Wonder Woman 84 – I remember seeing the trailer for this at the movies and being excited to watch it. Sadly, it was a bit of a flop for me. I felt like the plot had so many holes in it (more than the standard comic book movie standard), and the overall vibe just wasn’t that good. The highlight, as always, was Chris Pine – who can charm his way through any movie, it seems.
Deepwater Horizon – I don’t remember much about this disaster at all, so this movie was a fascinating watch for me. I felt like there was a good balance of build up and action, and although I am a huge fan of disaster movies, knowing that this was a real-life event made this quite a sombre viewing experience.
The Conjuring – This is one of my favourite horror films, and I’ve seen it so many times now that it almost feels like a “comfort” movie. I love this entire universe and most of the films from this franchise, and this is the one that kick-started that obsession for me.
The Conjuring 2 – The third Conjuring movie is coming out this year, so I figured after watching the first film I should probably watch the second to make sure I’m up to date and ready for the next one to come out. I love this movie just as much as the first, and it was a perfect watch for a stormy weekend afternoon.
The Dry – I read this book last year and was keen to watch the movie, so when we were over in Perth visiting my parents I jumped at the chance when they suggested we watch this. I felt like this was a decent adaptation of the book, but as always it’s hard to translate the depth and context of a novel to film and I feel like this movie struggled a bit in that way.
Mulan – Also while we were visiting my parents in Perth we set them up with an Apple TV and got them hooked up to Disney+ and this was one of the first movies my dad wanted to watch. I’ve never seen the cartoon version of Mulan but I adore this live action version. It’s such a beautiful film and of course, a heart-warming story.
Empire Records – This is one of my all-time favourite movies, and I’ve seen it so many times that I can quote it by heart. Re-watching this brought me so much joy, and even though I had “oh Rexy you’re so sexy” stuck in my head for days afterwards I want to watch it all over again.
Almost Famous – I had not watched this movie in years, probably since it first came out, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Kate Hudson is one of those actors who I feel like I don’t like her (?) until I see her on screen in a film and I fall in love with her. She was incredible in this, along with the rest of the cast, and the story is something I feel like I could appreciate a bit more on re-watching it now that I’m older.
Alice in Wonderland – Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite Disney films, and although this live-action version by Tim Burton is beautiful, it doesn’t quite live up to the original for me. Having said that, it was a bit of fun and I enjoyed it despite re-living the horror of Johnny Depp’s breakdancing scene at the end of the film.
Three To Tango – This was a rom-com from the late 90s and it absolutely did not stand the test of time. There was a lot to be offended by in this movie, I don’t know where to begin. Neve Campbell was as charming as always, and Matthew Perry’s weirdly orange hair will probably haunt me for the rest of my days.
Booksmart – I was flicking through Netflix and saw this had landed, and I was so excited to finally watch it. This was such a joy. I was completely immersed in the film from start to finish, there were some laugh out loud moments, and some genuinely heart warming ones too. A definite recommend.
The Purge – I had put off watching this for years, because I thought the theme of home invasion would really disturb me… turns out, it didn’t. I actually really enjoyed this, and didn’t find it too scary at all. The concept, on the other hand, terrifies me. There is no way I could live comfortably in a world where the Purge took place once a year. No thank you.
The Purge: Anarchy – I carried on with the Purge series and jumped into the second film right after the first. The most terrifying part of this one for me was the concept of accidentally getting stuck outside during the purge. I was getting physical anxiety symptoms watching two characters dawdling as they headed home for purge night. I’d be home with hours to spare, that’s for sure.
Walk The Line – I love Joaquin Phoenix, so this had been on my ‘to-watch’ list for a long time. I’ve watched a few musical biopics and this wasn’t my favourite, but I still felt like it was a really strong performance from Joaquin.
The Purge: Election Year – Can you tell I was on a bit of a ‘Purge’ kick this month? This felt more like an action movie than a horror, and I really enjoyed the way they tied everything into the plot of the third (and final?) film.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – I knew that we were intending to see the latest Godzilla movie in theatres this month, so figured I should watch the second film in anticipation of that. I love the Godzilla films, and this one had the added benefit of having Bradley Whitford as a cast member, which boosted my enjoyment levels by about 2000%.
Godzilla vs Kong – I had been wanting to see this movie since I first saw the trailer what feels like years ago, and it did not disappoint. It was a lot of fun, and absolute nonsense, and exactly what I was in the mood for. My only complaint is that going to see a movie in an actual theatre is so loud these days. I’m not sure if that’s a post-pandemic thing or I’m just getting old.
Alice in Wonderland – This was my go-to Disney movie as a child. So much so that I think I drove my family crazy with how much I watched it (at least every day, I think). It’s now one of those comfort movies that I can chuck on and lose myself in, even though it’s a kids movie. I was feeling quite sick and stressed when I watched this, and it was a bit of a balm for the soul.
That Thing You Do? – I saw this pop up on Disney+ and was in the mood for something light-hearted and fun, so this was perfect. It was written and directed (and starred) Tom Hanks, who I love, and ended up being a perfect feel good Friday night movie. I’ve had the title song in my head ever since watching, so be warned.
Thank You For Smoking – We have been watching a lot of Mad Men lately, and it reminded me of this film. This was still a good watch, and relevant even though it’s quite dated by now. The cast was epic and there were a few laugh out loud moments. Definitely worth a watch.
The Fast and the Furious – I’ve been wanting to re-watch this franchise for a while, and when a friend and I were trying to decide what to watch one night we settled on this. This is one of my all time favourite no-brainer action movies, and I realised on re-watching this how much of an appreciation for Paul Walker I’ve developed over the years. What a babe.
2 Fast 2 Furious – I jumped straight into the second film after watching the first, and I think this might be my favourite in the series because Roman is my favourite character. There were lots of laugh out loud moments alongside the classic mindless action that I expect from a film in this franchise.
Captain America: The First Avenger – This is technically the first Marvel movie if you watch in chronological order, so we kicked off our chronological re-watch with this. I didn’t remember much about this film, so it was a lot of fun for me to experience it all over again. Chris Evans as Captain America is hot and all, but… Bucky Barnes though, amirite?
Captain Marvel – Another Marvel re-watch, and another fun viewing experience. It was interesting to watch this having recently finished the WandaVision television series, because there are some storylines that align between the two, and it all sort of fell into place for me after watching this again.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – This is my least favourite film in the franchise, so I was not as excited to watch it, but happy to get it out of the way. This is probably the cheesiest film in the series, and not in a cute way. They really did Han dirty in this movie too. Not happy about that.
Fast & Furious – This is where the films start to shift from somewhat silly to legitimately ridiculous, but I still kinda love it. This was action packed and stupid and I enjoyed it immensely.
Fast Five – Another stupid but fun movie and I liked this one in particular because it brought a lot of the older characters from the early films back together (Roman!! My favourite).
Fast & Furious 6 – The ridiculousness continues with yet another fun and silly film. This one bumped it to the next level, with a literal tank fight on a major highway. Oh, and someone sort of came back from the dead. Completely unrealistic, but a bloody good time.
Furious 7 – This movie could be the result of giving a script writing bot it’s big break and asking it to write a blockbuster hit. But as always, this was a blast and we enjoyed watching it at home one rainy Saturday afternoon this month.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer – My sister made me watch this when I was a kid, and it is still one of the stupidest and cheesiest movies I’ve ever seen. But there were some laugh-out-loud moments, and the quotable lines are still epic all these years later.
Pretty In Pink – This was such a fun movie. I remember watching this as an early teen, after being encouraged by my big sister to watch a few 80s movies. This era was so much fun, and the film was still enjoyable to watch today, all these years later. Molly Ringwald is a queen.
Snowtown – I heard a lot of jokes about Snowtown from my Perth friends before we moved to Adelaide, but I didn’t know much about the story. This was a an eye-opening film for me, it was quite beautiful in a way but overall so incredibly bleak that it left me feeling uneasy and sick to my stomach.
Godzilla – This is one of my all-time favourite cheesy action movies. I love Godzilla, and the cinematography in this version was really beautiful. Honestly, any movie that features a tsunami or any kind of big wave has my heart and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Mean Girls – I have not watched this movie in years, and Sebastian had never seen it so I forced him to watch it with me one Saturday night. Still a classic, still funny, and still makes me sad that Lindsay Lohan’s career fizzled out. She had so much potential.
Pocahontas – This was never one of my favourite Disney movies growing up, but I thought I might have more of an appreciation for it as an adult. I did not. This one just doesn’t resonate with me, the only thing I enjoyed was how much the raccoon friend reminded me of our cat Pepsi.
American Psycho – I always had it in my head that this movie was sick and twisted and too horrific for me to watch (probably because I couldn’t finish reading the book for this reason), but I found it really funny and enjoyable. I’m not sure what that says about me or my mindset, but I liked it.
Bohemian Rhapsody – As a big fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury, I honestly can’t believe it took me this long to watch this film. I loved this, and it kicked me into a huge phase of listening to Queen on repeat that lasted for most of the month. I was not complaining.
Animal Kingdom – I started season one of this TV series last year but didn’t make much progress with it. I was in the mood for something a bit gritty one night, and this absolutely fit the bill. I love Australian film, and this was a shining example of how incredible they can be.
Iron Man – We recently started watching WandaVision, and decided we want to go back and re-watch all of the Marvel movies. We watched this first, before deciding we wanted to watch them in chronological order but hopefully it won’t have too much of an impact on the flow of the films.
Cars – This was my Pixar movie of the month. This one holds some fond memories for me, so it’s one of my favourites from the Pixar collection. Still sweet, still adorable, still enjoyable as an adult.
30 Days of Night – My friend and I were in the mood to watch a Josh Hartnett movie, and as there is limited selection on all streaming platforms, we went with this because it was the only option neither of us had either seen (her), or hadn’t seen in many years (me). This was… not a good movie. It was an adaptation of a graphic novel, and there was a hell of a lot to take in, most of which remained unexplained by the film’s end. Thank goodness Josh Hartnett was easy on the eyes because this didn’t offer much else in the way of entertainment.
Wonder Woman – I had low expectations going into this and was pleasantly surprised when I really enjoyed it. Sebastian and I went to see Tenet in cinemas in late 2019 and saw the trailer for WW84 which looked incredible. To be honest, the sequel trailer was the biggest driving factor for me to watch this, but I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and finally sat down to watch it.
The Little Mermaid – One of my silly little goals for 2021 is to re-watch all of the classic Disney films. First up for the year was one of my all-time favourites, The Little Mermaid. With some of the best Disney songs of all time (hello, Poor Unfortunate Souls??) and one of the hottest Disney price’s, this was a lot of fun to watch.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Sebastian and I had been meaning to watch this since it was first released on Netflix–we are massive fans of the West Wing so tend to watch anything Aaron Sorkin is attached to for that reason alone. I didn’t know anything about this story going into the film so it was educational for me in that respect, and was a fascinating watch overall.
The Wedding Crashers – There is something about comedies from this era that hold such an element of nostalgia for me. This was a lot of fun, and a light and easy watch for a relaxed middle-of-the-week movie night. I think I’ll always have a bit of a crush on Vince Vaughn – not even Fred Claus can take that from me.
Bridesmaids – I remember this movie being an inspiration for a lot of quotes with my girlfriends, but on re-watch this did not stand the test of time for me and unfortunately wasn’t as funny as I remember it being.
Silence of the Lambs – Stan is releasing a new series called Clarice, which is about the aftermath of the Silence of the Lambs, so we figured it’d be a good time to re-watch the movie before watching the show. This is still such a great film, an excellent thriller, and Sir Anthony Hopkins remains the ultimate Hannibal Lector.
Breath – I read this book a few years ago now, so I was interested in watching the film adaptation. There are some troubling themes in this story, and the movie was not an easy watch at times. But mostly it just made me nostalgic for home, as the scenes shot along the South Coast of Western Australia were truly beautiful.
Greenland – Anyone who knows me knows how much I love disaster movies, so when the trailer for this popped up on YouTube recently I nearly died. This was actually pretty good, the acting was decent and the special effects were good quality. The only downside for me is that there weren’t enough “disaster” scenes. Like, I wanna see things BLOW UP. It’s been too long since we’ve had a new disaster film, and I’m so happy to have a new one in my movie rotation.
A Bug’s Life – As well as re-watching all of the classic Disney movies in 2021, I want to try and re-watch the Pixar full length films. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, and overall was a very charming little film with (thankfully) no gut-wrenching emotional moments like most Pixar films are known to have.