2019 was a really good year for movies.
Before I start, as of January 1, 2020, I have not yet seen 1917, Honey Boy, Waves, and Little Women.
I ranked my list on how much I enjoyed the movie and rewatchability.
A few honorable mentions are: Booksmart, Rocketman, Spiderman: Far from Home, Long Shot, Us, Brightburn, Shazam, Love, Antosha, and the Ted Bundy Tapes.
- Toy Story 4
I thought the Toy Story franchise ended perfectly with Toy Story 3. I was kind of worried when they announced another movie. Well, I worried for no reason. Toy Story 4 was a perfect ending for Woody’s storyline. The new characters were really fun, and the story worked really well. I again think the franchise has ended perfectly but if there is another story out there, I will surely watch.
9. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
I did not watch this in the theater for which I am still kicking myself for. This movie was 100 mph from start to finish. Well except for like 10 minutes in the middle. Keanu Reeves was born to play John Wick and I hope this franchise goes on forever as long as Chad Stahelski is directing. Other stand outs in the movie were Mark Dacascos as Zero, Ian McShane of course, Asia Kate Dillion as the Adjudicator, and Halle Berry. The humor worked, the score and soundtrack is killer. The violence is fantasic. HE KILLS SOMEONE WITH A BOOK!!! I’ll be patiently waiting for Chapter 4.
8. The Farewell
The Farewell destroyed me. I lost my grandma this year and I was thinking about her the whole time. By the time the credits rolled I was in tears. Awkwafina is great like always and she deserves Academy Awards love. The movie is beautifully shot and masterfully directed. While the movie is sad a lot of the time, the humor throughout is excellent. I am excited for whatever director LuLu does next.
7. The Peanut Butter Falcon
I think every single person on planet earth should be required to watch this movie. Newcomer Zack Gottsagen knocks it out of the park along with Shia LaBeouf by his side. LaBeouf shows with this performance that when he finds the right project, he shines. The film has everything you need. Authentic great storytelling, wonderful characters, touching moments, gorgeous cinematography, and just the perfect amount of humor. The movie makes you smile which is refreshing every once in a while.
6. The Irishman
I honestly could have watched another three hours of this movie. Martin Scorsese drops you into this timeline, and I loved every second of it. The acting was so good but what did I expect? Robert De Niro, Joe Pecsi, and Al Pacino are great and bring their A game. Pesci plays a different type of character than what we are used to and steals the movies. The de-aging is done perfectly and is incredible to watch. Martin Scorsese directs the hell out of the movie. The three in a half hour run time did not faze me at all but I could see it being a little too long for other audiences. The score, soundtrack, editing, cinematography, and script are wonderful. I can’t wait to watch it again.
5. Uncut Gems
The Safdie brothers are special directors. I absolutely love their style of filmmaking. Their last movie Good Time blew me away and then they blew me away again with Uncut Gems. Uncut Gems is a nonstop, anxiety filled ride. The movie does not let you breathe. Adam Sandler is fantastic. When he wants to act, he is one of the best to do it. There isn’t really a bad performance. The Safdie brothers tend to cast obscure choices. Who would have though Kevin Garnett would be so good playing a parody of himself? The Weeknd makes a quick cameo which totally works. Lakeith Stanfield is great like always but is underused. The more that I think of this movie, the more I want to rank it even higher.
4. JoJo Rabbit
“Let everything happen to you:
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Taika Waititi is one of my favorite working directors. He is brilliant and has yet to make a bad movie, he is flawless. There is not a better comedic director working today. He directed JoJo Rabbit so seamlessly. JoJo Rabbit will make you laugh out loud, bring you to tears, only to laugh again five minutes later. That takes a special director to do that and Waititi does it numerous times. I also do not know another director who could make a movie about the holocaust with Hitler as a main character but make it charming. The performances are great except for Rebel Wilson who is very jarring.
3. Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino delivers his love letter to the city of angels once again. He visits a timeline that he wishes would have happened. If you love his dialogue, it is all over this movie. The end of the movie violence is incredible and one of his best. The movie is also very very funny. Leo DiCaprio is great like always and there are two scenes in particular that are very memorable. Brad Pitt though… he outshines DiCaprio. He is so cool, he drips swagger. Tarantino sets him up slowly throughout the movie and he delivers. Margot Robbie is great as Sharon Tate. I wish she had more to do but I get what Tarantino was doing. Once A Time…In Hollywood looks great, the cinematography is eye catching. Tarantino transforms modern day Los Angeles back to the late 60s. The soundtrack is good but not as memorable of his other movies. The movie is long but again, I could have stayed in this world for 5 more hours.
“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.”
I most definitely have Joker bias because he’s my favorite comic character of all time, but this movie is fantastic. Joaquin Phoenix knocks the performance so far out of the park it’s remarkable. Phoenix once again shows he is one of the best actors ever and him acting unhinged is even better. Watching the Arthur Fleck character break is like watching a car crash that is about happen. The movie is definitely disturbing. The events of this movie happen all the time which makes it hard to watch at times. Life just beats down somebody enough for them to finally snap. The score by Hildur Guðnadóttir is a superb. Its dark and brooding and tells a story throughout. The cinematography is excellent, and the set design really shows you how Gotham City is. I think it’s the first movie to really get Gotham right. Joker honestly would have been my number one movie of the year if it wasn’t for…
- Avengers: Endgame
Avengers Endgame is epic. I remember watching the first Iron Man in theaters, I skipped school to go see it. Fast forward 11 years and 22 movies later and we get an epic conclusion, that will never happen again. It’s mind numbing to think how a director could complete this enormous task. The Russo brothers are honestly going to go down in history for the four-movie run they went on. All of the acting was tremendous but Robert Downey Jr., acted circles around everybody else. He was so raw and vulnerable at some moments and hilarious at others. Tony Stark completed his story arc that was laid out in the first Avengers. I mean to be honest, everyone in the movie was exceptional. Thanos was scary again, he posed a threat at all times. The last 30 minutes of the movie is what I love about movies, the way this movie made me feel was awesome. I got teary eyed, then smiled ear to ear, then cried, then smiled again. I am astonished on how Marvel was able to not fuck this up. I’m used to disappointment on huge franchises tripping and falling for the finale. Kevin Feige and The Russo Brothers did not let that happen; they are the real heroes.