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Top 10 Films Of 2019

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2019 was a bit of an odd year at the movies. Some hyped releases fell flat, a lot of movies were (in my humble opinion) overrated, there were a fair share of crushing disappointments, numerous good movies, and a smattering of gems. Really, it just felt all over the place from a cinematic perspective (moreso than usual). Below I have compiled my list of my 10 (well, technically 11) favorites of the year along with a few notables.

1. Tie: Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home- Anyone with an appreciation of cinema should marvel At Marvel’s cinematic achievement (except Scorsese it seems). Not only did the Infinity Saga tell a massive and unprecedented 23 film story, but it managed to sustain a level of quality that only increased as it progressed. With the final 2 installments, the Infinity Saga closed out with an epic and satisfying kitchen sink extravaganza with ‘Endgame’ and a deeply relevant Spider-Man adventure about media manipulation.

2. The Peanut Butter Falcon- The year’s biggest surprise was this heartwarming and genuinely funny road movie with excellent performances by Shia LaBeouf and especially Zack Gottsagen.

3. Toy Story 4- The fourth installment continues the perfect streak of the long-running Pixar franchise.

4. Under The Silver Lake- It may not be for everybody, but director David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to “It Follows” is a deliriously weird, original, darkly funny neo-noir about everything from cults to Nintendo Power magazine.

5. Doctor Sleep- It’s a real shame this sequel to ”The Shining” underperformed at the box office as it was an absolute triumph. It’s an eerie character centric tale that manages to be a generally faithful adaptation of Stephen King’s novel and a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic.

6. Parasite- Director Bong Joon-Ho has helmed yet another masterwork about class with the deeply surprising “Parasite.”

7. Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood- Arguably Quentin Tarantino’s best and most mature work since “Jackie Brown.”

8. Knives Out- A clever murder mystery from the mind of Rian Johnson.

9. Uncut Gems- After the underrated “Good Time,” the Safdie Brothers return with a wildly intense thriller that features a career best performance from Adam Sandler.

10. Marriage Story- The story of a couple whose relationship falls apart may not sound like anything revelatory, but it’s done in such a convincing and heartbreaking fashion due to the incredible performances by both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.

Notables: “Fighting With My Family,” “One Cut Of The Dead,” “The Irishman,” “Lords of Chaos,” “Missing Link,” “Captain Marvel,” “Captive State,” “Between Me And My Mind,” “Blinded By The Light,” “Wild Rose,” “Midsommar,” “Richard Jewell,” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

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  1. Nice to see Under the Silver Lake in there!

    Comment by tensecondsfromnow | December 25, 2019 | Reply


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