According to my Letterboxd account, I’ve watched nearly a hundred movies this year! Which is insane, because I don’t really like to sit around in front of the television… I guess being in a long-distance relationship and having PlayStation Party Dates has encouraged my couch-potato-ness.
Because the list is SO long, I’m only going to share new films I watched. Perhaps I’ll do a favorite re-watch list another time?
One of the first movies I watched in 2019, this one was late at night on January 8 and I’d been on a short anime-movie-watching-binge. The three animated Godzilla movies that Netflix produced happened to catch my eye and I’m very happy that they did.
These are GREAT movies and Godzilla: The Planet Eater more than lived up to my expectations of the third movie in the trilogy.
Watched on Netflix: January 8, 2019
Wow. Just wow. I truly enjoyed this film, loved the casting, and can admit that it made me cry a little.
Emma Thompson is such an amazing actress and was able to show how much P. L. Travers loved her characters like family and how worried she was about them.
Saving Mr. Banks is a great movie and made me want to find a couple of biographies on both P. L. Travers and Walt Disney so that I could learn more about them!
Watched on Netflix: March 23, 2019
A Quite Place is one of the truly scary movies that I’ve ever seen. I continually found myself holding my breath or straining to hear what the characters were trying to hear.
The casting was really good here and I appreciate Millicent Simmonds portrayal of Regan. If you didn’t already know, Millicent is an actress who has been deaf since she was an infant. I think there should be more opportunities for actors and actresses with disabilities.
Once again, I absolutely love the creative team that John Krasinksi and Emily Blunt make. They are so good together.
Watched: April 13, 2019
If you’re looking for a cute, fun romance movie then Crazy Rich Asians is going to be perfect for you. It was sweet and funny and emotional (yes, I cried) all at the best of times.
Did you know this was based on a book? Yeah, me neither, but you can bet I’m going to be reading it!
Watched: May 7, 2019
I absolutely adore watching these two together on screen. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder basically spend the entirety of Destination Wedding bickering and it is amazing.
This one is definitely a romantic comedy, because there were times I was laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes.
Watched: June 18, 2019
You’ve got to ask yourself, if Gran Torino was directed, produced, and stars Clint Eastwood, was it ever going to get less than a five star rating? The answer is a resounding no.
This is one of those gritty movies that can be off-putting to some because of the topics it touches on, but in the end it is an amazing story about coming together to protect those you care about.
Watched: June 20, 2019
I can appreciate talent when I hear it and the Jonas Brothers? They’ve got it in spades.
Chasing Happiness was a very interesting look into how the brothers got started, what life was like in the spotlight, why they broke up, and how they are getting back together again.
The Jonas brothers are the kind of people, I feel, that you would want as neighbors.
Watched: August 8, 2019
I was supposed to be sleeping!
Instead, I opened Netflix and somehow stumbled across this amazing gem of a movie.
The Wandering Earth is based on a Chinese novel of the same title and is a really cool science fiction movie about family and the sacrifices you make to keep family safe. It’s also about installing giant engines on the earth and moving the planet to an entirely new solar system, so there’s that. 😀
Watched on Netflix: September 6, 2019
It took WAY too long for me to sit down and watch Coco. This movie was released back in 2017 and I’d meant to go see it in theater, but life happened and I never did.
Coco is one of those movies that should be mentioned way more often. I feel like it did an amazing job of sharing the culture and traditions of Mexico in a way that makes me excited to learn more.
Watched on Netflix: November 14, 2019
Klaus is, at it’s heart, a sweet Christmas film meant to be enjoyed with a cup of hot cocoa in hand and a fire crackling away in your fireplace.
It’s also a fun take on the Christmas mythology of Santa Klaus and how he came into being.
Jesper was just… so exasperating, my goodness! But he was also surprisingly endearing at the same time and I enjoyed seeing him grow as a person as he got to know Klaus, Alva, Márgu and the rest of the children better.
Watched on Netflix: December 5, 2019
Fox Fires was created by Keilidh Bradley as their graduation film while in school and is inspired by the Finnish folk tale about the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights). My Grandma was Finnish and anything dealing with her culture makes me so happy.
I’m man enough to admit that this short film made me cry. The animation and the score combined perfectly to tug right at your heart strings.
Watched on YouTube: December 19, 2019
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