However, in this last entry into in our Best of 2018 awards, we crown our winner of the best film of 2019.
Now all films are subjective, so our list might look completely different than yours, also we didn’t get to see every film this year which means we will be only drawing our Top 20 from the 128 films we did get to see, which you can see a list of HERE. You can also click on the banners to go to the full review.
Okay with that out of the way let dive into the first entry in our list of Best Films of 2019.
Cinematography is an art form that can be as bold as a gong crashing after a moment of silence, or as subtle as the tide coming in. It is something that elevates a film to the heights of accolade or turns a film into a frustrating mess when it misfires.
While at the heart of cinematography is the Director of Photography or Cinematographer, to get something from the script to the final shot takes a whole team of professionals, and it is their talent that we champion today.
So without further ado, these are the moments of cinematography that took our breaths away in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, click on the banners to be taken to the full reviews.
A good Action sequence is something that is truly amazing to watch, as it can be as expansive as explosions crashing across the screen, or more intimate, like a duel between two people. This gives the best action scenes such a range and in 2019 we were given some truly amazing spectacles.
For me, the best action scenes are those that excel in every element, whether that be live actions, special effects, digital effects, or animation and bring every facet to shine. It is also the category that looks at some of the department’s people don’t often fully understand like stunt coordination or the 2nd unit.
So without further ado, these are the moments of action that awed us in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, click on the banners to see the reviews of each film.
TL;DR – It takes everything that worked in the last two films and took it up to 11
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
One of the first reviews we ever wrote back in the day was for the first John Wick
film and since then we have really had a love affair in this world of under the
table dealings, societies in this world but out of this world, visual
storytelling, and neon rock operas. This is a world that is told in
part by creative directing, interesting stories, and also the sheer determined
strength of character that is Keanu Reeves and everyone in the whole cast and
crew that make the character of John Wick shine. Today we get to look at the
third film in the series that has John at his lowest and discovering there are
more places to fall.
So to set the scene, at the end of John
Wick Chapter 2, John found himself in a very precarious
position. Someone had Marker on John (Keanu Reeves) forcing him to do his
bidding (killing his sister) and then turned on John putting a contract out on
his life for the before mentioned killing of his sister. After fighting his way
through New York he arrived back at The Continental Hotel and though warned by
the Manager Winston (Ian McShane) John killed the man on hotel grounds one of
the few unbreakable rules in their universe. Winston gives John one hour of
life before he is excommunicated from the organisation and this is where we
open. John is running through the streets of New York as the skies bucket down
because the Gods are at war. He is trying to get to the New York Public Library
but as one of the Bowery King’s (Laurence Fishburne) henchmen calls out tick
tock, tick tock John.