Best/Worst Movies of 2019

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2019 favourites, based on Australian release dates. (Full list: https://letterboxd.com/deancc/list/2019-favourites/)

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LUCY IN THE SKY

I'm seriously perplexed at why this film doesn't have better reviews? This is one of, if not the best, Natalie Portman performance I've ever seen. Not as dark or deep as Joaquin Phoenix in Joker but I still got that vibe of someone who's slowly losing touch with reality. She's strong, smart, and fierce at times. Wonderful editing with a lot of overhead shots and camera zooms to heighten Portman's isolation. And on a final note: after seeing him in this and RICHARD JEWEL recently, I'm convinced Jon Hamm doesn't have to stretch his acting chops very much to pull off playing an a--hole. I have nothing against the man and his work is spotty for me at times, but recently, he just comes across as that a--hole (so kudos to him). Looking forward to another viewing and I hope Natalie not only gets an Oscar nomination but wins the damn thing! I would definitely have to update my Top Ten list of 2019 and include this film in there. 8/10
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1917

A movie experience! At times while watching this, I had the same experience while watching GRAVITY back in 2013: suspenseful, realistic, believable, and an intimate connection that at times, makes you feel you're not watching a movie but right beside the characters. Wonderful set designs and cinematography. I've always been a fan of long shots, and Mendes and company pull off an entire film that way masterfully. One of the best war movies probably ever and definitely the type of film to see on the big screen! I'm sure this will clean up at the Oscars next month. 8/10
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Saw 1917 today. Brilliant film. Cinematography was outstanding. Roger Deakins at his best. Score and direction were superb. Highly recommend everyone sees it in the theater.
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PARASITE

Agreed with everyone else that this is a wonderful movie. Funny, tragic, completely original and a deep commentary on the class system and what this family was willing to do to have a better life. Curious how HBO is going to turn this into a show but I'm in. It should win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in my opinion. Looking forward to another viewing! It probably wouldn't be in my Top Ten for 2019, but it would be darn close. If you get the opportunity, I definitely recommend checking it out. 7.5/10
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Just watched Parasite myself and absolutely loved it. It covered so many genres in 2 hours and keeps the audience engaged the entire time. Very good flow as it starts off like a comedy heist, but then turns into a thriller/horror film with the second half. Definitely deserving to be up for best picture of 2019. Dont think it will win with the other heavy hitters in the category, but a must watch. 8.5/10
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Finally watched "Midsommar". Bravo.
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aldobishalini wrote:
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Just watched Parasite myself and absolutely loved it. It covered so many genres in 2 hours and keeps the audience engaged the entire time. Very good flow as it starts off like a comedy heist, but then turns into a thriller/horror film with the second half. Definitely deserving to be up for best picture of 2019. Dont think it will win with the other heavy hitters in the category, but a must watch. 8.5/10
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Anyone else feel that "Uncut Gems" sorta jacked the "Akira" theme song?
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Its soundtrack is very inspired by akira for sure.
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iwokeinrelief wrote:
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Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:37 pm
Still waiting for a ton to actually come out around here that I want to see from 2019. At the moment - and this typically grows a great deal during the first 8 weeks of the new year - my favorites are:

1. Parasite
2. The Lighthouse
3. Midsommar
4. Transit
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
6. Climax

Still need to see:

Uncut Gems (sometime this week); Portrait of a Lady on Fire; Little Women (probably Monday); A Hidden Life; Atlantics; An Elephant Sitting Still; Ash is Purest White; Synonyms; The Nightingale; Tigers are Not Afraid; Beanpole; The Wild Goose Lake; It Must Be Heaven; Synchronic; [forgetting a few I’m sure]

Saw other stuff this year, most of it was decent to good, but not really worth putting on a best of list.
Good list. Cannot wait to see The Lighthouse, but it won't play here till Feb. Also Uncut Gems, Little Women and A Hidden Life in 2020.

The Nightingale and An Elephant Sitting Still are solid, but do not skip Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Truly exceptional.
Great to hear on Portrait - besides Parasite it’s been the top of my list since Cannes, just need the damn thing to play around here.
Finally had a chance to catch Portrait of a Lady on Fire last night (opened around here last weekend). Very strong #2 flick for me last year, and it being #2 is completely and only based on how much I loved Parasite.
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