This week I’ll count down my favorite movies of 2018, two per day, from #10 down to #1.
This was the hardest top ten movie list I’ve made in years. I saw 70 films this year and enjoyed the great majority of them. It isn’t until you reach the bottom ten or so that I really disliked anything I saw (unlike actual movie critics, I have no obligation to see something I don’t think I’ll like).
Any of the films in my 11-20 slots could have easily found their way into this top ten, and might do just that if you ask me to revisit the list over time.
Maroon 5 shows up at #9 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, assisted by SZA on the track ‘What Lovers Do.’
This is the 13th song Maroon 5 has landed in the top ten since 2004, with 10 of those coming in the past seven years (how many numbers can I fit into one sentence?!). This band is a pop juggernaut.
SZA is another artist I discovered through my daughter Sophia. While I haven’t listened to her debut full-length album CTRL (released this summer) in full, I like what I’ve heard.
SZA is the stage name of Solána Imani Rowe, a 27-year-old soul singer born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in a predominately white suburb of New Jersey. Raised by a Christian mother and Muslim father, she hopped between their faiths as a kid and now practices Islam. As a girl, she wore a hijab until bullying following the September 11th attacks forced her to stop.