2019 in movies

With spoilers, of course.

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Still from “The Lighthouse”

Another decade gone! It’s a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future; in my case, I reflect on the films I loved this past year and the ones I missed seeing/want to see soon. I’m limiting this to only movies from 2019, as I’m sure my head would explode trying to remember everything I enjoyed this past decade(!)

2019 delivered when it came to movies. Never have I been so excited to see so many good options at the movie theater, and thanks to being in Boston, I have more options than ever. Here’s a recap of the films that made my year, in no particular order, because they’re all wonderful in their own ways and worthy of being written about before watching any new ones in 2020:

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Mythical kings, iguanas, and Dory Previn

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Hearing the name Dory Previn brings several things to mind to those who know about her, including the music she made for Hollywood films like Valley of the Dolls along with then-husband André Previn, and her infamous song, “Beware of Young Girls”, written in 1970 after André famously had an affair with a 24 year old Mia Farrow. In any case, it seems like she’s remembered as a supporting character in someone else’s story, and not as an accomplished songwriter and lyricist with an incredible solo career. To those who might not know of her, she’s a treasure waiting to be discovered.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Spoilers ahead!

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I write to you from bed, far later than I should be, with Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” playing on my headphones. The music is distracting but too good to stop listening to, and I can’t think of a better way to relive watching Once Upon a Time in Hollywood than listening to something from its soundtrack.

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Gentlemen prefer blondes… and blondes prefer diamonds

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Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

There’s something magical about re-watching one of your favorite classics on the big screen. This humble dream of mine came true a few weeks ago when the Coolidge Corner Theater gave a lecture on, and later played, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (in 35mm!)

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It’s only rock & roll (but I like it)

Seeing the Rolling Stones “No Filter” Tour.

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The Rolling Stones at Gillette Stadium, 07/07/19

Life’s been doing a lot since I moved to Boston. At least in my head… I’m sure it looks like everything’s going smoothly from the outside. But this concert, seeing the actual Rolling Stones in all their wrinkly glory (lol) was my hope for immediate fun  from the moment I arrived. It was sort of a pain in the ass to actually get to the stadium since thousands of fans are bound to cause traffic (and let’s not talk about the mediocre yet very expensive food sold there) BUT the moment the music started playing it was all good.

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Thoughts on “Yesterday”

Spoilers ahead.

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So I watched Yesterday a few days ago and I have thoughts. In review form!

I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out from the minute I heard about it. I’m obviously excited about all these classic rock movies being made (both Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman were great, imo), and if the Beatles are involved it’s not a question of me going to see the movie, but when. The movie’s about an aspiring English musician named Jack Malick (played by Himesh Patel) who dreams of making it big. He has no fans, except for his friend/”manager” Ellie Appleton (Lily James), a schoolteacher with an insane crush on him, and a couple of other friends who go to his shows sometimes. After seeing his career is going nowhere and deciding he wants to quit music (despite Ellie’s encouragement to keep at it), he gets a second chance thanks to a weird miracle: power goes out all around the world, he’s hit by a bus, and wakes up in a world where the Beatles never existed. Harry Potter, Oasis, Coca-Cola and cigarettes don’t exist either for some reason, but that’s besides the point.

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Once a fangirl…

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The epitome of classic fangirl: the Beatles fan
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’60s Monkees fans

A huge part of my life has consisted of being obsessed with something. That’s one of the main reasons I have this blog; the urge to overtalk about whatever it is I’m into at the moment is overwhelming, and this, along with instagram posts or memes I send to my sister despite her objection, serves as a feelings escape vault. And it’s happening again now because this cycle never ends. My newest victims are The Monkees (or am I their victim here?)

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