What I've Watched In 2019

As I have continually done since 2012, I documented everything I've watched (projected/digital movies, documentaries and completed episodic series/miniseries events) in 2019. 2019 was a challenging continuation of 2018. Another year blurred into the next, mired with big and little problems colliding with each other: navigating the legal system (especially the WV DMV) about my dead father, trying to cope with the political and global insanity, the layers of natural disasters from month to month, and watching climate change occur in real time before my very eyes since my birth in 1975. Also, the onset of sudden Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the "upper respiratory infection" that just wouldn't go away for 8 weeks, and oral surgery forcing the last 2 months of 2019 into "healing mode" all combined for quite a number of times to visually consume more than I usually have accomplished in the past. Needless to say, I had some "time on my hands and mind" late many a night as a "functioning" insomniac. Luckily, it has become tradition (and now enjoyable habit) to reflect on what I watched in the past year during those difficult and insomniacal hours of my life; contemplating life, death, and (still) trying to connect to "grief" through meaning - sometimes from the very things I have watched. So, I am happily carrying on my tradition of declaring my "top" favorites to match the year's last two digits.

Remember: these are not strictly "made in 2019" titles. Rather, it's everything I've visually (and mentally) consumed DURING 2019 which I have either never seen or seen in its "intended" completed/remastered/uncut/final state in my lifetime.

The following are my "Top 19" in relative order:

Mr. Robot (US series)
We Have To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Chernobyl (HBO Ltd series)
Watchmen (HBO series, season 1)
The Expanse (Amazon series, season 4)
Love, Death & Robots (Netflix/David Fincher series, season 1)
Maniac (2018 Netflix Ltd series)
Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction (2009)
The Matrix (1999) (20th Anniversary Remastered Projection, 2019)
The OA: Part 2 (Netflix series)
The Umbrella Company (Netflix series, season 1)
Killjoys (SyFy series)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Russian Doll (Netflix series, season 1)
Homecoming (Amazon series)
Years And Years (2019 BBC/HBO Ltd series)
Black Mirror (Netflix series, season 5)
The Vietnam War (Ken Burns/Lynn Novick 2017 documentary series)
Game Of Thrones (HBO series)

Honorable mentions definitely worth mentioning:
Anima (2019 short), Dead To Me (Netflix series, season 1), The Fall (BBCNI series), Us (2019), Welcome To Marwen (2018), Nothing Really Happens (2018), Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000), Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Hereditary (2018), Dark Angel (2000, US series boxset), VICE News Tonight (HBO nightly news series)


The following is everything (the good and the bad ... and there were several extremes of both in the bunch):

A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO series)
A LEGO Brickumentary (2014)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
A Star Is Born (2018)
Afflicted (2013)
After Life (Netflix series, season 1)
Alien News Desk (US series)
Alive Day Memories (2007 documentary)
American Horror Story: 1984 (US series, season 9)
Amy Schumer: Growing (2019)
Anima (2019 short)
Anomaly (2014 short film)
Another Life (Netflix series, season 1)
Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)
Aquaman (2018)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Battle Of The Sexes (2017)
Beyond Skyline
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Black Mirror (Netflix series, season 5)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Chernobyl (HBO Ltd series)
Christopher Robin (2018)
Christopher Titus: Amerigeddon (2019)
Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State (2019)
Crazy Rich Asians
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013 documentary)
Daniel Sloss: X
Dark Angel (2000, US series)
Darren Brown: Sacrifice (2018)
Dead To Me (Netflix series, season 1)
Deadly Class (SyFy series, season 1)
Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut (Unrated Version)
Designated Survivor (Netflix series, season 3)
Disenchantment: Part 2 (Netflix series)
Eighth Grade
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
Elementary (US series)
Enemy (2013)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fifty Shades Freed
First Man (2018)
Fleabag (Amazon series)
Fractured (2019)
Game Of Thrones (HBO series)
George Carlin: It's Bad For Ya! (2008)
Ghost In The Shell 2.0 (2009)
Glass (2019)
Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
Grass Is Greener (2019 documentary)
Happy! (season 2)
Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea (2019)
Hereditary (2018)
His Dark Materials (HBO series, season 1)
Homecoming (Amazon series, season 1)
Hotel Artemis
Humans (UK/US series)
I Am Mother (2019 short)
Ice On Fire (2019)
Imperium (2016)
In The Dark (2019 US series, season 1)
Incredibles 2
Inside Bill's Brain (Decoding Bill Gates)
Inside Out (2015)
Interview With A Time Traveler (2014 short)
iZombie (US series)
Jason Bourne (2016)
John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky (2018 documentary)
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Justice League (2017)
Killjoys (SyFy series)
Kin (2018)
Late Show
Life Itself (2014, Roger Ebert documentary)
Life Of The Party
Living With Yourself (Netflix series)
Long Shot (2019)
Love, Death & Robots (2019 Netflix/David Fincher anthology)
Maniac (2018 Netflix Ltd series)
Manifest (US series, season 1)
Megamind (2010)
Mine (2016)
Mortal Engines (2018)
Mr. Robot (US series)
Murder On The Orient Express (1974)
Murder On The Orient Express (2017)
My Dad Wrote A Porno (2019)
My Dinner With Hervé (2018)
Nightflyers (SyFy series)
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)
Nothing Really Happens (2018)
Ocean's Eight (2018)
Orange Is The New Black (Netflix series)
Pearson (US series)
Planet Earth: Dynasties (BBC Ltd. series)
Prism (The Dark Side Of Love) (2017)
Project Blue Book (2019) (US series, season 1)
Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018)
Replicas (2018)
Resident Evil (2002)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)
Robin Williams: Weapons Of Self Destruction (2009)
Russell Brand: Re:Birth
Russian Doll (Netflix series, season 1)
See You Yesterday (2019)
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (2019)
Simon Amtrell: Set Free
Singularity (2017)
Skin (2018 short)
Skin (2018)
Star Wars: Resistance (US series, season 1)
Stranger Things (Netflix series, Season 3)
Sucker Punch (2011)
Suits (US series)
The Accountant (2016)
The Cold Blue (Rare Color Film: D-Day documentary)
The Crown (Netflix series, season 3)
The Darkest Minds (2018)
The Expanse (Amazon series, season 4)
The Fall (BBCNI series)
The Favourite
The First Purge
The Fountain (2006)
The Hate U Give
The History of Time Travel (2014)
The Irishman (2019)
The Jim Jeffries Show (US series)
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The Matrix (1999) (20th Anniversary Remastered Projection, 2019)
The Mind, Explained (Netflix/Vox series)
The OA: Part 2
The Orville (US series, season 2)
The Pass (2016)
The Passage (2019 US series)
The Post (2017)
The Purge (US series, season 2)
The Space Between Us (2017)
The Umbrella Company (Netflix series, season 1)
The Vietnam War (Ken Burns/Lynn Novick 2017 documentary series)
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Treadstone (US series, season 1)
Upgrade (2018)
Us (2019)
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
VICE News Tonight (HBO nightly news series)
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal
Watchmen (HBO series, season 1)
Watership Down (2018) (BBC/Netflix Ltd series)
We Have To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Welcome To Marwen (2018)
What We Do In The Shadows (US series, season 1)
Whiplash (2014)
World War Z (Director's Cut)
Years And Years (2019 BBC/HBO Ltd series)

"Top 12" of 2012
"Top 13" of 2013
"Top 14" of 2014
"Top 15" of 2015
"Top 16" of 2016
"Top 17" of 2017
"Top 18" of 2018


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