Written By: Rick Masters
2019 has sang its final song, tweeted its last tweet and shown its final film and I’m here to scream about my favourite films releases of the year!
2018 has provided us with some incredible movies, ranging from some of the most entertaining superhero films ever made, shockingly disturbing horrors and some truly heart-warming indies.
Soooo on this very first Friday night of 2020, instead of getting my deliciously sexy arse out into two to find myself a fresh new lady for the New Year (I replace them annually) I’ve decided to plonk myself down with a strong coffee and copious amounts of chocolate and tap out my top 10 list… you ready? I’m ready… LETS GO!!
Director: Olivia Wilde
“Fck those losers. Fck them in their stupid f*cking faces.”
This one took me by complete surprise… I’m not the biggest fan of coming of age films but this one is edgy and often hilarious, smartly written and excellently performed. Excellent entertainment!
BREXIT: THE UNCIVIL WAR
Director: Toby Haynes
“What do you do usually when there’s a system failure, you reset. And that’s all I did, I reset, and what did they do, what did all of you do? You rebooted the same operating system. The same old politics.”
Now granted this is a weird one for an end of year top 10 list but hear me out…. For a long time Brexit has been everywhere in the UK and I understood some of the basics but it still was a little over my head so I thought it couldnt hurt to learn a little more. This film opened my eyes… I felt it dealt with the whole thing fairly and Benedicts electric performance makes this a fast paced and energetic dive into the dark and seedy underbelly of modern day politics and shines a light on some extremely serious issues the country is now facing.
Director: Guy Ritchie
“If you don’t have anything, you have to act like you own everything.”
With insanely catchy songs, incredible sets and costumes and some very strong performances (most notably Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine who is fantastic!) ALADDIN is one jump ahead of all these current Disney live-action remakes. It’s not quite a whole new world but its damn good fun!!!
Director: Anthony Maras
“No one is coming for us!”
This is a difficult watch with some scenes that will be hard to stomach, however HOTEL MUMBAI should perhaps be applauded for not shying away from the atrocities that occurred in November in and around the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Gripping, terrifying and one of the most intense films I have ever watched.
FIGHTING WITH THE FAMILY
Director: Stephen Merchant
“Well, f*ck me dead and bury me pregnant!”
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY will have your emotions bouncing off the ropes in all directions with confident acting, humour and a whole lot of heart. You will be body slammed and piledrived right through to the emotional yet mighty finisher. It’s a smackdown, 1,2,3, in feel-good vibes and entertainment.
Director: Todd Phillips
“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.”
More art-house than blockbuster, this dark and twisted origin story of a broken man is an incredibly powerful and unsettling experience. Brought to life by the insanely talented Joaquin Phoenix who’s mesmerizing central performance heralds in a bold and refreshing new step for the superhero genre.
FORD V FERRARI
Director: James Mangold
“Look out there. Out there is the perfect lap. You see it?”
With a gripping story, interesting characters, AAA acting, pitch perfect sound design and some of the most visceral racing action put to screen, FORD V FERRARI is an incredibly well oiled machine!
JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM
Director: Chad Stahelski
“A fourteen million dollar bounty on his head, and everyone in the city wants a piece of it, I’d say the odds are about even.”
JOHN WICK 3 wraps a belt around your neck and never lets go, rolling from one impressive set piece to another with style and confidence… It’s a world of inventive violence, shimmering rain drenched neon and ultra-stylized, jaw-dropping brutality. This is everything you’ll ever want from the 3rd instalment and cements the franchise as one of the best in its genre.
Director: Sergio Pablos
“A true, selfless act always sparks another.”
This beautifully animated film dares to be different, with its own unique and wonderful story that is full of heart, hope, humour and gloriously free from Christmas clichés. By far one of the best Xmas films in years and a breathe of fresh air in any festive film line-up!
Just before I reveal my favourite film of 2019… here’s a few honourable mentions:
A pitch perfect murder-mystery full of suspense, intrigue, trickery and razor sharp wit. This is one of the greatest games of cluedo you’ll ever have the pleasure of playing!
A strikingly real and raw story of love, family and breakups… all performed so perfectly by the two incredible leads. One of the greatest intimate character studies put to film.
With a stellar performance by its lead Jessie Buckley, WILD ROSE is an incredibly grounded and moving tale of pursuing a dream while jugging the difficulties of life. Never have my feelings toward a character been so conflicted. A very gritty and real story entwined with some goose-bump inducing musical moments.
Delivering one of the greatest performances of the year, Florence Pugh absolutely shines in slow burning, sinister film that expertly builds tension with its gut-wrenching eccentricities and drug induced camera trickery.
THE DEAD DON’T DIE
The pacing is purposely slow and there’s a few storylines left dangling but THE DEAD DONT DIE is a quirky, odd, brilliantly original film that is a joy to watch.
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
“I love you 3,000.”
Achieving excitement and emotions only obtainable through a decade of character development and world building, AVENGERS ENDGAME is the pinnacle in modern popcorn cinema and the biggest film of 2019 for me!
And that’s your lot! If you’d like to see my full rundown of 2019 movies then be sure to check my Letterboxd RANKED list HERE
What do you agree with? Which films do you completely disagree with, so much so that you want to pour boiling water into my eyes? Be sure to let me know either on twitter, the comments below or over on my facebook page.
Thanks for reading, stick around for more film nonsense in the new year and I hope you’ve all had an amazing holiday season! Bring on 2020!