Hello, and how are we doing today? I don’t know which one of you kept me in your prayers and manifested this but LOOK WHO IS ON TIME WITH END OF YEAR POSTS?
What a crazy time to be alive tbh…
No, but seriously. This is the last of this set of posts that I have planned and I’m quite chuffed with myself.
Before I get on with the films, lemme just explain the title. Now, I don’t know if you heard but the world kind of shut down last year? I mean, it still is in a lot of places. But that meant that a lot of movies also didn’t get released. And also we couldn’t go to the cinemas (AS IT SHOULD BE!!). Plus, I also didn’t watch all that many movies last year anyways? I rewatched quite a few of my old favourites, which shouldn’t shock you by this point. So my favourites list is VERY VERY SMALL. Therefore I thought I’d just combine both my favourites and most anticipated shows. Got it? Good.
Let’s get started.
FAVOURITE MOVIES OF 2020
If you’re new to how I talk about my favourite movies, then I’ll just briefly explain. Though I only posted my 2019 favourites rather recently so you may already understand lmao. Anyways, I like to only talk about recent films, so films released in the last year and a half or so. I count the half because it’s usually quite difficult for me to watch new movies as I don’t live that close to a cinema. Make any sense?
My list only consists of 3 films today, so to spruce this post up a smidge, why don’t I just mention the other films I rated highly in 2020. Oh, and a couple of these are ones I rewatched. Though it was a long time ago and half of them I don’t remember, so let’s consider them new *wink wink*
NOT RECENTLY RELEASED FAVOURITES
Love, Rosie (2014) // Moonlight (2018) // The Princess Diaries (2001) // Finding Nemo (2003) // Black Panther (2018) // A Room With A View (1885) // Maurice (1987) // The Sweetest Thing (2002) // 13 Going On 30 (2004) // Sweet Home Alabama (2002) // Just Like Heaven (2005) // When Harry Met Sally (1989) // The Cutting Edge (1992) // The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring (2001)
TOP 3 FAVOURITES OF 2020
3) Spies in Disguise
This movie was one of my most anticipated of 2018 I believe, but it was pushed back till late 2019. Which is why I only more recently got around to watching it. And I already knew it was going to iconic because like Will Smith AND Tom Holland? You couldn’t have asked for a more iconic duo.
We also all know I’m a huge animation fan and the premise of this sounded so cool. But then I went on to Letterboxd and lowkey everyone hated it? Which I kind of understand and its why I rated it 4.5 stars instead of 5. Also why it’s number three here. WILL SMITH SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A PIDGEON FOR AS LONG AS HE WAS. Mind you I wouldn’t say this is a “kids” film because there are some strange jokes in here also.
But apart from that, I found it extremely funny and was thoroughly entertained. The voices were spot on and I just,,, had a great time. I laughed basically the entire way through and I just really enjoyed my time with it.
2) To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Yo, this film had a ton of mixed reviews when it came out and I honestly,,, kinda still don’t get it. Okay, I kinda I do. But I still loved it and am so so so so excited for the third one. Which is out in like a few days when you’re reading this. What is life and why are we being BLESSED??!!
I definitely agree that it’s a lot different from the first one. That one felt more indie and whimsical, definitely less mainstream. Probably due to the fact that it was just US who knew about it? I’m making it sound like we’re the most special people in the world but it’s TRUE. It then obviously became super popular and I think why TATB2 has such a different vibe.
But the main reason I loved it so much is that it came at a time when I really needed it. I’m being very sappy but it’s the truth. I was going through a tough time, adjusting to university life (when I was still on campus) and dealing with intense homesickness and anxiety. I’ve talked about how I wasn’t doing anything to bring me joy and watching movies was one of them.
I vividly remember the day it came out. I had been in the library and saw two students in the corner watching it together. And I’d just been so excited to get back to my room to go and watch it. I got some snacks and when I’d finished it, I just started it all over again. And I only do this with these movies because they’re just… THE BEST *insert heart eyes*
Either way, I still had a great time with it and it gave me all the smiles. Like the love triangle in this movie is PAINFUL and done so well. I just had so many EMOTIONS, which is why it had to get a spot on this list. Catch me doing a smol marathon when the third one comes out.
So apparently I just NEVER talked about this movie on here. I know I did on Instagram but on my smol blog?? Nope. Oh well, I’m here now.
This was… a masterpiece. I know the world doesn’t need any more WWII films. It doesn’t. BUT ITS THE WAY THIS FILM IS SHOT AND I CANNOT GET OVER IT. If you didn’t know and have been living under a rock, then you wouldn’t know that this film is shot as if all in ONE take. It isn’t technically all one shot, some of it is edited, if I’m not mistaken. But you wouldn’t know where, because the editing is also THAT good. And it’s this technique that ensures we, as the viewer, are on our toes THE ENTIRE TIME.
You just form this instant connection with the characters, which I think is one of its outstanding characteristics. The beauty of the filming technique lies in the fact that you really get up close and personal with the characters. It literally makes you fear for their lives the whole way through. The actors also do a phenomenal job at making us root for them and feel for them. This mixture of the tragedy of the war and their vulnerability just BLOWS MY MIND.
I seriously need to send this film my medical bills because THE ANXIETY DIDN’T STOP. And if you haven’t watched it yet, well please yourself a favour.
(also lmao that this sounded like an essay I’d hand in for my film class, minus all caps)
MOST ANTICIPATED 2021 MOVIES & TV SHOWS
I don’t know how 2021 is going to look in terms of movies and tv because who knows what’ll happen. But apparently, these are all coming out this year and we could be in for a great year.
I’ve divided this by genre instead of by release date because I don’t think there are enough for each month. And some of the ones on here are a repeat of my 2019 anticipated films list, I believe, due to delays.
Let’s just get into them < 3
Raya & The Last Dragon (4 March 2021): This was on my list last year but it got pushed back. And ugh it still sounds brilliant. All I needed to know was DRAGONS. And just ~feast~ your eyes on the beauty that is this poster. I already know it’s going to break me,,,
Encanto (24 November 2021): who knows, this movie could suck, knowing Disney. And next to nothing has been said about it except this description I found on Wikipedia: “A Colombian girl grows up as the only non-magical member in her family.” Which sounds EXCELLENT. Crossing fingers.
Pinocchio (2021): I’m definitely not your biggest Pinocchio fan but as soon as I saw THAT IT WAS STOP ANIMATION, I SUDDENLY APPEARED. Because yes ma’am, SIGN ME UP.
SUPER-HERO & LIVE-ACTION
The Eternals (12 February 2021): I had this film on here last time also, and like I AM PATIENTLY WAITING. It stars Kit Harrington, Robbert Madden AND Angelina Jolie and is literally about immortal beings with superpowers (!!!!!!). This movie was made for me tbh.
Cruella (26 May 2021): We don’t have much info on this and it could be terrible but like Emma Stone is a queen and of course I need to watch it. That is all.
Peter Rabbit 2 ~ The Runaway (28 May 2021): also on the last post and it still hasn’t come out. I was obsessed with the books as a kid and the first movie is just the DEFINITION of ~serotonin~ so yes I would like to watch this. Though James Corden lowkey is the worst oh well.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (9 July 2021): I literally had not known this was a thing until I did the research for this post but !!! Marvel better not mess this up because it sounds brilliant. Like THAT TITLE HELLO. Hopefully, it’s as amazing as it sounds.
Untitled Spider-Man 3 / Home Run (2021): this could literally not even happen but I mean of course I’m excited regardless. I cried during Far From Home. If this does come out in 2021, well you can pray for me.
To All The Boys 3 ~ Always & Forever (12 February 2021): Netflix had NO RIGHT SNEAKILY DROPPING THAT TRAILER ON ME. The audacity tbh. I WAS NOT PREPARED. But I SO READY OMG. Don’t want this to be the final film but also ready for smiles. I’ll also be feeling very lonely on Valentines oh well. Thanks, Lana Condor.
Moxie (3 March 2021): no I have not read the book (though I’ve been needing to) but yes I did see the trailer and think “I recognise this from somewhere”. Lmao literally forgot this movie was happening. And though I’m not over the moon excited, and actually very wary because Netflix can be a failure when they try to combat world issues, I am willing to give it a try. I hope it’s not some “woke” film because,,, just no, I would literally gag.
Chaos Walking (5 March 2021): oof the number of delays this movie has gone through is INSANE. I still haven’t read the book whoops, but like I’m excited about this film nonetheless. We love Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in this household. I’m predictable, peace out.
Dune (1 October 2021): again, haven’t read the book and not sure if I ever will but HELLO ZENDAYA AND TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET I COULD SCREAM. And also Jason Momoa and Oscar Isaac!! From all the screencaps I’ve seen, it looks phenomenal and I am READY.
The Nightingale (22 December 2021): sorry, I just have to repeat myself because I also haven’t read this one. Though I really want to as I LOVE historical fiction. This movie may not even come out this year but it stars Elle AND Dakota Fanning, playing sisters. I especially love historical fiction films, so I’m very excited.
DRAMA & TV SHOWS
Shameless 11 (6 December 2020-): No, I am not stupid
this time and yes, I am aware that this season started airing last year already. But like the episodes are airing SO SLOWLY and I wanted an excuse to talk about my fave. Hi, if you didn’t know I am OBSESSED with the romantic pairing that is Ian and Mickey, aka Gallavich. I would jump in front of a bus for them and that is not an exaggeration. I haven’t been obsessed with the past few episodes and Showtime is kinda homophobic if we’re being honest but I’m still EXCITED! And scared because this is the end send help,,,
Locked Down (14 January 2021): I did not know this movie existed until just now, nor that it was already out. Ahahah. But I read the title and was curious?? I’m a huge Anne Hathaway fan so I guess we’ll see. I think it’s a romantic comedy about quarantine?? Could be a trainwreck but could also be golden.
Shadow & Bone (23 April 2021): Is it universal that we’re ALL ETERNALLY SCREAMING ABOUT THE RECENT NEWS. I think I can make that bold statement. Did you SEE the posters?? And the teaser trailer?? I NEED THIS SHOW INJECTED INTO MY BLOODSTREAM. Ah, I literally cannot wait. I can’t speak for the S&B part, though I HAVE to read them before April, but I can CRY OVER KAZ, INEJ AND JESPER!!!! This day shall be my funeral and the saying “no mourners, no funerals” shall be on my tombstone.
Infinite (28 May 2021): I think this is also technically a book-to-movie adaptation but oh well. I didn’t know about it but it stars Dylan O’Brien and it deals with schizophrenia?? I hope that it is done well but I’m intrigued…
Don’t Look Up (2021): I HOPE this one comes out this year because I NEED IT IN MY LIFE. I had no idea it existed but it stars not only Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, but also Timothée Chalamet and Cate Blanchett. So HELLO, I LOVE all of them. I believe it’s going to release on Netlfix and it appears to be a political satire and it involves these two astronomers who have to warn the earth of an impending comet!!!!! I could scream, that sounds SO GOOD.
Umbrella Academy 3 (2021): this could also not happen but hopefully it does *crosses fingers*. I finally got around to watching this show last year and oof WHAT A GRAND TIME. I even did a fun lil post about it if you’d like to check that out, click here. Anyways, THAT CLIFFHANGER. Oof NEED to know what happens next.
Stranger Things 4 (2021): this might not even happen but I do know that they’re filming right now and of course it’s on HERE I AM SO READY I COULD JUMP OFF A CLIFF. Yes, that was dramatic but come on, it’s Stranger Things. Do you even know me??? Also we do know some things and like *screams into eternity* !!!!!!
And that’s it for today, my friends.
I hope you liked it and that it wasn’t too confusing.
Here’s to the hopefully great year of 2021 things out this year. I’m ~tentatively~ excited.
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIES OF LAST YEAR? ANY FROM MY LIST? WHICH OF THEM HAVEN’T YOU SEEN? WHAT MOVIES AND SHOWS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT IN 2021? ARE THERE ANY I DIDN’T MENTION? I’D LOVE TO KNOW!