25 Best, Worst, and Gems I Saw In 2019


Rest in peace, Gary. Thank you for all the support you provided me with over the years.

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This was one heck of a year. I apologize for these lists being a little late. I’ve tried on numerous occasions, but this was the first year I was able to do it. I have unofficially broken the Guinness Book of World Records for the most films seen in a single year. The current record at the time of this posting is 1,132; I got through 1,266 films. I know that others have broken this record year after year with higher numbers. As a result, it meant there were a lot of films to try and go back through to compile these lists.

If you’re curious about this, then feel free to look at my Letterboxd account. I was there from 2012 to the Fall of 2018 when I left for my own reasons. I returned a few months later with a new account and only use it to keep stats rather than to use any of the site’s social aspects. I’m done with those.

Okay, let’s get to the lists. Right, Van Damme?

No Retreat, No Surrender (1986, dir. Corey Yuen)

Here are this year’s rules:

  1. There is no particular order to the films in these lists. They either made it, or not.
  2. These lists do not necessarily have films that came out in 2019. These are films that I saw for the first time in 2019. In fact, none of these films are from 2019. That means no Joker because it came out in 2019 and Michael Dudikoff’s Joker in Fury Of The Fist And The Golden Fleece (2018) doesn’t make the film qualify for any of these lists.
  3. The gems list are films that don’t make the best list, but I want to put a spotlight on them.
  4. If you disagree with any of my choices. Good! I want people to form their own opinions and think for themselves. But if you care to share those opinions, then be nice about it, or you won’t receive a response from me.

Adele’s Dinner (1978, dir. Oldrich Lipský)

Best:

  1. The Big City (1963)
  2. The Nice Guys (2016)
  3. Boat People (1982)
  4. The Bigamist (1953)
  5. The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin (1978)
  6. Return To The 36th Chamber (1980)
  7. Romper Stomper (1992)
  8. A Man Called Ove (2015)
  9. The Handmaiden (2016)
  10. Choose Me (1984)
  11. Witchhammer (1970)
  12. Adele’s Dinner (1978)
  13. Foxfire (1996)
  14. Ginger Snaps (2000)
  15. Moonlight (2016)
  16. Run, Man, Run (1968)
  17. Land Of Mine (2015)
  18. Witchboard (1986)
  19. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)
  20. Léon: The Professional (1994)
  21. In Bruges (2008)
  22. John Wick (2014)
  23. Proof (1991)
  24. Paterson (2016)
  25. The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

Girl (2018, dir. Lukas Dhont)

Worst:

  1. Adventures In Public School (2017)
  2. China Salesman (2017)
  3. Tarzan, The Ape Man (1981)
  4. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe (2016)
  5. The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (1955)
  6. Mr. Virgin (1984)
  7. Me Before You (2016)
  8. Girl (2018)
  9. The Babysitter (1995)
  10. Zero Days (2016)
  11. Return Of The Living Dead: Rave To The Grave (2005)
  12. She-Man: A Story Of Fixation (1967)
  13. Slender Man (2018)
  14. Top Dog (1995)
  15. The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island (2018)
  16. The Poet (2007)
  17. Last Resort (1986)
  18. The Mod Squad (1999)
  19. Marie And Bruce (2004)
  20. Freaky Friday (2018)
  21. Carrie (2002)
  22. Ringmaster (1998)
  23. Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
  24. Warhead (1977)
  25. Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare (1995)

Another Son Of Sam (1977, dir. Dave Adams)

Gems:

  1. Unbelievable Adventures Of Italians In Russia (1974)
  2. The Flying Guillotine (1975) & Palace Carnage (1978) & The Vengeful Beauty (1978)
  3. A Friend To Die For (1994)
  4. Made In Britain (1982)
  5. Grizzly (1976)
  6. The Apple (1980)
  7. The Ryan White Story (1989)
  8. Shadey (1985)
  9. Amanda & The Alien (1995)
  10. Longshot (1981)
  11. The Coolangatta Gold (1984)
  12. Came A Hot Friday (1985)
  13. Bells Of Rosarita (1945)
  14. Toni Erdmann (2016)
  15. Another Son Of Sam (1977)
  16. Destination Wedding (2018)
  17. Nine Deaths Of The Ninja (1985)
  18. Christine (2016) & Kate Plays Christine (2016)
  19. U.S. Seals II (2001)
  20. Honor And Glory (1993)
  21. Undefeatable (1993)
  22. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
  23. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)
  24. Crackerjack 2 (1997)
  25. Hawkeye (1988)

2 responses to “25 Best, Worst, and Gems I Saw In 2019

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