Like my last post, but movies. 😉
~Apollo 13 (1995) – Oh my goodness, this is such a nail-biting, well made movie. Incredible performances and one of the tensest, most emotional endings I’ve ever seen on film. Tom Hanks is <3.
~Jumanji (1995) – Robin Williams was a brilliant human being and I had so much fun with this movie. Again, a great ending!
~Sky High (2005) – YASSSS. This movie is ALL THE THINGS for me. Superheroes, supervillains, cheesy teen romance, a heartwarming plot, and so much more. Definitely a winner.
~Anna and the King (1999) – I prefer this film to ‘The King and I’, probably because it’s more Serious and I gravitate toward Serious, Slightly Depressing movies. (I, um, actually watched this one because of *cough* Tom Felton *cough*, but I loved the movie as a whole.)
~The Hasty Heart (1949) – Richard Todd’s heartbreaking (yet amazing) performance alone makes this movie worth seeing. It’s a gentle, sad story about a Scottish soldier who…well, you’ll just have to see it.
~The Greatest Showman (2017) – THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW. Literally.
~The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – My introduction to the Spiderverse! Andrew Garfield is completely adorkable as Peter Parker and, as origin stories go, this movie is worth more than one viewing.
~Coco (2017) – Actual favorite movie of 2018, not gonna lie. Every element in this film comes together so beautifully: characters, a twisty plot, the MUSIC, and Pixar feels. I can’t watch ‘Coco’ often enough.
~Jurassic Park (1993) – Ahhhhhh. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. Absolute best.
~Wonder (2017) – The first time I watched this movie I was kind of ‘meh’ about it. But the second time, I bawled my way through the whole thing because don’tcha know it’s gorgeous and feelsy and the characters are heart-grabbing?
~A Monster Calls (2016) – This movie took my heart, twisted it, and never quite gave it back. But I still love it.
~Earth to Echo (2014) – Don’t listen to the critics on this one! Filmed as a homage to films like ‘E.T.’ and ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Earth to Echo’ is a found footage film with sweet characters and great CGI.
~A Quiet Place (2018) – Probably my second favorite film of 2018. I was expecting a bleak survival-horror film with cardboard characters and too many jump scares. What I got was a starkly beautiful look at the power of family. (And the characters are anything but cardboard.)
~Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – I have no idea why this movie is on this list but there’s just something about its weirdness…
~Annie (2014) – This film is like a big hug and a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold day. Plus, it’s adorable. The songs are killer – in my opinion, THIS is the definitive version of Annie (character and musical both).
~The Breakfast Club (1985) – About halfway through TBC I texted a good friend (who’d recommended the film to me) freaking out. I was like “OH MY GOODNESS JOHN BENDER OH MY GOODNESS”. Because, yeah, #majorcrushhere. And it was fun getting all the Psych references.
~Little Women (2018) – I gushed about this film here.
~The Eagle (2011) – I looooove everything about this movie (mostly Jamie Bell, though). Watching ‘Ben-Hur’ as a kid fostered my love of stories set in ancient Rome and even though most of this film takes place in ancient Britain, it’s still awesome. I love the soundtrack too!
(Also, shout-out to the three Walden Media Narnia films. They all have flaws but the casting is ON POINT, as is the music, and I adore the films when they’re taken as a whole. Just not always separately. If that makes sense.)
What are some great movies you watched this year?