My favourite films of 2019

I enjoy a good film but for a variety of reasons I rarely seem to get out to the cinema so most of my film consumption is at home (Netflix plus the odd rental). As a result, as I’ve studied this list I’ve concluded I’ve played it safe and watched repeats far too many times. That’s a sign of mental laziness.

I started noting down the films I watched for a few reasons. It helps me see how much time I’ve given to this (in my case around 120 hours) and then I can ask myself whether I think that was time well spent or not. Depends a little on the films I guess.

It also helps me see what I’m putting into my brain. What sorts of films am I enjoying and could my enjoyment of life be improved by the odd nudge towards, say, more documentaries and fewer repeats? Why yes, yes it probably could.

I’ve split the films up into the various categories. My favourites are in bold. Feel free to argue or recommend. Whichever.

Family Adventure: Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, National Treasure, Turner & Hooch, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Sahara

Family Films: Bugsy Malone, Angela’s Christmas (short), Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Inspector Gadget 2, Johnny English Strikes Again, Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden, The LEGO Movie 2, Paddington, Paddington 2

Comic Book Action: Ant-man & The Wasp, Avengers End Game, The Dark Knight, Captain America: The First Avenger, Aquaman

Science Fiction: Interstellar, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, Blade Runner 2049, Annihilation, Bird Box, Ex Machina, Apostle

Action: Ocean’s Eight, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Baby Driver, Miami Vice, The A-Team, Ocean’s Eleven, The Wave,

Documentary: Bobby Robson: More than a Manager, The Dawn Wall, Gun Runners, Free Solo, Barkley Marathons

Comedy: Mortdecai, Identity Thief, Crazy Rich Asians, O brother where art thou, Florence Foster Jenkins

Drama: Agatha & the Truth of Murder, Locke, Valkyrie, The African Doctor, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, Darkest Hour, Moneyball, Whiplash, Pulp Fiction, Molly’s Game 

Thriller: Argo, Wind River, Hell or High Water, State of Play

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