2019 Movies I’m Excited About!

When I started 2018 off with a list of movies I wanted to see, I had mild success. I don’t feel quite as passionately about 2019 releases, but I put together a list that looks pretty good. If I don’t get to these, it’ll be just fine.

Before we kick this off, here are a few 2018 movies I didn’t get to:

  • Molly’s Game (love Aaron Sorkin)
  • Ready Player One
  • Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • The Incredibles 2
  • On the Basis of Sex

Additionally, the 2017 movies I still have seen (& want to) are: Wonder Woman, Jumanji, Murder on the Orient Express, and Wonder.

Ok now that that’s taken care of, on to the new releases for 2019!

The Upside | Neil Burger | January 11
I know there’s controversy with Kevin Hart right now. I’ll weigh that before deciding how to spend my money. Promise.

What Men Want | Adam Shankman | February 8
Honestly, I probably won’t see this one in theaters but it does look like a cute comedy.

Fighting With My Family | Stephen Merchant | February 14
I have 0 interest in wrestling but I still this looks super entertaining.

Captain Marvel | Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | March 8
I don’t know if I want to see this or not. I have no vested interest, but I love the badass girl power this movie seems to radiate.

Five Feet Apart | Justin Baldoni | March 22
This one looks like it could be sad… but sometimes I’m in the mood for that. We’ll see if I watch it this year.

The Best of Enemies | Robin Bissell | April 5
I know nothing about this real life conflict but dang this looks good.

Shazam | David F. Sandberg | April 5
Um, this looks so hilarious and amazing. Glad to see DC lighten up a bit. Also, now there IS a movie called Shazam, lol. (Mandela effect, anyone?)

Little | Tina Gordon Chism | April 12
I have so many comedies on here this year. A little odd for me, but I’m feeling it.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu | Rob Letterman | May 10
When I first saw this teaser I thought it was a joke. It’s not a joke. And Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu. Obviously I’m going to see this one because I’m a 90s/00s nerd.

Aladdin | Guy Ritchie | May 24
I feel like if you’re not excited for Aladdin you might be lying 😉 Or maybe it was just me who was an obsessed child.

Dark Phoenix | Simon Kinberg | June 7
This was on my list last year. It didn’t end up coming out. Yeah, it’s a wee bit dark but it’s looks like it’s more dramatic than anything else.

*Sidenote: There are new X-Men/Mutant things coming out left and right, and they’re all SO DARK. Stop it, Marvel. I like my X-Men funny and lighthearted. 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 | Chris Renaud | June 7
I loved the first movie so I’m just assuming I’ll love the second.

Men In Black International | F. Gary Grey | June 14
I never really got into the original MIB (although I’ve seen the first one). I like the twist for the new one.

Toy Story 4 | Josh Cooley | June 21
This looks cute. I finally watched Toy Story 3 last weekend! #sobfest

Ford v. Ferrari | James Mangold | June 28
I feel like this will for sure be a film K wants to see. (Enzo is named after Enzo Ferrari and K likes all things motor.)

The Lion King | Jon Favreau | July 19
I think this movie looks beautiful. And keeping James Earl Jones as Mufasa was a smart move.

Downton Abbey | Michael Engler | September 3
SQUEALLLLLL!

The Addams Family | Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon | October 18
An animated version of the most spooky family ever? Yes, please.

Frozen 2 | Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | November 22
I don’t think anything has been released regarding this film, but I love Disney & cartoons so obviously I’m still planning to see it. Haha.

There are a few films being released later on in the year so I’ll add them to my final review when they come out/I see them. Similar to my 2018 movies, I’ll do a 2019 review end cap 12 months from now.

If your new around here, you might not know that I don’t watch violent movies. So with that said, here are some films that I think look really good, but I won’t be watching:

  • Hotel Mumbai | March 22 I love Dev Patel so freaking much.
  • A Dog’s Way Home |January 11 Obviously not violent, but I avoid dog movies.
  • Greta | March 1 Looks like a good psych-thriller.

So what looks good to you?

2018 Movie Review

At the start of 2018 I listed all the films I was excited to see (original post). Instead of reviewing or talking about each movie as I saw it, I decided to recap the 2018 movies in one post.

I’m going to pat myself on the back right now for seeing 50% of my Movie Bucket List.

Molly’s Game – Didn’t see. (Starting off strong.)

Peter Rabbit | PG | 4.5 out of 5 ★
My mom & I went to the small local theater on a dreary Thursday night to see this movie. Oh my gosh, it was hilarious. There were certainly some sweet and sad and silly moments, but overall I laughed out loud so. many. times. I loved it. I walked away wanting to plant a garden for all the local bunnies to come visit.

A Wrinkle in Time | PG | 3.5 out of 5 ★
The best part of this movie was the female empowerment and the overall SELF empowerment themes. The colors and vivid landscapes were a close second. I loved the children actors, too. And Mindy Kaling- she’s the best. I had issues with the lack of explanation about certain go-ons, but I’ve read the book and I think that influenced me.

Isle of Dogs | PG-13 | 4 out of 5 ★
This was a weird one. I didn’t decide that I actually liked it until hours after I left the theater. It moved slowly in places, it was 100% Wes-Anderson-weird, and it felt maybe 20 minutes too long?… but the dog scenes were amazing and hysterical and my absolute favorite. Fantastic Mr. Fox is still my #1 Anderson movie, but Isle of Dogs is second. *You need to be a fan of dry humor, Wes Anderson, and stop-motion animation to like this one.

Ready Player One– Didn’t see.

Ocean’s Eight | PG-13 | 4.75 out of 5 ★
I love the Clooney/Pitt Ocean’s movies. Love love love. When they announced an all-female Ocean’s cast I was there. for. it. And let me just say, it lived up to the hype and franchise. K was hesitant- he’s protective of his Ocean’s series (to the point of not even liking the original Ocean’s 11), but he was 100% sold on the new one, too. I really hope they make a 9 and 10 to fill in the gaps. I loved the small nods to the male Ocean’s movies, too. LOVED THIS ONE. I only docked them .25 of a star because the heist was a little… convenient at times.

The Incredibles 2– Coming to Netflix at the end of the month. I’ll watch it then.

Mary Queen of Scots– Decided I didn’t want to see it.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix– Pushed to 2019 release.

The Grinch | PG | 5 out of 5 ★
I loved this movie! I’m a huge fan of the original cartoon but I’m indifferent when it comes to the 2000 Jim Carrey version. This movie was cute and hilarious and so heartwarming. The Grinch was mean & hilarious, but 10xs more endearing than Carrey’s version (IMO). And Cindy-Lou was adorable and crafty and perfect. Obviously Max (and Fred) were my favorites, though!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald– Haven’t seen YET.

Mary Poppins Returns | PG | 4.5 out of 5 ★
So cute. I thought MPR was an entertaining, visually stunning movie that didn’t take away or compete with the original in anyway. Emily Blunt is the cutest and Lin-Manuel Miranda is the most talented. I’m a fan of Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), too. Emily and Lin-Manuel were the sweetest pair, though. The music and art and story was so sweet and catchy. I definitely recommend this film.

Holmes & Watson | PG-13 | 2 out of 5 ★
Oh man… this was a dumb one, lol. I chuckled a few times but it’s no Step Brothers or Talladega Nights. Ferrell and Reilly are a good pair but the movie is ridiculous. The pointed jokes about America were good, as was the Millie character, but I wanted more from this movie. I wanted stomach-cramping-laughter. I did not get that. The reviews are also terrible.

On the Basis of Sex– Not out (everywhere) yet.

Additional movies I saw this year…

RBG– I talked about this film in this post. Go. Watch. It.

Crazy Rich Asians– This deserves all the hype- it made me laugh and cry and want to give the book another shot. (I never do movie first, but I couldn’t get into the book.) Also, Awkwafina is my new role model.

What movies did you watch last year?

The Good, The Bad, & The Cheesy

I’ve been hitting the Christmas movies hard this year. Have you watched any Hallmark or Netflix movies yet? I took my Christmas streaming list seriously and decided to report back. If you’ve watched any of these cheesy love stories let’s discuss in the comments!

Road to Christmas (Hallmark 2018)
Good: I really loved the cross-country trip. The map visual was cute. I felt like the chemistry between Maggie and Danny was great, too.
Bad: The snowman contest left me going w.t.f.
Cheesy: The draaaamaaa was ridiculous, both between the bros and between Maggie & Danny.

Christmas Wonderland (Hallmark 2018)
Good: The acting is surprising really, really great in this movie. Even the kids are talented.
Bad: Her job behavior is sh*t. I think she enjoys her job and I think she’s good at her job… but everyone gives her crap because she moved to NYC to paint and now she’s an art dealer with no inspiration or free time. She’s just a successful adult. *eyeroll* Also, she treated her boss and assistant kinda sh*tty, too.
Cheesy: The godawful dance scene. Things were so good until that point.

The Princess Switch (Netflix 2018)
Good: The setting for this movie is stunning. I also appreciated the deception with minimal drama.
Bad: I wanted her baking career to be more of a thing. She’s not excited about it and it seems like no one else is either.
Cheesy: I mean… the acting is a little cheesy. And the romances. But that’s why we watch, right?

A Christmas Prince (Netflix 2017)
Good: Princess Emily. She was quick and witty from the start but not in a bratty way. I thought her bond and honestly with Amber was a plus. And the prince before he shaved. And the scenery.
Bad: The prince’s bad acting when he’s in proper royal mode.
Cheesy: I hate Amber’s acting. I won’t lie. It all feels forced- including the chemistry.

A Christmas Prince: The  Royal Wedding (Netflix 2018)
Good: It’s a different character, but her dad is great. I love him. Same with Mr. Zabala.
Bad: The peak moment with the bad guy was anticlimactic. That could’ve been cooler.
Cheesy: The wedding itself. YAWN.

The Holiday Calendar (Netflix 2018)
Good: I thought the love triangle was tastefully done.
Bad: Josh’s hair. Sorry, but it’s distracting and I don’t like the style.
Cheesy: The stupid camera thing Abby and Josh do. Honestly. *eyeroll*

Christmas Inheritance (Netflix 2017)
Good: I definitely started crying during the snowstorm when Ellie helped out. Also, the self awareness of the cheese factor is refreshing. I liked it. The letter reading part made me sob, too. WTF.
Bad: The drama for the sake of drama is a little much at times- especially regarding Ellie and her image and her reputation.
Cheesy: The change of heart when she holds a baby. Apparently her ovaries woke up & saved the day. Also, the end, but that’s a good thing since that’s what we’re all looking for.

I also watched:

  • The Grinch (2018)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • The Santa Clause 1, 2, & 3
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – FINALLY

My favorite was definitely Christmas Inheritance. Let’s hear it for the film where the leading lady DOESN’T have to give up her career!

What was your favorite? Which one(s) didn’t you like?

Unconventional Halloween Movies

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of horror or violent films. I don’t mind creepy or sinister, but seeing people mutilate and harm other people isn’t my cup of tea. But I freakin’ LOVE Halloween. I love fake blood on the bathroom mirror, skulls on the mantel, bottles of ogre teeth and witches brew on the bar cart. LOVE. IT.

And I love watching films that put me in that spooky mood, even if they’re not traditionally Halloween movies. (Some of these are, though. I’ve written about my favorite Halloween movie before here.) This is the unconventional list that I’m planning to tackle this year!

Beetlejuice is one of my favorite films of all time. I’ll watch it all year long. | Every year around my birthday I watch the film Clue. I don’t know why I started this little tradition, but I did and I love doing it 🙂 | I don’t know that I’ve ever seen Rocky Horror Picture Show all the way through but it’s one of my mom’s favorite films. This year I plan to watch the whole thing. | I watched The Haunted Mansion a looong time ago- probably when it first came out. I love that it reminds me of the ride at Disney World! | Sleepy Hollow is such a strange film. It’s definitely not my favorite on the list but it’s spooky without being too gory. | Admittedly, Hocus Pocus isn’t my favorite Halloween movie (gasp), but I know it’s a classic and I still watch it almost every year. | I know Coraline is a kids movie but it freaks. me. out. Perfect for Halloween time. | I’ve never seen The Monster Squad but it looked cheesy and classic so I added it to the list.

I added some not-so-spooky but still fall-flavored films, too. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my all time favorite films ever in the history of me. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it. It has nothing to do with Halloween and it’s the most adorable, quirky, witty movie ever. | The Blind Side is one of those movies that sucks me in every. single. time. I always laugh and cry and worry like I’m watching it for the first time. | Last but certainly not least, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a classic and deserves to be watched every single year 🙂

**You can find The Monster Squad on Hulu & Coraline on Netflix. There are also a bunch of cute monster/Halloween kids movies on Netflix, too.

What movies are you planning to watch this fall?

Fall Film 2017 Update #1

Since I’m almost through the first month of Jenn’s Fall Film Challenge I wanted to share an update/movie review. I believe someone is doing a link-up for these updates, but I’ll amend this sentence when I figure out who/where it is… lol.

So this month I checked 8 movies off my list.

Sing | PG | 2016 | 108 minutes | IMDB
Summary: In order to save his beloved theater, a goodhearted but floundering koala puts together a musical competition, sure to bring in crowds and money. He assembles a cast of talented but distracted performers and does his very best to make his (and their) dreams come true. This movie has an all-star cast (…er, voices).
To see or not to see… If you have children or you enjoy animated kids movies, yes. This is an adorable, uplifting little film.
7★★★★★★★/10
*a movie about hope

The Founder | PG-13 | 2016 | 115 minutes | IMDB
Summary: A dramatic biography that details Ray Kroc’s discovery and building of the McDonald’s corporation. Spoiler alert: Ray is NOT a nice guy. The original McDonalds brothers didn’t imagine or want the franchise as large as it is today… but Kroc had other ideas.
To see or not to see… Unless you love McDonald’s or you have an interest in shady business men, you can skip this depressing film.
3★★★/10
*a movie about greed

Best in Show | PG-13 | 2000 | 90 minutes | IMDB
Summary: A mockumentary that follows five (I think) dog owners in their quest to becoming the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show Best in Show winner. Sadly, though it be a mockumentary, I fear that I am one of these crazy dog-obsessed people. Ha.
To see or not to see… If you love dogs this is probably a good one for you. Be ready for weird humor and a Modern Family/The Office kind of characters and filming.
5★★★★★/10
*a movie about pride

Coraline | PG | 2009 | 100 minutes | IMDB
Summary: Based on Neil Gaiman’s book, this story follows Coraline Jones as she navigates her new home. When her parents don’t have the time for her, Coraline discovers she has another mother just on the other side of the wall. It’s almost too late before she discovers everything she thought she wanted isn’t everything it seems.
To see or not to see… This movie was actually quite creepy for being a kids film. Still, I thought it was enjoyable enough. A perfect fall or Halloween movie without any gore or horror.
6★★★★★★/10
*a movie about temperance

Alice Through the Looking Glass | PG | 2016 | 113 minutes | IMDB
Summary: Finally the savvy and confident captain of her own destiny, Alice returns to England to find that her freedom isn’t celebrated by everyone. At the same time, in Wonderland, Hatter is fading fast and it doesn’t appear Time is on his side. Alice must confront Time in order to save her future and recover Hatter’s past.
To see or not to see… Don’t bother. I think it had potential and there were some chuckle-worthy moments, but this film was dumb and poorly made.
3★★★/10
*a movie starring Alan Rickman

The Magnificent Seven | PG-13 | 2016 | 132 minutes | IMDB
Summary: A remake of the 1960s classic, this film throws together a band of murderous but good misfits as they assemble to save a town from a malicious and violent capitalist. A film that confirms Chris Pratt can play any role and be brilliant.
To see or not to see… Despite my distaste for violence, I loved this movie. (I also love the original.) I’m ok with the generic guns are fired/people fall over scenes, and that was a large part of this movie. Sometimes the characters are a little tough to understand, but this film does the original justice in my opinion. I’m a sucker for westerns.
8★★★★★★★★/10
*a movie released last year & reviewed here

Mr. Holmes | PG | 2015 | 104 minutes | IMDB
Summary: Aging, irritable, and increasingly amnesic, the 93 year old Sherlock Holmes returns to his countryside cottage hideaway after a short trip to Japan. Haunted by an unsolved cased, Holmes cautiously welcomes the investigative skills and friendly companionship of his underappreciated and widowed housekeeper’s son, Milo.
To see or not to see… It was a slow moving, sad but sweet, beautifully directed English movie. If that’s your kind of thing, then yes. I don’t have anything bad to say about the film except seeing stars like Ian McKellen age is incredibly disheartening. (Although he’s still 110% brilliant!)
6★★★★★★/10
*a movie starring Ian McKellen

Iron Man | PG-13 | 2008 | 126 minutes | IMDB
Summary: After escaping captivity in an Middle East terrorist camp, genius weapons tycoon Tony Stark feels compelled to change his tune and invent a new “weapon” to save the world from evil.
To see or not to see… This movie was a little darker than I expected. Also, I felt like Pepper could’ve been a stronger character but they were probably basing her off the comics. The villain was certainly hate-able. But I digress… Yes, this is a movie worth watching. Especially since RDJ got jacked for this movie. It’s not not enjoyable to watch…
7★★★★★★★/10
*a movie starring Robert Downey, Jr.


|one| starring Anthony Hopkins: Thor
|two| listed on nathan bransford’s best hundred movies challengeThe Big Lebowski
|three| about charity: It’s Kind of a Funny Story
|four| starring Robert Downey, Jr.: Iron Man
|five| about envy: As Good As It Gets
|six| about faith: War Room
|seven| about greed: The Founder
|eight| about hope: Sing
|nine| starring Jeremy Irons: Casanova
|ten| about justice: 12 Angry Men
|eleven| starring Kevin Bacon: Crazy, Stupid, Love.
|twelve| about lust: The Virgin Suicides
|thirteen| starring Ian McKellen: Mr. Holmes
|fourteen| set in a castle: Gosford Park
|fifteen| about fortitude: Les Miserable
|sixteen| about pride: Best in Show
|seventeen| starring Alan Rickman: Alice Through the Looking Glass
|eighteen| released last year & reviewed hereThe Magnificent Seven
|nineteen| about temperance: Coraline
|twenty| about prudence: Driving Miss Daisy
|twenty-one| starring Val Kilmer: At First Sight
|twenty-two| about wrath: X-Men: Apocalypse
|twenty-three| set in an exotic locale: The Darjeeling Limited
|twenty-four| about gluttony: The Bling Ring
|twenty-five| set in space: Star Trek Beyond

 

I usually can’t sit and watch a movie but summer was so crazy that I welcomed the relaxation. Also, much of our house is packed up so I really only have access to Netflix and my library books. Not mad about it.

Did you watch any fun movies this month? Have you seen the new Magnificent Seven?