Monday, December 23, 2019

My Favorite Movies of 2019

As of writing this I have seen 92 movies in the theatre this year.  Here are my favorite movies of 2019 in no particular order til the last 2. 

Avengers Endgame - Directors: the Russo Brothers
This movie sums up 10 years of the MCU. It was an incredible feat for the Russo Brothers who in my opinion deserve an Oscar for the feat.  Peter Jackson got one to recognize his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and in my mind tying all of this up and doing it this satisfyingly deserves one too.
I have zero issues with this movie. 

Joker -Director: Todd Phillips
I did not want to put this film on the list. I couldn't over look it because it is such a strong film.  For me personally if they hadn't made it the Joker I'd have liked it more.  I know that they used the idea of the Joker to get more rears in seats but it was not the Joker.  It was a guy calling himself the Joker but not the Joker.  The Thomas Wayne bit could have easily been  a random millionaire that was introduced.  The theme of the movie stuck with me however and the performance of Joaquin Phoenix was undeniably his best ever.

Childs Play (2019) Director: Lars Klevberg
This reboot is more of a reimagining than a remake.  When I first heard they were making a new Childs Play I had zero interest. The franchise lost me with Seed of Chucky. When it was announced that it was a retelling of the original movie I have to admit I was curious.  
I didn’t have high hopes but was pleasantly surprised.  So much so that I have watched it more than a couple times since It was released on digital and video on demand.
Aubrey Plaza was not the usual character for her and I enjoyed seeing this side of her.  Chucky was voiced by Mark Hamil and there should be no surprise that he knocked it out of the park.
Changing the way in which the Good  Guy doll turns evil from voodoo induced possession to artificial intelligence was a fresh take.  I know did not make enough in it’s theatrical run to earn a sequel but I for one would like to see at least one more.

Ready or Not - Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
The trailer to this movie had me on the hook immediately.  It’s a simple premise and all takes place in one location in one 24 hour period.  The violence and gore is in full effect and if you are squeamish this is probably not the film for you but I had a blast watching it.  
The movie is basically the most deadly game of hide and seek you’ve ever seen and the ending its unexpected and fun.  

John Wick Chapter 3 - Director: Chad Stahelski
What can I say about John Wick? This franchise is so much fun to watch and chapter 3 was no different.  These movies are directed by an ex-stuntman and it is apparent in every fight scene that he and Keanu spend a lot of time working on the “gun-fu”.
I wish they had ended the on the run storyline and moved on to something else for the next one but I will be there opening night for sure.

Spider-man Far From Home - Director: Jon Watts
It is my opinion that the MCU Spiderman portrayed by Tom holland is the best Spider-man we have ever had on film.  He imbodies what Steve Ditkko and Stan Lee has started the series out with. A teenager that gets unbelievable power and the stress that comes along with that power.  
Far from home continues that direction with Peter just wanting to get away from being a super hero and be a teen. He deals with loss and a burgeoning crush. All he wants is to experience a high school trip with no heroic interuptions.  Unfortunately for him this is an MCU movie and things get hairy quick.  

Happy Hogan is back to assist Peter from time to time and his 

Happy Death Day 2U - Director: Christopher Landon
This movie is on my list because I have watched it several times since it came out on digital.  Ot's one of those movies that was just fun. When I'm working on a project on the computer, I can put that movie on in the background and just zone out. 
I put it on some nights before I go to bed to fall asleep to. 
Don't get me wrong I watch it too. Thats one of the reasons I love it, its a great sequel. It builds on the original but it goes down a since fiction path too that is interesting and fun.

Overcomer - Director: Alex Kendrick
I was torn originally when I heard this movie was being released.  While I have enjoyed a few of the movies from the Sherwood Pictures team. The last 2 entries, Courageous and the War Room were big disappointments to me.  I didn't know if they could recapture the magic of Facing the Giants.
Overcomer came awful close.  I loved this movie.  I went with a group of friends and I knew being a Sherwood Pictures film that I would cry. I just didn't want to ugly cry.  You know snot bubbles and all. I did pretty well. I made it to nearly the end of the movie and I walked to the back of the auditorium so I could greet my friends as they left and see what they thought of the film.  I made it to the back and I was standing there watching the film wrap up and in the last 2 minutes there is a voiceover that for reasons I won't go into here to avoid spoilers brought out the ugly cries. Luckily I had a minute or so in the hall to get straight before everyone came out.  It's an incredible film and you need to see it.

Knives Out - Director: Rain Johnson
I struggled with whether this was my favorite movie of the year or mot. Eventually though the next film cemented its spot as number one but Knives Out is incredible.
This is the best mystery I’ve seen in years.  It’a rare that I can’t predict the ending of a movie or guess the killer but I didn’t have a chance thanks to the ingenious writing of Rain Johnson.  
The ensemble cast is perfect, but Daniel Craig is the standout as Benoit Blanc.  A southern detective with a sharp mind and keen deductive skills that puts him on the same level as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. 
How someone can write a script as witty, twisty and clever as this is beyond me but it is definitely worth seeking out.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Director: Quentin Tarantino
This is the 9th film by Quentin Tarantino.  Not only is this my favorite movie of the year but I’d be hard pressed to say it’s not my favorite Tarentino movie, period.
The relationship of Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) is unbelievably charming. Their friendship comes off as genuine and the dialogue is Tarantino at his best. 
Add to that, Sharon Tate, the Spawn Ranch and the liberties that Tarantino took with that bit of history this movie is just the perfect storm of everything I like about his films. 
I can’t recommend this movie enough. I think it is the sheer rewatch-ability that gives it my number one spot.  Not a good idea for family movie night though, it is R rated and the language is what you would expect from a Quentin Tarantino film.  

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