Movie Wrap-Up: February & March 2020

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Previously known as Let the Credits Roll, this is a semi-monthly feature in which I discuss the movies I’ve seen recently. In the past two months, I watched eight movies. Six movies were new to me, but two were rewatches.

If you’d like to keep up with my movie-viewing in real time, feel free to follow my Letterboxd account. For now, let’s take a retrospective look at all the movies I watched in February and March.

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

I loved this movie so much. It’s well-acted, well-written, and well-directed. It’s also a lesbian’s dream. Hot women kicking ass and taking names? Margot Robbie and Cathy Yan did this for me. I can’t wait to see it again.

Toy Story 4

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

So… I kind of hated this movie. It’s not rage-inducing or anything, but it honestly didn’t need to exist. The third movie wrapped the franchise up so nicely. This fourth installment adds nothing to the overall story. Most of the characters we’ve grown to love over the decades are hardly in the movie. Also I hate Forky.

The Little Mermaid (Rewatch)

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain in an attempt to become human and win a prince’s love.

Weirdly, I appreciate this movie more as an adult than I did as a kid/teen. Ariel’s story is a lot more nuanced than I realized. And hey, I can excuse the instalove since Eric is just as in love with Ariel after seeing her for the first time. I just wish Ariel played a bigger role in the climax and taking down Ursula.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (Rewatch)

To protect her from a sea witch, Ariel’s daughter is not allowed in the ocean; but when she turns 12, she runs away to an adventure under the sea.

For years I held the unpopular opinion that this movie was better than the original. Yeah, I was wrong and everyone else was right. The original movie has more charm and creativity than this direct-to-video sequel (which sits somewhere on a scale between The Lion King II and Mulan II).

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

I did it. I finally watched this movie. And yes, I did do it for John Mulaney. But he wasn’t even the best part. This is a charming superhero story with great humor. Also, the animation is incredible.

Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

What can I say? I love superhero movies for and about lesbians. Okay, so Captain Marvel isn’t technically about lesbians. At least, Marvel can’t claim it is. But I sure can! And I do. Movies directed by women are simply better.

The Invisible Man (2020)

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

My mom and I saw this movie in an empty theater in the middle of the afternoon. This movie is utterly terrifying. It’s every woman’s worst nightmare. Marty, I’m scared!

The Girl Next Door

Follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Even if this weren’t based on the torture and murder of a real girl, this still would’ve been hard to watch. It’s well-acted enough, but something just feels off about this movie. I think it’s the character inserted to emphasized to the audience how messed up and wrong all this is. Let the horrific nature of this crime stand for itself.

Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think? What movies have you seen lately? Do you have any recommendations? Tell me all that and more in the comments!


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