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¶ Your Top First Viewings of 2019

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Re: ¶ Your Top First Viewings of 2019


Post by burneyfan » January 3rd, 2020, 5:21 pm

Top 15, in chronological order...I had a lot of other good experiences, though. It was hard to cut films to make it 15.

Hyppolit a lakáj a.k.a. Hyppolit the Butler -- Székely, 1931
Pool of London -- Dearden, 1951
Assalto ao Trem Pagador a.k.a. Assault on the Pay Train -- Farias, 1962
Billy Budd -- Ustinov, 1962
Kdo chce zabít Jessii? a.k.a. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? -- Vorlicek, 1966
Queimada a.k.a. Burn! -- Pontecorvo, 1969
Örökbefogadás a.k.a. Adoption -- Mészáros, 1975
Chûgoku no chôjin a.k.a. Bird People in China -- Miike, 1998
Wandafuru raifu a.k.a. After Life -- Koreeda, 1998
Nostalgia de la luz a.k.a. Nostalgia for the Light -- Guzmán, 2010
Le tableau a.k.a. The Painting -- Laguionie, 2011
The Tree of Life -- Malick, 2011 (long story why I waited so long to see it)
Gett a.k.a. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem -- Elkabetz & Elkabetz, 2014
Youth -- Sorrentino, 2015
An a.k.a. Sweet Bean -- Kawase, 2015

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Post by peeptoad » January 3rd, 2020, 6:01 pm

cinewest wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 4:12 pm
peeptoad wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 2:44 pm
Mothravka wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 6:36 pm

[*]Krabi, 2562 (2019, Ben Rivers & Anocha Suwichakornpong)
Well, this just went straight into the watch list... I was in Krabi for about a week in 1994. I'd be real interested to see what it looks like circa 2019. :thumbsup:
I was in Krabi in 1989, and went back last year to see an old friend who lives there. Still like the town alright, but the surrounding beach areas and islands have turned into complete tourist dumps, getting trashed by the hordes
Imagine standing exploring a small island by yourself 30 years ago only to return to the same small beach now full of tourist charter boats and roughly 1000 people. I could go on and on, but let's just say I won't be going back again.
What a shame...

The movie The Beach was probably the beginning of the end for that part of Thailand.
Unfortunately that experience is all too predictable in this age... (u)

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Post by Good_Will_Harding » January 3rd, 2020, 9:29 pm

As with basically every other aspect of my life in 2019, my film viewing habits were kind of a shit show - albeit still not without the occasional highlights every so often. I kept up with current releases just fine, like I usually do, but had little in the way of time or energy for home viewings in the second half of the year (most of my pre-2000's faves in this post were probably watched between January and July). During the mid to late summer and early fall I had gained a new movie buddy, someone with pretty similar tastes as mine who I would attend screenings with on a weekly basis, but that fell through shortly after I received a pretty serious work related injury early in the autumn (I elaborated more in past posts in this site if anyone's really nosy or curious).

Top ten:

1. The Irishman (2019)
2. I Am Cuba (1964)
3. Little Women (2019)
4. The Farewell (2019)
5. The Servant (1963)
6. Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
7. Marriage Story (2019)
8. The Nightingale (2018)
9. Human Desire (1954)
10. Mr. Arkadin (1955) *couldn't tell you exactly which version I saw - whatever one was on Amazon Prime last March or April*

Honorable mentions:

J'accuse (1919)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Le doulos (1962)
The Nun (1966)
Witchhammer (1970)
Woodstock (1970)
Klute (1971)
Images (1972)
The Other Side of the Underneath (1972)
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
One Sings, the Other Doesn't (1977)
To Sleep With Anger (1990)
Popcorn (1991)
Baraka (1992)
La vie de Boheme (1992)
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
Kaili Blues (2015)
24 Frames (2017)
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Burning (2018)
Climax (2018)
Free Solo (2018)
An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)
Us (2019)
The Souvenir (2019)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
For Sama (2019)
Knives Out (2019)

Most beneficial re-watches:

The Seventh Victim (1943)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Ikiru (1952)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Pickpocket (1959)
Breathless (1960)
Le bonheur (1965)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Le Samourai (1967)
Nosferatu (1979)
Dust in the Wind (1986)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1988)

Favorite theatrical trips:

Friday the 13th Part III (1982) - Saw a great many films at the drive-in this summer (the Mahoning Valley Drive-In, located in Lehighton PA), but this was the experience that felt the most complete and rewarding of the season. Met a decently sized crew there, we all got our lawn chairs out, passed around some booze, and had a terrific time yucking it up with one another and going along with admittedly one of the more forgettable entries in this already mixed slasher franchise. There were a number of weekends that had a similar set up and whatnot, but this is the one that sticks out the most fondly in my memory right now.

The Farewell (2019) - First seen in April at the Philly International Film Festival, with a friend from work who had just recently left the month before; and then a second time during its regular US release with the aforementioned movie buddy, also a (current) coworker. Rarely, if ever, do I see a film more than where both times I'm with someone else, but each viewing with a person who at the time I was very close with - in addition to the exceptional quality of the film itself.

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Post by filmbantha » January 5th, 2020, 9:56 am

I watched 366 films in 2019 which resulted in 22 new favourites:

Blade Runner 2049


The Woman in the Window
Once upon a time in Hollywood
The Seventh Juror
Sorry We Missed You
Therese Raquin
Casque D'or
Le Bonheur
Je T'attendrai
The Eve of Ivan Kupala
Billy Budd
The Field
City Girl
Experiment in Terror
Nocturnal Animals

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Post by outdoorcats » January 5th, 2020, 8:44 pm

These 10 were all amazing:

1. Hyenas (Djibril Diop Mambéty - 1992)
2. The Traveler (Abbas Kiarostami - 1974)
3. The Wild Goose Lake (Yi'nan Diao - 2019)
4. Sorcerer (William Friedkin - 1977)
5. Waves (Trey Edward Shultz - 2019)
6. Che: Part One (Steven Soderberg - 2008)
7. Samba Traoré (Idrissa Ouedraogo - 1992)
8. A Suit for a Wedding (Abbas Kiarostami - 1976)
9. I Was Born, But... (Yasujiro Ozu - 1932)
10. The Lodge (Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz - 2019)

Hyenas and The Traveler are two perfect 10s. These films are all great too:

Knife + Heart (Yann Gonzalez - 2018)
3/4 (Ilian Metev - 2017)
Citizenfour (Laura Poitras - 2014)
Bacurau (Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2019)
The Man From London (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky - 2007)
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese - 2019)
Quién te cantará (Carlos Vermut - 2018)
Where is the Friend's Home? (Abbas Kiarostami - 1987)
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman - 2017)
Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris - 1978)
Atlantics (Mati Diop - 2019)
The Duchess of Langeais (Jacques Rivette - 2007)
Winter Brothers (Hlynur Palmason - 2017)
Les misérables (Ladj Ly - 2019)
A Silent Voice (Naoko Yamada - 2016)
Thief (Michael Mann - 1981)
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (André Øvredal - 2016)
The Experience (Abbas Kiarostami - 1973)
The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu - 1973)
Sunday's Illness (Ramón Salazar - 2018)
Rapado (Martín Rejtman - 1992)
Laila's Birthday (Rashid Masharawi - 2008)
Fausto (Andrea Bussman - 2018)
Apprentice (Junfeng Boo - 2016)

Great TV I watched for the first time:

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Attack on Titan: Season 3
The Terror: Season 1

Some fantastic games:

Hollow Knight
Ori and the Blind Forest
Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy
Doki Doki Literature Club

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Post by outdoorcats » January 5th, 2020, 8:50 pm

That's quite an endorsement for Little Women. What did you think of Lady Bird GWH?

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Post by Good_Will_Harding » January 13th, 2020, 12:46 am

I really liked Lady Bird a lot as well. For me, they both contain a sense of warmth and earnestness that's completely believable and well earned. Where Little Women gets the edge for me over its predecessor (apart from improved production values and increased confidence in Gerwig's direction) is the more genuine sense of pathos (something that's admittedly inherited from the source material), which is something I typically find to either be glossed over or not really felt as strongly in any of the previous adaptations of the novel that I've seen.

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