Here’s our top 10 list of movies.
Top 10: Fire Island (United States)
Geek Rate: 2.93/5.00
“Fire Island” is really not your straightforward love story film, at first. It tackles several LGBTQ issues but still managed to maintain its fun and light mood. Although not the film’s main star, Zane Phillips shines here.
Top 9: Jesuis Karl (Germany)
Geek Rate: 3.06 /5.00
The theme of this movie is relevant as it delved into domestic terrorism. But “Je Suis Karl” has some inconsistencies in its story. While it is disappointing, to say the least, screenwriter Thomas Wendrich’s intention to depict scenes of intolerance and xenophobia is laudable.
Top 8: Bros (United States)
Geek Rate: 3.11/5.00
The two moods of this type of film seemed to be on opposing ends. There are many films of this kind that tend to be more serious and heavy. Films such as “Bro” are hard to come by these days, but it is a welcome break. Yes, this film is a cliché and has a poor storyline. But its core lesson is so important to be told especially in this current political climate. And it doesn’t hurt that Luke Macfarlane is in it.
Top 7: Hotel Mumbai (India)
Geek Rate: 3.79/5.00
“Hotel Mumbai” is about the 2008 Mumbai attacks focusing especially on the events at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India. The cast includes Dev Patel and Armie Hammer. I repeat, Armie Hammer. Unlike other films based on real-life events, “Hotel Mumbai” managed to stay interesting from start to end. Not just because it’s a thriller where you get to see terrorists murder people, but the storytelling is riveting, and the script flawless.
Top 6: My Best Friend Anne Frank (The Netherlands)
Geek Rate: 3.96/5.00
We all read her diary. “My Best Friend Anne Frank” gives us a different insight into Anne Frank’s childhood up to the moment when her family went into hiding. Told from the point of view of her friend Hanneli Goslar, the film also shows the final moments of Anne Frank inside the concentration camp before she and her sister perished.
Top 5: Tolkien (United Kingdom)
Geek Rate: 3.97/5.00
A biographical drama film about the celebrated British author J.R.R Tolkien, it’s easy to enjoy watching when you’re a Lord of the Rings fan. “Tolkein” is like a motion picture of trivia about the origin of many LOTR stuff, its places and characters, its unique languages, and even its stories. But this film is more than just that. Director Dome Karukoski managed to bring some depth to it to bring justice to Tolkien’s life in a way that could be appreciated by a wider audience.
Top 4: The Batman (United States)
Geek Rate: 3.98/5.00
It is a tall order to create a Batman film on par with the classics. Ben Affleck’s failed in this regard. But all the elements check for “The Batman” to make it into the list of the great Batman films of all time.
Top 3: Bankier van het Verzet (The Netherlands)
Geek Rate: 4.09/5.00
The 2018 Dutch World War II period drama film is based on the life of banker Walraven van Hall who financed the Dutch resistance during the war. The film portrayed in detail how the resistance came into being and its vital role in the resistance movement in The Netherlands. There are many World War II films but it’s great to have films like this that focus on the lives of lesser-known heroes.
Top 2: Munich: The Edge of War (Germany)
Geek Rate: 4.25/5.00
There’s a particular scene where Hartmann and Legat were inside a car in Munich, discussing what they will do next after failing to convince Chamberlain not to deal with Hitler. “I have to fight. We don’t choose the times we live in. The only choice we have is how we respond,” says Hartmann. It was chilling how the events back then echo until now. “Munich: The Edge of War” is a great addition to the huge list of war films, without being forgettable.
Top 1: Firebird (Estonia)
Geek Rate: 4.5/5.00
I like historical movies and the importance of the film’s message in this modern age could not be overlooked. The story might not be that original. But that’s the beauty of it. We all could see the same queer story with the same struggles while focusing on the specific life of Sergey and Roman.
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