Though we are already almost halfway through January 2020 at this point, it’s time to take one last look at last year with my Top 10 movies of 2019. This was actually a tough list to compile because not a lot of movies last year really stood out to me in terms of things I’m going to revisit a lot or that I really loved. There were tons of movies, especially ones that I was looking forward to, that were relatively mediocre. I gave out a ton of 10-4 ratings this year. With that said, here is my list. Keep in mind this is solely my opinion and is not meant to be an objective list of the best movies of the year. I also haven’t seen many Oscar nominated movies due to them not screening near me. Be sure to let me know your lists in the comments or on our social media.
10. Hobbs and Shaw
This is definitely a guilty pleasure and I completely understand why many people didn’t like this movie at all. It probably doesn’t deserve to be on any Top 10 list but, alas, here it is. I went into this movie with very low expectations and I had a blast with it. It has some great over the top action and The Rock and Statham are a great combo.
9. The Irishman
Overall, The Irishman was actually a bit of a disappointment for me. It is too long and feels a bit too full of itself. However I enjoyed seeing De Niro, Pesci, and Pacino together, especially in a movie this epic. The de-aging and timeline of the story works well and you can really see how much Scorsese has honed his craft. It deserves a spot near the top of any gangster movie list and is pretty clearly one of the best movies of this past year.
This movie has actually grown on me quite a bit since I first saw it and I can’t wait to give it a rewatch. While it still isn’t one of my favorite Tarantino movies, there’s a ton to enjoy here, with the lead performances by DiCaprio and Pitt being two of them.
I was surprised when this came out at the backlash it received both from critics and audiences . I personally love this movie and everyone I went to the movie with enjoyed it. It isn’t without its problems, which is why it falls so low on this list, but I think it was a fitting end to the sequel trilogy and I can’t wait to add it to my Star Wars watchlist rotation.
6. Knives Out
It took me a bit to wrap my head around this movie but I think I am to the point where I really like it. Daniel Craig is a big part of that but I really like how the movie subverts the mystery genre and does things in a really clever way that kept me guessing.
This is the definition of a high profile crowd pleaser and for good reason. There’s a ton to love, and not really anything to complain about. I had a great time watching all of it, whether its the performances of Bale and Damon, or some of the best car racing scenes ever put on film.
I said in my initial review that I was going to have to see with how this movie, and the ending in particular, sat with me over time before I had a final opinion. Luckily, it sat with me pretty well. I love the bold directions it takes and Joaquin Phoenix absolutely kills it.
With the exception of my number 1, I’m not sure I had a better time at the movies this year than I did with the newest John Wick installment. The first half is a nearly perfect action film with some of the best action scenes you’ll see. And while the second half does take a bit of a dip in quality, the film overall is outstanding and endlessly rewatchable.
While most of the time I would think that throwing a film I just saw this high on a list would be all due to recency bias, I don’t think that’s the case with this film. I think this will be regarded by many, including myself, as one of the great war films. It’s a tough watch without a doubt, but it’s a must see.
This was my number one from the day I saw it and I waited all year for a movie to come along and unseat it. For better or worse, nothing ever did. It’s the most fun I had at the movies and the perfect wrap-up to this particular era of Marvel movies. There was a lot they had to do right to make it work and I think they managed to do it in an incredibly satisfying way.
2019 was a solid year for movies when it comes to critically acclaimed fare and Oscar nominated productions. With that said, a lot of those movies either didn’t speak to me personally enough to make this list, or I haven’t been able to see. However, a lot of those movies should be well represented in the upcoming Golden Donut Awards. Be on the lookout for those nominations and voting in the coming weeks. As always follow us via our social media or sign up for our newsletter below to make sure you don’t miss out.
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