2019 Oscar Best Picture, Oscars Best Pictures

2019 Oscar Best Picture

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Update after the ceremony:

This might be one of the first years where I completed the Oscar Best Picture nominees before the ceremony starts. Well, it just proves how out of touch I am when it comes to awards season. I’ve long passed the stage where I anticipating every single Oscar’s hopeful films, and those that are made specifically for Oscar aren’t my cup of tea anyways. 2019 Best Pictures crop is solid in general.

2019 Best Pictures race will be mostly remembered for Parasite winning the Best Film. This not only marks the first time a film in foreign language wins the top prize (the One-Inch Barrier as Bong himself put it – the subtitles), the Academy voters pick out one of the best choices in recent years. And the field of 2019 BP nominees was already solid to begin with, but with Parasite as the winner, it is on another level. For me the Best Picture and Best Director picks this year justify everything else they had made, and my rating up there reflects that. Except from the last spot (which I still enjoyed), the remains are worthy choice for the top race, and there isn’t a film that I am personally against (unlike Green Book last year). I’m holding up the overall rating for now until we get the actual winner, Check out below for my thoughts on these Oscar-nominated films, from worst to best:

Obvious Snubs: none

Too edgy/ artsy for Oscar: Uncut Gems, The Farewell, Us (the lack of hype regarding Us’s chance really baffled me, as I consider Us just as good and inventive as Get Out)

Continue reading “2019 Oscar Best Picture”

Site Updates

Looking back at 2019

Well, I know it has been a while since my last post – more than 6 months to be exact, but I’m still here. 2019 has been a strange year for me, and if I can associate the year with something, that would be “a year of Fire”. During 2019, I had a passionate relationship that came and went like a flash of lightning (as much as I try to act normal, it still stings), many anime involving fire (Promare, Fire Force, Ride Your Wave), an actual anime studio which I have lots of respect for were on fire. And for the last few months , Australia has gone through one of our worst bushfires in history. One of the best films screened in Cannes is titled “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”. In 2019, I discovered a really great shoegaze band Galaxy 500 and guess what my favorite album from them is? On Fire.

As for blogging, after a really busy six months to sort out my real life stuff, I’m in a freer stage now so I will probably chase after many projects now. As this moment I don’t feel like doing full movie review anymore, instead I will give a paragraph or two on the films I watched. The next post regarding a new (short) project is coming soon.

2019 certainly wasn’t a dull year by any means. Here’s hoping for the new year 2020, and the new decade, to be better. Finally, enjoy this wonderful piece of music: