Better Late Than Never – My Favourite Films of 2019
It’s late, I know. As an excuse I spent three weeks around Christmas and New Year in Mexico with my wife and her family and didn’t get around to do a whole lot of writing and compiling in general. Still catching up. Anyway, the decade is already wrapped up and you can find my favourite films and TV shows, respectively from the decade we just left behind here. But 2019 was quite a decent year for movies, actually one that I still find difficult to sum up, knowing that I haven’t – that word again – caught up with everything that could have ended up on my Top Ten. And as you might be aware of, The Oscars are just a few hours away. So, finally, here we go…
…and oh, just to be clear; these are films that opened in Sweden in 2019. Some of them might seem that they belong on last year’s rankings but they simply hadn’t arrived here then.
1. The Favourite (directed by Yorgos Lanthimos)
Three women in a British 18th century court, fighting it out in different ways over who holds the real power. So smart, so entertaining. So…My Favourite last year.
2. Knives Out (Rian Johnson)
Good old-fashioned whodunnit turns out to be a little more than that. New franchise for Daniel Craig?
3. Us (Jordan Peele)
They’ve been waiting. Now it’s time. Our world is about to be turned on its head for ever. But who exactly are the good and bad guys here? Jordan Peele proves ”Get Out” wasn’t just luck.
4. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
I have come to admire his work more and more over the years. I was a bit slow in recognizing his genius, I admit. This is both beautiful and disturbing, thought-provoking in a way I do appreciate, especially when you rewind the finale in your mind to figure out what it really means. If there is one and only one possible interpretation.
5. Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher)
Elton John. No easy childhood. or young adulthood. And success didn’t result in happiness right away. Colourful, entertaining modern musical-fantasy.
6. Instant Family (Sean Anders)
Charming little gem, starring a relatively young couple getting involved in foster-parenting and finding out what it takes to make a family.
7. Long Shot (Jonathan Levine)
Charlize Theron, never funnier. Unexpected chemistry with Seth Rogen. Will they be First Couple or not?
8. Deadwood – The Movie (Daniel Minahan)
Closure at last. More than a decade after one of the best TV shows ever ended somewhat abruptly, we revisit the small frontier town to find out what became of those struggling citizens and their arch-nemesis named Hearst. Worth waiting for.
9. Vice (Adam McKay)
The story of Dick Cheney and his rise to power, told as a darkened sort of satire-comedy and a great Christian Bale in the lead.
10. Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar)
Aging Spanish film director examines the life of an aging Spanish film director in an understated, slow-burn drama that never really raises its voice, but maintains attention throughout.
Ready or Not
El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie
Films I feel bad about not having seen yet:
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
… and a few others.
And which film will win Best Picture tonight? As I said, still catching up, but it seems like that ”1917” would have a shot, right? Probably a great achievement. I should go see it. Although, why do I feel like heroic war movies are not exactly what the world needs most right now? I know, I know. It’s probably more nuanced than that.