As the Oscars ceremony approaches, I have been reflecting on the past year of cinema. Next week, I plan to publish my end of the year lists: my favorite films of 2019, my least favorite films of 2019, and The Breckflix Awards, aka the films and performances that represent the best of 2019. As Breckflix began at the end of 2019, I have only been able to review a handful of movies from the year. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to look back at the year in film and provide some post-screening snippets for one film from each month of 2019. To my fives of fans who are a part of The Breckfast Club, my official fan club, this is for you!
Escape Room – January
- Believe me when I tell you, no one is more surprised that I enjoyed this movie than I am.
- Credit is definitely due for the construction of these practical sets.
- No, there is not a strong narrative to support watching a group of people complete a series of high stakes escape rooms, but I did enjoy the self-satisfying feeling that came over me when I solved a puzzle before a group of fictional characters.
- Hmm, I might be able to put together a paper on digital media schadenfreude studying this movie and Unfriended: Dark Web…
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – February
- Angrily screaming, “it was perfectly fine without raisins!” is one of the 2019 quotes that I for sure will repeat over and over again.
- Is there a 2019 movie Tiffany Haddish won’t pop up in?
- Bruce Willis definitely does live in that air vent.
Captain Marvel – March
- I have to admit that I am part of the Queer Marvel fan community, but, for me, this is the movie where the “origins story” starts to feel redundant.
- This is definitely the first movie where I actually bought the “de-aging” VFX.
- I was unbelievably pumped for Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie, which makes it more disappointing to me that this ranks among the MCU’s weaker entries.
Avengers: Endgame – April
- “Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation” – me when the Lady Avengers assembled.
- Literally every side character we’ve ever encountered is mourning the loss of Tony Stark, but Black Widow gets as much as a “Darn” for a send-off.
- There is a lot of talk about this being the “end of the MCU saga,” but, y’all know there’s a new Spider-Man movie in like a couple months, right?
- Admittedly, I loved this movie, but it could not quite compare to the thrilling experience of Infinity War for me; when I think back on it, I think I will mostly remember this entry for its incredible climactic battle.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – May
- I’ve been waiting for a live-action Pokémon movie since I was a child, and this is definitely not the story I would have ever expected to be adapted.
- Ryan Reynolds is funny and all, but I think I would have preferred a movie where my sweet fuzzy electric baby just “Pika-pikas” around for 100 minutes.
- Some of the “realistic” Pokémon look great, see: Bulbasaur, while others look like Insidious nightmare demons, see: Aipom.
- If there is one thing I love in this life, it’s Jigglypuff. This movie gave me that for over four seconds. I will begin the For Your Consideration campaign.
Dark Phoenix – June
- The only time Jennifer Lawrence looked like she was enjoying herself in this movie is when her character was impaled.
- I don’t know if there is one thing that happens in this movie that has not already been done better in another X-Men film.
- Remember when X-Men was the most complex and exciting superhero franchise? Simon Kinberg is determined to make you forget.
Part 2 coming soon!