So…. Here we are. The end of 2019 and what a year. A lot has happened, some good, mostly crap. We can always rely on cinema though so naturally we thought it best to do our top 10 films of the year so let’s get straight to it.
I wasn’t 100% if Green Book was going to make it onto my top 10, it didn’t leave me with the same enthusiasm as some of the other films on this list, despite cleaning up at the oscars. It did however make me feel happy and heat warmed and that simple reason is why I’m leaving it on my list. Viggo Mortensen was really endearing and I would definitely recommend this as easy watching.
Do I feel that Green Book should’ve won the Oscar for Best Picture??? No, no I do not. Do I feel that Green Book was a super heartwarming film with a great screenplay, lovely music and wonderful performances from both Mortensen and Ali??? Yes I do. I certainly didn’t feel it was a defining film but you won’t find a film that perfectly shows a growing friendship quite like this.
Extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile
I’m one of those weird people who love watching serial killer documentaries; killer couples, women who kill, scorned: crimes of passion: you name it, I’m the weirdo watching it. So naturally I had to watch Zac Efron in the movie retelling of Ted Bundy’s life. Surprisingly, there was very little violence and murder. Instead the story is told from the perspective of his girlfriend played by Lily Collins and I really enjoyed this new dimension.
Birds of Passage
Honestly. Didn’t realise this film came out this year. Completely forgot this fact until this moment that i’m writing this but I was super happy knowing that i’ll be able to get this on the list. This story of vengeance and war of two families really blew me away. I feel as though I don’t need to travel to Mexico now because of how well the film managed to transport me there. It felt real and was stunning.
This was an odd one, Ari Aster all over for sure. I would say this film is not for the feint hearted, you definitely need to look past the weirdness to see the beauty in the direction of the film and in Florence Pugh’s emotive acting. After this, I definitely think she is one to keep an eye on.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Quentin back again with his signature foot fetish film. I did a review for this where I go into more detail but again Quentin has proven that he is the king of dialogue and making conversation between two characters so real that it’s refreshing. Stunning performances from Leo, Brad and Margot, it’s a film that i feel will age very well.
Once again Christian Bale he transforms himself to give and immersive performance as Dick Cheney, he is literally unrecognisable. Amy Adams puts in a brilliant supporting performance as his wife and the film has delightfully kooky direction for what could be considered quite a serious political movie.
Vice. A film that depicts, what is a pretty dark, political, story in such a fun and creative way and I absolutely fell in love with it. This could’ve been just a typical political film that people would watch to get the facts and that’s it, But this proves the power of giving a story to a director that knows how to modernise it and make it accessible to everyone in the best way. Fantastic performances all round, seriously funny and also really interesting at the same time.
Don’t get me wrong, 3 hours is a bloody long time to sit and watch a movie. In fact, lewis and I watched it over a whole afternoon and evening with an intermission for pizza and snacks! It’s worth the long slog though. Robert De Niro’s ageing from young man to OAP is fantastic and there are fabulous supporting performances from Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. I trust Scorsese’s direction implicitly!
It’s quicker to travel to another country then it is to watch The Irishman which is weird. If you’re willing to sit down and commit to this film then it is seriously worth the pay off. Martin Scorsese has brought back the gangster genre with this powerful journey of one man wiggling his way to the top of the crime syndicate. Weirdly but amazingly portraying a realistic ageing of the characters, matched with the length, you seriously get invested in everyone involved and creates a story that I feel will last with me for a while.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino, it was always going to be a winner right? This movie packed signature Tarantino punch and I love the twist with ending. I went in expecting a violent retelling of the Sharon Tate murders but this movie delivered so much more.
Marriage Story sort of came out of nowhere. I heard nothing about this film then suddenly it drops on Netflix and everyone is talking about it. This film is just the best surprise to come out of 2019 in turns of cinema. It’s just incredible, plain and simple. The performances from both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are indescribable with the way they beautifully depict a married couple going through a divorce. Just absolutely fantastic writing made this a wonder to watch.
Le Mans 66
Yet another Christian Bale movie on my list. If you read my review for this one then it will come as no surprise that it features on my top 10 list. It brought motorsport to life on screen with amazing racing shots and as usual Christian Bale brought the role to life and I was utterly absorbed from start to finish.
Monos. Monos was a journey I wasn’t expecting to take. Following a group of child soldiers as they work together to protect a cow and hostage sounds like a bizarre story but it is beautiful. I went into detail in my review about how much i loved the clouds in this film but it wasn’t just the clouds, it was the sound design, performances, lighting, everything.
I love Scarlet Johansson after she voiced Samantha in Her and Adam Driver won me over in Blackkklansman but the pair knocked it out of the park in Marriage Story. They both deliver such raw emotion that I watched some scenes with my mouth hanging open and was left almost in tears by the end of it. The plot is simple, an American couple getting divorced but the film itself is infinitely more than that.
I can’t describe how excited I was for this film. I watched the trailer too many times to count and when the moment finally arrived I was the opposite of disappointed. I enjoy a dark story with disturbing visuals and this film delivers and it delivers hard. The gorgeous cinematography is inspiring and I love the slow burn that leads to just an explosion of anxiety and tits. Watch the film to understand.
I’d forgotten that The Favourite actually came out in 2019! It was a seriously close second as it was a film I fell in love with. The direction was brilliant and Olivia Coleman couldn’t have been more deserving of the Oscar.
Thank you for releasing this film on the 1st of January this year because i am so happy I get to include it on this list and get to talk about it again. This film is so so so so close to being a perfect film and I love it. I’m in love with it. I love it, i can’t stop thinking about it once I’ve thought about it. The fact that this didn’t win best picture makes me sick but i’m glad Olivia Coleman Won best actress because her performance is insane… I’m going to go watch this now, and you should too.
Our top film of 2019
How could I pick anything else? Joker was so worth the wait and Joaquin Phoenix delivered absolute perfection. I don’t even think I need to say anything more, read the review dummy!
Finally. A film that delivered on the hype that it built. I cannot describe how incredible this film was (Hence why I let Lily review it). This will be a lot of peoples film of the and it’s not surprising because everything about it is just amazing. Mr Phoenix continues to prove that he’s the best actor of out times and Todd Phillips made the right decision to move from comedy to making this masterpiece.