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Old 04-27-11, 04:16 PM   #4
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Re: May 2011 Make-Your-Own Challenge ***Lists Go Here***

2011 One Degree of Separation Challenge

Start with a Kevin Bacon movie
The next movie must feature someone who was in the previous movie
End with a Kevin Bacon movie (easier said than done)

Goal: 30
☼ = First Time Viewing

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May 1
01. Wild Things (1998) - Kevin Bacon ===> Matt Dillon
No matter how many times I've seen this, I always pick up something I've missed in previous viewings. And, I can watch Denise Richards all day long in this! 7/10
02. Employee of the Month (2004)- Matt Dillon ===> Steve Zahn
WOW, what a pleasant surprise! More twists and turns than Wild Things. I'm surprised this hasn't garnered more of a cult following. Great performance from Steve Zahn. 7/10
03. A Perfect Getaway (2009)- Steve Zahn ===> Milla Jovovich
Another movie with a twist. I guess today was twist day, although this one was a little more predictable. Pretty good film overall even if it did get a little far fetched toward the end. Beautiful looking blu-ray. 7/10

May 2
04. Dummy (2002)- Milla Jovovich ===> Adrien Brody
Pretty good dark romantic comedy with an excellent performance from Adrien Brody. Never seen him play a role like this. 6/10

May 3
05. The Brothers Bloom (2008)- Adrien Brody ===> Rachel Weisz
Excellent movie that keeps you guessing until the end and thinking about it afterwards. 7/10

May 5
06. Confidence (2003)- Rachel Weisz ===> Edward Burns
Another pretty good movie about running a con game. Edward Burns was smooth, but I seem to be in criminal genre rut. I always enjoy these movies, but I think I'll try to change it up a bit with my next selection. 6/10

May 6
07. Life or Something Like It (2002)- Edward Burns ===> Angelina Jolie
Not really sure what I think about this one. For the most part, an average film that had it's moments. Not great, but still watachable. 5/10

May 7
08. The Bone Collector (1999)- Angelina Jolie ===> Denzel Washington
Decent thriller. I had caught parts of it on cable TV in the past, but this is the first time I'd seen it in it's entirety and I enjoyed it. 6/10

May 8
09. The Siege (1998)- Denzel Washington ===> Annette Bening
Surprised to learn this was made in 1998. It could have been made yesterday and it would still be timely and relevant. A pretty good action film to boot! 7/10
10. In Dreams (1999)- Annette Bening ===> Robert Downey, Jr.
Starts out a little slow, but picks up steam toward the end. Very good and creepy performance from Robert Downey, Jr. 6/10

May 9
11. The Singing Detective (2003)- Robert Downey, Jr. ===> Mel Gibson
The only way to describe this is BIZARRE!!! I really didn't care much for it, it's just a little too out there for me. 3/10

May 10
12. Bird on a Wire (1990)- Mel Gibson ===> Goldie Hawn
Surprised by how much I liked this. Sure, it's got corny dialogue and improbable plot points, but the chemistry between Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn more than makes up for it. Only downside was the horrible non-anamorphic transfer. 7/10

May 11
13. The Banger Sisters (2002)- Goldie Hawn ===> Susan Sarandon
I didn't really care too much for this one. A bit of a struggle to get through. 4/10

May 12
14. Mr. Woodcock (2007)- Susan Sarandon ===> Billy Bob Thornton
Better than I expected. 5/10

May 13
15. School for Scoundrels (2006)- Billy Bob Thornton ===> Jon Heder
Another film that was better than I expected. I had never seen Jon Heder in anything expect Napoleon Dynamite, which I loved, but he really showed some talent here. 6/10

May 16
16. Blades of Glory (2007)- Jon Heder ===> Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell has always been hit or miss for me, but this was mostly hit. I really enjoyed it much more than I expected. Some good laughs and another good performance from Jon Heder. 7/10

May 17
17. The Producers (2005)- Will Ferrell ===> Uma Thurman
I'm usually not a big fan of musicals, but I am a fan of Mel Brooks and this has his stamp all over it. It is a little too long, but I stll enjoyed it for the most part. 6/10

May 18
18. Mad Dog and Glory (1993)- Uma Thurman ===> Robert DeNiro
Not really too crazy about this one. Bill Murray was the highlight as a mob boss, but the rest of the movie was average at best. 5/10

May 19
19. Righteous Kill (2008) - Robert DeNiro ===> Al Pacino
I know this gets a lot of hate on here, but what can I say, I like it. I saw it originally in the theater and I think I liked it even better the second time around. I love the genre and although it's not the best movie I've ever seen, it's far from the worst. 7/10

May 21
20. Donnie Brasco (1997)- Al Pacino ===> Johnny Depp
Excellent mob movie. Right up there with Goodfellas and Casino as far as I'm concerned. 8/10

May 22
21. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - Johnny Depp ===> Jack Davenport
One of my favorite movies of the last ten years. So much fun. 8/10
22. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) - Jack Davenport ===> Keira Knightley
Not quite as much fun as the first one, but still enjoyable. Gets a little bogged down with too many characters and a somewhat complicated plot. 6/10

May 23
23. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)- Keira Knightley ===>Orlando Bloom
WOW, there was a lot going on here. Tried to do too many things and would have benefitted by cleaning up the storyline and cutting 30-45 minutes out. 5/10

May 24
24. Elizabethtown (2005)- Orlando Bloom ===> Alec Baldwin
Not bad. I'm usually indifferent toward Keira Knightley, but I loved her in this role. Just the right amount of quirkyness. 6/10

May 25
25. The Edge (1997)- Alec Baldwin ===> Anthony Hopkins
Loved everything about it. Not sure how this managed to slip under my radar for so many years. 7/10

May 26
26. Fracture (2007)- Anthony Hopkins ===> Ryan Gosling
Another excellent movie. I think I like just about anything Anthony Hopkins does. 7/10

May 27
27. The United States of Leland (2003)- Ryan Gosling ===> Don Cheadle
I think there is a good movie in here somewhere, I just didn't find it. Very sad and depressing and maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this type of film. 4/10

May 29
28. Brooklyn's Finest (2009)- Don Cheadle ===> Richard Gere
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Quite possibly my favorite movie of the month. Just very gritty and dirty and realistic. 9/10

May 30
29. Internal Affairs (1990)- Richard Gere ===> Andy Garcia
Pretty good movie that deserves better than this non-anampohic transfer. 6/10
30. The Air I Breathe (2007)- Andy Garcia ===> Kevin Bacon
Entertaining film with four distinct storylines that come together in the end. It works in this case. 7/10

Last edited by jmsmath; 05-31-11 at 03:23 PM.
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