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Top Movies of 2019

2019 is a year that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Apart from economical aspects, there are other sectors that came forward with excellence. Yes, we are talking about the movie industry and its vast set of players. Most of them come ahead with quality content that are sure to make it every top honour in the country. In terms of performance, we got nothing but the best that range from the likes of Joe Pesci to Scarlett Johannson. So that brings us to the final question. What are some of the best? Well, to answer that, here’s a list of some of the top movies of 2019.

They Shall Not Grow Old

In terms of impact, we clearly remember the faces of individuals as they stepped out of the theatre after watching They Shall Not Grow Old. With themes based on war, we were all taken on an emotional journey through the performances of the cast. Director Peter Jackson left no stone unturned in making this masterpiece that many describe being one of the best of 2019. The movie also contains some never before seen footage that is sure to that you to places and leave you spellbound. Hence, by all means, if you haven’t watched this masterpiece, then you need to change that immediately.


If you have witnessed all that is happening with the Oscars so far, then you might have heard of this particular nomination called Parasite. The movie is sure to make your move with central themes that are relatable and with different sorts of layers. Director Bong Joon Ho made a mark and people witnessed sheer talent on screen. The various characters that the movie focuses on tend to explain aspects in detail and you will go on a journey with them. Whether or not the film wins an Oscar, it will remain to be one of the best.

Mickey and The Bear

Mickey and the Bear is the type of movie that will make you think and take your mind through various places. The movie extends a talented star cast who are all held by an even talented director. Camila Morrone was well credited for her performance with praise coming from every corner. The struggles that her character faces are all well depicted and this movie deserves to be seen by the world.

Chained For Life

Comedy never takes a step back and Chained for Life is here to prove the same. The movie tends to depict the relationship between an actress and her co-star on the set of a film. Throughout this experience, we are splashed with humor that is well balanced to make all mouths laugh and enjoy. By all means, the movie is an absolute favorite.

Movie-Inspired Fitness?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I love movies of all types from any period. I have a vast collection that takes years to go through if I watch one a day. It is a form of relaxation and recreation, and also provides fodder for conversations in person and online. I learn many things from films related to its subject matter, stars, and great dialogue. It tells me everything I need to know about the human condition. Recently, I watched a short video on Facebook about gymnastics (a true documentary-style story). I love the sport and watch the competitions, particularly come Olympics time. It fascinates me how the body can move in complex ways and look beautiful at the same time. The skill is extraordinary and I have nothing but awe for the participants. It is not something that was offered in my high school, where many kids learn it for the first time. I am a bit of a late comer and thanks to the movie, I am really into the trampoline.

I don’t expect to gain national status, but I do hope to stay in shape and have some fun while I am at it. I can watch my giant plasma screen and jump up and down any time I like. The trampoline, of course, is small and not regulation size. I could do that in the backyard but then it would be tough to see the TV screen on the patio. Too far away. I have something in between, which means larger than a kiddie mini size which would accommodate just one of my legs. I stick to jumping for the most part until I break a sweat and watch the calories fall off. Then I get fancy and pull my knees up to my chest between jumps. It is so much fun. This mode of exercise sure beats a routine gym workout any day. They don’t even have a trampoline in any size. It is something you only find in a fully-equipped school facility. Gymnasts who work the parallel bars and the horse like to warm up on it.

The fitness benefits are many, according to Trampoline Choice. You can stretch out your back, loosen the leg muscles, and incorporate arm movements as you wish. I just learned how to do a kind of modified split jump while at the same time extending my arms toward each raised leg. It isn’t easy and I don’t go that wide. If you do, you get a major stretch of the inner thigh. I prefer a simple vee position. If you are a would-be gymnast, you might try to extend your legs in front of you and point your toes. It is all about height and appearance. Real trampoline aficionados want to look cool, as toned and pretty as a diver.

So far my movie buddies haven’t expressed interest, but the trampoline is there: all taut and inviting.

Broadening My Horizons with a Documentary

I guess that not enough attention has been paid to the smoking dilemma and the role of the tobacco industry. We are still hassling it out despite local bans on cigarettes in restaurants, hospitals, libraries, theaters, and other public places. I know this because I just saw a good indie film on the subject and found it convincing and compelling. All the usual arguments were presented and by now, most of us have already taken sides. On the other hand, little has been said about the science of cigarette smoke and its smell.

We know that smoke is bad for you whether you actually puff away or are a victim of it second hand. It causes lung cancer pure and simple, not to mention mouth and throat problems. What we don’t all know is why it does this when it is such a pleasurable exsmoperience for many. It is all about chemicals that are toxic when inhaled. You wouldn’t want to eat poison intentionally to be sure. Why take them into your lungs day after day? It is a question of addiction from nicotine. In addition, when burned, cigarettes release more than 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known cancer culprits.

The warning labels are not complete. They don’t cover what toxins are in the smoke. The list is too long to mention, but some of the agents are acetone (as in nail polish), benzene (as in rubber cement, acetic acid (as in hair dye), arsenic (a component of rat poison), butane (as in lighter fluid), formaldehyde (that smelly embalming fluid, carbon monoxide (released in car exhaust), and lead (found in batteries). There are others like ammonia, tar, naphthalene, and toluene. E-cigarettes have additional flavorings, colorings, and chemicals.

It is enough to make you choke. As I said, this is the smoke part, not the tobacco. Apart from the carcinogenic element of smoking, there is the smell. Apparently, various additives for flavor and colorings are the cause, according to No More Smoke Smell. This smoke doesn’t dissipate quickly either. It clings to clothing and hair. It makes pets reek as well as your furniture, drapes, and carpet. A lot has gone into producing deodorizers to combat the problem. Smokers enjoy the smell actually but it turns bad after a while. This is due to a process called combustion and there is no way around it. It is part of the double-edged sword of cigarettes.

Many people, especially kids, resort to e-cigarettes because of the enhancements; but it is said to nevertheless be bad for the health. It is no instant panacea for the addicted. Another oddity to mention is that you can still smell cigarette smoke when there is no one actually smoking in your presence. It is called “phantom smell” and denotes damage to the olfactory nerve. It involves neurologic damage to the brain in which the afflicted associates what they smell with something burning. You would have to have experienced cigarette smoke in the past to identify the smell.

Potential New Hobby

I love movies; everyone in my world knows this. I would rather watch the small or big screen at the theater or home than do most anything else. You can imagine my DVD collection. I can remember the plots, characters, stars, and other credits of all the best films.

I might have a new hobby. I am so excited that I am devoting this blog entirely to announcing it: metal detecting. You heard right! I will tell you why since it is a rather unknown activity. Now it has a new adherent. I saw an airing of The Detectorists, a TV series on Netflix since 2014. Let me clue you newbies in. It is British and takes place in the fictional town of Danebury, supposedly located in Northern Essex. Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, and Pearce Quigley star in the show as two eccentric metal detectorists, as the title suggests. They spend their time on ploughed tracks and in open fields with their handy devices. The point is to break the dull pattern of their lives by finding a fortune by means of their quest. In the process, all kinds of events and discoveries happen. A side note: it is the winner of the 2015 British BAFTA awards.

I was nonplussed when I first saw it. I had never heard of nor encountered a metal detector of any type, let alone the best metal detectors for beginners. I had to find out more and perhaps give it a try. When I read about the odd things you can unearth, I thought I would love a new oddball hobby that yielded a surprise every time. It may or may not be something valuable, but it would be unique. I’ve seen people on Facebook find all sorts of cast-off treasures like watches, pennies and nickels, nails and brads, a pair of tweezers or scissors, lead balls, silver buttons, and the like. If they are lucky, you might encounter a rare coin or hopefully some sort of gold. By that I mean a ring, a coin, a pendant, or a money clip. I know that trash pickers go on beaches and to parks to gather as much money as they can find in an afternoon. It is a known fact that many are successful in this endeavor. I might join them.

I want to do it for other reasons however. It intrigues me that there is a TV show devoted to the metal detecting enterprise. What they find is of course more valuable and unusual. What a concept for an entertainment medium. Imagine that in one episode, one of the characters disturbs graves in Germany and is subsequently banned. Fans find the Detectorists “dry, intelligent, and endearing.” I agree. I love the characters and the humor. It is good for a few belly laughs. It is by no means a waste of time. It has turned me on to gold detecting in particular. It is an odd sitcom that shines. Check it out for sure.

Soda, Popcorn, and Movies Go Together a Little Too Well

When you have a home entertainment system, you tend to indulge a bit too much. You can’t resist inviting everyone you know at one time or another for a nightime film fest. After one or two movies are shown, soda, popcorn, and snacks are offered up to entice people to stay and talk. These things all go well together. So well, that I have put on a few unwanted pounds. I am not going to suspend film night, but I need to watch my waistline. Others can eat to their hearts’ content, but I will put on the brakes after one handful of popcorn. It is hard to cut back, but when people whisper comments in your presence, you know it is time. It isn’t that I need to diet and start eating carrots and celery; it is more about self-control in the presence of my friends. I am known for fun film evenings, so they will continue as my contribution to my friend and family community.

Meanwhile I am going to drink more water and eliminate all that sugar-laden soda. Popcorn is salty and water takes care of your thirst. Soda only makes it worse. I can stock up on cases of bottled water, but I have limited space. As another solution, I am going to install a whole-house water filtration system. Some people have home brew pubs, others have soda fountains that can make specialty drinks. My choice of beverage is going to be pure, clean water from now on.

When purchasing a system, I had to weigh first and foremost the amount of contaminant reduction I could get. Filtration units do more than this. They improve taste and eliminate odors that emanate from some tap water. You can’t go wrong by going along with NSF certification. Then it is a matter of ease of installation, whether you choose under or over counter locations. The water in my city has a chlorine residue and various particulates. Any system I choose must reduce them to a minimum. I want a state-of-the art design and probably a reverse osmosis process. I think it has to do with proper channeling of water to find the path of least resistance, so that there is minimal time of contact with the internal media. I read at https://www.homewaterhealth.com that multiple tanks and an upflow design are the most effective.

I like the fact that whole house water filters are installed where the water source enters the home. Thus, contaminant problems are immediately nipped in the bud. Then you have to consider the need for additional drainage or electricity, and what flow rates are appropriate for the size of your home and typical water usage. Of course, bigger homes require bigger systems. Here’s how it works. The system may entail “back flushing,” which occurs when the flow is reversed and drains dirty, used water into a wastewater unit. So you can get as complicated as you like and you can customize your filtration the way you like.

I have been talking so much about my water filtration system that guests are now asking for water instead of beer or wine. I believe that I have started a new trend. I won’t tell anyone that you have to clean the tanks and remove the pounds of wet, contaminated media. From time to time you have to replace parts in the system, or at worst the entire tank. But there is a savings in the long run when you add up what you aren’t spending on pricey Evian.

Movie Night

My friend learned to weld some time ago and all he talks about is his new-found skill. I suppose I am impressed, not being a handyman at all. I know you can do all kinds of things with a MIG welder, but right now I am too busy to go this route. I would rather watch TV or a movie to pass the time. There are so many out there and it takes hours and hours to take them in on time to be in the know. If someone asks my opinion of a film, as they often do, I better be ready to offer a timely response. When you are known to be a big cinema aficionado, people want to know what not to miss. They also don’t want to waste their time on rubbish.

My welder friend invites me over to watch in his home entertainment center that he installed in the basement with all custom equipment. It no doubt cost a pretty penny, but he tells me he saved money on the shelves since he build them himself. He prides himself on making the metal brackets to hold his surround sound system. I had to listen to him go on and on about how he did the work, and ultimately there was no time to watch the movie. I should have known better when I accepted his invitation. He went on and on in an email about showing off the new brackets. When in his recreation al space, he offered to help me build metal shelves using the MIG machine. He even said he would teach me the ropes. If I did want something in the comforts of my home, I would get a pre-fab no assembly product. He practically begged me to let him help as he wanted to get more use out of the welder.

Why a MIG, I asked, and not a stick or arc welder? This was his entrée to instruct me right in the moment. We went to his computer screen and searched for this model online so we could read the reviews. He even wrote down this web page for me to look at later – https://www.ratemywelder.com/best-mig-welder-reviews/. He liked them on Facebook and told me that I should too. I obliged him although I didn’t care much at all. I did learn that this type of welder is useful for a variety of applications. They can run up to a thousand dollars. I had to take a closer look at his device. You need it to cut, braze, and solder he bragged. He added that his is a venerable Everlast. Bravo, I exclaimed with feigned enthusiasm. He gets top ratings. You have to rely on user experience he added or ask a professional construction worker. With your knowledge, I inserted, I won’t need to do that. Plus, he droned on, with a good machine, welding is not that difficult. Ha!

He enumerated the additional benefits whether I wanted to hear them or not. Okay, this welter has a 200 AMP MIG gun and a twenty food spoolgun that come together. These are encased in a heavy-duty cabinet. The arc, he said, is optimized to deliver a flawless weld. There is minimal spatter making post-weld cleanup a breeze. What is professional-grade arc quality, I asked? He was delighted at my interest. He explained including a tutorial on voltage control and duty cycle, the regular and flow gauge, and the gas hose works. He loves the built-in running gear and cylinder rack. Then I had to peruse the weld, setup and parts information chart. It was a long night.

Surviving the Morning Routine After a Late Night

Everyone who knows me, also knows that I watch movies and TV whenever I can. I am a big fan. There is never enough time during the day. This means a few late-night marathons when I have insomnia or am with friends. It is great fun, but this kind of behavior takes its toll. Try waking up at six when you have been watching your favorite films most of the night. It is hard to stop when you are on a roll. Staying healthy means having a good routine. You start with your morning tasks and go through the day eating right and exercising as time permits. People swear by this practice and I am following suit. So, what do I do to conquer the morning hours?

When I was in college, I had early classes and as a social being, I was up late at night. I learned some tips to use it wisely to help me arise on time. Alarm clocks have come a long way in recent years and are amazing devices to rouse you from even a deep sleep. I learned that you must read the instructions and see what your appliance can do. You must program it and not forget to reset it as needed. Laziness will make you late to class or work. Make it part of your regular routine and don’t ignore its benefits.

Wake up alarms used to rouse you with a blaring noise or your favorite radio station. For college kids, that was always the top pop selection on the dial. For others, it has become the news, particularly the morning weather. You want to be tuned into the world first thing in the morning, but that doesn’t necessarily mean reading Twitter. Now you can wake up to natural sounds like a running stream, birds chirping, frogs croaking, waves hitting the sandy shore, and lots more. I read about that here: https://www.berightlight.com/alarm-clock-tips-help-conquer-morning-routine/. If you prefer music but have grown beyond the rock n’ roll stage, New Age instrumentals are the way to go on an FM station. They often feature a flute or chimes. It is a peaceful way to arise.

The latest gadget is a sunrise and sunset simulator. This means you get up to soft ambient lights. If your drapes are drawn, it will feel like sunlight pouring into the room. You can select your colors and change them as you wish. You can combine the lights with music or sounds. It is all personal taste and a matter of push button controls. Nothing too complicated to deter you from taking advantage of all the new innovations. Read up on the new models to be sure you understand all your choices. You no doubt will want an LED screen for clear digital readings (it dims at night) and a snooze option. One last feature of the new models is that for security purposes, the light goes on at programmed times to indicate that someone is home.

A Weekend off the Couch

I have taken a break from my usual weekend moving watching to read online reviews of miter saws. You must be thinking that this is very odd indeed. There are much better things to do with your time like taking a walk on a beautiful day, swimming, jogging, biking, or visiting friends or relatives. I have my reasons about which you will soon hear.

I was sitting on the sofa one afternoon after a very dramatic and intense movie. I was contemplating the ending and deciding whether or not it was effective. My mind started to wander and then got bored. My eyes roamed about my living room and I thought it needed some enhancement. I spend hours here but was just noticing some defects in the décor. Why not make the room look nicer, I thought. Should I paint it a soft pastel color to tone down the ubiquitous white? Should I recover the couch and matching chairs or buy a new rug? These were all good ideas and I expect that I will implement them. From a structural point of view, I realized that installing crown molding would add just the right touch. It would change the space immensely. No wonder people always ask for it when buying a new home.

I haven’t done this type of work but was willing to try since I have done a bit of woodworking in the past. I know how to use a tool or two. I first had to decide on the measurements and how emphatic I want this molding to be. You can make it quite bold if you like. I think I will opt for an average size. Now I would need to find a good miter saw designed for such projects. Thus, I was online with a vengeance. All the descriptions, reviews, and testimonials were very helpful. The prices here vary from a hundred to five hundred dollars for the state-of-the-art model. How much power would I need? What was the difference between a radial arm saw vs a miter saw? I found that one here. I would want adjustability for different angle cuts and the right size blade. It would have to have a safety shut off feature and be double insulated. The question for me now with the crown molding was how many settings would be needed from fifteen to forty-five to ninety degrees.

I started to narrow down the best saws by brand and price and model. There is Bosch, DeWalt, and Makita. Each brand has a full range of offerings. I decided to buy something in the middle. I wasn’t a professional millworker so I needed something suitable for small jobs and home use. I went to the lumber depot to look at prefab crown molding to assess what would look best. I watched numerous videos about cutting the corners. I would be using wood, not polyurethane. I wanted quality and not savings. Crown molding styles can be simple or elaborate and I went somewhere in between. I am a middle of the road guy with the material and the equipment I guess.

Now Out on Video

Remember the phrase ‘now out on video?’ I guess it still brings a nostalgic glow for some of us. Videotapes weren’t really all that great. They broke. You ended up taping over the things that you really liked or you ran out of videotape at the worst point. Lots of bad stuff happened and the videos eventually stopped working for no reason half the time. Still, I guess we all can wonder about the videos of old and explain to members of Generation Z and the youngest Millennials what it was all like.

Do people even use DVDs anymore? Someone has to keep on using them or they wouldn’t keep on making them, I guess. Still, you have to wonder how DVDs keep on getting made in a world where people can stream everything and people usually do stream everything. You can stream things on Netflix, and I don’t even know why Netflix even bothers when it comes to sending out its DVDs these days. Netflix is the kind of company that managed to see a new age coming, and you’d think that they would realize that people today really want to stick with the most convenient options possible.

Lots of old movies are getting new anniversary editions. The 1976 version of Carrie is like that in order to celebrate the fortieth year that some of us have been watching this movie. The Thing, The Hills Have Eyes, and Dark Water all fall into that category as well. This is October, so there are going to be plenty of Halloween releases. They figure that this is the only time that some of us watch horror movies, even though plenty of them really do watch them all year long and we’d love to get DVD releases like this all year long.

Of course, you do have to wonder how long DVDs are going to last. I stream pretty much everything these days. Most of the people I know do the same. I mean, I’m a movie writer and a huge film buff. If I’m not the target audience for DVDs, I don’t know who is. If they can’t even get someone like me to buy the DVDs, I really don’t know how they’re going to get some kind of casual film fan to do it. I guess only time will tell. It’s possible that DVDs are going to continue to exist, but they are going to be much more niche in the future. It’s also possible that they’re going to go the way of dinosaurs on VHS tapes and VHS tapes in general. If nothing else, if people don’t know what we mean by the phrase ‘now out on video,’ they can at least Google it.

Favorite Remake

Don’t laugh: it is possible to create remakes that are actually good. Listen, I hate 2010’s movies as much as anyone for the most part. It seems like every other movie is a remake, a sequel, a prequel, an adaptation, or some kind of combination of the bunch that demonstrates that Hollywood has not only completely run out of original ideas, but that they now hate original ideas and think that original ideas are ‘so twentieth century.’

Still, I’d be lying if I said that remakes weren’t sometimes great. You can hate remakes as a concept while still thinking that some of them can actually be good. Sometimes, movies really are old and they need to be updated. In other cases, the movies can be given a fresh take and unique voice. I’ve seen both of these scenarios play out and more.

True Grit is probably the best film remake that I can think of, even if I’m not usually a fan of Westerns. This one is so much better than most of the rest of the genre that I would say that it transcends most of it. The original film was just awful, even if you use the excuse that it’s just a product of its time. It’s not something that I can get into, and updating this movie for the twenty-first century was a really good idea. The acting is great. I’m glad that they got an actual girl in her early teens to play a character that was in her early teens. I also thought that they did a good job when it came to attention to period detail since the characters really did seem like historical characters. In terms of overall quality, this is my favorite remake.

Now let us go back a few decades to a movie from the horror genre: the Fly. I actually did like the original movie from the 1950’s. However, I think that the 1986 version really did something new and different with the story. It uses the broader outlines, but the story is still so different that it manages to succeed in spite of the fact that some people would say that it isn’t a remake so much as a movie that is loosely based on the original source material. In terms of which remake I actually consider my personal favorite and not just which remake I think is objectively the best, I’m going to go with the Fly.

Favorite movies and movies that you think are objectively good are not necessarily the same. Some of them are going to be better than others. There are plenty of things that I like that I consider flawed. There are also plenty of movies that I think are great objectively, but I had a hard time really getting into them personally. There are also movies that fall somewhere in the middle. It’s good that there are remakes that belong in all of those categories and more.

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