I’m doing these way early this year, because of the truncated Oscar schedule. A lot of the time the nominations have already happened by the time these lists go out. Usually I’m using them to fill time between nominations and the second half of the Release Calendar, or before it’s time to start category breakdowns. But we’re in a weird year, so here we are. I barely got to watch a lot of the films more than once before these lists go up. But it’s also not like they really matter all that much outside of some more content.
I will specify what I always need to specify — these are my lists. These are the performances that I personally preferred the best. They do not always line up with what the awards groups and the herd believes. They are literally me going through the list of every film I saw this year and jotting down the performances from each film that I thought were noteworthy and then paring the article down to a list of 15 and then creating some sort of ranking of those 15. So any problems — keep ’em to yourself. I’m only here to talk up the things I liked the best, not to create any sort of objective list. So if you’re butt hurt that this doesn’t match up with the slideshows on the other websites, then stick to the slideshows.
Today we’re finishing it all up with my favorite directorial efforts of the year. This one’s more straightforward. It’s less nuanced than figuring out performances, but it’s also more difficult, because you’re gauging things as a whole. It’s like what we do with Best Editing every year, where it’s like, “Are we picking most editing or are technically our favorite movies the best edited because we liked them the best?” I have my own weird rubric for figuring this all out, but generally, I go with the efforts that actually made me feel something and felt like they stood out to me on the year.
So here are my favorite directorial efforts of 2019: (more…)