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Sandra Bullock Movie Marathon - Part 1

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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Published January 14th 2022
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Sandra Bullock at the San Diego Comic-Con, 2013. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

I'm on a mission to watch (and/or rewatch) all of Sandra Bullock's movies. Why, you ask? Because Sandra Bullock is a global treasure (like a national treasure, only I like to think she is for all of us). Her filmography is too extensive to tackle all in one go (49 films and counting I believe), so I will be watching and briefly reviewing her films a few at a time. I must apologise in advance because this list will not be chronological, nor organised by quality or even theme. It will be just whichever movies I happen to get hold of and watch in whatever order that ends up being. With that out of the way, please join me in this festival of Sandra!

1. The Heat

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The Heat (2018) is an action-comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I was ridiculously excited to finally see a buddy cop movie with two female stars (there have probably been others, but I can't think of any of the top of my head) and this movie did not disappoint me. Melissa McCarthy gets to be the crusty, loose cannon type who nonetheless gets results, while Sandra's (if we are going to spend this much time together I reckon we should be on a first-name basis) character, Sarah Ashburn, is the straight-laced supercop who need to learn how to have fun.

The great on-screen chemistry between the two, combined with some cool action sequences, make The Heat well worth watching. It also gets some extra points in my book for Sandra's terrible dancing.

2. The Proposal

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Margaret Tate is the editor-in-chief of a New York publishing house who is about to be deported to Canada for violating the terms of her work visa. In a last-ditch effort to be allowed to stay she bribes her long-suffering assistant, Andrew (played by Ryan Reynolds) to marry her. She then has to accompany Andrew home to Alaska for the holidays, where she must convince his family, as well as the immigration officials, that the two are really a couple.

As in The Heat, Sandra's character is the boss that everyone hates. I'll be interested to see whether that's a trope that comes up a lot in her movies.

Ryan Reynolds is always good value. This movie also features the late, great Betty White as Andrew's grandmother, who joins Sandra in this movie's crazy dance scene. We also get some beautiful views of Alaska that made me really want to go there someday.

The Proposal is a fun rom-com in the style of Green Card (1990).

3. Bird Box (2019)

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Malorie is a single mother surviving and trying to protect her two young children in post-apocalyptic America. Surrounded by mysterious creatures who will cause anyone who sees them to kill themselves, she and the children try to make their way to a colony where they hope to find safety.

The Bird Box
is a science fiction/horror movie based on the book of the same name by Josh Malerman. I read the book and really didn't like it, but this is one of those rare instances where the movie adaptation is actually better. This is partly because it has Sandra Bullock in it, but also because of the sterling work of director Susanne Bier, and the sensible decision to never reveal to the audience what the monsters look like.

The cast also includes John Malkovich, Machine Gun Kelly and Sarah Paulson, although the latter doesn't get nearly enough screen time for my liking.

The Bird Box is a gripping survival movie, in which Sandra Bullock plays a fierce, butt-kicking mother in the manner of Ripley from Aliens. It began streaming on Netflix in 2018 and was the most-watched film on the service within a month of its release.

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