Now that Watson has ranked all 150 movies he saw in 2018, and I’ve done the same with the equally impressive 51 movies I saw last year, let’s mix it up. I wanted to see if we could predict what the other person’s top 10 movies of 2019 will be. Here is my take on Watson’s 2019 top 10.
By William Watson
Holy spaghetti shitnuggets, 2019 was an amazing year for movies! Except for Frozen 2, of course (Ryan was totally right about that–what a STINKER!!!). It’s hard…heh heh hard…to pick just a top 10 this year, but I’m going to do my best.
10. You Are My Friend
Mr. Rogers takes my 10 spot again this year with the non-documentary Tom Hanks film. What really impressed me about this movie was all the material left out of the documentary but it made perfect sense for the film and gave our Favorite Living Actor(TM) Tom Hanks an opportunity to stretch his skills. Fred Rogers as a kind man, that we knew. But an S&M dungeon master who led frequent orgies in New Mexico? Compelling! Plus, look at that red sweater and tell me that dude didn’t fuck. Mr. Rogers can fuck!
I love documentaries so much not just because they present some of the world’s most compelling stories but also because they give me a chance to show you how cultured I am. Jawline is the perfect film to do just that because it’s brilliant, poignant, important, and you didn’t see it. Shame on you. Shame.
8. Toy Story 4
Toy Story 1 changed the face of animated film. Toy Story 2 shocked us with an equally moving story. Toy Story 3 gave us the perfect resolution to the arc of these characters’ lives. Toy Story 4 was the perfect money grab. We all despised the story, the emotional manipulation, the blatant merchandising, the fact that parts of the movie were literally filmed inside in the Xbox video game, all of it. But I have to respect the capitalism instinct. It isn’t called show charity, after all.
7. Cold Pursuit
Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson Liam Neeson Liam Neeson. Liam Neeson. LIAM NEEEEEEEEEEEEEESON!!!!
This one surprised us all, but the clever combination of action, comedy, and black family dynamics made me appreciate a cultural genre that I don’t get much exposure to. It really opened my eyes and made me reconsider some white privilege issues which isn’t anything I expected a movie called Shaft to do. It’s so good, I’m not even making obvious sex jokes about the name of the film!
I also enjoyed Us a lot but I can only give black films one spot on my top 10 list.
4. Avengers 4
Avengers Endgame probably deserves a higher spot, but I couldn’t resist putting A4 at 4. Because I saw it for my 44th birthday in a 44-seat theater and numbers are my life. Fantastic movie, even if it made me lose my bet about Hugh Jackman coming back as Wolverine. You hear that–I lost a geek bet on this movie and I STILL loved it!
3. Jumanji: Don’t Cry
A surprisingly emotional action film. When I first saw the new title I thought it was interesting that they used another Guns ‘N Roses song for the title, but I wished they’d used Paradise City or Chinese Democracy. But this was the perfect title for a perfect action film and it made me re-evaluate the previous Jumanji film. It really was better than Thor Ragnarok. Plus, was ANYBODY expecting this to be a DCEU crossover? That moment when Aquaman jumped out of the jungle lake–I still get chills!
Wow. Just wow. Or should I say weee-ow? Which is how a cat would say wow. Because this was amazing. Words fail. Hacking up a giant hairball of “I was wrong about Webber.”
1. Star Wars Episode 9: The New Midichlorians
Yes, we all expected it to suck after the title was announced. And yes, I was one of the Episode 8 haters so I wasn’t inclined to like this anyway. But how could you not love this movie? It’s impossible! The adventure, the romance, the character reveals, that amazing chase sequence, when Rey destroyed all the lightsabers, the creatures, the new planets, Boba Fett, Chewie’s new bowcaster, the Porg Jedi squad, the music, that final screen, everything. I even enjoyed the Darth Vader cameo and that made NO sense. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats (but just barely).