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Traditionally we've had threads to post our Top 10 lists (or links to them) or (if you must) external reviewers' lists that you wish to comment on.

Mine's pretty much set: http://1morefilmblog.com/2019/12/24/2019-top-ten/

10) Toy Story 4

9) Dark Waters

8) Bombshell

7) 1917

6) Knives Out

5) The King

4) Little Women

3) Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2) Jojo Rabbit

1) By the Grace of God

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I'm still working on mine and will publish it before the calendar turns.  For certain, Never Look Away, A Hidden Life, and Synonyms will get my one, two, and three spots; and I suspect By the Grace of God and Dark Waters will make my list, too.


To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

http://secularcinephile.blogspot.com

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I won't publish until mid-January (fewer screeners, and a lot of year end releases won't play in Indiana until then), but Knives Out and By the Grace of God are practically guaranteed to make my list. I have high hopes Little Women will, but I'll find out tomorrow. Ken's list reminded me I need to track down Portrait of a Lady on Fire.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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Here's my top 20 of 2019. For those just wanting to see a list of films, here's the top 10:

1) A Hidden Life

2) Amazing Grace

3) The Lighthouse

4) The Irishman

5) Portrait of a Lady on Fire

6) Parasite

7) Light from Light

8) For Sama

9) Booksmart

10) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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4 hours ago, Joel Mayward said:

Here's my top 20 of 2019. For those just wanting to see a list of films, here's the top 10:

I just requested Little Joe and Wild Rose from my library. Great list, Joel!


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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52 minutes ago, Evan C said:

I just requested Little Joe and Wild Rose from my library. Great list, Joel!

I am typically a Hausner fan (Lourdes, Amour Fou), but Little Joe didn't do it for me. I hope you can talk me into liking it better, if indeed you do.

Joel did you not include Young Ahmed because it was a festival viewing or because it didn't make the cut?

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2 hours ago, Evan C said:

Great list, Joel!

Thanks Evan! Hope the list sparks some new discoveries.

1 hour ago, kenmorefield said:

Joel did you not include Young Ahmed because it was a festival viewing or because it didn't make the cut?

I didn't include it because it will get a US release in 2020 via Kino Lorber, so it'll be more of a "2020" film than a "2019" film for most folks. But if I had included it here, it would be in the top 10 at #6 (between Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Parasite).

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I haven't seen nearly as many new films this year as I usually do, and I've walked out of or turned off quite a few critically acclaimed movies. But here you go ...

1.The Souvenir
2.High Life
3.Transit
4.An Elephant Sitting Still
5.Ash Is Purest White
6.Uncut Gems
7.The Hottest August
8.A Hidden Life
9.La flor
10.Grass

Edited by Darren H

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I did my list a little differently this year, since I couldn't for the life of me rank my favorites beyond 1-3.  So I got alphabetical:

Cream of the crop: A Hidden Life, Never Look Away, Synonyms

The Best of the Rest: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, By the Grace of God, The Cave and For Sama, Deadwood: The Movie, Hail Satan?, Honeyland, Pain and Glory, Zombi Child

Honorable Mention: American Factory, Beanpole, Dark Waters, Hearts and Bones, Kifaru, La Belle Epoque, Les Miserables, Parasite, Us

(Transit would've made my Best of 2019 if I hadn't been lucky enough to see it in Toronto in 2018; I think I put it at #3 that year.)

Here's my full write-up: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2020/01/the-best-films-of-2019/

Edited by Andrew

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

http://secularcinephile.blogspot.com

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I posted my top 30 favourites on Facebook at the end of last year, with the usual caveats that it was going by Australian release dates (so A HIDDEN LIFE will have to wait till next year) and likely subject to a lot of changes throughout January, which it so far has been. But as of today, I’m feeling very happy about my top 10, and I think it will likely stay fairly solid.

My 10 favourites (in order of preference):

1. AMAZING GRACE
2. THE IRISHMAN
3. LITTLE WOMEN
4. ONE CHILD NATION
5. THE FAREWELL
6. APOLLO 11
7. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN
8. KNIVES OUT
9. BY THE GRACE OF GOD
10. MARRIAGE STORY

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My write-up is here:

https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/favorite-films-of-2019/

Top ten for those too lazy to click:

  1. Little Women
  2. Marriage Story
  3. The Irishman
  4. Knives Out
  5. Parasite
  6. The Dead Don't Die
  7. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  8. The Farewell
  9. By the Grace of God
  10. Frozen II

That last one is not a typo.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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Evan, I notice our thread on the "Irishman" has exactly one post, a trailer from Netflix. Have you written about it anywhere?

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9 hours ago, kenmorefield said:

Evan, I notice our thread on the "Irishman" has exactly one post, a trailer from Netflix. Have you written about it anywhere?

Not beyond the paragraph I wrote for my yearend list. I hope to make time to write a review both of that and Little Women.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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On 1/16/2020 at 12:19 AM, Evan C said:
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • The Irishman
  • Knives Out
  • Parasite
  • The Dead Don't Die
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • The Farewell
  • By the Grace of God
  • Frozen II

The Dead Don't Die

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