Best Movies of 2019... So Far
It did surpass Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the worldwide box office. It made headlines when it surpassed Titantic, which made $2.1 billion globally. However, the number-one movie is Avatar, also by the same director as Titantic, James Cameron. That film made $2.788 billion. Avengers: Endgame will easily take that crown, given that the Walt Disney Company has put the movie back into more theaters. Avengers: Endgame will beat Cameron's "king of the world" status to be the top film globally.
As usual, I always like to look at the diversity in Hollywood. Last year was a fairly good year for diversity. The big examples were Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians. This year, there are some notable examples of number-one movies that feature people of color in the lead roles. Aquaman (2018) was held over from the end of last year, which had Jason Momoa who is of Hawaiian descent becoming a household name. African-Americans saw success like Kevin Hart who was in The Upside, which was number-one for a week, and Samuel L. Jackson who played the titular character in Glass, which was number-one for three weeks. Jackson ended up appearing in four films this year that was number-one in the box office. Two of which had him in leading roles.
It's rare lately that a blockbuster or mainstream film will make my list for the best of the year. There are a couple of Hollywood titles that I very much enjoyed. Those titles might be typical in their narrative tropes, but I found them to be fun or satisfying. Other than that, I found films that address a lot of varying topics, including gentrification, black masculinity, criminal justice reform, mental illness, poverty, education, bisexuality, American excellence, Asian culture and parenthood.
Here's my list of my favorite films up till this point.
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO by Joe Talbot
THE MUSTANG by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE by Terry Gilliam
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by Chiwetel Ejiofor
EVERYBODY KNOWS by Asghar Farhadi
THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART by Mike Mitchell
WE ARE THR3E by Marco Briem Stamm
APOLLO 11 by Todd Douglas Miller
ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE by Nahnatchka Khan
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. THE FATAL FIVE by Sam Liu
STUBER by Michael Dowse