Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite movies I watched in 2020. I ended up watching over 100 movies last year. I mean I had a lot of free time and I needed to keep myself entertained somehow. I did end up rewatching some old favorites so not everything I watched was new. Those won’t be included on this list because I wanna include new favorites. So let’s dive in to see what my favorites were.
What We Do in the Shadows Directed By Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Runtime: 86 mins
Released: February 15th 2015
Plot: Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
My Thoughts: I feel I had heard of this movie when it came out. I just didn’t really think much of it. I wish I had watched it sooner because this is something I can see myself watching when I need a laugh. I just found it really enjoyable and hilarious. I was never bored. I was so happy to find out that there was a show as well. The show doesn’t have the same characters but they do make an appearance. I highly recommend watching both.
Rocketman Directed By Dexter Fletcher
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Runtime: 121 mins
Released: May 31st 2019
Plot: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.
My Thoughts: In 2020 I realized that I like Elthon John music a lot. I guess I just never realized so many songs were his. I started listening to his music and was so surprised. I did discover this after watching this movie. I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I liked the way they told Elton’s story. I also liked that it randomly had the musical bits in there. I do know some things were different and other things were left out. I do plan to pick up his book. I am very interested in learning more about him after watching this. I do hope I’m able to see him in concert one day in the future.
Rushmore Directed By Wes Anderson
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 93 mins
Released: February 19th 1999
Plot: The extracurricular king of Rushmore Preparatory School is put on academic probation.
My Thoughts: In 2020 my boyfriend and I decided we were going to finish watching all of Wes Anderson’s films. I ended up really enjoying this. Rushmore was a bit much for a character. I do feel he was creepy at times. I just found myself laughing a lot at scenes. He also was very driven. I was never bored during this movie so I ended up giving it a high rating on letterboxd. I did enjoy my time watching all of Wes Anderson’s movies. It was interesting to see how different his style was when he was trying to figure it out. It’s come a long way since the start. I can’t wait to watch the French Dispatch whenever that comes out.
Hardcore Henry Directed By Ilya Naishuller
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller
Runtime: 96 mins
Released: April 8th 2016
Plot: Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
My Thoughts: Hardcore Henry is a movie I never knew I needed. This movie was just so much fun! It’s shot like you’re in a video game. So if you do end up watching this be prepared for that. I feel if you’re not use to playing video games you might get nauseous from this film. It’s moving around a lot and the shots aren’t in a normal point of view. Overall I just had such a fun time watching this movie. There is never a dull moment. There is always something exciting going on so you’re glued to the television the entire time. I can definitely see myself rewatching this a lot.
Mommy Directed By Xavier Dolan
Runtime: 139 mins
Released: September 21st 2014
Plot: A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.
My Thoughts: This is hands down the most intense movie that is on my favorites for 2020. This was such an intense and emotional watch. It really makes you just so uncomfortable. Even though that is the case it’s a movie that has stuck with me since watching. It really packs a punch. If you like movies that make you feel all the feels then I highly recommend checking this out.
Midnight in Paris By Woody Allen
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Runtime: 96 mins
Released: May 22nd 2011
Plot: While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.
My Thoughts: I have been wanting to watch this movie for a while. My boyfriend had watched it and had told me how much he enjoyed it so I had to check it out. It was just so interesting seeing this modern man travel back in time with all these famous people. I feel these were such magical moments. It really made me wish I could just randomly travel through time. This is another film I wouldn’t mind rewatching from time to time.
Good Boys Directed By Gene Stupnitsky
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 90 mins
Released: August 16th 2019
Plot: Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.
My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to except with this one. I hadn’t really heard anything about it when it came out. I just decided to add it to my TBR because it’s a comedy. It’s hard to find a good comedy nowadays. This movie gave me Superbad vibes but with young kids. It was over the top but hilarious. This is a movie I can see adding to my lineup of comedies I watch when I need a laugh.
Seven Psychopaths Directed By Martin McDonagh
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Runtime: 110 mins
Released: October 12th 2012
Plot: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
My Thoughts: This is a dark comedy about some guys on the run for kidnapping a very dangerous man’s dog. I wasn’t sure what to expect when watching this. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought. It was a dark comedy. So it had a lot of fucked up funny scenes. It also was gory too which I wasn’t excepting. This movie ended up really surprising me.
Bad Trip Directed By Kitao Sakurai
Runtime: 84 mins
Released: April 17th 2020
Plot: This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC. The storyline sets up shocking real pranks.
My Thoughts: The people who produced Jackass are behind this movie. It’s basically messing with random people. I could only imagine what some of these people must have been thinking before they realized they were being filmed. Some people obviously got upset by things while others were such good sports. It’s a small cast of actual actors and they all did great. They had me dying the whole time. This movie is coming out on Netflix sometime this year and please watch it especially for a good laugh. You always need a good laugh.
Paddington & Paddington 2 Directed By Paul King
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Runtime: 95 mins (1) & 103 mins (2)
Released: January 16th 2015 (1) & January 14th 2018 (2)
Plot: A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. (1)
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. (2)
My Thoughts: At the end of December I ended up watching Paddington and Paddington 2. They both were just amazing and I needed to put them on my list. Yes they’re very different from all the other movies but I just enjoyed these so much. They were well made films. They also were really funny. Paddington is such a precious gem that needs to be protected at all costs. I’ve knew nothing about Paddington and I was so sad about that. It really is such a great family film that I feel anyone at any age will adore. They also just lifted my spirits when I really needed it. I believe there is going to be a third Paddington and I am just so excited for it. You won’t be disappointed by these.
Well those are my favorite movies I watched in 2020. I did end up watching a lot of comedies because it was much needed. Plus I feel comedies are my favorite genre. They are just very subjective to what you find funny so it can be hard finding new favorites. I am glad to have found some new favorites. I also had some surprises on there like Mommy and Seven Psychopaths. I do hope you guys end up checking some of these movies out. They’re each so enjoyable in their own way. I know I didn’t do a lot of justice. I can’t wait to see what movies 2021 brings.
What are some of your favorite movies you watched in 2020?