Movies and Film

Favourites of 2019 – Film

There were a lot of good films released in 2019, from movies that will be Oscar favourites and were indy-darlings like Uncut Gems and Jojo Rabbit to blockbusters that made a ton of cash. Below are some favourites released during the year from sequels to biopics, all of them entertaining to one degree or another and by no means a best-of list.

Rambo: Last Blood – Stallone returns one final(?) time as John Rambo who has essentially retired, but is pulled back into violence when someone murders somebody close to him. Over-the-top, violent and absolutely thrilling.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters – It was everything anyone could have wanted in a giant monster movie except for some reason, it was just not enough for some people. Too many humans – maybe, but there needs to be a story otherwise it is just a fictional National Geographic special.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – It was the weakest entry in the series and had undergone a lot of changes before it was finally released, but in the end, it was still a lot of fun and provided to be a decent end-cap for the Fox franchise.

Spider-Man: Far From Home – The Spider-Man movies seem to get better and better as they go along and Far From Home proved to be highly entertaining with a lot of humour, factoring in a great villain with Mysterio and a truly comedic bit with Night Monkey.

Avengers: Endgame – Quite possibly the biggest film of the year in a year of big films, it was the finale to (nearly) every storyline that Marvel had been peppering their movies with since their inception, all of it culminating in one of the grandest special effects-laden battles ever to appear on film. Filled with comedy and tragedy and everything in-between, it was pure spectacle of the best kind.

Fighting With My Family – A biopic about a wrestler named Paige who was ultimately chosen over her brother to go and work for the WWE. Funny and dramatic, even those who do not like wrestling will enjoy this movie.

Shazam! – A DC Universe picture starring the former Captain Marvel, now Shazam as Marvel Comics has an iron grip on the name and starring Zachary Levi, the film would be much lighter in tone and nature than many previous DC/Warner releases and turn out to be one of their best adaptations yet and one primed for a sequel.

The Curse of La Llorona – While Annabelle might be where it’s at for Blumhouse, The Curse of La Llorona turned out to be a solid ghost story with some good scares.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – John Wick is the franchise that keeps on giving and it does so with Wick on the outside, being hunted by those he once was an ally of. With more action, more suspense and more Halle Berry, the third chapter just go bigger and better.

Brightburn – This was the Superman movie that fandom deserved, putting a spin on the origin tale by looking at what would happen if he had turned bad instead of good.

Escape Plan: The Extractors – Not a great film by any means, but it was highly entertaining with its ridiculous scenarios and who cannot love Stallone trying to break out of prison with a little help from Dave Bautista?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – A fun outing with Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in old Hollywood. While it did not essentially go anywhere other than perhaps a career resurgence for DiCaprio’s character towards the end, it was still mesmerizing and a strong effort from Quentin Tarantino.

Ready or Not – Part horror, part action and part comedy, Ready or Not finds Samara Weaving just married and trying to survive her first night as a bride in the family home. With violence galore, some laughs and a little bit of Satan, the film’s ninety-five minutes race by like no time has passed at all.

Judy – Another biopic, this time about Judy Garland during perhaps what was the darkest time in her life. Tragic and captivating.

The Lighthouse – A moody, tense film made in black and white starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in powerhouse performances that enchant from the second the movie begins to the very last.

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