Sven's Watched in 2019by svenning123 | created - 9 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public
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1. First Reformed (2017)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
Votes: 36,796 | Gross: $3.45M
Slow moving film that is carried by Hawke’s performance. It could have done better with getting to the point faster, but once it did the plot became much more interesting. The end of the film was disappointing with the direction they decided to go. 7/10
2. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor.
Votes: 65,717 | Gross: $65.71M
An unremarkable retelling of the Cinderella story made worthwhile by Drew Barrymore’s presence. Without her and the moments of familiarity from the cinderella story I would have likely turned the movie off. 6/10
3. A Simple Favor (2018)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.
Votes: 98,292 | Gross: $53.55M
From the trailer this looked like an interesting thriller. I was pleasantly surprised to find there was a fun mix of comedy in it too. Anna Kendrick is always a pleasure to watch. 7/10
4. Finding Dory (2016)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Votes: 219,270 | Gross: $486.30M
Plenty of funny new characters and a story that takes the returning characters out of the ocean for much of the film. The end with the truck is the only downside to the film. 9/10
5. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer's fantasy novel into a video game.
Cool concept with the choose your own adventure aspect. At the same time this seemed to distract from it having the full on Black Mirror effect. Some of the choices at the beginning had little to no effect on the story which leaves you wondering if any of your choices have and effect. The twists towards the end are what make it worthwhile. 7/10
6. Night School (2018)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy
A group of high school dropouts are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school.
Votes: 27,374 | Gross: $77.34M
A truly terrible collection of performances and a painfully unfunny script. Even the jokes that could have been funny were uncomfortable because thanks to the impossible to believe characters. The only genuine performance was from the fiancé and that was a minimal role. Lots of dumb comedies manage to be good, and some are so bad they are funny. This movie is neither of those. 2/10
7. Toy Story 2 (1999)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.
Votes: 487,823 | Gross: $245.85M
I was thinking this was my least fav of the 3 films, but there is so much fun stuff here I’m not so sure now. Solid trilogy...hopefully the 4th doesn’t end this strong run. 9/10
8. The Favourite (2018)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Votes: 133,125 | Gross: $34.24M
Even though I’m really not a fan of costume dramas, the Favourite made for an enjoyable film. This is mostly thanks to the humour that was added in. The strong performances didn’t hurt either. The best aspect of the film was the cinematography and the set pieces. Beautiful looking film. Not something I’d necessarily want to see again though. 7/10
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Scrooge McDuck takes Huey, Dewey, and Louie to Egypt to find a pyramid and magic lamp.
Votes: 23,610 | Gross: $18.12M
I had a lot of fun watching this with Sawyer for the first time. I remember watching duck tales a lot when I was younger so the nostalgia is driving the score up for sure. 7/10
10. Bumblebee (2018)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.
Votes: 108,197 | Gross: $127.20M
This was a very welcome change from how the previous transformers films have been handled. Even though I really enjoyed the first one and the first Wahlberg one, this is a better movie. Great action, strong performances and lots of fun 80s references. 8/10
11. Vice (I) (2018)
R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Votes: 89,341 | Gross: $47.84M
This film felt more one sided than a Michael Moore documentary. Bale’s performance was great. Everything else about the film was a mess. The style that worked in the Big Short only managed to take the viewer out of the moment repeatedly. As somebody who doesn’t know much about the subject the movie covered, I would have expected to leave the movie knowing much more about it. Instead the topic is as unclear as ever, not knowing whether to believe what i was seeing or not. 5/10
12. You Might Be the Killer (2018)
TV-MA | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A camp counselor suffering from blackouts finds himself surrounded by murder victims. He turns to his horror movie enthusiast friend for advice, and to contend with the idea he may be the killer.
I really wanted to like this film. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the attempts at humour worked very well. The meta aspect made it somewhat unique at least, but not enough to carry the film. Overall a blah horror comedy. 5/10
13. Time Freak (2018)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A genius teenage boy is in love with a girl who breaks up after a year. He invents a time-machine and tries to fix the break-up repeatedly. He finally goes a year back with his friend/advisor to fix the bad days.
Underwhelming for a time travel romcom. Many moments that had potential to be something more were cut short. The Infinite Man is the high bar for the sub genre. This film doesn’t come close to matching that. The recent When We First Met is also a better version of the same story. 6/10
14. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
PG | 112 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
Votes: 103,297 | Gross: $201.09M
Plenty of great Disney references and internet references. Like still lots that I missed even the 2nd time through. Again I felt like it needed more scenes with the princesses. I could have done without the part about the virus at the end. 8/10
15. Suspiria (I) (2018)
R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Votes: 44,949 | Gross: $2.47M
Stylish, yet slow moving horror remake. A tighter edit under 2 hours would have made this a much more satisfying film. Thankfully there is plenty to enjoy with the gore, the cinematography and set pieces. 7/10
16. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.
Votes: 5,299 | Gross: $0.55M
Musical comedy about zombies? Count me in! The songs were catchy and enjoyable, but the humour doesnt compare to Shaun of the Dead. An enjoyable film thanks to the musical aspect but not something I'd want to watch over and over like Shaun of the Dead. 7/10
17. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
PG | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.
Votes: 61,967 | Gross: $171.96M
I still had the same concerns with this sequel that I had with the original Mary Poppins film. The animated sequence seemed like an unnecessary gimmick and the characters did little to draw me into their story. That being said, I did enjoy this one more than the original. Perhaps some tightening up of the story and removing the animated sequence would have made for a better film. 7/10
18. Split (IX) (2016)
PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller
Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Votes: 376,706 | Gross: $138.29M
I decided to rewatch this film before seeing Glass. I was able to appreciate the style a bit more this time around. Better than average camerawork and some good performances from the leads. I'm still not sure why they bothered with 23 personalities if they were only going to show less than 10 of them. 7/10
19. Glass (2019)
PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
Votes: 161,555 | Gross: $111.04M
While it was nice to see the 3 main characters come together, it seems that Shyamalan held back too much. The characters took too long to follow through on anything and then we were given an underwhelming twist to end what could have been a strong trilogy of films. Much like split, the style was the real star of the film. 7/10
20. Super Mario Bros. (1993)
PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Two Brooklyn plumbers, Mario and Luigi, must travel to another dimension to rescue a princess from the evil dictator King Koopa and stop him from taking over the world.
Votes: 46,142 | Gross: $20.92M
I made the mistake of mentioning the existence of this movie to Sawyer. Being a fan of the Mario game franchise he wanted to watch the movie. Super disappointing film as a fan of the games. They put in no effort to make it like the game. Just some names that were the same and thats it. Even when they were given boots to make them jump high, they didnt use them to jump on bad guys. Terrible script and performances on top of those other issues makes for a film that has earned its place on the bottom 100 movies on imdb. 2/10
21. The Invisible Man (1933)
Not Rated | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.
I had better memories of this from the first time I saw it. The fact that it starts with him already invisible and we don’t get to see his origin hurts the film. As the movie goes on the viewer is meant to have empathy for the invisible man, but it’s not that effective because we’ve never seen the actual person. The effects are very impressive for the time though. 6/10
22. The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.
Votes: 10,364 | Gross: $16.79M
Surprisingly entertaining kids movie considering I’d never heard of it before going to see it. Like most kids movies there are silly, over the top moments. Overall it was just a fun twist on the King Arthur and the sword in the stone story. 7/10
23. Polar (I) (2019)
TV-MA | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.
The presence of Mads makes the film worth watching right off the bat. The same story with a different style could have made for a better film. The idea of the hired killer being the target has been done before, though still interesting. The odd style with the text on screen introducing each killer was distracting. The good action and killings throughout the film could have carried it without the unnecessary stylistic flair. 6/10
24. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 386,452 | Gross: $216.43M
For somebody with such a crazy life, Freddy Mercury’s story has an all around safe feeling to it. Most problems he runs across throughout the film are solved within a few mins and none of the characters showed enough emotion (positive or negative) for the viewer to care. The biggest problem seems to be Rami Malik’s inability to reach his lips over the fake teeth. The first 20 mins of the film is just watching him wrestle with those teeth. The movie got to be much better once he joined the band. The performances were the best part of the film. This was the last of the best pic noms for this year I hadn’t seen and it’s easily one of the worst. 6/10
25. The Grinch (2018)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Votes: 33,234 | Gross: $270.62M
I had pretty low expectations for this since I’m such a fan of the original. Thankfully it wasn’t bad like the Jim Carrey version. Mostly good remake but I wish they hadn’t changed the grinch’s demeanor so much. He was a nicer guy in general which made the transformation at the end less effective. 6/10
26. At Eternity's Gate (2018)
PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama
A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
Votes: 19,434 | Gross: $2.29M
Sadie’s fine portrayal of Van Gogh is masked by the obnoxious camera work. Hand held camera through most of the film and intentionally messy POVs make for a film that is hard to watch. Some of the style in the sets and locations would have been really nice to look at if not for these filming choices. 5/10
27. Mortal Engines (2018)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.
Votes: 82,820 | Gross: $15.95M
Very cool premise. The start of the film had a Mad Max vibe. All the potential it had in the setup was lost by the halfway point of the film. More of the cities chasing each other and battling would have made it a much better film. The storylines it followed were less interesting than that. With London being the big king city, it would have been fun to suddenly have New York emerge from the ocean for a battle. Based on what happens in the books I understand that wouldn’t be possible. 6/10
28. Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A satire set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.
I knew nothing about this film when I started watching it. Was pleasantly surprised when I realized it was a horror film (yes I know the title should have given it away). I feel it tried too hard to blend more drama/suspense into it. A full on horror would have sufficed. The gore was there at times though didn’t feel like enough. Cool premise with the art connection though. 6/10
29. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History
Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Votes: 28,702 | Gross: $16.47M
Typical, boring and slow moving period piece. Decent performances and makeup. The costumes are the usual costumes you always see in this genre. Not worth watching at all in my opinion. 5/10
30. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.
Votes: 269,281 | Gross: $173.59M
Sawyer asked to watch this now since we only watched the first one a Christmas this year. Much better than I remembered it. I think what keeps it from being as good as the first is the larger number of supporting characters. There is no focus on any of them. I’m sure we will watch the other 3 sequels at some point soon. I don’t expect those to be at all worthwhile. 7/10
31. Green Book (2018)
PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Votes: 250,057 | Gross: $85.08M
Holds up nicely to a 2nd viewing. It would be great if this could pull out the win for best pic. I don’t care about any of the controversy around the film. It’s a great story loaded with humour and some impressive performances. Still my fav of the year. 9/10
32. Cold War (2018)
R | 89 min | Drama, History, Music
In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.
Votes: 37,169 | Gross: $4.57M
Very slow moving film. The cinematography was about the only thing that made watching the film worthwhile. It really is too bad that it took a spot in the best director noms when somebody deserving like Bradley Cooper misses out. 5/10
33. Minding the Gap (2018)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
Votes: 5,635 | Gross: $0.01M
Well shot doc that starts off seeming like a straightforward skateboarding doc then ends up showing a surprising level of depth and emotion. Each of the kids stories were interesting to follow. 7/10
34. A Star Is Born (2018)
R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
Votes: 279,225 | Gross: $215.29M
Rewatching this after having seen all the previous versions made me like it even more. Great love story. Both leads were perfect in their roles. The minor changes made to the story were smart changes. I enjoyed all the references to the previous versions too. 9/10
35. Roma (2018)
R | 135 min | Drama
A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Beautifully shot film. It did feel a bit slower the 2nd time through. Overall I'd say its overrated based on all the awards attention its getting. 7/10
36. RBG (2018)
PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography
The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
Votes: 8,887 | Gross: $14.02M
Interesting to see a doc about somebody I knew nothing about. She is an entertaining character and has helped to make some impressive changes. It would have been nice to see a more unique doc style instead of the typical talking heads style. 7/10
37. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
Votes: 165,740 | Gross: $48.69M
Good story and plenty of humour to go along with the drama. Everything about it, and every character in it was over the top and cheesy (except for Adam Driver). With a lesser director that would have hurt the film more. Ironically the only shots in the film that did negatively affect my enjoyment of it were a couple that were over stylized with his signature style. 8/10
38. Home Alone 3 (1997)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Family
Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fends off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed.
Votes: 96,539 | Gross: $30.88M
I went into this with very low expectations based on the fact that it was a whole new cast. right away it flips the story in a ridiculous way. The kid is being left home alone for the day while his mother is gone to work instead of it being more dramatic with the family being gone for days. On the other side of it, the bad guys motivations were way over the top with them trying to get back part of the missile's computer system. At least the home invasion and trap setting stuff was still fun. 5/10
39. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
Votes: 39,371 | Gross: $105.81M
As is with many sequels, the returning characters were the best part and the new characters were annoying at best. Most of the songs failed to connect in any memorable way. It was definitely a good choice to watch it in dbox though. Not only were the action scenes good for dbox, but even the songs benefited with the seats shaking to the beat. The live action scenes improved on what they did in the first film at least as far as the LEGO and live action interaction goes. 7/10
40. Ghostbusters (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Votes: 190,906 | Gross: $128.34M
I never get sick of this no matter how many times I watch it. Still impressed by the cool effect of extending the action past the main picture, but that’s just a bonus on top of the great humour. 9/10
41. Jumanji (1995)
PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Votes: 276,664 | Gross: $100.48M
Such a cool and unique concept. The only negative is that the effects don’t hold up so well. Still plenty of laughs and heart. 8/10
42. The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
Votes: 32,672 | Gross: $14.84M
I would have preferred to see this made with the original Swedish cast. Either way I think I liked this more than the American remake of the first film. This story gave more depth to the character of Lisbeth and her past while still giving her plenty to do now. 7/10
43. Free Solo (2018)
PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport
Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.
Votes: 39,220 | Gross: $17.54M
I’ve seen plenty of mountain climbing docs before, so really expected to just see more of the same. Instead I was treated to a refreshing mix of a character study, detailed preparation and impressive climbing (with and without ropes/gear). All of these aspects set it apart from the other docs of this sort. His lack of personality, relationship troubles and fearless climbing make this my fav to win best doc this year. 8/10
44. Border (2018)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.
Votes: 15,487 | Gross: $0.77M
Very odd premise about 2 people with facial (and other) deformities. I like that when it seemed like things were going to level out and be somewhat normal that it just got weirder. Even with all the weirdness it felt uninspired and too slow moving. 5/10
45. Creed II (2018)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Sport
Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.
Votes: 83,697 | Gross: $115.72M
While not as good as the first Creed movie, this sequel still manages to hit all the important notes of a great sports film. All the boxing and training sequences were a strong as can be. The family stuff was more empty and less convincing than the previous film. 7/10
46. Mirai (2018)
PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama