Category Archives: 2019 Movies

Speed

Speed is #99 on AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Thrills list. I’ve seen it before but not in ages (I would say at least a decade and probably more like 15-20 years) so it was mostly a new movie for me.

I remembered some parts really well and then there were some things I completely forgot (I thought Harry died earlier than he did, for example, and the third act on the train).

I am not a huge, huge fan of action movies but this is still really fun. (But wow, Keanu Reeves is really not a good actor.)

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Pet Sematary

Somehow, the Pet Sematary remake was even darker than the original!

I loved the cast and the changes, but there were still a lot of nods to the original (and at least two Easter eggs to more of Stephen King’s books).

A lot of people seem to hate the ending. (To be fair, it’s really grim. REALLY GRIM.) I liked it, because it shows the consequences of what Louis was doing. It’s not always you (or just you) that has to deal with the worst decisions.

Pet Sematary is, I think, a tragedy. Most of us know what it’s like to lose someone we love, and I think most of us would be sorely tempted to undo it if we could. That’s also where the horror lies—we empathize with Louis because we totally get it.

This isn’t a great movie (I think US has set s high bar for 2019 horror movies; Pet Sematary didn’t reach it), but it’s definitely fun and worth seeing.

US

I saw US over the weekend and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It’s the sophomore movie by director Jordan Peele (his followup to the Oscar-nominated Get Out) and it’s incredible.

It’s more of a conventional horror movie than Get Out (which I think is more of a social commentary-type thriller). While I think I preferred Get Out and it’s definitely the one I’ll watch more often, US is the better movie and the more surprising film.

It’s hard to discuss because there are so many opportunities for spoilers, but the trailer itself will tell you that Lupita Nyong’o is with her husband and kids when a family of four that look just like them begin to terrorize them. We don’t know why or even really what’s going on but oh, this movie. It’s so intense and deeply unsettling. I wasn’t scared after the movie ended, but it’s so thought-provoking and it’s got so many layers of symbolism.

We also knew beforehand that Jordan Peele had asked Lupita to watch a bunch of movies so they would have “a shorthand” to refer to. I’ve seen seven of the 10, the American remakes for Let the Right One In and A Tale of Two Sisters (but want to see the originals for both) and have made an educated choice to never see Martyrs. I can see the influences for the ones I’ve seen, and they were interesting choices.

I want to see it again because I think I will catch so many things a second time. And Jordan Peele is impressing the hell out of me as a director. If these are his first two movies, what’s going to happen when he hits his stride? (For reference, Halloween was John Carpenter’s third movie; A Nightmare on Elm Street was Wes Craven’s ninth.)

Captain Marvel

You guys, I love this movie. I have every hope that it will be one of the AFI’s 10 best movies of this year and that it will get nominated for Best Picture.

This is my favorite Marvel movie by, like, A LOT. It’s unapologetically feminist and progressive. It’s just really good and really fun. I know she’s back in the next Avengers (next month, I think?) but I hope there are are going to be a lot of Captain Marvel movies to come.

I want to see this again and hope to own it the very second that it’s available.

I have definitely had major comic book movie fatigue but I think really I’m just tired of white men comic book movies. I loved this and Black Panther and Wonder Woman.

OscarPass Day Six

Last few movies—I rewatched BlacKkKlansman and saw Green Book.

BlacKkKlansman is my favorite of this year’s Oscar batch. It’s so fun and clever and does an amazing job of tying racist behavior through the decades. Things are better but not great. I hope Spike Lee wins Best Director but am not optimistic.

Watching that and Green Book in the same day was probably not my best idea because Green Book looked even worse in comparison. It’s not a particularly horrible movie (it’s got great acting, especially from Mahershala Ali) but it’s very predictable. You’ll call everything well before it happens. And it’s not only not deserving of winning Best Picture (which it did) but by far the worst of the nominated movies.

For me personally, I am not interested in seeing a movie about racism that centers white people. I also don’t like the “friendship solves racism!” trope.

Ranking with quality:

1) The Favourite

2) BlacKkKlansman

3) Black Panther

4) A Star is Born

5) Roma

6) Bohemian Rhapsody

7) Vice

8) Green Book

Ranking with preference:

1) BlacKkKlansman

2) The Favourite

3) Black Panther

4) Bohemian Rhapsody

5) A Star is Born

6) Vice

7) Roma

8) Green Book

OscarPass Day Five

We saw A Star is Born. I hate that everyone talks about Lady Gaga’s performance because I feel like Bradley Cooper really makes this movie. He can do so much with a look or line of dialogue. He made everything look effortless.

I want to see it again because I think I’ll appreciate it more the second time.

Ranking with quality:

1) The Favourite

2) Black Panther

3) A Star is Born

4) Roma

5) Bohemian Rhapsody

6) Vice

Ranking with preference:

1) The Favourite

2) Black Panther

3) Bohemian Rhapsody

4) A Star is Born

5) Vice

6) Roma

OscarPass Day Four

My mom and I saw Bohemian Rhapsody. (Nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor; Rami Malek is almost definitely winning Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.)

I enjoyed this one so much more than I was expecting to. The music was really good and the acting was phenomenal (especially from Rami Malek). I don’t think it’ll win Best Picture (and I don’t think it should) but I’m fine with it getting Best Actor.

Ranking with quality:

1) The Favourite

2) Black Panther

3) Roma

4) Bohemian Rhapsody

5) Vice

Ranking with preference:

1) The Favourite

2) Black Panther

3) Bohemian Rhapsody

4) Vice

5) Roma

Oscars: Best Actress

I watched The Wife and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, neither of which were nominated for Best Picture.

The Wife will probably be what gets Glenn Close her Oscar. I’m fine with that, although I think that if we’re being honest, Olivia Colman (in The Favourite) and Melissa McCarthy (in Can You Ever Forgive Me?) did better jobs.

The Wife was almost an inverse of Vice. Both women are largely responsible for their husbands’ successes; the difference, of course, is that Joan in The Wife is a much more pleasant person and a much less mercenary one.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? has one of the least likable main characters in recent memory, but I loved her anyway. It’s darkly funny and very, very compelling. (The Wife, on the other hand, is well done and I enjoyed it, but it also went exactly how I expected it to go. The Favourite and Can You Ever Forgive Me? were much more surprising.)

I still need to see A Star is Born, but I can’t imagine thinking Lady Gaga will deserve the Oscar and you already know how I feel about Roma.

OscarPass Day Three

My mom and I saw Vice. It’s nominated for Best Picture, Christian Bale is nominated for Best Actor and Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell got best supporting nods.

It’s weird. We all know that Dick Cheney isn’t a great person, right? But it turns out he’s worse than we thought. I’m sure the movie was thoroughly vetted by lawyers, but they didn’t provide sources. I’m guessing a lot of conservatives will say it’s all made up but I’m pretty sure they also won’t see the movie at all.

I didn’t love this movie but the acting is amazing. I agree with the acting nods but don’t agree with the Best Picture nomination. Christian Bale is obviously amazing but Amy Adams is fantastic and plays against type.

Ranking with quality:

1) The Favourite

2) Black Panther

3) Roma

4) Vice

Ranking with preference:

1) The Favourite

2) Black Panther

3) Vice

4) Roma

OscarPass Day Two

Black Panther:

How to watch: It’s on Netflix.

My thoughts: This is the second time I’ve seen this movie (the first was when I was doing OscarPass last year!) and it has really held up. It’s my favorite Marvel movie and I liked it even better this time. I’m sure everyone’s seen it by now, so there’s not much to say. I don’t think it’ll win Best Picture…but if there’s a shocking winner, I hope that it’s this one.

Ranking in terms of quality:

1) The Favourite

2) Black Panther

3)  Roma

Ranking in terms of my preference:

1) Black Panther

2) The Favourite

3) Roma