Just saw the new Emma. and it’s really wonderful and charming and funny. The costume design is top notch and these photos truly don’t do it justice. Every garment is just gorgeous to look at and I’m grateful the camera lingers long enough to really appreciate them. I recommend it!

The Bird and the Whale

Today we went to Alamo Drafthouse for a screening of the animated short films nominated for Oscars this year. Of the nominees, I hope Hair Love wins. It’s beautiful! And somehow the least devastating. (Seriously was that a requirement this year?)

After the nominees, they screened a handful of other animated shorts and wow, The Bird and the Whale is extraordinary. It’s paint-on-glass animation and all seven minutes are made of “over 4300, 24 x 34 inch paintings and took more than 14 months to paint.” The effect is gorgeous.

Here’s a trailer for the film and a behind-the-scenes video:

My favorite movies of the 2010s

This list was much harder to make than my favorite movies of 2019. I was able to get it down to 15 and that’s how many Chris Coyier did, so I figured that’s great.

It was especially difficult because movies released earlier in the decade have the advantage of nostalgia and repeat viewings. I might revisit this in 5 years to see how my opinions change.

old man Wolverine and young Laura 15. Logan

Daniel Kaluuya sits with eyes wide and tears streaming down his face 14. Get Out

Owen Wilson walks in front of a painted Paris streetscape 13. Midnight in Paris (I know Woody Allen is horrible and I debated putting this here. But this movie made my heart ache like not many before or since.)

Sam and Suzy 12. Moonrise Kingdom

the cast of Baby Driver in front of a car speeding down the Atlanta highway 11. Baby Driver

a young boy surrounded by supporting characters including Adolf Hitler 10. JoJo Rabbit

Rey and BB-8 in front of the sun setting 9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starlord, Drax, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket 8. Guardians of the Galaxy

the two leads happily look at each other in front of colorful background 7. Crazy Rich Asians

two men fighting in a rotating hallway 6. Inception

the cast looking badass in their wedding party attire 5. Bridesmaids

Flynn and Rapunzel look at each other amongst the floating laterns 4. Tangled

a profile of Amy with her husband Nick in the background 3. Gone Girl

the cast poses in sunglasses 2. Pitch Perfect

Kayla takes a selfie on her phone giving the peace sign 1. Eighth Grade


Honorable mentions: Parasite, Moana, Crazy Stupid Love, Thor: Ragnarok, Searching, This Is The End

My favorite movies of 2019

Lots of great movies this year, but here are my ten favorites.

a Chinese family on a couch, surrounding the grandmother 10. The Farewell

a superhero blows a bubblegum bubble 9. Shazam!

a man with a guitar crosses the famous Abbey Road crosswalk 8. Yesterday

a scared woman removes a mask of her own face 7. Us

two teenage girls 6. Booksmart

many Marvel superheroes pose 5. Avengers: Endgame

a couple holds hands and smiles in front of San Francisco and New York skylines 4. Always Be My Maybe

a posh family poses around a grandfather in an armchair 3. Knives Out

a family in the yard of a glass window, their eyes covered with censor bars 2. Parasite

a young boy surrounded by supporting characters including Adolf Hitler 1. JoJo Rabbit

Eighth Grade

I love Bo Burnham’s directorial debut, Eighth Grade, so much. And I love this You Should See It from FilmJoy a whole bunch too. If you haven’t seen this marvelous film, please do.