Big Tuna vs. Jon Berk – The February Take 5 Challenge
We are proud to announce the beginning of the first ever Berk Reviews/Big Tuna on Film Blog Take 5 Challenge, occurring during the month of February 2018. The purpose of this challenge is to bring awareness to films that may otherwise be ignored, namely independent cinema, both by bringing light to films that we feel were underappreciated or received too little exposure or by creating a greater appreciation for excellent cinema by forcing ourselves to sit through bad films.
Both Big Tuna and Jon Berk selected five films that the other person must watch during the month of February. They will write a review for each film to be posted on both sites. If one does not complete the challenge within the month, they must make a $5 minimum contribution to Enzian Forever in Orlando, Florida or sacrifice a film for which they are excited during the month of March.
The rules for the selection of films were:
- At least one film must be a bad film, as determined by personal opinion, critical response, or expectations.
- At least one film must be a good film, as determined by personal opinion, critical response, or expectations.
- A film must be available in one of the following formats: theater within a 15-minute traveling distance, a streaming service (such as Netflix or Amazon Prime), purchase or rental cost less than $5, or the loan of a DVD free of charge. If a film’s accessibility changes suddenly, the recommender may submit a replacement.
- At least three films must be films that the other person has never seen.
- No film can be a film ever reviewed by the person who is watching the film on their site.
Big Tuna’s selections for Jon Berk are (in no particular order):
(Good) In my opinion, Landline was one of the best indie comedies of 2017. It was a film that didn’t receive much wide exposure but deserved to. (Available on Amazon Prime.)
2. The Square
(Good) The Square was a really great foreign film from 2017 that didn’t get as much box office attention as it should have. However, it is a critical darling and even got an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film. (For rent on Vudu/Amazon.)
3. All That Jazz
(Good) In the past few years, Jon has come to the realization that he really likes musicals, and All That Jazz is certainly one of the most unique that I have seen, and as such, is one of my favorites. (I will lend Jon the DVD.)
4. Love & Friendship
(Good) Love & Friendship has a unique narrative structure because it is based on an epistolary novel by Jane Austen. I think that Jon will appreciate this as much as I did. (Available on Amazon Prime.)
5. Fifty Shades Freed
(Bad) I was very nice with my good recommendations, so I had to be cruel with my bad recommendation. Quite honestly, I want to have the review on my site, but I don’t want to watch the movie. I’m also interested to see if Jon will watch the whole series or go in blind to the finale. (In theaters beginning February 9.)
Jon Berk’s selections for Big Tuna are (in no particular order):
1. Miss Stevens
((Good) Timmothée Chalmet stars in a pretty solid movie about a not so innocent love. The film features some great performances and I think Big Tuna may enjoy it. (Available on Netflix)
2. The Boss Baby
(Bad) I didn’t see it and it’s nominated for an Oscar. Why not get a review for it up on our sites? (Available on Netflix.)
3. Hudson Hawk
(Bad critically) I love this movie even though I know it’s bad. I find great joy in so many aspects of it. While I already made Corey and Mike watch this film, I figured it would be good to get a write-up on it from Big Tuna, too. (For rent on Vudu/Amazon)
4. Norm of the North
(Bad) I knew this one was bad before the Rotten Tomatoes score came out. It sat at 0% for the longest time, but has found its way up to 9%. This is for making me see a Fifty Shades film! (Available on Amazon Prime.)
5. Personal Shopper
(Good) Quiet and thought-provoking, featuring an amazing performance from Kristen Stewart. (Available on Showtime.)
We look forward to sharing this month of cinema with you. If you have any opinions of these films, be sure to comment on the reviews or tweet with the hashtags #supportindiefilm and #FebruaryTake5Challenge.