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Re-exploring the best & worst movies of 2019

Looking back one last time at 2019.

In order to watch better movies in the future, it is important to look at what we watched in the past. Or something like that. Before we go all in on the new decade, AIPT takes one last look at the films that left the biggest impression in 2019. Guest contributor Shane Martin joins Davis Pittman and Nathaniel Muir to discuss the biggest films of last year.

What was the best movie of 2019?

Nathaniel: I cannot say enough good things about Parasite. It is the perfect mix of great direction, strong performances, and great storytelling. It is a movie that you will think about for a long time and talk up to everyone who will listen.

Davis: Midsommar was the most impressive film of 2019 in terms of story, script, and acting. I couldn’t remember being that blown away by a film in quite some time.

Shane: Jordan Peele’s Us was the best movie of 2019. The story, extreme attention to detail, acting, twists, suspense, etc. I cannot speak highly enough about this movie. 

What was the most underrated movie of 2019?

Nathaniel: I loved Blinded by the Light. It doesn’t sound very interesting. Basic coming of age story set in 1980s England to the music of Bruce Springsteen. The only reason I even watched it was because I like the Boss. I had zero expectations for a movie that ended up being heartwarming and a whole lot of fun.

Davis: I felt that Ready or Not was very underrated. I thought it was hands down one of the best films of 2019.

Shane: I loved Ready or Not. It was so well done. I left the theater with a huge smile on my face and couldn’t wait to see it again. 

What was the most disappointing movie of 2019?

Nathaniel: The Kitchen was horrible. It drags, has a nonsensical twist in the last few moments, and feels pointless. The most disappointing part is there are is the groundwork for a good story. The movie just failed them.

Davis: The Dead Don’t Die. This film was shockingly awful.. couldn’t wait to get out of the theater.

Shane: It’s a toss up between Hellboy and Replicas. I’m going to have to go with Hellboy though. It was awful. Just, awful. 

What was the most overrated movie of 2019?

Nathaniel: The further I get away from Joker, the less impressed I am. After first seeing it, I was blown away. Joaquin Phoenix gives an otherworld performance in a dark story. Before long, I realized that’s all there is to it: an incredible performance. Its exploration of mental health is on par with Rambo or Falling Down. 

Davis: In my opinion, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is way overrated. I just don’t get the love for that film at all…

Shane: I’m going to go with Avengers: Endgame. When I first saw it in theaters I was blown away. I had goosebumps. But, it was the nostalgia and comic book nerd in me feeling that way. It is far too long for repeat viewings and was not nearly as good as Infinity War

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