Sunday, February 9, 2020

Best of 2019: Top 10 Films of the Year

With the Academy Awards ceremony just moments away, it feels like an appropriate time to finally sound off on my personal faves of the year 2019. And as I reflect on my Top 10 list, I am reminded of all the amazing works of art I was able to witness. More than most other years past, the year's best films truly represented my range of cinematic tastes. Big budget spectacles with even bigger emotions. Passionately acted dramas with scintillating dialogue. Jaw-droppingly beautiful period pieces. Hilarious comedies with poignant messages.

Looking towards the 2020 cinematic landscape, I can only hope for another richly satisfying year. Here are my Top 10 Films of 2019:

10. Clemency
(directed by Chinonye Chukwu)

"A visceral, haunting examination of the inhumanity of the death penalty, elevated by tremendous work from star Alfre Woodard and director Chinonye Chukwu."

9. Les Misérables
(directed by Ladj Ly)

8. Us
(directed by Jordan Peele)
"Unsettling and enthralling in equal measure, "Us' channels class conflict with an ingenious take on the "upstairs, downstairs" trope."

7. Waves
(directed by Trey Edward Shults)

"With an emphatic filmmaking style and heartwrenchingly raw performances, "Waves" is a bold, cathartic piece of cinema."

6. Atlantics
(directed by Mati Diop)

"As this riveting “ghost love story” unfolds with beautifully poetic visuals and dialogue, “Atlantics” explores human desire at its most elemental — the longing for love, happiness and a better life."

5. Jojo Rabbit
(directed by Taika Waititi)

4. Little Women
(directed by Greta Gerwig)

3. Pain and Glory
(directed by Pedro Almodóvar)

2. Avengers: Endgame
(directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo)

1. Marriage Story
(directed by Noah Baumbach)

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