Twenty Nine Favorite Movies Watched in 2019

I thought it would be fun to look back at the movies I watched throughout 2019. I prefer to watch movies at home after they’ve been released on DVD. Nearly all of the movies we watch have been checked out from the library. Therefore, you will find these are not new release movies.

We don’t own a television and haven’t for nearly 11 years. I use a projector and portable DVD player and project the movie onto the living room wall. These are in no particular order.

The Soloist

Team Member C movie night: The Soloist

Based on a true story, the movie portrays courage and grace in an out of the ordinary friendship and the desire to help another being. Beautiful and inspiring.

Rogue One

Team TLC Movie Night: Thomas’ choice – “Rogue One”

Thomas says, “I liked it a lot, I liked the music and my favorite character is the blind guy, Chirrut Îmwe.”

I say, “I didn’t think I was going to like it. I just don’t like watching fighting and violence. However, I did actually love it. I’m more of the “faith” and “knowing” persuasion rather than hope. Yet, I did love the message of hope as the root of the movie. Love the soundtrack too. And my favorite character was the droid, Kay-Tuesso.”

Lillian sat this one out.

Saving Mr. Banks

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “Saving Mr. Banks”

I say, “This has been on my list for a year or longer. Finally! I enjoyed every moment! It was incredibly heartwarming to learn the history of the characters in the book, Mary Poppins, and the history of Walt Disney and P.L. Travers. It was good for this writers soul. Now I must go check out the book and read it.”

Lillian says, “Good and liked the Mary Poppins songs.”

Thomas say this one out.

All the President’s Men

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “All The President’s Men”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

I say, “I had never seen this. Enjoyed watching and it held my attention. Loved seeing all the typewriters in the newsroom and rotary dial phones!!”

Lillian sat this one out.

A United Kingdom

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “A United Kingdom” – The 1940’s true story that changed the history of Botswanna.

I say, “What an inspiring true story embodying love, strength, and courage. Moving and powerful.”

Quote from the movie, adjusted a wee bit … “No person is free who is not master of themselves.”

Lillian says, “Good and emotional.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Solo – A Star Wars Story

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Solo – A Star Wars Story”

Thomas says, “It was good. I liked it and I liked the music.”

I say, “Enjoyed watching this with Thomas! Still don’t like the violence. Gives me a headache. Yet, l enjoyed the way it filled in the Hans Solo story.”

Lillian sat this one out.

Christopher Robin

Team TLC Movie Night -My choice: “Christopher Robin” – Put this on hold several months ago. It was finally our turn!

I say, “Beautiful, heartwarming story of living a mindful life. Winnie the Pooh is a master at living in the present moment. Love, love, loved it.”

Quote from the movie, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” – Christopher Robin

Lillian says, “Good, emotional, good moral, liked the music, and my favorite character is Madeline.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Movie night for me tonight – “Bohemian Rhapsody” … I put this on hold months ago ..

I am so moved and pumped I don’t even know what to say. But, holy sh**. Maybe shouldn’t have watched just before bed. I feel like running out the door right now and doing everything I’ve ever imagined I wanted to do. Oh my gosh!! Loved, loved, loved. My heart is still pounding!


Team TLC Movie Night …. Minus the T and L!! So, just me this time around. “Trumbo”

Fascinating. I love it when a movie based on a true story inspires me to learn more. Great acting and great movie!!


Team TLC movie night: Lillian’s choice – “Up”

Lillian says, “Good, funny, liked the music, emotional in some parts, my favorite part is when Carl and Ellie got married, and my favorite character is Ellie.”

I say, “A wonderful, uplifting adventure of enjoying life, forgetting to enjoy life, and ultimately, remembering what’s truly important.”

Thomas says, “It was good, I liked it, and I liked the music.”

When Marnie Was There

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “When Marnie Was There” – Second time around for this one as we watched it many years ago. Lillian and I wanted to see it again.

Lillian says, “Good, suspenseful, emotional, liked the music, and my favorite character is Marnie. 100% recommend it!”

I say, “This is my favorite Studio Ghibli movie. Sweet and beautiful story of a young girl coming to know the truth of her life and her true self; releasing the stories she had been telling herself. Just adore this story.”

Thomas sat this one out.


Team TLC extra movie night. “Harvey” – A yearly tradition around Easter for the past 5 or 6 years. A little late this year as I forgot to reserve it at the library.

Why a tradition at Easter? Well. One of the main characters is a 6 foot pooka in the form of a rabbit! Ha!

I say, “I adore this movie. Josephine Hull and James Stewart are phenomenal!! My favorite quote from the movie is by Elwood P. Dowd (played by Stewart) … “I always have a wonderful time wherever I am and with whom ever I’m with. My mom used to say to me, ‘In this World you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.”
Another favorite quote by Veta (played by Hull) … “I don’t want my brother to be normal. I don’t like those people.” You’ll have to watch it to get this one.

Thomas says, “It was good, as usual. I like the music. Especially the music for the scenes with Harvey.”

Lillian didn’t want to watch this year so we watched it while she’s at The Romano Duo’s place.

The Lady in the Van

Team TLC movie night: My choice – “The Lady in the Van”

I say, “I adore Maggie Smith. An absolutely touching story … based on a true story. ‘It is in writing that we find ourself.’ – Alan Bennett … You got that right Mr. Bennett. I didn’t even realize that one of the main two characters is a writer. Well. Hot damn! Double touché! …. I loved it!”

Lillian says, “It was good and I liked the music.”

Thomas sat this one out.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

I say, “What a completely ridiculous movie! And …. I loved it!!” 🎉💛💛💛🎉

Lillian says, “I liked the music and seemed good from what I heard.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Castle in the Sky

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “Castle in the Sky”

Lillian says, “Good, liked the music, and the ending song, my favorite character is Sheeta, like how colorful it is, suspenseful, 100% recommend, and liked the story.”

I say, “I really enjoy Studio Ghibli movies. A beautiful tale full of mystery and adventure that highlights the importance of nature; rooted in a solid foundation of love as the true meaning of life. Loved it! Plus, Mark Hamill voices one of the characters – Muska! Side note: Although I loved it, I’m not a fan of all the violence. 💜💜💜

Thomas sat this one out.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Captain America – The First Avenger”

Thomas says, “It was good! I liked it!”

I say, “Loved it! And love Tommy Lee Jones!!Thomas and I watched Endgame last month on our date day so I thought we should watch them all! Score brownie points for me as I surprised him! He hasn’t been this excited for movie night in a while!”

Lillian sat this one out.

Iron Man

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Ironman”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

I say, “Loved it! I’m so thrilled to be watching these with Thomas. Last time was Captain America. Next up, The Incredible Hulk.”

Lillian sat this one out. Not her thang!

The Post

Team Member C Movie Night last night: “The Post”

Got almost everything unpacked. Everything double washed. All luggage disinfected and put outside to air out. I’m all about spreading love, yet, this virus must go! I ain’t messing around!

Then … treated myself to a movie I’ve been wanting to watch. Totally enjoyed the escape. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks were phenomenal!!

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Team TLC Movie Night – Lillian’s choice: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

Lillian says, “Good, my favorite character is Mary, liked the music, good Halloween movie, and 100% recommend.”

I say, “A wonderful movie about courage and friendship. Loved it!”

Thomas sat this one out. Not his style.


Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “Lincoln”

I say, “I mean. I have no words. Well. One. Powerful.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” -Abraham Lincoln

Thomas says, “I like it. The music was good.”

Lillian sat this one out.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Team TLC Movie Night … Well, let’s face it! Just me watching this one. It was my turn to choose: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

I adore Judi Dench and Maggie Smith so couldn’t resist this random find on the library shelves; found while pulling holds during a volunteer shift at the library.

A charming feel good story that reminds it’s never too late for new beginnings or to find love.


Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’ choice: “Thor”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

I say, “Loved this one! One of my favorites so far! Next up, “The Avengers”.

Lillian sat this one out. She’s not into The Avengers movies.

On The Basis Of Sex

Extra movie night for me: “On The Basis Of Sex” … This had over 50 holds at the library, so when my turn is here; it’s watch it now or wait months again.

Powerful movie. What an amazing and dedicated woman.

Green Book

Team TLC Movie Night – First one in the temporary place. My choice: “Green Book”

I say, “Loved the friendship these two created together, their journey to awakening, to understanding. Loved every minute. Seeing this, it’s easier to understand the tensions I felt growing up in the Deep South in the 70’s. Why are people so cruel? Never understood it as a child and still don’t.”

Thomas says, “Yeah, I liked it.”

Lillian sat this one out.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

Team TLC extra movie night: Thomas’s choice – “It Happened on Fifth Avenue” – A December tradition for many years now.

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Lillian says, “Good, liked the singing, great Christmas movie, and my favorite character is Trudy.”

I say, “Love this movie. One of my favorites.”

The Secret of Kells

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “The Secret of Kells”

Lillian says, “Good, suspenseful, liked the music, and my favorite character is Ashley, the fairy.

I say, “Loved this movie. Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology unite with the power of imagination and artistic vision to illuminate darkness. Wonderful!”

Thomas says, “It was good.”


Team TLC Movie Night – “Pride”

I say, “A deeply inspiring movie. Loved it. So happy I watched this. Did I mention it’s incredibly inspiring?”💜💜💜

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Lillian sat this one out.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Team TLC Movie Night – Thomas’s choice: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Thomas says, “It was good. I liked it.”

I say, “Loved this one! The songs and 80’s references! Oh my gosh. Really enjoyed! Thomas kept asking, “What, what?”, as I’m laughing like mad … and dancing. Ha!”

Nausicaa – of the valley of the wind

Team TLC Movie Night (last night) – Lillian’s choice: “Nausicaa – of the valley of the wind –

Lillian says, “Good, favorite part was the end, and favorite character is Princess Nausicaa.”

I say, “An amazing story of courage and compassion when facing fear. Along with the voice of Patrick Stewart and Mark Hamill! Which I didn’t even know about, until I heard Stewart’s character speak. I’d know that voice anywhere! Ha! Enjoyed it!”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

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“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

4 thoughts on “Twenty Nine Favorite Movies Watched in 2019

  1. It was such a touching movie. Really enjoyed it! Thanks for visiting and commenting, Anita! I appreciate you!

  2. Hope you find some you like, Kathy! Thanks for taking the time to check out the list and comment! Much appreciated!

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