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My Favorite Movies of 2020

My Favorite Movies of 2020 (So Far):
BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS (The Ross Brothers)
DRIVEWAYS (Andrew Ahn)
FIRST COW (Kelly Reichardt)
TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (Justin Kurzel)
SOUND OF METAL (Darius Marder)
SMALL AXE: LOVERS ROCK (Steve McQueen)
A SUN (Chung Mong-Hong)
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (Charlie Kaufman)
TOMMASO (Abel Ferrara)
TIME (Garrett Bradley)
SHE DIES TOMORROW (Amy Seimetz)
LINGUA FRANCA (Isabel Sandoval)
BABYTEETH (Shannon Murphy)
NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (Eliza Hittman)
THE HALF OF IT (Alice Wu)
I’M NO LONGER HERE (Fernando Frias)
DA 5 BLOODS (Spike Lee)
THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION (Radha Blank)
COLOR OUT OF SPACE (Richard Stanley)
LET THEM ALL TALK (Steven Soderbergh)
CAPONE (Josh Trank)
RESIDUE (Merawi Gerima)
DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD (Kirsten Johnson)
CUT THROAT CITY (RZA)
TESLA (Michael Almereyda)
WENDY (Benh Zeitlin)
I’M YOUR WOMAN (Julia Hart)
THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW (Jim Cummings)
THE WAY BACK (Gavin O’Connor)
YES, GOD, YES (Karen Maine)
SHIRLEY (Josephine Decker)

Shorts:
WHAT DID JACK DO? (David Lynch)
JOHN WAS TRYING TO CONTACT ALIENS (Matthew Killip)

Other movies I liked: THE INVISIBLE MAN; CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN; THE JESUS ROLLS; HUBIE HALLOWEEN; ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD’S CHICAGO; PALM SPRINGS; UNCLE FRANK; RUN; EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA; THE BEE GEES: HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART; MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY; ARCHENEMY; MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM; BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM; SMALL AXE: MANGROVE

Still need to see:
SIBERIA; THE WOMAN WHO RAN; NOMADLAND; SAINT MAUD; CITY HALL; WOLFWALKERS; THE NEST; MARTIN EDEN; VITALINA VARELA; BACURAU; BEANPOLE; SYLVIE’S LOVE; SORRY WE MISSED YOU; ON THE ROCKS; KAJILLIONAIRE; BLACK BEAR; MINARI; JUMBO; POSSESSOR; VIVARIUM; LET HIM GO; THE ASSISTANT; PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN; THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF; the rest of SMALL AXE; lots more I’m forgetting

Favorite performances:
Riz Ahmed, SOUND OF METAL
Hong Chau and Brian Dennehy, DRIVEWAYS
Delroy Lindo, DA 5 BLOODS
Jessie Buckley, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
Michael Martin, BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS
Isabel Sandoval, LINGUA FRANCA
Amarah-Jae St Aubyn, LOVERS ROCK
Eliza Scanlen, BABYTEETH
Sidney Flanigan, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
Russell Crowe and Essie Davis, TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG
Maria Bakalova, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM
John Magaro, FIRST COW
Candice Bergen, LET THEM ALL TALK
Radha Blank, THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
Willem Dafoe, TOMMASO
Kate Lyn Sheil, SHE DIES TOMORROW
Natalia Dyer, YES, GOD, YES
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Ethan Hawke, TESLA
Cristin Milioti, PALM SPRINGS
Peter Macdissi, UNCLE FRANK
Ben Affleck, THE WAY BACK
Rachel McAdams, EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA
Elisabeth Moss, SHIRLEY and THE INVISIBLE MAN

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My Favorite Movies of 2019

My favorite movies of the year so far… still lots to catch up on.

1. THE IRISHMAN (Martin Scorsese)

2. UNCUT GEMS (The Safdie Brothers)

3. THE SOUVENIR (Joanna Hogg)

4. HIGH LIFE (Claire Denis)

5. LITTLE WOMEN (Greta Gerwig)

6. A HIDDEN LIFE (Terrence Malick)

7. TRANSIT (Christian Petzold)

8. HOTEL BY THE RIVER (Hong Sang-soo)

9. ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD (Quentin Tarantino)

10. HER SMELL (Alex Ross Perry)

Others I really liked:

PETERLOO (Mike Leigh); ROLLING THUNDER REVUE (Martin Scorsese); ASH IS PUREST WHITE (Jia Zhangke); KNIVES OUT (Rian Johnson); GRASS (Hong sang-soo); OUT OF BLUE (Carol Morley); BURNING CANE (Philip Michael Youmans); SWORD OF TRUST (Lynn Shelton); MARRIAGE STORY (Noah Baumbach); RICHARD JEWELL (Clint Eastwood); US (Jordan Peele); WILD ROSE (Tom Harper); DOLEMITE IS MY NAME (Craig Brewer); DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE (S. Craig Zahler); KNIFE + HEART (Yann Gonzalez); DOMINO (Brian De Palma); BETWEEN WORLDS (Maria Pulera); STATE LIKE SLEEP (Meredith Danluck); HIGH FLYING BIRD (Steven Soderbergh); PADDLETON (Alexandre Lehmann); THE KID (Vincent D’Onofrio)

Favorite performances:

Elisabeth Moss, HER SMELL; Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro, THE IRISHMAN; Adam Sandler and Julia Fox, UNCUT GEMS; Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke, THE SOUVENIR; Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, HIGH LIFE; Paul Walter Hauser, RICHARD JEWELL; Jessie Buckley, WILD ROSE; Ray Romano, PADDLETON; Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD; Da’Vine Joy Randolph, DOLEMITE IS MY NAME; Wendell Pierce, BURNING CANE; Lupita Nyong’o, US; Ana de Armas, KNIVES OUT; Kim Min-hee, HOTEL BY THE RIVER; Paula Beer, TRANSIT; Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper, and Bob Odenkirk, LITTLE WOMEN; Ethan Hawke, THE KID; Zhao Tao, ASH IS PUREST WHITE

Still need to see & very excited about:

AD ASTRA

CLEMENCY

CHAINED FOR LIFE

THE FAREWELL

THE NIGHTINGALE

DIAMANTINO

INVISIBLE LIFE

PAIN AND GLORY

THE DEAD DON’T DIE

WAVES

BLACK MOTHER

THE BEACH BUM

PARASITE

FORD V. FERRARI

BOOKSMART

JOJO RABBIT

THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN

HUSTLERS

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

LITTLE WOODS

THE LIGHTHOUSE

MIDSOMMAR

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

DIANE

DARK WATERS

ATLANTICS

COLOR OUT OF SPACE

HOBBS & SHAW

CRAWL

JOHN WICK C3

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

HONEY BOY

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1999

Been thinking about 1999 for a lot of reasons. What a year for movies. Here’s a list of my favorites from ’99, as well as a list of my favorites from ’99 in ’19. Some crossover. Lots I was disappointed by in ’99 that I love now (Eyes Wide Shut, Bringing Out the Dead, and Magnolia) and some I just hadn’t seen then. Lots I liked in ’99 that I don’t like now. Lots I haven’t revisited or given much thought to. Lots I still need to see and/or revisit.

My favorite movies of 1999 in 1999:
Ghost Dog
The Straight Story
The Limey
Three Kings
eXistenZ
Being John Malcovich
Ravenous
Office Space
The Blair Witch Project
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Princess Mononoke
The End of the Affair
Topsy-Turvy
Sweet and Lowdown
Jesus’ Son
Cookie’s Fortune
The Ninth Gate
Girl, Interrupted
Election
The Virgin Suicides
Boys Don’t Cry
The Cider House Rules
But I’m a Cheerleader
Man on the Moon
Sleepy Hollow
Ride with the Devil
American Movie
Dogma
GalaxyQuest
Mystery Men
Payback
Run Lola Run
A Walk on the Moon
For Love of the Game


My favorite movies of 1999 in 2019
:
Bringing Out the Dead
Eyes Wide Shut
Ghost Dog
The Virgin Suicides
Ratcatcher
Beau Travail
The Straight Story
The Limey
The Insider
Limbo
Magnolia
Rosetta
Summer of Sam

The Florentine

eXistenZ

Topsy-Turvy

Felicia’s Journey
Ravenous
Princess Mononoke
Cookie’s Fortune
The Matrix
Office Space
Being John Malcovich
The Iron Giant
Election
The Sixth Sense
The End of the Affair

American Movie

Notable movies left off: American Beauty, which was always terrible & is even more terrible now; Toy Story 2, which I’ve only seen in the last few years and is fine.


Need to watch/rewatch:
Time Regained
Titus
Life
To the Mission
Bowfinger
All About My Mother
Julien Donkey-Boy
Wisconsin Death Trip
Holy Smoke
The Muse
The Loss of Sexual Innocence
8mm
Any Given Sunday
Audition
Wonderland
The Wood
10 Things I Hate About You
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Following
The 13th Floor
A Moment of Innocence
The Dreamlife of Angels
The Wind Will Carry Us
Humanité
The Green Mile
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