Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know its a little late…I meant to post this before 2019 graced us with its presence, but between work, the holidays and family, it got lost in the shuffle…but here we go. I saw a lot this year…I mean last year (still getting used to that lol), but here’s some of the best.

Here’s my Top 10 of 2018 (in no particular order with my brief, initial thoughts on them):

  1. A Star is Born — “A tear-jerker & tragic love story…my favorite of all of 4 versions”
  2. Black Panther — “For the culture!”
  3. Blindspotting — “A cultural thesis”
  4. The Death of Stalin — “An unexpected good time”
  5. 22 July — “Love & hope over hate”
  6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — “Oh to be a teenager again…”
  7. Game Night — “Side-splitting shenanigans I didn’t want to end”
  8. Won’t You Be My Neighbor — “A feel good story about someone who shaped generations”
  9. Hereditary — “And you thought your family had issues”
  10. Roma — “A visually stunning simple story about life”

Honorable Mentions: Bad Times at the El Royale, BlackKklansman, The Hate U Give, The Outlaw King, Love, Simon, Beautiful Boy, Crazy Rich Asians, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Favourite.

There are hundreds of movies that are released every year so there’s still a lot I’ve yet to see (some really good ones, or so I hear…Green Book, Eighth Grade, If Beale Street Could Talk, Cold War, A Quiet Place, Shoplifters, RGB, Vice and Burning for example). I’ll try and get to all those as soon as I can so stay tuned. In the meantime, I’d love hear some of your favorite films from 2018…what gems did I miss???

Awards season is upon us! Who else is excited???

It was great to see Spike Lee back in rare form with a great movie based on the true story of Ron Stallworth. Casting was great with exceptional performances from Topher Grace, Adam Driver, Jasper Paakkonen and John David Washington. I am a huge fan of Blacklist so it was cool seeing Ryan Eggold in this as well. This was Spike at his best dealing with a timely societal issue with his classic mix of humor and seriousness. Although based on a true life story, Spike of course takes some creative liberties to turn this into a film needed to be seen by all demographics in today’s crazy and divided world while showing us that although there has been some progress, there’s still a ways to go to becoming the truly inclusive and tolerant land of liberty and freedom that America is supposed to be.  Overall, this is a  MUST WATCH film!