It looking like the coronavirus is here to stay in 2020 and 2021. Since few movies have been released in 2020, I’ve relied on streaming services to watch some old and really old movies. I’ve taken a step back from it since I need to finish some writing deadlines. As they say, I can’t have it all. I do hope to watch more movies in 2021, but time will tell.
March 24, 2021: The Ten Movies I’ve Watched in March
The Odd Couple (1968) is about two men, one already divorced and one in the beginnings of his separation, who end up living together. The only problem is they realize they can’t stand each other. I don’t know much about Neil Simon as a playwright, I look forward to watching more of his adaptations. The dialogue in this movie is so sharp and crisp, it’s like biting into an apple on a fall day. The duo of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau makes it even better.
The Quiet Man (1952) is about an ex-boxer who travels to Ireland to escape his torment of killing another boxer. I’ve been on a John Wayne kick of watching his older movies. Maureen O’Hara as his love interest holds her own. There’s a perfect scene near the end that by today’s standards is pretty terrible, but it’s the little details I noticed in the filming of it that I seldom see today.
The King (2019) is about King Henry V’s reign after his father died. He never wanted to be king, but he has no choice but to do his duty. He leads England into battles with France successfully and is played by Timothée Chalamet. The pageboy haircut also makes an unfortunate appearance, making Joel Edgerton as about as unattractive as I’ve ever seen him on screen.
The Informer (2019) is about an ex-con working undercover for the FBI to help them weaken the Polish mob. He basically is doing the dirty work without recognition. Not everything goes as planned and it becomes a race for survival for Koslow and his family. What is great about this movie is there is nothing to sidetrack the story.
Deepwater Horizon (2016) is about the true events of the 2010 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil rig explosion led to miles of polluted water, investigations, and lawsuits. It’s the worst environmental disaster so far in U.S. history. It’s also the story of lost lives and traumatic memories of those that survived.
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) is about a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, NY. He realizes his toys come alive when placed in a wooden cabinet. The problem is he needs to keep the peace between Litefoot and Boone. As a fantasy movie, the action is minimal, but it keeps the viewer’s attention.
Easter Parade (1948) is about a nightclub performer who has to find a new dance partner. It’s the first movie I’ve ever seen with Fred Astaire. It opens with a great dance number in a candy store and ends with a great dance number with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) is about a CIA agent and KGB operative in the 1960s. They clearly don’t like each other for obvious reasons but have to work together for a common cause. Who’s the better spy is never answered as intended Guy Ritchie style.
In Time (2011) is about a futuristic movie where time is limited, and certain people have all the resources to live a long time. This movie is commentary on the have and have nots. This movie wasn’t well received, but I enjoyed the ruthlessness of Cillian Murphy’s character and survival of Justin Timberlake’s character
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) is about the continuation of Hiccup and Toothless. After they find wild dragons, a battle ensues to protect them. Since I watched them out of order, it made less sense to me, but a worthwhile rated PG movie.
February 25, 2021: Last Six Movies I’ve Watched in February
Easy A (2010) is about a high school student in Ojai, CA that enjoys the attention she gets when a lie is spread in the hallways and classrooms. It stars Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, and Penn Badgley. It is rated PG-13 and is one hour and 32 minutes.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013) is about P.L Travers resistance to having her book, Mary Poppins, adapted into a movie by Walt Disney. It stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and Colin Farrell. It is rated PG-13 and is two hours and 5 minutes.
The Deep Blue Sea (2011) is about an unhappy wife and her affair with an Air Force pilot. It stars Simon Russell Beale, Rachel Weisz, and Tom Hiddleston. It is rated R and is one hour and 38 minutes.
Alone in Berlin (2016) is working class couple that denounces the German government during WWII. It stars Daniel Brühl, Emma Thompson, and Brendan Gleeson. It is rated R and is one hour and 43 minutes.
The House on Carroll Street (1987) is about an FBI agent and blacklisted journalist trying to uncover the smuggling of Nazi war criminals into the U.S. It stars Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, and Mandy Patinkin. It is rated PG and is one hour and 41 minutes.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) is about Hiccup and Toothless trying to save the dragons before they are caught for greedy purposes. It stars Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and F. Murray Abraham. It is rated PG and is one hour and 44. minutes.
February 1, 2021: Six Movies I’ve Watched in January 2021
Ava (2020) is about an assassin who is being targeted along with her family. The storyline is average and Jessica Chastain holds her own, but I wish there was more action. It is rated R and is one hour and 36 minutes.
R.I.P.D. (2013) is about a police officer who unravels the mystery of whose who betrayed him. A great movie from start to finish. Good concept and hilarious scenes. It is rated PG-13 and is one hour and 36 minutes.
Mr. Brooks (2007) is about a successful businessman trying to control his serial killer urges. The best part of this movie was William Hurt. The ending was a little off. It was okay. It is rated R and is two hours.
Chapter 27 (2007) is about Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon. It fell flat because Mark Chapman was not all that interesting in how he was portrayed. I’m sure his personality was spot on, but there isn’t any redeeming quality I see in who he was and is today. It is rated R and is one hour and 24 minutes.
My Cousin Rachel (2017) is about a man who avenges to find out why his cousin died. It is adapted from the writer, Daphne Du Maurier’s book. It’s a slower movie but engaging throughout. It is rated PG-13 and is one hour and 46 minutes.
Deadpool (2016) is about a man who will go to any length to live and becomes an unlikely hero upon his transformation. The humor can be crude and dark but hilarious movie. It is rated R and is one hour and 48 minutes.
January 26, 2021: If I Was Stuck on an Island, I Would Want These Movies With Me
If I was stuck on an island and somehow found a way to provide enough electricity to watch a movie, these are the ten movies I would want with me. Hopefully, I would eventually be found but if not, at least there would be some form of entertainment to keep me company.
Independence Day (1996) because there are so many memorable lines and there’s never been the theme of working together for a common cause as this movie. “All right, you alien assholes! In the words of my generation: Up Yours!” “We’re gonna have to work on our communication.” “Oh god, I hope they bring back Elvis.” The only downfall is Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner) isn’t nearly on the screen enough.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (2007) because there is nothing more comedic than Michael Myers as a thawed out cryogenic spy. Elizabeth Hurley doesn’t hurt either. It would hopefully cheer me up on those days I have lost all hope or delusional because I haven’t eaten in a long time.
Wizard of Oz (1939) is a movie where I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a simple story that resonates with most people, those with feelings, at least. The great songs, the dance routines, and the magical world of Oz makes it pretty spectacular.
Jaws (1975) will serve as a reminder if I need to swim in the ocean for any reason while stranded. Most shark attacks happen in shallow water but due to the decrease in their food supply, I should be aware no matter how deep the water.
Cast Away (2000) for obvious reasons. I would watch this movie first after I stopped panicking about being stranded. I’m sure I would eventually talk to whatever floated on shore as if it was a real person. It would give me hope of being able to have the courage to survive on my own.
Ex Machina (2014) would be a reminder that things could always be worse. The motivations of animals on any island is pretty self-explanatory, but then again I might want to rather deal with a robot of undeterminable intelligence. Getting stung by mosquitoes all day long or having to protect yourself against a rogue robot are both miserable experiences. Okay, this movie might be the last one to watch.
Into the Wild (2007) for obvious reasons too. It can’t get any closer to realism than this. I would use this as an example of trusting my gut instincts and be cautious about eating anything. It would force me to accept I might never be found and deal with this possibility.
The Faculty (1998) because the teachers are creepy as all hell and it’s highly entertaining to see students outsmarting their teachers.
Breach (2007) would be my comfort movie. Sounds weird but espionage is a topic that not only intrigues me but makes me feel my life is okay. It gives me perspective that for all my faults, at least, I didn’t sell out my country.
Pretty in Pink (1986) is where James Spader plays such an asshole and Molly Ringwald wears that horrible looking dress at the end. This would be the movie that will remind me of my youth and how far I’ve come. If I knew my end was near, it would be one of the last ones to watch.