Lists

Top 10 Worst Movies of 2020

As the UK enters it’s THIRD national lockdown, and I’m clearly feeling grumpy, why not put that energy into listing the worst movies that 2020 brought? I’ll be back later this week with best movies but for now let’s focus on the mundane and downright awful. Thanks to streaming services there have still been plenty of movies released this year – of varying qualities.

I’m always nervous posting a worst movies list because there’s always something here that someone loves! I also seem to have gone against the crowd a lot this year, if the Twitter noise is anything to go by. So no hard feelings, okay?

As far as release dates go – if you see something in one of my lists and think it’s from a different year, just remember UK release dates can be completely different! Also – bonus points if you spot all the poop emojis.

2020 movies watched: 91
Movies that narrowly missed out: Antebellum, The Witches, Superintelligence, Songbird, Tesla, The Call of the Wild, Bloodshot, Dolittle, Brahms: The Boy II

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#10 Artemis Fowl – I’m not the target audience of this movie, I get it. But the best kids movies have something that appeals to adults and this…had nothing. Other than a horrifying Josh Gad dislocating his jaw to eat dirt and poor Judi Dench with the world’s sorest throat.

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#9 Fantasy Island – This is a shame because the idea was fun, and the movie wasn’t all terrible. Jetting off to a remote island in order to live out a fantasy of yours seems pretty ideal right now, huh? Some plot lines work, others don’t, but the characters are just downright terrible.

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#8 I’m Thinking of Ending Things – Now is when I start to get anxious. I know this is a widely loved movie. Since reading many other reviews I also understand the movie a whole lot better. But I stand by it being included in this list. I don’t mind a movie being so confusing it needs a second watch but if it’s so dull that I can’t even bring myself to give it another go then it’s just not going to work.

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#7 Rebecca – Reviews for this one are all over the place so I don’t know if mine is a popular opinion or not. If anything I’ve made a mental note to watch the original 1940 Hitchcock version. This remake was just…boring. There’s nothing particularly bad about it, but it felt about 3 hours long.

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#6 365 Days – We all watched this out of morbid curiosity, didn’t we? If you hated the Fifty Shades trilogy then boy…you’re either going to want to avoid this like the plague or hate-watch it with a very large drink!

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#5 Desperados – Huge thank you to Letterboxd and it’s Diary feature because if it wasn’t for the fact I log every movie I watch Ii would have forgotten about this movie all together. I remember it stars Aly and Winston from New Girl and that’s why I watched it but other than that? I can only assume it’s a terrible romcom that fades into nothingness.

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#4 She Dies Tomorrow – This is the exception to the rule, I don’t feel anxious at all telling you how much I hated this. The idea is great, I’ve never seen anything like it, but to be it’s the absolute definition of style over substance.

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#3 After We Collided – Clearly I’m now officially an old person because I had no idea this series was such a big deal. I saw at in the brief summer window that cinemas reopened and made sure I watched the original first. That one was actually a decent watch but this sequel? It felt like Fifty Shades for young teens…wrong on every level!

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#2 Ava – This movie is just downright disappointing in every single way. It’s a spy movie, so how is it so mind numbingly boring? It also boasts a stellar cast including Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich and Colin Farrell. It doesn’t feel like anyone is phoning in their performance here but still – ugh.

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#1 Wild Mountain Thyme – Maybe this takes the top spot because it’s the most recent in my mind but it still very much deserves it’s place in this list. Wild Mountain Thyme feels like a TV movie broadcast in the middle of the night with a target audience of insomniacs simply needing to pass the time. And yet it’s not. I thought Alex Baldwin had a dodgy Irish accent in this year’s Pixie (2020) but Christopher Walken manages to speak only around 1 in 5 words with an actual accent. It’s…magnificently bad. The moment that firmly plants this movie though is Jamie Dornan’s confession towards the very end. I won’t spoil it, but ask me in the comments if you want to know without suffering through this movie.

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)