Like so many others I did spend a lot of time watching movies this past year. Most of them were movies I had never seen before. Not all of them were movies I saw on Netflix. I rented some from Fandango, saw some on YouTube and others I saw on other Roku streaming channels. Only one of them I saw in a theater. Some were good. Some were bad. But I was entertained. Sometimes. Before I get to the list of movies I saw, I also want to mention I did finally manage to finish watching “The Office”. And I’m so glad I did. What. A. Show.
Okay, so here we go:
First, the one and only movie I saw in the theater this year:
“The Way Back”. saw it back in the beginning of March, right before everything shut down. Mainly saw it because I’m an Affleck fan and I like basketball. It was a decent film. Worth seeing. One of the better films I saw this year.
Now for the absolute worst movie I saw this year. Actually, quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen:
“Gerry” – OMG. What was I thinking in seeing this movie? It is two hours of my life I am never going to get back. I really should have turned it off when after ten minutes they were still driving in the car and hadn’t spoken a word. I only wanted to see it because Matt Damon was in it! UGH!
First time seeing a movie that I should have seen in the 80’s:
“Gremlins” – yes, I know. I had always heard the hype about this movie and the rules about not feeding them after midnight, not getting them wet and not exposing them to sunlight. It was a pretty good movie and I still shame myself for never seeing it before 2020.
“The Rocker” – only saw this because we were looking up movies that Rainn Wilson had been in. Plus when I saw Josh Gad was in it, I figured what the hell. Spent some of our Fandango money on it. It had its moments.
“Juno” – again discovered it when searching Rainn Wilson movies. I had heard of it, knew it was popular and I don’t regret seeing it. My daughter liked it better than I did. Couldn’t get past the music. Just not my sound. Even more interesting that it now stars Elliot Page.
“Let’s Be Cops” – my daughter is a huge “New Girl” fan so in searching some of the stars from the show, she came upon this. Stupid, but good for a few laughs. Still way better than “Gerry”.
“Downsizing” – saw this on Spectrum and it was one of those Matt Damon films that I had never seen (big Matt Damon fan, hence why I had to see “Gerry”). It had its stupid moments, but it was okay. Would I see it again? Nah.
“A River Runs Through It” – saw it on Roku and said, “Well, it has Brad Pitt in it. It can’t be too bad”. It wasn’t. It was pretty good actually.
“Shawshank Redemption” – can’t remember if I saw this on Netflix or Roku but I was like, “so many people have talked about this movie” and I like Morgan Freeman. I was hesitant because I don’t like prison flicks. Oh. My. God. What a fantastic film! Probably the best I’ve seen all year. Definitely WAY better than “Gerry”!
“Hubie Halloween” – I am far from being a big Adam Sandler fan and I have seen way too many Sandler films than I would like to admit to. He is good for a few laughs and I loved the cast of this film. Setting the silliness and stupidity of Sandler movies aside, it was highly entertaining. Best thing I watched at Halloween. In fact, I think it was the only Halloween movie I saw.
“All My Life” – I just saw this last week. I only saw it because my daughter is a huge “Glee” fan and Harry Shum, Jr. from “Glee” is in it. It was a dramatic love story, based on a true story, not unlike many other stories I’ve heard before. So, for me it was ho-hum.
Now to the Christmas movies:
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” – when I saw this was coming to Netflix, I knew I had to see it. I’m not a big musical fan but I got through it. I enjoy the acting of Forest Whitaker. It was worth a watch.
“Christmas Chronicles 2” – I had so enjoyed 2018’s “Christmas Chronicles” and I really admire Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. But this one just didn’t cut it for me. I did manage to watch the entire thing but I ended up feeling disappointed.
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” – I tried three times to get through this film and just couldn’t do it. I still haven’t finished watching it. I don’t know why. Maybe it was the music. Maybe it was the cheesy acting. I don’t know. I wanted to watch it but just couldn’t do it. Maybe next year.
“Mixed Nuts” – saw this on Roku and since my husband and I are big Steve Martin fans, we had to give it a try. It wasn’t bad. Even with Adam Sandler being in it. He actually lightened it up a bit.
“The Holiday” – this is another movie I started to watch and just couldn’t finish it. How can Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet just boom-bang! switch houses for Christmas and next thing you know, Cameron is smooching it up with Kate’s bro Jude Law when he pops in to take a piss? I left it after that.
“Home For the Holidays” – started watching this on a whim and although my skin was crawling by the end from Robert Downey, Jr’s acting, I made it through. I wouldn’t rush back to watch it in the future.
“Christmas in Connecticut” (1945 and 1992 versions) – I had never seen the 1945 version and I had seen the 1992 version years ago but couldn’t remember it. Both are cheesy, makes-no-sense, trying-to-be-comical-but-not films that I wouldn’t waste my time seeing ever again. If I had to name a worse one, I’d say the 1992 version. Dyan Cannon’s hair bugs me and Kris Kristofferson? Really? Tony Curtis? Directed by Arnold? Ugh.
“The Waltons: The Homecoming” – saw this on Spectrum and I was feeling up for some good old-fashioned Christmas. And that’s what I got. Interesting to note that this was made before the show began, and the only original cast members from the show that are in it are all the children and Ellen Corby. It was a good watch.
“The Christmas Tree” – this was by far the best Christmas movie I saw this season. It is a movie that I originally saw back in 1996 when it aired on TV. It stars Andrew McCarthy, who portrays the person who is in charge of finding the yearly tree for Rockefeller Center. One year he finds his tree, but it is possessively owned by a nun, who is very reluctant to let it go. It’s a very touching story and I was so fortunate to once again find it on YouTube. I think I may even make it a yearly staple to my Christmas movie watching.
The only films I have on my list to see this year that I have not seen are “Greyhound”, which I know is on Apple and has been on my list to see since March (bad Tom Hanks fan, bad!), “News of the World” (which I’m waiting to arrive on Apple) (again, bad Tom Hanks fan, bad!) and “Soul”, which I am planning to see tomorrow. Because although that movie came out in 2020, I want it to be the first movie I see of 2021. Because I’ve heard it’s that good.
I’m now off to see “The Money Pit”. Because I’ve yet to see it for the 100th time. And I’m a good Tom Hanks fan :).
HAPPY NEW YEAR!