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Badly Drawn Movie Posters: Best of 2020

If you haven’t been lucky enough to be traumatised by any of my previous badly drawn movie posters then today is the day! It’s been too long since my last batch and after a fun-filled family day out, I’m far too tired to try and write anything sensible, so here we are.

There’s a theme, all 5 of these posters are from some of the best movies in 2020. Not necessarily my favourite movies, but certainly universally loved movies from last year. I guess you could argue one of them isn’t technically a movie, but now I’m just giving you free clues. See if you can guess any of them – my husband only got 1 right so he’s sleeping outside tonight.

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Excuse the smudgy mark on that last one, I’d used a load of cream of my hands (heat rash plus hand sanitiser is NOT fun) and smudged it on the paper! 

How do you think you did? Guessed any instantly? Spat out your drink from laughing at my art skills? I’ll give you the answers now, just keep scrolling…

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Here they are! How did you do? Let me know! And if you want to see any of my other badly drawn movie posters, I’ll link them for you now.

Badly Drawn Movie Posters: 2019
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My Year in Movies: 2020

I’ve been wanting to write this post for ages now, but I keep putting it off. Mostly because I don’t think it would be interesting for anyone else to read, but I’ve always used this blog primarily as a journal for myself anyway and if I don’t write it soon, I’m going to forget things and it’ll be pointless!

You know how certain songs, or even smells can remind you of a place and time? I get that, but with movies too. A lot of them just fade into the back of my memory but some I always associate with whatever was going on when I watched them. So that’s how this idea was born – I wanted to look back on 2020, the movies I watched that have specific memories attached to them. I’ve used Letterboxd to keep a film diary since 2014 so finding the dates is easy as pie.

January 2nd: Five Feet Apart (2019) – Went into work, found out everyone else decided to work from home and didn’t tell me. Joke was on them, I watched Netflix whilst manning the phones!

January 2nd: The Gentleman (2020) – Same day, first cinema trip of the year. Found myself wondering whether the first cinema watch of the year was deserving of a full 5 stars. It was!

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January 9th: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – 3rd rewatch of this, a cinema trip to celebrate the bestie getting a cinema membership. We cried over Ben Solo (again) in the car on the way home!

January 31st: Cats (2019) – Finally decided to see for myself if it was as bad as everyone said it was. Still certain that it was the start of the world turning to s**t.

February 9th: Birds of Prey (2020) – Got a ‘code green’ text from my husband and had to leave half way through to assist with a sick toddler. Went back the next night to finish it, and I freaked out at that same moment in the film.

February 14th: Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) – Our annual Valentine’s Day watch! Will it ever get boring? Nope!

March 1st: Dark Waters (2019) – Watched this with the bestie, we came out of the cinema terrified of our Teflon pans. Little did we know what was around the corner!

March 7th: Contagion (2011) – Pretty sure we all watched this around that time, didn’t we? Remember how we laughed at the time, never thinking things would get so bad?

March 16th: Misbehaviour (2020) – There was only me and 1 other person at the cinema. The next day, UK cinemas announced they were all closed indefinitely. Lockdown 1 happened just a few days after that.

April 2nd: Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020) – My husband was working late shifts due to his work staggering shifts, and I was watching terribly mediocre movies after putting my daughter to bed. These were bad times!

—– Then a huge break of still watching movies but not really enjoying them. Things sucked and I definitely lost my passion for movies and blogging during then —–

May 20th: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (2020) – When our daughter was a newborn and things were tough, we watched a lot of Kimmy Schmidt to cheer ourselves up. So this movie came at a great time!

June 26th: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) – The real Eurovision was cancelled but Lockdown 1 was lifting and hope was in the air. This was the movie that reignited the spark in me. JAJA, DING DONG!

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July 5th: Hamilton (2020) – The first of MANY, many watches of Hamilton, followed by an absurd amount of listens on Spotify. I’m still absolutely OBSESSED.

July 10th: Black Water: Abyss (2020) – Cinemas were reopening, although there was virtually nothing to see. I vowed to watch anything and everything, and although this movie was garbage, it felt so good to be home.

July 19th: Back to the Future (1985) – With no new releases, cinemas were showing the classics. With hindsight, I wish I’d watched more, but it still felt pretty awesome to watching something as grand as this on the big screen.

August 11th: Host (2020) – Ah, the first movie to feature COVID. We’ve got many more to come. Host scared the living daylights out of me, I had to watch the last 20 minutes on mute!

August 26th: Tenet (2020) – The only summer blockbuster we got! And a few days after my birthday too, what a treat. Love it or loath it, I’m still grateful for it. It was hugely instrumental to actually keeping the cinemas running through the few weeks they could open!

August 28th: Twilight (2008) – There were signs that a second COVID wave was coming, reading the news was depressing. Tenet had reignited my Robert Pattinson obsession and those things combined led me to start a Twilight marathon…

September 13th: The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) – All of the big movies were being pushed back again, leaving the smaller movies no-one had really heard of to pick up the slack. This ended up being one of my all-time favourite romcoms!

October 31st: It Follows (2014) – Halloween! Boris decided to ruin everyone’s fun by giving us a week’s notice of Lockdown 2. Tried to make the best of it with a family movie night.

November 1st: Horizon Line (2020) – Knew this would be my last cinema trip for a while. Didn’t realise it would be the last time my local cinema would be open for another 7 and a half months…

November 14th: The Gift (2015) – Watched this for a ‘virtual’ movie night I had with my family where we watched at our own homes and tried to synchronise our pause breaks!

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November 26th: Happiest Season (2020) – Christmas is the best time of the year, hands down. I’m still so sad I couldn’t watch this in the cinema but I was grateful that we were still getting some new releases through the streaming platforms.

December 16th: Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) – Lockdown 2 lifted at the start of December but with the country divided into ‘Tiers’ depending on the level of infections. Cinemas were banned in Tier 3 (my area) so I ended up driving for an hour to see this. Bittersweet!

December 21st: Promising Young Woman (2020) – I got emailed a screener for this as part of the Online Association of Female Film Critics, and with the buzz surrounding the movie I was absolutely over the moon!

So there we have it, what a year! A lot of lows but still some highs in there, too. It was fun to look back over the year and reflect on what happened and how I felt at the time! If you ended up reading all of that, you deserve some internet points for sure!

Movie Reviews

Wolfwalkers (2020)

wolfwalkers-movie-review-poster-2020Director: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Runtime: 103 Minutes

Main Cast: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tiernan, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Plot: Trying to settle in their new home in Ireland, Robyn (Honor Kneafsey) is desperate to join her father outside the city walls in hunting down the wolves who live in the woods. After sneaking out she meets Mebh, a young Wolfwalker looking for her mother.

My Thoughts: I love Disney. I grew up with Disney movies and I have them to thank for my love of animation. They continue to make fantastic movies – but I miss the older styles of animation that we don’t see in the mainstream studios anymore. Wolfwalkers is absolutely stunning, every single frame looks like a piece of art to be hung on the wall. It somehow looks so simple, but full of intricate details at the same time. You really have to see it to believe it.

This is the kind of movie I want to introduce my daughter to when her attention span is longer than an episode of Blippi! It’s about love, family, friendship, accepting others for who they are, and being open to a world of possibilities. Robyn is headstrong and determined, and will stop at nothing to help her family and friends. Mebh is wild and carefree, and yet guarded at the same time. They’re both really well developed characters and more importantly, great role models for children to look up to. Wolfwalkers is definitely more of a children’s movie but it’s a perfect one.

I don’t know what kind of chance it stands for the major award ceremonies. It’s certainly picked up a lot of attention from smaller critics groups, if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t even know the movie existed. The Academy doesn’t seem to give smaller studios a second thought, I don’t think an indie animation has won in the last 10 years. BAFTA are much more open minded, I cried a little when Klaus (2019) won last year so PLEASE BAFTA – do the right thing!

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Best Bit: I love the transformation from person to wolf. It must be so difficult to portray the magic in a 2D animation style but it works so well. I had no idea Wolfwalkers was the third installment of an ‘Irish Folklore Trilogy’ by Tomm Moore so you can be sure I’ll be checking out the other 2 movies!

Worst Bit: *MINOR CHARACTER SPOILERS* So, I knew Robyn’s father was voiced by Sean Bean but I thought nothing of it until a particularly perilous moment. If you’ve watched enough of Sean Bean you’ll know his characters don’t tend to fare well. I had this sudden OH NO moment- but it all worked out okay for him in the end.

Fun Trivia: In early versions of the story, Robyn was a male character. During an online panel at TIFF both directors confirmed that Robyn was originally written to be a boy, but that something in the story ‘just wasn’t working.’

My Rating: A full five pitchforks that you should set aside and leave the wolves in peace!

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Movie Reviews

Minari (2020)

minari-movie-2020-review-posterDirector: Lee Isaac Chung

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 115 Minutes

Main Cast: Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Youn Yuh-jung, Will Patton, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Scott Haze, Darryl Cox

Plot: Jacob (Steven Yeun) is moving his family from the West Coast to Arkansas in search of a new way of living. His wife Monica (Han Ye-ri) doesn’t approve of the ‘house on wheels’ that he’s bought. Their son David (Alan Kim) and his sister aren’t upset by the move but are bored senseless. That is, until, their Grandma moves in with them.

My Thoughts: It doesn’t matter how many times I get proven wrong, I still judge books by their covers. Or, I guess, movies by their posters. I tried to watch Boyhood (2014) and couldn’t do it, I was bored just as much as the kids in Minari. It’s tainted that little sub-genre of dramas about families with no defined plot, and I wrongly assumed Minari was cut from the same cloth. Now that it’s getting so much award buzz it landed back on my radar and I finally gave it the chance. It’s a beautiful movie that I wished would never end.

The stand out star by far is Youn Yuh-jung, who plays the kids’ grandma. Oh, she reminded me so much of my own Granny at times, I miss her so much. She wasn’t a ‘proper’ grandma either, she didn’t bake cookies – she made what was probably the world’s worst cheese on toast that I still loved. She had what she called her ‘naughty voice’ which is when your mind just really wants to do something childish like, oh I don’t know, push your granddaughter into a bush whilst taking a walk! David hates the fact he has to spend so much time with his grandma but she never stops trying to win him over, even when he plays a cruel prank on her!

Coupled with that strained relationship is Jacob desperately trying to turn the land around their home into a successful farm. He pours in every last penny he has and puts everything on the line – including his relationship with his wife and I wanted so hard for him to succeed. The entire movie is just so wholesome, and tender. There’s no other way to describe it.

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Best Bit: Pretty much every moment between David and his grandma was pure perfection but when David made friends with another boy and his grandma told him that his penis was broken? Absolutely classic! One of those jokes that means absolutely nothing unless you’ve seen the movie, of course.

Worst Bit: I can’t say exactly because of spoilers but if I say ‘Noooo Grandma, what did you do?!’ you’ll hopefully understand what part I mean. My heart sank into my feet at that moment and it was already down to my knees by then. Do me a favour, if you can, and tell your grandmother’s you love her – for me.

Fun Trivia: Steven Yeun’s red hat was a gift from his mother when he was 17.

My Rating: 4 and a half bottles of ‘water from the mountains’.

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Movie Awards

Online Association of Female Film Critics 2020 Awards Winners

A little over a year ago I was accepted as a member of the Online Association of Female Film Critics – what an honour! I feel so lucky to be part of  something so important. Last month was particularly special as I got to put forward my nominations for their annual awards, and then cast my vote a few days later. I’ve always enjoyed awards season but being a part of it is just something else. If you missed the winners being announced on Twitter earlier today, here they are, with some of my thoughts.

BEST FILM
First Cow
Minari
Nomadland
One Night in Miami
Promising Young Woman

WINNER: Promising Young Woman
I’m thrilled with this win, there’s nothing more to say!

BEST DIRECTOR
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Regina King, One Night in Miami
Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
I thought Nomadland was fine, but I didn’t love it. However, it’s looking like Zhao is going to sweep this season and I’ll always be happy with a female win!

BEST MALE LEAD
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Mads Mikkelsen, Another Round
Steven Yeun, Minari

WINNER: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
This was a HUGE surprise, but one I couldn’t be mad with! I was torn between him and Chadwick but when Chadwick is almost guaranteed the Oscar it’s nice to see some love for Riz.

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

WINNER: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Just assume that any time PYW wins a category, my reaction is “yaaaaaaas!”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
This movie has no UK release date that I’m aware of, which is a shame.

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman
Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-jung Youn, Minari

WINNER: Yuh-jung Youn, Minari
Okay, my vote went to Maria Bakalova but I watched Minari for the first time last night and oh my. Yuh-jung Youn would have been my pick if I’d watched it in time. She was the life and soul of that movie!

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
One Night in Miami
The Trial of the Chicago 7

WINNER: One Night in Miami
The lack of love for The Trial of the Chicago 7 makes me a little sad, I hoped it would win in at least 1 category.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Miranda July, Kajillionaire
Andy Siara, Palm Springs

WINNER: Emerald Fennel, Promising Young Woman & Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Look at that beautiful lineup! Gutted for Kajillionaire but the fact it was nominated enough to be in the running means a lot to me.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sarah Gubbins, Shirley
Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller, The Father
Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Kemp Powers, One Night in Miami
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Collective
Dick Johnson is Dead
The Mole Agent
The Painter and the Thief
Time

WINNER: Collective
I don’t watch many documentaries at all so I bowed out of this category, but I’ll make an effort to watch Collective now.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Onward
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

WINNER: Wolfwalkers
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Wolfwalkers and I’m patiently waiting to get my hands on a copy. I liked Onward but it’s always nice to see the smaller studios win these awards.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Christopher Blauvelt, First Cow
Stéphane Fontaine, Ammonite
Matthew Libatique, Birds of Prey
Erik Messerschmidt, Mank
Joshua James Richards, Nomadland

WINNER: Joshua James Richards, Nomadland
I might not have loved the movie but Nomadland was, without a doubt, my winner here. It was stunning.

BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER
Kitty Green, The Assistant
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth
Natalie Erika James, Relic

WINNER: Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
😀

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Orion Lee, First Cow
Cristin Milioti, Palm Springs
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

WINNER: Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Only one of my picks made the nominations list, I think I went too obscure.

THE ROSIE
The Assistant
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman

WINNER: Never Rarely Sometimes Always