Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Movies I Watched in December

Dangerous Mission (1954)

This month I had the typical Christmas rewatches and then randomly ended up watching quite a few “new” movies: nearly half of this list are post-1970 films! I even watched a movie on “opening weekend” (WW84). Oh, btw... HBO Max doesn’t offer a free trial anymore :/ Luckily there’s enough exclusive content on there that the $16  will be worth it.

I never got around to writing about the free classic movies on the Peacock streaming service. They had over 100 but as of Jan. 1, 2021 they have exactly two movies made before 1970 (not counting James Bond): a Columbo Movie and Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol... So basically the only thing left for me to watch on there is Murder, She Wrote.

* indicates a rewatch

  1. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) - Max Baer & Myrna Loy, Walter Huston
  2. Sabotage (1936) - Sylvia Sydney 
  3. Desire (1936) - Gary Cooper & Marlene Dietrich
  4. A Yank at Oxford (1938) - Robert Taylor & Maureen O’Sullivan, Vivian Leigh
  5. Flight Command (1940) - Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Kelly, Red Skelton, Nat Pendleton, Marsha Hunt
  6. To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) - John Payne & Maureen O’Hara, Randolph Scott, Pat O’Brien
  7. *Christmas in Connecticut (1945) - Barbara Stanwyck & Dennis Morgan, 
  8. Deep Valley (1947) - Ida Lupino & Dane Clark, Wayne Morris, Fay Bainter, Henry Hull
  9. Fighter Squadron (1948) - Edmund O’Brien, Robert Stack, Rock Hudson
  10. The Damned Don’t Cry (1950) - Joan Crawford 
  11. My Man and I (1952) - Ricardo Montalban & Shelley Winters, Claire Trevor, Wendell Corey, Jack Elam
  12. Dangerous Mission (1954) - Victor Mature & Piper Laurie, Vincent Price, William Bendix, Bette St. John
  13. *White Christmas (1954) - Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes 
  14. Bombers B-52 (1957) - Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Karl Malden, Natalie Wood, Marsha Hunt
  15. *We’re No Angels (1957) - Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov, Joan Bennett, Leo G. Carroll, Basil Rathbone
  16. The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971) - Karl Malden 
  17. *Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) - Alan Young
  18. Explorers (1985) - Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson 
  19. The Mosquito Coast (1986) - Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton
  20. *Home Alone (1990) - Macaulay Culkin
  21. The Thing Called Love (1993) - River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, Sandra Bullock 
  22. I Spy (2002) - Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson
  23. *Elf (2003) - Will Ferrell & Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner
  24. *The Lake House (2006) - Keanu Reeves & Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer
  25. Destination Wedding (2018) - Winona Ryder & Keanu Reeves 
  26. Gemini Man (2019) - Will Smith
  27. Last Christmas (2019) - Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
  28. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) - Gal Gadot & Chris Pine, Kristin Wiig 
Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity (2015)
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020)

Least Favorite Film: Explorers was very dated. Fighter Squadron needed a stronger leading man. 

Favorite Movie: Destination Wedding was hilarious!! I also really liked Desire.


  1. I'm really looking forward to seeing WW84 because even though the first wasn't my favorite, this sequel looks like it has great inspiration from the comic books which were my favorites when I was little.

    1. I thought it was going to be so-so but I really enjoyed it! I haven’t rewatched the first one since it came out but I think I liked 84 better.

  2. I rewatched White Christmas and We're No Angels too :-)

    And I'm hoping to see WW84 this coming weekend. Crossing my fingers.

  3. Happy new year! Aside from the Christmas movies, I don't think I've seen most of these, though a few are on my list of things I want to see.

    "We're No Angels" is such an odd Christmas movie, but delightfully amusing. :)

    1. I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve seen most of the better known movies.

      I love a good odd comedy. It makes me chuckle out loud every time :)