What I Watched: December 2019 & January 2020

Hello February! Thank goodness those 20 weeks of January are finally over. I got so caught up in putting together my Top 100 Movies of the Decade lists that I forgot to do a little roundup of everything I watched in December, so you’ve got a double whammy from me today. I’ve watched loads, and just haven’t found the time to write full reviews for a lot of what I’ve seen! Shame on me, but here are a few words on what I’ve been watching over the last two months.

Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)

Yes, I’m having a weird Andy Samberg phase, okay? Don’t judge me. There’s only so much joy rewatching terrible Adam Driver movies can bring me. I didn’t love Celeste & Jesse Forever as much as I hoped, but only because they were so funny together at the start I never wanted it to end, even though I knew it made sense.

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Funny Games (2007)

This movie was WILD. Thank you to whoever recommended it to me probably about 4 years ago, it’s been sat on my watchlist ever since. At face value it’s a fairly straightforward house invasion movie, but just with that little extra. Such a good ending, too.

The Kitchen (2019)

Honestly? This wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It got a bit too much towards the end but I was really into Elisabeth Moss’ character’s story and how she completely turned herself around from being pushed around to being a badass. It also has a vest-wearing Domnhall Gleeson sawing up a dead body in a bathtub. Which isn’t even the weirdest thing I’ve seen him do in a movie.

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Klaus (2019)

I can’t believe I never got around to doing a full review for Klaus. What an amazing little gem of an animated Christmas movie by Netflix! I was thrilled when it won a BAFTA and at this rate, if I even bother to stay up for the Oscars it’ll be to find out if Klaus wins again.

Black Christmas (2019)

Absolute garbage. I always try to find the good in a movie but the only thing Black Christmas had going for it was that it was so trashy, it was kind of fun to watch and poke fun of it.

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Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

The first Jumanji remake was surprisingly decent, and even though I knew The Next Level was getting okay reviews I still didn’t believe it could be any good. For me, it worked, because it was very much more of the same, but if you weren’t a fan of the first then you won’t like this, either. The highlight for me was Awkwafina, who somehow does a better Danny Devito impression than the man himself!

Parasite (2019)

What a movie. I thought I knew where the story was going. I was comparing it to Us (2019). Then wow. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong! To anyone hesitant about getting into foreign-language movies because of the subtitles – give this a go. I’ve seen woefully few myself, but if this movie doesn’t convince you to watch more then nothing will.

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Five Feet Apart (2019)

I put so much pressure on myself on New Years Day to start 2020 with an amazing movie that I watched nothing at all. I saw Five Feet Apart instead on January 2nd. Cried like a bitch. Regretted nothing.

Hot Rod (2007)

Yes, I started hunting down Andy Samberg movies on Netflix. DON’T JUDGE, remember? I had a blast watching Hot Rod and I’m gutted I waited so long to see it. It’s one of those movies where if I watched it when it first came out, I’d have seen it 20 times by now, and still be quoting it on a daily basis.

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The Irishman (2019)

I only watched The Irishman because I try to see all the Oscars Best Picture nominees before the actual night. Yes I know it’s got legendary actors, yes I know it’s directed by Martin Scorsese but it was LONG and it was DULL and you’ll never change my mind.

The Other Guys (2010)

After slogging through The Irishman I needed something fun and dumb to relax, and a bunch of you recommended The Other Guys when I made a list of my favourite Will Ferrell movies. I love you guys. This movie was so funny!

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That’s My Boy (2012)

…oh, this awful Adam Sandler movie stars Andy Samberg? Huh, weird. It’s almost like I’m stooping to really low levels…*cough*

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

I love a good mystery, and despite the lukewarm reviews, I was still keen to see Motherless Brooklyn. It was worth it for Edward Norton’s performance but it was lacking in so many places. It was too slow to make the reveal worth it, sadly.

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Ford v Ferrari / Le Mans ’66 (2019)

Can we not give movies 2 very different names, and use both? My brain can’t cope. Anyway, I enjoyed this so much more than I expected. I like Christian Bale but I’ve never really raved about him, but he was so good here! The final race was thrilling, and I was kind of sad when the whole thing was over.

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019)

This just wasn’t my cup of tea, to be honest. It took me at least half the movie to really get into it, and as much as I love Margot Robbie (she’s amazing) she just felt a bit wasted here. Some of the editing was really weird, too!

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Cats (2019)

Oh, what a movie to end on. Silly, naive me thought all the negativity around Cats was overexaggerated, and musicals usually win me over so I thought I might actually enjoy it. I didn’t. It was weird. Creepy. And every time someone said ‘Jellicle’ I only heard ‘genital’ which I can’t tell made it better or worse.

I also watched The Shining (1980), Doctor Sleep (2019) and Your Name. (2016) but haven’t included them here because I’m planning on writing full posts for them. If you missed any of my full reviews over the last 2 months here they are:

Knives Out (2019)
Frozen II (2019)
Noelle (2019)
Marriage Story (2019)
6 Underground (2019)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Little Women (2019)
The Gentlemen (2020)
Just Mercy (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
1917 (2019)
Bad Boys for Life (2020)

19 thoughts on “What I Watched: December 2019 & January 2020

  1. Funny Games was amazing. The long take towards the end with Naomi tied up was incredible and the rewinding scene was very well implemented. The only other Haneke film I have seen was Hidden from 2005 which was also very good.

    Hot Rod is very entertaining. One of my favourite comedies. I love the scene where they are all introducing themselves.

    The Irishman was bad. I’m not a fan of Scorsese (I found Wolf of Wall Street and Shutter Island pretty bad as well, but Taxi Driver was decent) and this was the most overly long and drawn out film I have seen in awhile.

    That’s My Boy was fun. I would never argue that its a good movie but if you take it for what it is, its fun. On the other hand, Cats is never fun. Just bad.

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was really good. I don’t like DiCaprio and this film didn’t change my mind on him. I have only ever liked him in Titanic and Romeo + Juliet. Still, I love Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie and they did well in their roles. Also, this is like the third time I have seen you point out the editing in the film. I didn’t notice the editing too much, in a good or bad way.

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    • I’ve added Hidden to my watchlist!
      I’m like a broken record, aren’t I? But seriously. There was a moment where a character walked towards Leo, then it cut and the guy was suddenly wearing a hat. I know it’s intentional and it’s done for a reason but I can’t work out why to save my life!

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  2. Funny Games is one of my favourite films. I’m so glad you got to see Parasite too. Asian movies often get overlooked overseas, and it’s exciting to see Bong Joon-ho getting international recognition. I’d highly recommend Memories of Murder if you haven’t seen it!

    I also agree with you on The Irishman. It starts off interesting but gets quite dreary… *hides from Scorsese fans*

    Also, I’ve been watching a lot of Brooklyn Nine Nine and can relate to your Andy Samberg phase. πŸ˜‰

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    • It could well have been you who put Funny Games on my radar in the first place!
      I saw Memories of Murder a couple of years ago and oh man, what a movie!
      Yesssss I am not alone in this strange Andy Samberg camp! πŸ˜€

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  3. I think we all have those actors we love so much we’ll watch in just about anything, even the garbage. And sometimes they’re so bad they’re fun… sometimes. πŸ˜€ I can’t believe I missed Klaus and I have a weird thing where I can’t watch Christmas movies if it’s not Christmas. Gah.

    I have Parasite on hold at the library and I’m getting so close to getting a copy. I’m just afraid the hype is so high that I’ll end up disappointed.

    So impressed when your list of movies this month. Wow.

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    • Totally agree with you on the Christmas movies thing, it’s my favourite time of year but watching those movies any earlier than mid-October feels so wrong! Get it on your list for this year though πŸ˜€
      I so hope you enjoy Parasite when you get your chance to see it!!

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