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MY MOVIE JOURNAL: THE BEST MOVIES OF 2019

Apa sih yang spesial dari film-film luar tahun ini? Jawabannya mungkin tak banyak. Selagi blockbuster yang menjual spectacle masih terus merajai box office dan jadi alasan penonton buat datang meramaikan antrian bioskop, sebagian film-film dengan status award contender – seperti biasa, masih muncul dengan bidikan representasi ras atau gender di balik nafas diversitas yang kuat.

Namun satu yang luar biasa adalah kiprah Netflix dengan konten-konten orisinalnya, merambah deretan feature lebih dari series yang sebelumnya jadi kekuatannya sebagai platform OTT, dengan rata-rata bujet produksi layar lebar pula. Tak hanya menyita perhatian moviegoers, Netflix juga melontarkan pencapaian itu ke ajang-ajang penghargaan tahunan termasuk Oscar dengan The Irishman dan Marriage Story, walaupun sayangnya Uncut Gems dan Dolemite is My Name urung masuk sebagai contender terdepan.

Di ajang animasi, Disney dan Pixar tetap merajai ranahnya walaupun Frozen 2, di luar pencapaian Box Office persis seperti yang diharapkan ternyata tak mampu menyaingi pendahulunya. Tentu masih ada animasi-animasi pesaing seperti Klaus – lagi-lagi dari Netflix, Abominable ataupun dari luar Hollywood seperti Weathering With You-nya Makoto Shinkai, bahkan Malaysia yang mulai semakin kuat dengan 3 film animasi yang menempati tiga urutan teratas BO mereka tahun ini dengan Upin & Ipin: Keris Si Amang Tunggal, Boboiboy 2 dan Ejen Ali: The Movie.

Dari sinema luar Hollywood, sinema India tetap meneruskan inovasinya menelurkan konten-konten berbeda yang tak lagi hanya menjual formula biasa, juga sinema daerah mereka terutama Kollywood, yang selalu menjadi sumber ide-ide menyegarkan lebih dari industri nasionalnya, Bollywood. Tetap tak sulit rasanya kalau harus membuat list top 10 terpisah hanya dari sinema mereka.

Dan seperti biasa, list ini tak semata berdasar selera personal berdasar urutan, namun lebih ke film-film rilisan tahun ini yang hadir dengan inovasi dalam konsep, konten serta satu yang terpenting, cinematic experience yang belum pernah dirasakan sebelumnya. Dengan 1917 yang sukses memberikan pengalaman baru itu, dan Parasite yang bisa jadi punya segmentasi tertentu buat sebagian orang namun berhasil menjadi fenomena dunia bahkan mungkin jadi film Asia pertama yang punya kesempatan besar meraih Best Picture Oscar, di antaranya, tak juga melupakan Knives Out yang sebenarnya sangat layak ada di nominee Best Picture Oscar tahun ini, ada 25 total film yang menjadi pilihan terbaik tahun ini atas pertimbangan tadi. Catatan dari tiap-tiap film diambil langsung dari capsule reviews on di akun twitter @danieldokter dengan link ke full review dari kolom Dan at the Movies di website danieldokter.com.

So here’s a look back at this year’s finest movies. Agree or not, please leave your comments below.

1. 1917

Incredibly shot, powerfully staged – acted & neatly edited to give a brilliant, one-shot illusion not only to be fully immersed but also emphasize geographies, #1917Movie puts you right in the mouth of battle horrors like never before. An amazing, one of a kind cinematic experience!

2. KNIVES OUT

More than just an ensemble-packed, Agatha Christie’s whodunit trope, #KnivesOut outsmarted itself as a perfectly designed you-think-you-know-but-you-don’t murder mystery w/ added value. A morphine level hilarious! One of this year’s BEST!

3. AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Perfectly culminate the longspan MCU into an epic showdown filled with great laughter & huge hearts, #AvengersEndgame is superhero movie of all superhero movies. The glorious send-off to the whole phase. You’ll laugh, cry & hurl.

4. MARRIAGE STORY

Step out from the usual mumblecore to an all-out essential dialogue in exploring relationships, #MarriageStory comes with an amazing sensitivity & powerhouse interacts from Johansson-Driver, made every scene hit like a shot to the heart.

5. 6 UNDERGROUND

Like @netflix just unleashed the devil in Bay, #6Underground explodes no holds barred, 6 times Bayhem as his own FF meets M:I twist – but to make this world a better place. The most Cinema of Cinemas this year u should’ve seen it in 6X IMAX.

6. THE IRISHMAN

There’s almost no surprise in #TheIrishman for being Scorsese’s, yet some technical aspects – cinematography, design & editing, as well as Pacino’s bravura leads one of the most handsome ensemble in the genre, are all excellent.

7. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Movies-in-movies-in-movies, #OnceUponATimeInHollywood works best at tons of references Tarantino blows like a flamethrower right at your nostalgic face, imposing its pseudo-realistic fiction on the 60s-70s genre bible.

8. FORD V FERRARI

Put the hearts in every lap, with Bale and Damon makes one of the most dynamic duos ever on screen, #FORDvFERRARI soars at its biggest thrill of the race!

9. JOKER

70s vintage looks-refs to explore the darkest of souls yet never forget the character’s complicated co-existence in the source – still an origin story we might never see before, #Joker is one disturbing, provocative & a brutal piece of art. Sakit.

10. PARASITE

Unpredictably funny until it’s (unpleasantly) disturbing, #BJHParasiteID is the angriest Joon-ho’s in his distinct signature on social study/commentaries, yet nevertheless, an ultimate masterclass on storytelling crafts, characters & tone shifts.

11. JOJO RABBIT

Slowly find its beat through a highly sensitive subject, #JojoRabbit makes a rare case of unique, unusual coming of age tale beyond worst times. Absolutely one of the best this year, endingnya juga cakep sekali. #IFFAM2019

12. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM

Innovates with mostly all never before seen combat-choreographs and never stop going amok, any which way for 147 mins, #JohnWick3 firing & fighting at a very-very-very close range. One of the craziest action madness!!!

13. TOY STORY 4

Extend the franchise to a whole new story and wider future possibilities, but beyond both the same heart we knew and the soul we loved all along, #ToyStory4 goes much deeper without ever losing the fun as @Pixar‘s most lovable home. KABOOM!

14. THE SKY IS PINK

Built by both personal accounts – the source & film, #TheSkyIsPink delivers a different color, another level of terminally-ill movies, revisiting grief & loss to celebrate life & family bond. A deeply sincere & affecting emotional ride.

15. WEATHERING WITH YOU

Another masterly crafted fantasy romance from Shinkai, #WeatheringWithYou is so wild, imaginatively sweet it’ll steal your heart & sweep you off your feet. Not so many anime could travel the distance making it feels like a live-action!

16. HOBBS AND SHAW

Over the crazy ways bending genre trope’s mix n match – from Fighting With My Family to even Moana, without ever leaving the traces to its mother franchise & family core, #HobbsAndShaw is a superduper fun, fast, furious, high octane chaos!

17. EXTREME JOB

Hit hard with a bang, fried chicken and a big, big, big laugh, #ExtremeJob has one of the best, craziest 20 mins finale you’ve ever seen in movies. What an ensemble, too. Pecah gilaaak!!!

18. BIGIL

Sports, gangsters, father to son & women’s empowerment all rumble in one, the Munnabhai of women’s football & much, much more, #BIGIL is surely a winning crowd pleaser of the year. All charm, impressive Vijay, great female cast & Nayanthara cantik sekali.

19. DOCTOR SLEEP

Solidly revisiting Overlook Hotel with no classic elements left beyond full respect and stirred the blend even more, #DoctorSleep might be one of the greatest horror sequels – long awaited one, ever made. Whoa!

20. DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

A biopic, a tribute, an it ain’t over ’til it’s over-love letter to the Blaxploitation’s closest thing to #Azrax, #DolemiteIsMyName is a straight-out, total BLAST. A solid comeback of Eddie Murphy and much, much motherfuckin’ more!

21. WAR

Refused to go easy over the Hollywood blockbusters mishmash & Bollywood’s Batman v Superman death match – @iHrithik on his solid comeback & @iTIGERSHROFF – his best ever, shaped #War as a stylish, mind blowing, out of this world action spectacle!

22. ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

Take flight to a beyond next level visual feast from perfectly detailed mo-cap on human expressions to action moves that wrapped its heart unlike any other, #AlitaBattleAngel is both groundbreaking & breathtaking. BIKIN MENGANGA!!!

23. KLAUS

#Klaus is one of the best Christmas animated flicks to celebrate the moment. ‘Nuff said.

24. THE TRUTH (LE VERITA)

Plays like Our Little Sister-kind of Kore-eda’s & as if it especially tailored for Deneuve-Binoche with just the right energy, #TheTruth never fails to spark charm & wit as sweet as mother >< daughter’s hair brushing thing. #IFFAM2019

25. THE AERONAUTS

A rarely immersive, acrophobia-inducing biographical adventure that defies every gravity, #TheAeronauts takes off and soar as an amazing visual treat and cinematic experience should be seen on the widest movie screen. Bikin sesak nafas! (dan)