‘Just wanted to take another look at you’: Favorite Movies of 2018
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is that strange lull in the year when many of us take time to reflect and look forward to what is ahead. I watched a LOT of movies in 2018, possibly more than I ever have before.
Because of that, I present my favorite movies of the year and why I loved them so much:
JJ Abrams continues his streak of choosing projects that I’ll inevitably enjoy. He didn’t direct or write Overlord, but it was produced under the Bad Robot team. The movie feels like the culmination of all those Call of Duty/Zombie and Wolfenstein games, but done a lot better than many of those.
If you take out the creature aspect of the film, it’s a pretty solid war movie in its own right. The opening scene is incredibly tense and a reminder that watching movies at home will never be as good as watching on the biggest screen possible with the best sound system possible. I would not be shocked to see Overlord get some sort of industry recognition for its sound. It’s that good.
Once the creatures kick in, the intensity rises considerably and we enter horror territory. They are very creepy, mysterious and very difficult to fight.
Overlord deserves more attention than I think it will get. Releasing it during the holiday season may cause it to get buried in Oscar contenders and family affairs.
9. Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Tom Cruise is still the undisputed king of action movies. Somehow, this series keeps getting better with each installment. I was often shocked by the twists and turns, and more than once nearly jumped out of my seat with excitement. What a thrill!
This movie is incredible and I don’t have the words to do it justice. Watch it. The closing images will haunt you.
7. Black Panther
“Black Panther” is truly visually stunning and features a deep cast of incredible talent. Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger is one of the MCU’s best villains and the ensemble around Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa really makes the movie shine. As far as origin films go, Black Panther is up there with the best of them.
6. Avengers: Infinity War
So much love for this. I still can’t believe Marvel pulled it off. It’s hard to look at this from an outside perspective because I have become so invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it began. “Infinity War” seemed to easily juggle plotlines for its numerous main characters and gave viewers what I’m sure will become one of the most iconic cliffhangers in film history. Not even a year from release and The Snap is already a popular meme.
5. Green Book
Though controversy surrounding the screenplay compelled Mahershala Ali to apology to Don Shirley’s family for unknowingly portraying some inaccuracies, the performances from Ali and Viggo Mortensen are excellent. Their chemistry ties the film together nicely.
4. A Quiet Place
Absolutely loved this movie. It is so terrifying and unsettling. I’m really impressed with Krasinki’s writing and directing. There are very few spoken lines in the film and everyone does a really great job of conveying emotion without them.
3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The perfect Spider-Man movie, if not the perfect superhero movie. I loved it so much I watched it twice in one day. It’s thrilling, funny and full of heart. You will walk out loving every single one of the Spider-People — even Spider-Ham. I can’t wait to watch it many more times just to keep looking for more references I missed the first time.
2. Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham is so wildly talented. It’s hard to fathom that this is his debut film as a writer/director. He handles the script so well and often gave me flashbacks to my own time in middle school. Elsie Fisher is perfectly cast and could not be more relatable to everyone who endured 8th grade. People need to see this movie.
- A Star is Born
Several movies rotated in and out of the top stop on my list this year, but none returned more often than “A Star is Born.” It is the film that weighed on my mind the heaviest and affected me the most. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga both turn in powerful, heartbreaking performances. Gaga is particularly impressive in her film debut. Cooper has been Oscar-nominated before as an actor, but it was his directing that truly showcased his talent this time. I saw it in theatres twice and was as deeply moved the second time around and I was the first. Not only is this my favorite movie of the year, it’s my Oscar pick for Best Picture.
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