We’re nearly there. With the final 5-1 being released on Thursday, you’ll have to settle for 10-6 today. But before you see them, check out what came before.
52. Raiders of the Lost Shark 51. Ibiza Undead 50. Fifty Shades Freed 49. Mom and Dad 48. CHIPS 47. Alien Covenant 46. Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge 45. Killing Hasselhoff 44. The Man from U.N.C.L.E 43. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 42. Kingsman: The Golden Circle 41. Terminal 40. Fast and Furious 8 39. XXX: Return of Xander Cage 38. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 37. Geostorm 36. The Hurricane Heist 35. Life 34. Solo: A Star Wars Story 33. Dear Dictator 32. Suburbicon 31. The Lego Batman Movie 30. Final Score 29. Kong: Skull Island 28. The Monster Squad 27. Nanny McPhee 26. Super Troopers 2 25. Central Intelligence 24. Baywatch 23. The Hitman’s Bodyguard 22. Denial 21. The Mummy (2018) 20. The Lady In The Van 19. The Bodyguard 18. The Greatest Showman 17. Thor: Ragnarok 16. Darkest Hour 15. The Disaster Artist 14. I Kill Giants 13. Colossal 12. The Death Of Stalin 11. Isle Of Dogs
Today we have an animation, two space films, a horror and a fantastic film.
10. Kubo and the Two Strings
Quick Verdict: A magical mystery tour
This is another film I watched at the beginning of last year, but I absolutely loved it. Starring Art Parkinson (Rickon zig-zag Stark) as Kubo, a child in search of an armoured suit to defeat some evil witches.
It’s a great animated delight, that’s a bit different from the usual Disney style films. It’s visually stunning and delivers a great story with amazing action and development.
Art Parkinson is also joined by a great cast of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, George Takei and Rooney Mara. The film didn’t do massively well upon release, which is a shame as it’s such a joy to watch. It would be good to have films like this do well, to help push away from the norm that is churned out.
Quick Verdict: The creepy Goonies
I had heard good things about IT, but originally I wasn’t going to bother watching it. I had seen the original TV movie with Tim Curry and I loved it, and thought, there was no way this would even come close. Well I was wrong. This surpassed the original and by some way.
The kids were great, but Bill Skarsgård steals the show as the fucking creepy Pennywise. His first scene put me on edge, an edge I didn’t lose till the end credits rolled. I take that as a good sign in a horror, and that’s what this is. It’s not a gore feast, it’s a truly on edge horror film.
I’m also surprised that the eighties nostalgia hasn’t ended through saturation, but it keeps going. I shall be looking forward to IT Chapter 2, out later this year.
8. Hidden Figures
Quick Verdict: Amazing
This is a true story I didn’t know about, and I really love stumbling upon them. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as African-American mathematician women, who work at NASA during the race to beat Russia into space.
The film is beautifully shot, which is a weird thing to say. But sometimes with films set in the past, you get really closed in shots as not to show something that shouldn’t be there, with this it all feels natural. The story is well told, and really focuses on what can be done instead of what can’t. It’s about facing adversity and pushing past it. Whether it’s regarding race, gender or work.
It was also interesting to see a different side to Jim Parsons. I know he’s still playing a scientist, but his character is really different to Sheldon. The three main stars are just that. The story blends nicely between the three of them and they all put in knockout performances.
It’s a really interesting film about something I knew very little about, and as I’ve said before, films like this are important. Even if they are not entirely factual, if it makes people talk about history and maybe investigate for themselves, that can only be a good thing.
7. Apollo 13
Quick Verdict: Reach for the skies
The Film Flash, we have a problem. So this was the other 90s film I was ashamed to say I hadn’t seen, and this is a whooper. Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon stuck on a spaceship with no way home. Back on land we have Ed Harris and Gary Sinise trying to help them.
Directed by the talented Ron Howard, who, by this stage in his career has a massive back catalogue of directing credits, including Splash, Backdraft and Far and Away. My favourites of his being the amazing Willow and Parenthood. He would have to wait another five years before he’s nominated for a best director Oscar for A Beautiful Mind.
As much as I loved this film, I don’t have an awful lot to say about it. Everything just fits together nicely. The camerawork, the acting, the sets, directing, it all just works and creates a great film. Well worth the twenty-two year wait.
6. Captain Fantastic
Quick Verdict: Fantastic Seven
Viggo Mortensen is the father of six children who live in the wilds of northwest America. When the children’s mother dies, the family must come together and venture out into the population in order to stop the funeral that was against her wishes.
This is a tragic story of loss, but wrapped around a tale of discovery for every character. It could have easily have just been a film about Viggo’s character and have the children be merely their as baggage, but it doesn’t. They all have a story arc, they all bring something to the film and they are all brilliant. It’s a film that asks the question of normality and how people react to someone who challenges this. I loved it.
Yes this is a shot from the film. If you’re wondering what is under the black circle, just google it. I saw plenty without the black circle when I got this picture. Alternatively, watch the film. It’ll make you cry, smile, laugh and feel happy and sad. That’s a lot to take in one film, but it’s worth it.
Only two days to wait for the final countdown. Any guesses as to what my top film will be? Find out Thursday.
To be concluded………