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Dan’s Top 10 Films of 2019

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The Top 10 Films of 2019 by Dan Skip Allen

by Dan Skip Allen

HM:Pain & Glory, Knives Out, Motherless Brooklyn, The Farewell, Avengers:Endgame, Dark Waters, Uncut Gems, Waves, Jojo Rabbit


10:Blinded by the Light: Javid is a Pakistani teenager living with his family in Luton, England in the 1980’s. He is struggling to find his voice in a world that doesn’t like him or respect him. His father is overbearing and only cares about his finding a job and making money for the family. When he accidentally bumps into a sikh boy he introduces him to Bruce Springsteen. His whole outlook on life changes. Starring Viveik Kalra, Haley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir

Gurinder Chada creates a world of the 80’s using the music of Bruce Springsteen. It was so realistic to the times. Anybody trying to find their way in life can relate to this family drama. This film has a lot of spirit and honestly. If your not a fan of the 80’s or Bruce Springsteen before seeing this film, you will be afterwards.

9:Bombshell:Bombshell is about the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News. Megan Kelly and Gretchen Carlson are caught up in it. Roger Ailes is the culprit. This story rocked the news media world. Starring Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and John Lithgow

Jay Roach has made a name for himself directing these political dramas. Bombshell is the best of the lot. It has three great performances from three of the top actresses working today. This story changed the way men looked at women. They aren’t just stay at homes moms anymore. They are to be respected as equals in the workplace and in society. This film is an eye opening look at the new world we live in.

Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V. FERRARI.

8:Ford v Ferrari: Ford v Ferrari is about a race, but what it really is about is finding out who can make the best cars, Ford or Ferrari. Carroll Shelby is tasked with trying to create a car that can beat Ferrari by Henry Ford II. He enlists the help of race car driver Ken Miles. Starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthall, Tracey Letts & Josh Lucas

James Mangold takes this one moment in American history and does a great job bringing it to life. The racing scenes are spot on. The camera and cinematography are some of the best in any film all year. As a sports film this is one of the best ever. This film has a lot of heart in it. Also great performances by the entire cast.

7:Rocketman: Rocketman is the story of Elton John told through a framing device and musical numbers throughout. Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard & Richard Madden

Dexter Fletcher created a wonderful world of music and song using the great Elton John as his muse. Taron Egerton was perfectly cast as this legendary singer songwriter. He was working his whole career for this role and it shows in his performance. This film was so entertaining. It wasn’t your straightforward  musical biopic, but it was great!

6:Little Woman: This year’s version of Little Women is the 5th version of this classic tale. It’s about four sisters who grow up and learn about life. Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg fall in and out of love, learn about how hard life can be and live with each other no matter what happens.

Greta Gerwig brings this classic tale to life once again. This time the cast gives great performances. They all are wonderful opposite one another. Like a real family. Anybody who has brothers and sisters can relate to this family dynamic. The fighting, loving and caring are all part of what it means to be a family. This is a great rendition of this wonderful story.

5:Parasite: A downtrodden family infiltrates a well to do family in North Korea. Starring Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park, Jeong-eun Lee, Hye-jin Jang

Bong Joon Ho really puts his finger on the pulse of the world we live in today. Parasite deals with the interpolation of the have and have nots. As a have not it’s easy to see those who have. It’s been a thing I noticed my entire life. This day and age is so prevalent in this film. It’s an absolute masterpiece.

4:Marriage Story: Marriage Story tells the tale of a married couple, Charlie and Nicole, in New York. They fall out of love, but still have a son. This leads them to divorce. Starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta

Noah Baumbach writes and directs a modern day Kramer vs Kramer. He obviously had experience with this in his past. He knows his way around this world perfectly. He got three great performances out of his lead actors and one supporting actor. I couldn’t imagine a better look at marriage and divorce then Marriage Story.

3:Joker: Arthur Fleck is a clown for hire. He does kids parties and different types of  gatherings. He is picked on and harassed by everyone he meets. Life is hard for him. He has had enough and makes a decision that will change his life forever. Starring Jaoquin Phoenix and Robert DeNiro

Todd Phillips has been inspired by two great Martin Scorsese Films, Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. He puts his unique spin on this psychopath. This is the origin story of the Joker, but a lot of people can relate to the pain and suffering he goes through. I sure could. This is an eye opening look at mental illness and the violence it causes sometimes. Jaoquin Phoenix gives the performance of his career and deserves his first Academy Award for Best Actor.

2:1917:1917 is a film about two soldiers who are tasked with a mission to cross enemy territory to potentially save the lives of 1,600 soldiers and one of their brothers. Starring Dean Charles Chapman, George McKay, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden and Andrew Scott

Sam Mendez has made a war film like nothing else before it. He basically shoots in a style that makes the film look like one long scene. Add to that the beautiful cinematography by Roger Deakins and you have one of the best films of the year. It’s so breathtaking and at times gripping to behold.

1:The Irishman: The Irishman is the culmination of 50 years of Martin Scorsese’s career. He reunites with many frequent collaborators like Robert Deniro, Joe Pesce, Harvy Kietel and Thelma Schoonmaker. And he works with AL Pacino For the first time in his career. For this film he goes back to what has made him famous during his career. The gangster film. Frank Sheerhan is a truck driver that gets recruited by Russell Buffalino. He is a gangster. He introduces him to Jimmy Hoffa. The three of them become close friends. They do a lot of work together throughout the country. Starring Robert Deniro, AL Pacino, Joe Pesce, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin and Stephen Graham

The Irishman is a masterpiece of film making by Martin Scorsese. The deaging technology is fantastic. I hardly noticed it throughout the film. The performances by DeNiro, Pacino and Pesci  are all first rate and deserve Academy Award nominations. The subtly with which Scorsese tells this story is that of a deft hand. All his experience in his career allowed him to make this film. It’s my pick for the best film of 2019.