Movies I watched in 2019

by rasmusrajasalo | created - 6 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public

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1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 491,819 | Gross: $389.81M

I actually liked the first one, but this was just a hot, colorful mess. Reminded me of Jupiter Ascending and that's not a good thing. I found the humor embarrassingly bad and I couldn't care less about the characters. Michael Rooker stole the show as Yondu.

2. Moana (I) (2016)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 227,390 | Gross: $248.76M

My second time watching Moana (or Vaiana), this time in Finnish. Disney has released some good animations in recent years, some of them even surpassing Pixar, but could we for once get a story about children not disappointing their parents? Uneasy parent-child relationship is such an overused trope especially in family films.

3. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 109,469

A beautiful movie about nothing and everything. The scene where they're buying a crib was oddly calm and yet so brutal. Incredible camerawork.

4. Colette (I) (2018)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Director: Wash Westmoreland | Stars: Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West, Robert Pugh

Votes: 13,000 | Gross: $5.14M

I really enjoy historical biopics and Colette certainly worked for me. Interesting how similar the story is to Big Eyes and The Danish Girl. I actually liked this more.

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.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe, Asim Chaudhry

Votes: 94,113

Interesting concept and theme. Ultimately your choices don't matter which is thematically fine, but boring narratively. Disappointingly the most interesting story arc isn't fully utilised and the big picture feels cluttered. "That's it?" I thought as the credits started rolling.

6. 47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

28 Metascore

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Director: Carl Rinsch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 137,046 | Gross: $38.36M

I had watched this box office flop couple of years ago and gave it another go since nothing else was on TV. It's quite bad. The script is all over the place and even the usually good actors fail to make any difference.

7. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music

67 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 26,667 | Gross: $0.80M

Gaspar Noé's Climax is an unpleasant experience that keeps pushing your psyche's limits. A beautiful nightmare filled with both heavenly and infernal imagery.

8. Christopher Robin (2018)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss

Votes: 54,795 | Gross: $99.22M

This movie is like Eeyore's Gloomy Place: Rather boggy and sad.

9. Venom (2018)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

35 Metascore

A failed reporter is bonded to an alien entity, one of many symbiotes who have invaded Earth. But the being takes a liking to Earth and decides to protect it.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze

Votes: 288,752 | Gross: $213.52M

Tom Hardy saves what little can be saved. Be sure to have a pizza or at least popcorn at hand. I had neither.

10. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 359,875 | Gross: $216.43M

I had great time with this movie at a 4K IMAX theatre. I appreciated the lack of rock-movie clichés. It's really more about the music than wild afterparties or the private lives of Queen's members.

11. Babe (1995)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 109,631 | Gross: $66.60M

An all-time family movie classic. It was fun to see Babe after almost two decades.

12. 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: 26,376

Half documentary, half reality TV (partly because of the topic), but still interesting enough. They never tell the audience why everyone kept pushing forward, although they knew the festival was doomed, instead of just walking out the door.

13. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 307,469 | Gross: $101.07M

Sleepy Hollow is definitely one of Burton's and Depp's best collaborations, a goofy gothic fairytale. The story wraps up pretty nicely.

14. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 143,902 | Gross: $102.27M

Julie Andrews is lovely and some of the songs are good, but Mary Poppins is too long and a little boring by modern standards.

15. Notting Hill (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 246,969 | Gross: $116.09M

One of the better romcoms.

16. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince's love.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 215,096 | Gross: $111.54M

This used to one of my favourite movies when I was a kid. It still holds up extremely well.

17. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 107,989 | Gross: $100.33M

As a kid I totally had a crush on Ricci. For adults, however, this film doesn't offer much. Bill Pullman pulls his best Robin Williams impression.

18. Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso

Votes: 161,260 | Gross: $5.88M

I didn't expect this movie to so good! It might've been just a little too 'political' for my taste, but overall I really enjoyed Captain Fantastic.

19. Leap! (2016)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

48 Metascore

An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.

Directors: Eric Summer, Éric Warin, Mimi Maynard, Paulette Victor-Lifton | Stars: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler

Votes: 16,851 | Gross: $24.48M

This movie looked pretty gorgeous, but it felt somewhat weird and was insultingly predictable.

20. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 232,745 | Gross: $32.73M

My second view of Annihilation. The sci-fi makes sense and the cosmic horror aspects are cool (especially near the ending), but I wasn't a huge fan of the horror clichés, frustrating characters nor the wacky bear monster.

21. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen

Votes: 85,079 | Gross: $12.82M

I'm not familiar with the novel, but I liked Anna Karenina for what it was. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Vronsky seemed miscast.

22. Ant-Man (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 507,508 | Gross: $180.20M

I'm a much bigger fan of Edgar Wright than Marvel (actually I'm not a big fan of Marvel at all), but Ant-Man is pretty damn funny thanks to Paul Rudd.

23. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins

Votes: 251,385 | Gross: $216.65M

So very, very average.

24. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,036,657 | Gross: $25.54M

One of my favourite thrillers of all time.

25. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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

73 Metascore

Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei

Votes: 438,377 | Gross: $334.20M

What a mess. Confusing and cringey. A superhero movie for pre-teens. I wasn't sure if I had missed another Spider-Man movie because this felt like a sequel.

26. Kamome Diner (2006)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, ... See full summary »

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai, Jarkko Niemi

Votes: 1,785

Quiet film aimed for Japanese women in love with Finland.

27. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

PG | 112 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson

Votes: 93,831 | Gross: $201.09M

Much weaker than the first one, but still alright.

28. The Lady in the Van (2015)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Clare Hammond

Votes: 23,344 | Gross: $10.02M

Sad true story about a traumatized old lady. Kind of like a more depressing version of Intouchables. Maggie Smith does an amazing job.

29. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)

PG-13 | 110 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

35 Metascore

King Regis, who oversees the land of Lucis, commands his army of soldiers to protect the kingdom from the Niflheim empire's plans to steal the sacred crystal which gives Lucis its magic and power.

Director: Takeshi Nozue | Stars: Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, Sean Bean, Neil Newbon

Votes: 18,508 | Gross: $0.23M

30. Space Jam (1996)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Manner Washington

Votes: 142,568 | Gross: $90.46M

31. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 183,635 | Gross: $51.74M

32. Destroyer (2018)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 15,613 | Gross: $1.53M

33. The Upside (2017)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 28,063 | Gross: $108.25M

34. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 22,445 | Gross: $0.30M

35. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 944,115 | Gross: $210.61M

36. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Learning about the death of Doc Brown in 1885, Marty travels back in time to save him. But when the fuel tank on the time machine is punctured, the two must figure out a way to escape the Old West before Emmet is murdered.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 362,232 | Gross: $87.73M



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