The 100 Movie Challenge 2019

The 100 Movie Challenge 2019

If you had asked me at the beginning of December if we were going to complete the 100 Movie Challenge 2019 I would have said nope! We were so far behind where we had been every other year that it seemed impossible that we would manage to catch up, especially with Ben’s 30th birthday celebrations in the middle of the month, then rushing to get on top of it for Christmas! However just like last year, we completed it just in time!

This is our fourth year doing this challenge, I came up with the idea as I felt like Ben always wanted to watch the same films over and over. So I said let’s try and watch 100 different movies each year – they can be films we have seen in previous years, however they only count towards our list once a year.

If you’re interested in reading about our past ones you can find the 2018 100 movie challenge here, 2017 edition of this here and the 2016 edition here!


Three Standout Films of the Year (For Any Reason)

Rachael’s Picks

One – Bohemian Rhapsody

The moment we watched this film I knew it was going to make my picks of the year. We didn’t manage to see this when it was out in the cinema despite it’s rave reviews and it came onto our movies package on our TV and we watched it the same day. What a film! Remy Malek gave such an incredible performance during this movie it wasn’t hard to see why he won so many awards for this. A must see for any music fan, even if you’re not the biggest fan of Queen!

Two – Avengers End Game

After Infinity War was my biggest disappointment of last year, I ended up with kind of low hopes for for Thanos’ big finale. This film redeemed itself and unlike the film which is my biggest disappointment of the year (more on that in a bit), this was a film that kept taking turns and kept you guessing the whole way through as to how it was going to end. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but the characters who ended their journey with this film were given great send offs. We just rewatched this (I needed to confirm it’s worthiness for the top spots) and it was just as good the second time around!

Three – Knives Out

Picking my third pick was actually unexpectedly hard! Any of the ones mentioned in my honorable mentions could have easily been in third place. This one ultimately won out as I loved the styling of this film, it had this modern film noir feel. I love anything crime (but not horror)

Honorable Mentions – Klaus, Fighting with my Family, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile

Ben’s Picks

One – Avengers End Game

This is now my favourite film, and I still nearly cry when Tony Stark dies (a spoiler yes I know, but you only have yourself to blame now). I did cry a little on first watch as it’s a fantastic scene, and the end of character who inspired my “Back in Black” ringtone in 2008 (I still have it, it’s great in an open plan office).

This film is my generation’s Return of the Jedi (I’ve borrowed that) and brings together so many stories perfectly. There’s great call backs to past films like Captain America finally saying “Assemble” and the cross-field shot of the cast running into battle (which harks back to Ultron).

I’m expecting more than one Oscar.

Two – Spiderman Into the Spiderverse

Fantastically shot, this is Spider-Man as you’ve never seen him, least of all because it’s not Peter Parker (well not the main character!). The artwork is a major part of this film, but the story is just as good and exciting. It’s unsurprising that we can expect a second film in the not too distant future.

Three – Bohemian Rhapsody

An enlightening look at Queen and in particular Freddie Mercury. The film had a fantastic pace and, of course, soundtrack.       

It also goes without saying that Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton and Gwilyn Lee were especially fantastic. It’s a great film if you’re a fan and even if you’re not.

Honorable Mentions – Klaus, Spiderman – Far from Home & Captain Marvel


Biggest Disappointment

Rachael’s Pick : Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker
This was nearly a favourite, but after I’d had a week to think about it after we’d watched it the more I was a little disappointed. In every way it was the perfect film – and that’s kind of where my issue is with it! They tied the end of the franchise up a bit too neatly for me and all characters kind of got the ending that could have been guessed – too much of a crowd pleaser. There wasn’t quite enough drama or ruffling of feathers for me. I didn’t hate the film at all, but the more I thought about it the more it felt like they just wrote down the most predictable ending for all the characters and then added some slight embellishments it all. I did enjoy the film and I’m sad to say goodbye to those characters, but it was missing a bit of – “I can’t believe they did that” for me!

Sidenote, the shittest film that we watched in 2019 was Venom, but I knew it was going to be so it didn’t end up being a disappointment!

Ben’s Pick : Dumbo

I had a shortlist of six for this award, which included Wine Country, Oceans Eight, 6 Underground, Venom and Equaliser 2.

A quick word on the last two, Tom Hardy was actually very good in Venom and Equaliser 2 just wasn’t as good as the first film.

The winner (or loser) for me though is Dumbo! Despite the baby elephant being fairly cute, it wasn’t enough to save the script or acting for me.


What We Watched In Order

  1. Avengers Infinity War
  2. Ready Player One
  3. The Incredibles 2
  4. Life Itself
  5. A Few Good Men
  6. Overboard (2017 Remake)
  7. Ratatouille
  8. Deathwish
  9. Acts of Violence
  10. Deadpool 2
  11. Split
  12. Bandersnatch
  13. Glass
  14. Mr Bean’s Holiday
  15. Clue
  16. Love Simon
  17. IO
  18. Cop Out
  19. Ocean’s Eight
  20. Isn’t It Romantic
  21. Captain Marvel
  22. Mauraders
  23. Tag
  24. Crimes of Grindewald
  25. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  26. Ant Man and the Wasp
  27. Scary Movie
  28. Avengers End Game
  29. The Festival
  30. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile
  31. Wine Country
  32. The Equalizer 2
  33. Bad Teacher
  34. Sex Tape
  35. Mission Impossible Fall Out
  36. Always Be My Maybe
  37. Murder Mystery
  38. Venom
  39. Someone Like You
  40. Hotel Translyvania 3
  41. Spiderman Into the Spiderverse
  42. Patriot’s Day
  43. X Men
  44. Mulan
  45. First Man
  46. Johnny English Strikes Again
  47. Pocahantas
  48. Two Weeks Notice
  49. Spiderman Far From Home
  50. Wreck It Ralph 2
  51. Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
  52. Bad Times at the El Royale
  53. The Red Sea Diving Resort
  54. The Darkest Minds
  55. A Star Is Born
  56. Bohemian Rhapsody
  57. Between Two Ferns
  58. Aladdin (Live Action)
  59. Grand Daddy Day Care
  60. Detective Pickachu
  61. Aladdin
  62. The Greatest Showman
  63. Rio
  64. The Wolf of Wall Street
  65. Fractured
  66. The Dark Knight
  67. Little Monsters
  68. Game Night
  69. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  70. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  71. Frozen 2
  72. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  73. The Dark Knight Rises
  74. Don Jon
  75. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  76. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
  77. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  78. Let It Snow
  79. Return of Jafar
  80. Pitch Perfect 2
  81. Knives Out
  82. Pitch Perfect 3
  83. 6 Underground
  84. Time Freak
  85. Holiday in the Wild
  86. Die Hard
  87. Star Wars the Last Jedi
  88. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  89. A Christmas Prince : A Royal Baby
  90. The Lego Movie 2
  91. Klaus
  92. Sleepless in Seattle
  93. Hotel Mumbai
  94. Start Wars the Rise of Skywalker
  95. Grinch 2018
  96. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  97. Wonder Park
  98. Dumbo
  99. Fighting with my Family
  100. Snowball Express
  101. East is East

After becoming very committed to movies from November onwards we’ve been catching up on some of the TV that we have been saving up, but we’ll be ready to get started from this week! We always love hearing your recommendations of your favourite films too so we can have a list of great new movies to pick from, so please leave in the comments your favourite movies of the year!

Thanks for reading the The 100 Movie Challenge 2019! Let’s see what great films we discover in 2020!

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11 Comments

  1. January 13, 2020 / 6:31 am

    I love sitting down with a good movie but don’t venture out to the cinema much at all and often feel like I don’t have enough time to sit down and relax with a movie. I’d love to see Knives Out, I’m constantly looking up the times it’s showing but they don’t seem to be at the weekend or in the evening after work 😢 one movie I did see at the cinema last year was Dumbo and I rather enjoyed it 🙂 I’d like to watch Secret Life of Pets 2 sometime in the near future too x

    • rachael
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      January 13, 2020 / 10:55 am

      We really struggled to watch Dumbo – the first half was so sad – we stopped it about an hour in and for the next few days we didn’t want to finish it! We only ended up watching it so we could count it! It did pick up in the second half though.
      I’m waiting for Secret Life of Pets 2 to come onto our TV movies package, I did enjoy the first one!

      • January 13, 2020 / 7:03 pm

        Work has the DVD of Secret Life if Pets 2 but I’m waiting for it not to be on loan so can borrow it haha

        • rachael
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          January 14, 2020 / 9:48 am

          ahh that’s a great idea!

      • January 13, 2020 / 8:32 pm

        Secret Life of Pets 2 just dropped recently on Netflix. I still need to watch it.

        • rachael
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          January 14, 2020 / 9:45 am

          I don’t think it’s come on UK netflix yet, I’ll keep my eye out though!

  2. January 13, 2020 / 7:28 pm

    I watched Star Wars on New Years Day because my friend wanted to see it otherwise it wouldn’t ordinarily be a film that I’d pick to watch. Me and my friend really enjoyed it BUT neither of us are (super) fans of the franchise and I have personally never followed the series so I didn’t know the main story if am honest.

    That being said, I enjoyed the film and thought it was a fun film so totally take your opinion of it being predictable as yeah…it was all rather vanilla now that I think about it. Like Rae goes out on a quest and gets a little help from her friends sort of vibe…which is cute in theory but not cool cos there’s no grit!

    Some films I would like to watch soon: Marriage Story, Little Women

    • rachael
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      January 14, 2020 / 9:47 am

      My sister is now convinced it was the same storyline as Harry Potter and has sent me an article to read about how the story arch is the same! I wanted someone to die in a way you wouldn’t have expected or for something more controversial that could have happened, it was all very crowd pleasing. I did like it and I will watch it again, I just think they had the opportunity to do something really memorable

      • January 15, 2020 / 1:05 am

        No you’re totally right! The plot was very safe now that I think about it more and more. I felt like that moment between Rae and Ren was lacking and short-lived.

  3. January 14, 2020 / 4:39 am

    Yes, I loved Bohemian Rhapsody too! I’ve always liked Queen, but I feel like I have a lot more respect for them and enjoy their music a little bit more after seeing it.

    • rachael
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      January 14, 2020 / 9:45 am

      It was such a good movie! I’m itching to watch it again – I feel like it’s going to be one of those films that I can enjoy over and over!

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