There are few things I enjoy more than seeing a new movie in the theater. Sure, watching movies from the comfort of your own home is great and all, but constant distractions and my undiagnosed ADD occasionally pull me out of what I'm watching.
2019 has been a great year for movies and I've been lucky enough to see a majority of the films I wanted to, mostly in theaters. This whole straight-to-Netflix thing has been interesting. As much as I love watching movies, I also love talking about them, not because I like hearing myself talk, but because they're meant to be a shared experience. Everyone views them through their own lens and takes away different things from each viewing, so might as well interject my opinion that nobody asked for.
The following "list" is in no particular order and will be updated as The Rise of Skywalker, 1917, and Uncut Gems are all unreleased at the time of writing.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE (dir. Robert Eggers)
What a batshit film. Coming from Robert Eggers, director of The VVitch, this was bound to be an over-the-top, absolutely insane ride as Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe portray lighthouse keepers trying "...to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s." (iMDB)
Everyone knows the lengths Willem Dafoe will go to in order to give a gripping performance and his turn as Thomas Wake, a veteran lighthouse keeper, is no different. His thick, timely New England dialect combined with his intricate mannerisms, constant pipe smoking, and booze chugging washes away any signs of Dafoe and presents the viewer with the embodiment of a man whose truly lost his mind to the sea.
Robert Pattinson, who has asserted himself as a formidable leading man post-Twilight, gives an equally riveting, Oscar-nomination worthy performance as a man down on his luck, turning to the lighthouse as a last resort. His descent into madness while stuck on an island with nothing but Dafoe, a mysterious lighthouse, SEABIRDS, and a (maybe, probably imaginary) mermaid is often perplexing to watch, but the constant madness maintains your attention throughout the entirety of the 109 minute runtime.
Shot in it's entirety in black and white film, the formatting of the screen and darkness of the picture lends itself to the paranoia crafted meticulously by Eggers. While it may not be a film I find myself returning to on a consistent basis, The Lighthouse was one of the most unique experiences I've ever had watching a movie in theaters, a testament to the consistency of A24, my favorite film distributor.
BOOKSMART (dir. Olivia Wilde)
Olivia Wilde not being nominated at the Golden Globes for her fantastic directorial debut is nothing short of a shame, as she did an incredible job bringing a script from Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman to the screen. Comedies are often some of the best reviewed movies in any given year and the lack of recognition they get from major award shows is baffling, another reason why they continue to lose