Review of 2019

Films of the year

A heart in a heartless world

  1. Capernaum
  2. System Crasher
  3. Spiral – season 7 (TV)
  4. Sunday’s Illness
  5. A Twelve Year Night
  6. Woman at War
  7. Monos
  8. Happy as Lazarro
  9. Joker
  10. Ordinary Love

Films seen this year

’60s masterpiece

  1. The Shop on the High Street
  2. Maborosi
  3. Capernaum
  4. Our Little Sister
  5. Disobedient
  6. Mandy
  7. Blade Runner 2049
  8. The Man in White Suit
  9. Sunday’s Illness
  10. Beauty and the Dogs

Film of the decade

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Roma
  3. Black Swan
  4. Capernaum
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Even the Rain
  7. Our Little Sister
  8. Shoplifters
  9. I, Daniel Blake
  10. Disobedient

TV of the decade

  1. The Bridge
  2. 1864
  3. Spiral
  4. Borgen
  5. Godless
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale (season one)
  7. Happy Valley
  8. The Night Manager
  9. The Fall
  10. The Missing

Books of the Year

  1. The Overstory, Richard Powers
  2. Beneath the World, A Sea, Chris Beckett
  3. The Snakes, Sadie Jones
  4. Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson
  5. A Ladder to the Sky, John Boyne
  6. XX, Angela Chadwick
  7. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys, Viv Albertine
  8. Searching for John Ford, Joseph McBride
  9. Electric Eden, Rob Young
  10. Native Tongue, Suzette Hayden Elgin

Albums of the Year

  1. Bartok, Beethoven, Debussy, Innovators, Benyounes Qt
  2. Sibelius: Symphony 1, Gothenburg SO – Rouvali
  3. Daniel Pioro, Dust
  4. Schubert: String quartets, Chiaroscuro Qt
  5. Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, There Is No Other
  6. Debussy: Les Trois Sonates, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov et al
  7. Gris Gris, Shake Stew
  8. The Little Unsaid, Atomise
  9. DC Fontaines, Dogrel
  10. Lisa O’Neill, Heard a Long Song Gone

Top Live

  1. Gigspanner Big Band – Falmouth and Saltaire
  2. Mahler: Symphony 5, BBC Philharmonic – Joana Carneiro – Leeds
  3. The Rite of Spring, Seeta Patel – Bradford
  4. West Side Story – Manchester
  5. Tao of Glass – Manchester
  6. 3hattrio – Saltaire
  7. The Centre is Everywhere, Manchester Collective – Leeds
  8. The Little Unsaid – Saltaire
  9. Lonesome Ace String Band – Saltaire
  10. Mama’s Broke – Saltaire

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