50 Movie Challenge: Movies I Watched September-December

Hello, everyone! Even though we’re almost into February (how???), today I’m sharing a post of all the movies I watched from September to December to finish off my 50 movie challenge of the year. The 50 movie challenge came from Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying – she actually does a 100 Movie Challenge every year, but I thought that might be a bit too difficult for me and ended up challenging myself with 50 movies instead. The last time I did one of these posts, I screwed things up by posting my quarterly post at the end of August instead of the end of September. Apparently I don’t know what a quarter is even though my job revolves around quarters! Anyways, at the end of this post, I have tallied up all the movies I watched during the year.

Crazy Rich Asians – 5/5

I actually watched this movie two weeks in a row, with different groups of friends. It just so happened one was at the end of August and the other was at the beginning of September, so they got separated into different posts. Besides the fact that this finally brought to light Asian representation in Hollywood, I love how fun this was! It was just as entertaining the second time around, but the book is still better.

Ponyo – 2/5

I know a ton of Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away, just to name a few, but the only one I watched growing up was My Neighbour Totoro. We were leaving for Japan and we had purchased tickets to go to the Ghibli Museum, which is all about these animated movies. I wanted to watch a few of his other movies before going – partly so I could have a better appreciation of the museum, and partly because I had just been meaning to watch these movies anyways, but never got around to it. Ponyo was…interesting. Maybe they’re better when you’re young, but I couldn’t really get into it. It’s about a boy who lives on the seaside and befriends a little girl who can transform between fish and human. It was cute, but it didn’t captivate me like My Neighbour Totoro did.

Ready Player One – 3/5

This movie was definitely meant for a younger audience (since it is based on a YA novel) but if you keep that in mind, it was still a good movie to keep me entertained while I was on a 13 hour flight. I enjoyed the pop culture references!

Avengers: Infinity War – 4/5

I don’t love the Avengers, but we were on the plane and there wasn’t much else I really wanted to watch. Anyways, I’m glad I did, because this was fun to watch. I like that all of the superheroes were in this one, and I’m interested to see what happens in the next movie!

Game Night – 5/5

Again not another movie I was interested in, but there wasn’t anything else to watch on the plane so why the heck not? This movie was HILARIOUS. It stars Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman as a couple who has games nights with their friends, until one of them goes terribly wrong. I was that annoying person who laughed out loud several times on the plane because of this.

A Quiet Place – 5/5

This movie caused quite a stir when it first came out. Directed by and starring John Krasinski along with his real-life wife Emily Blunt, this is a crazy intense movie about a family trying to exist in a world where survivors have to live in silence, otherwise they will get killed by a monster that hunts by sound. This movie features almost no dialogue – which is what makes it so intense. The acting was seriously on point, particularly by Emily Blunt. Imagine how good of an actor you have to be to not talk at all during it! I’m not a horror movie fan, but this is more of a thriller that keeps you on your toes.

Paddington 2 – 3/5

I’m a grown-ass woman but I love the Paddington movies because they remind me of childhood. Obviously also meant for children, but there was nothing else on the plane that I wanted to watch, haha. I think it would be a really good movie to watch with kids – as an adult, it was cute, but a little boring.

Jumanji – 4/5

This was the second Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart movie we watched this year. I don’t think this really got good reviews, and this obviously has a lot to live up to since the original is such a classic, but I think they did a great job making it updated for the 21st century. To begin with, they made Jumanji a video game instead of a board game. Jack Black’s character was soooo freaking hilarious. Outside of the video game, his character is a shallow hot high school girl, but inside the game, her avatar is Jack Black and she is appalled.

To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved – 2/5

There was a lot of positive hype surrounding this movie when it first came out around the same time that Crazy Rich Asians did, I think because the main character is an Asian girl. Not only that, but everyone fell in love with Noah Centineo, who played the male lead in this movie. He portrayed one of the kids in The Fosters, a show that I had been binge-watching for half of 2018, so I was glad to see him rise in popularity this year! I was pretty bored with this movie, to be honest. I wish I loved this because everyone else did, but I didn’t!

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser – 3/5

I thought this would be a really ridiculous teenage movie, and was not expecting to enjoy it more than To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved, yet somehow I did. This movie is about a girl who leads a guy on by pretending to be the popular in school, only to fall for him. Yes, it was a bit of a cliche teen movie, it was weird and even slightly creepy, and had so many plot holes, but it was still kinda cute and touching and a little heartbreaking. This featured Noah Centineo again, and the girl who plays Sierra is also the famous Barb from Stranger Things/Ethel from Riverdale – I’m glad she’s getting even more exposure!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – 5/5

I watched this movie in theatres back when it first came out, and noticed that it had been released on Netflix in early November. Since the sequel was coming out the same month and it had been a while since I watched the first one, I figured it was the perfect time for a refresher. I freaking love this movie because it brings back the magic of the Harry Potter franchise!

Like Father – 4/5

I watched this because I love Kristen Bell. It’s about her as a workaholic ad exec who gets left at the altar, and ends up on a cruise (which was supposed to be her honeymoon) with her estranged father. This was not exactly a novel storyline, but it was a fun movie to watch while on the plane. Plus it really made me want to go on a cruise…

The Incredibles 2 – 4/5

FINALLY they have come out with the second Incredibles movie after waiting for 10 years! The first one is a classic, and I was afraid this one wouldn’t live up to the hype because I watched the first one half a dozen times. Luckily, I thought the sequel was great. I loved this because it focused more on the baby Jack-Jack this time, and was super cute. It still doesn’t have quite the magic that the first one did though – maybe it’s just because I’m older?

I Feel Pretty – 2/5

There weren’t a lot of good movies to watch on the plane on the way back from Hong Kong, so I just started picking out random movies. I had a feeling this would be a pretty predictable movie, and I was not wrong. Not only that, but it just feels…a little bit insulting? Like Amy Schumer’s character thought of herself as ugly and fat, and couldn’t appreciate herself until she thought she was skinny, but I feel like a lot of girls would look at Amy Schumer and think she isn’t even considered all that big to begin with.

Blockers – 2/5

Another predictable movie I watched on the plane because I had nothing else better to watch. This movie is about parents to three teenage girls who are best friends, who find out that their daughters have a pact to lose their virginity together during prom. I love the parents (played by Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz), but this movie fell flat for me because it wasn’t funny at all.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – 3/5

First of all, I’m a huge HP fan, so I get so excited over these movies. It’s hard to talk about this movie without giving away spoilers, but I’ll just say that while I absolutely loved that they had little bits and pieces that fit into the Harry Potter timeline (obviously the addition of Dumbledore helped), I found that they struggled to fit the “fantastic beasts” aspect into the plot. Also, one of the reasons why I love Harry Potter is that the whole story makes sense, and JK Rowling left no plot holes. I’m afraid that with the way the second movie ended has created plot holes for Harry Potter, but I guess we’ll just have to see how they resolve it in the third movie…

The Princess Switch – 2/5

So I was feeling pretty meh around Christmas and watched this to try to get into the Christmas spirit. Can we all admit that the Netflix-exclusive Christmas movies look pretty terrible? But they’re readily accessible, so I decided to try this one cause Vanessa Hudgens. Well, this movie wasn’t the one to help me get into the Christmas mood because it was so, so terrible – not only is it cheesy and predictable (which I kind of expect from a Christmas movie), but I feel like this story has been done a million times – it reminded me of a mix of The Parent Trap and Monte Carlo. It wasn’t even that Christmassy!

The Holiday Calendar – 2/5

After the disaster of The Princess Switch, I decided to try my luck with another Christmas movie. I chose it because of Kat Graham, who I know from The Vampire Diaries (lol). This one was slightly better than The Princess Switch, but not by much. I liked the concept (a magic advent calendar) but again, it was pretty predictable.

Dumplin’ – 3/5

This movie is based on a book about an overweight girl named Willowdean Dixon, who enters the local pageant that is run by her ex-beauty queen mom (played by Jennifer Aniston) just to prove a point. It wasn’t the greatest movie, but it was a cute movie set to some upbeat Dolly Parton music.

The Christmas Chronicles – 3/5

I don’t know why I kept watching Netflix Christmas movies seeing as I knew they would be bad – I think it was just an attempt to get myself into the festive mood. This was about a brother and sister who accidentally derail Santa Claus’s gift delivery schedule on Christmas Eve, and they have to help him get it back on track. I gave this a 3/5 because it was marginally better than the other two Netflix Christmas movies I watched, and at the very least it was more Christmassy.

Bird Box – 5/5

Okay so there have been so many memes about this movie since it came out (plus the Bird Box challenge for those of you who want to hurt yourself), but I would highly recommend it to anyone. This movie was so intense. It reminded me of The Quiet Place in the sense that you are not allowed to use one of your senses (in this case, sight), otherwise you will die. This one was more mysterious because you didn’t know what the “monster” was. Sandra Bullock was impeccable in this.

50 MOVIE CHALLENGE SUMMARY

This year, I watched 17 movies in Q1, 19 in Q2, 13 in Q3, and 21 in Q4. This brings my total to 70. My goal was 50, which I pretty much reached by the end of Q3. 50 movies wasn’t much of a challenge, to be honest – part of me wants to try for 100 next year, which would be REALLY hard!

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “50 Movie Challenge: Movies I Watched September-December

  1. I haven’t seen most of these, I need to watch bird box! And the new Jumanji. I loved the original as a kid so I don’t know why I haven’t seen the new one yet.
    I rolled my eyes the whole time through The Princess Switch. That movie would NEVER happen. It’s so unrealistic 🤣

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  2. I loved The Christmas Chronicles. Kurt Russell as Santa was awesome. I just love him and he was so funny. I like slightly snarky Santa.

    I liked Dumplin’ more than I was expecting to. Same with Ready Player One. I’m not a gamer but I loved all the 80s pop culture references.

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  3. You should do more of these types of posts, I love watching films so I really enjoyed reading this post! I pretty much watched all the movies you’ve mentioned except a number of them like The Princess Switch and I Feel Pretty. Those aren’t really my genres lol, I love a good thriller or horror.

    I loved Crazy Rich Asians and Bird Box, I didn’t have high expectations when I watched the trailers because I didn’t want to be disappointed but they turned out to be really good! A couple of years ago, I set myself to watch at least one film every day. I ended up watching 100 movies within 2 months, that was a really good time lol! Fab post as always x

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    • I might do them once every two months instead of every three months, because the blog posts are so long when I do them three months at a time!

      I am so impressed, you watch a lot of movies!! I think 100 a year would be a challenge, let alone two months lol!

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