Review of 2019 (recreation)

Again, a separate arts review for the year.

The films shown at Broadway remain a great pleasure.
My very personal and selective listings and ratings,

Kinda 5 stars
Stan & Ollie, Booksmart, The Keeper
Kinda 4 stars
Colette, Woman at War, Apollo 11 (doc), The Favourite, The Ballad of Buster Scrugs, Burning, Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, The Two Popes, The Farewell, Photograph, A Private War, Green Book, Border
Kinda 3 stars
Un Amour Impossible, Nae Pasaran (doc), Vice, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The White Crow, Mrs Lowry & Son, Brexit: the Uncivil War (tv), The Front Runner, Mary Queen of Scots, Everybody knows, Vita and Virginia, Yesterday, Support the Girls, Diamantino, The Aftermath, Roma, Out of Blue, The Nightingale
Kinda 2 stars and fewer
If Beale Street Could Talk, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, New Towns – Our Towns (doc), Sometimes Always Never, Bohemian Rhapsody singalong; Sunset

For me, plays can’t match filmed productions. But the sense of occasion can be so much better. Some highlights at The Lace Market Theatre and at the studio at Nottingham Playhouse in particular.

Kinda 4 stars
Foxfinder, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Stepmother, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True
Kinda 3 stars
The Lehman Trilogy, The Funeral Director, Getting the Third Degree, One Night in Miami,
Kinda 2 stars and fewer
Coram Boy, I’m Not Running, Prism, The Girl of Ink and Stars, Every Brilliant Thing, Design for Living; Feargus the Musical; Rough Crossing

TV: mmmm, not so much.
The favourites – Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders, Killing Eve – not quite so good. and The Guardian rightly slams Question Time.

Most of the productions listed have mini-reviews on this web-site.

Note, I avoid horror, and Batman and Spiderman are the only superhero stories I can be bothered with.

But why even do these lists? Just to remember and reflect again on just what joys drama can bring and lessons they can teach.

Finally, films that perhaps should be seen …
Ford vs Ferrari, Knives Out, The Irishman, 1917, Joker
and perhaps
Parasite, Rocketman, Little Women, Pain & Glory, Portrait of a Building on Fire, Marriage Story

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