Here is the scoop: 2019 was my favorite year in film of the decade. However, now we must look on to a new decade in film. Based on what I have seen there are some exciting releases this year. It was difficult to pick just three, but here are a few of the movies that I am looking forward to most.
The big news coming out of the 92nd Oscars Ceremony this weekend was “Parasite” being the first non-English film to win Best Picture. The film also took home three more awards including Best Director for Bong Joon Ho, Best International Feature and Best Original Screenplay for Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-won.
Alison Brie delivers her best role as Sarah in this psychological drama. Although the film does not always land, the last thirty minutes are quite an experience and worth the wait. I had a difficult time connecting with this movie, Brie is one of the only sympathetic people whereas everyone around here besides Molly Shannon's character is quite terrible. For a movie that was an hour and forty minutes, it crawled through that run time. This movie will not be for everyone, however, I am sure it will find a quirky audience.
I will be the first to admit that I have not seen the most movies about journalism, especially ones made before the 21st century. However, it is without doubt one of my favorite genres to watch, especially when done well. Well-crafted dialogue, a sharp attention to detail and charming characters are hallmarks of the genre.
In a thought-provoking montage, Joon-ho intertwines the two environments during a severe rainstorm. To the affluent Parks, the downpour is an aesthetic gift from mother nature—a soothing backdrop for sleep. At the same time, The Kim family must trek to their predominately underground home, only to find shoulder deep water has filled the space.
These were my four favorite Best Picture nominees. Having just watched the Oscars, I could not be happier that "Parasite" won for best picture. It was one of the most intelligent, well-rounded movies of the year, and I am glad Bong Joon Ho finally got an Oscar as well for Best Director.
The new year started with the exciting news that actor-phenom Timothée Chalamet will play folk icon Bob Dylan in a biopic directed by James Mangold. The film supposedly will focus on Dylan’s transition from folk to rock music.
The 2020 Best Picture Nominations are all fantastic movies. If any of them were in the category last year, they would have beat out "Green Book." Of the nine nominations for best picture, I have seen all but "Little Women." The following are my Best Picture rankings part one, numbers eight through five.
Not since the Safdie Brothers 2017 film “Good Time” have I seen such an anxiety inducing film as “Uncut Gems.” The film follows Howard Ratner, an unfaithful, degenerate gambling addict in New York City.
This past year was one of the best years of film that I can remember, and I don’t say that every year like Apple does upon the newest, best iPhone whatever number to release. It truly was a fantastic year for movies, due in large part to unique stories, greenlighted by independent studios such as A24. Some honorable mentions are “The King,” “Joker,” “Uncut Gems,” and “Marriage Story.” Moreover, here are five of my favorite films of the year: