My Top 10 Movies of 2019

Hey my loves,

On Sunday I shared my top ten movies I am excited for in 2020, so I thought it was only fitting to talk about ten movies I have seen in 2019 that were my highlights of the year. These are only movies I’ve seen in the cinema, so if you want I could make a Netflix highlight reel, too. Just let me know in the comments.

The movies are not in any order only in order of their release. But if I had one movie that I loved it would a hundred percent be Joker.

Top 10 Movies 2019

Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy in Glass (2019)

Glass

„Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.“

One of the best movies I have seen in 2019 for sure. I love the entire storyline and James McAvoy was brilliant. His portrayal of the endless personalities are absolutely amazing. If you haven’t seen this movie or the previous one you should. Split and Unbreakable are truly good as well. 


Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg, Brie Larson, Stan Lee, Rune Temte, Gemma Chan, and Algenis Perez Soto in Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel

„Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.“ 

I really had high hopes for this movie. Brie Larson is one of the best actresses out there. And I was not disappointed, the movie was fun and entertaining. If you aren’t a fan of the marvel universe, give this movie a try anyway. A strong female leading character and a really nice storyline.


Lupita Nyong'o in Us (2019)

Us

„A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.“

Get Out was one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in 2017, so I was really hyped about another movie by Jordan Peele. Us is intriguing, chilling and surprisingly terrorizing. And boy I did not see that ending coming. Really would recommend to watch this one.


Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, and Karen Gillan in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame

„After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.“

As you might have noticed I am a big Marvel fan. I have been hooked on the movies ever since the first Avenger movie and honestly have seen any movie since. But man, Avengers: Endgame had me on the edge of my seat and crying. I knew something bad was about to happen but they did it so good. I won’t spoil even though I think it is super unlikely that anybody not know what I am talking about.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

„The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.“

I love a good monster fantasy movie. And Godzilla II did not disappoint whatsoever. I really enjoyed this movie and its effect and am highly excited about the new one in 2020. Also, can we talk about Millie Bobby Brown? She is so great. I love her.


Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, and Tye Sheridan in Dark Phoenix (2019)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

„Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, causing the X-Men to decide if her life is worth more than all of humanity.“

So, this movie is in my highlights, because I love Sophie Turner, but I do have to admit I had higher hopes for this one. It was still great though, but I wished the story wasn’t as predictable and sometimes a little to stretched. But the X-Men Franchise is one of my faves so got to respect the work!


Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far from Home

„Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.“

Peter Parker, he is just too damn cute not to watch. Also, it was the movie after Endgame so it was a MUST to see. We had to know what would happen, right? I loved it. His humor the twist, the entire story line. Just appreciating the light and airy work.


Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny, Adam Brody, Nicky Guadagni, John Ralston, Elyse Levesque, Melanie Scrofano, Mark O'Brien, Kristian Bruun, Samara Weaving, Daniela Barbosa, Celine Tsai, and Hanneke Talbot in Ready or Not (2019)

Ready or Not

„A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.“

This one was so much fun! I watched it at a film festival with one of my best friends and we had such a good time with the movie. It is about so much more than just a game and the characters were hilarious. Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend!


Bill Skarsgård in It Chapter Two (2019)

It: Chapter 2

„Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.“

The entire movie was freaking awesome! I loved the original and the remake and the casting is just perfect. The child actors are unbelievably good and the older ones just portrayed the effects of what happened to them so amazingly well. It was worth every second!

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Joker

„In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.“

Now, I honestly can say, hands down, that Joker was one of the BEST movie I have seen in my entire life. It left my in absolute awe and shock. I did not know what to expect when I was going in, but man, it was so good. At more than one time in the movie I was actually sitting there with my mouth opened stunned at Phoenix’s performance as Arthur. It was chilling and it truly made me think about our society a lot afterwards.


What were your 2019 movie highlights? I would love to know, write your top 3 in my comments. 

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

All movie information is from http://www.imdb.com

Movies I am excited for in 2020

Hey my loves,

I love movies, I love going to the cinema and I love a good movie night with my gals. Don’t you? This year I thought it would be fun to share some of the movies I am looking forward to seeing. I always check out the list once a month to find movies I want to watch.

This coming week will be filled with a lot of entertainment content. I really hope you enjoy the extra blog entries.

I have a really long list so I thought I would minimize it to the ten movies I am the most excited about. They pretty spread over the entire year so I have a lot to look forward to. They aren’t in any particular order of which I am most looking forward to see.

My Top 10

Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy (2019)

Just Mercy

„World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.“

I’m really excited about this one, I love Michael B. Jordan and a movie that is based on true events. I’m really looking forward to watching this one and I will try to read the book beforehand as well.


Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie in Bombshell (2019)

Bombshell

„A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.“

Again, a movie based on true events and the casting is just absolutely amazing. I’m really intrigued to see this story unfold on the big screen.


Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

„Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.“

I mean, Tom Hanks. Do I need more reasoning to watch this movie than that?


Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys for Life (2020)

Bad Boys for Life

„The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.“

I’m a sucker for an action movie and I’ve love the other movies so I have to watch it.


Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn

„After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.“

Harley Quinn was by far the best part about Suicide Squad and therefore the only reason for me to even watch Birds of Prey. I just love a good Margot Robbie movie and I really like her interpretation of Harley.


Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place: Part II (2020)

A Quiet Place: Part II

„Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.“

When I first watched the initial movie I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, but after a lot of thoughts and also after re-watching it, I must say, I really like it. And am looking forward to Part 2.


Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (2020)

Top Gun: Maverick

„After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.“

Tom Cruise is the action man, wouldn’t you agree? I’m really intrigued to see if they how the story unfolds.


Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Wonder Woman 1984

„A sequel to the 2017 superhero film ‘Wonder Woman.“

Gal Gadot. Chris Pine. No more reason than those two.


Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow (2020)

Black Widow

„A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.“

I was waiting for years for a movie about Natasha. I love her character a lot and am really, really excited to see this movie.


Godzilla vs. Kong (2020)

Godzilla vs. Kong

„As the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla, the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters.“

I really enjoy watching these monster movies. And I am a big fan of Millie Bobby Brown. So intrigued to see what the story will be.


What are some of the movies you look forward to in 2020? I really hope my wallet lets me see all these movies on the big screen. I’m so excited for this years movie. Let me know in the comments, I am always open to suggestions. I also look forward to the new Illegally Blonde movie and The Conjuring 3.

I wish you all a wonderful day.

XoXo, Jasmin.

All movie information is from http://www.imdb.com

Movie Monday – Miri aka @OriginalSGreenD

7. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

We have been waiting for it a long, long time, and here it is now. The release of Episode VII is scheduled for December, so there is still an almost year-long wait ahead of us, but it is getting closer and closer.

I have to admit that I never was a big Star Wars fan. Born in 1990, the first one I saw was (unfortunately) Episode I, and even though I had no eye for cinematic quality as a kid, I do remember being bored out of my mind in the theater back then. That experience kind of spoiled the franchise for me a little, but I do recognize and understand the deep appreciation fans have for the original trilogy, and what little footage we were allowed to see so far looks great. I might be convinced to watch it in theaters.

Anyways, re-christening JJ Abrams “Jar Jar Abrams”, as some skeptical fans have, is unnecessary. Why anticipate the worst possible outcome?

6. Pound of Flesh

Now you might think I’ve lost my mind. What is Jean-Claude Van Damme doing on this list? Well, if you saw “The Expendables 2” and “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” (both 2012), you know JCVD can make for some really great end-boss action. The premise of this indie action flick sounds promising as well, with a missing kidney and an angry JCVD looking for revenge. This might be another candidate for direct-to-DVD, and I could not find a release date nor a trailer, but according to ssninsider.com filming had wrapped up in May 2014, so the chances are high we will be graced with it this year.

5. The Fall season 2

One British production has made it onto my list of things to look out for in 2015: the amazing series about a sexy serial killer in Belfast consisted of only five one-hour episodes for its first season, but the story was knitted so tightly it could not have been realized any other way. Also the shortness makes it possible to watch the entire thing in one go, which I strongly recommend you do. The tension and thrill of it are breath-taking, not to mention the actors are fantastic, the scripts are intricate and pay an amount of attention to detail I have only seen on HBO so far. Altogether this five-hour thriller was not something I would have expected the BBC to produce.

I am aware that technically, season 2 was released in November 2014 and that should disqualify “The Fall” from this list, but I have not been able to see it yet. If I can, I will watch the six episodes in one go again and then probably sleep with the lights on. Also, I did pick a trailer for you to watch, but to be honest, I did not watch it, because for this show, spoilers are deadly.

4. Justified season 6

FX’s “Justified” is one of the most underrated TV shows I know. The story of Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens returning to his hometown Harlan, Kentucky, and his life-long friend/nemesis Boyd Crowder was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and some of the intrigues and schemes hatched in that show really remind you of “Jackie Brown” and make Leonard’s best qualities shine through.

Even though “Justified” was graced with several Emmy nominations and a few wins and has made it to its sixth and final season, the show never reached the popularity I feel it deserves; in my list of all-time favorites it would easily crack the top five. I am sad to see it end now, but at the same time I am anxious to see how the story about crime, friendship and betrayal comes to a head. If you haven’t seen this show, but you like drama series quality with brilliant, quick-witted dialogues, a gloomy atmosphere and bloody shoot-outs, there is only one thing I can tell you.

Watch it.

3. Community season 6

When I watched the pilot episode of “Community” I knew this was going to be a big thing. This TV show was possibly the funniest comedy ever. Oh, the quotes, the hints, the constant insertions of meta-elements and jokes you could only understand if you knew your way around movie history – I was in fan-heaven, even more so when Abed’s promise of “Six seasons and a movie!” for the low scale NBC show “The Cape” was taken out of its in-show context and referred to “Community” itself.

Countless hearts were broken – mine included – when the show was canceled after only five seasons. (I still wish for all NBC officials to get nothing but socks and Chris de Burgh CDs for Christmas for the rest of their lives.) All hope seemed lost when suddenly Yahoo! Screen turned out to be the unexpected knight in streaming armor. I guess most fans were thinking the same thing: TV series, web series – who cares, as long as there’s another season! A few members of the original cast have already left, and new characters will be added, but as long as Danny Pudi’s Abed and Dan Harmon are still on board, what can possibly go wrong?

Now the only thing we need is a movie and Abed’s prediction will be fulfilled.

2. Better Call Saul

If you cook meth for a living and you get into a tight spot with the law, who you gonna call?

No, not the Ghostbusters. You know who I’m talking about.

In “Breaking Bad” Saul Goodman aka Jimmy McGill was one of the most popular characters, even though he only entered the series at the end of season 2. Why? Well, the answer is obvious: he was comic relief, he was slightly ridiculous in everything he did, he was the epitome of a slimy lawyer, but at the same time he was sympathetic and honest and had the greatest catch phrase. Not to mention, “Mr. Show” Bob Odenkirk did a fantastic job portraying him. I have to admit, the moment I first saw him on the show, he immediately became my favorite character.

Hence, when I heard there would be a spin-off called “Better Call Saul”, I was over the moon. I still am. This will probably be the TV event of 2015 for me.

1. Skin Trade

If you are a true lover of the medium of film, you cannot get around watching the old action classics, and in that genre there is no way around good old Dolph Lundgren. He is “The Punisher” (1989) and the “Red Scorpion” (1988), after all. And now, after a successful and joyous return to the big screen thanks to Stallone and the Expendables franchise, he has written, produced and starred in a new movie that’s supposed to be released this year: “Skin Trade”.

With human trafficking the movie touches on an important subject, and the action in the trailer looks nice; still, there is a chance this production could end up as direct-to-DVD, considering “The Expendables” (2010) was Lundgren’s first cinematic release in over a decade. However, the involvement of Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman (!) might lead to a theatrical release in more countries than just the US.

I have a deep appreciation for Dolph Lundgren because, while he is not a great actor, he is almost always fun to watch. That’s why I had to put “Skin Trade” to the top of my list. I am really looking forward to some good action reminiscent of the old days.

Agree with my list? Do you have anything to add that has not received the attention it deserves? Feel free to let us know.

Miri

Twitter: OriginalSGreenD

Skin Trade trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsGH6_qbBxU

Better Call Saul trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK_70f7PamE

Community season 6 trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ3qzm0c7FA

Justified season 6 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH6J4UFMI_w

The Fall season 2 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXuJONpEpXg

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE

Diverge

What I want to talk about this Motivational Monday is something that has been on my mind for a while now, rooted in the behavior of a friend of mine who is unfortunately loaded with preconceptions about a lot of the modern media. A few months ago, another friend (for privacy’s sake, let’s call her Daisy) and I struck a deal: She would go and see “Godzilla” with me, a movie I really, really badly wanted to see in 3D, under the condition that I go and see “Divergent” with her. I had read and heard reviews about “Divergent” from news outlets that I completely trusted in their opinions on movies because they had never called a movie good that I detested, and those reviews were unfortunately mostly negative, so I did not particularly feel like watching “Divergent”. But like I said, I really wanted to see “Godzilla” and since this was Daisy’s one condition, I said, “Okay then, let’s do it”.
I had low expectations, and a lot of them were fulfilled. This is not a movie review of “Divergent”, but in a nutshell, it was a mix of recycled ideas from “The Hunger Games” and a dash of “Twilight”, with a few minor plot holes. But you know what? I let myself enjoy it. I know this is not the best movie I’ll ever see, and emotionally it did not quite reach me, but I was entertained. I had fun. The actors were good, the story had a few original ideas that were really good, the images were beautiful and the heroine’s love interest was a seriously hot guy. What can you want more in a movie from which you expected nothing?


Now, here’s what I am trying to say. If I had said no to Daisy’s condition, I would have missed this movie. I would have lost not only two really fun movie nights with a dear old friend of mine, but also the opportunity to be well entertained by something I did not expect to entertain me. I would be missing this experience now, and in retrospect I can say with certainty it’s an experience I would not want to miss, under no circumstances. And that is why I decided to forget preconceptions when it comes to media now. I decided that I would not let myself be led by preconceptions in deciding what movie I would watch next, or what TV show, or what book I was going to read next, because I could be missing out. I watched “Escape Plan” with Stallone and Schwarzenegger, another movie towards which I had next to no expectations, and I had a lot of fun watching it. I watched one of the “Universal Soldier” flicks with Van Damme, and well, it was as bad as I thought, but at least now I know with certainty. What this gave to me was the realization that whatever you think a story might be, it might be the complete opposite, and you’ll never know if you don’t try it yourself. So what if I detest Mel Gibson? I’m still going to watch “The Expendables 3”. So what if Uwe Boll’s movies were 90 percent garbage? His next one might be better. So what if Charlie Sheen is unappealing and a bad actor? “Anger Management” might still be funny, and I sure as hell will give it a try.


The point I am trying to make to you is this: you can not know whether you like something if you have not tried it yourself. This friend of mine who is loaded with preconceptions is missing out on a world of fun because she thinks she knows what’s good based on… well, I really don’t know what she thinks her opinion is based on. As far as I can tell, it’s based on nothing. Don’t do that. Don’t be this person who thinks they know it all when it’s clear they don’t. You will be making a huge mistake. That’s why, for this Motivational Monday, I am daring you to watch a movie that you never wanted to watch, for whatever reason, and go through with it until the bitter end. Diverge from your usual patterns. You might be surprised. In any case, then you’ll know for sure. Because in my book, there are few things more unappealing than not being open to change.

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost