I don’t go to the movie theater a lot but Joker is clearly my favorite this year.
Close second is Alita: Battle Angel which was a surprise for me. I watch it in the plane and I wasn’t expecting anything of it. I only read a little on the web about it somehow.
Even though Parasite was the best movie of the year, the best scene is definitely the one where Russell tell Frank to tell Jimmy that IT IS WHAT IT IS. That entire ceremony part in the movie is pristine brilliance.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood was pretty solid. I started watching Joker the other day and got maybe a half hour in before I lost interest. I will try again but it really didn't intrigue me at all. Two slow burn movies one kept my attention, the other didn't. I haven't seen anything else new all year that is great. I had a few surprise movies I didn't hate like Alita. I was unimpressed by US. I called the "twist" in the first fucking scene. Going to check out some other movies like Parasite due to it being mentioned a lot. I haven't gotten around to watching The Irishman even though Scorsese is one of my favorites of all time. I have actually spent most of my movie watching time on older movies that got 4K releases. 35/70mm with a well done transfer really shines in 4K.
Just watched (bought) Parasite. I purposely avoided spoilers until this day and wow, what a payoff. This is easily the best foreign film I have ever seen. Making you get attached to the characters, and the location. Building the tension. The acting was incredible and for the first time in a foreign film I was convinced I was watching a 'big budget Hollywood' film. In that the direction cinematography and acting were all so spectacular I forgot I was reading subtitles. And what an amazing analogy/meaning to a film about human nature, family structure and wealth gap. A+