Last Month in Watched It: January 2019

Movies:

  • Mid90s (2018)
  • The Favourite (2018)
  • Roma (2018)
  • Night School (2018)
  • Vice (2018)
  • Bird Box (2018)
  • The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
  • Rust Creek (2019)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
  • Beautiful Boy (2018)
  • The Hate U Give (2018)
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
  • The Sisters Brothers (2018)
  • RBG (2018)
  • The Grinch (2018)
  • Robin Hood (2018)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  • Minding the Gap (2018)

The Good:

The Favourite – T

Grade A

The Bad:

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – I

Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Bumblebee – I

Grade B+

Last Month in Watched It: December 2018


Movies:

  • The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
  • Halloween (2018)
  • Venom (2018)
  • You Were Never Really Here (2018)
  • Downsizing (2017)
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  • The Rider (2018)
  • A Simple Favor (2018)
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
  • Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)
  • Bumblebee (2018)
  • Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
  • The Wife (2018)
  • Blindspotting (2018)
  • Green Book (2018)
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

The Good:

Blindspotting – This film takes on so many things at once and makes it work flawlessly. It takes on police brutality, blends it with great comedic beats, smashes you with emotional heart wrenching moments, and finishes you off with sublime raps. It is nothing like I have ever seen before and needs to be seen by everyone.

Grade A

The Bad:

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – I had heard the budget to this movie was significantly cut down from the first, but what I hadn’t heard or noticed was the serious lack of Jack Black. The first one was unapologetically good fun. My son and I enjoyed it, and Jack Black was a big reason why. This sequel is the hottest of hot garbage.

Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Bumblebee – I fully expected this to be the best entry into the Transformers universe due to the directorial change, the trailers alone being better than anything Michael Bay put out. That’s an extremely low bar based on my views of the previous Transformers movies though. This, however,  is a legit good movie. It has heart thanks to Hailee Steinfeld and Bumblebee’s “Iron Giant” like relationship. John Cena continues his solid year in film with a hit and miss performance. He delivers some excellent comedy at times, while occasionally over cooking it as if to please the previous franchise director. See this.

Grade B+

Last Month in Watched It: November 2018

Movies:

  • Searching (2018)
  • Leave No Trace (2018)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • BlacKkKlansman (2018)
  • A Dogs Purpose (2017)
  • All the Money in the World (2017)
  • A Star is Born (2018)
  • The Happytime Murders (2018)
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
  • First Man (2018)

The Good:

A Star is Born – 

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The Bad:

The Happytime Murders – 

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The Old or Surprising:

Psycho – Rewatched a 1960’s classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho. I have slowly started making my way through the AFI 100. I will be watching most for the first time, but have decided to rewatch a some I haven’t seen in a while. Psycho was groundbreaking and far ahead of its time when it was released. Norman Bates is an all time classic horror movie character and the shower scene is iconic. It was a fun rewatch.

Grade A+

Last Month in Watched It: October 2018

Movies:

  • Ant Man and the Wasp (2018)
  • Bleed For This (2016)
  • Murder Party (2007)
  • First Reformed (2018)
  • Sorry to Bother You (2018)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Wonder (2017)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

The Good:

Incredibles 2 – 

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The Bad:

First Reformed – 

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The Old or Surprising:

Hocus Pocus – 

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Last Month in Watched It: September 2018

Movies:

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
  • Ocean’s Eight (2018)
  • Skyscraper (2018)
  • Uncle Drew (2018)
  • The Meg (2018)
  • Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018)
  • Lean on Pete (2018)
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
  • Eight Grade (2018)
  • Three Identical Strangers (2018)

The Good:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – I was finally able to get around to a couple documentaries that people have been taking about on different podcasts, Three Identical Strangers and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Both were good but only one was loved and it was the one that focused on the lovable Fred Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a deep dive into Fred Rogers life and his time with PBS. It’s a heartwarming movie that may need to be accompanied by with a box of tissues. Such a wonderful man.

Grade A

The Bad:

The Meg – Unfortunately this honor must be bestowed upon… The Meg. Yikes. Now, I didn’t expect it to be the second coming of Jaws but I also expected more than Sharknado with a better budget and imagery. No denying that this movie is beautifully shot at times, but theres also no denying this movie is extremely corny as well. Now, unlike Skyscraper… The Meg owns it. Knows what it is and has fun with it. Unfortunately, it still didn’t work for me at all.

Grade C-

The Old or Surprising:

Uncle Drew – I didn’t have high expectations from the movie based off a TV commercial, staring former and current NBA players… but i did expect it to be fun. The jokes were flat and could be seen coming a mile away. I didn’t hate it because again, I had low expectations but I don’t recommend this, regardless of my generous grade.

Grade C

Last Month in Watched It: August 2018

Movies:

  • Avengers Infinity War (2018)
  • A Ghost Story (2017)
  • Tully (2018)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Isle of Dogs (2018)
  • Upgrade (2018)
  • Hereditary (2018)
  • American Animals (2018)
  • Tag (2018)

The Good:

Avengers Infinity War – Avengers Infinity War really surprised me. I have probably said this before but, MCU movies rarely blow me away. They’re consistently good and do enough to keep me interested, but this is one of those rare occasions. Infinity War is a fantastic ensamble movie that is pulled off almost to perfection and is easily one of the Top 5 MCU movies I have seen.

Grade A-

The Bad:

Tag – The idea is unique in the sense that this is based of a true story and there are a group of guys that actually do/did this. The execution is good at points and poor at points. These types of over the top comedies aren’t landing with me the way they used to. The cast is great. Most of the jokes were funny. It was fine and worth a watch.

Grade C+

The Old or Surprising:

A Ghost Story – I went back to last year to revisit a movie that made a lot of top 10 lists, David Lowery’s A Ghost Story. It’s an unusual story that probably left audiences polarized in either a love it or hate it. I don’t imagine this has a very big middle ground. The symbolism and imagery are undeniably beautiful but the story does take it’s time and if your not completely sold from the start, it can get long and feel tedious. Personally, I liked it quite a bit.

Grade B+

Last Month in Watched It: July 2018

Movies:

  • Blockers (2018)
  • Life of the Party (2018)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • Super Trooper 2 (2018)
  • Thoroughbreds (2018)
  • Love, Simon (2018)
  • Overboard (1987)
  • Overboard (2018)
  • I Feel Pretty (2018)

The Good:

Love, Simon – Love, Simon is one of the best coming to age movies I have seen in a while. It’s a reincarnation of a John Hughes style love story that is beyond beautiful and delightful. It also takes on the problems and dilemmas a person might go through when decided when and how to come out… if they aren’t ousted by someone else. This is must see and top 10 of the year I predict.

Grade A

The Bad:

Overboard – Overboard continues the on the list of remakes we never asked for or wanted. In doing my “research” for this movie, I had to watch the original, something I hadn’t seen yet. The 1987 version is good. It’s a fun movie with a good cast, but on to the remake which sucks. It’s shot for shot at some points and lacks an original spin besides the gender swap of who has amnesia. I did like how some characters unapologetically spoke Spanish. It was nice to not have them speak broken English for a low hanging fruit joke.

Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Blockers – Hands down the most surprising thing I have watched this month is Blockers. I had zero hope for this raunchy looking comedy with the stupid title. Then I watched it and this movie got me misty, like in my eyeballs. It’s so much more than a raunchy comedy, it actually has a heart and solid message behind it. Blockers did itself no favors with the crap title and that’s unfortunate because it should be seen. I enjoyed every bit of it.

Grade B

Last Month in Watched It: June 2018

Movies:

  • Black Panther (2018)
  • Tomb Raider (2018)
  • Annihilation (2018)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  • Paddington 2 (2018)
  • A Quiet Place (2018)
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
  • 12 Strong (2018)
  • Peter Rabbit (2018)
  • Unsane (2018)
  • The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
  • Death Wish (2018)
  • The Death of Stalin (2018)
  • Ready Player One (2018)
  • Rampage (2018)
  • Red Sparrow (2018)
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • I Kill Giants (2018)

The Good:

A Quiet Place – One of the my favorite movies of the year. It’s creative and brilliantly written and directed. This isn’t John Krasinski’s first time in the directors chair but it’s by far his best. Rumors of a sequel or as rumors are calling it, a prequel, in the works as well which will give us more time in this interesting and thrilling world this writing team has created. This is a must see movie.

Grade A

The Bad:

The 15:17 to Paris – The 15:17 to Paris is a great and heroic story poorly executed by a decent director with a too grand of a vision. The idea of using the actual heroes to play themselves in the film was a bold and risky move, that ultimately didn’t pay off. I found the acting distracting and the 90% of the film to be extremely boring. Now, we get to the part on the train, the part that is the focus of the story, that part was amazing. Extremely gritty and moving to see what these heroes did to save the lives of the passengers of that train. This is a very bad movie but it’s almost worth watching just to see the last 15 minutes or so.

Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Ready Player One – This might be purely based on the wealth of nostalgia I witnessed and went though while watching Ready Player One, but I loved it and I really didn’t think I would. I love Stanley Kubrick and the scenes that take place at the Overlook Hotel brought so much joy to my Kubrick loving heart. Ready Player One itself is a fun ride with plenty of flaws but it really feels like Spielberg had fun with this one after making several intense and good dramas.

Grade B+

Last Month in Watched It: May 2018


What I Watched May 2018

Movies:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
  • Molly’s Game (2017)
  • Thank You For Your Service (2017)
  • The Commuter (2018)
  • Game Night (2018)

The Good:

Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin team up in Molly’s Game, the story of Olympic skier turned high stakes poker host. I can’t for the life of me understand why Meryl Streep got nominated over Jessica Chastain for the Best Actress Oscar. Streep is always great but she doesn’t deserve and automatic bid every year. Chastain was a amazing in this movie and should have received a nomination. She carries a good not great movie on her own. Grade B

The Bad:

I have to go with The Commuter for this one. It’s a bad movie that lacks any sort of originality and feels like every other Liam Neeson movie that has came out the past 5-7 years. It a tired premise that worked pretty well for a while. Liam is starting to get that Bruce Willis look… you know… the look that says “I’m too old to be looking like I’m still kicking everyones ass.” Grade D

The Old or Surprising:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest from 2006 is the old for the month. I’m behind on the Johnny Depp pirate series, so I have decided to play catch up. I really enjoyed the first movie and found the second one to be pleasant as well. I don’t understand the need of them to be so long, this one was two hours and thirty one minutes long. Grade B-

Last Month in Watched It: April 2018

What I Watched April 2018

Movies:

  • Battle of the Sexes (2017)
  • Deepwater Horizon (2016)
  • Lucky (2017)
  • IT (2017)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

The Good:

As someone who is not a big fan of horror movies and put off watching IT for as long as possible… I absolutely loved the movie. It’s such a fantastic adaption of the original material and the cast nailed their performances. It was scary at times and campy at others providing for the perfect mix in my opinion. Grade A

The Bad:

The bad for April is going to be a little film called Lucky, staring Harry Dean Stanton in his final performance. I understand a lot of people have found the beauty in such a simple story about this 90 year old man and his journey through life, and I see some of that beauty but overall I couldn’t get past the poor directing and turtle slow pace. It left me bored and checking the time on my phone… a lot. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it.  Grade C-

The Old or Surprising:

The most surprising thing about the movies I watched this month, was how meh i was on Deepwater Horizon. Peter Berg was fresh off Lone Survivor, which was a solid movie and followed Deepwater with Patriots Day, an absolute amazing movie. I just thought this was going to be another solid offering that I finally got around to and it’s just ok. Worth a watch but I was slightly let down. Grade B-