Every Movie I've Seen in 2019

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1. Aquaman (2018)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

55 Metascore

Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Votes: 265,490 | Gross: $335.06M

Starting the New Year off with...well not a bang, but not a flop either. It was a pretty okay movie. Not quite as bad as the other DCEU movies, but not up to the heights of Wonder Woman. It has the basis for something really fun, but it's way too long, Amber Heard doesn't do a good job at all and it's played a little too straight for my tastes. The directoral flairs are nice, but sometimes the camera just gets a hair too crazy in fights and it's a little disorienting. The stand out moment for me was when the pair travelled to the Kingdom of the Trench and Wan got to pull out his horror chops a bit.

2. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 721,592 | Gross: $83.01M

It's one of the most perfect action movies with one of the most perfect scripts any action movie could ask for.

3. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 313,175 | Gross: $117.54M

Die Hard is one of the best action movies ever made, and its sequel is...well it's not one of the worst. It's certainly filled with interesting ideas, and very well could've served as a decent follow up to a movie that should've just stayed a one and done. But it's not particularly well written and has none of the build up and increasing tension of its predecessor, even though it does admittedly try. The script is halfway decent enough, it's just missing that McTiernan touch. Renny Harlin is, quite frankly, not a good director and the film is filled with flat action and strange edits that ultimately drag it down.

Or maybe I'm just buzzed and not entirely in the mood for a movie tonight, who knows?

4. On the Basis of Sex (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston

Votes: 12,309 | Gross: $24.62M

It's just kind of...okay. The story of Ginsburg is fascinating and the kind of prejudice and discrimination she overcame is amazing, but I don't know how much to take at face value since I don't know much about her true story. The dialogue seemed a little too on the nose at times, but it's very possible that is actual dialogue taken from what the real people said. The movie also really drags, but the final scene in the courtroom was pretty tense.

5. Glass (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Votes: 135,737 | Gross: $111.04M

I liked it...until I didn't...until I started to like it again, at which point it just became weird. The movie starts off really strong and exciting, but grinds to a halt once everyone gets into the hospital. While McAvoy gets to have another extended showcase of his acting abilities, it's ultimately just boring and repetitive until Jackson gets his time to shine. Willis is also phoning it in throughout.

The editing is also...not great at points. The deleted scenes from Unbreakable in particular are very clearly not shot for Glass, with significant audio differences and obvious cuts being dead give aways that pulled me right out of the movie. The cinematography is also filled with weird choices that toe the line between interesting and annoying, much like the movie itself.

6. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

32 Metascore

Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont

Votes: 40,523 | Gross: $3.64M

I really wasn't paying much attention at all TBH, and it was the censored version for TV. But it was kind of fun, if mostly forgettable and not really all that attention holding.

The make out session between the blonde girl and the main dude was...creepy considering their supposed age difference.

7. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 9,615

I don't believe this happened. How can two parents be so fucking dumb? And the mom was such a bitch. The reenactments are really neat, and the vintage style of them is really interesting at first, even if it kind of gets old by the end. It was interesting, but I'm not sure if I see myself ever going back to it.

8. Fyre (2019)

TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music

75 Metascore

An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng

Votes: 25,526

A pretty critical look into the failure of of the Fyre Festival and the dangers of social media influencers. Slickly produced and filled with tension as you wait to see both what happens and all the schadenfreude you know is going to come. My only complaint is that as someone who knows someone like Billy (but without the balls and the brains, if you can believe that last part) and isn't a fan of the lifestyle of the people who were a part of the Fyre Festival, I'm not sure if the documentary was trying to engender sympathy or ire for the people in the firms attached to the festival. The beginning also felt a bit sudden and messy and it didn't feel super hard hitting until the last 20 minutes or so. Not sure if this is a must watch, as a lot of the core themes felt kind of common sense to me, but it's definitely interesting and damn effective.

That said, Billy and everyone directly involved with him and planning of the event are total pieces of shit. Imagine living with the knowledge for the rest of your life that you almost sucked dick to bribe a government official for this shit show.

9. The American Meme (2018)

98 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

THE AMERICAN MEME follows the journeys of four shocking social media disruptors, Paris Hilton (@parishilton), Josh Ostrovsky (@thefatjewish), Brittany Furlan (@brittanyfurlan) and Kirill ... See full summary »

Director: Bert Marcus | Stars: Kirill Bichutsky, Hailey Bieber, Amanda Cerny, Dane Cook

Votes: 3,084

I'm not sure what the scariest part of the documentary was: the knowledge that Paris Hilton may become of the biggest influences of the early 21st Century, Ratajkowski declaring that "privacy is dead" and to get used to it or the fact it made Paris Hilton to be the most sympathetic and sane person in the entirety of the doc.

As someone who knows almost nothing about influencers and their lives, it was immensely interesting and eye opening when watched in conjunction with the Fyre doc. It presents an interesting, if not wholly unexpected, look into what it means to be a modern celebrity. It drags a bit in the last twenty minutes or so, and really should've ended during the last segment with Bichutsky.

Also, The Fat Jew is a piece of shit.

10. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig | Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 87,789 | Gross: $14.26M

A wonderful, funny, heartfelt and emotional high school drama that's one of the best this side of John Hughes. It's not perfect, it's pretty predictable where things are going to go once all of the characters are introduced, but it's filled to the brim with charm and so wonderfully acted that it doesn't matter. It does some things differently than most of these kind of films tend to do, albeit not often or on a large scale, but there's enough that it injects a lot of personality and humanity into its characters.

11. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 334,224 | Gross: $232.91M

I bet if I had seen this in 1973, it would skyrocket to the top of my all time favorite films list. But, as it stands, it was kind of underwhelming. I love a good slow burn horror movie, but the pacing was way off with this. It was somehow both too slow and too fast, with large parts of the movie dragging and scenes that should've been allowed to stay and marinate ending in the blink of an eye. A lot of the horror also relies heavily on one's religiousness, which kind of fell limp to me. The rest of it is nothing that hasn't been seen dozens of times in other exorcism movies, but that's not really the fault of this one.

That said, it's a beautifully shot and acted movie. The practical effects are also really good, if a bit dated at this point. I can definitely see why the movie is so highly regarded as scary and why it was so influential, even if it fell flat for me.

12. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery

A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal

Votes: 20,295

Kind of an exercise in frustration. The movie actually starts off pretty strong. If you cut out the narration exposition dump and filmed the movie with modern sensibilities, the movie would be pretty solid. But then it just ends. Like, right as things get really interesting and you think things are really going to start spiraling out of control, it just cuts to credits.

13. Us (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 107,210 | Gross: $175.01M

A bit of a disappointment after Get Out. It still very much shows why Peele is one of the most interesting mainstream directors, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't hit the same balance of scares, tension and humor that Get Out did. The allegory of the story feels more initially obtuse than Get Out, but it also is so heavily baked into the movie that the narrative and characters kind of fall flat at points. But when the movie works, it does work great, and it was such a joy to go from laughing to seeing the whole theater jump in fear in the span of about 5 seconds.

14. Us (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 107,210 | Gross: $175.01M

My feelings towards the movie hasn't changed, but it definitely takes on a different tone upon a rewatch. It's more...revenge thriller than a creepy/horror movie.

15. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

68 Metascore

Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 640,924 | Gross: $380.26M

I'm sick and needed some tasty bite of childhood nostalgia. But wow, is this worse than I remember. Undoubtedly the best of the prequels, but that doesn't make it a particularly good film. A terrible script, awful cinematography and wooden acting results in a pretty subpar film, even if it does have a handful of cool moments. The pacing is also straight garbage, moving far too fast (despite the movie feeling a bit over long), but from Order 66 onwards things fall into a better groove (even if moments do drag on longer than necessary). The CG ranges from bad to mediocre, although some of it is still pretty damn solid and it was certainly ahead of its time. I really don't understand the hype for this movie that's all over the internet.

16. Pet Sematary (2019)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

57 Metascore

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer | Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence

Votes: 35,097 | Gross: $54.72M

As someone only familiar with the Wikipedia plot summary of the book, I dug it. It's not greatest, or even that scary, but it does manage to build tension and increase that tension over time. A lot of scares come from jump scares and then the tension needs to be completely reset, but it's a bleak downer of a film that would make for perfect Halloween viewing.

Enjoyable, but forgettable.

17. Ex Machina (2014)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

Votes: 425,107 | Gross: $25.44M

God damn, what an excellent movie. Every aspect of the movie, from the script to the acting to the cinematography to the directing, in completely on point. It wasn't as mind blowingly fantastic as the first time I viewed it, but I was also in a much different setting and state of mind this time around.

18. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 448,253 | Gross: $826.97M

The Mirror this is not, but this movie will be one of the most talked about films for decades. While not as surprising quality wise as Infinity War, Endgame does the nearly impossible. It brings about the end of over a decade of serialized story telling, twenty some movies and dozens of plot lines and characters arcs in an immensely satisfying way. And it manages to be genuinely surprising during its run time. In the first Avengers, people were doubting how they'd balance all of the characters in the movie; Endgame makes The Avengers look like child's play. It may not be high art, but Endgame is the capstone to a monumental achievement in film history.

19. Behind the Curve (2018)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary

Meet real Flat Earthers, a small but growing contingent of people who firmly believe in a conspiracy to suppress the truth that the Earth is flat.

Director: Daniel J. Clark | Stars: Mark K. Sargent, Jeran Campanella, Dave Chappelle, Robbie Davidson

Votes: 5,228

The documentary raises several interesting points, but it often times felt like it was just pointing and laughing at flat earthers (deservedly so), which kind of undercuts the message at the end.

20. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother meets Ted Bundy.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 39,801

There's three really good movies in here. One's about the deception of Liz and her slow realization of Bundy's true nature. One's about the shit show that was the captures and trials of Bundy. The third's about the dynamic between charming Bundy and real Bundy. The movie tries to touch on all three, mainly the first two, and does none of them well. The cinematography is also exceptionally bland and rarely offers anything to any given scene. The writing is also really bad, with the pacing being all over the place.

But the performances are really good and go a long way towards elevating the movie. Efron is a definite stand out, but it would've gone a long way towards showing how "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" Bundy was to actually portray Efron carrying out one of Bundy's murders. Everyone in this movie deserves a second shot with a better and more focused script.

21. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 479,234 | Gross: $532.18M

I didn't quite catch it completely from the beginning, but considering I came in when they first arrived on Jedha and I've already seen the movie three times in full, I think that's fine.

Gareth Edwards is a great director, and on their own there's great scenes with wonder moments of tension and release. But when combined it's a jumbled mess that simply goes through the motions and doesn't earn any of the character beats it wants to you think that it's hitting. Great background noise to mainly watch during the action sequences.

22. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

74 Metascore

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan

Votes: 97,458 | Gross: $174.53M

A pretty solid movie that dives into an interesting look into wealth and culture disparities. The cinematography was good, especially for a romantic comedy. I was pretty distracted for most of it unfortunately, but what I saw was good!

23. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

R | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 88,048 | Gross: $142.53M

More of the same action, more world building, and none of that is problem. The cinematography is still gorgeous, the sound design is still superb and the action still makes a great case for a "Best Stunts" category at the Oscars. Keanu is showing his age a bit more here, but when the action is this good and the movies are still consistent as ever, who cares?

24. Booksmart (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy

84 Metascore

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Votes: 19,987 | Gross: $18.89M

A fun, if slightly generic, teem comedy. The two leads are wonderful and there's a nice twist on the jock vs nerds conflict that hit a little too close to home for me. My main complaints are that the characters feel a little too Hollywood liberal at times and the structure is super generic and incredibly predictable. But with charismatic leads and several fun sequences, like the drug trip sequence, it becomes an enjoyable ride all around.

25. Brightburn (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

Director: David Yarovesky | Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Abraham Clinkscales

Votes: 13,252 | Gross: $16.79M

A film that doesn't go as dark as it should, nor as comic booky as it should. Brightburn is a deconstruction of Superman that seems slightly embarrassed to be a deconstruction of Superman. Solid concept, solid execution, but nothing too special. And they show all the best scenes and all of the creepy imagery in the trailers, so that's a let down.

The Aquaman and Wonder Woman teasers at the end were a blast, and I'd love to see those movies.

26. Men in Black: International (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson

Votes: 8,383

There was some really interesting stuff in here, but they needed to play it straight and change the scope. Molly's hunt and discovery of MIB could've been a movie in its own. H's loss of a mentor, his fall from grace and discovery that he had his memory erased as well as the tension within MIB were interesting enough on their own but were all blown over for the sake of bad jokes. But as it stands, the movie really isn't interesting from any standpoint.

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