Rapid Fire Reviews: Every Movie and TV Show We Haven’t Reviewed in 2019
Rapid Fire Reviews: Every Movie and TV Show I Haven’t Reviewed in 2019
So when you watch and review a great many movies, and shows for that matter, some are destined to fall between the cracks. These are those movies. From limited released, streaming shows, and even a few rather big hits, this is every film and show that I saw, and finished, in 2019. That I haven’t already reviewed that is. So if there isn’t a movie on this list you’d like me to talk about, odds are, I already have! TV, less so. Also I am excluding movies and shows I never finished for the sake of time, so apologies to- all of those very forgettable picks. Anyway, if you do end up seeing something on here you would like us to write a full review for, let us know in the comments and we will!
Also known as Chiisana eiyû: Kani to tamago to tômei ningen, this Japanese anthology film from Ponoc tells the story of three unlikely heroes in three very different scenarios. While the film is overall an enjoyable one, somewhere between cute and inspirational, it ends up a bit of a forgettable watch, and a mismarketed one at that. 6/10.
Even with a solid performance from Bryan Cranston and a solid try from Kevin Hart, this remake of the 2011 film The Intouchables never really finds its rhythm, often bounding between drama and comedy too much to really sell any sort of emotion. However, it is an enjoyable watch in the end. 6/10.
This Netflix Original horror film is one of two bad examples about making art about art this year. Goldfinch jokes aside, the film is a star-studded mess complete with a perplexingly simple story, and an overall lack of imagination for its unique premise. 5/10.
-The Umbrella Academy
Based on the graphic novel series, this Netflix Original series starts out swinging, with a great cast, delightful characters, and a masterful control over its light and enjoyable tone! Toss in a few rather odd story elements and one of the most laid-back soundtracks of the year, and you’ve got a pretty decent binge ahead of you! Only real problem is the frustrating writing, which often wastes the viewer’s time bringing up questions and not answering them. 7/10.
Greta was a solid horror/thriller from director Neil Jordan, which spends the second half of the film making up for the first. Chloë Grace Moretz takes way too long in this movie to really settle in as far as her performance goes, however it doesn’t help that she is acting opposite a thrilling performance from Isabelle Huppert! In the end, the film turns out to be surprisingly solid. 7/10.
So I watched Wonder Park while I was working at a theater on a day that was so dead, it only had me step out to seat two guests. And I left the door open so I could listen anyway… But yeah, Wonder Park was a cute, but average animated film. Kids should be entertained, and adults won’t totally hate it. A few story beats are hit or miss, and the humor in the film is definitely aimed at children, but the message and surprisingly mature elements do help make up for a film that has an army of Chimpanzombies as its villains that is never really needs. 6/10.
Are you sensing a pattern with all the mid-grade movies I skipped? Well this isn’t one! I just simply didn’t get to it, and I was afraid I wouldn’t do it any justice after putting it off for so long. Us is great! Incredible performances, especially from lead Lupita Nyong’o, only help to accentuate such an original and thrilling story from writer/director Jordan Peele. Us truly has some of the best movie moments in recent horror, and the only thing that sets it behind Peele’s freshman entry Get Out (2017) are some big gaps in worldbuilding logic. 8/10.
A Netflix original about the two detectives who caught infamous fugitives Bonnie and Clyde, I forgot to review The Highwaymen because I kinda kept forgetting about the film as a whole. Solid performances from Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, and a historically accurate approach to a very compelling story don’t save the film’s overall poor pacing and lack of focus. 6/10.
Super weird. Not too bad. 6/10.
-Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Also known as Doragon bôru chô: Burorî, this movie let me know that me not having seen Dragon Ball is probably okay. I’m sure its great, but I really don’t get the appeal of guys just yelling, getting bigger with bigger hair, and hitting each other into mountains. 6/10.
-Fighting with My Family
This com-dram is a surprisingly solid biopic that takes a look behind the WWE in a way that could only make you actually respect it. Strong performances, a witty script from Stephen Merchant, and an overall inspirational story help this to become an underseen standout. 7/10.
Ugh, this movie is dumb. It’s poorly made, insultingly violent, and painfully generic. Will it be a on my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2019? It should be, but I care about it so little that I might leave it off just to spite it. Oh also, why was this made?? 3/10.
-What We Do in the Shadows
A comedy series from Jamaine Clement based on the 2014 Tiaka Waititi film of the same name, What We Do in the Shadows never recaptures the magic of the film, often resorting to crude humor and recycled bits instead of feeling truly original. It has its moments, but they are lost in a messy narrative. 6/10.
The faith-based film from the Kendrick Brothers, Overcomer was better in some ways than I expected, but ended up falling short in terms of character development, or even a story that knows its true protagonist. And as inspirational as the film could be, the overall direction still leaves several moments that aren’t on-par with better films of the genre. 5/10.
-Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Based on the viral Funny or Die series with Zach Galifianakis, Between Two Ferns probably wasn’t a great idea. The story feels stretched, and while it is funny, it often forces its character elements for the sake of making it plot-points happen. 5/10.
-Ford v Ferrari
Honestly, we are still hoping to review this one. Ford v Ferrari is a thoroughly entertaining film about two men who love what they do, and corporations willing to exploit that. Damon and Bale are fantastic, with Bale pulling an Oscar worthy lead performance, and James Mangold’s direction is both visually and tonally strong. It is a must see, even if you don’t care about racing. I don’t. 8/10.
So Rachel made me watch Replicas. What the heck happened here? It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion. Then you stop, get out of the car, run to help, and the cars are made of rubber chickens that fly away. That’s how nonsensical this movie gets. Okay maybe not that bad, but even the actors in the movie don’t want to be here! 3/10.
And yeah, that’s all I’ve got! Again, let us know if you want full reviews for any of these, and keep an eye out for a bunch more reviews coming soon!
-reviews by Ryan Prince