Top 10 of 2019

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This list will be updated each time I see a film from 2019 (world premiere/imdb date) that is better than at least one of the films already on the list.

  1. Liberté (Albert Serra)
  2. The Plagiarists (Peter Parlow)
  3. I Was at Home, But… (Angela Schanelec)
  4. Fourteen (Dan Sallitt)
  5. Young Ahmed (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardennes)
  6. The Giverny Document (Single Channel) (Ja’Tovia Gary)
  7. Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (Frank Beauvais)
  8. Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
  9. The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio)
  10. Bird Island (Sergio da Costa & Maya Kosa)

 

Polls Top 10 (Eligible titles [will] appear here.) (Note: I now include MUBI’s [and other VOD services’] streaming-only releases on this list.)

  1. Climax (2018, Gaspar Noé)
  2. The Image Book (2018, Jean-Luc Godard)
  3. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018, Bi Gan)
  4. The Plagiarists (2019, Peter Parlow)
  5. The Wandering Soap Opera (2017, Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento)
  6. High Life (2018, Claire Denis)
  7. Our Time (2018, Carlos Reygadas)
  8. Asako I & II (2018, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  9. In My Room (2018, Ulrich Köhler)
  10. Us (2019, Jordan Peele)

 

My Top 10 Discoveries During 2019 (for first-time viewings of films made before 2000)

  1. Jackie Brown (1997, Quentin Tarantino)
  2. Le Trou (1960, Jacques Becker)
  3. Morocco (1930, Josef von Sternberg)
  4. Other Men’s Women (1931, William A. Wellman)
  5. Dishonored (1931, Josef von Sternberg)
  6. 11 x 14 (1977, James Benning)

 

Other 2019 films I’ve seen

  • Lux Æterna (Gaspar Noé) – 6.5
  • Tommaso (Abel Ferrara) – 6.5
  • Us (Jordan Peele) – 6.5
  • Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles) – 6.4
  • Light from Light (Paul Harrill) – 6.4
  • Parasite (Bong Joon-ho) – 6.4
  • The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg) – 6.3
  • MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell) ~ 6.2
  • A White, White Day (Hlynur Pálmason) – 6.2
  • Sibyl (Justine Triet) – 6.2
  • Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov) – 6.2
  • The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch) – 6.1
  • First Love (Takashi Miike) – 6.0
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino) – 5.9
  • Little Joe (Jessica Hausner) – 5.9
  • Native Son (Rashid Johnson) – 5.9
  • The Hottest August (Brett Story) – 5.9
  • Years of Construction (Heinz Emigholz) – 5.8
  • A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick) – 5.8
  • Living and Knowing You’re Alive (Alain Cavalier) – 5.8
  • Family Romance, LLC. (Werner Herzog) – 5.7
  • Fire Will Come (Oliver Laxe) – 5.7
  • Belonging (Burak Çevik) – 5.6
  • Ghost Tropic (Bas Devos) – 5.6
  • Varda by Agnès (Agnès Varda) – 5.6
  • So Pretty (Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli) – 5.6
  • Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez) – 5.5
  • Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello) – 5.5
  • The Halt (Lav Diaz) – 5.5
  • Domino (Brian De Palma) – 5.5
  • Glass (M. Night Shyamalan) – 5.5
  • On a Magical Night (Christophe Honoré) – 5.5
  • Atlantics (Mati Diop) – 5.4
  • Sunrise/Sunset (Jong Ougie Pak) – 5.4
  • The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (Karim Aïnouz) – 5.4
  • Oh Mercy (Arnaud Desplechin) – 5.4
  • Wilcox (Denis Côté) – 5.4
  • The Whistlers (Corneliu Porumboiu) – 5.3
  • American Factory (Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar) – 5.3
  • Tlamess (Ala Eddine Slim) – 5.2
  • 143 Sahara Street (Hassen Ferhani) – 5.2
  • For the Money (Alejo Moguillansky) – 5.2
  • Krabi, 2562 (Ben Rivers & Anocha Suwichakornpong) – 5.2
  • Bull (Annie Silverstein) – 5.2
  • Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar) – 5.1
  • Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää) – 5.1
  • I Lost My Body (Jérémy Clapin) – 5.0
  • High Flying Bird (Steven Soderbergh) – 4.9
  • Matthias and Maxime (Xavier Dolan) – 4.9
  • The Edge of Democracy (Petra Costa) – 4.9
  • Les Misérables (Ladj Ly) – 4.9
  • It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman) – 4.8
  • Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (Abdellatif Kechiche) – 4.7
  • Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux) – 4.5
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma) – 4.4
  • The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers) – 4.4
  • Frankie (Ira Sachs) – 4.3
  • Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach) – 4.3
  • The Wild Goose Lake (Diao Yinan) – 4.3
  • Summer in Changsha (Zu Feng) – 4.1
  • The Twentieth Century (Matthew Rankin) – 4.1
  • Un Film Dramatique (Éric Baudelaire) – 4.1
  • The El Duce Tapes (Rodney Ascher & David Lawrence) – 4.0
  • Port Authority (Danielle Lessovitz) – 3.9
  • The Beach Bum (Harmony Korine) – 2.4