In lieu of a video this week, I thought I would try something a little different. I thought about writing a mid-year top ten list for a long time now, but never had the opportunity to. Due to my busy schedule, however, I decided to write a list instead. The review for Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be coming out next weekend.
Before I continue on with the list, I wanted to explain a few things first. You might ask: “If this is a mid-year top ten list, why is it in August?” The answer is that I might a write a list like this as a yearly August tradition. Second, this isn’t a final list (that one will be coming out in late December/early January). I’m willing to bet that half of the movies on this list will be honorable mentions on my annual end-of-the-year list.
I hope you guys enjoy reading this list!
10.) Solo: A Star Wars Story
I was initially hesitant about watching this movie after re-watching the garbled mess known as The Last Jedi (a movie I may re-review sometime in the near future). Much to my surprise, however, Solo is a nice throwback to the original trilogy. It’s a crying shame that it’s the first Star Wars movie to bomb at the box office…
9.) A Silent Voice
It’s not everyday that a theatrically-released anime movie (that isn’t from Studio Ghibli) is screened in my neck of the woods. Case in point, this is only the third anime movie I have seen in theaters over the last two years. Luckily, I had the privilege of seeing this movie a few months ago. A Silent Voice is one of those rare anime films that can appeal to both anime and non-anime watchers alike.
8.) Love, Simon
If John Hughes were still alive today, I feel that this is the type of movie he would make. What’s notable about Love, Simon is its titular character. Simon Spier is a well-written gay character that isn’t stereotypical. It’s refreshing to see a teen movie that is actually good.
7.) Avengers: Infinity War
Out of the three Avengers movies, Infinity War is easily the best one. It manages to raise the stakes from the previous movies by implementing the most memorable villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe-Thanos. Not only that, he is a complex antagonist who manages to have a believable motivation. Infinity Wars is a game-changer in the MCU.
6.) Incredibles 2
While the first movie is better, The Incredibles 2 is the best Pixar sequel since the third Toy Story movie. This movie is a continuation of the themes that was prevalent in the previous movie.
5.) Isle of Dogs
In his sophomore stop-motion feature, Wes Anderson manages to insert quirky sense of humor into its animation. While Isle of Dogs has a basic plot, it more than makes up for it with its character development.
Annihilation is an old-school science-fiction horror movie in the spirit of Aliens and The Thing. Just like Solo, it didn’t do well at the box-office. To add insult to injury, the movie only had a theatrical release in North America and china because its distributor Paramount thought it was too “intellectual” for the average movie-goer. Hopefully, Annihilation should have a second life on DVD/VOD….
3.) A Quiet Place
While A Quiet Place is the more traditional horror movie on this list, it is also the best one thanks to its direction and its sound design. John Krasinki, who is better known as the actor who played Jim Halpert on the American version of The Office, has the potential to be a great director.
2.) Deadpool 2
More often than not, highly anticipated sequels are usually considered to be disappointments by audiences and critics alike. However, Deadpool 2 manages to up the ante from its predecessor thanks to its self-reflexive humor.
1.) Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
I could not recommend this movie enough. It is a remarkable documentary about a remarkable man. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is one of those rare films that puts a perspective on one’s life. It shows how a single man can change the landscape of a certain medium.
Thank you for reading this list and have a great summer!