Wednesday, January 13, 2021

22 Movies I Missed from 2020, Part 2

Here are the rest of the movies that I was interested in last year, but didn't get to:

Monster Hunter
David is a huge fan of the video game Monster Hunter and even though this isn't exactly a faithful adaptation of it, we both like Paul WS Anderson movies where Milla Jovovich gets to jump around and beat stuff up. And if that stuff is giant monsters, all the better. 

We were pretty excited to see this in the theater, but COVID made that impossible, so we'll be watching it as soon as it hits streaming.

Monster SeaFood Wars
That title and poster are all I need to know. Don't know when it'll be available for me to watch, but I'm looking forward to it.

I've been extremely skeptical of Disney's current obsession with live-actioning all their classic animated movies, but Mulan seemed like a story that would do better with that treatment than most. Mostly because the folklore its based on is more grounded than the usual Disney cartoon. So I was looking forward to seeing it in theaters.

I'm not going to complain about Disney's decision to release it to Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee. I'm not even going to complain about how steep that fee was, because it was a solution that worked for a lot of people. I just couldn't bring myself to pay $20 to watch a movie on my TV. I like seeing movies in the theater and will pay extra to do that so long as the theater itself provides a good experience. If I'm gonna watch this at home, I'll do it once it's free with the subscription I already pay for.

News of the World
A new Western will always get my attention, but sadly this is gonna have to work through its theatrical release before it's available to me.

Nine Days
Winston Duke (M'Baku from Black Panther) plays a guy who interviews human souls for their chance to be born. It sounds fascinating and potentially super emotional. It was just in film festivals in 2020, but I'm excited for its wider release.

On the Rocks
Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola are a great combination. Add Rashida Jones and I'm even more eager.

The Roads Not Taken
I'm pretty much watching whatever Elle Fanning does these days. It's not all gold, but she's always excellent.

The potentially positive and negative elements of this were pretty well balanced. I'm generally suspicious of origin stories and prequels, but love expanded universe stuff, so adding Blue Falcon and Dyno-Mutt (and other possible cameos that I haven't yet spoiled for myself) is a draw. I'm not against the CG versions of the characters either. They look pretty great to me.

But it was another movie with a super high rental fee and I decided to wait. And the longer I waited, the more negative reactions I heard from both friends and critics. I can watch it for free now and haven't yet done it, but one of these days my curiosity will have me pushing Play.

The Secret Garden
I love this gothic story for kids, but missed its theatrical release for obvious reasons. Like the Alice in Wonderland Peter Pan prequel Come Away though, it's high on my list and available to rent now. I'll see if I can get to it in time to include it in my 2020 rankings.

The Silencing
Jaime Lannister hunts a killer in the woods.

Walkaway Joe
I like movies about pool, but I don't know how much the game actually plays into this. I think mostly it's just been a long time since I watched anything with David Strathairn or Jeffrey Dean Morgan in it and I'm in the mood.

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