The Best Movies of a Weak 2019 (So Far)

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It feels trite to say, “This has been a weak year for movies/music/TV,” because the same thing has been said by many people about every medium every year. One could argue that we should be judging these various art forms as a whole whenever they’re performing particularly well.

That being said… it has been kind of a weak year for movies? There haven’t been any surefire, widely accessible, early year standouts, with films like High LifeThe Last Black Man in San Francisco and The Parasite still in theaters or just hitting distribution. That, coupled with the continued trend of streaming services as the dominant platform for content consumption, has led to an enormous quantity of film, but very little quality cementing itself above the rest.

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Five years after its release, True Detective Season One examines religion, nihilism and the mystery beyond

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The mouth of madness is opening its unhinged jaws. Out of it spills blood, decay and old-time religion. Once again, HBO is unleashing its darkest, grittiest drama onto the world.

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Josh’s 2018 in Film: Best Movie Scenes of the Year

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Good movies will hide this fact from you, but the truth is they’re all just collections of shorter, less contextual movies sewn together.

The power of a good scene is one of duality – a great one can lift a movie out of the doldrums, even if its only for a few minutes. On the flip side, a plodding one can ruin any sense of pace and momentum a good movie has going for it. To stitch together a memorable film, you don’t necessarily need any one stand out scene, but you can’t have any weak links either.

There were a lot of good movies in 2018 and a lot of them had memorable scenes. Here’s my take on some of the best.

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