The Ten: Best Movies of 2018
It’s a new year, full of new goals and new movies. As award season gets to it’s heights, with The Golden Globes wrapping and the Academy Awards around the corner, critics, audiences, and bloggers (such as me) are all thinking about the best films of 2018.
2018 was another great year for film. There was something to be found in every genre. Enjoying Movie Pass and AMC Stubs: A-List gave me a rejuvenated enjoyment of catching films at the theaters and it paid off with me seeing more on the big screen than a typically do in a year.
For the record, at time of creating this list I had not seen the following acclaimed films: Eighth Grade, First Man, If Beale Street Could Talk, Will You Be My Neighbor
Released at an odd time (beginning of the year), and treated even more oddly for home video release (exclusive to certain retailers), Annihilation was another example of why Alex Garland should be responsible for creating all science-fiction films in the near future. The film is incredibly odd, but in a way that makes the audience talk about the feature for months afterwards.
Alfonso Cuarón can tell a story from the director’s chair better than anybody else out there today, and he proves it once again with Roma. Roma doesn’t change the game, and to be honest, Cuarón’s style lends better to suspenseful movies, but this film is one of the best narrative features from beginning to end you’ll see this year.
8. A Star Is Born
Third time’s a charm, right? Well for A Star Is Born, apparently it is. The film has been adapted multiple times now, and although the previous incarnations are solid classic movies, the newest adaptation made Lady Gaga a serious actress and Bradley Cooper a director to be considered for acclaimed features in the future.
7. Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel raised the bar in 2018 with two superhero movies that have turned the genre into serious award contenders. Infinity War held no punches, and did better with an ensemble cast than any comic or action movie before it. The Russo Brothers put the icing on the cake, so to say, with a dramatic ending that has left millions of audience members waiting until 2019 for answers.
6. Mission Impossible: Fallout
Mission Impossible: Fallout was the best Mission Impossible to date for a stack of reasons. Tom Cruise did a fantastic job, once again performing all his own stunts, and the entire cast and crew put together a film that builds off a strong fifth chapter and takes the franchise to whole new levels.
5. The Ballad of Buster Skruggs
Definitely the furthest film on the list from being a traditional movie, the collection of vignettes that make up The Ballad of Buster Skruggs, from the famed Coen Brothers, is whimsical and entertaining. Each story is well written and directed featuring a cast that will standout for years to come.
4. A Quiet Place
Jordan Peele changed the horror game with Get Out, but John Krasinski took that bar and raised it further with A Quiet Place. Who knew two years in a row we’d see the best horror films brought to us by some of the funniest comedians on television. And even though A Quiet Place doesn’t have the message Get Out does, it’s ability to tell a story with minimal dialogue and noise will cause horror writers and directors to think twice before releasing more of their garbage.
3. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
There’s a reason critics and audiences are praising this film, and you’ll know that reason as soon as you see it. As great as Sony did with Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s Into the Spiderverse that is easily Sony’s best Spider-Man movie, let alone best Marvel movie to date.
Christian Bale continues to amaze, and that holds true here with his portrayal of Dick Cheney in Vice. Following the Vice President’s rise to power, Bale portrays Cheney across multiple points in his life and does a fantastic job doing so. Surround him with an award-worthy cast and give the movie a great plot, and it’s your best biopic of the year.
1. Black Panther
Smashing Box Office marks and blowing the minds of mainstream audiences everywhere, Black Panther, more so than the epic Avengers: Infinity War, was Marvel’s most successful movie in breaking down barriers. The film is incredibly paced, very well written, and has a wonderful cast. Even the villain makes you care for him in the end.
Honorable Mention: Green Book, I Am Not A Witch, Blackkklansman, You Were Never Really Here, Shoplifters
As always, this is my Top Ten list and your opinions are welcome. We have the comments below where you can tell us what was the best of the best in 2018, and why you think so.