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Movie Reviews of 2020: The Top of 5 Films of the Year

By Michael McCarty

Normally I make a “Top 10” list of all the genre movies I’ve seen during the following year: Horror, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Fantasy flicks … but with all that was going on, just didn’t get a chance to watch 10 new movies in 2020.

Here is my Top 5 list for the year:

Wonder Wonder 1984. My wife Cindy McCarty, I and a couple of friends went to this movie the day after Christmas. My wife and I hadn’t seen the first one … but we all enjoyed the movie. I especially liked the scenes with Washington DC in the 1980s … because I visited the nation’s capital during that time. The movie is far from perfect, there are flaws in the plot, some of the acting isn’t great and the directing is dull, but still, WW84 was more enjoyable than some of other superhero flicks in recent times.

4. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) … one of the worst titles for a film in 2020 or any other year. I had high exceptions because Suicide Squad — the chemistry between Harley Quinn and The Joker was very fun to watch. This film starts out great, with Harley Quinn breaking up with The Joker. After that it just never really lived up to its potential. A handshake instead of a kiss after a first date.

For a longer review, read this blog:

3. Underwater joins the depths with other soggy Alien rip off such as Sphere, Deep Star Six, The Abyss and Leviathan. The film isn’t great, but heck Kristen Stewart prances around in her underwear for a majority of the film. T.J. Miller from Cloverfield and the Dead Pool films also livens up this dud. It is okay for cheap DVD rental night.

2. Unhinged. This is a great edge of the seat thriller and Russell Crowe and road rage — the flick is so damn creepy, especially with Crowe’s performance, it will chill your bones. Still haunting me many weeks after seeing it.

  1. Invisible Man

Elizabeth Moss is fantastic. The script and directing is good. The suspense and special effects are outstanding … that is why this is the number one genre film of 2020.

For a longer review:

Honorable Mentions:

Tremors: Shrieker Island. Spoiler alert …. rented Tremors: Shrieker Island from Redbox today for only $1.80 … and it was just about perfect for that price. I haven’t really been following the series after the first two films and now it is up to the seventh sequel. It was okay. My guess, this is probably the last one in the series and if that is true, this is a good way to close it out.

In non film news of 2020…. Michael McCarty had 2 books published and re-published.

ESOTERIA-LAND … had been out of print for about 10 years. I had a few request to bring it back, so I self-published it again … here is the info:

ESOTERIA-LAND by Michael McCarty
Ebook is only .99 cents

Interviews with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, Terry Pratchett, Mojo Nixon, Bobcat Goldthwait, Famous Monsters editor Forry Ackerman, Buddy Holly’s drummer, book and movie reviews, a review of a live Jerry Seinfeld concert and a tribute to horror writer Dean Koontz by his peers and many more…

Introduction By Linnea Quigley
Afterword By The Amazing Kreskin

10 years in the making … 2020 was the year that:


the book finally got published…

This collection of horror and science fiction stories includes a sequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – with Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and a blind fortune teller named Rose Blackthorn. In other tales… even the apocalypse won’t stop Leonard Cartwright from searching for his wife in the ruins; after getting struck by lightning that left him in a coma for twenty years, Jackson Heyward awakens with the ability to talk to the dead; will the discovery of the power of invisibility help save Dr. Nick’s failing relationship with his soulmate, or will it aid in its destruction? And many more twisted tales.

Stories and featuring collaborations with CL Sherwood, Holly Zaldivar, Ron Fox, Sherry Decker, Terrie Leigh Relf & Cindy McCarty
Front cover by Bruce Walters
Back cover by Raymond Congrove
Introduction by C. C. Dean Andersson
Afterword by Cristopher DeRose

Cover Lettering: Sarah Holderfield

And thanks to Michael Evans & Grinning Skull Press


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