Thursday, January 21, 2021

Top 10 Movies of 2020 (Non-Weird Edition)


Hey everyone!  Welcome to the "Top Lists" where I do a top 10 lists on any topics that I come across!

This week's theme is: Top 10 Movies of 2020 (Non-Weird Edition)!

Now, I will occasionally do lists that has nothing to do with weird movies or have some weird movies, but they don't make up the bulk of the list.  So, I wanted to tell you guys my top 10 movies of 2020!  Keep in mind though that this list is based on my personal opinions, so there might be some movies on this list that you guys might not agree with.  Also, I made a YouTube video about this list, so if you want to see this list in video form, then check out my video HERE!

10. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

This was a recent Christmas musical that was released on Netflix last year in December and I just had to watch it because it's a Christmas movie and I love Christmas movies and because the premise sounded so interesting!  I ended up enjoying this movie because all of the performances were very well done, especially Forest Whitaker as the famous toy maker Jeronicus and Keegan-Michael Key as the antagonist Gustafson!  This movie made the list because of the gorgeous special effects and because of the memorable songs!  This is definitely worth the watch if you are looking for a good Christmas musical to watch during the holidays!

9. The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Well, here it is!  The long awaited sequel to 2017's "The Babysitter," which I had reviewed on this site!  Anyway, I've been dying to see more adventures from Cole and the gang and I have to say that I really had fun with this sequel!  Sure, I will admit that the ending was a bit weak, but it's great seeing all of the characters from the first film make a return and seeing the gore and comedy ramped up in the sequel!

8. Enola Holmes

I have a confession to make:  I have never read a single "Sherlock Holmes" book.  So, I don't really know that much about the character, other than he's a famous detective.  However, when I found out that there was a movie about Sherlock Holmes having a little sister who also happens to be a detective, I just had to check this movie out for myself.  And lo and behold, I ended up really enjoying this movie!  Millie Bobby Brown did a fantastic job at portraying Enola Holmes and Henry Cavill did a great job at portraying Sherlock Holmes himself!  The only problem I had with this movie was the fact that Enola kept talking to the audience and it sort of distracted me a bit from parts of the film.  But overall, a very enjoyable and fun film if you are a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes!

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

I will admit that at first I was a bit hesitant about this movie, even after they changed Sonic's design to something much cuter and closer to his game counterpart (remember that horrible first design? Uggghh...)  But, after watching this movie, it became one of my favorite movies of 2020!  I just loved the unique take they had on Sonic's character as Sonic is much more emotional in this movie, which made him even more interesting!  Jim Carrey's performance as Dr. Robotnik was a pleasant surprise for me as he made Robotnik both threatening and hilarious at the same time!  Sure, the plot was a bit generic, but I still had a lot of fun with this movie and I can't wait for the sequel to come!  I hope the sequel is really good!

6. Bad Hair

Man, Hulu always has the best weird movies imaginable and "Bad Hair" was one of those weird horror movies that I really enjoyed!  So, it's basically about this young woman who decided to get some weave for her hair and it turns out that said weave is actually an evil entity that ends up eating anybody it comes across to.  Now, the premise might sound ridiculous, but I really enjoyed this movie for tackling the issues about how appearances affects a person's standing in the work place, as well as giving us some good scares regarding the demon hair!

5. Wonder Woman 1984

Now, you are probably wondering to yourself: why did you put this movie on the list?  Isn't this movie terrible?  Honestly, I don't think this movie is as terrible as many people think it is.  Sure, it's not as good as the first movie (a problem that most sequels have) and there are many problems with this movie like the slow pacing and some questionable decisions regarding the characters.  But, I genuinely thought that this movie did a great job with the character developments, especially with Diana and Steve's relationship with each other and I found this movie to be quite inspirational and fun to watch, even if the plot got confusing at times. Definitely worth the watch if you are a Wonder Woman fan!

4. Birds of Prey

Harley Quinn!  One of my all-time favorite DC villains!  So of course, when I heard that Harley Quinn was getting her own movie, I was both hesitant and excited at the same time.  Excited, because I love Harley Quinn and hesitant because of the fact it came out after "Suicide Squad," which was a pretty controversial movie.  But, after I finally saw this movie, I was completely blown away by how awesome Margot Robbie's performance of Harley Quinn was and I just loved the colorful and creative look of this film!  I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of Harley Quinn in future films!

3. Palm Springs

Oh my goodness!  This movie was the biggest surprise for me!  When I started watching this movie, I was expecting to watch a normal romantic comedy.  But then when the halfway point hit and the movie turned into a sci-fi adventure, I was totally blown away!  I always loved movies where it starts off like a normal movie, but then it does a complete 180 midway through the plot, taking you off by surprise!  Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti's performances were the highlights of this film and I can't wait to watch this film again!

2. Project Power

Now, I love superhero films and even though there were some superhero films on this list that were pretty traditional (good guys fight the bad guys), "Project Power" was an interesting case where the lines between good and bad can be blurred and it does it so well!  The action sequences were very well done and Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt both did fantastic jobs in their roles!

1. The Trial of the Chicago 7

Wow!  This has to be the most amazing movie I've seen in 2020!  I will admit that I thought that I wasn't going to like this movie because of the fact that it's a courtroom drama and I rarely watch movies that deal with courtroom dramas.  But this movie blew me away with all the fantastic performances, especially from Sacha Baron Cohen and the fact that this movie is based off of real life events that I wasn't taught in school!  Such a fascinating and intense movie that you got to see to believe!


Palm Springs

Bad Hair

Well, that's my top 10 movies of 2020!

So what are your favorite movies of 2020?  Please feel free to comment down below!

Thursday Movie Picks #49: Police Detectives

 Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Police Detectives!

Now, I love watching movies that deal with mysteries and detectives and I'm so happy that this week's theme is all about police detectives!  So, here are the movies that I've seen so far that dealt with police detectives!

In a world where people collect Pokemon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

I will admit that at first, I was hesitant about this movie because 1) Pikachu was being voiced by Ryan Reynolds (or the fact that Pikachu was talking at all) and 2) the fact that the Pokemon in this film are in live action made me a bit wary about this film.  But, when I finally saw this film, I ended up loving this film for the really good story line and Ryan Reynolds did a fantastic job voicing Pikachu!  This is definitely one of my favorite video game movies, alongside "Sonic the Hedgehog!"

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite movies of all-time and it's one movie that I continue to watch to this very day!  I just loved the way that the toon world interacted with the human world and the plot about Roger Rabbit being framed for a murder was quite an intriguing story!  Also, the late Bob Hoskins' performance as Eddie Valiant was one of the most iconic aspects of this film!

When Enola Holmes - Sherlock's teen sister - discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.

"Enola Holmes" was one of those movies that I was a bit interested in seeing, despite the fact that I don't know much about Sherlock Holmes.  But after watching this movie, I had a really fun time with this film!  Millie Bobby Brown was fantastic as Enola Holmes and I loved the way that the film juggled both humor and suspense throughout!



Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #48: 2020 Releases

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: 2020 Releases!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  I hope the year started out well for you guys!  I was actually hoping that we had a theme that dealt with movies from 2020 as I watched a lot of films from 2020 and many of them had surprised me!  So, here's my list of movies in 2020 that actually surprised me in a pleasant way!

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

When I first heard about this movie, I will admit that I was a bit hesitant about this movie because of the "R" rating, despite the fact that Harley Quinn is one of my all-time favorite DC villains.  Also, this movie came out after "Suicide Squad," which was a pretty controversial movie on its own.  But, after watching this movie, I found myself really enjoying this movie and I think that Margot Robbie's portrayal of Harley Quinn was truly fantastic!

The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

When I first heard about this movie, I will admit that I wasn't that interested in the movie at first because it was about a courtroom drama and I rarely watch movies that deal with courtroom procedures. But this movie amazed me with the very well written characters and the intense situations surrounding the characters that this quickly became my all-time favorite movie of 2020!

After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.

Another movie I was on the fence about when I first heard about it.  Despite the fact that I'm a huge "Sonic the Hedgehog" fan, after they released the very first trailer (the one with "ugly" Sonic), I was so taken aback by the whole thing.  But, I was really surprised that they decided to redesign the character and it turned out to be the best thing for this movie!  But, not only was the redesign a vast improvement for the character, but the movie turned out to be really good story wise!  I just loved the more emotional take they had on Sonic's character and I actually felt for him whenever his loneliness got to him.  This movie made me so excited to see the sequel, especially when two of my all-time favorite characters from the franchise will be appearing in the sequel!  Oh and don't forget Jim Carrey's performance as Dr. Robotnik!  He was probably one of the best parts of the movie!



Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Animation Tag!


Hey everyone!  I'm doing a tag for this blog for the very first time, which is called the "Animation Tag!"  This tag was created by Dbmoviesblog and I wanted to do this tag because I'm a huge fan of animation and I wanted to talk about some of my favorite animations over the years!  So, let's get started!

  1. Favourite Disney animation?

The Lion King (1994)

2. Favourite non-Disney animation?

The Snowman (1982).  Seriously, one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking animations I have ever seen!

3. Criminally-underseen animation you recommend to everyone?

I have two animations that come to mind:
The first one is "The Nutcracker Prince."  It was an animated film that came out in 1990 and it is about the Nutcracker Prince fighting off the Mouse King.  It also had a young Kiefer Sutherland (you know, Jack Bauer from "24") voicing the Nutcracker Prince himself!  It's a fantastic movie that's heavily underrated.

Another one is Rabbit Ears' "The Fool and the Flying Ship."  While not a lengthy movie per se, it's still worth checking out, especially if you love Russian folktales and watching weird animation!

4. Visually great animation, but narratively disappointing?

I thought that Disney's Chicken Little had stunning animation, but the story wasn't really that good.

5. Narratively great animation, but visually disappointing?

The Brave Little Toaster.  The story about the appliances trying to find their master was really good, but the animation was a bit lacking and I kind of wished that they used the same animation from the Disney films that came out around the 1980s.

6. Favourite piece of music from animation?

Anything done by the late James Horner.  But his music in "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story" really stood out to me as being one of the most beautiful pieces of music he has ever composed!

7. First memorable animations from your childhood?

Probably one of the earliest animations I've seen from my childhood was "Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics." It was an old anime series that came out during the 1980s and it was my first introduction to anime!

8. Animation that always makes you laugh?

The Fool and the Flying Ship of course and as for TV shows, the Angry Beavers still continue to make me laugh to this day!

9. Already released animation you would like to see?

I would love to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse since I've been hearing nothing but good things about that movie and I'm a huge Spider-Man fan, so that's definitely a plus for me!  Another film I wanted to see was Moana.  I love it when Disney explores different cultures and this seems like a movie that I would enjoy!

10. New animation release you are anticipating?

Raya and the Last Dragon.  I love movies that explore other cultures and this movie is the one I'm most anticipating because it's about Dragons and I love watching movies that deal with dragons.

So, I tag...EVERYONE!!!