F9 – We will always watch a new Fast & Furious movie, no matter how ridiculous the concept is. When a friend told us about seeing the trailer for this and thinking “wow, Ludacris in space!” I knew that we would love this stupid movie. And we did, it was a lot of fun and exactly what we’ve come to know & expect from this film franchise.
A Quiet Place 2 – I really loved the first film in this series, and this second film lived up to my expectations based on how much I enjoyed the first. The concept of this horror is so cool and authentic, and I really enjoy knowing there is no way I could possibly survive in this world.
Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb – A friend of mine at work has her masters in Archaeology and recommended this documentary to me. Having recently watched The Mummy, I was absolutely in the mood to watch more about ancient Egyptian archaeological digs. This was a fascinating watch, a bit of a rollercoaster to watch the dig play out under the deadline, and was especially interesting learning about techniques of the different specialists in their field of expertise.
The Craft: Legacy – The original Craft film is one of my all-time favourite movies, so I was excited to see how I felt about this reboot. I’m happy to say I loved it. It didn’t have the same grittiness as the original, but I enjoyed it, loved the diversity in the cast, and was really impressed by the main actress Cailee Spaeny’s performance. This is definitely worth a watch if you were a fan of the original, or you’re just in the mood for something fun and spooky for spooky season.
Friday the 13th – I kicked off my spooky season horror movie watching in September, and decided to start with a classic – the original Friday the 13th. This was more of a comedy than a horror movie, it was borderline ridiculous, but I respect it’s origins and the impact of this franchise on the genre of horror in general.
Happier Than Ever – I love Billie Eilish, so this was an automatic must-watch for me. This was such a beautiful way to see her album played out, and the addition of the children’s choir was a particularly beautiful moment for me. I love this album, and I loved having the opportunity to see it presented like this.
The Matrix – There is a new Matrix movie being release this year, so I thought it would be a good idea to re-watch the originals in preparation. I have vivid memories of watching this film as a teenager, and it’s amazing to watch it now and realise how many pop culture references it inspired.
The Matrix: Reloaded – I don’t have as many memories tied to this film as the first one, however it was still a fun re-watch, and still stood the test of time as far as storytelling goes (CGI and graphics maybe not so much). It felt like there was less storytelling and more gratuitous action in this compared to the original, which I didn’t love. Overall it was a good time.
Atonement – I had forgotten how utterly breath-taking this film was, until re-watching it this month. I also found that knowing what the “twist” of the story was made this all the more beautiful to watch. Although having said that, I highly recommend watching this if you’ve never seen it, and go in blind because it really is magical to see the story play out the way it does.
Transformers – I don’t know why I was in the mood to re-watch this awful movie, but I was, and I loved every second of it. I think I’ll go ahead and watch the entire film series over the course of the next few months, just for some mindless entertainment.
Fear Street Part One 1994 – Okay, this Fear Street Trilogy made my July. What a fun idea, and an awesome lil set of films. This was a blast from the past in full 90s mode, and I loved it. I am really loving the revival of the old slasher genre, and having this tie in with a book series I read as a kid made it all the more fun for me.
The Sound of Music – This is one of those classic movies I re-watch every year or two, because it brings comforting nostalgia vibes. This was the perfect movie to watch on a sick day at home.
Book Club – If you’re in the mood for something cheesy but light-hearted and with a couple of genuine laughs, this is a great option. The cast in this movie was outstanding, and it was wonderful to watch a film with older women unapologetically living their lives to the full.
Fear Street Part Two 1978 – Why are horror movies set in the 70s always top tier? I really loved this continuation in the Fear Street Trilogy, and enjoyed it more than the first. It had everything I love in a slasher movie, which really is just that it was set at a stayaway camp. I can’t wait to watch part three.
Bo Burnham: Inside – I’ve heard so many songs from this comedy special be featured on Tik Tok that I felt like I really needed to watch the entire thing to see what all the fuss was about. This was a really interesting special, I didn’t know much about Bo Burnham going into it, but a lot of the songs are catchy and have stuck in my head ever since (Jeffrey… Jeffrey Bezos)
Fantasy Island – South Australia went into lock down in the second last week of the month, and I decided to try and make the most of a bad situation, but watching a movie a day throughout lockdown. This was the first movie I decided to watch, and although it was cheesy and mindless it was also… pretty terrible.
National Treasure – This was Sebastian’s pick for our second lockdown movie, because it’s one of his favourites and I was keen for some more mindless entertainment. This was a lot of fun from start to finish, I love the conspiracy theory element and Nicolas Cage was as terrible and amazing as always.
Knives Out – This was the best movie I’ve seen in a while, and might just end up being my favourite movie of 2021. It had an outstanding cast, was beautifully shot, and kept me guessing from start to finish. This felt like the return of a good old fashioned murder mystery, and I loved every second of it.
The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It – This was a great way to kick off my June month of movie watching, as The Conjuring is one of my favourite movie series and I get super excited when a new film in this cinematic universe is released. This was probably my least favourite Conjuring film so far, as I didn’t find it particularly scary, but I did enjoy the true crime element that was weaved into the story, and I enjoyed the exorcism/demon vibes as always. Despite any plot holes I do truly believe that any film that allows me to look at Patrick Wilson for an hour and a half is incredible, so I enjoyed this a lot.
The Bone Collector – I’ve seen this film before, but it was long enough ago that I forgot most of the plot, the twist, and most importantly who the killer was. I really enjoyed this, and it was interesting to see a younger Angelina Jolie on screen. Denzel Washington was perfection as always.
Two Hands – I always feel bittersweet when I watch a Heath Ledger film. This was one of his earlier pieces of work, an Australian film with lots of twists and turns and more than a couple of ‘what the fuck did I just watch’ moments (including the opening credit sequence and the entirety of Rose Byrne’s acting throughout). It was a lot of fun though, and kept me entertained throughout.
Little Children – Speaking of movies that are worth watching for Patrick Wilson, this is another. I am a huge fan of Tom Perrotta’s writing, so was excited to watch this (although I didn’t know anything about this book before viewing), and it definitely had his feel to it. Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson were perfection, and the ending, although somewhat bleak, left me feeling satisfied.
End of Watch – This movie is a bit of a rollercoaster ride. It starts out feeling relatively funny and light-hearted, but by the end of it I was on the edge of my seat holding my breath with fight-or-flight response well and truly triggered. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of those actors that I feel like I’ll be distracted by the celebrity of him, but I always find myself lost in the character he plays. This was a great movie, that took me on an emotional ride from start to finish.
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.