Movies You Watched This Year – 2020

The Natural
On the way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs, young baseball phenom Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is shot by the unstable Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey). After 16 years, Hobbs returns to pro baseball as a rookie for the last-place New York Knights. Despite early arguments with his manager, Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley), Hobbs becomes one of the best players in the league, and the Knights start winning. But this upsets the Judge (Robert Prosky), their owner, who wants Hobbs to lose games, not win.

This is the second time I watched the movie. Had first watched it on @fearlesssoul recco in his post TOP 20 MOVIES OF ALL TIME – SPORTS. Liked it a lot again. Its a good sports movie involving baseball. Will try to write a more detailed review soon.

Robert Redford was excellent as the pitcher as well as the hitter. Glenn Close looked pretty and was good. Kim Basinger was good too in a negative role.

Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 1 month ago

    Marriage Story
    Marriage Story is like an modern updated version of Kramer vs Kramer. Those who have watched Kramer vs Kramer may not be able to enjoy Marriage Story as it feels very derivative. Marriage Story is still a good watch because of the lead actor’s performances though.

    Scarlett Johansson is excellent as Nicole and she will definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress and has a very good chance of winning too. Adam Driver is excellent as Charlie and will definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. Joaquin Phoenix will and should win though. Azhy Robertson is very good as Henry, Nicole and Charlie’s son. Laura Dern is excellent as Nora Fanshaw, Nicole’s lawyer. She will also definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and has a very good chance of winning too.

    Here is my detailed review.


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    sputnik 1 month ago

    Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time: Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

    Charlize Theron is good as Megyn Kelly but don’t think she deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Neither her role nor her performance was great enough to receive an Oscar nomination. Nicole Kidman is very good as Gretchen Carlson in a smaller role. Margot Robbie is good as the fictional Kayla Pospisil. She was great in a couple of scenes but she should not have received an Oscar nomination either for Best Supporting Actress. Kate McKinnon is good as another fictional character Jess Carr. John Lithgow is very good as Roger Ailes.

    The movie has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling which is well deserved especially for making Charlize Theron look like Megyn Kelly.

    Here is my more detailed review.


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    sputnik 1 month ago

    Hell or High Water
    Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.

    Rewatched the movie after almost 3 years and liked it even more this time. The movie was excellent though it was slow paced. The movie was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

    Jeff Bridges was excellent as the cop Marcus and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Marcus playfully making fun of his fellow cop’s Native American and Mexican heritage was very funny. Chris Pine was very good as Toby. Ben Foster was good as his brother Tanner. The relationship between the brothers is depicted very well too. Gil Birmingham was good as the cop Alberto.

    Here is my more detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 4 weeks ago

    Rewatched The Conspirator after almost 6 years and liked it more this time. Liked Robin Wright’s performance too this time.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

  5. cr7 4 weeks ago

    Sex Education S2-I liked season 1.It was a nice teen comedy .But this season is so much better.The show elevates to a exceptional relationship drama.A standard set for any coming of age movie/tv. great soundtrack as always.

    The outsider-Watched first 3 episodes and already looks like on of the better Stephen King adaptions.Very intriguing plot accompanied by a eerie atmosphere. Looking forward to rest of the season.

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    sputnik 3 weeks ago

    Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet (Cynthia Erivo) ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead others to freedom. With allies like abolitionist William Still (Leslie Odom, Jr.) and the entrepreneurial Marie Buchanon (Janelle Monae), Harriet risks capture and death to guide hundreds to safety as one of the most prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad. Witness the story of a woman who defied impossible odds to change the course of her life and the fate of the nation.

    Cynthia Erivo is excellent as Harriet Tubman and has been deservedly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. Harriet Tubman deserved a better movie than this but it is still worth a watch because it is a story of one of America’s greatest heroes.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.


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    sputnik 3 weeks ago

    Ford v Ferrari
    Academy Award® Winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the true story of visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

    Christian Bale is very good as Ken Miles but his British accent did not sound right. Matt Damon is very good as Carroll Shelby.

    The movie has been nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The movie will most probably win Oscars for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.


  8. cr7 2 weeks ago

    1917-I like well made War movies.But there’s already so many of them that it’s difficult to be impressed by a new one. So I was skeptical despite overwhelming positive reviews for 1917.But it worked big time. Its an incredible story .The one shot take is not merely a gimmick but serves a purpose in the movie.The movie felt like a well made thriller. But what Nolan’s Dunkirk lacked “a character to root for”,emotional depth 1917 had in abundance. And unlike Dunkirk it has a fairly simplistic screenplay which made it more accessible. Best war movies in years. Its a clear favorite in Oscars. Deakins is sure to get his second straight Oscar. I’m up for more first world war movies.

    Jojo Rabbit-It shows what satire as a genre could achieve if well made. Its simplistic take on a very dark period of history but its effective. It has very sharp comedy writing as well as couple of devastating scenes.The kid was brilliant as well as his friend Yorkie.And what a year for Scarlet .The marvel movies she kept doing kinda made me forget she can actually act.Sam Rockwell is one of the best character artist now.Don’t know the name of the girl who played elsa but she was great.

    Bojack Horseman- One of my favorite shows of last decade ended this week.I am not articulate enough to write what a brilliant show it had became over the six seasons. And an honest and melancholic ending is perfect goodbye to it.

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      sputnik 2 weeks ago

      Watched both 1917 and Jojo Rabbit and will comment and write detailed reviews later.

      Liked 1917. Its good and agree with you that it is better than Dunkirk. After a point the one shot take felt like a gimmick to me and the movie dragged a lot towards the end.

      Liked Jojo Rabbit. Its good and reminded me of Life is Beautiful. Agree with you on “The kid was brilliant as well as his friend Yorkie.” and “Sam Rockwell is one of the best character artist now.Don’t know the name of the girl who played elsa but she was great.”

      Scarlet was good but I don’t think that it was a perfomance which deserved an Oscar nomination. She definitely deserved her Oscar nomination for Marriage Story.

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      sputnik 1 week ago

      Haven’t watched Bojack Horseman but have you watched We Bare Bears? I think its somewhat similar in concept. Its about 3 Bears living among humans. I have watched a few episodes and like the Ice Bear character who is very cool.

      You might like it.

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    sputnik 2 weeks ago

    Meet the Park family, the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki Woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heartwrenching, Parasite showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

    Bong Joon-ho’s direction is excellent. This is one of Bong Joon-ho’s best movies. It is almost as good as Memories of Murder. He deals with class, wealth and poverty once again after Snowpiercer. Here the Park family lives in a house with a stairway whereas the Kim family lives in basement just above the ground while Moon-gwang lives in a bunker underground.

    Parasite is excellent and one of the best movies of the year. The movie has been deservedly nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing. The movie will definitely win the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. The movie deserves every Oscar that it has been nominated for.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

    • cr7 2 weeks ago

      Well said.Loved the movie.Should win best director,screenplay and editing

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    sputnik 2 weeks ago

    Jojo Rabbit
    Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend — Adolf Hitler — Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.

    Roman Griffin Davis is excellent as Jojo Rabbit. Scarlett Johansson is good as Rosie, Jojo’s mother but don’t think she deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Thomasin McKenzie is excellent as Elsa, a Jewish girl hiding in Rosie’s house. She should have instead been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

    Taika Waititi is good as Adolf Hitler, Jojo’s imaginary friend version of the infamous figure. Sam Rockwell is excellent as Captain Klenzendorf, an army officer who runs a Hitler Youth camp. Rebel Wilson is very good as Fräulein Rahm, a brutish instructor in the Hitler Youth camp. Archie Yates is very good as Yorki, Jojo’s best friend. The rest of the cast is good too.

    Taika Waititi’s screenplay and direction is very good. Its not easy to make a satire where antisemitic jokes/stereotypes are used and Adolf Hitler is portrayed as someone’s imaginary friend. The movie actually mocks the Nazis while appearing to mock the Jews. Jojo Rabbit reminds one of Life is Beautiful. Jojo Rabbit is a feel good comedy even while the underlying subject is dark.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

    Highly Recommended

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    sputnik 2 weeks ago

    Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

    Screenplay by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns is contrived. The movie starts off well but drags a lot towards the end. Many scenes seem forced just to increase the running time as the movie has barely any plot. Why would they waste their time in some underground barracks when they are in a race against time?

    They come across a abandoned farmhouse with fresh milk readily available. Schofield fills his canteen with milk just because he has to give that milk to a French woman with a baby few scenes later. That whole French woman with a baby track felt out of nowhere.

    Schofield inexplicably keeps running away from a shooter instead of turning around and shooting him back. He even encounters a huge waterfall. When he is almost at the Devons to deliver the message he has to keep asking multiple people in the trenches for Colonel Mackenzie and then has to sprint across the battlefield, just as the infantry begins its charge.

    1917 has been nominated for 10 Oscars. It doesn’t deserve all these nominations.

    It deserves nominations only for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. It will probably win the Oscar for Best Cinematography due to its one shot take effect. The one shot take felt like a gimmick and its not even a novelty anymore. Birdman had already done the one shot take six years back.

    Sam Mendes direction is ok. The problem is the lack of story. 1917 is not bad but it certainly doesn’t deserve all the acclaim and Oscar nominations that it has received.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.

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    sputnik 1 week ago

    Knives Out
    The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure—everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth. From acclaimed writer-director Rian Johnson comes this suspenseful, twist-filled whodunnit with an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, and more.

    Knives Out is a somewhat old fashioned murder mystery. It is mostly set in one house. Its a good engrossing murder mystery with some good twists. Knives Out was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

    Daniel Craig is good as Benoit Blanc, a private detective but his accent seemed forced and unnecessary. It reminded of the Murder episode of The Office where Michael was trying the Savannah accent. Ana de Armas is very good as Marta. Chris Evans is very good as Ransom. Jamie Lee Curtis is very good as Linda.

    Here is the link to my detailed review.


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    sputnik 5 days ago

    Rewatched A Few Good Men after a very long time and decided to write a review for the movie.

    Had already wrote about it in my post on Best Hollywood Courtroom Dramas.

    Had posted it as Scene of the Week before.

    Highly Recommended

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