I’ve mentioned Flickchart on here before, right? Yeah, I know I did on last year’s post like this. And the year before that. Well, the quick sales pitch is that it’s a way to rank your favorite movies. The site gives you two movies and you pick the one you like better. From that, you can eventually develop a pretty good ranking of all the movies you’ve seen. I’ve seen a lot of movies. A lot.
In 2019, I saw 29 new movies. That’s 16 fewer than I saw the previous year. I think a lot of that is due to not having MoviePass anymore. I did recently subscribe to Regal Unlimited, which is basically the same as MoviePass once was, allowing me to see any movie I want, any time I want, as many times as I want. As long as it’s a Regal owned theater. Worth it. However, the busyness of recent months has kept me from utilizing this subscription to its fullest potential. I’m getting my money’s worth, but I’m not abusing it, as I once did the MoviePass.
Anyway, this Top 10 list is based on my Flickchart rankings of movies in 2019. Not everyone will agree with this Top 10. In fact, I even have a problem with some of the movies that made the list. Not that my Top 10 is horrible or anything. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the movies that you’ll see below. I’m just surprised that some of the other movies I saw last year weren’t ranked a little higher.
I know, I have no one to blame but myself.
10 – Pet Sematary
I was a little surprised this was a top 10. I mean, I definitely liked this adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. And I loved that it subverted expectations. I just didn’t expect it to crack this list.
9 – Yesterday
If you didn’t see this movie, do yourself a favor and find it at a Redbox or stream it somewhere. It is fantastic.
8 – Toy Story 4
I’m surprised this is in the top 10, too. Again, I liked it, but as a Toy Story goes, it doesn’t touch what’s come before. This is more like a Woody spin-off than a straight up sequel. That feels controversial to write…
7 – Spider-Man: Far From Home
As live action Spider-Man movies go, this might be the new favorite. I’d have to watch Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 again to be sure. Overall, Into the Spider-Verse is still my absolute favorite Spidey movie. Far From Home was a great way for Marvel to wrap up Phase 3. Not long after, it got scary for a bit when it looked like Spider-Man wouldn’t be allowed to play in the MCU anymore. Glad Disney and Sony worked that one out.
6 – Terminator: Dark Fate
This movie should have done better at the box office. It is by far the best Terminator movie since Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The fact that this movie negates all other sequels says a lot about what’s come before. But, thanks to how lousy all of those sequels have been, people didn’t want to give Dark Fate a fair chance. If you didn’t see this in theaters, like most of the movie-going public, check it out when it hits DVD or digital.
5 – Frozen II
You know, I might be willing to say this is better than the original… maybe… The music is just as good, in my opinion. Though “Into the Unknown” may not have the staying power that “Let It Go” had. I loved the arcs that the characters got in this sequel. Best animated movie of the year.
4 – Avengers: Endgame
If you didn’t see this movie making it into my top 10, then you just don’t know me at all. I mean, I know it’s not a DC movie, but I forebear. It’s incredible how Marvel was able to tie up 11 years and 22 movies. I mean, I’m sure if people go through it all with a fine tooth comb, someone will find some loose ends. But I thought it wrapped everything up nicely.
3 – Joker
This one is, I’m sure, controversial. Some would argue that it did not accurately depict mental illness. Some would argue that it glorifies violence. Okay, yes, it was violent. But I actually thought the character study was great. Watching Arthur Fleck’s descent into madness was well done as far as I’m concerned. I’ll say this, though… As good as I thought the movie was, it’s not a movie I’ll watch again. Good… but disturbing. And I honestly hope it’s truly a standalone and that there is no sequel.
2 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I’m a little surprised this came in at the number two spot. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. But, and I’m sure I’ll get angry letters for this, I liked The Last Jedi better. But, I guess since The Last Jedi didn’t come out in 2019, it’s a moo point. I did say that JJ Abrams did a great job tying up nine movies. But I also said it left a lot of questions unanswered. It’s like Lost all over again.
1 – Shazam!
Didn’t see that one coming, did you? Come on… Shazam! was just a super-fun movie. It’s been nice to see a lighter side to the DC movies lately. Though, I’d still love to see Zack Snyder’s original cut of Justice League… I don’t care how dark it may be. Anyway, if you liked Big back in the 80s and you like super hero movies, then you’ll like this.
So that’s my Top 10 for 2019. Some honorable mentions (meaning movies that definitely probably should have made the list) are: Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood, Captain Marvel, Zombieland: Double Tap, Us and It: Chapter Two. Want to know what rounded out the bottom of my list? The Lion King, Alita: Battle Angel, and Secret Obsession, coming in at 27, 28, and 29, respectively. They definitely earned those spots.
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