Movie Reviews

What I Watched: March 2021

Can you believe we’re already a quarter of the way into 2021? April is going to be a good month, I can feel it. And even if it isn’t – fear not, I vowed this week to stop complaining because I’m boring myself, let alone you. In the middle of April in the UK we’re allowed domestic holidays, non-essential retail, outdoor attractions, outdoor dining, hairdressers, gyms, libraries…loads! If nothing catastrophic happens between now and then, that is. We’ll be driving down to the seaside for a week all being well, although the weather is looking atrocious. Anyway! Despite a shaky week here and there, I watched a lot of movies in March and today I’m here to share them with you.

TV wise, I finished Wandavision – LOVED it. That line that Vision says, “What is grief, if not love persevering” is so beautiful. I didn’t even realise till the finale episode was over that we didn’t get a major cameo like the internet thought. I don’t mind it to be honest, but it was so much fun reading all the speculation! I’ve started Falcon and the Winter Soldier too, and although it hasn’t gripped me in the same way Wandavision did, it’s still a great watch. I’ve also finally started The Flight Attendant, I’m only two episodes in but oh my goodness, it’s so stressful to watch! In a good way but oh boy, it’s not the show to wind down to.

Let’s move onto movies, shall we?

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The Mauritanian (2021) – I don’t have much to say about this at all. There is some stellar acting by Tahar Rahim and the BAFTA have fallen head over heels in love with it, but to me it felt like a very generic and dull way of telling a fascinating story. It was too long and too by the book to stand out.

Wolfwalkers (2020)Full Review

Moxie (2021)Full Review

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)Previous Review – I re-watched this to cheer myself up and it worked!

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The Dig (2021) – Why did I watch this?! I knew it would be boring. But it kept cropping up on Letterboxd as being popular and I hate to be left out so I gave it a go. It’s about a man digging holes. Yes, I know there’s more to it than that but I would rather watch paint dry than watch The Dig again. Sorry.

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Full Review

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Yes Day (2021) – This fictional family are saying yes to whatever their kids ask them for a whole day and I have to say no to my own kid every time she asks if she can visit anyone’s house? I knew this was a bad idea to watch. They went to Six Flags Magic Mountain though and I went there on honeymoon so it was fun to relive some of those memories!

Cherry (2021) Full Review

My Own Private Idaho (1991) – Reviewed for Hidden Gems: Keanu Reeves

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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) – I tend to avoid political movies (I don’t enjoy them) but after LaKeith Stanfield got a surprise Oscar nomination last month I had to see why. Him and Daniel Kaluuya are phenomenal in this but I have to wonder, if they’re both supporting actors, who’s the lead?!

The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – Reviewed for Hidden Gems: Keanu Reeves

Happily (2021) Full Review

Deadly Illusions (2021) Full Review

Hardball (2001) – Reviewed for Hidden Gems: Keanu Reeves

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Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) – I’m going to try really hard to write a full review for this one over the weekend because this movie was WILD. Think Fargo, not quite as good as the original, but with a fantastic cast and a lot of laughs along the way!

Seaspiracy (2021) – I know this documentary got it’s name to follow a pattern from another documentary but come on, the name ConspiraSEA was right there! I don’t review documentaries because I watch so few and I don’t really know how I would score them, but this one was an interesting watch. Put me off eating fish though.

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Bad Trip (2021) – I was expecting Bad Trip to be some goofy nonsense I could watch whilst doing a bit of life admin but it was actually really good, I would honestly put it up there with Borat in terms of quality and jokes!

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What I Watched: February 2021

Well, hello March. It’s yet another month of lockdown to go but at least the weather has taken a turn for the better. We get out of the house every weekend for our daily allowed exercise from the government and when you have a 3-year-old that means sometimes layering up for an hour of muddy football, but this weekend has been absolutely glorious.

I have to tell you something only you’ll appreciate, too. You might remember for Christmas my husband got me a Schitt’s Creek jumper, all black with the words ‘Ew, David’ on it. Well, my daughter just loves to match clothing lately and has gone on and on and on about wanting her own ‘Ew David’ jumper. She’s never even watched the show (and why would she?) but with the help of eBay, I managed to make her one. I promise you she loves it, but trying to get her still for a photo is impossible!

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Anyway! I’m here to round up all the movies I watched last month, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

next-2007-nicolas-cage-reviewNext (2007) – Oh my god, this movie was corny as hell but I loved it. Nicolas Cage plays a magician with the ability to see into his own future, but only by a few minutes. The government want to hire him to stop a nuclear attack but he wants nothing to do with it. It’s as silly as it sounds and if it were anyone but Nic Cage I would be slating it, but it was entertaining. I still can’t decide whether I loved or hated that ending!

malcolm-and-marie-movie-reviewMalcolm & Marie (2021) – I’m sorry I never got around to writing more about this one. I put off watching it for a while because on paper it sounded like the equivalent of watching paint dry but I was hooked. It’s basically almost 2 hours of Zendaya and John David Washington arguing but it’s glorious. They’re both in the wrong (but he’s so much worse) and Zendaya gives one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. This movie hasn’t gotten anywhere near enough awards attention as it deserves!

Red Dot (2021)Full Review

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)Full Review

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)Full Review

to-all-the-boys-always-forever-reviewTo All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) – I very nearly didn’t watch this. I haven’t read the books but I hopped on the band wagon when everyone raved about the first movie and I loved it. The second one, not so much. It was boring and I think I spent the whole time on my phone. But, you know, worldwide pandemic, nothing to do, I gave the third movie a go. It really captured the magic that made the first one so fun. I’m glad they didn’t make Peter be a jerk about LJ’ following her dreams. I’m fully on board for the fourth movie now!

black-bear-aubrey-plaza-reviewBlack Bear (2020) – I don’t even know how to write a review for this one. Just know that I loved it with every bit of my being. I adore Aubrey Plaza and damn, she needs to be given more roles like this. I can’t wrap my head around what actually happened in this movie but I want to watch it again and again.

supernova-movie-reviewSupernova (2020) – Weirdly I ended up watching this in the same week as watching Still Alice (20214) for the Hidden Gems challenge, and sadly it marred my enjoyment of it slightly. Supernova is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of dementia but it didn’t go into the depth that Still Alice did. It’s unfair to compare them of course because they tackle the subject in different ways, but Supernova was a much quieter movie than I was expecting. Fantastic performances though, especially by Stanley Tucci.

I Care a Lot (2021) Full Review

monster-hunter-movie-reviewMonster Hunter (2020) – I knew this would be garbage but my husband is a fan of the games and so he wanted to see it. It’s got some impressive CGI  and some cool action scenes but that’s about it. There’s a fun, feline nod to the games that my husband had a little nerd moment over but that was the highlight really. The product placements for Coca Cola and Hershey’s were unintentionally hilarious, I’ll give them that.

juliet-naked-movie-reviewJuliet, Naked (2018) – This has been on my watchlist forever and I don’t even remember who recommended it to me. It was probably after I raved about how much I love Chris O’Dowd, though. This was a surprisingly good rom com actually, with a bit of a love triangle thrown in there.

news-of-the-world-movie-reviewNews of the World (2020) – I’ve been putting this movie off because I’m not a fan of westerns. Many other reviewers said that the western element wasn’t really the main genre though so that and the fact that Tom Hanks is the lead is what made me give in, in the end. I mean, when does Tom Hanks ever give a bad performance? I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, it was too slow for me, but not surprisingly, Hanks was brilliant and that final scene really tugged on the old heartstrings.

mothers-day-jason-sudeikis-reviewMother’s Day (2016) – Look, sometimes you just need to kick back on the sofa after a long day of parenting in a pandemic and watch a bit of trash with Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in, you know? Don’t judge me! The only bad thing to come of Love Actually’s release was the copy cat movies that came afterwards. You know the ones, movies with about 20 characters in who are all somehow connected. It was nice at least to see Jennifer Aniston play an awkward character for a chance, and Jason Sudeikis…raps. So there’s that?

I also watched Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), Equals (2014), and Still Alice (2014) as part of Mettel Ray’s Hidden Gems Challenge. Last month my pick was Kristen Stewart if you hadn’t already guessed!

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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.

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What I Watched: December 2020

Happy New Year! I swear it was Christmas Eve, I blinked, and then it was 2021. I’ve loved having all this time to spend with my little girl but crickey I’m tired! I’ve been flaked out every evening so I’ve watched hardly any movies and blogged even less. Next week I’ll be cracking on with some reviews that have been sitting in draft, as well as compiling my best and worst movies of the year lists. Exciting! For now though, I’m putting together my usual monthly round-up of everything I’ve watched in the last month.

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Superintelligence (2020)

I was ready to enjoy this one, despite James Corden’s voice trying to ruin it. This movie just doesn’t know what kind of movie it wanted to be, though. It wasn’t very funny, and tries to be all serious towards the end, by which point my interest had been lost all together. I’ll forever be here for Melissa McCarthy despite it however!

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Run (2020)

My dumb ass completely forgot about this movie. I completely confused it with something entirely unrelated. That’s probably not a good sign but I promise, it’s a great flick! A young girl suffering from a number of illnesses and is also reliant on a wheelchair begins to suspect that her Mother is lying to her about her ailments. Sarah Paulson never fails to deliver.

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Freaky (2020)

I was so mad that the UK went into Lockdown 2 just before Freaky got released (of course, I know a worldwide pandemic is a more serious issue but humour me), this is one of my most anticipated movies of the year. I realise now it takes a lot of inspiration from other slasher movies and as someone who could probably count on 1 hand the number of movies like that I’ve seen, a lot was lost on me. Still a lot of fun and so much gorier than I expected.

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Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

So, everyone who watched this hated it, or so it seems. I went in with low expectations but do you know what? Ii thought it was good. It’s a sad story and it’s quite choppy but I was so invested in Gabriel Basso’s character (if we get a Dexter prequel can he PLEASE play Dexter?) that I was kind of hooked. It’s not a movie I’m ever going to want to watch again probably, but I don’t think it was bad at all. Reminded me a little of Beautiful Boy (2018) for the same reasons.

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Ava (2020)

I’ll admit that I only put this on to watch whilst doing chores, I knew it was never going to be a masterpiece. But UGH, how can a spy movie be so damn boring? What an absolute waste of that cast!

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Nativity! (2009)

I re-watch this almost every December, it’s one of my favourite Christmas movies. It’s set in a city really close to me too so it’s always felt extra special to me.

The Prom (2020)Full review here 

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Sound of Metal (2019)

I’m kicking myself for not getting a full post out for this movie. It was a little too slow for me to truly love it, but I can’t deny how amazing Riz Ahmed is. He plays a musician who loses his hearing and the sound team behind this movie are absolute geniuses. The final scene is so beautiful I sat through the entire credits just thinking about it.

Songbird (2020)Full review here

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Full review here

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Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)

Thanks, Twitter. I saw so many tweets blasting this movie that I had to see it for myself to find out if it was that bad. It’s…bizarre. A tiny little Irish romance story weirdly acted by a star-studded cast with one of the most absurd plot twists/confessions I’ve ever seen. I’m contemplating making a bee-related movie list now, starting with this and Jupiter Ascending (2015).

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Promising Young Woman (2020)

I’m staying quiet for now because I’m already working on a review for this but let me say this. BELIEVE THE HYPE. Carey Mulligan is a goddess.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Another one I’m still writing a full review for. I was cynical about the praise, I’ll be honest. We all love Chadwick Boseman but I wondered if people were hyping his performance because devastatingly, it’s his last but he deserves all the praise in the world here. Viola Davis is equally stunning but plays a much smaller role than I expected.

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Soul (2020)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m planning a full post for this too. It is, of course, an excellent movie. It didn’t grab me as much as Inside Out (2015) did – but only Pixar can create something so meaningful and deep about our very reason for existing, and disguise it as a fun family movie.

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Death to 2020 (2020)

I chose a very fitting movie to be my last watch of the year, I think. By the creators of Black Mirror, this is sort of a documentary of the year but with fictional characters. Some jokes are laugh-out-loud hilarious and others don’t really land at all, but it’s worth a watch just as a reminder of how batshit crazy this year has been.

Finally – I’m sorry I haven’t been actively reading and commenting on everyone else’s posts this last week and a half. Tomorrow night I’m going to watch my first movie of 2021 and catch up with my new blanket-hoodie and a glass of wine!

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What I Watched: November 2020

It doesn’t feel real that today is the start of the last month of the year…how can a year be so awful and drag for so long but also be over in a flash? Regardless, December is always an exciting month for the blog as I start to think about my Best and Worst of 2020 lists, and what to look forward to in 2021.

November brought on a second lockdown in the UK, which ends tomorrow. Each area is placed under different ‘Tiers’ from then on though and as luck would have it – my town is stuck in the strictest tier, meaning no indoor activities of almost any kind. That sucks as a parent who was looking forward to having something other than freezing cold parks to entertain their toddler, and it also means no cinema, but then there’s no new releases anyway.

That’s put a huge dampener on my mood to put it very lightly, and so I didn’t watch as many movies as I’d have liked to, and I reviewed even less. December is a fresh start though, and it’s still fun to take a brief look back at what I’ve watched over the last 4 weeks.

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Horizon Line (2020)

This one I actually got to see at the cinema the night before lockdown 2.0, and I’m so glad I did. It’s one of those disaster movies that works well on the big screen, with the surround sound and the darkness. I was genuinely frozen in place to find out if the couple would survive the ordeal, but it all ended quite abruptly, I wish it had a more satisfying ending.

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Love the Coopers (2015)

What is bound to cheer me up during a depressing November? Christmas movies! Netflix delivered and suggested a whole bunch for me to choose from. I picked Love the Coopers for the cast but GOOD LORD was it a miserable movie. I’ve actually blocked most of it from my mind since then. Not a bad movie by a long shot, but not the magical flick full of laughs I was hoping for.

Over the Moon (2020) FULL REVIEW

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The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)

I was gutted to not see this in the cinema, I’ve been a Spongebob fan since the very beginning. I know a lot of people are complaining about the animation style but that didn’t bother me at all. Keanu Reeves has a fun role but the story itself was lacking.

On the Rocks (2020)FULL REVIEW

Shithouse (2020) FULL REVIEW

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The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

This was EPIC and I’m so sad it was only around 45 minutes long. The Lego games and movies always deliver on their humour and this was no exception. Rey finds herself travelling back in time through the original and prequel Star Wars movies and it pokes a lot of fun about the things fans both love and are annoyed by. Plus, Lego Ben Swolo and General Hux have the greatest scene ever that I’m furious never made it into the movies.

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The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story (2020)

I don’t tend to review documentaries because I don’t watch a lot of them, but after rekindling my love of Spongebob this was something I had to see. It was fascinating to learn about how Nickelodeon started and how it was run but crickey it was so dry, considering it’s subject matter. The most interesting parts got thrown into the end credits like an afterthought!

I also watched Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) and Happiest Season (2020) at the end of November but I adored them both and I want to dedicate more time to writing about them. Believe it or not, I’ve been watching some TV Shows too! I’ve finished The Queen’s Gambit which was surprisingly fascinating – you can trust the hype. I also watched The Undoing which was absolutely fantastic and had such a satisfying ending. Plus I’m up to date with The Mandalorian which is as glorious as always.