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2019/2020 Movie Binge

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As part of my standard year-end movie binge[1], I watched over 60 movies and seasons[2] in the last 5 weeks.

They spanned the years 1927–2019. I didn’t see any correspondence between year and quality—older movies aren’t necessarily better or worse than newer movies.

As expected, I liked movies with a good (or unique) story or characters—or something interesting that pulled me in. Terrible or stilted dialogue threw me off the most.

I watched everything in its original language—English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Danish, Swedish, Japanese, Korean—with subtitles where I needed them.[3]

Linked below are the main pages with the reviews/notes for each movie. For convenience, I’ve copied the names of the individual movies and my ratings below each link.

[1] My wife visits her family for the holidays every year, leaving me with more free time—and free choice of content—than usual.
[2] I only watched two short seasons that were more like long movies: After Life and Maniac.

I don’t mind subtitles and sometimes use them even for languages in which I’m fluent, just to make sure I don’t miss something whispered. Obviously, subtitle quality varies widely—and I’m not even in a position to judge for languages I don’t know at all.

I don’t need subtitles at all for English or German. I understand most Italian, and do pretty well in French, but appreciate the help where possible.

My preference is to have German, Italian and French subtitles in the original language as well—hearing and reading simultaneously often sums up to complete understanding (and I look up idioms to learn new things)—but that’s rarely possible.