The Great 2019 Movie Chase

Or the year I raced to the end

Whew. Wow. 2019 was a wild year for me on the movie front. I had intense periods of engagement with film, film criticism (at least in the Twitterverse), and film podcasts. On the other hand, I also had loooooooong periods of complete detachment from all of those things either because I was ultra busy or the release schedule was ultra subpar (like this extremely blah summer). Fortunately, I had time right when the release schedule got completely extra and here we on, on the other side of the finish line (except for Oscar prep).

Yeah, like that kind of endurance race, exactly

Movie Events™

Bad year for blockbusters, but not for Captain Marvel

2019: A Good Year to Groove

Just about the only “family show, Erin” safe still from Jennifer Lopez’s performance to “Criminal”

Poetry at the Movies

Jonathan Majors as Mont and Jimmy Fails as, well, Jimmy Fails in Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Awkwafina and (most) of the cast of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell
Tom Hanks is the only human being I can think of who should play Mr. Rogers

Very Good Movies I Might Watch Again

Cardi B, J Lo, Lili Reinhart, Constance Wu, and Keke Palmer with director Loren Scafaria

Great Movies I May Never See Again

The ultimate onefer . . .
Adam Sandler is exceptional in the Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems
A different kind of space movie from Claire Denis
Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr star in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale

Stone Cold Masterpieces

I love this set photo of Greta Gerwig with Meryl Streep
Aside from the charred paper, it looks good, but the dough inside was basically just glue, so . . .

Theatre. Sports. Econ. Cocktails. General geekery. The usual.