Showing posts with label favorite movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label favorite movies. Show all posts

Friday, December 28, 2018

Rosy the Reviewer's Favorite Films of 2018 and Some Not-To-Be-Missed Stellar Performances!

I hesitated to call this list "Best Films" because I think that is a subjective implication that can't be lived up to. Why is it "Best?"  Who says?  Let the Oscars decide that. So I am merely relating my favorites and if you trust my judgment and taste, then perhaps you will discover these films as favorites of yours as well.

And now you also have a handy, dandy list of some not-to-be-missed films.

I am also including some performances in films that might not have been my very favorite films but the performances were so wonderful that you should see them just for those.

(My comments about each film are meant to pique your interest.  However, if you want to read my original full review, just click on the film title).

Let me know what you think!

A Star is Born

Rosy the Reviewer says...Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper giving the performances of their lives in a powerful new rendition of a classic film that never gets old.

Green Book

Rosy the Reviewer says...Ring! Ring!  Oscar calling.  This is Viggo as you have never seen him so this could be his year for a Best Actor Oscar!

Crazy Rich Asians

Rosy the Reviewer says...this film is romantic and fun but it's also important, not just for its all Asian cast, but for the strong women characters, the mother-daughter relationship and its comments on money and class.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Rosy the Reviewer of the most poignant films I have ever seen, it is sure to get an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature and I predict it wins.  Don't miss it, but bring tissues.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosy the Reviewer says...if there was ever any question about McCarthy's ability to be a dramatic actress, this movie removes all doubt.  Her performance is Oscar worthy.

Juliet, Naked

Rosy the Reviewer says...if you blinked you might have missed this film but it's a great story, well drawn and best of all, it has heart.  It's a lovely sweet film.  We need more movies like this. And no, nobody gets naked.


Rosy the Reviewer says...movies that come out early in the year are often over-looked when awards season roles around but this is such a wonderful movie with a brilliant screenplay that brings home the realities of motherhood and Theron is so good in this, thankfully it has been remembered.  She has been nominated for a Golden Globe.


Rosy the Reviewer says...if you didn't know all that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did for sexual equality for both men and women, then you need to see this film.  Hang in there, Ruth!  We need you!

The Old Man & The Gun

Rosy the Reviewer says...a reminder that Robert Redford is a National Treasure and at 82, he's still got amazing acting chops. This is an actor at the top of his game.  Can you believe he has never won an acting Oscar?  Maybe this is his year.


Rosy the Reviewer says...I predict this will win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Isle of Dogs

Rosy the Reviewer says...I predict this will win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. It's an enjoyable and original film experience.

It's a given that the acting would be outstanding in my favorite films so I won't go back over those performances but here are some outstanding performances in some films that almost made my list, some performances you shouldn't miss.

Nicole Kidman in "Boy Erased."

Rosy the Reviewer says...sometimes the understated performances are the most powerful.

Rami Malek in "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Rosy the Reviewer says...his performances on stage as Freddie Mercury are spot on and exciting.

Glenn Close in "The Wife"

Rosy the Reviewer says...Glenn Close has more Oscar nominations without a win than any living actor (9).  I hope this is her year because she deserves it for this performance alone.

Blake Lively in "A Simple Favor"

Rosy the Reviewer says...I think Lively is underestimated because of her beauty but she is a magical presence in this film.

Happy New Year Everyone!

I wish you all wonderful film experiences in 2019!

Thanks for reading!

See you next Friday


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