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)