This last year has not been a stellar blogging year for me. I really made no attempt to maintain this. I had no energy at the end of the day to blog, and nothing I felt compelled to share. We'll see what 2020 brings!
Let's take a look back at 2019. I actually went to the movie theater 36 times. That's quite a lot! This was a mix of new movies, Classic TCM big screen movies, operas, documentaries, and repeat viewings.
Let's take a look at my entertainment takeaways from 2019.
There were three movies in 2019 that I went and saw multiple times in the theater, and all three of them are favorites:
1. Avengers: Endgame
3. Captain Marvel
All three were fantastic. Endgame wrapped things up in just the right way, showing how powerful an ending can be when it's earned. I loved it. I also loved Captain Marvel. Midway I managed to review a couple weeks ago, but I failed to review the other two at all. Sigh. Captain Marvel had a fantastic cast, a fun story, and a great ending. It's everything I want out of a superhero movie, and it led so nicely into Endgame. It jumped right into my top five Marvel movies.
I have two other favorite movies from 2019, ones seen on Amazon Prime and Netflix, respectively that make my top five favorite movies of 2019.
4. April 9
5. The Highwaymen
April 9 was discovered almost by accident. After Midway came out, after I watched a couple of the WWII documentaries on Netflix, I was looking for more WWII movies, and, in scanning what Amazon Prime had to offer, I found a movie I'd never heard of, a Danish film about Germany's invasion of Denmark, on April 9, 1940. As I'm still studying the Danish language daily on duolingo, I decided to see what this movie was all about. And I discovered a fantastic little gem of a movie. This movie is so well done it instantly jumped into my favorites of the year, and it is also jumped into my top ten favorite movies about WWII.
It follows a bicycle squad (!) through the day of invasion. I love this movie for many reasons, but one of them is that you only see things from their perspective, never the German side. This is one of the first movies that really gave me a sense of what it would be like on the ground, fighting for your country, not knowing what you're up against, just following orders the best you can. I love the cast and cared about the soldiers we followed. The movie ends with some short interviews with Danish veterans who lived through it.
This movie was so good, I promptly showed it to my family, and they loved it as well. My nephew still talks about it.
I also found my grasp of the Danish language is decent... except that despite all the vocabulary I've learned, there are still so many words I don't know. If I hear something I've studied, I can translate, but in a war movie, there were simply so many words duolingo hasn't taught me. But that's what the subtitles are for. If you're not put off by foreign films and subtitles, I highly recommend this movie for a slightly different look at WWII.
The other movie I loved was Netflix's The Highwaymen, with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson. This one's about the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde and was really well done. I love Costner, of course, but what surprised me was just how much I loved Harrelson in this movie. He was fantastic, and my favorite scene was when a couple of hoods tried to jump his character. Hah! The dynamic between Costner and Harrelson was great, and this movie was one I immediately wanted to watch a second time.