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List of new (to me) movies watched in 2020. Ongoing!

Ratings scale:

  • 5: I regret that I can never again watch it for the first time
  • 4: I would enjoy watching it again
  • 3: I wouldn’t mind watching it again, maybe running in the background while I do other things
  • 2: I would not want to watch it again
  • 1: If you suggest watching it, it might be time to end the friendship
# Title Release Year Date Watched Notes Rating (out of 5)
1 Sicario 2015 Jan 05 Great thriller movie, but the lesson here is so bleak 5
2 Paprika 2006 Jan 08 Colorful, vivid and great animation but so so bizaare 4
3 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2014 Jan 08 Insanely good, I can see why it won best picture 5
4 Looper 2012 Jan 09 Entertaining enough, but raises so many time travel questions 4
5 John Wick 2 2017 Jan 12 Better than I expected 5
6 Ad Astra 2019 Jan 13 Kinda draggy 3.5
7 Klaus 2019 Jan 13 Surprisingly good. Fantastic animation 5
8 Marriage Story 2019 Jan 14 Great performances. Ma didn’t like the ending. 5
9 Fist of Fury 1972 Jan 14 Great fight scenes. Actually a bit more plot than I expected 5
10 Coming to America 1988 Jan 15 I had low expectations, but it was better than I thought it would be. Ma would like it! 3.5
11 MIB International 2019 Jan 15 Kind of predictable 3
12 Batman vs TMNT 2019 Jan 16 Ridiculous, but fun. Good for kids. 4
13 6 Underground 2019 Jan 17 The editing and scene transitions were all over the place. A very Michael Bay film. 3.5
14 The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Jan 18 This movie does nothing to improve my opinion of modern capitalism. 4.5
15 Parasite 2019 Jan 19 Really good, but IDK how to begin to describe it. Worth overcoming the 1 inch subtitle barrier for. 5
16 Kiki’s Delivery Service 1989 Feb 04 Very light-hearted and idyllic. At first it felt a bit boring, but it had me smiling by the end. 5
17 Uncut Gems 2019 Feb 07 Sandler gave a good performance, but I struggled to get through the early parts of the movies because his character and situation are so unrelatable to me personally. 4
18 Knives Out 2019 Feb 09 A fantastic murder mystery, maybe the best I’ve ever seen, great performances all around. 5
19 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Feb 10 Watched this because a redditor said ROTK robbed it of best picture in 2003. This is a great war movie, but he was wrong 5
20 Jojo Rabbit 2019 Feb 11 Best movie about a Nazi ever. Most colorful depiction of Nazi Germany. Fantastic movie. 5
21 Superman: Red Son 2020 Feb 27 An acceptable adaptation of one of my favorite Superman stories. Minus points for not including the “House of L” epilogue. 4
22 Coach Carter 2005 Feb 27 I watched this because I saw it in a “top inspirational speeches” YT video. Pretty good sports movie. 4
23 Billy Madison 1995 Mar 23 Watched this so I know the context of the “I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul” clip. Typical early Sandler movie. 3
24 Princess Mononoke 1997 Mar 23 Much more action-packed than the last Ghibli movie I watched. Beautifully animated. 5
25 Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn 2020 Mar 25 Spoiler-free review 4
26 Logan Lucky 2017 Mar 25 Fun heist movie, but I find it hard to take the characters seriously. Might be some anti-redneck bias. 4
27 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Mar 30 See below 4
28 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Apr 07 See below 4
29 Project 88: Back to the Future Too 2020 Apr 10 Fantastic fan-made shot-by-shot recreation of Back to the Future II, put together during quarantine, w/ stop motion, kids, sock puppets, bananas, potatoes and much more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcUUjWbVc4I 5
30 The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies 2014 Apr 10 This trilogy had far too many extra things that weren’t in the books, but it was pretty good. I rank them Desolation > Five Armies > Journey. 4
31 The Departed 2006 Apr 10 This was intense. I liked it more than Goodfellas. 5
32 Spirited Away 2001 Apr 15 Shades of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. Easily the best Ghibli film I’ve watched so far. 5
33 Psych the Movie 2017 May 03 It’s like an extended episode of Psych! 4
34 Ready Player One 2018 May 05 A predictable yet fun romp. 4
35 The Siege 1998 May 05 Caught this on Cinemax when I went down for lunch. Much too idealistic in hindsight, given what happened in New York 3 years after this film released. 3
36 Kong: Skull Island 2017 May 07 Exciting popcorn movie. 4
37 Ang Huling El Bimbo: The Musical 2019 May 08 Ok, so this one isn’t really a movie. The appeal for me is mostly the music and the nostalgia. The plot was serviceable, though some may find it problematic. 4
38 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War 2020 May 15 This was great, and appropriatly dark. Good send-off for the DCAMU. 4
39 Zombieland Double Tap 2019 May 27 A fun romp, but pretty much more of the same. 3
40 Sonic the Hedgehog 2019 Jun 27 Fun with Ben Schwartz, but James Marsden’s character is kinda dumb. Needs a lot of suspension of disbelief. 3
41 Mission Impossible Fallout 2018 Jun 29 Good watch, it’s MI, you know how it goes. Maybe 40% of it is Tom Cruise running. 3
42 Atomic Blonde 2017 Jul 11 I came in thinking it was a John Wick style action movie. True, but it’s also a Cold War spy thriller. Nice twists, but might be a bit hard to follow near the end. 3
43 The Old Guard 2020 Jul 12 Didn’t know what to expect, never read the Greg Rucka graphic novel on which it was based. Action-packed, fun watch. 4