It is Super Bowl week in the eyes of the movie world and I am super excited. This year the Academy got a lot more right than they did wrong. As we sit today, it looks like the Best Picture will go to either 1917 or Parasite. I would be okay with either but I am rooting for Parasite to become the first Foreign film to take home the Best Picture Oscar.
Now onto the reason you are all here today, below is a list of the Best Picture nominated and how I have them ranked.
9. Little Women – My rating: **** out of ***** stars
- Little Women was one of those films that I wasn’t sure I was going to like and end up really enjoying it.
I love Gerwig’s writing and her directing. The pieces of the puzzle were so tightly put together and she spent time investing into the characters which I truly love.
The cast was great as well.
8. The Irishman – My rating: **** out of ***** stars
- The Irishman, Scorsese, De Niro, this was one of my most anticipated movies of the year.
I walked out of the theaters underwhelmed. The film had a remarkable performance from Al Pacino and the rest of the cast was good but the length of this film just killed it.
This movie should have been 2 hours max and it probably would’ve been closer to a 5 star movie.
7. JoJo Rabbit – My rating: **** 1/2 out of ***** stars
- This film blew me out of the water. Waititi wrote and directed such an original piece of work.
This film was filled with heart, laughter and tears. It had an amazing performance from Roman Griffin Davis and a fantastic supporting cast.
It was just a pure joy to watch.
6. Ford v Ferrari – My rating: **** 1/2 out of ***** stars.
- From Damon to Bale to Balfe, this was loaded with phenomenal acting performances.
James Mangold is a pure genius. From the opening lap to the final lap, this movie was pure adrenaline rush.
Mangold did a great job of making you care about each little thing within the film.
5. 1917 – My rating: **** 1/2 out ***** stars – My review: here
- One day I’ll understand why MacKay wasn’t nominated in the Best Actor category but today is not that day. He carried this film with not just his acting but with his emotions as well.
Mendes risk taking with the one-shot paid off several different ways. Throughout this entire film I was not sure I breathed one time.
Just a beautiful film.
4. Joker – My rating: ***** out of ***** stars – My review here
- Joaquin Phoenix gave not just one of the best performances of the year but of the decade.
This film was mesmerizing from start to finish, partially due to the beautiful score from Hildur Guðnadóttir and a very well put together film from Todd Phillips.
3. Marriage Story – My rating: ***** out of ***** stars – My review: here
- Johansson and Driver knocked it out of the ballpark with amazing performances. Any other year Driver would have been a slam dunk for Best Actor.
Baumbach gave us an inside look of the ugliness of divorce, and the down fall from two people falling out of love. It’s not a pretty site to see but it was beautiful.
This film was filled with gut-wrenching scenes and was one of the most complete films of 2019.
2. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – My rating: ***** out of ***** stars My review: here
- The first time I watched this film, I liked it. The second time, I liked it a little more. The third time, I realized I was watching an amazing film.
Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed a true gem of a film. This movie had two powerhouse performances (bringing the best out of Brad Pitt yet) and had so many little performances within the film that blew me away.
This film will be one I watch for years to come.
1 Parasite – My rating: ***** out of ***** stars – My review: here
- Bong Joon-ho directed not just one of the best movies of 2019, it was one of the best movies of the decade.
Very few films I have seen have had the lasting impact that this one has. Parasite was the perfect film. From the production to the sound to the acting to the writing to the directing, it was perfect.
I truly can’t speak enough words about this film that would equate to how I really feel.
Thank you Bong Joon-ho.
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