Movie Reviews

What I Watched: January 2021

How is it that in lockdown every day can feel as long as a week, but the week itself can fly by? I actually can’t believe it’s February already. We’ve got another solid month of lockdown in the UK (UGH.) but as long as our numbers carry on the way they’re going, we should (fingers, toes and everything else crossed) be seeing restrictions eased sometime in March. Man, I just want to hang out with my family and have a date with my husband, I don’t need much.

Anyway – despite the start of the year being ABYSMAL (we won’t go into it – I’ve moved on), I watched a fair few movies in January. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

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Nomadland (2020) – I never got round to writing a full review of this one because honestly, I didn’t have much to say. I adore Frances McDormand and she’s excellent as always here but the movie itself was just fine. That’s an unpopular opinion I know but that’s just how it is. There was nothing I disliked, but there was nothing I loved either.

Another Round (2020)Full Review

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) – This has been on my watchlist ever since I fell in love with another Shane Black movie, The Nice Guys. Why did I put Kiss Kiss Bang Bang off for so long?! They’re very much the same movie for all the right reasons. I love the humour in these movies and I’ll definitely be watching both again soon.

Locked Down (2021)Full Review

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The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) – You know I love a mystery so I was looking forward to this one, despite the lukewarm reviews. I think it was going for that Fargo vibe which it really missed the mark on, but there was still plenty to enjoy.

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The Midnight Sky (2020) – I’m not sure how it’s possible for a Sci-Fi  movie to be so boring but here we are. I liked the set up to it but once George Clooney was left on his own with that kid…yawn. That said, something kept me watching and the ending hit me weirdly powerfully.

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Blithe Spirit (2020) – This was a solid 7/10 watch for me but if I’d seen it in a cinema it probably would have been a contender for Top 10 of the year. Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann in a ridiculous comedy together is like a dream come true for me but watching it at home whilst in a bad mood probably ruined the vibe. I need to watch this again!

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets (2021)Full Review

Greenland (2020)Full Review

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The Super (2017) – This was really bad. Like, actually bad. It’s so horribly edited and there were huge chunks of dialogue where it had clearly been dubbed over so the characters mouths didn’t match what they were saying at all. It had a solid beginning and then just descended into stupidity. I kicked myself for not working out the twist, too.

The Vanished (2020)Full Review

The Little Things (2021) – Full Review coming this week

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The Croods: A New Age (2020) – I watched the first Croods movie for Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone, and it turned out to be a really decent movie. That was 7 whole years ago though and I’m shocked but thrilled that the main cast returned for a sequel! I want to do a full review on this but not sure I’ll get around to it so I’ll leave you with this – it’s somehow just as good, if not better than the original.

I also watched Kill Switch (2017), Apostle (2018) and Permission (2017) as part of Mettel Ray’s Hidden Gems Challenge. As you can see, Dan Stevens was my January pick!

As far as TV goes, I’m fully on board the WandaVision hype train! I wish more shows would stick with the traditional, 1 episode a week release schedule. I just don’t like binge watching TV but it feels like if you don’t, you’re just going to have things spoiled on social media. Anyway – I didn’t know what to expect from WandaVision but I’m loving it. The first 3 episodes set up all this curiosity and then that fourth episode? It was incredible – whizzed by in a blur and I couldn’t believe it when it was over. I’m also watching Ted Lasso with my husband, I don’t know how I hadn’t heard about it until recently. I’ve always loved Sudeikis and he’s incredible in this. If it keeps up it’s a contender for my being in my top TV shows of all time.

15 thoughts on “What I Watched: January 2021

  1. Nice list of films! I really want to see most of these (only seen Midnight Sky & Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). And totally agree on wishing shows were released only once a week! Of course, that’s what I grew up on & am used to but I hate binge watch culture. Agree it feels you have to binge to avoid spoilers. Also, it’s great when everyone is talking about the same episode at the same time online with WandaVision and with The Mandalorian when it was on. Looking forward to seeing what happens with WandaVision tomorrow… 🙂

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  2. I’ve heard that a lot about Nomadland. I’ll give it a spin for McDormand but at least my expectations are tempered.

    I 100% agree about the weekly release schedule but Marvel has got to cut down on the spoilers already. Hopefully by the time Loki rolls around they’ll get it together!

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  3. Nice recap! I love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it’s so much fun! I miss Val Kilmer in movies.

    As for Nomadland, it’s one of those films I appreciate but not love. WandaVision just keeps getting better and better, can’t wait for another new episode tonight. Happy weekend!!

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  4. Great recap Allie! I really liked Midnight Sky. Haven’t seen either of the Croods movies yet and have been debating checking them out for quite a while….

    I’m on the fence like u with Nomadland. was good, but wasn’t as amazing as everyone seems to claim.

    Keep up the excellent work!

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    1. Wandavision has a lot of ties to the other Marvel movies. I’ve seen them all and a lot of references still went over my head. If you’re interested try and stick it out till episode 4 – if it hasn’t won you over by then I’d say it’s not for you 🙂

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