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"The Great Dictator" (1940): This month on our blog, we featured one review of a Best Picture nominee or winner every single day and had a blast doing it! One of the last movies we watched was also one of our favorites, and it was "The Great Dictator", which was written by, starring and directed by Charlie Chaplin. A comedic look at the goings on of Nazi Germany before the United Stated entered WWII, this controversial film is both impactful and amazingly done, even by today's standards. We appreciate a good satire and this is one of the best! Our rating: 10/10.
-"Ordinary People" (1980): A film that we revisited for a second time, this time, our viewing of "Ordinary People" was completely from the first. Intimate, awkward, well crafted, engaging and heart-wrenching all at the same time, this film was definitely worth of a Best Picture nominee. Our rating: 9/10.
-"Kingsman: The Secret Service" (2015): The best theater movie of February 2015 by far. Colin Firth plays a gentleman ass-kicker. Full of violence, snark and a truly awesome story that leaves the door open for more, this is a MUST SEE! Our rating: 9/10.
-"The Tale of Princess Kaguya" (2014): In an effort to see as many movies that were nominated for Oscars before the actual award ceremony, we sought out all of the animated features since we love these types of films. "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" is an artful and beautifully animated great story, and though it is a bit long, the details and intricacies are enough to keep you supremely interested. Our rating: 9/10
-All 3 films in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-2003): one of the best trilogies. Ever. No questions. Everything about "The Lord of the Rings" films is wonderful and flawless and quotable and brilliant and yes!!! Our rating: 10/10 for each movie.
-"The Graduate" (1967): With one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history. "The Graduate" is an offbeat romance with tremendous cinematography and excellent performance by Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. One of the films you need to watch in your lifetime! Our rating: 9/10.
*February's Least Favorites*
"The Loft" (2014): Not all the movies on this list are bad, per se, but "The Loft" certainly is. Sexist, tacky, poorly written, badly acted, misogynistic and full of the worst group of asshole characters you'd ever find in a movie, it is best that you avoid this movie at all costs. Our rating: 2/10.
-"Hot Tub Time Machine 2" (2015): Offensive, bad, sloppy and stupid, this sequel shouldn't have been made. It takes the worst part of the first movie and makes it the focal point in the sequel. It has also bombed so far at the box offices. YIKES! Our rating: 2/10
-"Fifty Shades of Grey" (2015): Definitely not as horrible as we figured it would be, this movie is still sort of a feminist's worst nightmare from page to screen. The chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan is almost non-existent, the film is poorly paced and the dialogue is laughable. Our rating: 3.5/10.
-"Mr. Turner" (2014): Not wholly bad since its cinematography is quite nice, but the slow pacing, boring details and so-so story makes us puzzled as to why this movie was nominated for so many Oscars this year. We are in the minority when it comes to this film. Our rating: 5/10.
-"The Greatest Show on Earth" (1950): Ever wanted to know how the circus works? If so, watch this movie. If not, avoid it, because it is long, detail-ridden to a fault film about the public and private goings on of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey...that, or a giant product placement for it. Our rating: 5.5/10.
Have you seen any of these movies? Do you agree or disagree?