movies/tv watched in 2019by hagridreviews | created - 3 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public
(in cinema or at home) in the notes of these movies i write my thoughts, which aren't spoiler free!
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1. Bird Box (2018)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
3/10 so overrated! what was the hype around this movie? it’s not good?? i saw billboards all over new york of it and it motivated me watch & to get what all the memes were sandra was alright, the kids were annoying, sarah paulson should’ve been the main! she’s brilliant and was in the movie for a matter of minutes, my favourite character was tom i reckon. the way the story was told was garbage, way to cut off all sense of suspense if you know it’s just going to be sandra and 2 kids on that boat. i know it’s a “horror” movie but i’d expect characters to actually operate like human beings if this was based on a good book, and what was the whole deal with the mentally ill people and the british dude being able to magically switch off his crazy? the ending w the blind people too, great idea! bad execution, that can be said about this movie actually lmao i really tried to enjoy this movie but it just pissed me off starting 2019 brilliantlyy!
2. Logan (2017)
R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.
Votes: 548,231 | Gross: $226.28M
7.5/10 watched in the hotel room in the morning before we went out in new york for the day, i remember seeing this in cinemas and loving it and i still do now! one of the best comic book movies made.
3. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 595,496 | Gross: $85.16M
7/10 watched on the plane back to sydney from LA, this is a classic for me and i really love watching the alien series
4. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Votes: 336,038 | Gross: $42.07M
5/10 i think this is the third time i’ve seen this movie and i still don’t appreciate it any more or less, i love the concept just not really the movie for me. i know it’s making fun of itself and it’s completely self aware but eh i don’t really enjoy it. performances, violence/gore and the overall concept is awesome (despite the ending)
5. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he works to adapt a fantasy novel into a video game.
7/10 black mirror is one of my favourite shows so i expected a fair bit when i found out about this! and i was quite surprised at all the endings and possible stories that were involved. i spent a good 2hrs working back and forth to get all the endings and it was great! i don’t know if i’d stick this on like i usually would with a black mirror episode but still a really cool experience and might do it again?
6. American Horror Story (2011– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.
rewatching all of ahs, saw s1-4 last year and continuing from season 5 this year!
murder house: 6.5/10 asylum: 7/10 coven: 7/10 freakshow: 4.5/10 hotel: ? roanoke: ? cult: ? apocalypse: ?
my favourite season is asylum.
7. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
working my way through series 1 at the moment! (pretty average teen drama so far, some cool witchy stuff tho)
8. The Favourite (2018)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Votes: 106,633 | Gross: $34.24M
9/10 you never really know what to expect with yargos’ films but this one especially was a unique one. never seen a movie like it, superb acting from the whole cast, sets and costumes were gorgeous. the imagery n story gripped me! at first the ending made me go “tf am i watching” like the two girls beside me, but the more i thought about it wow..loved it
9. Green Book (2018)
PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Votes: 180,283 | Gross: $85.03M
7/10 a touching and great story. viggo is one of my favourite actors & i reckon he outdid himself this time! a lot of great moments and performances in this film, also didn’t expect to be really funny? edit (after oscars): this did not deserve best picture whatsoever. all the controversy this film has?? had no clue about but does change my opinion of this movie a bit. it really is such a “dad” movie but if i went into it (much like i did when i saw it) not knowing anything i’d enjoy it and i still do.
10. The Cat in the Hat (2003)
PG | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Two bored children have their lives turned upside down when a talking cat comes to visit them.
Votes: 45,037 | Gross: $101.15M
i can’t even rate this movie it’s so stupid and amazing, watched it all the time when i was little & i’ll find any excuse to watch it
11. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Votes: 123,303 | Gross: $3.33M
9/10 how have i not watched this sooner? instantly a favourite. i genuinely cracked up at almost every joke in this, i love NZ comedy so much! acting was brill & the mockumentary style of story n what taika comes up with is so creative too.
12. Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018 TV Special)
69 min | Comedy
Stand-up comedy in which Hannah Gadsby explains why she is giving up comedy. She tells the story of the strength of being a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.
5/10 i really don’t know how to rate a comedy special that i mostly disliked but also really appreciated?? i liked the first 5 mins and a couple of jokes about homophobic tasmanians n shit, but it felt like a ted talk. some moments were really touching n i’m glad they are being said but others i purely cringed. yes, hannah went through utter shit to get to where she is today but i left it feeling a bit strange. maybe it’s too PC for me god knows. fave joke would be about being a quiet lesbian at mardi gras.
13. Fyre (2019)
TV-MA | 97 min | Documentary, Music
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.
6.5/10 super interesting to learn about this festival i had no bloody clue about and the inevitable disaster it was going to be, i’d recommend to watch if you’re bored on netflix n like dramatic docos. the shenanigans that billy and co got up to were unbelievable (thankful for the memes that this has created)
14. Happy Death Day (2017)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.
Votes: 83,278 | Gross: $55.68M
2/10 i was bored it was on the foxtel movie channel & i was miserable, that is all.
15. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.
Votes: 182,661 | Gross: $190.24M
8/10 i did NOT expect this, one of the best animated movies i’ve ever seen! animation and style was unbelievable, loved the story & music too. can’t wait to rewatch n get this on dvd
16. Toy Story 3 (2010)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
Votes: 674,552 | Gross: $415.00M
6/10 was browsing through foxtel movies again and even-though i missed the first 20 mins and seen this about 4 times? i wanted to finish it, cute ending to toy story. despite this being overrated (def did not deserve best animated picture and all the usual pixar hype) a lot of stupid plot conveniences and following themes from the first & second, it’s a nostalgic and well told story. genuinely funny jokes and some moments that tug on your heart strings too.
17. Misery (1990)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.
Votes: 163,152 | Gross: $61.28M
8/10 one of the classics! great performances, music and atmosphere in general, there’s a genuine level of suspense.
18. One Hour Photo (2002)
R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.
Votes: 107,706 | Gross: $31.60M
6.5/10 robin williams is brilliant, genuinely chilling to watch a hilarious comic become this upsetting and creepy yet human character. i loved how it really focused on this side of him, not just “eww what a creep!!” sorta mood. i’m glad i’ve finally watched this but doubt i’ll rewatch.
19. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.
Votes: 306,931 | Gross: $85.29M
8/10 incredibly stupid and hilarious, a perfect movie to switch your brain off and have a laugh. i can’t believe this came out 15 years ago!
20. The Handmaiden (2016)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.
Votes: 76,832 | Gross: $2.01M
9/10 took me far too long to see this masterpiece of a film. the performances, screenplay, attention to detail and music are just amazing. literally the only thing i can fault is one editing choice near the end! can’t wait to watch again
21. The Umbrella Academy (2019– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A disbanded group of superheroes reunites after their adoptive father, who trained them to save the world, dies.
8/10 (for season 1 at least) this was such an awesome show, watched it in two days and loved every episode of it. took me a while to like a few characters but i feel like everyone had their moments to shine. music and story were awesome, some cool shots too. kinda annoyed me how obvious vanya having powers was and i wanted her storyline to hurry up a bit but it’s based on comics i’ve never read so that probably goes on in those. buuuut, that cliffhanger was brilliant, season 2 needs to come on netflix already!!
22. Muriel's Wedding (1994)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.
Votes: 32,141 | Gross: $15.19M
7/10 probably one of the very few great aus movies (i haven’t watched many to be fair) great performances and the characters were so loveable & classic quotes all over the shop.
23. Leaving Neverland (2019)
TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary, Biography
At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.
i’ll write something for this later once i gather my thoughts i guess really strange to watch, just sad.
24. Captain Marvel (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Votes: 229,638 | Gross: $402.86M
4.5/10 pushing aside all the feminist bullshit from this film and all the brie larson drama making me slightly bias, this is objectively not a good movie. from the get go it’s a cgi action scene onwards to “vers” going on another mission scene. there is no opportunity to care about the main character, she is shoved in your face and up until she is upside down getting her brain probed you know she has a past, and you know what happened to her (painfully obvious) but you have to watch her figure it out which is so boring. i could shit on the plot points for a while but just not a good way to structure an origin story. this movie slightly expects you know shit with random references too, and due to this there was no consequences for anyone as we already know all the shit that’s went on for the antagonists in guardians of the galaxy etc. as for the characters, an awkward performance by brie, sam jackson trying to make something out of the script and bad acting from the little girl and her mum (don’t even know their names cause idc). the way this film was presented was also pretty bland and nothing special. as for the music just purely made me cringe, especially “i’m just a girl” playing in a fight scene and “come as you are” while the intelligence whatever woman goes “ooh i like this jacket..and hmMUSIC” like what?? overall, i went and saw this with my brother and we had a good time because it’s a turn your brain off and laugh at the stupidity of invincible character 1 fight slightly less empowered character 2 and i love some me some cringe but even this was too much for me at times. i wonder if captain marvel will actually be a likeable character with genuine emotions in avengers end game, doubt it. (scream laughed at “my name is CAROL” that’s the only thing i want to remember about this movie)
25. Ghost Stories (I) (2017)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Horror
Skeptical professor Phillip Goodman embarks on a trip to the terrifying after being given a file with details of three unexplained cases of apparitions.
Votes: 22,766 | Gross: $0.14M
26. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Votes: 565,872 | Gross: $317.58M
watched with marni
27. Rings (2017)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in 7 days.
Votes: 33,756 | Gross: $27.78M
watched with marni
28. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
G | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.
Votes: 52,499 | Gross: $90.56M
34. Pet Sematary (2019)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 22,574 | Gross: $50.72M
35. Shazam! (2019)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM. - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.
Votes: 77,340 | Gross: $123.98M
37. Species (1995)
R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.
Votes: 68,783 | Gross: $60.07M
38. Scooby-Doo (2002)
PG | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on.
Votes: 87,221 | Gross: $153.29M
40. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.