My 10 Favorite Films of the Year

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.

Avengers: Endgame

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.

The Farewell

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.

The Irishman

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.

Knives Out

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

Review – The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, and Shia LaBeouf embark on a journey of a lifetime in The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Release Date (wide): August 23, 2019

Director: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes

Rating: 4/4 Stars

“Not all those who wander are lost.” And so it goes for the two main leads at the center of The Peanut Butter Falcon, a refreshingly sweet and feel-good tale. The film begins with Zac (Zach Gottsagen), a young man with Down’s syndrome, who dreams of escaping the retirement home he was placed in. With no family to claim as his own other than some of the residents he befriends there and his caseworker (Dakota Johnson), Zac hopes to one day become a professional wrestler. Meanwhile, and free to wander, Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) seeks to make ends meet as he struggles to settle on a path of his own. While both grapple to break free from their respective prisons, one literal and the other based in guilt and unresolved grief, their most unlikely meeting sets them on a course of whimsical madness, friendship, and self discovery.

I’ve seen my fair share of journeys across the screen, and The Peanut Butter Falcon cements itself as a memorable ride through backwater, ocean, and lush countryside. As much as the film is dedicated to its inhabitants and story, the film also gives great credit to the land around which its story and people are inspired from. As I was watching the film, my eyes couldn’t help but take notice of the incredible beauty on display.

The chemistry between the main leads feels so natural and entertaining as Zac and Tyler play and riff off each other like brothers in progress. Shia LaBeouf gives a performance that is both warm and vulnerable in one of his best to date, and Dakota Johnson continues to impress as she pushes away from the stilted and laughably cringy persona displayed in previous Fifty Shades films. And much is to say about Zach Gottensagen’s wonderfully versatile performance as a young man striving to fight against crippling narratives as he seeks to reach his dreams and find a family of his own. Accompany that with both comedic and light-hearted supporting appearances from Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, and several others in the cast, The Peanut Butter Falcon feels like a most delicious dessert of the best kind. Like chocolate morsels in a cookie so soft and appetizing throughout, The Peanut Butter Falcon will leave you satisfied and wanting more.

A treat for the eyes as it is for the heart and soul, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a win that succeeds in bringing depth and charm on a journey of the most peculiar and amazing kind. Its inhabitants and the many colorful characters met along the way is what elevates the The Peanut Butter Falcon to be placed among the greats. I had a blast as I caught myself smiling, laughing, and caring from beginning to end, and you may, too. Do yourself a favor and see The Peanut Butter Falcon. Adventure awaits.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is rated PG-13 for thematic content, language throughout, some violence, and smoking.