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Quick Picks 2019

Welcome to my second annual awards show. In case you missed what happened in 2018, here are the rules. First I make a list of all the 2019 releases that I saw in 2019. This is a long, long way from being a representative sample of anything, with the titles being drawn mainly from the DVD Quick Picks shelf at my local library. As you will immediately notice, this sampling includes few if any of the usual suspects that get awards from presitgious critical bodies. They just happen to be movies I felt like watching on a given day, for whatever reason. From this list I then pick my own best and worst film of the year, best actor, best actress, and best screenplay.

Here is the list (I can’t really call them nominees):

Alita: Battle Angel
Annabelle Comes Home
Avengers: Endgame
Captive State
Child’s Play
Cold Pursuit
The Curse of La Llorona
The Dead Don’t Die
Domino
Escape Room
Glass
Happy Death Day 2U
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Hellboy
It Chapter Two
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Ma
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Pet Sematary
Us

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Quick Picks 2018

Most of the new movies I make notes on for this site I watch on DVDs that I grab from the Quick Picks shelf at the library, so I tend to be a few months behind the latest theatrical releases. I don’t really try to keep up on what’s playing in theatres, and at the end of the year I’ve usually seen only a handful of movies that are eligible for consideration by the people who hand out prestigious awards.

Of course, not many of the movies I see are the kind that are in the running for awards. Still, I thought it would be a fun exercise to try to do my own year’s best (and worst) list based on a ridiculously narrow sample. How narrow? In 2018 I only watched a baker’s dozen of movies released that year. Here is the list.

Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Death Wish
Game Night
Hereditary
A Quiet Place
Rampage
Red Sparrow
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Terminal
Tomb Raider
Truth or Dare

Yes, I know. I’ll even confess to feeling a bit embarrassed. It’s not a line-up rich in cinematic achievement, or even one that suggests any aspirations in that direction. But that will make my end-of-year awards all the more challenging. And I love a challenge. So here we go.

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