Inject movies into my veins

The recent ones.

With so many movies releasing nowadays I’ve been feeling lost at sea. While the blockbusters have all started to blur together, there are still new releases that take my breath away.

#51- The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot (2018)

#244- Parasite (2019)

I don’t even know what I was expecting, but it doesn’t matter because Parasite fucking delivered.

#31- Suspiria (2018)

I have a love-hate relationship with Dario Argento’s filmography. On one hand the plots sound amazing and the movies themselves are often beautifully shot but on the other hand Argento often sacrifices cohesive storytelling for the visuals. So when I heard that he disliked this reimagining it made total sense to me.

#165- Midsommar (2019)

I described Ari Aster’s visual style to a friend as Wes Anderson meets Stephen King with a dash of John Carpenter for flavor.

#136- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

I’ve been watching Godzilla movies since I was a child, and I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I’d see this movie come to life. While the plot did get a little messy, I saw it in the theater three times.

*Owen Wilson wow*

These surprised me more than I ever expected them to, and while I wouldn’t recommend them to everyone I’d definitely say to check them out if you feel inspired to. At best you find a new movie to like, and at worst you waste a few hours on the couch.

#33- Body Snatchers (1993)

#88- Funland (1987)

#108- Detective Pikachu (2019)

If you think about Detective Pikachu as nothing more than a live-action Pokemon movie then it hits all the marks. I was really surprised at how good it was.

#151- Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

I always feel conflicted when I watch a movie that centers around small town justice; for some reason they just strike me in a weird way. If you combine that with well placed supernatural revenge you get Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

#224- The Velocipastor

“There’s surprisingly low demand for hooker, doctor, lawyers.”

Call me Ishmael.

I keep a list of movie “white whales” that for some reason or another I just haven’t been able to watch. In some instances a movie hasn’t been released in the United States, like Lady Battle Cop, or I’m just downright not sure if it exists at all, like Public Enemy 2031.

#63- Strange Days (1995)

Ralph Fiennes and Angela Basset in a movie together? Sign me the fuck up.

#111- I Love Maria (1988)

#106- Murder By Phone/Bells (1982)

#218- The Taking of Deborah Logan

Holy hell, I didn’t expect it to be so hard to find a relatively recent film. I would’ve watched it sooner but every time I rented it on digital something was wrong with it…the digital copy; think about that.

Well that’s scary.

Horror films definitely dominated what I’ve watched this year by a huge margin. It continues to be my favorite genre because whether it’s a movie about a deranged serial killer, or a killer king-sized bed, the stories are inventive and fun to watch.

#129- The Haunted (1991)

This one is made-for-TV like Dark Night of the Scarecrow, and like that film it’s far better than it should be. The acting and general reactions to goings on are believable, the effects are well done and you can tell the filmmakers put some thought into it.

#32- Psycho II

#222- Crawl (2019)

#186- The Amityville Horror (1979)

I’m not entirely sure how I managed to watch a bunch of bad sequels to this before I saw the original but god damn. There is a reason this is one of the most iconic horror movies of all time.

At the theater.

I went to movies less than I thought I would this year, not because I didn’t want to but because I think blockbusters are starting to lose their affect on me. Smaller films are really drawing me in and next year I doubt I’ll see any major movies on the big screen at all.

#260- Knives Out

I got to see this a week early and for two hours live my dreams of becoming a bumbling detective.

#32- Dragon Ball Super: Broly

#181- Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

The amount of care Tarantino puts into his films feels magical sometimes. While this movie does have its issues I’m glad it wasn’t just a retelling of the real-life events that inspired it.

This scene. My god.

I love love.

The moment I always come back to when I think about romance on film is so weird. In Digimon: The Movie (2000) where after they defeat the first villain the song The Impression That I Get by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones starts playing and one of the characters reads an email that says “you say you love thunder-showers so what’s a few raindrops between friends?”

#170- L’appartement (1996)

#210- Exotica (1994)

#248 Bound (1996)

Bring back erotic thrillers.

#145- Blue My Mind (2017)

When I watched the Lure last year I wondered why we hadn’t gotten more movies that really took a look at mermaids in a non-Disney way.

#204- Cashback (2006)

I think I’m watching movies like this lately because it’s sort of hard to put those weird, in-between emotions into words; but knowing that somebody else also felt the same way, and managed to translate it into a beautiful film means so much to me.

Still on my mind.

The films I find myself coming back to a lot when thinking about what I’ve watched this year. They’ve definitely made an impact on me.

#200- Under the Silver Lake

#234- Starfish (2018)

#62- Us (2019)

The episode of the Twilight Zone that Jordan Peele drew inspiration from to create Us is one of my absolute favorites because it falls into that select group of episodes where there isn’t a lesson to learn about the nature of humanity; we simply get a brief glimpse into the strange machinations of this other universe.

#142- Out of Sight (1998)

Steven Soderbergh is like, the king of heist films. Three years before he directed Oceans Eleven, he worked with George Clooney on Out of Sight.

The disappointments room (ha.)

They aren’t bad, they’re just worst than most.

#52- Greta (2019)

The premise of Greta is interesting and while it had some very strong moments, the people behind the movie had to make some major character compromises in order to push the plot forward and it weakened the story to the point where it completely failed in my opinion.

#84- Avengers: Endgame

I don’t know how to feel about Endgame. When Infinity War came out I was blown away because when I was a kid reading the comic for the first time I could’ve never imagined a movie like that existing.

#147- The Prodigy

I love evil kid movies. So between this, Hole in the Ground and Brightburn I thought we were in for a real resurgence but man it was just so boring and formulaic. It felt like entire sequences were lifted from other movies.

#230- Zombieland: Double Tap

Double Tap has a lot of interesting ideas, but at the end of the day all of them felt half-baked and thrown away by the time the credits rolled.

#103- The Possession of Hannah Grace

Even though I knew exactly what this movie was going to be, I still couldn’t help but feel disappointed. I can’t stand when director’s make movies set in hospitals extremely dark for no reason other than plot.

#281- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I don’t think I ever need to watch another Star Wars movie, and that makes me sad.

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