Melody has written 475 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

    The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two


    "Real children. It's been so long."

    Was wondering what to say here about how I just basically liked this a lot more than the first one (I kinda had to force myself to even watch this after that)… like, is it 'cos Goldie's more featured? 'cos I found Kate so much more adorkable (I barely even remember her being in the first one?)? Then, as I logged it, I saw the director's name. Ahahhhh. They kept that quiet. (It lost…

  • This Is Paris

    This Is Paris


    "Everyone says I'm the original influencer, but sometimes I feel like I helped create a monster."

    "I wish I could bring like a camera into my dreams and like show you what it's like, it's… it's terrifying. And I live that every night."

    "Sorry I'm so used to my character it's hard for me to be normal, when the camera's on I turn into someone else…"

    "This literally needs to stop."

    "You are a fucking warrior. We all are. We're…

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

    Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square


    "Regina, are you dead?"

    After Jingle Jangle, just the most needed surprise of the year for me. I mean I knew I'd love it 'cos Dolly and musical but… it's not just musical, it's a Real Fucking Movie Musical, like Jingle Jangle, the kind of thing that hasn't been made enough in so long I feared we as a species had just forgotten how. Baranski is a similar revelation, like, I always love her, but never saw her this raw…

  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl


    “We have to travel through the Passage of Time, catch the Train of Thought, swim down the Stream of Consciousness and skate across the Sea of Confusion.”

    “She smiled at me, for that seemed to be her name…”

    “It won’t work.”
    “Why not?”
    “Because you told me it wouldn’t.”

    “Selfish dreams shouldn’t come true.”
    “You’re becoming a good dreamer, Max.”

    “Dream a better dream.”

    “Why’d you make me out of lava, why? Everything I touch I destroy.”

    “My dream is…

  • Roots: The Gift

    Roots: The Gift


    I finally watched the original series of this earlier in the year so added this to my Christmas viewing list (I also have the Queen series to watch, and I guess I should've watched Next Generations before this, too… but I wasn't going to wait till next Christmas - I'll probably watch those next year). If it's a Christmas movie at all (it's just kind of set there - though there is a fairly memorable Nativity play… probably the only…

  • The Poseidon Adventure

    The Poseidon Adventure


    “There are no evil people, just evil things that happen to regular people. I want to know, what happened to you?”

    “Do me a favour - before you die, remind me to kill you first."

    The bulk of this, that ultimately resembles the original '72 movie a lot more than I initially expected (it's New Year, there's the Xmas tree, the old lady diving, even a nice variation on Pamela Sue Martin's red hot pants reveal - I forget how…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)


    This is not so much a movie as a state of mind, I did not expect to get so much more out of it the second time around as I did, god, the entire structure, the setups and payoffs, and that central performance, I really adore this more at the end of 2020 than I did at the start which was already a lot.

  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York


    "if you aren't going to use your heart, then what's the difference if it gets broken?"

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone


    The pace of this is extraordinarily patient… that's kinda all I have to say… I wish I had an old review or something but I don't and I feel like everything else has already been said (there's the amazing Columbus/Culkin official commentary and I even just listened to the old Movie Crypt Commentary I've had in my queue for 3 years…) and I just love the second one so much more… but this is still a total classic… John Williams score alone… so unlike anything he ever did…

  • A Very Brady Christmas

    A Very Brady Christmas


    "Oh Cindy… big girls can have wishes too…"

    Wasn't sure whether I'd log this but, eh, I spent a chunk of this year watching the whole show for the first time so this is my way of representing that somewhere, and it is technically a movie after all. It's a shame Susan Olsen (my fave) was unavailable, 'cos I'd've loved to see her at this point in time… but Ann B. Davis is darling enough to make up for that.…

  • Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh

    Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh


    "Watch yo mouth, boy."

    "There's nothing British about wieners."

    "NEVER put your FINGER in me AGAIN!"

    "Please! Megan. We need your evil skills."

    I thought I'd have an old review of this but it's probably best I don't 'cos it was probably just weird gushing about Miranda Cosgrove and Bailee Madison… not that I don't still believe they deserve excessive praise, more than they get, I just try my best not to be that weird these days lol (I…

  • Christmas List

    Christmas List



    "Do you think I have a chance?"
    "If they judge by the pound you're golden."

    "Is that the one with the Elf?"

    "What are you going to do?"

    This was a little before I really got into these but I'm so glad I caught up on it. There's a moment right at the start where Alicia's…