We’re getting to tail end of my marathon of movies I watched for the first time in 2020. By July last year I had watched on average, a film a day. It slipped from there. So you should be thankful, this could have been a 365 film chart had I carried on at that momentum.


50. To Catch A Thief

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

The setting is gorgeous, the cast are too. A Hitchcock classic.


49. The Peanut Butter Falcon

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

My wife picked this film and I knew nothing about it. It’s a sweet story, some great acting, and some kick ass wrestling moves.


48. Terminator Salvation

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Of the three films they’ve made saying it’s the beginning of a new trilogy, this is the one they should have continued. Yes it’s bleak, yes Christian Bale was a dick. But bleak can be good, and Bale can be replaced. You’ve recast John Connor so many times no one would care.


47. Erin Brockovich

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Was thinking about Michael Bolton the entire time, it’s a great film too.


46. The Big Short

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Not even Margot Robbie in a bath could explain this film to me. Loved it though.


45. The Adventures Of Tintin

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for ages, and it didn’t disappoint. Great film, wish Adam Buxton was in it.


44. The Sisters Brothers

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Was keen to read the book, but babies and time to read books don’t mix. So watched the film and loved it.


43. Jumanji: The Next Level

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Not as good as the original but still one heck of a ride.


42. Dirty Harry

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

How have I never seen any Dirty Harry films, my dad loved them. Now I’ve watched a couple, I do feel lucky, punk!


41. Rain Man

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Another classic I’d never seen. Top performances all round.


40. Rashomon

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

I saw this after Seven Samurai. A perspective film amazingly structured, keeping you guessing beyond the end.


39. Thelma And Louise

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

The end was no surprise. Being a kid in the nineties, it was parodied every other week. It was still one hell of a ride.


38. Snowpiercer

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Haven’t started on the TV series, but watched this off the back of Parasite. Civilisation is surviving on a constantly moving train with major hierarchy divides.


37. Hustlers

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

Jennifer Lopez is amazing.


36. Ready Or Not

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

As I said before, Samara Weaving is quickly becoming one of my favourite actresses. This is the best game of hide and seek I’ve ever seen.


35. My Neighbour Totoro

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

This is the second Hayao Miyazaki film on my list, and it’s a sweet story about two sisters who move to be closer to their sick mother. But their new home is full of magical spirits.


34. Blinded By The Light

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

A real crowd pleaser. Bruce Springsteen, 1980s and Luton. It’s a match made in heaven.


33. Throne Of Blood

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars

A film of prophecy, suggestion and ambition, that spiral out of control. This was deep into my Japanese phase last year.


32. Casablanca

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Set during the war, made during the war. Unbelievably I had no idea what the film was about. Knew where it was set though.


31. 8 1/2

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

In Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, we delve into the troubled mind of a film director.


30. In The Heat Of The Night

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Watched this on a hot night in the summer. Best picture winner.


29. Platoon

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Tom Berenger plays a real evil fucker in Platoon. I’ve watched so many Vietnam films, can’t believe it took me so long to get onto this one.


28. For A Few Dollars More

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Part two of the best spaghetti western trilogy. Classic.


27. High And Low

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

I’d watched a lot of Akira Kurosawa samurai films last year, so it was nice to see his talent showcased in a modern kidnapping film.


26. Blood Diamond

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Diamonds make people do crazy things. Fantastic movie.


25. Ran

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

A samurai movie in colour now. It was such a beautifully shot film and another great by Akira Kurosawa.


24. Up

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

If you can watch the first ten minutes and not cry, you are completely heartless.


23. Begin Again

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Well John Carney can make great films. I watched this and Once last year. Both great, but even better is Sing Street. I urge you to visit any of these films.


22. The Machinist

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Christian Bale can be hard to work with, but he is a bloody good actor.


21. Sherlock Jr.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

My highest rated silent film in the list. I was a bit apprehensive about silent films, but every one I watched last year was amazing. I’ll definitely track some more down in 2021.


20. The Hateful Eight

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

I was put off watching this by a friend who said it was boring. I don’t know why I listened to him, I loved it.


19. The Conversation

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

The never young Gene Hackman gives a great performance as a lonely surveillance expert.


18. Cape Fear (1962)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Robert Mitchum steals the film with a magnificent performance. Such a presence, and the simplest action makes you feel uneasy.


17. The Battle Of Algiers

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

A piece of history I knew nothing about, it made me investigate further. Well worth a watch.


16. The Favourite

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

A well deserved Oscar for Olivia Coleman in this mad film.


15. 1917

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

This was the last film I saw at the cinema last year. It was also only the second film I saw at the cinema last year. A Great War film, a cinematic masterpiece. The only reason it didn’t get five stars was the weird shift before the finale just didn’t work for me.


14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Love a great spy film as you can see by the number in this list. This was by far my favourite.


13. Aladdin (2019)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

Born in 1983, obviously Aladdin was my favourite Disney film growing up, so a live action remake made me nervous. I was even more worried when I found out Guy Ritchie was directing. Well I absolutely loved it. It is on a par with the original, and has the same magic, fun and spectacle.


12. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

It’s Redford again, he turns up everywhere. Newman and Redford are a great double act, the story is great and I love raindrops keep falling on my head.


11. Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Stars

I am a disgrace. I watched the remake years ago, but never got round to watching this one. I will admit I like the remake, but this is another level. No holds barred brutal, bloody loved it.


To be concluded…