Ascending
Directed by: The Wachowskis
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne

Since I am a big fan of Sci Fi and original films, I really wanted to see this when I saw the first trailer. As more trailers came out and the reviews were released, I only wanted to see it for the visuals. After watching the whole film, I can say the visuals are great.  Next movie, please. Ugh…







Movie 7: Saturday, June 19th


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o kakeru shôjo)
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring (Eng. Cast): Emily Hirst, Andrew Francis, Alex Zahara, Kristie Marsden

Hosoda is one of my favorite Anime film directors. This movie is so beautiful and is a piece of art I love revisiting. The soundtrack, the story, the amazing art directing, and storytelling can’t be beat. Even though I love Summer Wars, I think this movie is far superior. I can not wait to watch The Boy and the Beast later on in this challenge. If you are new to anime, I suggest this to be your introduction or a Studio Ghibli film. You will not be disappointed.