Which the Oscar nominations just announced. I couldn’t help think of all the movies from last year. There were some good ones and ones I refused to see. The main purpose of a film is to move you, to draw an emotional reaction, to make you gasp or cry or sweat. These are the ones that blew me away in 2018, whether with their inventiveness, their plot twists, their terror, or their heart. I’ll go in reverse order and lead up to my pick for the best movie of the year.
10. A Star is Born
Everyone said it would be one of the best films of the year, and everybody was right. A Star is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s heartfelt — and heartbreaking — drama about a pair of musicians who cross paths on opposite trajectories of fame and fortune. I have been singing “Shallow” for months
9. A Quiet Place
This was a great movie. I was watching this movie at home and my mom walked in and said “Why is the TV on Mute”? I thought that was funny. I told her it wasnt and she was shocked. She sat down to watch but got up quickly, She doesn’t like scary movies. Also I’m glad I didn’t see this in theaters. I would have gotten mad real quick for people talking and making noise. I watched it at home where I could control the noise level. I don’t really think its scary, A thriller yes (Well having a baby while there are monsters…Thats terrifiying). A Quite Place postapocalyptic portrait of a family trying to survive in a world where a creaky floorboard could summon grisly death — was a valuable reminder that you don’t need over-the-top gore to make a good horror movie.
Let me say first, this is the heist movie I’ve been waiting for.It’s amazing that a movie that combined box office thrills and award-worthy cinematography didn’t get more love. I don’t know why people didn’t like this movie. Steve McQueen is a talented director, and because this film so exquisitely deconstructs the very motivations surrounding a heist—greed, power, and politics—through the eyes of women primarily , black male criminals clamoring for the same influence as their white counterparts, and politicians hell-bent on maintaining control at the expense of everyone else, it becomes a fascinating conversation about who gets to have a seat at which table and why.
I came out of the theatre and I can honestly say. I liked it! It was funny and it paid great homage to the Todd McFarlane bombastic Venom era of the late 90’s. It truly baffles me that Sony would not take enough risks to release the film with an R rating. I wonder how much of this film was left on the cutting floor!?! Tom Hardy’s performance is also on point and If you haven’t seen it, go rent it today. I know a lot of people didn’t like it, I don’t know why. This movie could have been made it the 90s. It has that feel.
6. Creed II
While this film is the eighth in the Rocky franchise, it is very predictable from start to finish. It is hard for the eighth film to do something completely different in a loved franchise and end up like…you know, Rocky 5. So this movie has a very modern take on what made the original Rocky’s so beloved. Stallone also gives one of my favorite performances as Rocky, and Michael B. Jordan continues to impress on the screen. What stands out about this movie the most is how much it focuses on family and loved ones. Creed II has arguably the biggest of all of the movies prior. With everything fans love about the Rocky films, and the biggest heart of the franchise, Creed II is easily one of the best movies of the franchise, top 4 at least. My top 4 Rocky films: Rocky 4, Creed, Rocky, and Creed II
5. The hate you give
Listen, no film is perfect, but I liked this movie. This fist-pumping drama is more proof that the revolution will be led by a black teenage girl who refuses to stay quiet after the murder of her friend at the hands of police. This was a good movie.This film holds a strong message that we all need to hear. It highlights that racism is deeper than what we see on T.V. and social media and that it’s the our values, attitudes and the way we use our words and actions that can define racism. Highly recommend
4. Avengers: Infinity War
What can be said about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s decade-in-the-making culmination that hasn’t already been said? I will talk to anyone about prediction and theories for days. How can I describe this movie? Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous – and entertaining. It’s a gigantic showdown between a force of cosmic wickedness and a sometimes chaotically assembled super-team of Marvel superheroes is a feast on the eyes. The film delivers the sugar-rush of spectacle and some very amusing one-liners. As 2019 is here, I can’t wait for the next round of supersized chaos.
3. Halloween (2018)
I love the Halloween series. Wait I like the Halloween series. There are some movies I like more than others (We never NEVER talk about Resurrection). I hope they stop with all of the reboots of this movie. We really don’t need 3 Halloween movies. I don’t have a lot of traditions when it comes to movies. I eat the same thing every time I go to the theater (buttered popcorn, nestle crunch, and sprite), but other than that and where I sit in the theater (about a third of the way back, in the center of that row), I only have one move tradition: watching Halloween every October 31.
The best Halloween movie since the original in 1978. Forget every Halloween movie that was done after the 78 original. THIS IS THE SEQUEL!! Absolutely amazing. If you love horror & Michael Myers, buckle up for this insane sequel. Just watching Curtis dig into the role of this former-babysitter-turned-hardcore-avenger will keep you on the edge of your seat. After watching this movie, I can’t help but think of the #MeToo movement.
2. Black Panther
Watching the first half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most immersive movie yet, one might be ready to book that vacation in Wakanda, whether it exists or not. As good as director Ryan Coogler’s world-building is, his sense of story structure is even better, pitting the chosen King T’Challa against the prodigal Erik Killmonger for a battle where the line between hero and villain is more tenuous than ever before.
1. Mission Impossible: Fallout
Yes this is my top movie for 2018. It just edged out Black Panther. Ageless, riveting and seemingly unstoppable, Tom Cruise remains a force of nature in this Mission: Impossible franchise. The sixth film in the series is among the most outstanding, delivering a near-exhausting amount of fantabulous action sequences paired with deft character drama and the requisite life-or-death stakes. At nearly two-and-a-half hours, Fallout has ambitions as vast as its running time. McQuarrie weaves elements of tragedy and political commentary into action packed crime thriller.
I hope you you check out these movies from last year, If you havn’t already.