Honorable Mentions: Aladdin, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, The Irishman, Joker
10. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood– The 9th film from director Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was a fun take on the golden age of Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are fantastic as the movie revolves around their friendship. The movie was a bit long for my taste but the ending made it worth it.
9. Ford v Ferrari– Similar to Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari revolves around two powerhouse actors and their friendship in the film. Matt Damon and Christian Bale are terrific as the two men try to make the fastest car possible while fighting the corporation they work for. Its a classic story that will always remain relatable.
8. Zombieland: Double Tap– In Hollywood today, it feels like everything needs to be franchised and sequels get pumped out as soon as they can. That wasn’t the case with Zombieland as we waited 10 years to get a sequel to the cult classic. Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin are all great once again and the story feels like a natural progression of where this family would be after 10 years in the Zombie Apocalypse.
7. El Camino– I’m not gonna lie, Breaking Bad is my favorite TV show of all-time so its safe to say I was fucking stoked when it was announced El Camino was happening. If you’ve never watched Breaking Bad, you can still enjoy this movie. But you just won’t have the same emotional attachment for Jesse Pinkman as he tries to escape from the cops.
6. Knives Out– Knives Out is a completely original movie and one of the more fun movies I’ve seen in awhile. There aren’t that many “Whodunnits” made anymore but director Rian Johnson was able to do it in a fresh and unexpected way. Daniel Craig and Chris Evans are great in their respective roles, but it was new comer Ana de Armas who stole the show from all these A list actors. She and Craig will team up again in the next 007 movie.
5. John Wick: Chapter 3– Speaking of fun, the John Wick series has become one of my favorite franchises going today. It has such a simple presence and it has given us some of the most creative action scenes of the entire decade. John Wick 3 isn’t quite as good as the original, but Keanu Reeves is awesome once again and I will continue to re-watch these movies until I die.
4. Spider-Man: Far From Home– If Avengers: Endgame was the ending to The Infinity Saga, Spider-Man: Far From Home was the epilogue. Far From Home was another win for Spider-Man as Peter’s story continues in a post Iron Man world. What makes Spider-Man so great is that everyone can relate to a coming of age story. That’s something that that the MCU has continued to succeed with now with Mysterio causing the problems for Peter Parker.
3. Toy Story 4– Going into this movie, I was one of the many fans saying this film isn’t necessary. Toy Story 3 is a perfect movie and the perfect ending to the Toy Story trilogy. Boy I was wrong. Toy Story 4 is just as good as all of the original classics. Even as a 26 year old man, a movie made for kids can still teach me life lessons. That’s what makes Disney and especially the Toy Story franchise different.
2. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood– Last year we got the terrific Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and this year we get the terrific Fred Rogers movie A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. While the documentary is about Rogers’ entire life, this movie focuses on Fred Rogers’ relationship with jaded journalist Lloyd Vogel. Tom Hanks is perfect as Mr. Rogers and the message of the movie is a simple but important one. Be kind to others and help make the world a better place. That’s something that doesn’t happen as often as it should in the social media age.
1 Avengers: Endgame– Avengers: Endgame wasn’t just a movie, it was a life experience. It was the ending to The Infinity Saga and something we will never experience again in our lifetime. Endgame isn’t the best Marvel movie ever made, but it brought everything together for fans who have followed the series for the past 11 years like me. Not only did Endgame have a great story and great character development, but it provided countless iconic moments (Cap wielding Mjolnir, Avengers Assemble, I Am Iron Man). There’s a reason why Avengers: Endgame is the highest grossing movie of all-time, and its the reason its the best movie of the year by far.