Top 10 Movies of 2019

  1. Midsommar
    One of those great movies you can endlessly debate and dissect for years to come.
  2. Avengers: Endgame
    A completely satisfying end to the 20+ movie saga that started way back in 2008. It’s unbelievable that something like this exists at this high of an enjoyable level and we got to enjoy it chapter by chapter while it unfolded.
  3. Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood
    Only Tarantino could pull off a breezy 3 hour movie. While most directors lose it over time, Tarantino shows no signs of slowing down. He’s the best in my book.
  4. One Cut of the Dead
    One the the most creative and joyous movie experiences in a long time. It was so much fun watching it for the first time knowing nothing about it.
  5. Triple Frontier
    I’m always a sucker for a good guys on a mission movie, and when you mix in a tense heist I’m all over that. I really enjoyed the twists and turns it took even when you know things always go wrong in a movie like this.
  6. Dragged Across Concrete
    Oozing with enough atmosphere for 2 or 3 movies. I like how Zahler’s movies play out like novels. They take their time developing characters and their backstories before everything is turned upside down in a hail of bullets and buckets of blood.
  7. Parasite
    Lives up to the hype and then some. It would be best to go into this movie with as little knowledge as possible. One of the best films I’ve watched this year.
  8. Bliss
    An awesome drug fueled fever dream of a movie. Dora Madison was amazing.
  9. Uncut Gems
    Completely riveting from start to end. I spent the entire time feeling stressed out watching this guy continue to dig himself deeper and deeper into trouble.
  10. Knife+Heart
    We really are living in a new golden age of giallo films. Horror might be mostly dead here in the states but thank goodness for the European filmmakers keeping the art alive.

Top 10 Movies of 2018

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
    aka Avengers: The Leftovers. Seriously, it’s pretty amazing the Russo Brothers can pull off such an enjoyable movie with so many moving parts and a sprawling cast. Every character had multiple moments to shine and do what they do best. I’ve been waiting 10 years to get to this moment and can’t believe we have to wait one more to see how it ends.
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    A love letter to comic books as an art form and the lasting power of Spider-Man. This movie is so, so good. I was thrilled, I laughed, I choked up. I can’t wait for more!
  3. Terrifier
    Brutal and hilarious. The 80s look to the film was very cool. I can’t wait for more Art the Clown.
  4. The Florida Project
    Wow, this was some movie. Bria Vinaite was amazing in her first acting job holding her own with Willem Dafoe. The kids were adorable little monsters.
  5. Hereditary
    The most shocking aspect of the movie is that there were no jump scares whatsoever. What a refreshing change of pace. The movie was very unsettling mostly because I had no idea where it was going next, I was just along for the ride.
  6. Eighth Grade
    Wow, what a movie. It had me smiling and cringing the entire time. I’m glad those years are far, far behind me. One of the best films of 2018 for sure.
  7. Upgrade
    A real enjoyable throwback to the mid 90s high concept cyberpunk thriller with a bunch of practical gore effects thrown in for fun.
  8. Thoroughbreds
    A finely crafted story with two amazing lead performances. Every new plot detail had me trying to figure out where this movie was going.
  9. Revenge
    Visceral and pretty unrelenting. I liked it a lot. I also have to wonder what the fake blood budget was on this movie, it had to be at least 25% of the total budget.
  10. Under the Silver Lake
    Since I’ve watched this movie I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the career trajectories of David Robert Mitchell and Richard Kelly. Both directors followed up their cult indie hits (IT FOLLOWS and DONNIE DARKO) with wildly ambitious tales of Los Angeles. Personally I do not like Southland Tales and I feel that Richard Kelly has never really recovered from that film. I think Under The Silver Lake’s secret codes within codes and dangling plot threads will be studied and dissected by fans for years to come. I know this movie isn’t getting the most positive reviews but I really liked it and I hope Mitchell gets a few more chances to do his thing.