‘I just wanted to take another look at you.’
Another year is coming to a close, with lots of excitement as we head into the big holiday. The movie scene was electric this year, with huge movies and gigantic box office numbers. I am going to list out some of my favorite movies from this year.
In no particular order:
- Black Panther
Black Panther showed the world the possibility of diversity in a superhero movie, and how not all heroes look the same. It also presented us with a great villain: Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger will go down in the archives of superhero movie history next to Heath Ledger’s Joker.
- Incredibles 2
Welcome back, Incredibles! After a 14-year hiatus, the superhero family we love came back with a vengeance. This movie had something for everyone, but for me, the highlight was Jack-Jack vs. the Raccoon.
- A Star is Born
The amount of pressure on this remake was immeasurable; however, Bradley Cooper delivered one of the best moves of the year as a director and actor. And the movie vaulted Lady Gaga into another stratosphere.
- Crazy Rich Asians
Surprise hit of the year. Another movie showing us that we don’t need all the movies to look the same with the same actors. The all-Asian and Asian-American cast proved to be a huge box office success. And for my wife and I, it was the best date night movie of the year.
- Creed II
The Rocky Saga continues. Capping off his incredible year, Michael B. Jordan returned to his Adonis Creed role and delivered a knockout. Pardon the cheese, but in all seriousness, this was a great sequel to the 2015 hit. Here is my full review.
- Mission Impossible: Fallout
Death, Taxes, and Mission Impossible movies: All things that are certain in my life. This installment delivered yet again; actually, all the Mission Impossible movies have delivered, minus number 2. One particular standout scene: the now mustached Superman, Henry Cavill, cocks his arms in a bathroom fight scene. (Psst! The photo credit below goes to the scene; enjoy!)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Still fresh in my head, Spider-Man might be the best movie I saw all year. My full review was delivered early this week.
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
As a child of the 70s and 80s, few people (if any) have had a bigger impact on my television life than Mister Rogers. He was there for us every morning, comforting us, teaching us, and helping us with his wonderful characters and soothing voice. This documentary is a must-see if you are in my age range; it reminds us how things were and how they could be again if people cared the way Fred Rogers cared.
A sleeper movie to make my list. It was still fresh in my head when I stumbled on a copy of it a few weeks ago. Here is my full write-up on this must-see independent movie.
- Avengers: Infinity War
In just one snap, our Marvel Cinematic Universe was spent spiraling. Infinity War brought all the people to the movies. And as we left, we all had the same response: what happens now? See you in March when we start to get some answers with Captain Marvel.
Those are the big 10 that stick out in my mind, out of the countless movies I’ve watched this year. I spent too much money to remember at the theater on myself and my family. The two-plus hours we spend each week in the dark and silence are really worth it; my kids jump up and get ready the fastest for movie day. My wife is able to detach from her incredible work load for those few hours as well. We continue to talk about the movie as we leave, and about when we might get to re-watch it. I hope as you head into the New Year that you make 2019 your best year. I am honored to write my little reviews each week for you; it is fulfilling a dream of mine. Since this is my last article of 2018, I thought it would be best to leave you with a quote from the great Fred Rogers:
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
Thanks, Fred, for being a hero.