Top 10 of 2019

2019 has been over for a while now, but now that I’ve seen 1917 which is competing in the Oscars this year, I can finally release my Top 10 list. 2019 was truly a great year for film and I hope that 2020 and beyond will be even more diverse both in front of and behind the camera, and that we continue to support original films and new voices. Keep in mind, I cannot see every new movie released and there are some 2019 movies I have not reviewed.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

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The Peanut Butter Falcon is a film about a man with Down Syndrome named Zak (Zach Gottsagen) who lives in a nursing home, but wants to leave and train to be a wrestler under Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). He meets Tyler (Shia LeBeouf), a trouble making fisherman, and they start to form an unlikely friendship.

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Booksmart (2019)

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Booksmart revolves around two top of the class high school seniors who want to party before graduation since they never got to do so before. Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) however find themselves having a crazy night that they are not sure they can handle.

This film, in my opinion, is a sort mix of Ladybird and Never Goin’ Back, it primarily centers around a friendship between two girls who are getting ready to go to college. These two girls and their friendship are the crux of the film, Dever and Feldstein are undoubtedly stars in the making after this film is released. And I’m loving that we’re getting more and more films about female friendships.

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

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If Beale Street Could Talk centers around Tish (Kiki Layne) as she must balance being a young mother and trying to prove that her fiancé Fonny (Stephen James) is innocent when he is wrongfully arrested.

At first, I wasn’t sure about Tish and Fonny as a couple, they were awkward for me at the beginning of the film, but that is expected from an innocent, young couple. But as you see this couple throughout the film, you fall in love with them. They are the heart of the film and what makes this movie pure.

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Damsel (2018)

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Damsel revolves around Samuel, played by Robert Pattinson, on a quest to marry his love, Penelope, played by Mia Wasikowski. On his journey, he acquires a miniature horse named Butterscotch and a drunk preacher, and his quest does not end up going as planned.

I would say that the first 30 or so minutes of this film was really fun. This movie is a western comedy and I thought the comedy was at its strongest in the beginning.  It was great to see Robert Pattinson let loose as a quirky, idiotic Southerner who can’t drink whiskey. The preacher also gave a great performance and was played by co-directed David Zellner. The set design was also totally believable and I thought I was in a small town in the middle of nowhere during the 1860s.

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