Overall, I really enjoyed this challenge. I watched a lot of movies I wouldn't have watched otherwise, and some of them turned out to really be worth it. I will probably do this again next year.
So here are all the movies I watched for this challenge in February:
The Ones I LovedBetter Off Dead. It's been a long time since I laughed this consistently at a movie. A bizarre, surreal rom com. So good.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Not spectacular as a romance specifically, but it's just a really good movie. And that's saying a lot, because I really hate westerns.
The Ones I Liked
In a Lonely Place. A fantastic noir looking at the dark side of relationships. I want to give this one another watch in a couple years and see if I like it even more.
La Strada. Oh, this was sad. A heartbreaking tragedy with some excellent acting for both central characters.
Moonrise Kingdom. My fourth Wes Anderson flick, and probably my second favorite, after Tenenbaums. it's just a lot of fun.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. A very moving story of redemption and rekindled love.
The Lady Vanishes. A nice light-hearted mystery and I did love the romance in this one. They make for a fun couple.
The Red Shoes. A pretty traditional love story, but filled with some gorgeous dancing.
Red. Fascinating little drama, though I've been told I should see the other two in the trilogy to really understand the ending.
Ninotchka. Sweet and ridiculous 1930s rom com. Not substantial, but it sure makes for a fun viewing experiences.
Ugetsu. While not quite as sad as La Strada, I reacted to it in a very similar way. This one has a very dark beauty to it.
La Jetée. One of the few experimental films I actually really enjoy, this is a great science fiction story told in a very unique way.
A Matter of Life and Death. Pretty charming, even if it does get extremely cheesy at times.
The Ones I Thought Were Okay
Badlands. Martin Sheen was the most interesting part about this Bonnie and Clyde-esque movie.
Laura. As much as I dislike detective-based noirs, this one had some fun twists I didn't see coming, and even though I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High. There are a lot of stories going on here, and a few of the "main" ones are just not interesting at all. The ones that are interesting, though, are entertaining.
Chungking Express. I had great difficulty following the narrative, but what I followed I liked pretty well.
From Russia With Love. Probably my favorite Bond that I've seen so far, though that isn't saying much. And I couldn't for the life of me tell you what actually happened in this movie today, two weeks after I watched it. It had something to do with Russia.
The Ones I Didn't Like
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Some good bits, but far, far too long and sprawling to hold my attention.
Children of Paradise. Thoroughly enjoyed the first half, then the second one came along and was boring, melodramatic, and made all my favorite characters thoroughly unlikable.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Too much raunch for not nearly enough laughs.
Days of Heaven. I just don't get Terrence Malick. I don't. I was so bored through this movie.
Giant. The last half hour is pretty good, but it takes so very, very long to get there...
From Here to Eternity. The only part I cared about was the subplot with Frank Sinatra. Everything else was thoroughly uninteresting.
Out of the Past. A detective-based femme fatale noir. It's not that surprising I didn't get into it.
The Ones I Hated
Jules and Jim. I could not have cared less about the fates of these people. If I spend the entire movie with three people watching them interact, I expect to care about them at some point...
Barry Lyndon. The 3-hour saga of the most unpleasant person ever, who goes around destroying lives everywhere.