My top 31 films of 2019

1100This year I watched 320 movies, 214 for the first time – and of those, these are my top 31, in some kind of order:

Bait (Mark Jenkins 2019)
In Fabric (Peter Strickland 2018)
The Million Ryô Pot (Sadao Yamanaka 1935)
Happiness (Aleksandr Medvedkin 1934)
One Cut of the Dead (Shin’ichiro Ueda 2017)
Nitrate Kisses (Barbara Hammer 1992)
Us (Jordan Peele 2019)
Revenge (Coralie Fargeat 2017)
The Murder of Mr Devil (Ester Krumbachová 1970)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley 2018)
Knives Out (Rian Johnson 2019)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler 2013)
The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass (Seijun Suzuki 1961)
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (Robert D Krzykowski 2018)
Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem 1955)
The Mad Miss Manton (Leigh Jason 1938)
Deadpool 2 (David Leitch 2018)
A New Leaf (Elaine May 1971)
Turbo Kid (François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yohan-Karl Whissell 2015)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman 2018)
Eight Hours of Terror (Suzuki Seijun 1957)
Burning (Chang-dong Lee 2018)
The Big Short (Adam McKay 2015)
Eggshells (Tobe Hooper 1969)
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (Miguel Llansó 2019)
Liebelei (Max Ophüls 1933)
Fruit of Paradise (Vera Chytilová 1970)
Sometimes a Great Notion (Paul Newman 1971)
Possum (Matthew Holness 2018)
The Guilty (Gustav Möller 2018)
Arctic (Joe Penna 2018)

The full list of 320 is below, but first this year’s awards

Best title
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018), although some tough competition from 2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016), The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass (1961), Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019), The Phantom Museum: Random Forays Into the Vaults of Sir Henry Wellcome’s Medical Collection (2003) and Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) (2011)

Best high concept utterly screwed up
Downsizing (2017)

Most delightful penis reveal
Border (2018)

Best escalation of violence in a pub
Bait (2019)

Most terrifying rabbits
A draw between The Favourite (2018) and Us (2019)

Best drowning
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)

Best use of Inception fart horn in a hilariously inept conclusion
Annihilation (2018)

Best gorilla/sandwich routine
Son of Ingagi (1940)

Most pointless Gerard Butler film
A draw between Geostorm (2017) and anything else I might have seen this year that he was in

Film Andrea most regretted coming to see with me in a cinema
Inland Empire (2006) – though in retrospect, she liked having seen it much more than she liked the actual process of seeing it

The Gee thanks for the recommendation Nick award
A draw between the two films Nick recommended: 6 Underground (2019) and Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Most brilliantly unexpected end credits
Assassination Nation (2018)

The 320
2 Lava 2 Lantula! (Nick Simon 2016)
6 Underground (Michael Bay 2019)
13 Tzameti (Géla Babluani 2005)
21 Jump Street (Phil Lord and Chris Miller 2012)
22 Jump Street (Phil Lord and Chris Miller 2014)
28 Days Later… (Danny Boyle 2002)
28 Weeks Later (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 2007) 

Abwege (GW Pabst 1928)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (Carol Reed 1965)
Akutarô/The Incorrigible (Seijun Suzuki 1963)
Akutarô-den: Warui hoshi no shita demo/Born Under Crossed Stars (Seijun Suzuki 1965)
The Alcohol Years (Carol Morley 2000)
Alice in Not So Wonderland (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2007)
Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott 2017)
American Animals (Bart Layton 2018)
Anna and the Apocalypse (John McPhail 2017)
Annie Oakley (George Stevens 1935)
Annihilation (Alex Garland 2018)
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Jennifer Baichwall, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier 2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Peyton Reed 2018)
Aquaman (James Wan 2018)
Arctic (Joe Penna 2018)
Ariel (Aki Kaurismäki 1988)
De Artificiali Perspectiva, or Anamorphosis (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1991)
The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston 1950)
Assassination Nation (Sam Levinson 2018)
L’assassin habite…au 21/The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (Henri-Georges Clouzot 1942)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon 2015)
Avengers: Endgame (Anthony and Joe Russo 2019)
Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony and Joe Russo 2018) 

Badlands (Terrence Malick 1973)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (Werner Herzog 2009)
Bait (Mark Jenkins 2019)
Beast (Michael Pearce 2017)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin 2012)
Beoning/Burning (Chang-dong Lee 2018)
The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen 1998)
The Big Short (Adam McKay 2015)
Bing feng: Chong sheng shi men/Iceman (Wing-Cheong Law 2014)
Black Rainbow (Mike Hodges 1989)
Black Rainbow (Mike Hodges 1989)
The Blair Witch Project (Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez 1999)
Blue Story (Andrew Onwubolu 2019)
Bokeh (Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan 2017)
Bush Mama (Haile Gerima 1975) 

The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1984)
Callan (Don Sharp 1974)
The Calligrapher (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1991)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller 2018)
Capharnaüm/Capernaum (Nadine Labaki 2018)
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross 2016)
Captain Marvel (Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck 2019)
Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey 1962)
Carry on Screaming! (Gerald Thomas 1966)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz 1942)
Claudine (John Berry 1974)
The Comb (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1991)
The Congress (Ari Folman 2013)
Crash! (Charles Band 1976)
Croupier (Mike Hodges 1998) 

The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak 1946)
The Day After Tomorrow (Roland Emmerich 2004)
The Day Shall Come (Chris Morris 2019)
The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch 2019)
Deadpool 2 (David Leitch 2018)
Dead Slow Ahead (Mauro Herce 2015)
Death Race 2000 (Paul Bartel 1975)
Decasia: The State of Decay (Bill Morrison 2002)
Deliverance (John Boorman 1972)
Dellamorte Dellamore/Cemetery Man (Michele Soavi 1994)
Destroyer (Karyn Kusama 2018)
Les deux timides (René Clair 1928)
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee 1989)
Dou foh sin/Flash Point (Wilson Yip 2007)
Downsizing (Alexander Payne 2017)
Dreams of a Life (Carol Morley 2011)
Driving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford 1989)
Dune (David Lynch 1984)

Edge (Carol Morley 2010)
Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman 2014)
Eggshells (Tobe Hooper 1969)
Emil and the Detectives (Milton Rosmer 1935)
Emil und die Detektive/Emil and the Detectives (Gerhard Lamprecht 1931)
The End (Burt Reynolds 1978)
The Endless (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead 2017)
The Equalizer (Antoine Fuqua 2014)
Eurydice: She, So Beloved (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2007)
Everyday Something (Carol Morley 2001)
Evolution (Lucile Hadzihalilovic 2015)
eXistenZ (David Cronenberg 1999)
Ex Voto (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1989)

Face/Off (John Woo 1997)
Fast and Furious (Justin Lin 2009)
Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw (David Leitch 2019)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos 2018)
Une femme douce (Robert Bresson 1969)
First Man (Damien Chazelle 2018)
Forbidden Planet (Fred McLeod Wilcox 1956)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell 1994)
The Front Page (Lewis Milestone 1931)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler 2013)
Fumihazushita haru/The Boy Who Came Back (Suzuki Seijun 1958)

Gamer (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor 2009)
Geostorm (Dean Devlin 2017)
Girl (Lukas Dhont 2018)
Gojira/Godzilla (Ishiro Honda 1954)
Gojira no gyakushû/Godzilla Raids Again (Motoyoshi Oda 1955)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Michael Dougherty 2019)
Goldstone (Ivan Sen 2016)
La grande illusion (Jean Renoir 1937)
Gräns/Border (Ali Abbasi 2018)
The Great Escape (John Sturges 1963)
Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn 2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2 (James Gunn 2017)

Hachijikan no kyôfu/Eight Hours of Terror (Suzuki Seijun 1957)
Hadaka no shima/The Naked Island (Kaneto Shindo 1960)
Hai tiin yakuza/Teenage Yakuza (Suzuki Seijun 1962)
Halloween (David Gordon Green 2018)
Happy Death Day (Christopher Landon 2017)
Happy Death Day 2U (Christopher Landon 2019)
The Happytime Murders (Brian Henson 2018)
The Heat (Paul Feig 2013)
High Life (Claire Denis 2018)
His Kind of Woman (John Farrow 1951)
The Hole in the Ground (Lee Cronin 2019)
Homo Sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter 2016)
The Hurricane Heist (Rob Cohen 2018)

Iceman (Fred Schepisi 1984)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins 2018)
In Absentia (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2000)
In Fabric (Peter Strickland 2018)
Inland Empire (David Lynch 2006)
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1995)
Inventorium of Traces (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2009)
It’s Alive (Larry Cohen 1974) 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Edward Zwick 2016)
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (Miguel Llansó 2019)
Jiang hu er nü/Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke 2018)
Jigsaw (Michael and Peter Spierig 2017)
Jin yi wei/14 Blades (Daniel Lee 2010)
John Wick (Chad Stahelski and David Leitch 2014)
Joker (Todd Phillips 2019)
Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow 2015) 

Kamera o tomeru na!/One Cut of the Dead (Shin’ichiro Ueda 2017)
Kemono no nemuri/The Sleeping Beast Within (Seijun Suzuki 1960)
Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn 2010)
Kick-Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow 2013)
Kimi no wa wa/Your Name (Makoto Shinkai 2016)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Sara Colangelo 2018)
Kinoteka: Ident (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2008)
Knives Out (Rian Johnson 2019)
Kokoa (Moustapha Alassane 1985)
Koroshi no rakuin/Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki 1967)
Kozure Ôkami: Ko wo kashi ude kashi tsukamatsuru/Sword of Vengeance (Kenji Misumi 1972)
Kurôn wa kokyô mezasu/The Clone Returns Home (Kanji Nakajima 2008) 

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time (Anthony C Ferrante 2018)
Lavalantula (Mike Mendez 2015)
Lazzaro felice/Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher 2018)
The Learning Tree (Gordon Parks 1969)
The Legend of Hell House (John Hough 1973)
The Lego Ninjago Movie (Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan 2017)
Leningrad Cowboys Go America (Aki Kaurismäki 1989)
Liebelei (Max Ophüls 1933)
The Limehouse Golem (Juan Carlos Medina 2016)
Lone Star (John Sayles 1996)
Lost River (Ryan Gosling 2014)
The Love Witch (Anna Biller 2016)

Ma (Tate Taylor 2019)
The Mad Miss Manton (Leigh Jason 1938)
Mandy (Panos Cosmatos 2018)
Mansfield Park (Patricia Rozema 1999)
Man-Thing (Brett Leonard 2005)
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (Robert D Krzykowski 2018)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford 1962)
Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov 1929)
The Man with the Iron Fists (RZA 2012)
Maska (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2010)
Maska (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2010)
The Meg (Jon Turteltaub 2018)
Menschen am Sonntag/People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak, Edgar G Ulmer 1930)
Mikkô zero rain/Smashing the O-Line (Suzuki Seijun 1960)
Mile 22 (Peter Berg 2018)
Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton 1947)
Monsters and Men (Reinaldo Marcus Green 2018)
Mr Nobody (Jaco Van Dormael 2009)
Muerte de un ciclista/Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem 1955)
My Fair Lady (George Cukor 1964)
Mystery Road (Ivan Sen 2013) 

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Jon Turteltaub 2007)
Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow 1987)
A New Leaf (Elaine May 1971)
New Towns, Our Town: Stories on Screen (various 2019)
Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur 1957)
The Nile Hilton Incident (Tarik Saleh 2017)
Ninjô kami fûsen/Humanity and Paper Balloons (Sadao Yamanaka 1937)
Nitrate Kisses (Barbara Hammer 1992)
Nocturna Artificiala (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1979)
Noisy Licking, Dribbling and Spitting (Vicky Smith 2014)
Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock 1946) 

Ocean’s Eight (Gary Ross 2018)
The Old Dark House (James Whale 1932)
Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino 2019)
Onibaba (Kaneto Shindo 1964)
Opium (Robert Reinert 1919)
Örökbefogadás/Adoption (Márta Mészáros 1975)
Otesánek/Little Otik (Jan Svankmajer 2000)
Out of Blue (Carol Morley 2018)
Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper 2013)
Overlord (Justin Wyatt 2018)
Ovove stromu rajskych jime/Fruit of Paradise (Vera Chytilová 1970)

Pacific Rim Uprising (Steven S DeKnight 2018)
Paris, Texas (Win Wenders 1984)
The Phantom Museum: Random Forays Into the Vaults of Sir Henry Wellcome’s Medical Collection (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2003)
La piel que habito/The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar 2011)
Pit Stop (Jack Hill 1969)
Possum (Matthew Holness 2018)
Prospect (Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell 2018) 

Qi jian/Seven Swords (Tsui Hark 2005)

Rabid (Jen and Sylvia Soska 2019)
Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa 1950)
Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg 2018)
Red Sparrow (Francis Lawrence 2018)
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1988)
Resolution (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead 2012)
Le retour d’un aventurier (Moustapha Alassane 1966)
The Return of Swamp Thing (Jim Wynorski 1989)
Revenge (Coralie Fargeat 2017)
The Ritual (David Bruckner 2018)
The Ruins (Carter Smith 2008)
Saat po long/SPL Kill Zone (Wilson Yip 2005)
Samba le grand (Moustapha Alassane 1977)
Sandanju no otoko/The Man with a Shotgun (Suzuki Seijun 1961)
San xia hao ren (Jia Zhanke 2006)
Saw (James Wan 2004)
Saw II (Darren Lynn Bousman 2005)
Saw III (Darren Lynn Bousman 2006)
Saw IV (Darren Lynn Bousman 2007)
Saw V (David Hackl 2008)
Saw VI (Kevin Greutert 2009)
Saw 3D (Kevin Greutert 2010)
Schaste/Happiness (Aleksandr Medvedkin 1934)
The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson 1943)
Sharknado (Anthony C Ferrante 2013)
Sharknado 2: The Second One (Anthony C Ferrante 2014)
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (Anthony C Ferrante 2015)
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (Anthony C Ferrante 2016)
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (Anthony C Ferrante 2017)
The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch 1940)
A Simple Favor (Paul Feig 2008)
Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 1952)
Skjelvet/The Quake (John Andrea Andersen 2018)
Den skyldige/The Guilty (Gustav Möller 2018)
Skyscraper (Rawson Marshall Thurber 2018)
Sleuth (Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1972)
Sometimes a Great Notion (Paul Newman 1971)
Songs for Dead Children (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2003)
Son of Ingagi (Richard C Kahn 1940)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley 2018)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley 2018)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley 2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman 2018)
Split Second (Tony Maylam 1992)
The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogel 2018)
Stalin My Neighbour (Carol Morley 2004)
A Star Is Born (George Cukor 1954)
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson 2017)
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (JJ Abrams 2019)
Stella Dallas (King Vidor 1937)
Stille Nacht: Dramolet (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1988)
Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1992)
Stille Nacht III: Tales from Vienna Woods (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1993)
Stille Nacht IV: Can’t Go Wrong Without You (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1993)
Street of Crocodiles (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1986)
Streets of Fire (Walter Hill 1984)
Swamp Thing (Wes Craven 1982)
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles 1971) 

Tange Sazen yowa: Hyakuman ryô no tsubo /The Million Ryô Pot (Sadao Yamanaka 1935)
Tarzan and His Mate (Cedric Gibbons 1934)
Tarzan Finds a Son! (Richard Thorpe 1939)
Terminator Genisys (Alan Taylor 2015)
Te shu sen fen/Special ID (Clarence Yiu-leung Fok 2103)
Test pilota Pirx/Pilot Pirx’s Inquest (Marek Piestrak 1979)
La tête d’un homme (Julien Duvivier 1933)
Thale (Aleksander Nordaas 2012)
Thelma (Joachim Trier 2017)
The Thing (John Carpenter 1982)
The Third Man (Carol Reed 1949)
This Unnameable Little Broom (Stephen and Timothy Quay 1985)
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh 2017)
Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2011)
Tintin et le mystère de la Toisin D’or/Tintin and the Golden Fleece (Jean-Jacques Vierne 1961)
Tôge o wataru wakaikaze/The Wind-of-Youth Group Crosses the Mountain Pass (Seijun Suzuki 1961)
Tokyo naito/Tokyo Knights (Seijun Suzuki 1961)
Tokyo Tribe (Sion Sono 2014)
Tomb Raider (Roar Uthuag 2018)
Transamerica (Duncan Tucker 2005)
Triple Threat (Jesse V Johnson 2019)
Trudno byt bogom/Hard to Be a God (Aleksey German 2o13)
Turbo Kid (François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yohan-Karl Whissell 2015)

Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H. (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2013)
Us (Jordan Peele 2019)
Us (Jordan Peele 2019) 

A Vigilante (Sarah Daggar-Nickson 2018)
Vrazda ing. Certa/The Murder of Mr Devil (Ester Krumbachová 1970)

W. (Oliver Stone 2008)
Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff 1971)
Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg 1971)
Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg 1971)
Watermark (Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky 2013)
Wet Job (Shaun O’Riordan 1981)
Wonderwood: Comme des garçons (Stephen and Timothy Quay 2010)
Wong Fei Hung/Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark 1991)
Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung/Once Upon a Time in China II (Tsui Hark 1992)
World War Z (Marc Forster 2013)

xXx (Rob Cohen 2002) 

Yi dai zong shi/The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-Wai 2013)
Yi ge rende wu lin/Kung Fu Killer (Teddy Chan 2014)
Yip Man 3/Ip Man 3 (Wilson Yip 2015) 

Zama (Lucrecia Martel 2017)
Zatôichi abare-himatsuri/Zato-ichi Goes to the Fire Festival (Kenji Mitsumi 1970)

 

 

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