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2019 EOTY Entertainment Lists

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by OhTheWater, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. OhTheWater

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  2. OhTheWater

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    Synonyms is out on KG. And apparently has been since August lol I never check
  3. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    It's really good.

    Film Comment's best undistributed is always a great list too, one of my favorite local filmmakers is at number 4

    Best Undistributed Films of 2019
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  4. OhTheWater

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  5. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    It screened here twice, once at the festival and another one off screening in April (which is when I saw it). I think it made its way to KG over the summer though.
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  6. TJ Wells

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    I’ve given up hope of seeing Portrait this year. Oh well. It’ll definitely be on my list next year (I would imagine).
  7. yung_ting


    I wanna see Synonyms so bad, damn you KG folk
  8. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    Well, there you go

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  11. Anthony_

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    I hate ranking TV shows because there's always so much spillover from the year before and into the year after but for me there's no contest for #1, Watchmen was the best thing on TV in 2019.
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  12. SpyKi

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    yeah I always find it hard to do with shows that span seasons over separate years.

    Glad to hear Watchmen was great! I stopped after episode 2 because it was so good I didn't want to wait every week. Will finally watch it some time this week.
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  13. iCarly Rae Jepsen Dec 30, 2019
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    iCarly Rae Jepsen

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    Losing my mind at Sofia Coppola loving Bombshell

  14. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    Reverse Shot just tweeted theirs out:

    1. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese)
    2. The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg)
    3. Parasite (Bong Joon-ho)
    4. Atlantics (Mati Diop)
    5. Uncut Gems (Josh & Benny Safdie)
    6. Transit (Christian Petzold)
    7. A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick)
    8. High Life (Claire Denis)
    9. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma)
    10. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
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  15. Morrissey


    This is the first time I've seen all the Reverse Shot films in advance. It feels a little less adventurous than previous years.
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  16. aoftbsten

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    I think my favorites list is probably something like this

    Knives Out
    Uncut Gems
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Little Women
    The Lighthouse
    The Irishman
    John Wick 3
    Marriage Story

    Not necessarily in order, though those top three are definitely my favorites. There's still a bunch I need to get around to seeing. Honorable mention to Us.

    Also, shoutout to Serenity for being one of the most WTF movies I've ever seen. Terrible, terrible movie, but I could not look away.
  17. Movies:
    1. The Lighthouse
    2. Midsommar
    3. Knives Out
    4. Ad Astra
    5. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    6. Avengers: Endgame
    7. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
    8. Jojo Rabbit
    9. Marriage Story
    10. John Wick 3: Parabellum

    I have not had a chance to see 1917, A Hidden Life, or Little Women, which are the movies off the top that I could see making my top 10. Also, it didn't make my top 10, but I Lost My Body was the best animated movie I saw this year.

    1. Dark [S2]
    2. Watchmen
    3. Mr. Robot [S4]
    4. Chernobyl
    5. Undone
    6. Rick and Morty [S4-]
    7. Fleabag [S2]
    8. What We Do In The Shadows [S1]
    9. Atypical [S3]
    10. The OA [S2]

    Other shows I greatly enjoyed: The Expanse [S4], The Mandalorian [S1], Unbelievable, Stranger Things [S3], Game of Thrones [S8], True Detective [S3], Barry [S2], The Boys [S1], Dead To Me [S1].

    I watched a ton of TV this year and slacked on movies.
  18. secretsociety92

    Music, Gaming, Movies and Guys = Life

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    Ford v Ferrari
    Avengers: Endgame
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Doctor Sleep
    Knives Out
    Ad Astra
    Motherless Brooklyn

    Not seen some notable films either because they have yet to be released here in the UK or I never got the chance to watch them on release but this year has been great, several films not just defying my expectations but also becoming long term favourites. 35 films seen at the cinema (plus five re-releases) and 55 total from last year during last year but hopefully will catch up on those I have missed over the course of this year so that top ten might change.
  19. Morrissey


    I'm really surprised at the overlap between arthouse critics and more general critics in their lists. Part of it is because Tarantino and Scorcese have always been part of the rare group to appeal to both camps, but when you see a place like IGN calling Parasite the film of the year and Portrait of a Lady on Fire making more than the usual Slant/Film Comment/Reverse Shot lists, you know it is a unique year. Regular people are even watching a Noah Baumbach movie because it is on Netflix and the leads happened to be major characters in the biggest blockbusters of the year. The Lighthouse and Midsommar are also finding audiences. You can actually see a James Gray or Safdie brothers movie in a suburban movie theater. Little Women, which would have been awful from an Oscar bait director, is just the icing on top.

    Maybe all is not lost. Maybe people are so tired of CGI and spandex that they are seeking other avenues for entertainment.
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  20. OhTheWater

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    Many of my kids came back from break talking about Uncut Gems.

    They did not like it
  21. Nathan Jan 4, 2020
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    30. Queen & Slim
    29. Ad Astra
    28. Ford v. Ferrari
    27. Blinded by the Light
    26. Apollo 11
    25. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
    24. American Woman
    23. The Dead Don't Die
    22. High Life
    21. Us
    20. Dolemite is My Name
    19. Knives Out
    18. Waves
    17. Everbody's Everything
    16. High Flying Bird
    15. The Beach Bum
    14. Uncut Gems
    13. Transit
    12. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
    11. The Souvenir
    10. The Farewell
    9. The Lighthouse
    8. Atlantics
    7. Midsommar
    6. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
    5. Marriage Story
    4. A Hidden Life
    3. The Irishman
    2. Little Women
    1. Parasite

    Plenty I missed/hasn't been available to me yet.
  22. A friend asked me about Parasite yesterday saying he heard it was good. I told him it was a 2+ hour South Korean dark comedy/thriller, and he seemed less interested. Still, it seems like a lot of the discussion and online discourse about these non-blockbuster movies has reached more general audiences.

    I haven't compared to previous years, but there were a lot of blockbuster flops this year. Then again, maybe that's not the scales balancing out between blockbusters and non-blockbusters. Maybe it's just the scales tipping even more towards Disney, specifically.
  23. username Jan 4, 2020
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    hey you lil piss baby

    I was thinking about that overlap a bit today. It’s been very interesting to see some mainstream/popular publication have the same film of the year as people I’ve long seen as avant guardists. It is amazing to see international filmmakers and strong North American directors enter popular online “discourse” in a way I can’t recall ever really seeing. Netflix has definitely played a role in it, the rise of a certain A24-spawned fandom and it’s online presence over the last couple years has surely been a part as well.

    It’s made me feel optimistic but I remain somewhat wary. Most of these films are still accessible in a certain way (Parasite is, by my perspective, a popular film first and foremost, especially compared to other works that premiered alongside it at Cannes) and the approach people have taken still treads in that Oscar-centric conversation that I feel is often limiting. But I’m curious!
  24. aoftbsten

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    Part of me wonders if streaming has actually helped some of these films see success at the box office. I'd never seen a Sadfie Brother's movie before I caught Good Time on prime. After that, I told myself I'd have to catch whatever they did next in theaters. Though Uncut Gems being able to promote a cast of well-knowns like Sandler, KG & The Weeknd probably helped convince some people to see it as well.
  25. Morrissey


    2019 was arguably one of the best film years of the decade. Old masters came back with work that rivaled their greatest accomplishments, independent filmmakers began to get mainstream recognition, and new talent started to shine. It is a situation worth celebrating.

    However, before the top ten is revealed, a bottom five is in order. One cannot appreciate the highs without suffering through the lows; one cannot eat in a fancy restaurant every night or win in every contest. This list is incomplete for multiple reasons; firstly, there was no need to sit through THE LION KING or STAR WARS 12 because there are things that are best moved on from at a certain point. If the list came out in a month, more likely there would be such films as BOMBSHELL, 1917, and CATS. All these lists are incomplete by definition, so here are the five most painful experiences


    5. JOKER

    Nerds have been trying to make their superhero films into something greater, partly to gain more cultural acceptance but also to validate their decision to live within the worlds of films made for children. The Christopher Nolan BATMAN films flirted with weightier political issues, but if you thought about their implications for more than a minute it fell apart pretty quickly. We had to have an R-rated X-MEN movie for some reason (remember that this is a character who wears yellow spandex and is made out of metal that makes him never die), and we are told that stuff like CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 is really a political thriller and not just a superhero movie. Why, in the same year that Scorsese proved he was still the reigning master of crime stories, did we have to watch a film that stole so liberally from TAXI DRIVER and THE KING OF COMEDY? The excuse that shading it with a comic book character is the only way to get funding falls apart pretty quickly when you look at so much good material came out this year and found an audience.



    Cinema is full of false prophets. The 2000's had many, from Jason Reitman to Lee Daniels. Usually these people are figured out sooner or later, as it becomes clearer and clearer that the aspects of their films that were excused as minor keep reoccurring. Johnson put audiences through tedious films like BRICK, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, and LOOPER, but then he began to be taken more seriously when he directed some of the better episodes of BREAKING BAD (made easier that he was able to join the show after it got over its bad first two seasons) and making the one STAR WARS film in the Disney batch to at least try and do something against the grain. Now he has the clout to indulge with large casts and creative freedom, and he makes the kind of whodunit that lacks the charm of something like CLUE. Everything feels so calculated and referential; it is enough to have flashbacks to the popularity of the odious HAMILTON.



    Linklater had such a good run from 2011's BERNIE to 2016's EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! that many may have forgotten that he is arguably the most inconsistent director working today. We are so used to people like Paul Thomas Anderson making major work on a consistent basis and people like Joe Wright making pointless garbage that it is fascinating to watch Linklater oscillate between some of the most touching and poignant works and really plain for-hire films. If someone had only seen his last two films and you insisted he is a genius, that person would stop talking to you.



    How did Pope Francis become such a beloved figure, while the last Pope was compared to Emperor Palpatine? He remained with the church after it was revealed of the systemic abuse and coverup of children. He still opposes homosexuality, abortion, and allowing priests to marry. What he does have is a good public relations department, hiring Greg Burke in 2015 to carefully craft his image. The movie is essentially a commercial for the Catholic Church, arguing that this man is so modest and moral that it is okay to come back. Hopefully the donations they take from the poorest and most susceptible to manipulation covered all of the costs of this film.



    The Holocaust was not a fun and quirky Wes Anderson movie. Everyone who made this should be brought up on charges.
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