Top 70 Hardest Movies to Watch

  1. Antichrist – 2009
  2. Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh and Blood – 1985
  3. A Serbian Film – 2010
  4. Irreversible – 2002
  5. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom – 1975
  6. Shoah – 1985
  7. Grave of the Fireflies – 1988
  8. Bone Tomahawk – 2015
  9. We Are the Flesh – 2016
  10. Pig – 2017
  11. Baskin – 2015
  12. Hostel – 2005
  13. A Clockwork Orange – 1971
  14. The Exorcist – 1973
  15. Se7ven – 1995
  16. Man Bites Dog -1992
  17. The Bunny Game – 2012
  18. Night and Fog – 1956
  19. Deadgirl – 2008
  20. Happiness – 1998
  21. Oldboy – 2003
  22. Eyes Without a Face – 1960
  23. Begotten – 1990
  24. Ichi the Killer – 2001
  25. Eraserhead – 1977
  26. Inside – 2007
  27. The Last House on the Left – 1972
  28. Aftermath – 1994
  29. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – 1986
  30. Pink Flamingos – 1972
  31. Nekromantik – 1987
  32. Audition – 1999
  33. Cannibal Holocaust – 1980
  34. In a Glass Cage – 1987
  35. Requiem for a Dream – 2000
  36. Titicut Follies – 1967
  37. August Underground – 2001
  38. August Underground’s Mordum – 2003
  39. Visitor Q – 2001
  40. Blood Feast – 2003
  41. Martyrs – 2008
  42. Man Behind the Sun – 1988
  43. I Stand Alone – 1988
  44. High Tension – 2003
  45. Kill List – 2012
  46. Snowtown – 2011
  47. Funny Games – 2007
  48. Gummo – 1997
  49. We Need to Talk About Kevin – 2011
  50. The Human Centipede Trilogy – 2009-2015
  51. Natural Born Killers – 1994
  52. Raw – 2016
  53. Mother! – 2017
  54. The Hills Have Eyes – 1977
  55. Bite – 2015
  56. Slither – 2006
  57. Voyage to Agatis – 2010
  58. Grotesque – 2009
  59. Found – 2012
  60. The Virgin Spring – 1960
  61. American History X – 1998
  62. Deliverance – 1972
  63. Battle Royale – 2000
  64. Midsommar – 2019
  65. The ABC’s of Death – 2012
  66. Enter the Void – 2009
  67. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974
  68. Saw Films – 2004-2017
  69. Psycho – 1960
  70. The Skin I Live In – 2011

The Lost City (2022)

The Lost City is a 2022 American action-adventure film directed by The Nee Brothers and starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Brad Pitt. 

Loretta Sage is a moody middle-aged author who writes romance-adventure novels centered around a fictional hero named Dash McMahon, who is played by cover model Alan Caprison. Her publisher, Beth, insists that she must go on a book tour with Alan as an effort to soften Loretta of her secludedness. 

After a messy start, mostly because of the popularity of Alan’s Dash image, Loretta is met by the outlandish billionaire Abigail Fairfax. Fairfax realizes that Loretta has based her books on actual historic research she did with her dead archaeologist husband. Fairfax has found a lost city on a remote island and is convinced that this is the location of ‘The Crown of Fire,’ a priceless treasure. When Loretta refuses to help decode an ancient map to the treasure, Fairfax who is scared the location will be destroyed by an an active valcano, kidnaps Loretta and takes her to the island. Alan, who is secretly crushing on Loretta, witnesses her kidnapping. He gets Jack Trainer, an ex-Navy SEAL turned CIA operative, to meet him at the island and map out a rescue mission. Beth finds out about Loretta’s abduction and also goes to the island to try to save her. 

This is not just an action-adventure film, it is also a screwball romantic-comedy film. It doesn’t shine like so many classic treasure hunting or comedy movies, but the cast makes it very entertaining. Not once is this film boring. Lots of the humor is cheesy and awkward, but that just makes this movie more enjoyable. You find yourself laughing out loud at many times throughout the production. 

You have an all-star cast, but this is far from their best work, which is probably one of the points of the movie and that does make it more humorous. It does prove that they are versatile actors and can do both serious and comedic roles. The acting is great. The storyline is beyond silly, but that’s the main point of the film. The soundtrack is perfect, except for Pat Benatar’s “Shadows of the Night,” which is about questioning how strong a relationship is, but some people don’t care about song meanings. The scenery of the Domenican Republic is absoutely breathtaking. 

Some scenes can be hard to hard to watch for those with claustrophobia and there is a bit of violence and foul language, but nothing over the top. The plot of of this film is a lot like Romancing the Stone, but worse, in fact, it’s more like a parody of the movie. It won’t be winning any awards Lost City, but it is wildly entertaining. It’s not a movie that I was dying to see, but it is worth a watch for the cast, humor and scenery. 

Overall, a very funny movie and I like the story with a story type plot. The film could’ve been less cheesy and awkward and less time could’ve been spent on trying to decipher the map’s code. In general, this is a very enjoyable film. It’s not awful, but far from being fantastic. It’s a good movie to see on a date or with friends. Would I watch it again? Probably not, unless it came on TV and there was nothing else on. 13+ 3.5/5 

Classic of the Week: Gigi (1958)

Gigi is a 1958 musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minelli and is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. At the 31st Academy Awards, the film won all nine of it’s nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Minnelli. It stars Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gringold, Evan Gabor, Isabel Jeans and John Abbott. 

The film is set during the Belle Epoch at the turn of the 20th century. While in Bois de Boulogne, Honore Lachaille comments that in Paris, marriage is the main option for wealthy young bon vivants like his nephew Gaston, who is bored with his life. Gaston does enjoy spending time with Madame Alvarez and her granddaughter, the happy-go-lucky Gilberte, lovingly known as Gigi. Gigi’s mother (a singer who is heard but not at all seen) leaves her in the care of Madame Alvarez. 

Following the traditions of their family, Madame Alvarez sends Gigi to her sister Alicia (Gigi’s great aunt) to be coached to be a courtesan, which is a fancy term for a wealthy man’s mistress. She learns proper etiquette and charm, but Gigi rejects the petty love between a man and his mistress. She prefers having fun with Gaston, who she sees as na older brother. 

Like his uncle, Gaston is known as a rich womanizer in Parisian high society. When his current mistress has an affair, he publicly embarrasses her, resulting her fake suicide attempt. He decides to move to the country, but his uncle insists that he stay in Paris and go to more parties. 

When Gaston goes to Monte Carlo, great aunt Alicia and Madame Alvarez plot to turn Gigi into Gaston’s mistress. Gigi accepts it as being predetermined. When Gaston returns, he is perturbed when Gigi shows off her new ladylike gown. He citicizes her dress, prefferring her childish fashions; she makes fun of his taste in clothes. Insulted, Gaston leaves, then swiftly realizes his foolishness and returns to apologize. He offers to take Gigi to tea on the Reservoir, but Madame Alvarez interrupts saying that seeing Gigi with him in public could ruin her reputation.

Angry, he leaves again. He walks around and thinks about Gigi, realizing that he has developed romantic feelings for her. Although he is hesitant because of her young age, he realizes that he is in love with her. He wishes to be near her- a behavior unheard of between a man and his mistress. 

Although this film takes place is 1900 in Paris where it was common at that time for teenage girls to be groomed to be mistresses and brides to older, somtimes MUCH older men, it is still very creepy. If this sort of thing happened today, it would not only be considered immoral, but it would be illegal in many countries. The song that Hornore Lachaille sings in the begining of the film, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” sounds like the pedophile’s anthom, especially the way he walks around smiling, chuckling and tipping his hat at girls. Also in the scene, he talks about charming girls and how they become even more charming when they become ladies. The song also is creepy for the line “Without them, what would little boys do?” 

This movie glosses over the fact that she is being coached into being courtesan, much like Break at Tiffany’s glosses over the fact that Holly Golightly is a escort. Despite this, it is still both charming and creepy. Gigi is a lovely girl of just sixteen and far too young to be a doxy. She is a typical teenage girl and not a super girly one, until her grandmother and great aunt change that and make her ready for the arms of a man. Yes, she is beautiful and delightful, but that shouldn’t have meant she was ready for courting or marrying a much older man, a boy in her age range is much more appropriate. But you have to realize that times were different then in France and females had little rights. 

This film resembles My Fair Lady, so the story is not very original. Despite that, the acting superb from all the main cast. The costumes are spectacular. The songs, all good, except for the theme song “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” although you can tell a few stars are lip syncing. 

Overall, a well done film. With the unoriginal story and uncomfortableness, this movie did not deserve Best Picture or even Best Director. The entire film is about turning a sixteen year old girl into a rich man’s mistress and for what reason other than reputation for both? I can’t believe such a movie with this subject matter was so appraised and won so many awards. It is one of the creepiest Oscar Best Picture and Golden Globe Best Musical or Comedy winners ever. The loveliness doesn’t take away the awkwardness, but does make it somewhat enjoyble to watch. 13+ 2.5/5 

Deep Water (2022)

Deep Water is a 2022 erotic psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne, based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, with Tracy letts, Lil Rel Howery, Dash Mihok , Finn Wittrock, Kristen Connolly, Jacob Elordi, and Rachel Blanchard. It marks Lyne’s return to filmmaking after a 20-year hiatus since his last film Unfaithful (2002). It is Disney’s first erotic film in 28 years since Color of Night (not counting any from Miramax Films before 2010, nor those recieved from 20th Century Fox catalog0 and is Hasbro’s first erotic film after the acquisition of Entertainment One in 2019. 

Vic and Melinda Van Allen are a couple with a daughter living in the small town of Wesley, Louisiana. Their loveless marriage is bonded together only by a dangerous arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the mess of getting divorced, Melinda is alloed to have any amount of lovers as long as she does not abandon her family. Vic tells her one of her lovers that he murdered is her previous boyfriend. The story goes around their social group, causing the lover to move away raising questions as to the truth of the story. Melinda;s next lover is drowns at a party they are attending; and the next boyfriend, Tony is killed by Vic who throws the body in a creek. 

Viewers, after watching the trailer for this film, may think Deep Water is worth a plunge, but this film is far from being great and is definitely not Adrian Lyne’s best work. His return to filmmaking, makes film lovers excited, but after watching this movie, he should probably just go back to not working in the film industry, as this film is quite a disappointment and focuses far too much on Melinda’s multiple affairs and Vic’s murdering and doesn’t go into much detail about why that happens, how it started, how they met, etc, unlike Patricia Highsmith’s book, which is the source material. 

The film continually makes you angry at both of the main characters, particurally Melinda, who many times in the movie, cheats on her husband, right in front of him. The woman is a major adultress and only her husband and her lovers know this, she hides it from their daughter and friends. Eventually, their friends find out about her promiscuous ways and their daughter believes that her dad drowned her mom’s friend at the party. 

This film is far from realistic, because a normal husband would’ve divorced her after the first or second affair. There is also a lot of sex (of course), drinking, violence and foul language. The acting is supreb from both Affleck and de Armas and the sound is great as well. But the film is far too dark, sexual and disturbing to be remotely entertaining or even a little bit enjoyable. I don’t mind sensual films, but this one took it too far, making me so angry, I wanted to take a baseball bat to my TV. 

I wanted to enjoy this movie, but I did not at all. It was too dirty, too violent, too discomforting and too slow. I don’t understand how such a film like this ever got greenlit. Don’t waste your time with this movie. Adults only. 2.5/5 

Is Cinderella Weak or Strong?

Cinderella or The Glass Slipper is a folk tale with thousands of adaptations and no one really knows where the story comes from or when it was first written. The protagonist is a young woman living in poor circumstances that are suddenly changed to surprising serendipity. There are many different origin stories about this story, all claming to be the real one. 

The story is often said to be a folk tale for children, though many versions are any but child friendly. In many versions of the tale, Cinderella is a teenager with fairly wealthy parents. First her mother dies of an illness, then her father remarries and suddenly he dies, but we are left questioning whether he died of a disease or if his second wife murdered him. In the Grimm Brothers’ Aschenputtel, which came out in their fairytale compilation  in 1812, Cinderella goes to her mother’s grave every day and weeps, but remains pious and good, despite her circumstances. It has the same story of her stepsisters ripping her homemade ball gown to shreds and her godmother giving her a new one and telling her to go and have fun at the ball, but the spell is broken at midnight, but with darker parts. 

In one scene, one stepsister cuts off her toes to make the glass sipper fit. Also the stepsisters and stepmother are more than just verbally abusive to Cinderella, they are also physically abusive and only feed her enough to keep her alive enough to abuse more. In the scene where Cinderella marries the prince after the slipper fits her, she rides off in the carriage to the castle with her new husband and though the stepsisters and stepmother are invited to the wedding, the birds claw their eyes out, pull their hair and rip up their clothes and scratch their faces bloody as well. How is this a children’s story? 

In the Chinese version, the godmother is replaced by a fish and Cinderella doesn’t mope around waiting for her happily ever after, she is actually a witch who can disappear. Charles Perrault’s Cinderella, is the closest to what we know and what Disney used as the basis for the 1950 animated movie. But Grimms read his tale and added their own twists of Germanic folktale tradition and came up with an equally weird and more disturbing version. 

But there have been arguments for decades and centuries about whether Cinderella is weak, strong, a feminist character, or not. In the Perrault version of the story and Disney films, she is nineteen years old and maybe that was still considered a child in that day and age, but by today’s standards, that’s legally an adult. Actually eighteen means you are finally legally an adult in today’s society (at least in America). So if that had been case and she were legally a grown up, why didn’t she get her share of her parents’ money and get her own place? Why did she choose to stay behind with her evil stepmother and stepsisters? Why did she allow them to abuse her? Why didn’t she stand up for herself? Why didn’t she run away when she had the chance? 

If she was legally still a child, I guess she didn’t legally have a choice, orphanages didn’t exist then, so she couldn’t have just gone and gotten adopted by a hopefully loving family. I guess living with her steps was better than being homeless, at least she got a roof over her head, a bed, food and water. But even if she was rightfully a woman, women in her time had little to no rights. Only men could be lawyers, judges, rulers of kingdoms and oftentimes married first. Women usually did whatever men told to do without question. Men also made more money. Women seemed to only be there to be wives and mothers, maids, seamstresses or governesses. Cinderella maybe valued herself more or just had no choice by to stay at home with the three devils. 

Oftentimes Cinderella is said to be strong and a role model character for females. But how is she a role model if she doesn’t even stand up herself and/or fight back or go get herself some help? What screams heroine about her? She just stands there taking all their mistreatment of her, she is pretty much a human punching bag. Either she was weak, stupid or both. She doesn’t enjoy the treatment she goes through, but does nothing about it. It makes no sense at all, because a real hero doesn’t crap from anyone, but she does. 

She accepts sleeping in a cold dirty attic without a bed, no soap, only freezing cold water to bathe with, eating scraps and doing chores all the time and being taken advantage of badly. I’m sure, had she gotten out of that situatuation, someone would have taken her in and given her a better life. But I guess the strong can come from how she takes all the abuse and still remains strong, nice and hopeful. But can she be both fierce and weak? In my opinion she is. She remains tough through the daily bullying she receives, but doesn’t do a damn thing to stop it at the same time. 

Cinderella isn’t exactly a positive role model, especially for girls and young ladies, but she isn’t exactly the worst either. She’s not one that I would my daughter, granddaughter, niece or even friend’s daughter to be like. I’d want them to not take any crap from anyone. I’d want them not try and avoid abuse and if they can’t to get help immediately. There are positive messages that come from the story we know of Cinderella, like being positive and staying, but there are negative ones too like, it’s okay to be miserable do nothing about it and you can only find true love when you’re dolled up, because they won’t love you any other way. 

Overall, this story is not one that should be used as a teaching lesson in staying strong, feminism or finding your soulmate, but can be used cautiously to teach being positive. Don’t use her full blast since she does let herself get hurt 24/7, until her fairy godmother comes along. But why then, why wasn’t the godmother there earlier? Why just for the ball and why just until midnight? Who knows. This is another twisted folktale that makes little sense. Is Cinderella strong, weak, or both? What’s your opinion? 

The Batman (2022)

The Batman is a 2022 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman and directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig. It stars Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis and Colin Ferrell. The film follows Batman, who has been fighting crime in Gotham City for two years, unveil criminality while going after the Riddler, a seriel killer who goes after Gotham’s high society citizans. 

On Halloween, Gotham City mayor Don Mitchell Jr. is murdered by a man who calls himself the Riddler. Hermitlike billionaire Bruce Wayne, who has worked as the sharp-eyed Batman, investigates with the Gotham City Police Department. Lieutenant James Gordon finds a message written for Batman by the Riddler, but Commissioner Pete Savage scolds him for bringing hero to the crime scene and makes Batman leave. The Riddler soon after kills Savage and leaves another message for Batman. 

Batman and Gordon find a thumb drive left behind in Mitchell’s car containing pictures of Mitchell with a lady, Annika Koslov, at the Iceberg Lounge – a nightclub operated by the Penguin, mobster Carmine Falcone’s lieutenant. While the Penguins pleads stupidity, Batman notices that Selina Kyle, Annika’s roommate, works as a waitess at the nightclub. Batman follows her home to ask Annika questions, but the roommates disappears, so he sends Selina back to the club to get answers. Selina shuts off comunication with Batman when asks her about her relationship with Falcone. 

The Riddler abuducts Colson, straps a timed collar bomb to his necks and forces him to interrupt Mitchell’s funeral. When Batman showas up, the Riddler calls him via Colson’s phone and threatens to denotate the bomb if Colson cannot answer any of the riddlers his is given. Batman helps him answer the first two, but Colson refuses to answer the third one, because the answer maybe the Penguin, who may track him to make a drug deal. 

Batman and Gordon follow the Riddler’s track to a runned down orphanage, funded my Bruce’s murdered parents, where they learn that the Riddler holds a grudge against the Wayne family. Selina tells Batman that Falcone is her father, though Falcone doesn’t know. She learns that Falcone strangles Annika because Mitchell told her that Falcone was the witness and decides to kill him. Batman and Gordon arrive at the lounge in time to stop her, but the Riddler kills Falcone as he is arrested. The Riddler is unmasked as forensic accountant Edward Nashton and incarcerated in Arkham State Hospital, where he complains about failing to kill Bruce. He doesn’t realize Bruce is Batman, whom he idolizes when he became a criminal. Batman learns through searching Nashton’s apaprtmant, that he has stationed car bombs around Gotham and had an online following that plans to kill the may-elect. 

Being a big fan of Christian Bale’s Batman, I was skeptical about Robert Pattion playing the character, but he does a great job. The film is action packed, violent, disturbing and uses lots of foul langauge. Over half of the movie is filmed at night. The effects are great, the all of the costumes are fantastic, except for Selina’s/Catwoman’s mask, that’s basically just a pointed ski mask that’s been cut up. At least the terrible Halle Berry Catwoman had a sexier costume. 

Robert Pattinson is outstanding as Batman, bringing to the character a ruggedness, toughness and sensitiveness. Zoe Kravitz is great as Seline Kyle aka Catwoman, bringing sexiness and resilience to her role. Paul Dano is amazing as the Riddler. Colin Ferrell is fantastic as the Penguin and the costumes and makeup are so well done for his character, that he is completely unrecognizable. Jeffrey Wright does a superb job as James Gordon and John Turturro is terrific as Carmine Falcone. Peter Sargaard does a fine job as Gil Colson and Andy Serkis equally good as Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s butler. 

The film is very well done, but parts are very slow and too much time is spent on the Riddler, so the movie should have been called The Riddler and not The Batman. It is a very long film at nearly three hours and does drag on, making wonder if it’s ever going to end. I found myself at times very bored and some scenes are really hard to watch, especially those involving the Riddler. Many scenes are too long like the scene in which Batman, Gordon and the rest of the investigators are investigating Riddler’s apartment. The Riddler escapes his home and they just stay a bit too much longer inspecting his place, instead of trying to capture and lock him up and then going back to his place. Also the scene where Batman visits Naston in jail and Nashton starts getting angry and upset, is stretched out too far and Batman doesn’t get to say much to him. 

Had the film been shorter, less violent and disturbing and had more sunlight, it would’ve been more enjoyable. It wasn’t awful, because the acting, costumes, makeup and cinematography was magnificent, but it wasn’t sensational. Sorry Matt Reeves, but Christopher Nolan’s Batman has you beat. 18+ 3.5/5 

Best Dance Scenes in Films

  1. Jumpin’ Jive – Stormy Weather (1943)
  2. Final Ballet – An American in Paris (1951)
  3. Begin the Beguine – Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
  4. America – West Side Story (1961)
  5. Take Off With Us – All That Jazz (1979)
  6. Dancing in the Dark – The Bandwagon (1953)
  7. Ballet Sequence – The Red Shoes (1948)
  8. Whatever Lola Wants – Damn Yankees (1958)
  9. Opening Sequence – La La Land (2016)
  10. Dance Battle – You Got Served (2004)
  11. The Way You Make Me Feel – Center Stage (2000)
  12. Dance Scene – House Party (1990)
  13. Crazy Rhythm – The Cotton Club (1984)
  14. Let’s Face the Music and Dance – Pennies From Heaven (1981)
  15. Got a Lotta Livin to Do – Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  16. The Duet – White Nights (1985)
  17. Closing Scene – All of Me – (1984)
  18. Rich Man’s Frug – Sweet Charity (1969)
  19. Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  20. More Than a Woman – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  21. I’ve Gotta Hear That Beat – Small Town Girl (1953)
  22. I’ll Take Tallulah – Ship Ahoy (1942)
  23. Title Number – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  24. Never Gonna Dance – Swing Time (1936)
  25. Barn Dance – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  26. Final Dance – Dirty Dancing (1987)
  27. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Stepmom (1998)
  28. Dance Rehearsal and Competition – Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  29. Twist Contest – Pulp Fiction (1994)
  30. Next – A Chorus Line (1985)
  31. Pick Yourself Up – Swing Time (1936)
  32. Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  33. Final Dance Scene – Flashdance (1983)
  34. Step in Time – Mary Poppins (1964)
  35. Cheek to Cheek – Top hat (1935)
  36. Cool – West Side Story (1961)
  37. Super Freak – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  38. The Big Audition – Save the Last Dance (2001)
  39. Ballroom Scene – Enchanted (2007)
  40. Dance Scene – Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
  41. The Inconceivable Sight – Strictly Ballroom (1992)
  42. Sixteen Going on Seventeen – The Sound of Music (1965)
  43. Final Scene – Billy Elliot (2000)
  44. Tango Scene – Take the Lead (2006)
  45. Shall We Dance? – The King and I (1956)
  46. The Best Things Happen While Your’e Dancing – White Christmas (1954)
  47. Brand New Girl – Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
  48. Someone in the Crowd – La La Land (2016)
  49. Born to Hand Jive – Grease (1978)
  50. Nightmare Dance – Black Swan (2010)
  51. Cell Block Tango – Chicago (2001)
  52. You Should Be Dancing – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  53. The Final Dance – The Artist (2011)
  54. Too Darn Hot – Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  55. A Lovely Night – La La Land (2016)
  56. Girl Ballet Hunt – The Bandwagon (1953)
  57. Human Waterfall – Footlight Parade (1933)
  58. The Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  59. I Got Rhythm – An American in Paris (1951)
  60. Prologue – West Side Story (1961)
  61. Make ‘Em Laugh – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  62. Opening Credits – Do the Right Thing (1989)
  63. Thriller Dance – 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  64. Rain on the Roof – Paddington 2 (2018)
  65. Bohemian Dance – Funny Face (1957)
  66. The Lady in the Tutti-Fruitti Hat – The Gang’s All Here (1943)
  67. Line Dance – Footloose (1984)
  68. Mein Herr – Cabaret (1972)
  69. Street Dance Scene – Fame (1980)
  70. The Swan – Funny Girl (1968)
  71. The Laendler – The Sound of Music (1965)
  72. Good Morning – Sinin’ in the Rain (1952)
  73. Stepping Out With My Baby – Easter Parade (1948)
  74. Every Dance Scene from 42nd Street (1933)
  75. Dance Scene – For Me and My Gal (1942)
  76. There’s No Business Like Show Business – Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
  77. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Mary Poppins (1964)
  78. All That Jazz – Chicago (2002)
  79. Hard Knock Life – Annie (1982)
  80. Big Spender – Sweet Charity (1969)
  81. Aquarius – Hair (1979)
  82. Put On Your Sunday Clothes – Hello, Dolly! (1969)
  83. What a Swell Party – High Society (1956)
  84. I’ll Capture Her Heart Dancing – Holiday Inn (1942)
  85. Dancing on the Ceiling – Royal Wedding (1951)
  86. The Binge Transh Can Dance – It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)
  87. The Prison Dance – Jailhouse Rock (1957)
  88. Gamble Dance – Guys and Dolls (1955)
  89. You Gotta Have a Gimmick – Gypsy (1962)
  90. Can Can Dance Scene – Can Can (1960)
  91. Beat Out Dat Rhthym on a Drum – Carmen Jones (1954)
  92. Day-O (Banana Boat Song) – Beetlejuice (1988)
  93. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Big Chill (1983)
  94. That’s Entertainment – The Bandwagon (1953)
  95. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off – Shall We Dance (1937)
  96. Slap That Bass – Shall We Dance (1937)
  97. Dancing in the Stars – La La Land (2016)
  98. The Club – Int the Heights (2021)
  99. Christmas Dance – Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  100. Every Dance Scene from And Then We Danced (2019)

Dog (2022)

Dog is a 2022 American comedy drama road film directed by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin both maing their directorial debuts. The film stars Tatum as an Army Ranger who must take the dog of his fallen commander to the funeral. The film also stars Jane Adams, Kevin Nash, Q’orianka Kilcher, Ethan Suplee. Emmy Raver-Lampman and Nicole LaLiberte. 

U.S. Army Ranger jackson Briggs is commissioned with bringing Lulu, a Belgian Malinois military working dog, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington to Nogales, Arizona in time to attend her handler’s funeral. On the way, Briggs has to come to terms with his post-traumatic stress disorder as well as his trouble with making emotional connections. 

This movie is filmed mostly on the road. Tatum’s character, Jackson Briggs is at first very unlikeable, because he is a selfish, heavy drinker and tries to pick up random ladies. He leaves the dog in his truck, ususally tied up alone with no food, water or chew toys. The dog goes crazy with boredum, hunger and cabin fever and starts barking incessantly, tearing up items in the truck as well as destroying the seats. Eventually, Briggs learns how to handle Lulu and stops the negligence and abuse towards her and she becomes calmer and friendlier and even sweet to him and the two become best friends. 

Some of this film is tough to watch, as it can be offensive to dog and animal lovers, especially the way Lulu is mistreated for much of the story, also the way Briggs treats himself in the beginning by constantly drinking, trying to pick up ladies, drinking and driving and not wearing a seatbelt. But once you get past all that, the film is heartwarming and will make you tear up. This movie is so touching, it will make even a cat person cry. 

Channing Tatum is great throughout the movie, bring the humor, ugliness and love to the main character. This is definitely one, if not the best of his roles. Parts of the film are extremely offensive like I said, the animal abuse, and the scene where Briggs pretends to be a blind war veteren with his war veteran guide dog just to get a room at a fancy hotel and dinner and drinks at an expensive restaurant. The latter scene does have a very sweet part where it has Briggs with Lulu in a bathtub, giving her a bath. 

I wish this film hadn’t spent so much time on the road and more time was spent on his time in the Army with his Army dog. So much of the time that was focused on his Army time and Lulu’s handler’s time is told and shown in a scrapbook and a DVD of camera footage from Lulu’s collar camera (though we don’t get much of that). But the movie does a great job of going from making you uneasy to to warming your heart and making you believe in the power of dogs and how much impact they have on the lives of humans. 

Tatum is not an actor of a destinct range, but he knows what his viewers want and this film, he gives them more than what they expected. He has come a long way from the “Magic Mike” Tatum that made him a household name. He is doing more serious roles and trying not to become typecast like so many others. This is not a film that deserves any awards and at times it’s a bit slow, but it’s not bad or even boring despite that. 

On the surface it looks like just another road trip movie or another “Tuner & Hooch” but it’s not, though at as funny or entertaining, it’s story has layers and makes it worth watching. It makes you love dogs even more and believe in the power of love and friendship. You don’t have to be an Army supporter or dog person to enjoy this movie or get any deep emotions from it. It is a well done emotional film from beginning to end, though maybe not the best of this year so far, but likely not the worst either. I can’t say whether to watch it or skip it, this one is up to you, since I liked, but not loved it. I will say, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin did fine job on this one. 13+ 3.5/5 

The Bad (and Not So Bad) of Bridget Jones

When the first Bridget Jones book Bridget Jones’s Diary came out in 1996, the author Helen Fielding said it was a feminist book and it was an instant best seller, fast-forward five years and the 2001 film version starring Renee Zellweger comes out and teen girls and women fall in love with the awkward character once again. But in reality, there is far much negativity with the character. It has been nearly twenty-one years since the first film was released to mostly favorable reviews, but the protagonist and stories have not aged well.

For one, within the first five minutes of the film, there’s a terrible joke about Auschwitz, a racist joke about Japanese people and a butt grabbing uncle. No lovely introduction for a rom-com. Much of the film revolves around Bridget’s weight, her smoking and relationships with two very dull men, one of whom is a pig. The weight subject is hard to ignore and they make Bridget seem fat, when she never is. Her weight being between 125 -136 pounds in the first film, which make her BMI in the healthy range for her 5’5″ height. But Renee Zellweger had to gain like 30 pounds for the role, but still nowhere near fat, just curvy, which a much healthier image than those waiflike models that storm runways. Better than promoting too thin like Kate Moss or Kaia Gerber or promoting obesity like Lizzo or Ashley Graham. Bridget should have been proud of her curves and being a healthy weight, not ashamed.

She should have just stopped smoking, drinking and started exercising and eating healthy and not wasting her time, puffing away, getting drunk and wallowing in her loneliness and self hatred with junk food, sad music and romantic movies. She is so naive and desperate to find love, she falls for the first guy that shows her attention, who happens to her boss at work. He is inappropriate to her and she takes it all like gifts from him, from grabbing her butt in an elevator, to sending her steamy instant messages, to sleeping with her taking her on a trip away and even cheating her with thinner, younger woman whom is actualy engaged to. The only good thing she did with him is tell him off at work and quit, though later she finds her wondering if she wants him back.

The other boring man she is attracted to is Mark Darcy, a top London barrister, a Fitzwilliam Darcy (hence is name) type character, but less personality, who has known Bridget since she was a child. He is an awkward fellow, though not nearly as embarrassingly as her. In the first film, he seems to only want Bridget when she is seen with Daniel Cleaver (her boss) or any man. He does eventually fall deeply in love with her exactly the way she is, but the two couldn’t more oposite in every way except being British.

The film teaches ladies that sexual harrassment is okay and to just cover it up. Daniel Cleaver would have gotten #MeToo-ed in today’s world. The fact Bridget eats up all the inappropriate actions of Cleaver, is a sickening problem and glamourised for part of the first movie, until she finally realizes what she went through. Just taking it in the first place is awful enough. She at first is so desperate for a relationship, she’d do anything for one. The movie also makes the note of if you’re over 30 and single, your life is over. Not true, because some people find true love later in life and some people never do and are still happy.

The story glamourizes smoking, sexual harrassment and heavy drinking and is fat phobic, though the main character is far from overweight. They make it seem like weight loss and a relationship are the only things that can make a woman happy, which isn’t true at all. The naivety of the protagonist at times seems so much like a teenager that has never dated before and knows very little about sex, since she allows herself to be manhandled and made fun of. She also had created so many problems in her life from heavy smoking to heavy boozing to obsessing over romance and her body, instead of enjoying her life. She constantly complains but doesn’t do anything about until forced to. What kind of female role model is this?

The story isn’t all bad, because Bridget does eventually stand up for herself, get another job, stops smoking, works out, learns more about dating and goes after her true love. But the vast majority of the film is the oppsite of being feministic. It is not an inspirational story, in fact none of the books or movies are. In Bridget Jones’s Baby she doesn’t even know who the father is. Bridget is not the brightest bulb, in fact, she can be downright stupid. She constantly makes makes mistakes and pins so much negativy on herself that it oftentimes shows in the way she presents herself, her atitude, body language, etc. Who wants someone like that in their life? Why would anyone fall in love with a person like that?

Should Bridget Jones be cancelled for teaching the complete oposite of how to be a lady and feminist? Or should just say, “Oh well, it’s fiction?” To me stories like these are harmful because of how teach bad things. Like how these illuminate self-loathing, harrassment and how not to get a man to want you.

Bridget Jones is a relatable character for so many women, but not always in a good way. Her way of life is not always healthy or positive and we need more positive female role models. We need ones that embrace themselves with postivity, acceptance of the flaws they can’t change and changing bad habits. We also need ones that don’t just sit around and complain about their lives, they actually do something about it, because self-pity won’t get you very far. BJ tought me to hate myself and obsess over finding true love, not to enjoy life and be patient and love who I am. Not the kind of heroine I’m sure Helen Fielding set out to create, but she did, sorry, not sorry. There are other female icons real and fictional that uplift and inspire for the better, so bye bye Bridget!