Top 10 Movies of 2019 (#10 – #6)

Since I was only able to go to the movies twice this year (sheds a tear), what a better way to kick off a brand new blog, well, the third and fourth posts, respectively, by sharing my top ten favorite films of last year. Making lists can be extremely difficult especially when it comes to a subjective topic.

I saw a good amount of films last year, many that I loved that will make it as honorable mentions. With that said, let’s dive right in, starting with number 10. Also, shoutout to AMC A-list for having one of the best subscription services out there. I can’t imagine not having it anymore and no, I’m not being paid by AMC to throw that in here. I just love the service.

10) The Irishman (I Heard You Paint Houses)

“There’s A Spot In The Schuylkill River Everybody Uses. If They Ever Send Divers Down There, They’d Be Able To Arm A Small Country.”“There’s A Spot In The Schuylkill River Everybody Uses. If They Ever Send Divers Down There, They’d Be Able To Arm A Small Country.”

“There’s A Spot In The Schuylkill River Everybody Uses. If They Ever Send Divers Down There, They’d Be Able To Arm A Small Country.”

Who doesn’t love a Scorsese epic? I know I do, but, the Irishman is too long for its own good. This movie was way too long and as I watched this movie over the holidays all I could think about is how much longer do I have? Don’t get me wrong, I loved this film, a lot and the performances from De Niro, Pesci, Romano and Pacino make this nothing less than a masterpiece. A downfall is the insane budget and little return, only ending up with a box office of $8 Million. The thing that I really looked forward with this film when sitting down and logging into Netflix was the de-aging technology used on the leading men. Although it looked like DieNiro, Pesci and Pacino gained 30 extra years on their lives, they couldn’t de-age their bodies. One scene that stands out to me is when De Niro’s character, Frank Sheeran assaults a grocer who was inappropriate around his daughter; De Niro looks his age of 76. It was quite comical to me.

9) Booksmart

“Who allowed you to take my breath away?”“Who allowed you to take my breath away?”

“Who allowed you to take my breath away?”

If there are two words to describe the film Booksmart, its CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED. In a way, the quote I picked is absolutely perfect, this movie took my breath away. Very similar to its male counterpart Superbad, What Superbad gets wrong, Booksmart gets right. It is hard to believe at points that every student at the school are basically geniuses who all got into amazing, IVY league schools. That disconnect is apparent when no school is like this, unless you live in a wealthiest of wealthy community. You can gloss over this disconnect because this movie is filled with so much heart and so many laughs it’s hard to not say this movie is in my all time top 20. I feel like the main characters of Amy and Molly (Kaitlyn Dever & Beanie Feldstein) were just written better than Seth or Evan. Also, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who never knew Beanie Feldstein & Jonah Hill are siblings, that blew my mind. For many months after seeing this film, it was my number one favorite film until we got into award season.

8) The Peanut Butter Falcon

“What’s rule number one? Party”“What’s rule number one? Party”

“What’s rule number one? Party”

If you watch this movie and don’t have a huge smile on your face from start to finish, there’s something wrong. This is one of the best feel good movies I’ve seen in a long time and it doesn’t disappoint. Newcomer Zack Gottsagen absolutely, without question stole the show, his performance is mesmerizing and its utterly difficult to focus on anything else when he has a line. The relationship between Zack and Shia is what truly makes this movie work so well. With the addition of Dakota Johnson, the three people who have the least in common, it’s absolutely heartwarming to watch as they become a family. This film is hit one of two for Shia last year and I love how vulnerable his character is as he opens up more. Another thing I truly admire about this film is Zak, his only goal was to wrestle and nothing, not even a barred up window would stop him. Even with his disability, Zak found the strength within himself to let nothing come between him and getting in that ring. It just proves that no matter what, you can do anything you set your mind to. Sorry, just had to through a Pursuit of Happyness quote in there. Unfortunately, I missed this film in its theatrical run but, it was on my radar ever since I found out about it. Now, it’s in my top 10 of 2019.

7) Ford v Ferrari

“We’re lighter, we’re faster, and if that don’t work, we’re nastier.”“We’re lighter, we’re faster, and if that don’t work, we’re nastier.”

“We’re lighter, we’re faster, and if that don’t work, we’re nastier.”

Imagine being in a 24 hour race? I can’t and I love driving. I’m not big on racing, but, the mix of Matt Damon, Christian Bale (my second favorite Batman) and Jon Bernthal hooked me from the very first trailer. One of the things I absolutely love about this film is the sound mixing and editing. Seeing this film in a Dolby theater at AMC was the best decision I could have made because, the vibrations passing through you every time a car sped by was one of the best feelings. This film earned those sound Academy Awards. It’s like being at a concert, you just feel so alive in the moment. Matt Damon (Carroll Shelby) probably one of the best working actors alive right now (in my opinion) and Christian Bale (Ken Miles) one of the best method actors (look up The Fighter & Vice) give astounding performances and their chemistry together works so well. This film probably wasn’t on a lot of people’s radars or even in their top films of the year but it won me over and had my adrenaline pumping every step of the way. Another thing I love is the history and learning about the Le Mans race, how the cars are built, and how Ford was such an underdog who prevailed to come from behind.

6) Joker

“Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”“Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

“Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

The best performance of the year! Let me say that again for those in the back; THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR. I remember seeing this film and having my jaw on the floor the entire time. I know I spoke of method acting with Christian Bale, Joaquin raises the bar to a whole new level in this film. Seeing his spine and ribs from malnutrition gave me goosebumps for days. Joaquin lost 52 pounds for this role, which still blows my mind. This film is super intense, dark, gritty and violent in some of the most terrifying ways. Not horror violence but, pure terror that makes you feel like you should look away but you can’t. My eyes were glued to the screen both times I saw this masterpiece. Director Todd Phillips creates a world in such despair that mirrors such classics as taxi driver (see that movie, it’s on the AFI top 100 as one of the greatest films of all time). I feel like there’s so much to say about this film I may do a review on just the joker, as a matter of fact, I will; it’s THAT good and bone chilling. Be on the lookout for my full Joker review. I’m going to leave this description shorter than the rest in these first 5, I have so much more to say about this film.

Well, there is my first half of my favorite films of 2019, coming soon is numbers 5-1 and believe me, these films are all incredible. How many of you have seen each of these 5 fantastic movies from last year? Comment below or send me an email and let’s discuss!

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2 responses to “Top 10 Movies of 2019 (#10 – #6)”

  1. Good list so far. Happy to see the Irishman made your list. My cousin Katherine Narducci is actually the wife in the movie!

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