150 film critics have named Jordan Peele‘s Us as the Best Movie of 2019 thus far. Sure it is! Peele’s film was actually fairly decent as far as it went, but I found it…well, certainly ballsy. Imagine the cojones it took for Peele to decide upon Ken Kragen’s “Hands Across America” campaign as the film’s ultimate evildoer or baddy-waddy.
In all seriousness, Us earned a Metacritic score of 81 and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 94 and an audience rating of 63. So why did Ruimy’s Raiders call it the best of the year so far? I have my suspicions ** — what are yours? Time Out‘s Joshua Rothkopf compared Us to John Carpenter‘s The Fog (’80), the somewhat disappointing follow-up to the hugely successful Halloween. That’s about right.
The next most popular nine among the 150 are (in this order) The Souvenir, Booksmart, Long Day’s Journey Into Night 3D, High Life, Transit, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Apollo 11, Ash is Purest White and Avengers: Endgame.
Here, again, is Hollywood Elsewhere’s 12 best of the year so far:
4. A.J. Eaton and Cameron Crowe‘s David Crosby: Remember My Name / “Crosby Doc Hurts Real Good,” filed on 1.27.19.
6. Robert Eggers‘ The Lighthouse / “This Way Lies Madness,” filed on 5.19.19.
8. Martin Scorsese‘s Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story / “Rolling Along With Scorsese/Dylan” filed on 6.10.19.
10. J.C. Chandor‘s Triple Frontier / “Five Sons of Fred C. Dobbs,” filed on 3.6.19.
12. Olivia Wilde‘s Booksmart / “This Time SXSW Hype Was Genuine“, filed on 4.25.19.
** virtue signalling?