Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Brian's Top Films of 2019

For the fifth consecutive year I've assembled a wide swath of pure cinema constituting my absolute favorite films of the last calendar year. Life is short and movies to me are pure joy. I've tried to remind myself of that this year. Anytime I'm sitting in a darkened theater, clicking on a streaming title, or finally getting my hands on a hard to find DVD, it's reason to smile. I hope you'll use this list as big batch of recommendations with lots of stuff herein to satisfy and satiate moviegoers of any taste.


50. Peterloo (Leigh)

49. Nightmare Cinema (Brugués, Dante, Garris, Kitamura, Slade)

48. Furie (Kiệt)

47The Dead Don't Die (Jarmusch)

46. Depraved (Fessenden)

45. Monos (Landes)

44. Shadow (Yimou)

43. Atlantics (Diop)

42. Light of My Life (Affleck)

41. Apollo 11 (Miller)

40. The Lighthouse (Eggers)

39. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Heller)

38. American Woman (Scott)

37. High Flying Bird (Soderbergh)

36. Ad Astra (Gray)

353 Faces (Panahi)

34. The Image Book (Godard)

33. Queen & Slim (Matsoukas)

32. Black Mother (Allah)

31. Honey Boy (LeBeouf)

30. Girl on the Third Floor (Stevens)

29. The Beach Bum (Korine)

28Luce (Onah)

27. Avengement (Johnson)

26. Long Day's Journey Into Night (Gan)


25. The Art of Self-Defense (Stearns)

24. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (Smith)


23. Love, Antosha (Parnes, Price)

22. Dragged Across Concrete (Zahler)

21. The Irishman (Scorsese)

20. Climax (Noe)

19. One Cut of the Dead (Ueda)

18Toy Story 4 (Cooley)

17Chained for Life (Schimberg)

16Pink Wall (Cullen)

15. Paddleton (Lehmann)

14. Ash Is Purest White (Zhangke)

13. Her Smell (Perry)

12. Midsommar (Aster)

11An Elephant Sitting Still (Bo)


10. Transit (Petzold)

9. Uncut Gems (Safdie, Safdie)

8. Us (Peele)

7. Parasite (Joon-ho)

6Waves (Shults)

5. Marriage Story (Baumbach)

4. Under the Silver Lake (Mitchell)

3. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Talbot)

2. Relaxer (Potrykus)

1. A Hidden Life (Malick)


Here are links to the 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 editions of Brian's Top Films. Thanks so much for your time my brothers and sisters in cinema.

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