2019: favorite films

In the order watched. (Roughly corresponds to the order of release in Atlanta, GA.) Note that I missed Transit. The list might be updated. For whatever reason, some in bold font.

A few trailers:

Cinema: June 2019

  • Non-Fiction (Doubles vies). Talking, talking. Always good to see Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet. 6/10
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The “original” film was already pretty bad (though the first part saved by Bryan Cranston), but this one is non-sense. There is some humor though. 3/10
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The amount of violence and cheering from the theatre audience for various cunning killings is a diagnosis for this country, I think. But I admit that, as a work of art, this is close to the top of the genre. The story is not as good as in the second film, and there is a certain amount of self-plagiarism (not counting the killings, of course). The amusing interruption in fighting due to it being on the premises of “Continental” is not as fresh (the original scene with Common was the highlight of the second film for me). However, there are other original additions, lots of dark humor. Mark Dacascos does a great job. As with the previous films, I admire the “honest” fight choreography for Keanu Reeves, even though the “bad guys” are mostly helpless. Overall, noir action at its best. 8/10
  • Walking on Water. Interesting. Intense.
  • Dark Phoenix. Indeed, the weakest in the series. Unnecessary. Which is sad. 4/10
  • The Dead Don’t Die. Bill Murray or Jim Jarmusch appearing separately in film credits is already a “must see” sign. Bill Murray and Jim Jarmusch appearing together now seems a recipe for brilliance. Indeed, I consider Broken Flowers as the finest work of both of them. Plus Tilda Swinton and Adam Driver—close to the film of the year. Humor is everywhere. With the political and social satire, numerous cinematic references, the overall incredible cast, and a typical slow-paced Jarmusch’s style—“must see” is rewarded with ease. (“The Haters Don’t Die”.) 9/10
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco. A wonderful film about friendship. Beatifully shot. A great debut for Joe Talbot. Great job by Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors. The music is incredible too. 8/10
  • Late Night. Emma Thompson is so brilliant here. She is unbelievable. Simply the other league of acting. 8/10
  • Men in Black: International. Not that bad as ratings say. The humorous atmosphere of the series is present, the leads are adequate. Yes, the script contains some dull parts/conversations, but not bad. 6/10
  • The Souvenir. I struggle to find any reason I should recommend this film to anybody. It rarely happens that I become so bored in the cinema to start browsing on the phone. A young filmmaker. A drug addict. A pathetic boring love story. There are some glimpses of light occasionally, but overall… Well, the only reason is to see Tilda Swinton as a gray-haired old woman, which she is too young to play, after a sexy samurai-undertaker in The Dead Don’t Die. 4/10