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The Best Films of 2019 (So Far)

by Ben Rolph

As 2019 reaches the half-way point, it has given us at Discussing Film a chance to reflect back on the many films we’ve seen so far this year. From the climatic-blockbuster event films, to small independent gems, this year has had some excellent cinema whilst lacking at points in some areas. What’s left now to do is go through our staff’s ranked lists of their favourite films as we hit the half-way point. Films that resonated to us, emotionally, comedically, thrillingly or a mash of them all and lots more. These are Discussing Film’s Top 5 films of 2019 so far, according to our staff.

Top 5 films of 2019, so far:

Ben Rolph (me): (Head Editor & Critic)
1. Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor)
2. The Nightingale
3. Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria)
4. The Farewell
5. Aladdin


Jacob Fisher: (Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder)
1. Alita: Battle Angel
2. Alita: Battle Angel
3. Alita: Battle Angel
4. Alita: Battle Angel
5. Alita: Battle Angel

(This is totally my real list and I am definitely not trying to gain the sympathy of the #AlitaArmy…totally (‘Us’ is better) – written by Jacob Fisher)


Ari Kras: (Head Comics Editor and Writer) 

1. Us
2. John Wick 3: Parabellum
3. Paddleton
4. Toy Story 4
5. Captain Marvel


Yasmine Kandil: (Writer)

1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Rocketman
3. Aladdin
4. Captain Marvel
5. Toy Story 4


Courtney L: (Writer & Webmaster)
1. John Wick 3: Parabellum
2. Avengers: Endgame
3. Unicorn Store
4. Detective Pikachu
5. Shazam!


Mima M: (Features Editor)
1. Little Woods
2. Booksmart
3. Toy Story 4
4. Avengers: Endgame
5. Captain Marvel


Jeremiah Monaghan: (Writer)
1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Booksmart
3. Toy Story 4
4. John Wick 3: Parabellum
5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters


David Luteijn: (Writer)
1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Booksmart
3. Rocketman
4. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
5. Long Shot


Eric Thomas: (Writer)
1. Avengers Endgame
2. John Wick 3: Parabellum
3. Glass
4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
5. Shazam!


Nolan: (Writer)
1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Always be my Maybe
3. Unicorn Store
4. Cold Pursuit
5. Captain Marvel


Chris Lawrence: (Video Editor)
1. Avengers Endgame
2. Toy Story 4
3. Detective Pikachu
4. Captain Marvel
5. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part


Nicolás: (Critic)
1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Climax
3. Cold Pursuit
4. The Beach Bum
5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters


In conclusion, half-way through the year our staff have a wide-range of favourites. With the concluded results below, we can see a lot very much so liked Avengers: Endgame and some of the larger-budgeted films, whilst some of our independent film picks have been seen by very little, but loved by some. Also below is a list of the independent (or smaller) films we should all reach out to watch that some of our staff have named as their favourites so far this year. None of us have seen Midsommar yet, just for pointers.

Discussing Film staff film pick results:

Avengers: Endgame – 10 picks
Toy Story 4 – 6 picks
Captain Marvel – 5 picks
Aladdin – 3 picks
Booksmart – 3 picks
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – 3 picks
John Wick 3: Parabellum – 4 picks
Shazam! – 2 picks
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – 2 picks
Unicorn Store – 2 picks
Cold Pursuit – 2 picks
Detective Pikachu – 2 picks
Rocketman – 2 picks
Us – 2 picks

Go watch these films:
Never Look Away – 1 pick
The Nightingale – 1 pick
Pain and Glory – 1 pick
The Farewell – 1 pick
Paddleton – 1 pick
The Beach Bum – 1 pick
Little Woods – 1 pick
Long Shot – 1 pick
Glass – 1 pick
Always be my Maybe – 1 pick
Climax – 1 pick

Written by Ben Rolph

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