Superheroes, toys, cultures, and talents-all of them have made a warm season great.
It was good summer at the movies, and there were hits and misses. So, given the circumstances that summer is over, yet again, I thought I’d share with you my five personal favorites to prepare you for their home video releases.
Unlike “Bohemian Rhapsody,” this musician biopic of Elton John delves into his life-the abuse, the relationships, and the fame he has developed over the years of his early success. Taron Edgerton is outstanding as Elton John.
4.) “The Farewell”
Awakafina has proven herself that just because she was funny in “Crazy Rich Asians,” doesn’t mean she can’t expand her horizons. This drama is not only a perfect role for her, but it also gives a respectful and peaceful tribute to some Chinese cultures.
3.) “Avengers: Endgame”
I’m not sure if this counts as a summer movie, given the fact that it came out at the end of April. But if it cheated it’s way to beat “Avatar’s” $2 billion record (with that so called rerelease), and was a big hit in May, I’ll give it a spot on this list. I don’t care if some people hated it, I thought it was an entertaining and emotional conclusion to this Thanos battle.
2.) “Toy Story 4”
We were all skeptical about this sequel, because of how “Toy Story 3” was a masterpiece, but this one allowed Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts) to be a woman, Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) to be a memorable character, and Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) to find his true purpose in life. This is a wonderful animated movie.
1.) “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Quentin Tarantino shares his love for 1960s Hollywood leading up to the Manson murders, spiked by his own personal touch. Here’s my defense: if he wants to alter the past, like he did with “Inglorious Basterds,” then let him.
He even guides Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie on the right path, and their characters are flat-out robust. I won’t let some negativity crush my spirits for this one. Tarantino is a genius-one of the best filmmakers of all time.
And don’t forget about all the other amazing films this summer.
“Ready or Not,” “Good Boys,” “Maiden,” “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” “Blinded by the Light,” “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Yesterday,” “Wild Rose,” “Midsommar,” “Rolling Thunder Revue: a Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese,” “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” “Late Night,” “The Souvenir,” “John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum,” “Booksmart,” “Aladdin,” and “Long Shot.”