My Favorite Films of 2018

I have been for the last couple of years sharing what have been my favorite films of the year.  This will be tough because there were so many good films I saw, especially in the theater.  They are in no particular order except from around the beginning of the year until the end of the year:

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

A film with a definite Studio Ghibli vibe, this was the first film I saw in a theater in 2018 and immediately was one of my favorites.  The animation, the voice acting, it was all top notch.

I Can Only Imagine

Based on the life of MercyMe lead singer Mark Millard, it is one of the best film depicting the Christian faith I have seen.  There were several really good Christian films in 2018 but this one was the best and my personal favorite.

Ready Player One

I still need to read the book but the film version is tremendous.  Lots of good 80s and video game references and callbacks and the visual effects were great.  It was such a fun journey through the story.

The Miracle Season

Based on the true story of a girl’s volleyball team in Iowa that overcome the tragic loss of their team captain to win a state title.  It was so good I saw it twice in the theater.  One of my top five favorite sports films of all time.

Avengers: Infinity War

The culmination of ten years of Marvel Studio films, this first part of a two part saga was tremendous.  To see all the superheroes in one film was something I wouldn’t have ever imagined ten years ago but it was real and it was awesome.  I’m looking forward to next year and Avengers: Endgame

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

One of the best documentaries and probably my favorite of 2018, the story of Fred Rogers is one that is always good to remember and share with others.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Sequel to one of my favorite films of 2015, this one did not disappoint.  I love how not only they did a great job continuing the storyline of the first film but also brought a fresh aspect to it with new characters and maturing of old characters.

Mission:  Impossible Fallout

The Mission: Impossible film series has seemed to have gotten better with each film especially the last couple of ones.  Fallout is not only right at the top of the series but one of my favorite films period.  It not only called back to previous films and tied up storylines from them but also sets the stage for always going forward with new stories.

Christopher Robin

This was a very fun movie (though I still think that Tigger looks off in this version).  It feels almost like an alternate reality of the real life Christopher Robin Milne that was portrayed in last year’s Goodbye Christopher Robin but I do love the story of this film and I always have a soft spot for Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood gang in my heart.

Operation Finale

Based on the true story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the acting in this film is top notch.  Both Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley give award winning performances.

Little Women

A modern retelling of the classic novel.  I love how the filmmaker stayed true to the heart of the Alcott story while giving it a modern feel.  This was another film I saw twice in the theater because it was so good.

A Star Is Born

I had not seen the previous versions of this film but when the trailers dropped for it I was super interested and it didn’t disappoint.  Loved the performances of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (also Sam Elliott had a great supporting role as well).

The Old Man and The Gun

Based on the true story of career criminal Forrest Tucker, it’s one of the best performances of Robert Redford’s career.  It was both retro (given the time period) and modern at the same time.  I loved it.

The Front Runner

Based on the 1988 Presidental campaign of Gary Hart, it is a film very timely given the nature of politics in America today.  Hugh Jackman gave (in my opinion) an award winning performance and I walked out of the film wondering how things would’ve been different in America had things went differently in that 1988 election

Creed II

Sequel to the first Creed (which was one of my favorite films of 2015).  This one not only built on the legacy of the first film but also into the deeper Rocky franchise.  I loved how it tied a lot into Rocky IV (which is one of my favorite films of all time).  If they wanted to keep it going with a third film I would be more than happy to see it.

Green Book

Based on the true story of the friendship between Dr. Don Shirley and Tony “Lip” Vallelonga.  This was not only a well acted film but a great story told as well.

Mary Poppins Returns

The long (coming? awaited?) sequel to the the 1964 original film, Mary Poppins (this time played by Emily Blunt) returns to help the Banks family (the kids now grown up and one with kids of his own).  It is a fun film and definitely has that vibe that the original film had.

Bumblebee

This is the best live action Transformers film.  It definitely has the vibe of the 80s cartoon and animated film.  I would hope if they make more live action Transformers film, they abandon the canon of the earlier films and just start fresh with this one as the first one.

So that’s my list of favorite films of 2018. What is your list? Do we have similar films or are there other films that you have on your list? I’d love to hear what your films are and I’m excited to see what film will make the list in 2019

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MoviePass Adventures: Month 9

I said before the previous month was a slow month. This past month was really a slow month as I saw only 2 films.  Here’s the films I saw this month:

1.) The Incredibles 2

The long awaited sequel to the Pixar animated film that first released in 2004, Incredibles 2 picks up where the first one left on telling the further adventures of the superhero Parr family.  I loved the first film and I really enjoyed this film.  I did think this one played like a remix of the first one which is both good and bad.  I don’t know if there was a need for a sequel but if there was going to be, at least it was this kind of film.

2.) Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary on the life of Fred Rogers, the long time host of the PBS children’s show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.  It is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen and is appropriate for the times in needing to be reminded of the kindness and love that we need to share with one another.

3.) Ant-Man and the Wasp

 

The sequel to the 2015 Marvel film, this one takes place after those events but prior to Avengers: Infinity War.  Scott Lang is on house arrest from the events of Captain America: Civil War but get back in touch with Dr. Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne (Wasp) who are trying to get back in contact with the original Wasp Janet Van Dyne, trapped in the quantum realm.  Meanwhile they’re having to deal with Ghost, a villain trying to save her own life as well as shady black market dealers.  Overall I loved the film.  It really reminded why i loved the first one and improved on it.

4) Skyscraper

Will Hunter (played by Dwayne Johnson) is a former FBI agent and hostage negociator who was badly injured during an operation and was forced to retire and start up his own security company.  He is hired by a businessman in Hong Kong who built the largest skyscraper in the world.  Will and his family are there while Will assesses the security of the building.  Terrorists infultrate the building and put Will’s family in danger.  Will has to save his family from the terrorists who have the building on fire.  I loved the film.  It was a nice homage to films from the 70s & 80s but was very much an original film which is kinda rare in this day and age.

5.) Whitney

The film Whitney is a documentary on the life of singer/actress/performer Whitney Houston.  It chronicles her life and career.  From her ups and downs in her life and career, this film highlights those times for one of the biggest artists in the late 20th century.  It is a celebration of her work and at the same time a heartbreaking tale.  It’s a good film but like I said heartbreaking.

 

Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 47

(Number of unique films seen overall: 45)

(Number of films seen in 2018: 33)

(Number of unique films seen in 2018: 32)