the fall film challenge: picky recommends

August 7, 2015

for those of you interested in attempting this great feat, i have for you a list of the one-to-three best examples, in my expert, film-connoisseur opinion, using the links provided in the original ffc post, for each category.

one. any set in new york city. 
hitch. donnie brasco. one fine day.

two. any incorporating hot air balloons in the story.
the count of monte cristo.

three. any featuring a child as the main character.
kramer vs. kramer. home alone. my girl.

four. any disney film.
cinderella. pirates of the caribbean: the curse of the black pearl. inside out.

five. any set in egypt/has an egyptian character/stars an egyptian actor/actress.
night at the museum. night at the museum: secret of the tomb.

six. a close friend or family member's favorite film.
(from the responses i'd received when i'd polled friends and family)
love actually. the princess bride.

seven. any with the word great in the title.
the great raid. 

eight. any starring harrison ford.
star wars: episode v-the empire strikes back. morning glory. sabrina.

nine. any featuring an idiot as the main character.
ace ventura: pet detective. billy madison. tommy boy.

ten. any mentioned in levis strauss' list: denim in the oscars: a look at jeans in cinema.
brokeback mountain. ghost. field of dreams.

eleven. a film about a knight.
robin hood: prince of thieves. a knight's tale. king arthur.

twelve. a love story.
about time. dedication. five hundred days of summer.

thirteen. a movie about something miraculous.
saving private ryan. mr. magorium's wonder emporium. apollo thirteen.

fourteen. any starring an actor/actress with the same first name as yours.
(but of course, this only works if your name's jenn... which is actually pretty common, so...)
a beautiful mind. love happens. marley and me.

fifteen. a film about the olympics.
miracle. the cutting edge.

sixteen. a film on time magazine's list: the top ten newspaper movies.
(actually, i don't like any of'm on that list, so you'll get no help from me.)

seventeen. any with a question in the title.
(and i can't think of a single title for this one, either, that i can recommend. the closest would be who's afraid of virginia woolf? but damn, that's a depressing flick.)

eighteen. any with a score of ninety percent or greater on rotten tomatoes.
star trek (2009). the lord of the rings: the two towers. the bourne ultimatum.

nineteen. a film about a superhero.
marvel's the avengers. 

twenty. any with subtitles.

twenty-one. any incorporating unicorns in the story.
harry potter and the sorcerer's stone. legend.

twenty-two. a film about a personal victory.
memoirs of a geisha. life as a house. the way way back.

twenty-three. a film with black or white in the title.
men in black three. snow white and the seven dwarfs. little black book.

twenty-four. any set in a country you would most like to visit.
(for me, this would be austria)
the peacemaker.

twenty-five. a film set in a zoo.
we bought a zoo. 


  1. This is so much fun!! I heart One Fine Day and The Cutting Edge. I am going to have to try my hand at this.

  2. I've selected two of the movies you recommended. For Harrison Ford movies, I have an unexplained affinity for Regarding Henry. For knight movies, First Knight is a winner for me.

  3. Okay so I watched We Bought a Zoo and I didn't really like it....I also saw it at a kids event and thought it was bad because it discussed the Easter Bunny not being real! Fail! Haha!

  4. Okay I LOVE One Fine Day so much. I didn't know if it was a big movie when it came out even though it stars big actors. But it used to be on ABC Family all the time and I'd watch it every time it was on! Glad you mentioned that one. :) I don't know of a single actress/actor named Mattie.