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Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019

I honestly cannot believe this is the end of a decade. The 2010s have been a very transformative decade for me in almost every way possible. The one thing that has stayed with me is my love of cinema. I always have ups and downs with contemporary cinema, but this year I found several films that really spoke to me. So, as always, you can find my favorite fifteen films of the year after the cut. You can also see my whole list here.

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Movie Quote of the Day – To The Wonder, 2013 (dir. Terrence Malick)


Father Quintana: You have to struggle with yourself. You have to struggle with your own strength.

Movie Quote of the Day – The New World, 2005 (dir. Terrence Malick)


John Smith: There’s something I know when I’m with you. . .that I forget when I’m away.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Tree of Life, 2011 (dir. Terrence Malick)


Mrs. O’Brien: Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive.

Movie Quote of the Day – Badlands, 1973 (dir. Terrence Malick)

Kit Carruthers: Sir. . .Where’d you get that hat?
Trooper: State.
Kit Carruthers: Boy, I’d like to buy me one of those.
Trooper: You’re quite an individual, Kit.
Kit Carruthers: Think they’ll take that into consideration?

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Names Malick Best Director, “The Descendants” Best Picture

Best Picture: The Descendants
Best Director: Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Best Actor: George Clooney – The Descendants
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
Best Original Screenplay: Beginners
Best Animated Film: Rango
Best Foreign Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Vince Koehler for Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror film: Hugo

Chicago Film Critics Laud “The Tree of Life”, Michael Shannon

Best Picture – The Tree of Life
Best Director – Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best Actor – Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Best Actress – Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Adapted Screenplay – Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Cinematography – The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Original Score – Drive, Cliff Martinez
Best Foreign Film – A Separation
Best Animated Film – Rango
Best Documentary – The Interrupters
Most Promising Performer – Elizabeth Olsen–Martha Marcy May Marlene
Mos Promising Filmmaker – Sean Durkin–Martha Marcy May Marlene
Commitment to the Craft Award – Shirley MacLaine
Oscar Micheaux Award – James Earl Jones
Commedia Extraordaire Award – Jason Segel
Commitment to Chicago – Dennis Farina
Big Shoulders Award – Second City

Toronto Film Critics Name “The Tree of Life” Best Picture, Director

Best Picture: The Tree of Life

Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter

Best Screenplay: Moneyball

Best First Feature: Attack the Block

Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin

San Francisco Film Critics Name The Tree of Life Best Picture, Director

Best Picture “The Tree of Life”

Best Director Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Best Original Screenplay J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”

Best Adapted Screenplay Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actor Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Actress Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress Vanessa Redgrave, “Coriolanus”

Best Animated Feature “Rango”

Best Foreign Language Film “Certified Copy”

Best Documentary “Tabloid”

Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life” Special Citation for underappreciated independent cinema The Mill and The Cross

“The Descendants” Named Best Picture, Malick Named Best Director By LA Film Critics

Best Picture: Winner: The Descendants Runner-up: The Tree of Life

Best Actor: Winner: Micahel Fassbender “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame,” and “X-Men: First Class” Runner-up: Michael Shannon “Take Shelter”

Best Actress: Winner: Yun Jung-Hee “Poetry” Runner-up: Kirsten Dunst “Melancholia”

Best Supporting Actor: Winner: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners” Runner-up: Patton Oswalt, “Young Adult”

Best Supporting Actress: Winner: Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “The Tree of Life” Runner-up: Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”

Best Director: Winner: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life” Runner-up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Best Screenplay: Winner: Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation.” Runner-up: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants.”

Best Documentary/Non-fiction Film: Winner: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” Runner-up: “The Arbor”

Best Foreign-Language Film: Winner: “City of Life and Death” Runner-up: “A Separation”

Best Animated Film: Winner: Rango Runner-up: The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Best Cinematography: Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life” Runner-Up: Cao Yu, “City of Life and Death”

Best Production Design: Winner: Dante Ferretti, “Hugo” Runner-Up: Maria Djurkovic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Music/Score: Winner: The Chemical Brothers, “Hanna” Runner-Up: Cliff Martinez, “Drive”

Career Achievement: Doris Day

Douglas E. Edwards Award for Independent/Experimental Film/Video: “Spark of Being”

New Generation Award: The creative team behind “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond and Elizabeth Olsen)