My family doesn’t naturally watch movies, so for the past two years, I’ve kind of tried to educate myself in the world of movies. In 2018, I caught up with all the Marvel movies. In 2019, I watched a bunch of movies that were either famous or ones people on the internet/in real life seemed to keep mentioning. This year I’m doing the same thing. Next year I’m thinking about watching the Star Wars movies? But that is to be decided.
Here is my list for 2020.
Note: For the Rotten Tomatoes’ numbers, the first one is the critics’ score and the second is the audience score.
Length: 2h 31m
Rotten Tomatoes: 79/96
Release Year: 1999
Two weird guys become friends and create an even weirder club for guys who want to secretly fight.
UPDATE (1/17/20): This movie was so so weird. The people behind this movie purposely tell you to expect something totally different than what this movie actually is. Have you ever heard that internet myth that if you tell somebody with their eyes closed that they’re about to drink orange juice but then give them milk, they’ll gag? It kind of felt like that.
Length: 1h 42m
Rotten Tomatoes: 96/88
Release Year: 1993
A weatherman keeps living Groundhog Day over and over and learns stuff.
UPDATE (2/27/20): I watched this movie because I had never heard of it before and then suddenly I kept hearing about it. Well, it seemed sudden because two of the blogs I always read both wrote about it in the span of a few months. One was Austin Kleon and the other was Kottke. In Austin Kleon’s post, he linked to an older piece he had written where he explained in-depth the connection he saw between being an artist and being Phil Connor. In Kottke’s post, Groundhog Day was described as being “a nearly perfect little movie.” I had to see what they were talking about. If I had watched it with none of this knowledge, I definitely wouldn’t have seen all this deeper meaning that people have found in this movie, but I’m glad I watched it.
Length: 2h 45m
Rotten Tomatoes: 87/90
Release Year: 2012
Batman is forced to come out of retirement because duh, there’s more bad guys.
UPDATE (3/12/20): School is canceled today because of coronavirus, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to watch a movie. While searching The Dark Knight Rises on Amazon, I realized that it’s actually the third movie in the Batman trilogy, so I watched the first movie–Batman Begins–instead. I liked the characters and the one-liners: “at least we’ll have spares–Yes!”, “I’ve got to get me one of those”, Gary driving–“sorry” and “YES!”. But overall, I thought it was just okay. Not the greatest superhero movie I’ve watched. However, I get why Batman is cool now! I’ve always been like, what in the world, Batman? Now I get it.
Length: 2h 18m
Rotten Tomatoes: 93/92
Release Year: 1976
The movie adaptation of Watergate.
UPDATE (4/13/20): My one-line description of this movie is inaccurate. This movie is about journalism. It’s about two insanely determined journalists who just would not stop until they broke the story. There’s a lot of shots of phone calls, the newsroom, and talking/cajoling/slightly-manipulating to sources. The point of the movie isn’t really about what Nixon was doing and who was involved—I’m still murky on that. The real point of the movie is how Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein figured it all out. My favorite things about the movie: seeing their very different personalities; the messy notes they took; and them being so persistently persistent.
Length: 1h 18m
Rotten Tomatoes: 85/83
Release Year: 2000
A jerk of an emperor gets turned into a llama and learns things.
UPDATE (5/3/20): Hahah, it felt like the animators and creators of this movie had a really good time making a Disney movie that was straightforward and basic but also ironic and irreverent.
Length: 2h 28m
Rotten Tomatoes: 96/97
Release Year: 1990
A guy in a mob finally climbs to the top but then problems happen.
Length: 1h 39m
Rotten Tomatoes: 68/69
Release Year: 1999
Modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. A girl who seems very unlikely to date might date?
Length: 2h 20m
Rotten Tomatoes: 84/92
Release Year: 1989
An English teacher tries to get his students to think for and be themselves.
Length: 1h 32m
Rotten Tomatoes: 97/95
Release Year: 1975
A weird modern-day version of King Arthur and his Knights figuring out a muder investigation.
Length: 3h 6m
Rotten Tomatoes: 97/97
Release Year: 1966
Two guys in the west during the Civil War are friends and then not friends and then friends again.
Length: 1h 49m
Rotten Tomatoes: 38/78
Release Year: 2002
A woman living in New York gets engaged but first goes back home to Alabama to figure some things out.
Length: 2h 1m
Rotten Tomatoes: 98/72
Release Year: 1982
A nice alien is stuck on Earth and makes a friend. But then he gets sick and the government wants to get involved and problems.
Rotten Tomatoes: 79/82
Release Year: 2013
Guys on Wall Street cheat and lie and basically do whatever they want, but then the government starts to investigate him.
Length: 2h 21m
Rotten Tomatoes: 96/89
Release Year: 2002
A FBI agent is on a mission to catch a guy who’s illegally pretended to be so many false jobs/people, but the guy’s pretty good at not being caught.
Length: 1h 59m
Rotten Tomatoes: 98/94
Release Year: 1953
A European princess and an American reporter meet each other accidentally and then fall in love accidentally too.
Length: 1h 38m
Rotten Tomatoes: 93/93
Release Year: 1996
A guy struggling for money sets up a pretend kidnapping of his own wife to get ransom money from his father-in-law but then things get too real.
Length: 1h 59m
Rotten Tomatoes: 100/90
Release Year: 1941
A reporter investigates a famous, mysterious man who died with his last word being “Rosebud.”
Have you watched any of these movies?
What’s something you’ve seen recently? I watched Frozen 2 on Sunday. I do have to admit it wasn’t as good as the first one, but the first one is one of my favorite movies of all time so that’s not saying too much. I did think it was kind of weird though. (If you’ve watched it, I’m talking about Kristoff’s song and the plot in general. Anna and Olaf also felt different.)
Favorite movies of all time? I’m looking at what I put for my favorites last year, and it’s still the same. Frozen, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and McFarland, USA are my favorite Disney movies, and Three Idiots is my favorite movie of all time. I watched it again over break with my friends for either the third or fourth time, and all it did was remind me of how amazing it is.
It’s a Bollywood movie with subtitles and it’s so strange and beautiful and brilliant and Rancho and aghhhhh. If you have Netflix, it’s ON THERE. My friends who are guys think it’s funny to joke about how the first test for a potential girlfriend is seeing how well they can wash dishes. I think my test will be watching this movie.