February is drama month. Again, since I didn’t start these posts until April of last year, I will cover last February as well. Drama movies rank about the middle of the pack for me in my list of favorite genres. I’ll watch a good, compelling drama but if it can’t hold my interest, I’ll zone out. These movies do not suffer from that fate.
February 2022 Selections
- A Beautiful Mind (2001)
- The Blind Side (2009)
- Haywire (2011)
Haywire seems like a random choice given the fact that the other two movies are biopics. Obviously, these selections were made before I tried to group common movies. A Beautiful Mind is one of my favorite drama movies; so much so that I own the soundtrack (which is amazing). This movie won Best Picture in 2001 and rightfully so.
The Blind Side is also a great movie with great performances by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. I think Haywire is in there because I received the movie for Christmas and I was anxious to watch it. It’s one of my favorite movies starring Gina Carano (although I haven’t seen her latest, which I’ve heard is pretty good – assuming you can set your politics aside).
2023 Selections – Gangs and Gangsters
- Training Day (2001)
- Public Enemies (2009)
- Tombstone (1993)
- Road to Perdition (2002)
Training Day and Public Enemies were actually on the list last year but I did not get a chance to watch them. Training Day is a movie about a crooked cop who owes money to a Russian gang. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his role in that film. It is an excellent movie. Tombstone is about the true events of how Wyatt Earp stopped the Cowboys and it’s easily one of my all-time favorite movies.
The other two movies are more of the gangster genre of films. I love gangster movies. In fact, I created a gangster movie collection on my Plex server. Public Enemies is another movie based on the true events of John Dillinger, one of the most notorious bank robbers in US history. Road to Perdition is a great Tom Hanks gangster movie (FYI, Tom Hanks is one of my absolute favorite actors).
Bonus/Special Event Movies
February only has one special event movie and it should be fairly obvious. Groundhog Day. This is a movie I watch every year on February 2nd before I even started doing these monthly themes. It’s a classic film starring Bill Murray and if you haven’t seen it then you must be from another planet.
The bonus movie was the second Black Panther movie, Wakanda Forever. I haven’t written a movie review about it. I did quite enjoy the movie but I haven’t decided if I’m going to write a review about it since it’s been out for so long.
March is Comedy Month!
“The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.”
– Stanley Kubrick