Best of 2019

Best Movies of 2019

Honorable Mentions

It Comes (Tetsuya Nakashima)
Junichi Okada, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki

It Comes devices a long list of plot twist mechanisms—including anagnorisis, analepsis, peripeteia, red herring, non-linear narrative, false antagonist, to name a few—simultaneously and enticingly in one grand, long-winded horror that demands full attention. Read It Comes review here.

Dark Waters (Todd Haynes)
Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Bill Camp

The true events are heartbreaking and alarming; and, Haynes captures those senses perfectly, presenting us with a riveting dramatization. The docudrama focuses on opening audiences’ eyes about the crime that capitalist moguls are willing to do to get themselves richer. In delivering the message, this whistleblowing story is undeniably tough to watch. Every truth unraveled is unstomachable and every irony is unbearable. Read Dark Waters review here.

Fighting with My Family (Stephen Merchant)
Florence Pugh, Nick Frost, Lena Heady

Led by stellar casts cheering for Florence Pugh, the biopic of a recent history-making WWE diva, Paige, is uplifting from start to end. Exploiting all the genre familiarity with spectacles and delightful performances by Pugh and the supporting casts, it feels like a Money in the Bank match that went well. Read Fighting with My Family review here.

Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern

Baumbach models this dysfunctional marriage drama after his long and painful divorce process. Even the writer-director roots on-screen conflicts in irreconcilable differences, which were cited as the reason for the real-life divorce. The bias is observable; but, so are the sense of atonement and self-reflection. And that only makes the whole conflict more intriguing, especially when Driver and Johansson’s rawest emotions emanate. Read Marriage Story review here.

2 comments on “Best of 2019

  1. Great list! I’m happy to say I’ve seen most of these movies. I only caught the trailer for Dark Waters at the cinema this week so the UK must be getting that way later than most. Looking forward to it though. Love your #1 pick!

    1. As for this year, the picks are rather some popular ones. So glad that you love the #1 🙂

      I hope the new year will give us more amazing movies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *