The Best Films of 2019

14 Feb

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FILMS

25. (TIE) Pain & Glory / Tigers Are Not Afraid

24. Avengers: Endgame

23. Marriage Story

22. Booksmart

21. Atlantics

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The Best TV Shows of 2019

1 Feb

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25. (TIE) Back to Life & A Black Lady Sketch Show

24. You

23. Chernobyl

22. Dead to Me

21. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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The Best Film Scenes of 2019

9 Jan

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10. Manson Massacre, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – The only source of actual entertainment in this film is a ridiculous, over the top flurry of violence at the end – it’s meant to rewrite history, but better just enjoyed at face value.

9. Jo’s Monologue, “Little Women” – This short outpouring of emotion is Jo in all her heartache, compassion, contradiction, and desire. It can also serve as its own mission statement for this new reimagining of the story.

8. Opening, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” – Simply beautiful, a quick snapshot of San Francisco yet also a lovingly realized ode to its people. The cinematography and score create a sense of smooth frenzy – like you’re rushing to get through everything but also breathing in everything that you can.

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The Best Television Episodes of 2019

2 Jan

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15. Watchmen, “A God Walks into Abar”

14. Bojack Horseman, “The Face of Depression”

13. Ramy, “Ne Me Quitte Pas”

12. Pose, “Never Knew Love Like This Before”

11. Catastrophe, “Season 4 Episode 6”

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Uncut Gems Review

31 Dec

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A blistering, full throttle descent into madness that manages to make a bunch of terrible men yelling over each other extremely entertaining. Sandler is a force in this film – you can see every one of this character’s impulses eating away at him from the inside, driving his every thought and action. It’s an incredible performance, especially from a body language perspective, its own high wire pressure cooker imbued with just the right amount of tragic comedy. Julia Fox holds her own and then some opposite him, clearly understanding both the ridiculous and brutally sad sides of the story in tandem. Daniel Lopatin’s score is brilliant, per usual.

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The Best Film Performances of 2019

29 Dec

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PERFORMANCES

15. (TIE) Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” & Sienna Miller, “American Woman”
14. Jonathan Majors, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
13. Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart”

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The Best Television Performances of 2019

27 Dec

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As is tradition, time to kick off my year end lists in television, film and music! Stay tuned for more.

15. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, “Pen15”

14. Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

13. Regina King, “Watchmen”

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