Best Films – 2019

I have a distinct impression that, in my book, 2019 was not a stellar year for high-quality films. I actually saw a few fewer films this year and lack of time was not really the issue. The latest by Bi Gan and Bon Joon Ho are exceptional. The former is outstanding in terms of cinematography and storytelling. The last hour or so is shot in 3D and apparently in one single take. I also saw the 2D version and could not tell the difference. Parasite has attracted almost universal claim, deservedly so. After the Okja disaster, this is good news for film-making.

Online viewing continues to gain ground, unfortunately. I could not see The Irishman in a local theater, so streaming was the only option. In the US, ticket sales continue to decline while ticket prices in New York continue to rise. Some theaters are now charging 18 dollars for a film – and one has to sit and watch over 20 minutes of commercials and previous. That does not happen when watching at home.

Anyway, here is my list sorted by the date I saw each film. It is shorter than all previous ones – and I watched over 100.

Best films


Cheers, Raúl

Revised on 2020-02

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