What an incredible year of film it has been! I hope you all have enjoyed the recent breaks and gatherings this holiday season. As the year comes to a close, I’d like to share with you my favorite films of 2019. These are the films that I personally found myself enjoying the most this past year and that have remained in my thoughts well after the end credits. I have not seen every film released in 2019, and needless to say, there may be some other great and enjoyable films I have yet to see that I look forward to discovering in the days and months ahead. I highly recommend you consider these films in your own time, and may you all have a wonderful and Happy New Year!
– Tyler Pacholski, Creator/Head Writer
[The following films are ordered by their release date]
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Fun, witty, and surprisingly dark at times, Shazam! is a heartwarming and thrilling superhero romp of a film. Dare I say, a new Christmas classic.
Release Date: April 26, 2019
An exhilarating spectacle and fitting end to an era of incredible MCU storytelling. Avengers: Endgame is an epic of scale and scope in each and every way.
Toy Story 4
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 is a gem of a film that marks the end and beginning of relationships both old and new in true Toy Story fashion. Keep your Kleenex box near, tears are guaranteed to abound.
Release Date: July 3, 2019
A hypnotic, daytime haunt that is in equal parts a breakup movie as it is an engrossing look at family and cultural relativism. Having seen both the theatrical and director’s cut, Midsommar cast its spell with a most disturbing and dreadful fright.
Release Date: August 9, 2019
Both laugh-out-loud funny and balling-your-eyes-out crying, The Farewell is a poignant and amusing look at a family both different and similar to us all.
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Release Date: August 23, 2019
A tale of triumph and brotherly love, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a sweet and darling film that left a lasting smile on my face from beginning to end.
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Brutal and visceral in its content and presentation, Joker is a masterful character piece and commentary that is sure enough to burn the most sturdy of facades down and piss on its ashes. With a tour de force turn from Joaquin Phoenix, expect a slew of award nominations (and wins) in the coming months.
Release Date: November 27, 2019
A class act of filmmaking and acting that harkens back to the epic gangster films of the 1970s, The Irishman succeeds in both its patient and pressing telling of events behind the scenes in one of history’s most notorious and unsolved disappearances.
Release Date: November 8, 2019
One of the best films of the year, Parasite is a most wicked ride crafted by stunning writing, taut direction, and a stellar ensemble of actors. If there ever is a sure winner for a film in a best feature category, this is the one to beat.
Release Date: November 27, 2019
Devilish and delightful, Knives Out is a film that relishes in its subversive take on the whodonit genre and wins with its wry wit and charm.
Honorable Mentions: It: Chapter Two, Doctor Sleep, John Wick 3: Parabellum, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood