The Year in Movies: 2019

Every year Hollywood, Independent Studios, and Foreign Studios collectively release well over 500 movies. You could watch 2 movies per day every day of the year and still have over 100 movies you missed. Some of them are great, others not so great. With so many movies being released, I’ve taken the liberty of watching as many as I could with the time I’m given so that I could let readers like you know which movies they should watch, ones they would be better off missing, and ones that may be straight-up harmful.

Below are lists of all the movies I watched that were released this year: “The Best” section offers insights on films I think are great and should be watched by everyone, “Honorable Mentions” are ones I thought were fine but I felt like they needed some explanation as to what I did and did not like about them, the “Eh, it was fine” section list films that are most likely to be forgettable, the “Disappointments” list is self-explanatory, and finally “Hot Garbage” is a list of films that should not have been made and I absolutely do not recommend any of them.

I hope you enjoy.

Sections:

  1. The Best
  2. Honorable Mentions
  3. “Eh, It Was Fine”
  4. Disappointments
  5. Hot Garbage
  6. Final Tally (with Honest Consensus)

The Best

 

Avengers: Endgame

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, and Karen Gillan in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Release Date: April 26th
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring: Literally everyone from the MCU from the last 11 years.
Plot: The finale to the MCU Infinity Saga.
Why it’s good: The culmination of the past 11 years. Even if you don’t care for these movies, you can not deny this is the biggest cinematic feat in all of film history. An absolute emotional nostalgic rollercoaster through this incredible 3-hour adventure. Thor was at his prime in this, I am genuinely worried that we will never have a Thor as good as this again. (I hope he is in Guardians Vol. 3 and he is still fat.) I was very happy that these guys did time travel the way they did. (Check out my video here) Everything leads up to an incredibly shot, scored, and performed finale that is both satisfying and emotionally exhausting.
Best Line: “Avengers… Assemble”
Best Moment: Everything that happens from the start of the final battle until the credits.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9.5/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Please for the love of god give them Visual Effects. And honestly, just for the fun of it… Best Picture, Score, and RDJ Lead Actor.

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Taika Waititi, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Chris Hemsworth, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Tessa Thompson, Pom Klementieff, Letitia Wright, Tom Holland, and Winston Duke in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

 

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (English Dub)

Ryô Horikawa and Masako Nozawa in Doragon bôru chô: Burorî - Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)

Release Date: January 16th
Director: Tatsuya Nagamine
Writer: Akira Toriyama
Starring: Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Chris Ayres, Vic Mignogna
Plot: Goku & Vegeta must fight against a new Sayain named Broly.
Why it’s good: If you’re a fan of Dragon Ball, this is a no brainer. If you’ve never seen anything Dragon Ball before in your life, this would be very confusing. Obviously, I’m the former, and therefore I have a huge bias. While this does have questionable CGI and not many characters (Emperor Pilaf is in this… but Gohan is not even mentioned.), it is awesome. I honestly don’t know what else to say, maybe because I’m not used to critiquing animated movies. It’s more Dragon Ball action that we’ve all come to love, a new and better Broly origin story, hilarious, an incredible scene where Broly goes super sayain, and I will always jump at the chance to see Goku on the big screen. I hope they continue making more and I honestly will not care what the plot is.
Interesting Fact: The hype for this film was so high that the tickets were sold out in Japan, 5 months before the official release.
Best Moment: The entire movie.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: LOL could you imagine?

Vic Mignogna, Masako Nozawa, Sean Schemmel, and Bin Shimada in Doragon bôru chô: Burorî - Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)

 

Midsommar

Midsommar (2019)

Release Date: April 5th
Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter
Plot: Four friends travel to their foreign friend’s home village for their mid-summer festival.
Why it’s good: One of my most anticipated movies for this year did not disappoint. This movie wasn’t really at all scary for me, it is kind of a cliche cult movie, and there were HEAVY The Wicker Man (both versions) vibes, but hot damn it was good. The cinematography was easily the best of the year so far, making this movie extremely visually pleasing with all of the vibrant colors. Jack Reynor’s character is seriously not a good person by any means. The score was daunting, the performances were on point: Florence Pugh is ♥♥♥, I’m going to put William Harper on my radar, and it was hard to take Will Poulter seriously. The pacing was very slow, however the 2.5-hour runtime went by pretty quickly for me, either because I was incredibly invested or the recliner I sat in was super comfortable.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Picture (Could you imagine?), Cinematography, production design, score, original screenplay

Florence Pugh in Midsommar (2019)

 

Parasite

Kang-ho Song, Hyun-jun Jung, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, and Woo-sik Choi in Gisaengchung (2019)

Release Date: November 8th
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Writer: Bong Joon Ho, Jin Won Han
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Plot: All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take a peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Why it’s good: Every year I see at least one foreign movie that completely blows me away. This year, it was Parasite. This film is absolutely wild. Actually, let me get this out of the way first: Perfect writing, perfect cinematography, hilarious, and thrilling. Okay so, about an hour into this movie I was having a pretty good time, I was enjoying what was happening and I was like, “Okay the next scene I going to go the bathroom real quick.” Well fuck. Literally the next scene something so wild happens that I’m pretty sure I blacked out from reality. I became so invested I forgot I had to pee and the next thing I know the credits are rolling. This movie is pure cinema.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Picture, Cinematography, original screenplay

Gisaengchung (2019)

 

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Damon Herriman, Timothy Olyphant, Harley Quinn Smith, Mike Moh, and Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

Release Date: July 26th
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Plot: A washed-up actor and his best friend/co-worker try to become relevant again during the end of the ’60s.
Why it’s good: Beautiful cinematography,  score, and production design, a grand cast, funny, and an ending that goes from 0-100 instantly. Movies are awesome.
Best Line: “Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It’s called manslaughter.”
Interesting Fact: Tarantino considers the screenplay of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as “probably his most personal.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:  Leo plays Rick Dalton acting in a movie (Think about that line from Tropic Thunder, “I’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.”)… the Acadamy will cream themselves over this. Also Best Picture, Margot Robbie Supporting Actress, Brad Pit Supporting Actor, production design, cinematography, sound

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

 

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus (2019)

Release Date: August 16th
Director: Young Kyun Park; Jhonen Vasquez; Hong-Seung Yoon
Writer: Breehn Burns; Jhonen Vasquez; Gary Wilson
Starring: Richard Steven Horvitz, Andy Berman, Rodger Bumpass, Rikki Simons
Plot: Zim discovers his leaders never liked him and he loses confidence in himself for the first time in his life, which is the big break his human nemesis, Dib has been waiting for.
Why it’s good: Despite feeling more like a series finale than a reboot, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is exciting, dark, beautiful, and absolutely hilarious.
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: LOL Could you imagine?

Booksmart

Booksmart (2019)

Release Date: May 24th
Director: Olivia Wilde
Writer: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein
Plot: Two high school senior girls realize they’ve focused too much on getting good grades and try to cram 4 years of fun into one night.
Why it’s good: I’m normally biased against high school movies, but Booksmart‘s hilarious writing, perfect cast, and quick pacing all helped me look past that.
Best Line: I can’t pick one the whole script was great.
Interesting Fact: Screenwriter Katie Silberman said that Billie Lourd did such an impressive performance that extra scenes were written specifically for her.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Original Screenplay

Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in Booksmart (2019)

 

Brexit: The Uncivil War

Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019)

Release Date: January 19th
Director: Toby Haynes
Writer: James Graham
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Plot: The story of how Brexit came into fruition.
Why it’s good: Smartly written, wacky pacing and atmosphere, and well-acted performances help us watch everything that led up to one of the craziest events in history.
Interesting Fact: Despite himself being a ‘remain’ advocate, Benedict Cumberbatch only agreed to do the film after he had been assured by James Graham, who wrote Brexit: The Uncivil War, over a meeting that it is not going to end up being a ‘pro-EU stitch-up.’
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019)

 

Fyre / Fyre Fraud (Netflix / Hulu Fyre Fest Documentaries)

*I included both because they’re both good. Both have things the other doesn’t.

Fyre (2019)Fyre Fraud (2019)

Release Date: January 14th (Hulu) / January 18th (Netflix)
Director: Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason (Hulu) / Chris Smith (Netflix)
Plot: The story of quite possibly the biggest scandal of the millennial generation.
Why they’re good: You have to see it to believe it. A popular rapper and an insane con artist team up to launch the biggest music festival since Woodstock. As things go wrong one after another, it’s absolutely insane to see how everyone defends not shutting the festival down, and what the people actually go through once they arrive. Anyone else get Tanacon vibes from this?
Interesting Fact #1: Billy McFarland agreed to appear in the [Hulu] documentary on condition that he be paid.
Interesting Fact #2: I swear to God I never heard about this whole story until these documentaries.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76% (Hulu) / 92% (Netflix)
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: One of them should get Documentary Feature

 

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Jay Baruchel in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

Release Date: February 22nd
Director: Dean DeBlois
Writer: Dean DeBlois
Plot: When Toothless gets a girlfriend and a new threat arises, it is up to Hiccup to decide the fate of both the Dragons and the people of Berg.
Why it’s good: Colorful, beautiful animation, epic soundtrack, action-packed, hilarious, smoothly paced, and an ending that almost made me lose my shit.
Interesting Fact: With a running time of 104 minutes, this is DreamWorks Animations longest film.
Best Line:
Hiccup: You brought a baby to a battle?
Fishlegs: I couldn’t find a sitter.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

 

Us

Release Date: March 22nd
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex
Plot: A family vacation to the beach gets fucking weird.
Why it’s good: Unlike its predecessor, I don’t think Us really offers that much in terms of subtext. Yes, there are things that relate to each other throughout the movie, and upon a second viewing you see those connections (i.e. we can theorize who else was a Tethered before the invasion, etc.), but I think that’s it. No crazy shit like we were able to do with Get Out. It’s honestly pretty straight forward and I think this movie got over-hyped. Don’t get me wrong though, Us is a good time. It’s phenomenally performed, beautifully shot, hilarious, bloody, and has a perfectly chilling score. Enjoy it for what it is, don’t get all English Teacher with it.
Interesting Fact: Lupita Nyong’o based Red’s voice on Robert F. Kennedy Jr and specifically the spasmodic dysphonia he suffers from.
Best Line: “OK. Playing “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Lupita Nyong’o for Best Actress, Original Screenplay, Score

Evan Alex in Us (2019)

 

Isn’t It Romantic

Rebel Wilson in Isn't It Romantic (2019)

Release Date: February 13th
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Writer: Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, Katie Silberman
Starring: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine
Plot: Rebel Wilson gets stuck in a PG-13 rom-com… and she is aware of it.
Why it’s good: I was surprised that I enjoyed this movie. All the performances were fine, great script, lots of familiar faces, and the meta-humor was hilarious.
Best Line: “What? How… how did we get here so fast? That was, like, 18 seconds.”
Interesting Fact: During test screenings, Rebel Wilson would wear a wig and sunglasses and sneak into the back to hear feedback from the audience.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

The Legend of Cocaine Island

Rodney Hyden in The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018)

Release Date: March 29th
Director: Theo Love
Starring: Bo Butterworth, Bri Bryant, Andy Culpepper
Plot: A goofy looking dad goes on a quest for $2 million dollars of cocaine.
Why it’s good: Okay well first of all anything involving cocaine I already find hilarious. But this documentary tells a crazy (but very predictable) story that genuinely feels like it can’t be real. You got a guy down in the dumps, a crazy accomplice, a drug lord, adventure, and betrayal. It so wild I swear to god.
Best Line: “If you knew where $2 million was buried in the ground, would you dig the shit up? Fuck, yeah I would. And I did it one time.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Unfortunately Not

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Release Date: May 10th
Director: Rob Letterman
Writer: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly
Starring: Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ryan Reynolds
Plot: A boy and a Pikachu team up to solve a mystery.
Why it’s good: Finally, a video game movie worth seeing. Detective Pikachu doesn’t waste time building a world literally everyone is already familiar with. I loved the look of all the Pokémon, but, of course, I wish there were more. I could definitely see this movie as being an experiment. So now that it did very well (in comparison to other VGMs), they could expand greatly on this universe/concept. The trailer for this movie was stupid and spoiled a lot, but regardless it was still cute, funny, asinine (in a good way), predictable, and visually pleasing.
Best Line: “Well, I’m actually pretty good at being alone at night.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Visual Effects

Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

 

Murder Mystery

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in Murder Mystery (2019)

Release Date: June 14th
Director: Kyle Newacheck
Writer: James Vanderbilt
Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston
Plot: …it’s a… murder mystery.
Why it’s good: Cute, light-hearted, nicely paced, genuinely funny at times, cliche, Adam Sandler is really goofy, and it’s just overall a nice chill film. Watch this instead of 13 Reasons Why 3.
Interesting Fact: This movie set a new Netflix record. In the first three days, 30,869,863 accounts watched the film – 13,374,914 North American accounts and an additional 17,494,949 accounts watching worldwide.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, and Luke Evans in Murder Mystery (2019)

 

Shazam!

Zachary Levi in Shazam! (2019)

Release Date: April 5th
Director: David F. Sandberg
Writer: Henry Gayden
Starring: Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong
Plot: A fourteen-year-old boy obtains the power of a superhero by uttering just his name.
Why it’s good: This actually surprised me. I thought the trailer was bad, and because… well it’s a DC Movie so… yeah. But after watching it, I can say that these 2 hours are fun, genuinely funny, and proves that DC movies can be lighthearted and goofy while still having some very dark moments.
Best Line: Are you making some, like, big, evil-guy speech right now or somethin’? You’re like a mile away from me, and there’s traffic and cars and stuff! All I see is mouth-movin’!
Interesting Fact: Shazam is an acronym formed from the names of the gods that grant powers: (Solomon – Wisdom. Hercules – Strength. Atlas – Stamina. Zeus – Power. Achilles – Courage. Mercury – Speed).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in Shazam! (2019)

 

Ready or Not

Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny, Adam Brody, Nicky Guadagni, John Ralston, Elyse Levesque, Melanie Scrofano, Mark O'Brien, Kristian Bruun, Samara Weaving, Daniela Barbosa, Celine Tsai, and Hanneke Talbot in Ready or Not (2019)

Release Date: August 21st
Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Writer: Guy Busick, Ryan Murphy
Starring: Samara Weaving
Plot: After getting married to a rich family, a poor girl becomes the subject of their weird traditions.
Why it’s good: You got a dark atmosphere, comedy, dark comedy, wacky dialogue, a gorgeous main protagonist, an evil cult, a family game of hide and seek, blood, gore, and death. It’s a good time, what else you want?
Interesting Fact: Despite looking very much alike, the main character of this film is not Margot Robbie.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

 

The Wind

Caitlin Gerard in The Wind (2018)

Release Date: April 5th
Director: Emma Tammi
Writer: Teresa Sutherland
Starring: Caitlin Gerard
Plot: In the middle of no-where, a woman must find a way to battle the darkness of the land alone.
Why it’s good: A seemingly slow-burn movie actually has one of the most badass and smart female protagonists I’ve seen in a horror movie, an eerie score, beautiful production design and cinematography, and plenty of terrifying and effective scares. There was a scene that had me shaking.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Caitlin Gerard in The Wind (2018)

 

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Aaron Paul in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

Release Date: October 11th
Director: Vince Gilligan
Writer: Vince Gilligan
Starring: Aaron Paul
Plot: We get to see exactly what happens to Jessie immediately after the Breaking Bad finale.
Why it’s good: If you were a fan of Breaking Bad, seeing this movie is a no brainer, and as an”Epilogue” to the show, this is perfect. It has everything we loved from the show: familiar faces, action, comedy, and a heartwarming scene near the end that made me so happy and nostalgic.
What I didn’t like: Did this need to happen? Definitely not. Am I glad it exists? Absolutely. But this could have just been 1 episode of Breaking Bad if they just cut out all the flashback scenes, even though I completely understand why they included them. I was hoping for more of what happened to Jessie when he gets to Alaska, although it is heavily implied in one of the flashback scenes. And I don’t like it when characters are too lucky. You’ll know what I mean.
Best Moment: A nostalgic scene towards the end where we get to see the dynamic duo enjoying a nice meal.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Aaron Paul in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

 

The Lighthouse

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse (2019)

Release Date: October 18th
Director: Robert Eggers
Writers: Max Eggers, Robert Eggers
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
Plot: Two men run a lighthouse on a remote island
Why it’s good: Crazy performances, great cinematography, chilling score, and a scene that I still think about months after seeing this. It’s a very fucking weird movie.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson for lead actor / supporting actor; Roggert Eggers for Director; Cinematography

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse (2019)

 

The Mustang

Matthias Schoenaerts in The Mustang (2019)

Release Date: June 19th
Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Writers: Mona Fastvold, Brock Norman Brock, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern
Plot: A generic story of the redemption of a convict entering into a Mustang training program while in prison.
Why it’s good: Fantastic performance by Matthias Schoenaerts. The writing and directing are so great, that you can become quickly attached to all the characters and understand the bond between them and their horses (there is a scene towards the end that made me tear up, and it only had to do with a side character).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Original Screenplay; Matthias Schoenaerts Lead Actor; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre may get a director nom but winning is unlikely.

Matthias Schoenaerts in The Mustang (2019)

 

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jonathan Majors and Jimmie Fails in The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

Release Date: June 7th
Director: Joe Talbot
Writers: Joe Talbot, Jimmie Fails, Rob Richert
Starring: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors
Plot: A man is obsessed with a house that isn’t even his.
Why it’s good: Fantastic performances, some familiar faces, gorgeous cinematography, and a heartwarming story.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Jimmie Fails Lead Actor; Joe Talbot Director; Cinematography

Image result for the last black man in san francisco cinematography

 

One Child Nation

Born in China (2019)

Release Date: August 9th
Director: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
Plot: After becoming a mother herself, a young woman goes back to her home town to uncover the true history of China’s One-Child Policy and the effects it had on the locals.
Why it’s good: We all knew about China’s One-Child Policy. But what happened to the people who had a second child? What happened to the babies? We get to see a very dark side of China’s recent history. The trauma locals experienced during this time, what happened to some of the newly born children, and the stories we hear and interviews of people who were officials during this time are all insane. 
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: This may get a Documentary nom, but I doubt the academy will choose it.

 

Knives Out

Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, LaKeith Stanfield, Jaeden Martell, and Katherine Langford in Knives Out (2019)

Release Date: November 27th
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Starring: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans 
Plot: It’s a murder mystery.
Why it’s good: An absolutely perfect cast, and I can’t stress that enough (Ana de Armas is 👌👌👌). Rian Johnson’s masterful directing and brilliant writing made this a hilarious and thrilling ride that had me on the edge of my seat for the last 20 minutes. Despite having some predictability and usual murder mystery cliches, Knives Out is so much fun.
Best Line: “That’s stupid with two o’s”
Interesting Fact: This is Frank Oz’s first movie in over 20 years that he’s actually in it in person, and not a voiceover.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Eh… Directing maybe? Original Screenplay? I honestly doubt the Acadamy will pay any attention to this

 

Hustlers

Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B in Hustlers (2019)

Release Date: September 13th
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Writer: Lorene Scafaria
Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez
Plot: A group of strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Why it’s good: Jennifer Lopez absolutely steals the show. With incredible help from her supporting cast and writer/director Lorene Scafaria. It’s thrilling, stylish, funny, and smart.
Interesting Fact: Cardi B actually admitted to illegally drugging and robbing men in the early stages of her career.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Just give Jay Lo the Best Supporting Actress Oscar now

Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Constance Wu, and Lili Reinhart in Hustlers (2019)

 

Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, and Azhy Robertson in Marriage Story (2019)

Release Date: December 6th (Netflix)
Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson
Plot: A story about a couple going through a divorce.
Why it’s good: Phenomenal writing, Adam Driver delivers one of the best performances of the year, both he and Scarlett have perfect chemistry, hilarious, and quite the tear-jerker.
Best Line:
“I fell in love with him two seconds after I saw him. And I’ll never stop loving him even though it doesn’t make sense anymore.”
Interesting Fact: Based in large part on Noah Baumbach’s own experiences when he divorced Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2013. According to Baumbach, Leigh has seen the film and likes it.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Picture, Adam Driver Lead Actor, Scarlett Johanson Lead Actress, Original Screenplay, Score

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story (2019)

 

Waves

Waves (2019)

Release Date: November 15th
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Sterling K. Brown
Plot: Traces the journey of a suburban family as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.
Why it’s good: Beautiful cinematography, fantastic performances by Taylor Russell and Sterling K. Brown, and interesting directing.
Interesting Fact: The script Trey Edward Shults sent to Sterling K. Brown was a PDF with embedded music cues, varying font sizes and colors, and notes about aspect ratio changes.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Taylor Russell supporting actress, Directing, cinematography

 

Jojo Rabbit

Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Release Date: September 8th (TIFF)
Director: Taika Waititi
Writer: Taika Waititi
Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Taika Waititi, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson
Plot: A young German boy obsessed with being a Nazi with Hitler as his imaginary friend discovers a Jewish girl living in his own house.
Why it’s good: There’s something incredible about a Jewish man making a WWII satire and even playing as Hitler himself. He basically has unlimited freedom. This film is beautifully shot, fun, has incredible performances, and has absolutely hilarious dark humor (seriously… this movie gets really… really dark).
Interesting Fact: When Taika Waititi, who is Maori/Jewish, was asked about why he chose to play the role of Adolf Hitler, he said: “The answer’s simple, what better ‘fuck you’ to the guy?”
Best Line: “Now this is my kind of little boy’s bedroom.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Maybe some performance nominations, maybe cinematography… but I doubt it’ll win anything

Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)

 

Missing Link

Zach Galifianakis in Missing Link (2019)

Release Date: April 12th
Director: Chris Butler
Writer: Chris Butler
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana
Plot: Sir Lionel Frost must help the Sasquatch reunite with his family.
Why it’s good: Beautiful colors and animation, heart-warming, hilarious, and some questionably dark scenes and lines for a PG movie.
Interesting Fact: While Frost is searching in his drawers for the casting of the Sasquatch footprint, Kubo’s monkey figurine, from Kubo and the Two Strings, can briefly be seen.
Best Line: “There was a nun, we mugged her.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best-Animated Feature

Zach Galifianakis and Hugh Jackman in Missing Link (2019)

 

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems (2019)

Release Date: December 25th
Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Writer: Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Starring: Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, LaKeith Stanfield, Julia Fox
Plot: A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime.
Why it’s good: An absolute thrill ride from start to finish. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a movie that gets so intense and suspenseful, that after the scene I click back to reality and think, “oh god I didn’t even blink for that whole scene”. An incredibly written screenplay leads to a shocking and satisfying ending. Adam Sandler’s masterful performance is complimented by his co-stars Idina, LaKeith, and Julia (even Kevin Garnett and The Weekend are pretty good).
Interesting Fact: When the movie got financed after the success of Good Time in 2017, the role went to Jonah Hill, then back to Adam Sandler in 2018.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Picture, Adam Sandler Lead Actor, Score, Original Screenplay

 

Hobbs and Shaw

Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Dwayne Johnson, Eiza González, and Vanessa Kirby in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Release Date: August 2nd
Director: David Leitch
Writer: Chris Morgan; Drew Pearce
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba
Plot: Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw team up to save the world from a cyber-genetically enhanced Idris Elba.
Why it’s good: More F&F absurd action, I love Luke Hobbs, Locke and Air Marshall Dinkley must be canon characters now, and I was all 😍😍😍😍😍 for Vanessa Kirby. Originally I had this in “Honorable Mentions” but after a second viewing I realize this movie is just an over-the-top fun action-adventure. And I love it.
Interesting Fact: Brixton’s suit has a “Weyland Corporation” symbol on the right collarbone. Idris Elba appeared as an employee of the Weyland Corporation in Prometheus (2012). Also, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation has been a major part of the Alien (1979) film franchise since the beginning.
Best Line: “Now I take you to school, son”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: LOL No

 

 

Honorable Mentions

The movies in this section were ones that should belong in the “Eh, it was fine” section, but I feel that they at the very least deserve an explanation as to what I did and did not like.

Glass

Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy in Glass (2019)

Release Date: January 18th
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
Plot: David Dunn is back to track down Kevin Crumb. But when Elijah Price also returns, things get real shitty real fast.
Why it’s good: James, Bruce, and Samuel were perfect as predicted, several twists that lead to a satisfying ending, Anya Taylor-Joy is 😍, and enough plot structure to keep things going and interesting enough to see what happens next. That’s it. Honestly, it was James McAvoy’s performance, the ending, and the hype that a movie from 2000 is getting a sequel that allowed me to enjoy this.
Why it didn’t make the list: Definitely didn’t live up to the hype, wonky dialogue, questionable pacing, a boring middle, and David Dunn didn’t shine as much as I was hoping.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: lol no

Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Release Date: February 1st
Director: Dan Gilroy
Writer: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Zawe Ashton, Rene Russo, Daveed Diggs
Plot: After a series of paintings by an unknown artist is discovered, weird shit begins to happen to those that take monetary advantage of them.
Why it’s good: Original, creepy, a few jump-scares, and lots of familiar faces.
Why it didn’t make the list: The performances and writing suffered bad enough to make these 2 hours drag.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, and Stephanie Beatriz in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

Release Date: February 8th
Director: Mike Mitchell
Writer: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett
Plot: 5 years after the events of the first movie, Emmit and crew journey to find the source of the evil Duplo’s power.
Why it’s good: More adventures of Emmit and crew, a very strong beginning, visually pleasing, funny, colorful, heartwarming, and lots of references for all ages.
Why it didn’t make the list: This should be obvious, it was nowhere near as magical and fun as the first movie, the writing was eh, not as quotable [as the first], it has geared more towards kids but kept references for adults (For example: a certain character does a certain popular dance move from a certain popular video game, but then there is a heavy, yet hilarious, Die Hard reference.), a lot of musical and “real world” parts that were used for time addition became annoying, and a very questionable twist towards the end. I hope they don’t try to milk this.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pratt in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

Captain Marvel

Brie Larson in Captain Marvel (2019)

Release Date: March 8th
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Writer: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law
Plot: Vers, a Kree from the planet Hala, becomes stranded on Earth with a group of alien shapeshifters called Skrulls.
Why it’s good: More MCU lore, every character that wasn’t Carol Danvers were phenomenal, the chemistry between Fury and Danvers was perfect, the personality of the Skrull surprised me, but I came to like them a lot, a twist that saves the movie, an action-packed and smooth second half, and a heartbreaking Stan Lee commemoration.
Why it didn’t make the list: I wouldn’t necessarily say Brie Larson was bad, it was just the directing and writing for her character that was awful, I hated the smug look she had the entire movie, the dialogue for everyone was poorly written, every scene before she lands on Earth was horribly paced, there was no world building when it came to the Kree, and a very bad post-credit scene.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
Coffee Sip Score™: 6/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson in Captain Marvel (2019)

See You Yesterday

Eden Duncan-Smith and Dante Crichlow in See You Yesterday (2019)

Release Date: May 17th
Director: Stefon Bristol
Writer: Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol
Starring: Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow
Plot: Two friends discover time travel.
Why it’s good: A cute little Netflix movie. Genuinely funny dialogue, well-acted, well-paced, and thought-provoking.
Why it didn’t make the list: Time travel is stupid; as is the end of this movie.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

 

The Professor and the Madman

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman (2019)

Release Date: May 10th
Director: Farhad Safinia
Writer: John Boorman, Todd Komarnicki, Farhad Safinia
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn
Plot: A professor takes on the challenge of creating the first Oxford Dictionary when he realizes… that it’ll be really hard.
Why it’s good: Lots of familiar faces, adequate performances, I always love seeing Natalie Dormer ♡♡♡, and I aspire to have Mel’s beard.
Why it didn’t make the list: It should come as obvious that a movie about the creation of the Oxford dictionary in the mid-1800s will have an overloaded and overwritten script that focuses more on dialogue than the story.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman (2019)

 

Spiderman: Far From Home

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Release Date: July 2nd
Director: Jon Watts
Writer: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal
Plot: 8 months after the events of Endgame, Peter and his classmates go on a tour of Europe. Peter takes this opportunity to make his move on MJ, but Nick Fury and a new mysterious man intervene.
Why it’s good: Light-hearted, goofy, genuinely hilarious, questionable CGI and story writing, and perfect chemistry between all the characters. This movie could’ve been just a teen rom-com with no action and it still would’ve been just as good.
Why it didn’t make the list: I honestly don’t care about the MCU anymore after the emotional rollercoaster and perfect ending of Endgame. I was not a fan of the post-credit scene.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Jake Gyllenhaal, Numan Acar, and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

 

On the Basis of Sex

Felicity Jones in On the Basis of Sex (2018)

Release Date: January 11th
Director: Mimi Leder
Writer: Daniel Stiepleman
Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer
Plot: We follow Ruth B Ginsburg from her first day at Harvard to tackling her first big case for equal rights.
Why it’s good: The performances were actually really good, the score was fine, and I feel this does a great job at showcasing a badass woman causing a pivotal moment in history.
Why it didn’t make the list: Please god no more biopics. I’m always biased against historical movies, the dialogue was a jumbled mess of intellectual law talk, and some moments just didn’t really matter and were added to increase runtime.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: I could see a Lead Actress nomination for Felicity

Felicity Jones, Justin Theroux, and Armie Hammer in On the Basis of Sex (2018)

 

Toy Story 4

Tom Hanks, Keanu Reeves, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks, Keegan-Michael Key, Ally Maki, and Jordan Peele in Toy Story 4 (2019)

Release Date: June 21st
Director: Josh Cooley
Writer: Andrew Stanton; Stephany Folsom
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Annie Potts
Plot: The first big adventure of Woody with his new kid, Bonnie.
Why it’s good: Absolutely breathtaking animation and visuals, and some hilarious moments and dialogue. Bucky and ducky were hysterical. That’s seriously it from me. Although kudos to the makers for creating a quadrilogy of just-about-perfect movies.
Why it didn’t make the list: You know how the previous 3 were each meant for the same generation (3 was about Andy going to college and was released at the time I was getting ready for college)? Well, this one felt like it was for a new generation. The story just didn’t have the same epic adventure feeling the previous 3 had, the villain was stupid, and I got bored. There wasn’t nearly enough of the original cast, and Buzz just pissed me off. Maybe it was also the perfect and extremely emotional ending of 3.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: It’ll be a battle to the death for B.A.F. between this and Frozen II.

 

It: Chapter 2

Bill Skarsgård in It Chapter Two (2019)

Release Date: September 6th
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Gary Dauberman
Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgård
Plot: Twenty-seven years after the events of Chapter 1, the Losers Club (minus one) return to Derry to finish off Pennywise.
Why it’s good: An outstanding cast (seriously though, the way they were able to pick people that really did look like older versions of the kids was incredible), Bill Skarsgård was still perfect as Pennywise, straight-up child murder, some legitimate laughs, and a cute cameo from Stephan King himself.
Why it didn’t make the list: A borderline disappointment. If you didn’t read the book, you may have a good time. Although I strongly encourage indulging yourself. But as for someone who did read the book, I noticed a strong decrease in the quality of the writing. I got really bored, there was a lack of effective scares, some of the lines were stupid, some of the delivery of those lines were very cringy, and I didn’t agree with some of the changes they made from the book.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%
Coffee Sip Score™: 5/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Bill Skarsgård in It Chapter Two (2019)

 

Joker

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Release Date: October 4th
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Todd Phillips; Scott Silver
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
Plot: Arthur Fleck, a mentally-troubled man just trying to make his way in the world, is constantly mistreated by society… until one day.
Why it’s good: Coming from a writer/director who we were used to seeing do comedies like The Hangover, this style and theme should have made everyone skeptical. But Todd Phillips doesn’t do too bad of a job. Joaquin Phoenix was fine, and plenty of familiar faces.
Why it didn’t make the list: Oh boy. The pacing was too slow, I got quite bored and disinterested at times. As much as I appreciated the “girlfriend” twist, it just makes me question the entire movie and what the point of some things was. Also “The ‘Hey’ Song” was completely unnecessary and instantly took me out of the movie.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: It’ll definitely get nominated for Best Picture and Joaquin will definitely get nominated (and possibly win) Lead Actor…. but I don’t think either should happen.

Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

 

Apollo 11

Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in Apollo 11 (2019)

Release Date: January 24th (Sundance)
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Plot: The story of Man’s greatest adventure.
Why it’s good: Beautifully detailed and colorful cinematography, perfect editing, and a heart-pounding score.
Why it didn’t make the list: We all know the story of Apollo 11. Honestly, you can watch this for the authenticity, or you can see 2018’s First Man for a dramatization.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Documentary; cinematography; score

Apollo 11 (2019)

 

High Flying Bird

High Flying Bird (2019)

Release Date: February 8th
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Starring: André Holland, Melvin Gregg, Zazie Beetz, Sonja Sohn, Bill Duke
Plot: During a pro basketball lockout, a sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business proposition.
Why it’s good: I tend to really enjoy films that rely heavily on dialogue. Mix that with many familiar faces, comedy, and a genuinely suspenseful scene mid-way through, and you’ll have a pretty good time. Especially if you’re really into the NBA.
Why it didn’t make the list: It took me until about 1/3rd of the way through this to fully understand what was going on, and I still think I need to see it again, and inconsistent editing to the point that it got annoying. Maybe it’s just because I’m not into sports.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: André Holland may get a Lead Actor nom

 

Ford v Ferrari

Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Release Date: June 7th
Director: James Mangold
Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale
Plot: In 1966, two men team up with Ford Car Company to build a racing car that can beat Ferrari in a 24-hour race the latter has been dominating for years.
Why it’s good: Perfect cast and great performances paired with legitimately thrilling racing scenes make this Oscars bait an enjoyable time.
Why it didn’t make the list: There’s nothing outstanding about this movie. The writing was just good enough except for an unnecessary ending.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: I’m sure Matt or Christian will get an Actor Nom

Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari (2019)

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

Release Date: November 22nd
Director: Marielle Heller
Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys
Plot: A sad sack-of-shit magazine reporter comes face to face with the God of Self-Worth and Self-Love.
Why it’s good: Mr. Rogers is a God, and I absolutely love everything he stood for. I’m glad this wasn’t necessarily a bio-pic about him, but a (true) story of his impact on the world. I both loved and hated how there were some aspects of Lloyd Vogel that I could relate to (although I believe that was the point). Tom Hanks was obviously great, the style of the movie is weird and takes a while to get used to, a few great lines, and you’ll find yourself smiling a lot from many cute and heartwarming scenes. It’s a nice (though extremely cliche) feel-good movie that is perfect for the holidays.
Why it didn’t make the list: Oh man… the pacing was agonizingly slow (this movie could’ve been 1 hour), the editing had shots that dragged out for way too long (thus affecting the pacing), and most of the characters who were really bland.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: It’s Oscar bait. The Acadamy will probably lose their minds over Tom Hanks for Best Lead… but I honestly don’t think this deserves anything.

 

The Report

Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, and Adam Driver in The Report (2019)

Release Date: November 15th
Director: Scott Z. Burns
Writers: Scott Z. Burns
Starring: Adam Driver, Annette Bening
Plot: Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones is tasked to lead an investigation into the CIA’s post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program.
Why it’s good: Smart, thrilling, and good-enough performances.
Why it didn’t make the list: The pacing was horrendous. The dialogue is so fast and intellectual that it can be hard to follow what’s happening. And a lot happens in a short amount of time causing the movie to feel like it’s been going for 2 hours when really you’re only halfway done.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
Coffee Sip Score™: 6/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

 

“Eh, It Was Fine”

The following titles are ones that I found weren’t great, but also weren’t terrible. If someone were to ask me how these were, I would respond with, “eh, it was fine, nothing to rave about” or “Oh yeah I completely forgot about that movie.”

  • Reign of the Supermen
  • American Hangman
  • The Upside
  • Leaving Neverland Parts 1&2
  • Triple Frontier
  • Dragged Across Concrete
  • Pet Semetary
  • The Highwaymen
  • I Hate Kids
  • Justice League vs. The Fatal Five
  • The Kid Who Would Be King
  • The Perfect Date
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
  • IO
  • Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
  • I Trapped the Devil
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • Annabelle Comes Home
  • The Perfection
  • The Hold in the Ground
  • Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse
  • Depraved
  • Gwen
  • Crawl
  • The Farewell
  • The Good Liar
  • 21 Bridges
  • Diane
  • Midnight Traveler
  • Dr. Sleep
  • Richard Jewell
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Ad Astra
  • Native Son

Disappointments

These movies were ones that I was hoping would be great, but ended up coming in way below expectations. And I put them in their own category instead of Hot Garbage because I want people to know I had high hopes for these, and I was let down. And I’m sad about it.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  • Men in Black: International

Hot Garbage

The following titles are ones that I found to be very bad and/or mentally damaging, and I absolutely do not recommend them.

  • Escape Room
  • The Prodigy
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Donnybrook
  • Serenity
  • Sgt. Will Gardner
  • Fighting with my Family
  • The Dirt
  • Replicas
  • Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
  • A Dog’s Way Home
  • Abduction
  • Polar
  • The Silence
  • Drunk Parents
  • What Men Want
  • Rim of the World
  • Real Cases of Shadow People: The Sarah McCormick Story
  • Welcome to Acapulco
  • Hellboy
  • Miss Bala
  • The Lion King (2019)
  • Brightburn
  • The Curse of La Llorona
  • Angel Has Fallen
  • Braid
  • Ma
  • Child’s Play
  • Bliss
  • Tone-Deaf
  • 3 From Hell
  • Countdown
  • Terminator: Dark Fate
  • Gemini Man
  • Burning Cane
  • Midway

The Final Tally

Best: 31
Honorable Mentions: 16
Eh, It Was Fine: 34
Disappointments: 2
Hot Garbage: 36

Total: 119

Honest Consensus (My opinion): That’s all folks. 2019 is done, it’s not just another year… we’re finally leaving the 2010’s. We all got that 2020 vision now. The horror genre seems to have gone into hibernation after it’s 2018 spotlight year, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve nearly fallen asleep in the theater (I actually fell asleep during Gemini Man), and I am so sick and tired of bio-pics. However, the final act of Endgame still gives me goosebumps, Midsommar made my eyes melt, Parasite will stay in my brain for weeks, and Booksmart broke a huge genre bias I had.

 

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