Movie Reviews

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!

Movie Reviews

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.

Movie Reviews

What I Watched: October 2020

Pretty sure I blinked and then Halloween happened! Where did this month go? I’d planned lots of spooky movies to watch and basically got around to watching…virtually none of them. It’s the thought that counts, right? As of Thursday this week the UK is going back into lockdown which obviously means the cinemas are closing again, so maybe I’ll catch up on some horrors after all. Or…I could make a head start on Christmas. Decisions, decisions!

Anyway, as I usually like to do at the start of the month, here’s a little rundown of everything I’ve watched during the previous month, as I never get round to writing a full post for everything I see:

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The Boys in the Band (2020)

There was so much I loved about this Netflix movie, the cast alone was the main selling point for me. I didn’t realise that it was based on a play though (I’m uncultured) and if like me, you aren’t used to the theater, it’s a bit of a tough watch as it’s so dialogue heavy. Still a great watch, though.

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Jigsaw (2017)

My local cinema made a great attempt at showing some older movies to fill their screens and although I’d only watched the first movie in the Saw series, I’d seen enough to still enjoy Jigsaw. As much as one can enjoy a movie about people being tortured in creative ways, that is!

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Power Rangers (2017)

Following Stranger Things and The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020), the bestie has a huge crush on Dacre Montgomery, whose name we now know we’ve been pronouncing terribly wrong for a while now. Naturally, I hunted down another of his movies for us to watch and landed upon Power Rangers. It was alright, wasn’t great, wasn’t terrible. I heard fans of the old show were pleased though so that’s always good.

Love Actually (2003)

What an absolute classic. I was over the moon to be able to see this in the cinema again. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried pretty much throughout the entire thing. It’s a movie that makes me emotional anyway but some scenes hit harder than others as time goes on. For example, the opening scene of families being reunited and hugging each other. That’s hard to watch in 2020 without getting at least a little teary.

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Hubie Halloween (2020)

I had such a busy week when I watched Hubie Halloween that I didn’t write anything about it and I’m gutted because I actually quite enjoyed this Adam Sandler movie! I find him quite hit and miss but this was just the right level of silly for me. My favourite bit was the running joke of Hubie’s Mum’s t-shirts with wild slogans.

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American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)

I didn’t write anything about this one because I felt physically sick after watching it. I don’t watch many true crime shows but this one is fantastically made with all real footage.

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Little Evil (2017)

How did I not catch Little Evil during my short lived Adam Scott obsession? It’s a silly little movie about a stepson who may actually be the devil. It’s nothing deep but it got a few laughs out of me.

Hereditary (2018)

This was a Halloween-y re-watch but a first watch for my husband who hates horror movies (sorry, love). I think he dealt with it fairly well up until the last 10-15 minutes which he made me forward wind slowly whilst explaining to him what was happening!

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Inheritance (2020)

Inheritance seemed to just crop up out of nowhere one day on Netflix. A mysterious tale following the death in a family is a story right up my street and it was pretty great up until the inevitable twist, and then it all got a bit silly. Still worth it for Simon Pegg though, I do have a soft spot for him.

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Rebecca (2020)

Everyone’s reviews for this are wildly different which is always interesting. I for one have never seen the original and know nothing about it, so I can’t compare. I found it dreadfully dull, though. Armie Hammer has been in some real duds just lately.

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Love and Monsters (2020)

Don’t you just love it when a movie surprises you? Love and Monsters feels like a cross between Zombieland (2009) and Bird Box (2018) but for a slightly younger audience. The CGI is decent for such a small movie and Dylan O’Brien is just adorable.

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All My Life (2020)

This is based on a real-life story about a young couple who fall in love and find out that one of them is dying. It feels mean to judge a movie like this but as much as I enjoyed it, the first half irritated me just because everything felt ‘too happy’ if that makes sense. Harry Shum Jr is a good actor but Jessica Rothe constantly steals the show – she’s incredible and I hope she lands an Oscar-worthy role soon because she can handle it for sure.

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The Witches (2020)

If the internet is banging on about how terrible a movie is then that’s all I need to want to see it myself. Someone was trying to decide what 2020 release was worse between this, Dolittle and Artemis Fowl. Well now I’ve seen all 3 so I can weigh in on the subject. The Witches wasn’t all that bad in my opinion, just not incredibly exciting. It has a truly horrible ending but in the movie’s defense, that’s how the book ended too!

It Follows (2014)

I watched this with my parents and littlest brother just before Halloween – we all love movies and we needed something not overly scary because my poor Mum gets terrified. It’s still one of my favourite horrors and I think my Mum did okay with it too until their Uber arrived and my husband called out, “Jen do you see that man up the road there?” He’s so mean!

I also watched the new Netflix release Holidate (2020) but I want to try and do a proper post for that one. In case you missed any of my full reviews this month here they are:

The Wall of Mexico (2019)
Kajillionaire (2020)
Pixie (2020)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Saint Maud (2020)
Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

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What I Watched: September 2020

How are we in the final quarter of this awful and weird year? Remember when we all thought things would be back to normal by Christmas? Ahh, sweet optimism. My little girl turns 3 this month. THREE. Does that mean the terrible two’s are coming to an end, because I’m not sure who has the most meltdowns now between me and her. She’s ace though, she talks fully and my goodness, she doesn’t stop.

In between a lot of movies, my husband and I have started watching a TV show together for the first time in literally years. We’ve been watching an episode of The Boys most evenings and we are LOVING it. That show is absolutely bonkers and Karl Urban is an absolute show-stealer. Every line he says has me laughing. I’ve also finally jumped onto the Schitt’s Creek bandwagon and it’s a delightful little comedy show.

But anyway, here’s what I watched but never blogged about last month…

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Class Action Park (2020)

I made the terrible mistake of watching this documentary a couple of days before going to a theme park myself. I knew nothing about Action Park before watching this but it’s an in-depth look at a water park in New Jersey that was hugely popular in the 1980’s and notorious for how dangerous it was. I’m not one for documentaries usually but this was as hilarious as it was shocking and chilling.

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Cosmopolis (2012)

No, the Robert Pattinson binging hasn’t come to an end yet. In Cosmopolis he plays a businessman travelling around in a limo but stuck in hellish traffic because of a political event taking place in the city. That’s um…all I really have to say about it I’m afraid.

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After (2019)

You might have seen I watched After We Collided (2020) at the cinema, and I had to watch the original so I knew what I was getting into. I hated the sequel but I really quite enjoyed the first one! It’s full of every cliche in the book but it’s an enemies to lovers kind of romance and you know I’m a sucker for those.

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Maps to the Stars (2014)

So next in the Robert Pattinson saga we have a movie where he plays a limo driver, rather than a passenger this time. This is one of those movies with many characters whose lives all intertwine towards the end of the movie. It was alright at the time but it’s quite forgettable to be honest.

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The Social Dilemma (2020)

Two documentaries in one month, Allie? This one is on Netflix and anyone with a Facebook account should give it a watch. There are some huge names in the social media industry speaking in this documentary and although it might be every so slightly dramatized, it’s shockingly insightful and makes me really quite terrified as a parent.

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The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

Where did this movie even come from?! I watched The Babysitter (2017) last year after falling in love with Samara Weaving in Ready or Not (2019) and had no idea a sequel was even in the works until BAM, there it is on Netflix. The sequel is just as good as the original and a lot funnier, it doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

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High Life (2018)

So after this I took a little Robert Pattinson break, because WOW he loves being in weird movies. Thisis what I get for not even watching a trailer first. How to describe High Life? It’s like Interstellar (2014)…with criminals…and a lot of semen samples? Bonus points for Pattinson being an awesome space Dad though.

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#Alive (2020)

Do we really need movies about being trapped in your own home due to a pandemic in 2020? I think not, but at least with #Alive you can watch it tell yourself, well it could be worse…

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Unpregnant (2020)

I know everyone is saying to watch Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) instead of this but I haven’t yet, and I adored Unpregnant (2020). It doesn’t take a genius to work out what happens in this movie but I think it’s so great that we have movies like this, normalising something that must be terrifying to go through. It has Booksmart (2019) vibes to it and I enjoyed it a lot.

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23 Walks (2020)

You want to know how desperate I am to keep visiting my cinema in fear of it closing again? Last week I watched a little British movie about a pair of single people in their 60’s who meet whilst walking their dogs. You read that right. It actually was a decent watch regardless of be being half the target audience’s age. Something VERY SAD happens though and I didn’t expect to find myself ugly crying that night.

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Saw (2004)

Fun fact – I’ve never seen a Saw movie until now. What’s the general consensus on these movies you guys? I feel like with a critic hat on they’re mostly garbage, but for gore fans they’re actually a lot of fun? I liked the mystery and the escape room-ness to it, but didn’t care for the rest.

In case you missed any of my full reviews from last month, here they are again:

Tenet (2020)
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Mulan (2020)
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)
After We Collided (2020)
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
The Devil All the Time (2020)
Antebellum (2020)
Enola Holmes (2020) 

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What I Watched: December 2019 & January 2020

Hello February! Thank goodness those 20 weeks of January are finally over. I got so caught up in putting together my Top 100 Movies of the Decade lists that I forgot to do a little roundup of everything I watched in December, so you’ve got a double whammy from me today. I’ve watched loads, and just haven’t found the time to write full reviews for a lot of what I’ve seen! Shame on me, but here are a few words on what I’ve been watching over the last two months.

Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)

Yes, I’m having a weird Andy Samberg phase, okay? Don’t judge me. There’s only so much joy rewatching terrible Adam Driver movies can bring me. I didn’t love Celeste & Jesse Forever as much as I hoped, but only because they were so funny together at the start I never wanted it to end, even though I knew it made sense.

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Funny Games (2007)

This movie was WILD. Thank you to whoever recommended it to me probably about 4 years ago, it’s been sat on my watchlist ever since. At face value it’s a fairly straightforward house invasion movie, but just with that little extra. Such a good ending, too.

The Kitchen (2019)

Honestly? This wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It got a bit too much towards the end but I was really into Elisabeth Moss’ character’s story and how she completely turned herself around from being pushed around to being a badass. It also has a vest-wearing Domnhall Gleeson sawing up a dead body in a bathtub. Which isn’t even the weirdest thing I’ve seen him do in a movie.

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Klaus (2019)

I can’t believe I never got around to doing a full review for Klaus. What an amazing little gem of an animated Christmas movie by Netflix! I was thrilled when it won a BAFTA and at this rate, if I even bother to stay up for the Oscars it’ll be to find out if Klaus wins again.

Black Christmas (2019)

Absolute garbage. I always try to find the good in a movie but the only thing Black Christmas had going for it was that it was so trashy, it was kind of fun to watch and poke fun of it.

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Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

The first Jumanji remake was surprisingly decent, and even though I knew The Next Level was getting okay reviews I still didn’t believe it could be any good. For me, it worked, because it was very much more of the same, but if you weren’t a fan of the first then you won’t like this, either. The highlight for me was Awkwafina, who somehow does a better Danny Devito impression than the man himself!

Parasite (2019)

What a movie. I thought I knew where the story was going. I was comparing it to Us (2019). Then wow. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong! To anyone hesitant about getting into foreign-language movies because of the subtitles – give this a go. I’ve seen woefully few myself, but if this movie doesn’t convince you to watch more then nothing will.

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Five Feet Apart (2019)

I put so much pressure on myself on New Years Day to start 2020 with an amazing movie that I watched nothing at all. I saw Five Feet Apart instead on January 2nd. Cried like a bitch. Regretted nothing.

Hot Rod (2007)

Yes, I started hunting down Andy Samberg movies on Netflix. DON’T JUDGE, remember? I had a blast watching Hot Rod and I’m gutted I waited so long to see it. It’s one of those movies where if I watched it when it first came out, I’d have seen it 20 times by now, and still be quoting it on a daily basis.

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The Irishman (2019)

I only watched The Irishman because I try to see all the Oscars Best Picture nominees before the actual night. Yes I know it’s got legendary actors, yes I know it’s directed by Martin Scorsese but it was LONG and it was DULL and you’ll never change my mind.

The Other Guys (2010)

After slogging through The Irishman I needed something fun and dumb to relax, and a bunch of you recommended The Other Guys when I made a list of my favourite Will Ferrell movies. I love you guys. This movie was so funny!

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That’s My Boy (2012)

…oh, this awful Adam Sandler movie stars Andy Samberg? Huh, weird. It’s almost like I’m stooping to really low levels…*cough*

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

I love a good mystery, and despite the lukewarm reviews, I was still keen to see Motherless Brooklyn. It was worth it for Edward Norton’s performance but it was lacking in so many places. It was too slow to make the reveal worth it, sadly.

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Ford v Ferrari / Le Mans ’66 (2019)

Can we not give movies 2 very different names, and use both? My brain can’t cope. Anyway, I enjoyed this so much more than I expected. I like Christian Bale but I’ve never really raved about him, but he was so good here! The final race was thrilling, and I was kind of sad when the whole thing was over.

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019)

This just wasn’t my cup of tea, to be honest. It took me at least half the movie to really get into it, and as much as I love Margot Robbie (she’s amazing) she just felt a bit wasted here. Some of the editing was really weird, too!

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Cats (2019)

Oh, what a movie to end on. Silly, naive me thought all the negativity around Cats was overexaggerated, and musicals usually win me over so I thought I might actually enjoy it. I didn’t. It was weird. Creepy. And every time someone said ‘Jellicle’ I only heard ‘genital’ which I can’t tell made it better or worse.

I also watched The Shining (1980), Doctor Sleep (2019) and Your Name. (2016) but haven’t included them here because I’m planning on writing full posts for them. If you missed any of my full reviews over the last 2 months here they are:

Knives Out (2019)
Frozen II (2019)
Noelle (2019)
Marriage Story (2019)
6 Underground (2019)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Little Women (2019)
The Gentlemen (2020)
Just Mercy (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
1917 (2019)
Bad Boys for Life (2020)