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15 Best Movies of 2019

 15 Best Movies of 2019  

2019 is coming to a close as well as my 1st year on this site talking about movies. It’s been a really really fun ride and it’s once again time to talk about my favorite films of the year. These are my personal picks some of these are going to agree with. They’re gonna be in certain orders that you might not have put on your list and that’s just how this works. I’ve chosen for you the 15 Best movies of 2019 that really meant something to me this year and they are 15 because this was actually a really damn good year for movies much better than last year so let’s get started.

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  15: The Nightingale  

The NightingaleSince The Babadook movie is 2014, I’ve been dying to see a new film from Jennifer Kent and the nightingale is somehow everything I wanted, while also being a film I never want to see again. Horrifying brutal and completely unforgiving nearly every scene in this film turned my stomach. Featuring an Oscar worthy turn from Ashley French Josie this is a gut punch of a film and a worthy follow up to a great horror movie.

  14: Official Secrets  

Official SecretsPotentially the most underrated film I saw this year, Official Secrets film was directed by Gavin Hood. Who knows we didn’t really like X. men origins and that’s just fine with him.

This is the true story of a British intelligence officer played by Keira Knightley with cut-throat intensity, who leaked sensitive information to the press about in a legal NSA spy operation designed to push the U. N. security council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

This true story has a disastrous ripple effect into modern-day and it is the kind of film that gets increasingly harder to believe as it goes on. Not due to poor filmmaking but to the levels of corruption you witness. Don’t let this one slip under your radar.

  13: Uncut Gems  

Uncut GemsAdam Sandler in the sappy brothers has made a film likely to tear your nerves to ribbons. From the sound design in which every actor constantly yells over the other. To the edit with shots aggressively bursting onto the screen like an action movie. Uncut Gems assaults your senses persistently. Sandler gives his best performance ever. If you’re reading man please do more shit like this.

  12: The Farewell  

The FarewellAquafina is exceptional as Billy a Chinese woman who spent many years living in America. Who must go along with the Chinese tradition she’s very uncomfortable with.

When her family learns her grandmother is dying. They decide not to inform her and she must deal with this custom and keep it a secret while trying to act like nothing’s wrong.

Lou Lou weighing drew from personal experience translating her own powerfully complex story to the big screen beautifully.

  11: Jojo Rabbit  

Jojo RabbitTake away TV may be the only filmmaker alive. Capable of making a satire that pokes fun at  Germany Hitler and the Holocaust.

If there was an Oscar for best child performance, Roman Griffin Davis would get it. His work as a fiercely indoctrinated fan of Hitler is some of the best I’ve seen from a young actor.

Despite the off-kilter humor and subject matter, Waititi knows how to craft an emotionally devastating scene in a film I won’t soon forget.

  10: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino was perhaps looking at himself and Hollywood and wondering where all the fun went.

In once upon a time in Hollywood Tarantino explores 1969 LA and the changing scene of the film business drawing sharp parallels to today and the dying breed that is Hollywood’s prestige filmmakers.

Unconventional bizarre and unexpectedly hilarious. Tarantino’s 90 film is a total blast.

  9: Knives Out  

Knives Out In 2019 Ryan Johnson gave us an original who don it’s filled with an impeccable cast and then enticing mystery. He also gave us Chris Evans in a comfy cozy sweater.

This genre has largely been relegated to books and television in recent decades. the few big-screen mysteries we’ve gotten mostly remakes and adaptations.

So it’s refreshing to see a murder mystery this fun with a cast of this talented in 2019. I can’t wait to see what Johnson does next.

  8: Doctor Sleep  

Doctor SleepI’ve been rallying for Mike Flanagan since 2013 oculus. So to see him given the opportunity to direct the sequel to the shining was very gratifying for me. Any director stepping into this world had a considerable challenge. That of honoring Kubrick’s legacy and kings.

Flanagan succeeded with a tense nail-biting horror film unlike any released in recent memory. He pulls out all his tricks here unleashing a wave of well-crafted sequences building to one of the most satisfying finales of the year.

I believe in the coming decade Doctor Sleep will be highly regarded amongst horror buffs as a film deserving of respect. A sequel nearly 40 years in the making that pulled off the impossible.

  7: The Irishman  

The IrishmanFor Martin Scorsese to return to the mob world once again with this pedigree of actors involved. He had to have something very special and The Irishman film delivered. This felt considerably more contemplate then score says he’s earlier work.

Here he meditates on our mortality fear of death loneliness and the sudden urge to right the wrongs of our past. Even when we know that’s impossible.

Deniro and Pacino are the best they’ve been in years. Both playing off each other too exciting even moving effect.

But this movie secret weapon is patchy. who commands the screen with the performance that’s absolutely ferocious. Despite misleading or home. Folks, we just don’t get movies like this anymore.

  6: Shadow  


From saying email, helmer of hero and house of flying daggers. Shadow film is another masterwork of drama romance and sensational action set pieces.

His use of color or the lack of it is striking. The costumes and sets are drenched in blacks and whites reflecting the palette of Chinese ink wash paintings.

Because of this color tone the Crimson splashes of blood during the climactic battle have seldom been this breathtaking. This is one of the most overlooked films of 2019.

  5: Ford v Ferrari  

Ford v FerrariJames Mangold film about 10 miles and Carroll Shelby, is the rare movie that can entertain just about anyone.

From the bitter most jaded filmgoer to the casual viewer. Ford the Ferrari has something for everybody.

It’s not just a film about cars either and its center is the inspiring tale of two men willing to fight against an unforgiving corporate system just to get the chance to do what they love.

If you’re passionate about something odds are this film will remind you just how hard you’re willing to work to achieve your goals.

  4: Marriage Story  

Marriage StoryOn the surface, Marriage Story appears to be a deceptively simple tale, but no a bomb Bach understands the complexities of divorce and how to showcase the lesser-known elements of the process in ways that are equal parts hilarious and tragic.

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johannson both give two of the best performances of the year. Digging deep to mine levels of anger and sadness rarely seen on the screen.

People talk often about movies that feel real. Every moment of marriage story feels authentic right to its core. After just a few scenes the boundary between myself and the screen disappeared and I have swept away.

  3: Parasite  

ParasiteSouth Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho gifted us with Parasitein 2019. A crushing social satire about two families from opposing sides of the class war.

He uses clever visual storytelling to make his points never force-feeding you his intentions.

When one family is gazing at a rainstorm they find beautiful. The other is trudging down through the city into their flooded neighborhood that same rainstorm barreling down on their home.

Parasite somehow finds a way to be funny suspenseful and thrilling all presented with some of the best cinematography of the year.

  2: Portrait of a Lady on Fire  

Portrait of a Lady on Fire From French filmmaker Céline Sciamma see on a Portrait of a Lady on Fire, tells one of the more original stories of 2019.

A painter hired to paint a portrait of a woman about to be married must do so in secret. Only stealing glances up her subject while they get to know each other.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a ravishing romance and ending grossing tale of secrets and mystery, but it’s also spectacularly shot in pristine 8 K.

The colors leap off the screen. The performances though are perfect flawless. Sciamma almost direction is in chanting every shot as beautiful as a painting when this release is wide don’t miss it.

 1: The Lighthouse  

The LighthouseNo film in 2019 resonated with me more than Robert Eggers sophomore effort The Lighthouse. Taking place entirely on an island. Amidst a seemingly never-ending storm.

This story of two repressed light housekeepers riveted me from start to finish. Even though it’s a film in danger of being labeled pretentious, Eggers isn’t above a fart joke.

All at once suspenseful and hilarious The Lighthouse film is almost like the horror movie version of the marriage story.

Two lonely people who need each other suffering under the claustrophobia of their situation. It reaches impressive heights of paranoia and confusion and is by far the weirdest movie of the year so naturally, I was very taken with it.

I mean if I can watch a film or Willem Dafoe was arguing with Robert Pattinson because of patents in his hurt his feelings about the quality of his a lobster meal. 

That gives me everything I want in a movie. I adore this film and if you didn’t get a chance to see it, please do. It’s my favorite movie of 2019 I think it’s just really awesome.

  My Favorite Movie of 2019  

We’ve reached that time. It’s time to talk about my favorite movie of 2019. I think most of you know what it is. It’s pretty obvious if you’ve read my reviews. Without a doubt, the best movie I saw in 2019 was The  Fanatic John.

The Fanatic

Travolta gives a performance for the ages, in fact, he’s currently doing his for your consideration campaign. For his incredible work in lint biscuits movie the fanatic.

Let’s be real they should make a sequel to the fanatic. I mean I watch it when you for god sakes. I’m of course getting. A fanatic.

Guys, thank you so much for reading my reviews for another year. It’s been really fun to talk to you guys about movies and I’m going to continue to do it. I hope you’ve also liked my top 15 Best Movies of 2019  list.

We are now at the beginning of January. That’s gonna be great. Guys thank you so much as always for reading my reviews. I really hope that you liked 15 Best Movies of 2019  I have chosen for you this year. See you next time.

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