A Summer Watchlist

Will Sorg

Good Movies That Got Nominated for Oscars but I Didn’t Talk About Because I Didn’t Like My Oscars Review Article And Scrapped It Because Half of It Was About Will Smith:

  • Spencer
  • The Mitchells Vs. The Machines
  • The Power of The Dog
  • The Hand of God
  • Flee
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Lost Daughter
  • West Side Story
  • Tick Tick… BOOM!
  • CODA

This year had a wide range of films nominated and for the most part I would say there were a lot of truly incredible films. There were some clear Oscar-bait films (*cough* King Richard *cough*) but all in all for a year to have this many great films nominated, along with several other films that made my top 10 of 2021 list, I would say that the Oscars at least had some good nomination decisions.

Movies That Will Make You Smile:

  • Paddington (both 1 and 2)
  • The Lion King
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Up
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Spongebob Squarepants: the Movie
  • The Big Lebowski

Although this is fairly up to personal preference, I think that there are a lot of films that can get a little smile out of even the most stoic of people.

Movies That Will Make You Frown:

  • Oldboy
  • Funny Games
  • Paths Of Glory
  • Synecdoche New York
  • The Father
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin
  • Incendies
  • Audition

If you really just want to feel sad, upset, disturbed, hopeless or otherwise existential try watching these.

Movies That Are So Bad That They’re Good:

  • Assassin 33 A.D.
  • Emo The Musical
  • Jack and Jill
  • Leprechaun 3
  • Boss Baby 2: Family Business
  • Saw 6
  • Jupiter Ascending

One of my favorite movie types are the films that fail so badly at being good that they unintentionally become hilarious and incredible. They hold some of the most truly baffling filmmaking decisions known to man and are endlessly entertaining because of it.

Short Films:

  • Genius Loci
  • Swimmer
  • The Girl From The Other Side
  • Next Floor
  • The Dover Boys at Pimento University
  • Fear and Shame
  • David Lynch Cooks Quinoa
  • Coming Out.

These are perfect if you have no time and want something interesting to see. Most of these shorts are free or easily accessible.

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