Here are some micro-reviews of the movies that I watched in October of 2020. I didn’t get around to watching as much horror as I had hoped (the nine hours I spent on The Haunting of Bly Manor really ate into my time) but I still watched some enjoyable flicks.
Oculus – This is my second viewing of Oculus and I enjoyed it just as much. The film is intense but the ending is a little lackluster.
War of the Planet of the Apes – I started watching this trilogy a couple of years ago and finally finished it up. This movie was quite impressive with some real heart and amazing effects.
Johnny Mnemonic – I rented this film years ago and never watched it. I finally sat down with it as a distraction during lunch at work and found myself engaged. It’s cheesy, very 90’s, but a lot of fun. I think it gets more hate than it deserves.
Strange Days – This movie blew me away. I knew of it, but honestly didn’t know much of what it was about. I was surprised to find out James Cameron wrote the script. It’s dark and the entire cast put on brilliant performances. This film has stuck with me more than any movie in quite some time and I can’t believe I just got around to watching it now.
Halloween H20 – One of my favorite Halloween films re-watched for the holiday.
Halloween Resurrection – Decided to follow up H20 with the sequel as part of a double feature.
American Pie: Girls Rule – I’m a huge American Pie fan and have found varying degrees of enjoyment from the direct-to-video films as well. This one would rank towards the bottom. It just doesn’t quite have the heart of the other films and they played it way too safe with the female characters.
Action Point – It’s taken me three attempts to watch this film but I finally finished it. It’s a very basic story told with real Jackass stunts. I probably would have watched it all the way through on the right day.
Good Old Fashioned Orgy – This kept popping up on my Hulu and I decided to give it a shot. It was better than expected although it drags towards the end.
Big Daddy – An Adam Sandler classic I haven’t seen in years! Its surprisingly very funny and held up well.
The Social Dilemma – A good documentary on social media and it’s effects. I wish I could get my friends and family to watch this.
The Ghost in the Shell (1995) – Finally got around to watching this and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m not a huge Anime fan, but I can see why it’s so beloved. I’m not sure if I want to dig into the rest of the universe outside of the live action film, but it was a good one time watch.
The Ghost in the Shell (2017) – I watched this back-to-back with the anime and it’s clear the anime is a much better story although the live action film isn’t bad. The set design, especially the city is very cool and it’s worth watching for just that.
Ip Man 4 – One of my favorite franchises, I finally got around to watching the final chapter. The series ended well and I think the film was a step up from Ip Man 3. It was nice seeing Scott Adkins in as the villain and Donnie Yen was amazing as always.
The Matrix – The Matrix was one of my first DVDs and movie I watched a ton around the turn of the century. Since then, I’ve watched it twice, once maybe three or four years ago, and then this year. The film holds up incredibly well. The CGI is fantastic for the most part and the story itself is quite incredible. As long as you forget about the sequels, this movie is almost flawless. I think the only thing that has changed for me is noticing the actor who played Walt Longmire as one of the Agents. It throws me off every time I see his very distinguishable face.
Hubie Halloween – This Adam Sandler Halloween flick was a decent watch on Halloween. It’s enjoyable, but nothing too memorable.