Everybody seemed to release lists of favorite books, movies and albums. I figured I needed to write a few columns, so I’d do this and show the world that I can do that too. But not just the good stuff. And not just new stuff. Here are the good and bad that I watched in 2019.
The good movies
1. “Trainspotting 2” (2017) — The original is one of my all-time favorite movies and I quote it all the time, mostly to myself. Something about the sequel worried me. What if it sucked? However, about 30 seconds in, I was hooked. It was hilarious and terrifying. Literally the best sequel I’ve seen in forever. The singing scene and first bar-fight scene were both brilliant. The music, characters, dialogue, direction and acting were all wonderful. The end was great too, but geez, spooky. I laughed a lot.
2. “Long Shot” (2019) — My roommate wanted to see this and I had nothing to do, so I decided I may as well see a movie rather than sit alone. As always, Seth Rogen was hilarious, but Charlize Theron was also super cool in it. Was this a perfect movie? No, but I honestly can’t tell you if there was anything wrong with it. Watching Theron and Rogen do drugs and have sex was absolutely hilarious. I’m also glad I didn’t guess the ending.
3. “Midsommar” (2019) — I didn’t actually want to see this movie, but I was tired and wanted to do something besides run around with a friend, so we saw it. This was insane in every aspect. I didn’t know anything about “Midsommar” in advance, but I am sure glad I saw it. Everything shocked me more and more. The entire thing was bonkers. My buddy thought so too.
The bad movies
1. “Warcraft” (2016) — W.T.F. What the fudge? Huh? What? I don’t get it. I never played this game. I played “Starcraft” though. This movie was just so weird, random, violent, boring, stupid, uncomfortable, cheesy, hokey, dopey, odd and bad in so many ways. From dead babies to all the backstabbing, it was hard to pay attention or give a crap about what was happening. So bizarre.
2. “Venom” (2018) — I thought this was awful. Originally, I wanted to watch “Justice League,” which I heard was also awful, but somehow I ended up with this. I didn’t like how the movie portrayed the main character and I thought the villain was just stupid and ripped off from Lex Luthor — or from most science fiction movies ever made. The action looked like a crappy video game. I really didn’t like the theme of the plot. Too bad, because I always liked the character Venom. I also thought the super-secret ending was awful.
3. “Hereditary” (2018) — After quitting while watching stinkers like “Shazam!” and “Brightburn,” I thought I’d try this movie made by the same person that made “Midsommar,” which was probably my favorite movie of the summer. But, I just didn’t care about this movie at all. Creepy moments popped up from time to time, but nothing lasted. I didn’t like the characters, story or concept.
The biggest movie I saw in 2019
“Avengers: Endgame” (2019) — I wasn’t totally excited about this because while comic books, movies and comic book movies have always been a huge part of my life, the Avengers have never been close to my favorite team. For me, these movies just grew too big and it’s hard to follow after a while. I was probably one of the last people to see this movie, but I’m glad that I did because the theater was pretty quiet and empty. I saw this alone, which has been the pattern. I liked the ending. I wonder how Disney will do on its next giant project that isn’t Marvel or “Star Wars.”