Movies I watched in 2019by rasmusrajasalo | created - 6 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Ratings: (10) personal favourite, (9) excellent, (8) very good, (7) good, (6) fine, (5) average, (4) bad, (3) very bad, (2) horrible, (1) pet hate.
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1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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.
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
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.
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
A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
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
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.
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.
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
A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.
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
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.
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
A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
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
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.
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
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
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.
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
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.
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
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
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
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
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
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
Votes: 246,969 | Gross: $116.09M
One of the better romcoms.
16. The Little Mermaid (1989)
G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince's love.
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
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
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
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 251,385 | Gross: $216.65M
So very, very average.
24. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
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
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.
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 »
Quiet film aimed for Japanese women in love with Finland.
27. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
PG | 112 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
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
A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway.
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
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.
Votes: 18,508 | Gross: $0.23M
30. Space Jam (1996)
PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 142,568 | Gross: $90.46M
31. Lion (2016)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 183,635 | Gross: $51.74M
33. The Upside (2017)
PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 28,063 | Gross: $108.25M
34. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.
Votes: 22,445 | Gross: $0.30M
35. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 944,115 | Gross: $210.61M
36. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 362,232 | Gross: $87.73M