Film Discoveries Of 2019

For the last couple of years, actually since I first discovered the site, I’ve been loving the “Film Discoveries of...” series on Rupert Pupkin Speaks. Founder of the site, Brian Saur (whose Pure Cinema Podcast is probably the best movie podcast out there) and his contributors always deliver these amazing lists and show some well-deserved appreciation for movies that don’t get their fair share of exposure. I always enjoyed reading these lists so much, I decided to make one myself. Because my absolute favorite discoveries of the year are mostly movies that everyone besides me has already seen years ago, I decided to mainly focus on movies that I think are underrated, underseen or underdiscussed in some capacity.

Day of the Outlaw (1959, André de Toth) This movie stars Robert Ryan (known for the Western Grand Cru: The Wild Bunch) as Blaise Starett
For most of the duration of 2019 I thought it wasn’t a really good year for movies (not that the rest of 2019 was all that great in comparison, but we don’t need to get too deep into that). Some of my most anticipated movies of the year ended up being my biggest disappointments, like Us (a prime example of how a movie can become a whole lot less exciting once you start explaining what should be left to the imagination), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (I honestly feel like this is Tarantino’s worst movie, until now at least) or Border (I still don’t understand how a movie this odd could feel so conventional in the way it builds its story). Several movies I was patiently awaiting ended up not coming out this year, or at least not outside of the festival circuit, like Fabrice Du Welz’ Adoration or Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta, which got postponed for the second year in a row. 
I also attended the second edition of the Brussels International Film Festival this su…