This article was originally published on December 21st, 2018.
If you would've asked me a few years ago, I never would have really classified myself as a "movie person". In order to watch films, you used to have to plan an outing to the theatre, purchase them on DVD, or pirate them online and suffer through the horrible quality and annoying ads.
Now though, watching movies is much easier than ever before. With a million and one streaming services pumping out brand new content to you and insane rates, its almost impossible to avoid watching movies, or at least finding one that you enjoy.
Netflix, in particular, has been a content creating monster lately, and they don't plan on stopping any time soon! They have some seriously big plans for 2019, but I think that it's important we acknowledge all the great stuff they did in 2018 too. This year alone, so many amazing Netflix Original movies came out, ranging from romantic comedies to dramatic biopics and everything in between.
Although not everything was approved by critics, there were some seriously noteworthy movies that came out of this year. Here are just a few of them that we would love to see reinvented with a sequel in 2019:
If you have an appreciation for the art of fine filmmaking, then you'll definitely appreciate Roma. The film is in black and white, which may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's certainly part of what makes it so special. Roma tells the story of the downfall of the downfall of a society and the persistence of women and is a big step up for Netflix in terms of their usual Original films.
To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Luckily for us, a sequel for this film HAS been confirmed for 2019! The older we get, the more cheesy I think we're supposed to find films like To All The Boys I've Loved Before, but something about this movie is so hard not to love. It's totally relatable (who hasn't written a love letter to a crush at least once), and it definitely has a quirky sense of nostalgia to it, as well as everyone's celebrity crush right now - Noah Centineo.
If a feel good, family comedy is the type of thing you like to watch, we recommend you look no further than Dumplin. This movie may not be Christmas themed, but it is particularly great around the holidays because it makes family disfunction THAT much more relatable. Jennifer Aniston absolutely kills her roll (and that southern accent), and there are definitely other noteworthy names in the cast as well!
Private Life is one of those films that manages to take a serious issue and make light of it in the absolute best way possible. In the movie, a couple is determined to have a baby, although all their options are continuously failing them. Ultimately, it comes down to having to use a donor egg from their niece - although, at this point, one has to wonder... Do they even want to have a baby anymore, or do they simply want to beat the system and show the world that they can, in fact, have a child?
6 Balloons is a movie that's not at all easy to stomach, but totally captivating to watch. The premise of this film is addiction, and how difficult it can be when you find yourself in a position of enabling those around you to feed their addiction. Dave Franco plays a heroin-addicted brother and uncle, opposite Abbi Jacobson, who plays his sister. The two run into one another, and Jacobson's character is forced to allow her brother to do the unthinkable.
This is another great one to watch around the holidays because, again, it normalizes family dysfunction. Kristen Bell plays the role of Rachel, who was left at the altar and ended up on her honeymoon with none other than her estranged father. The two have a rocky and awkward relationship, but this honeymoon is what allows them to come together, find common ground, and start new with great respect for one another - it's just the right mix of light-hearted and emotional.
Set It Up
If you've ever been an intern, there is no doubt in my mind that you'll be able to fully appreciate the humour of Set it Up. This classic romantic comedy tells the story of two assistants who are both having an extremely rough time dealing with their always-grumpy bosses. In order to make their lives easier, the two devise a plan to set their bosses up. It all works out beautifully... Until it doesn't.