Plan your own Channing Tatum Personal Film Festival

I have completed viewing all the films credited to Channing Tatum on IMDB [that are not short films].  Or, as I refer to it:

The Channing Tatum Personal Film Festival. magic_mike

Or, given the quality of some of the films:
I watched them so you don’t have to.havoc

For your convenience, I have categorized the films for those of you who want to plan your own Channing Tatum Film Festival.

Movies where CT has a major part:DJ_IT_1Sht_18

  • 21 Jump Street
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Dear John
  • Fighting
  • Foxcatcher
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Magic Mike
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • She’s the Man
  • Step Up
  • Stop-Loss
  • The Book of Life
  • The Eagle
  • The Son of No One
  • The Vow
  • White House Down

 Movies where CT is not the main focus. 
Or: Only watch these films if you are interested in the movie.
(His role may range from a cameo to a bit part that doesn’t have much screen time. )guide_to_recognizing_your_saints

  • 10 Years—This is an ensemble and he’s in it as much as the other actors.
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints—Plays the angry friend of the main character.  He doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but is rather feral, which is rare.
  • Battle in Seattle—Ensemble cast.  He has a lesser amount of screen time than others in the ensemble.
  • Coach Carter—one of the many basketball players.  But figures greatly in the turning point.
  • Don Jon—Plays an actor in a cheesy romantic comedy.  Total screen time: approximately 30 seconds
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation—Very short-lived character.
  • The Lego Movie–Quick cameo as Superman.
  • Hail Caesar!–Plays an actor. Total screen time: maybe 10 minutes.  However, most of those minutes are a very wonderful tap dance routine.
  • Havoc—Dude in the background who has maybe three lines.
  • Haywire—Secondary character, but his first appearance was perhaps my favorite scene in the entire movie.
  • Public Enemies—Pretty Boy Floyd is not long for the world.  Maybe 30 seconds.
  • Side Effects—Isn’t around as much as one would think from the poster.
  • Step Up 2: The Streets—He doesn’t make a huge appearance, but he does dance.
  • Supercross—Plays a minor character with perhaps 5-10 minutes of screen time.
  • The Dilemma—Secondary character in a tremendously unfunny film.  However, he’s at his funniest here, but sadly, the rest of the movie is a hideous ball of crap.
  • The Hateful Eight–He makes a brief appearance in the last third of the film.
  • This is the End—Tiny cameo, but funny

Perhaps you would like to tackle the list by genre?
CT Movies divided by category:
(Major roles in bold font)white_house_down_ver8

Action/Adventure

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Haywire
  • Supercross
  • The Eagle
  • White House Down

shes_the_manComedy

  • 21 Jump Street
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Hail Caesar!
  • She’s the Man
  • The Dilemma
  • This is the End

eagleDrama

  • 10 Years
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
  • Battle in Seattle
  • Coach Carter
  • Don Jon
  • Fighting
  • Foxcatcher
  • Havoc
  • Magic Mike
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Public Enemies
  • Side Effects
  • Stop-Loss
  • The Book of Life
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Son of No One

step_upRomance

  • Dear John
  • Step Up
  • Step Up 2: The Streets
  • The Vow

Movies I most enjoyed
Or: Maybe you just want me to tell you which ones I liked.
(Major roles in bold font)vow

  • 10 Years—Great ensemble cast examining where they are 10 years after high school.
  • 21 Jump Street—Generally very funny, especially if you watched the original TV series.
  • 22 Jump Street–If you liked the first one, you will like this one.
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints—Uneven 80s NYC friendship drama that stuck with me.
  • Battle in Seattle—Interesting period piece.
  • Coach Carter—I’m a sucker for a good sports film.
  • Dear John—I was prepared to hate it, got sucked in and loved it.
  • Don Jon—Uncomfortable, but interesting.
  • Foxcatcher–sedately paced drama with great performances all around.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra—I was ready to grit my teeth through the whole thing, but it was a fun movie.
  • Haywire—Holy crap there are some good fight scenes in this.
  • Hail Caesar!–This movie is funny! And fun to watch.
  • Magic Mike—The movie that got me started.  Also, it’s much darker and deeper film than the previews would have you believe. Go Soderbergh!
  • She’s the Man—Funny adaption of Twelfth Night.
  • Side Effects—The less you know about this, the more you will enjoy it.
  • Step Up—I’m a sucker for a good dance movie and CT can move.
  • Stop-Loss—Solid returning soldier drama.
  • The Book of Life–Solid animated flick.
  • The Eagle—Made me wonder why there aren’t more movies set in Roman times. Plus!  Jaime Bell.
  • The Vow—Surprisingly well done and a great story.
  • This is the End—Hilarious.  But you have to be ready for boy humor.
  • White House Down—This had horrible reviews, but I thought it was great fun.

For Die Hard Complete-ists.  
Or:  Movies I don’t recommend you watch.
(Major roles in bold font.)fighting

  • Fighting—Not very interesting, but with fighting.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation—Maybe I was just mad I had nothing to look at but Adrianne Palicki, but this movie was not very entertaining.
  • Havoc—This movie disturbed me.
  • Jupiter Ascending–maybe will become a cult classic in 20 years, but right now just bad.
  • Magic Mike XXL–waaaay too long in the middle.
  • Public Enemies—So boring, despite its population of actors I usually love.
  • Supercross—Also not very interesting, but with no fighting.
  • The Dilemma—One of the worst movies I’ve seen in the last decade.
  • The Hateful Eight–If you’re a Tarantino fan, why not?  If not, don’t bother.
  • The Son of No One—Kind of a mess, structurally.

Here is IMDB’s list of all his films.

Three sentence movie reviews: Lego Batman

The jokes come fast and furious in this follow up to the Lego Movie.  I enjoyed Batman’s journey as well as the many cameos in the film.  Overall, a winner.

Cost: $4.00
Where watched: McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2017/lego_batman_movie.html

Three sentence movie reviews: White House Down

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I didn’t have much downtime this weekend, so when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it, then offered it up as an entertainment option for my sick (and bored) boyfriend.  On first viewing, I entered with low expectations and was happily surprised; this time I noticed that after about the 2/3rds mark EVERY line was cheesy.  However, I did again enjoy the breadcrumbs of plot that were nicely scattered and then returned to, as well as the way the plot kept dragging them back into the White House in plausible ways.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home with Matt

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2013/white_house_down_ver5.html

I’m sorry, but the comments are too good not to grab.  I love that some of them include their job titles.  Is a Visitor Experience Associate of the Science Museum of Minnesota qualified to judge this poster?  The internet says yes.

Adreanna Ramirez ·

might be the worst poster of the year. Its so bad on so many levels.
Shawn Grobel ·
walk away bro, just walk away.

Donnacha Kenny ·

“Cool guys don’t look at explosions…”

Bert Shuttlecock ·

Generic and uninteresting. Except ID4, the rest of the director’s credit is useless or even harmful!

Ryan O’Brien ·

Would have been so much better if he were looking at us incredulously with his thumb jerked behind him as if to say ‘Holy sh*t do you see that?’

Richard Nelson

When you’re the second movie about something in a year, why would you create a poster that resembles something from the first movie?

http://impawards.com/2013/olympus_has_fallen_ver13.html

Fred Carlsson ·

Bad bad bad.

Heidl Bär ·

John Carter of Earth?

Alexandro Olivera ·

Awwww the famous and inevitable red sparks.

 

Three sentence movie review: Hail Caesar

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Like the best of the funny Cohen Brothers movies, this has several laugh-out-loud moments, along with some random quirky stuff.  I loved the set design and the bits of movies we get to see.* It also manages to be a compelling story.

Cost: $8.00
Where watched: St. Johns Twin with S. North

*The pinnacle, of course, being Channing Tatum’s tap dance routine while in a very darling sailor suit.**  This was well worth the price of admission.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2016/hail_caesar.html

**See!unnamed

Three sentence movie reviews: The Hateful Eight

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There are things I like* and don’t like** about Mr. Tarantino.  I was excited to see this movie in 70mm UltraPanavision and for the first two-thirds I was reconsidering my anti-Tarantino stance, because everything was humming along nicely.  But after intermission, I was reminded exactly why I don’t like him and the film stopped working for me.

Cost: $15.00 (Roadshow pricing, completely worth it.)
Where watched: Hollywood Theater with a bunch of other 70mm/Tarantino fans.  (Mini review of Roadshow production: The Overture was fabulous.  During the movie, it was weird, but fun, to have to look back and forth across the screen to see everything.  I was surprised there wasn’t an “Intermission” title card during the intermission.  Overall, really fun, despite my dislike of one-third of the movie.)

*His commitment to the magic and mystique of movies, his characters and dialogue, his humor, the fact that his movies have awesome soundtracks.
**I think his movies (at least the ones I’ve seen) are incredibly slow.  Also, I don’t watch his films because the level of violence disturbs me, I don’t think it’s necessary, and I would prefer to go through life without those images in my brain.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/hateful_eight.html

Three Sentence Movie Reviews: Magic Mike XXL

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My expectations were low going in and indeed, this is a long, slow movie broken up with some good dancing now and then.  Characters from the earlier film*  are fleshed out** and there is a merry-go-round full of cameos and other supporting roles.  What could have been the romantic subplot is oddly subverted and only half developed and thus, this movie just becomes a very long wait for the next striptease.***

Cost: $5.00
Where watched: Regal City Center 12 with Christi.

*Interestingly, though the character of Matthew McConaughey’s Dallas is explained away, there seems to be no mention of Alex Pettyfar’s Adam, even though he was the main supporting actor in Magic Mike.
**Hah! By which I mean their personalities are more fully developed as we’ve already seen most of their flesh
***I look forward to coming across the DVD at the library in future years so I can just get to the dancing.

posters from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/magic_mike_xxl.html
(best comment: We all know what the focal point is on this poster… Channing Tatum’s manatee-faced torso)
http://www.impawards.com/2015/magic_mike_xxl_ver2.html
(the second one is a little more subtle)

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Three sentence movie review: Jupiter Ascending

I found myself asking “I wonder how they did that?” often while viewing this and eventually concluded I would have better enjoyed watching a “making of” feature about this feature, rather than the feature itself.  It was stuffed full of intricate detail, so it was pretty to watch, and I thank Filmspotting for putting their finger on exactly why I wasn’t interested, namely that CT drained every ounce of charisma from his character, making him boringly flat.  So this goes in the category of: I watched it so you don’t have to.

Cost: $7.50 (I broke my solemn vow to only spend movie money on movies and I bought a pizza.  So add another $12.00 to my total.  That’s 3 or 4 movies at the Laurelhurst.)
Where watched: Baghdad Theater, which I enjoy so much as a movie theater.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/jupiter_ascending.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Foxcatcher

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2014/foxcatcher.html

Much like Force Majeure, this movie gives ample time to examine all quadrants of the movie screen in each scene.  Unlike Force Majuere, this was a slow and interesting film, most probably because a lot of the screen was taking up with Mr. Channing Tatum.  I knew how the story ended (because I remember when it happened) and yet I still found myself wrapped up in the conclusion.

Cost: Free due to gift card
Where watched:  Regal Foxtower

Three sentence movie reviews: The Book of Life

There were many things to love about this movie:  the Mexican folk tale; the underworld; the fact it was incredibly pretty to look at.  However, I didn’t see large sections of it, because I kept falling asleep, even though I didn’t want to.  Chalk it up to the late start time and NOT the lack of interesting plot.

Cost:  $31.75 for myself, Matt, 3-D glasses, a bag of popcorn and a box of candy. (We were on vacation, so I rolled with it.)
Where watched:  Cornelius Cinemas

poster from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2262227/?ref_=nv_sr_1

When’s that Channing-Tatum-with-the-wolf-ears movie coming out?

I was thinking it was this weekend, but the Internet made me laugh arguing with itself.  The top search result plainly states July 18, 2014, but the picture next to that information says February 2015.
Phooey.  That was one of my five approved movies to see in the theater this summer. In happier news, this means I can sub in Boyhood  which I stupidly forgot to put on the list and which I’m dying to see.  Boyhood is going to be a better movie anyway.

Quoted on Filmspotting. About Channing Tatum, of course.

Filmspotting is a recent discovery, I stumbled across it last fall and really look forward to the weekly podcast, as well as dipping into the archives.  The hosts, Adam and Josh, spend a good 20+ minutes chewing over the movie they’ve chosen to review every week and there is always a top-5 list.  One of the other features is a reader poll.  Every other week they announce the results and read comments.  I’m excited to say I’ve been quoted twice before (both times talking about women and movies!) but the poll for this week was about Channing Tatum.  So you know I had stuff to say about that.  They even linked to my Channing Tatum Personal Film Festival blog post.

http://www.filmspotting.net/reviews/1180-496-top-5-films-of-2014-so-far-the-rover.html

If you would like to listen, click on the above link and then move along to the 25:40 minute mark.

Thanks Filmspotting for making my to-see movie list long, giving me something to listen to when I clean the house and also making me famous!  You know, in that internet way.