Monday, December 30, 2019

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2019

Jason

1. Avengers: Endgame
How could this not be my number one? A culmination of 10 YEARS led to this huge finale. I don't believe anything after will have the same effect as this, but wow it wrapped up the infinity saga perfectly. 


2. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie all in a Quentin Tarantino movie based on real events but with a happier ending. I walked out of the theatre, loving how it all unfolded. That final Scene was a jaw-dropper.

3. Ford v Ferrari
Matt and Christian's first time acting together was stellar and the battle between two big car company juggernauts in that era was exhilarating. 

4. Joker
A new twist to the famous DC Villian. You've heard the term from one of Batmans DC comics, "It takes one bad day to reduce the sanest man to lunacy". Well, this joker had A LOT of bad days, in the end, he kinda had a good excuse for his madness. 

5. Knives out
I love who done it movies and Rian Johnson and his cast knocked it out of the park. If you are a fan of the genre, don't skip out on watching this either on DVD or streaming service.

6. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
I love Keanu Reeves, he is such a badass and this whole world he is a part of is gold for the fans of action and thriller. The use of weapons in cinema is 90% never realistic but they have approached each film to make it 100% real, and that's what I love. 

7. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
This was Monster vs Monster. Pure Action with a little story. The adrenaline was always on a high watching this, as it should have been for Godzilla. 

8. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Seeing Goku and Vegeta battle it out against a new Saiyan, who is now FINALLY canon in the story on the big screen, made any dragon ball fans dream. I remember the release date and even though there wasn't anything else big coming out, this was number one in the U.S box office for that week and that brought a smile to my face. 

9. One Piece: Stampede
Dragon Ball used to always be my number one anime but upon discovering this a few years back, it has taken that spot. Seeing the majority of the characters from the story all in this, was similar to the Avengers and that made it very entertaining. I'm excited to see more anime movies on the big screen!

10. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The big end of the Skywalker saga comes to a close. There has been lots of hate for this film but I enjoyed it more than the last Jedi and possibly more than Force Awakens. JJ did the best he could and I believe he did great! 

Honorable Mentions:
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Frozen II
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Shazam!
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Lee


1. Avengers: Endgame 
Honestly a great film, sure it had its flaws, but the 10-year saga came to an end in epic fashion, and a fan could not have asked for more.


2. Joker 
This movie was fantastic displaying the way one with a mental illness spirals down into the person he eventually becomes. It touched very well on the mental health part as well as the coloring and the score was phenomenal.

3. The Highwaymen 
Although this was Netflix released, it was a great film all the way through. The cast had great chemistry with Woody and Kevin.

4. Once upon a Time... in Hollywood 
A great film by Quentin Tarantino, a little slow at first but that's what you get with him.

5. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Action-packed and a really good story being told, also the fact that Keanu Reeves does actual gunplay in this film makes it that much more entertaining as well as Halle Berry.

6. Jumanji: The Next Level
Very well done sequel without actually re-doing the first movie.

7. Shazam! 
I really enjoyed this film, DC was trying to copy marvel mixing humor with action and emotions, and it worked, now if they could do that with all the other movies it will work out for them.

8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters 
I genuinely enjoyed this flick although a lot of people hated it.

9. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Good movie taken place right after endgame, but we all knew what was gonna happen with tony out of the picture.

10. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Disappointing end to a childhood favorite franchise. To give credit JJ had a lot of damage control to do.

Honorable Mentions:
N/A


Derek

1. Midway
One of the most visceral, no-hold-barred, greatest war movies of all time. There aren't many films that could top Endgame, but this one did.

2. Avengers: Endgame
A film that ties up an era of a franchise has a lot of big expectations. Endgame delivered in a big way. RIP Tony.

3. The Highwaymen
If all of the Netflix-Produced films this year were as good as Highwaymen, I am missing out. Costner and Harrelson were an excellent combination that I want more of.

4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Sure it had its issues, but so does every Star Wars movie. This was one heck of a ride that Hearkened back to the classics.

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Far from Home could have been one of those "middle" movies that got lost. Instead, it built upon everything that its predecessor did well in addition to continuing the Avengers story after Endgame.

6. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Just an all-around fun movie with a great cast. It had everything great about Pokémon without the monotony of the show. 

7. Klaus
I sat down to watch this expecting to see an entertaining if somewhat cookie-cutter Christmas story. I was wrong. Beautiful animation, excellent story, Christmas-themed or otherwise. Another Netflix win.

8. Ad Astra
There's a big jump from my top seven movies to the bottom three. This was quite the ride and not what I was expecting. Wasn't a huge fan of the story but the acting was phenomenal.

9. Captain Marvel
Another solid installment in the Marvel Universe. Fun movie that didn't have any glaring issues.

10. Aladdin
Honestly, Aladdin and Toy Story 4 were a tossup for me. Will Smith did deliver as the genie, though.


Honorable Mentions:
N/A

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Louis

1. Avengers: Endgame
The climactic ending of the Marvel Saga that started with Ironman. When Ironman came out, I would’ve never guessed that the beginning and ending was going to be with Tony Stark. I would consider this the best movie of the decade.

2. The Irishman
The Irishman is an old school masterpiece and the best movie of 2019 that was not released in movie theatres. Going forward, expect media service providers to bring even more movies forward.  

3. Knives Out
An amazing murder mystery that keeps you guessing throughout the entire movie. It’s fun, clever, and highly entertaining.

4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
A worthy conclusion to the ending of the Skywalker Saga.  

5. Ford v Ferrari
Based on the true story of American car designer/engineer Carroll Shelby, and British-born driver Ken Miles. Matt Damon and Christian Bale were perfect in their roles and after watching this movie, I wanted to learn more of the history of Ford Motor Co., Carroll Shelby, and most of all Ken Miles.

6. Joker
This movie was dark but beautifully composed where it keeps you wanting to see how Arthur Flek becomes the Joker.  

7. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
The John Wick Series is probably one of the most hardcore movies ever made.  A captivating watch full of action, suspense and thrill.

8. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino brings an A+ casting together. Tarantino helps portray an amazing story with flawed characters going through life trying to do what’s best for each other and move on with life.

9. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
A spinoff to the Fast and Furious series which can be a standalone film. This movie is full of action and has some epic cameos that were unexpected.

10. Us
This is the first movie of Jordan Peele that I saw and I did not know what to expect. It’s a unique horror film that didn’t feel like a horror film until after I left. There were twists at the end that I truly did not expect.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Captain Marvel
  • It Chapter Two
  • Frozen 2
  • Dolemite is My Name
  • Always Be My Maybe


Sam

1. The Irishman
A cold, and majestic look at mobster life. Haunting and excellent.

2. Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood
A Tarantino style twist on a tragic event that also shows the warts of old-time hollywood. Pitt and Dicaprio absolutely kill it.

3. Joker
Phoenix showed us what a “Joker” would look like in today's world. A realistic spin on an over the top character that hit the bullseye.

4. Ford v Ferrari
‘Murica baby. What more is there to say? Beautiful cars and a great story.

5. Avengers: Endgame
Exciting and rapid story progression that delivered a satisfying, if flawed, conclusion to the Avengers as we know them.

6. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Obvious weaknesses are overpowered by beautiful visuals and much needed development of Rey’s character. Overall it was quite good.

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
A truly human story told from the eyes of a faithful dog. Only movie to make me misty eyed this year.

8. The Mustang
No pun intended, but Scheonaerts is my dark horse candidate for Best Actor. If this film had a bit more subtlety, plot-wise, it would be my #1.

9. Lego Movie 2
Sibling relationships are portrayed in a poignant way. Plus Rex Dangervest is the realest lego dude around.

10. Shazam
This film probably doesn't deserve to be on a list like this. But it was earnest, didn't take itself too seriously, and showed how important family can be. I liked it a lot.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Triple Frontier
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Two Popes

                                                                                                                                          

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2019

(Based on an average of the above rankings)


1. Avengers: Endgame
2. Joker
3. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
4. Ford v Ferrari
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
6. The Irishman
7. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
8. Knives Out
9. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
10. The Highwaymen

Honorable Mention 

  • Midway




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