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Highlights of 2019



‘Tis the season for some lists...


My favourite 10 films of 2019

For Sama (pictured above)

Parasite

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

And Then We Danced

Booksmart

Monos

Echo

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Rocks

Queen of Hearts


And 25 others I loved, in alphabetical order:

Babyteeth

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The Cave

Disco

Dolemite Is My Name

The Farewell

The Irishman

Honey Boy

Honeyland

Hope

JoJo Rabbit

Joker

Just Mercy

The Last Tree

Little Women

Marriage Story

Patrick (the naked one, not the dog one)

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Proxima

Saint Maud

Sound of Metal

The Souvenir

Transnistra

A White, White Day

Vox Lux


Still haven’t seen: Uncut Gems, 1917, The Lighthouse, Pain & Glory, Ad Astra, Waves...


A few 2019 cinema releases like Border, The Favourite, In Fabric, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Woman at War were on my 2018 list which you can find here


Favourite TV

Head and shoulders above the rest:

Chernobyl

Fleabag season 2


And then some other favourites, a mix of highbrow and lowbrow such as myself:

Black Mirror

The Crown

Delhi Crime

The Dog House

Euphoria

Flirty Dancing

Gogglebox

The Good Doctor

Guilt

Line of Duty

Queer Eye

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Russian Doll

This Is Us

Unbelievable

The Virtues

This Way Up

and of course the jawdropping car crash that was Prince Andrew on Newsnight


Favourite music is over here on two playlists.

Favourite meals: scallops followed by Fish and chips at Gasta on the Isle of Skye; the steak, octopus and mushrooms (not all mixed together) at Zelai Txiki in San Sebastian; the fish buffet at Messinn Granda in Reykjavik; the pork croquettes at The Mason’s Arms in Oxfordshire; thali at Chilli Pickle in Brighton; cardamom hot chocolate at Soderberg in London, and BBQ and hushpuppies at Woodlands (Blowing Rock, NC).


New places: Isle of Skye, New Forest, Luxembourg


Favourite book: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (published a few years ago but I finally read it and it sticks with me)


Firsts for me this year: wrote a book that wasn’t about drinking; drove on the other side of the road (if all goes well, a license to follow in 2020); went to a gong bath (relaxing); went to a gin tasting; was finally granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK (not relaxing...and bloody expensive especially considering it means I live in Tory Brexitland and I still can’t vote here)


Hopes for 2020

More kindness, less crankiness, more nature, less overworking, more sleeping, less insomnia, more walking, less plantar fasciitis, more reading, less scrolling on social media. More dogs, more dancing, more stretching, more vegetables, more adventures and also more doing nothing.

Wendy Mitchell is a film and entertainment journalist, film festival consultant, and panel and Q&A moderator.