*DISCLAIMER: If you do not want to read all of the short reviews for the films below, you can scroll to the bottom to see my favorites and films I wouldn’t recommend. I also have a summary of each month under each list.
Hi guys! I know you all miss me. *crickets* So I am back for good! I am not taking a long break again. *boos aggressively* I know I posted last week, but I feel like this is my comeback! It is about movies of course. I think my content will lend more towards film going forward. I will still have other posts, but 2020 is my year for movies. I obviously have plenty of time for them now… You can see that considering that I watched 12 movies in March. I actually watched 13, but since I watched Ad Astra on March 1st, I moved it up to February to even out the lists.
This post is a long time coming. My original plan was to post a ranking for each month at the end of the month. At the end of January, I never got around to it. My new plan was to rank January and February in one post, and then I would rank each month separately going forward. Here I am… ranking January, February, AND March together. Let’s just get to it…
Max Steel 3/10 Nice and enjoyable idea, but execution was poor. It was able to interest me while watching it which is a big accomplishment, but it was just a bad movie. The acting, the script, and the directing/cinematography was just lackluster. Hustlers 4.5/10 Nice Message for Awards season, but it never grasped my attention. Lili Reinhart was definitely the weakling in this film. Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez delivered! Dora and the Lost City of Gold 6/10 Cute story that took me back to my childhood. Hated the casting of Diego, but I do enjoy the actor. Can You Keep A Secret? 6.5/10 A nice surprise. I love Tyler Hoechlin in anything he is in. It was funny, romantic, and enjoyable from beginning to end! Everything people look for in rom-coms are here! Let It Snow 7.5/10 I loved this movie. Odeya Rush almost took me out of the movie, but Isabela Moner and Shameik Moore saved it! First Man 7.5/10 Ryan Gosling was amazing in this film. I love space movies, and this movie didn’t disappoint. The Terminator 8.5/10 I am so behind on the classics, and I am ashamed after watching this! It was amazing. I did enjoyed the next movie more, but on a technical level, this one was better. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 9/10 I loved this movie. It was creepy, and gave what I look for in a scary movie. It definitely pushed the limit on what is considered a kids movie. The standout was Michael Garza as Ramon Morales I feel like January is the weakest out of all three months. (To its credit, I am writing this in March so my knowledge on the movies aren’t as strong as the movies in February and March.) Unlike February, the bottom spot is well deserved. I didn’t necessarily hate Max Steel, but it was not well crafted at all. It definitely is the worst out of all the movies watched in January. I feel like Ramon Morales and Isabela Moner really shined the most. Isabela really showed off her range with Dora and Let it Snow! I was shocked to learn it was the same person! With Ramon Morales, he showed that he could really bring it as a newbie. He needs more work!
Zombies 2 4.5/10 I hate putting this movie at the bottom of the list because it is a fun movie. I love singing the songs with my nephew. It is a good Disney Channel movie compared to the recent films they have put out. Although, it is a Disney Channel movie going up against theatrical releases. Just don’t let this movie being at the bottom of the list discourage you from watching it! Knives Out 5/10 While watching this movie, I seemed bored, but it actually is a decent movie. Ana da Armis was amazing! She had such a good dynamic with all of the actors, and that is amazing considering how new she is! Booksmart 5/10 This was not a bad movie by any means, but I had issues connecting to the characters. It was very exaggerated. It just seemed unrealistic, and as someone who graduated High School just last year, I had issues getting into the film. Ready or Not 6.5/10 This movie was chaotic! And I mean that in a good way. However, I didn’t notice how good it was until after I watched it. To be honest, I was a little bored especially during the second act. Mad Max: Fury Road 7/10 The second half of this movie deserves to be in a museum. It was movie magic at its finest! The only reason why it isn’t higher on the list is the slow first half. It took a while for me to get into it. Doctor Sleep 7.5/10 This movie was a good follow up to The Shining. Was it better than The Shining? Definitely not, but there isn’t many movies that come close to that one Midway 8/10 This was better than it should have been. I know there are critics making fun of this movie, but I really enjoyed it. Ed Skrein really showed his talent here, and he delivered a solid performance. While Patrick Wilson and Woody Harrelson did decent, Darren Criss underperformed which is unfortunate considering how much I love his work. Crawl 8/10 This movie was not what I expected. It was such a good movie. It swam under the radar, and I really wish it would have gotten more attention! The only complaint I have is the characters said some things that made no sense given the circumstances. (i.e thinking they can hop in the car knowing that the cars are completely under water) Jumanji: The Next Level 8.5/10 This movie was so much funnier than its predecessor. I just thought the jokes lander more in this film. I am aware that I am in the minority, but I am used to being a minority so I am okay with that. Ad Astra 10/10 This is in my top 3 favorite movies ever. I can’t say enough good things about this film. It is just a beautiful film that takes place in such an interesting take on Earth in the near future. Brad Pitt was amazing, and after this AND Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he has earned my respect. None of these movies are bad. In fact, some of these could be switched. Knives Out, Booksmart, and Ready or Not are movies that I need to watch again because I didn’t really grasp the ideas of the films until they were over. I feel like with a second viewing, I would enjoy them much more! I hated adding a Disney Channel film to this list because it did not have a fair chance, but it was a movie I watched in February and I needed another movie to even out the columns in the list. I will add that if Zombies 2 looks like a movie you’d like, give it a chance! It is not a bad movie. If you enjoyed the Descendants films, the Zombies films would entertain you plenty!
Girl on the Third Floor 4/10 I don’t even how to describe this film. Everything was just so meh that with all of it combined, it just seemed like a mess. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. I can’t recommend it, but I can’t tell you not to watch it either. I’ll just say that if you’ve seen the trailer and you want to watch it, watch it. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 5/10 This was a disappointment. I wanted to love this movie, but I just couldn’t get into it. I never felt like I knew the characters. Therefore, I didn’t really care about what happened to them. It was well-crafted, but I just couldn’t connect to it. The two amazing things in this film was that third act and Brad Pitt. All the Bright Places 5.5/10 This is a good story, but the execution was poor. The actors did a fine job with the material they were given, but Elle Fanning shows that she can really only do one thing. Justice Smith impresses like always. Frozen II 6.5/10 This film was okay. I guess I was expecting more. Seventh grade Noah didn’t stop talking about Frozen so this was a bit of let down. It was a movie that I enjoyed quite a bit while watching it, but a few days later, I realized it wasn’t all that. Teen Spirit 7/10 This was good. I thuroughly enjoyed the progress Elle’s character made in the film. It really resonated with me. It showed that anyone can go from nothing to everything as long as you put in the work. Charlie’s Angels 7/10 This movie deserved more love. From the beginning to end, you are on this wild adventure that keeps you engaged. The advertising was horrendous, and it did not show what this film really was. I loved all three of the main girls, but Naomi Scott’s character brought me so much joy. Joker 7.5/10 This was such a strong message conveyed in such a strong way that it messed with my head. I was questioning my own sanity by the end of it because I was sympathizing with Joker. I feel like they used Joker to tell a story that could’ve been told without messing with DC lore. It was a well-crafted film though that I enjoyed quite a bit which is why it is higher on my list. Five Feet Apart 7.5/10 I did enjoy this movie a lot, and the acting was very good. My only issue with it is the stereotypical gay friend with an already sad storyline that doesn’t end well. I am tired of seeing stories like this. It was still an enjoyable film that definitely made my eyes water. Zombieland: Double Tap 8/10 This was a fun movie that gave me exactly what I was looking for in this movie and that was plenty of laughs. I just feel like it lost a little bit of the magic from the first movie. It was still a good experience though, and it was genuinely funny. Birds of Prey 8.5/10 This movie was actually very good. It was quite a surprise actually. It was just very different from what I expected. I loved when new characters showed up and it would tell why they don’t like Harley Quinn. I also loved Black Canary, and I wish she used the Canary Cry more! The action was a nice surprise as well! Very experimental. Terminator 2 9/10 I preferred this movie over the first Terminator. This movie just had a better grasp on what a terminator was. I loved the relationship between the terminator and John Conner. It was beautiful when Sarah realized she was looking in the wrong places for a father figure for John. 1917 10/10 Wow. This movie really opened my eyes to what I could do as a director. It was inspiring. I have no complaints whatsoever. The acting and cinematography was beautiful. This is the best movie out of all three months with Ad Astra following very close behind. This list was so hard to put together! All of these movies (minus one or two) are so good! I had difficulties picking a spot for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood because even though I didn’t enjoy it, it was well-crafted. It also had an amazing performance by Brad Pitt which helped it out of last place. I also had issues placing Joker because it was amazingly well-crafted and acted! I just didn’t feel connected to it like I thought I would. I felt a bit bored, but I don’t think that has anything to do with how it was made. I just don’t think it was necessarily the type of film making that I enjoy. There was one film that I did expect to enjoy, and that was All the Bright Places. To my surprise, Netflix really missed the ball with this one. It was a good story, but it wasn’t a good movie. The pacing was so off, and the film was choppy at certain parts. The acting was good, but after seeing Teen Spirit, it was clear to me that Elle Fanning has no range which is fine. Gal Gadot has no range, and she is Wonder Woman! It is just something worth mentioning considering how it was proven in January that Isabela Moner has amazing range.
WHAT I DON’T RECOMMEND
Girl on the Third Floor Max Steel Hustlers
The movies above are the only ones I wouldn’t recommend you watching. If I rated a film low, but did not put it on the list, there is a reason to watch it. For example, I have already recommended All the Bright Places to a friend because I feel like it is an important movie for her to watch.
1917 Ad Astra Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Crawl Birds of Prey Jumanji 2
There is definitely more that I liked than the ones above, but those are the ones that stand out the most. If I had to recommend only 6 movies, those would be the 6 I would choose.
I hope you enjoyed this, and I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on these films! Keep in mind that I am no professional, and these are my personal opinions. Your opinions are supposed to be different from mine because they are your opinions! 🙂 Have a good day!
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