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2019 in film 04 January 2020

In 2018 I watched 5 films; in 2019 I watched 32.

All right, only one of them was from 2019 (Fighting With My Family); I've never been a big cinema-goer, so I don't see a film quickly enough to participate in conversation about it at release time, and so I don't feel any great rush to see it later.

I'm not going to rank them any more than I do anything else – how can I meaningfully compare The Final Girls with the original The Thomas Crown Affair? – but several that are still particularly memorable in a good way are:

Wreck-It Ralph: unexpected character depth from the Disney monolith.

Ocean's 8:strip out the macho posturing and a caper film becomes much more fun.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: superheroes that I actually liked.

Le grand méchant renard et autres contes: charming and whimsical animation in the tradition of Miyazaki.

The Void: no-budget horror that manages to say something a bit more interesting than "rar, brains".

Destination Wedding: put Keanu and Winona in a room, turn on the camera, and don't muck about. Superb.

and some that are memorable for the other reason:

Ralph Breaks the Internet: how could this share a writer with the first film? Throws away all the progress that was made there, recycles the plot, crudely ties in Disney marketing… no, no, no.

Spy: har har har fatty fall down. For over two hours.

The Mummy (2017): fine if Tom Cruise's mesmerism works on you and carries you over the rough spots, but if it doesn't you'll notice that it's nothing but rough spots.

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