Movie Reviews

What I Watched: August 2020

February was the last time I did a post like this, can you believe it? Corona-virus sure has taken its toll on my favourite hobby. I found out I’m still going to be on furlough for September which means the chances of my job actually being safe are dwindling more and more…but I’m trying my best to stay positive ignore all my problems and watch movies. This is the most active I’ve been on my blog since February though, so at least I have that going for me.

Anyway! This is the monthly post I like to do where I round-up all the movies I’ve watched this month, talk a little about the movies I never got round to writing full posts for, and re-post the links to the reviews I did actually put together. I try to be organised and work on this post throughout the month! Without further ado, here’s what I watched in August 2020…

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Good Time (2017)

A few of you told me to watch this after I posted about Uncut Gems (2019) and it sat ignored on my watchlist until I saw Jack Whitehall’s Netflix special. He went to school with Robert Pattinson and has a bit of a rivalry with him, and he did this whole thing about how he auditioned for a movie in which he would play Robert’s brother. Lo and behold, Good Time (2017) was the movie he was talking about, so I watched it the very next night! It’s very much like Uncut Gems in the fact that it stresses you the hell out the whole time. Great movie though and I highly recommend it!

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Look at me, tackling my list of older movies I still haven’t seen. I felt quite mixed about Rosemary’s Baby. It was an interesting story but it felt weirdly long…like, 3 hours long. I ended up cleaning the entire living room whilst watching this. It’s one of those movies that plays on your mind though, and I liked it more a week after watching it.

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Vanilla Sky (2001)

For the life of me, I can’t remember why or how Vanilla Sky got onto my watchlist. Someone has reviewed it fairly recently and made it sound good, that’s my only explanation. I have to throw my hands up here and say I wasn’t fully committed to watching it, I kept playing on my phone, and I have NO idea what really went down. There’s an interesting story in there somewhere, though.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Damn, 2019 was a cracking year for movies. Like an idiot, I avoided The Peanut Butter Falcon because it sounded like a war movie…I can’t explain why? But this movie is BEAUTIFUL. I need to do a full post on it at some point because it’s a solid 5/5 for me. Just a wonderful, heartwarming story that Ii would put into the same category as Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). Someone on Letterboxd described it as the movie equivalent of a hug, and I couldn’t word it better myself.

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An American Pickle (2020)

This Seth Rogen comedy had so much potential! It started out so great, a guy working at a pickle factory ends up being pickled for 100 years before being rescued in the modern day. I love a good fish out of water comedy but this movie was trying to be too many things and it just didn’t work for me in the end. I’d still recommend it, but I was hoping for a lot more.

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Project Power (2020)

I can confidently say I’ve made the most of my Netflix subscription this summer. I’ve been watching all these new Netflix originals the night they’ve been released, and so I watched Project Power without knowing anything about it. It was so much fun to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt again, and as much as I like the idea of the movie it was just…lacking. Fun enough whilst watching it but quite forgettable on the whole.

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Tesla (2020)

It doesn’t feel that long ago since I watched The Current War (2019) so my knowledge of Tesla and Edison is still fresh and I was quite looking forward to a biographical movie I already knew about. Tesla brings a fun use of Google within it’s storytelling which works nicely but that’s the only good thing I can make myself say about it.

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She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

I’m sorry – I know everyone who’s seen this is raving about it but I HATED it. My God, what a depressing movie that I didn’t need to watch in 2020. It brought to life the saying ‘style over substance’ and that’s all I’m going to say to save myself from ranting.

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Inception (2010)

This is a re-watch at my local ODEON the weekend it opened back up again, and the night before my birthday too so it was a great experience all round. I haven’t watched it for years so although I’d never forget the ending, a lot of the details were lost to me so it felt almost like watching it for the first time again. It’s just perfect in every sense.

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I See You (2019)

I See You is a recent addition to Netflix and came recommended by the wonderful Margaret at Cinematic Corner. She got my interest by giving it a high rating on Letterboxd and urging us to watch it without looking into it and well, I’m a sucker for a movie like that. It’s good – and I highly suggest you take her advice!

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The King (2019)

Expect a lot of reviews from me in the coming weeks that start with ‘I watched this for Robert Pattinson’. Sorry in advance. I didn’t like this. I don’t really like medieval movies in general really so I shouldn’t be surprised. You need to see it though, and I’ll tell you why. Robert Pattinson has the worst French accent ever and it’s HILARIOUS.

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Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe (2020)

My littlest brother loved Phineas and Ferb when he was little so it was on the TV a lot and I ended up loving it too. It’s really funny and has some absolute tunes in it. The movie is more of the same, it feels like an extended episode so if you enjoy the show you’re going to like the movie. Look out for Doofenshmirtz’s song ‘Adulting’ which in my mind is the winner of Best Original Song at the Oscars next year.

I’ve got a review coming later this week for The New Mutants (2020) and I’ve also started re-watching the Twilight movies…but the less said about that, the better. Since lockdown my time spent blogging has been minimal but I feel I’m back properly now, and so I did do a few full reviews this month that you might have missed:

Host (2020)
Magic Camp (2020)
Spree (2020)
Remember Me (2010)
Tenet (2020)

Lists

Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2010

This is going to a popular subject amongst all the bloggers right about now, but honestly? Trying to put together a Top 10 of the year list is difficult enough for me, there’s absolutely no way I could do a Top 100 of the decade, so I’m splitting it into ten posts, one Top 10 for each year, and that, essentially, will create a Top 100 of the decade. Make sense?

An interesting little note to be aware of, I started this blog right at the very end of 2016. I co-ran another blog with a friend that we started in 2014, but before then movies weren’t my main hobby. I’ve obviously gone back and watched older movies but looking at my stats, it’s quite shocking how few movies I’ve seen at the start of the decade! For example, I’ve seen just 39 movies released in 2010, compared to 75 for 2019, when we aren’t even at the end of the year yet!

In other words, you’ll have to forgive me if my early Top 10’s are a little…lacking.

Traditionally I went by UK release dates for these lists but it’s too difficult to keep track of, so I’ll be using the general release date instead. My aim is to post each day in the run-up to the new year, wish me luck!

2010 Movies Watched: 39

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#10 The Social Network

Not going to lie, The Social Network was probably the first biopic I ever saw. It damn sure set the bar high, though. It’s not surprising anymore, considering it was directed by David Fincher.

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#9 Toy Story 3

Toy Story was such a huge part of my childhood so it’s no surprise that the third movie was going to end up in my list. I was wary going in – I wasn’t keen on the new characters, but I was easily won over. The same happened this year with Toy Story 4.

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#8 Blue Valentine

Before Netflix released Marriage Story and made us all wonder if we would ever be happy again, we had Blue Valentine. I haven’t been able to ever bring myself to watch this one again, to be honest.

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#7 Despicable Me

Forget the sequels which don’t even stand close to the original, Despicable Me is a brilliant animated movie. Great story, fun characters, and something to enjoy for everyone.

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#6 Buried

I searched this one out on my Ryan Reynolds binge years ago and it probably remains my favourite movie of his. It’s not for everyone, the entire movie takes place in the box that the main character has been buried alive in, but oh my goodness that ending.

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#5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

I don’t need to even try to justify this one. It wasn’t the best movie in the Harry Potter universe was (that goes to Prisoner of Azkaban and I’ll fight you if you say I’m wrong) but Deathly Hallows: Part 1 marked the beginning of the end of a wonderful franchise.

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#4 Tangled

Can anyone easily answer the question, ‘what’s your favourite Disney movie?’. There’s too many to choose from but if I had to, it would be Tangled. It’s the soundtrack that does it for me. A Disney musical is nothing without some catchy tunes, and Tangled has them in spades.

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#3 Shutter Island

Annoyingly, I watched Shutter Island in 2 parts. That’s not so bad, you might think, but I watched the second half first. Not deliberately, my parents were watching it and I walked in halfway through and joined them. It tainted the experience slightly, but it’s still a bloody good movie.

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#2 Incendies

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve seen shockingly few foreign-language movies, but Incendies was my first and I’ll never, ever forget it. It’s such a powerful movie about a broken family, and when things all come together at the end, it’s such a gut-punch. A brilliant movie, but not for the casual movie fan!

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#1 Inception

It’s been 9 years and I still love throwing suggestions around about that spinning top at the end. I think 2010 was the year I discovered my love for crazy, twisty, open endings, and Inception is probably the best example of one out there.