July 29, 2020 -
The Tropic is providing our curated streaming recommendations during our closure. This series looks back on our three biggest hits of 2018, including the Best Picture winner and a pair of iconic music-centered hits. (Streaming services in parentheses are offering the films free to subscribers — most are also available to rent from Google Play, Amazon, Vudu and others.)
Bohemian Rhapsody (HBOMax)
Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock ‘n’ roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury’s increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.
A Star is Born (HBOMax)
The drama of love and the pitfalls of fame take center stage in this hit remake about a successful singer and his young protege. Bradley Cooper directs and stars alongside Lady Gaga in the box-office smash that earned eight Academy Award nominations while winning for Best Original Song (for Gaga’s “Shallow”).
Green Book (DirecTV / Showtime)
In 2019’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans, forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line, relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.