In Brig’s January issue we’ll be publishing our yearly list of the best films of the previous 12 months – and we want you to vote for your favourite releases.
It was a packed, incredible year for cinema, but not entirely as we know it and not without controversy.
Netflix’s The Irishman and Marriage Story have emerged as awards contenders despite most of us watching them on the small screen. It seems that in 2020 and the new decade, seeing big studio films on streaming services will be the norm.
Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker saw two of the most epic sagas ever draw to a close and both faced the unenviable task of trying to please the hordes of fans. What is inarguable, however, is that many hours of prior investment were required to fully appreciate either.
The divisive Joker was arguably the ‘must-see’ film of the year in the sense that everyone was talking about it following its October release. Todd Phillips redefined what a comic book movie could be, helped by an electrifying Joaquin Phoenix performance.
Green Book took the Best Motion Picture Oscar, but as always, the Academy faced criticism over both that and other winners and nominees. It is certain that the upcoming awards will be no less controversial, regardless of what and who wins.
Millenial cinema-goers were overcome with summer nostalgia when Toy Story 4 brought Woody, Buzz and friends back after an eight-year absence, and again when a shiny new version of The Lion King appeared. Both enjoyed massive box-office success thanks to remarkable inter-generational appeal.
Jordan Peele and Ari Aster cemented their reputations as innovative horror directors with Us and Midsommar respectively. And in a year of several new Stephen King adaptations, Doctor Sleep pleased not only fans of the book and The Shining, but critics too.
Many placed Booksmart, starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, on the top shelf when it came to comedy. But Olivia Wilde directorial debut was praised for being not only funny but a sharp coming-of-age story, too.
Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino returned with his ninth film, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which divided opinion but was critically acclaimed, with an 85% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
And if Tarantino isn’t for you, the year closed out with the return of Elsa and Anna in Frozen 2, which, in terms of music-driven movies, might be battling with Rocketman for your choice.
Please follow the link below to vote for up to five of your favourite films of the year. We’ll reveal the most popular choices in our January issue, and an overall winner of Brig’s Film of the Year.