Gil Desmarais

Watching movies alphabetically, round II

This is a sequel of the first post: Picking and watching movies alphabetically.

The question What do we watch? is a tough one to answer. We decided to break out of our self-established, comfortable, filter bubble and started watching movies alphabetically.

We made an exception, again, for the letter X and skipped it.1
Q is another letter we had to skip. We couldn’t find a movie starting with Q.

The movies we watched with my ratings

Ratings are on a scale of 1 (bad) to 10 (good).

  1. Avengers: Endgame 3/10
  2. BlacKkKlansman 8/10
  3. Contagion 5/10
  4. Downfall 5/10
  5. Edge of Tomorrow 3/10
  6. Free Solo 7/10
  7. The Gentlemen 7/10
  8. Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie 1/10
  9. Invictus 6/10
  10. Jumanji: The Next Level 5/10
  11. Kids 5/10
  12. Lost In Translation 5/10
  13. M 9/10
  14. Nineteen Eighty-Four 5/10
  15. Overlord 4/10
  16. The Panama Papers 6/10
  17. Q skipped
  18. Righteous Kill 3/10
  19. Sneakers 6/10
  20. The Terminator 6/10
  21. Utøya: July 22 1/10
  22. Video Games - The Movie 5/10
  23. What Dreams May Come 7/10
  24. X skipped
  25. Yellow Submarine 6/10
  26. Zero Days 7/10

Only few movies in this round left a lasting impression:

Free Solo: this movie was thrilling and intense. Had goosebumps most of the time and wanted to scream.

M: a must see, a milestone in film history.

Utøya: July 22: another one-take movie. I haven’t really liked any one-take movie yet and this one, although covering a movie-worthy topic, wasn’t worth it at all.

What Dreams May Come: the atmosphere was amazing and the progression of film style reflected the topic on a very meta basis.

Zero Days: although the impression manifests that the told story is true, no evidence is provided which would hold up in a court house. This ambiguity in combination with its political explosiveness makes it a movie worth watching… with a grain of salt.

  1. We’re not into superhero movies.