The Year in Movies: 2018

**These lists are in no particular order.**

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, over 500 movies are released in the US every year; and according to this list, I watched 164 (Slightly over 30%). Some of them were great, others… not so great. If you read my Spooptoberfest: My Top Horror Movies of 2018 you may notice all those movies are also listed here. However, on that list, I categorized them on the basis of horror, here, I’ve categorized them on the basis of every movie released this year. Obviously then, they’re going to be categorized differently. The following are all the movies I watched that were released this year, and what I thought about them.

Sections:

  1. The Best
  2. Honorable Mentions
  3. “Eh, It Was Fine”
  4. Disappointments
  5. Hot Garbage
  6. Final Tally (with Honest Consensus)
  7. The (Big) Ones I Missed

The Best

 

Avengers: Infinity War

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Release Date: April 27th
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Every MCU superhero from the past 10 years… & Josh Brolin
Plot: Thanos finally carries out his plan to obtain all the Infinity Stones.
Why it’s good: If you’re like me and never read the comics or watched any of the animated tv shows, Infinity War was the movie event we’ve been waiting for since 2012. Every hero we’ve come to know and love over the last 10 years is here to fight against the ginormous Titan Thanos. There’s plenty of action, comedy, and emotion in the 150-minute run-time and an ending that’ll leave most viewers speechless or in tears. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that Avengers: Endgame will have an even bigger opening than this one.
Interesting Fact: The actor that played Thanos in the first Avengers movie in 2012 is actually not Josh Brolin.
Best Line: Literally every line.
Best Moment: Thanos throws a moon at the Avengers.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Visual Effects

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Isle of Dogs

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Release Date: April 13th
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson
Plot: In the future, all dogs considered disease-ridden and are sent to a secluded island. Shortly after, a young boy travels to the island to search for his beloved pet.
Why it’s good: Adorable, hilarious, and precious doggos.
Interesting Fact: The movie was filmed by stop motion, with a team of 670 people who did 130,000 still photographs.
Best Line: “I wish somebody spoke his language.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Animated Feature (This is gonna be a close one.)

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Hereditary

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Release Date: June 8th
Director: Ari Aster
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff
Plot: After the tragic death of a loved one, a grieving family begins to uncover dark secrets and experience very weird shit.
Why it’s good: With one of my most favorite instances of “this went from 0-100 real quick”, Hereditary gives hope to the horror genre despite having a few cliches and some predictability. Also, the final 15 minutes had me sweating.
Interesting Fact: Many of the cast and crew view the film as a family drama more than a horror movie.
Best Line: “I never wanted to be your mother.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Original Screenplay

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Mandy

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Release Date: September 14th
Director: Panos Cosmatos
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
Plot: After watching his wife burn alive, Nicholas Cage goes on a revenge spree.
Why it’s good: Fuck. This movie is absolutely insane. While it doesn’t have any jump scares, it does have religious cults, creative deaths, blood, and a creepy and very unsettling atmosphere. The cinematography, lighting effects, dialogue, and music all work together flawlessly. After the slow and very odd first half, the second hour of this movie goes off the fucking rails until the credits. Quite possibly my most favorite Nicholas Cage performance.
Interesting Fact: Prompted a five-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Best Line: “I’m your God now.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Original Screenplay, Nicholas Cage Leading Actor, Linus Roache Supporting Actor, Visual Effects, Music

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The Post

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Release Date: January 12th
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks
Plot: The Washington Post newspaper unravels a cover-up that spanned multiple U.S. Presidents.
Why it’s good: A well-acted, well-paced, and in-depth look at a story I never knew happened (I’m not an American history buff).
Interesting Fact: In his memoir, the real Daniel Ellsberg claimed that walking out of RAND with the Pentagon Papers (and returning them) over the course of months was a calculated risk, since he had never had his bag checked by security, but he did not know for sure if it was not policy to do so.
Best Line: “Well, if we live in a world where the government could tell us what we can and cannot print, then the Washington Post as we know it has already ceased to exist.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10

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A Quiet Place

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Release Date: April 6th
Director: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
Plot: In the near future, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
Why it’s good: A very creative and original post-apocalyptic monster movie. I absolutely loved the monster design, the music was great, there are plenty of spoops, I was careful about making noise in my own house, and I wouldn’t last a day in that universe.
Interesting Fact: The filmmakers purchased twenty tons of corn and hired local farmers to grow it.
Best Line: “Who are we if we can’t protect them? We have to protect them.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Original Screenplay, Directing, Sound

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Sorry To Bother You

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Release Date: July 13th
Director: Boots Riley
Starring: Lakeith Stanfield
Plot: Down in the dumps and desperate for a job, Cassius Green gets a job as a telemarketer.
Why it’s good: One of the funniest, wildest, most original movies I’ve seen in a while. Plus, something happens around the start of the 3rd act that completely turns this movie upside down.
Interesting Fact: Over 60 scenes were shot in 28 days.
Best Line: “Welcome, Cassius Green. I hope you have not masturbated today. We need you sharp and ready to go.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Original Screenplay, Directing, Lakeith Stanfield Lead Actor

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Deadpool 2

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Release Date: May 18th
Director: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand
Plot: Deadpool and his team are back to find and protect a very angsty child from a futuristic cyborg.
Why it’s good: Better than the first, Deadpool 2 has all the meta-humor comedy and action we loved from the first one.
Interesting Fact: At the time of its release, Julian Dennison was 15 years old and ineligible to see the film in his homeland New Zealand due to the R-16 rating.
Best Line: “Zip it, Thanos!”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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The Incredibles 2

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Release Date: June 15th
Director: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Eli Fucile, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk
Plot: After a very messy battle with the Under-miner, the Parr’s are forced by the government to live normal lives, until only Helen is called upon again, leaving Bob home with the kids.
Why it’s good: Despite the battle that I waited 14 years to see not ending the way I had hoped, Incredibles 2 was still as colorful, fun, action-packed, cute, and funny as I had expected.
Interesting Fact: The first Pixar sequel to have a human protagonist.
Best Line: “I don’t KNOW that way, why would they change math? Math is math, math is math!”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Animated Feature (This is gonna be a close one.)

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Mission Impossible: Fallout

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Release Date: July 27th
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Henry Cavill
Plot: Ethan Hunt and his team get themselves into more shenanigans.
Why it’s good: It’s more of the same crazy action given by its predecessors, and yet it is somehow still able to be very entertaining and leave you wanting more.
Interesting Fact: The film had three thousand set-ups, thirteen helicopters, six pregnancies, five hiatuses, four weeks of aerial photography, three continents, two winters, and one broken ankle.
Best Line: “How many times has Hunt’s government betrayed him, disavowed him, cast him aside? How long before a man like that has had enough?”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8.5/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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Searching

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Release Date: August 31st
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Starring: John Cho, Michelle La
Plot: After his daughter goes missing, a father digs through her personal laptop and the internet to find her.
Why it’s good: If you don’t think watching a movie from the perspective of a computer screen could be entertaining, think again. Searching is crafted well enough to keep the suspenseful atmosphere strong, and the twists effective.
Interesting Fact: For the German, Spanish, French, Russian and Portuguese versions of the movie, every TV/phone/computer screen was recreated in its respective language, as well as every typing sequence, keystroke by keystroke.
Best Line: “I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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Tag

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Release Date: June 15th
Director: Jeff Tomsic
Starring: Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson
Plot: A group of bros plays a game of tag for a really long time.
Why it’s good: One of the greatest bromance movies of all time.
Interesting Fact: Jeremy Renner fractured his right elbow and left wrist while filming a stunt for the movie. His arms are CGI in some scenes.
Best Line: All of Hannibal Buress’ lines.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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BlacKKKlansman

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Release Date: August 10th
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace
Plot: It 1970’s Colorado Springs, a rookie black police officer bamboozles the KKK into thinking he is a white man.
Why it’s good: The writing is well done enough that the pacing flows smoothly, it’s hilarious, stylish, and has an overall thoughtful and relevant message.
Interesting Fact: Topher Grace said that portraying David Duke left him feeling depressed, so as an act of catharsis he took on the project of editing Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on The Hobbit into a single two-hour movie.
I couldn’t find a Best Line because everyone says a lot of racist shit.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Adapted Screenplay

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Paddington 2

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Release Date: January 12th
Director: Paul King
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Sally Hawkins
Plot: After finally settling with the Brown family, Paddington is wrongfully convicted of a crime.
Why it’s good: Entertaining to every and all ages, funny, adorable, emotional, well paced, and as a friend of mine once said, “The world is a total shit-show right now, the movies – our ultimate escape. And if that’s what we need, an escape – a completely joyous, fun-filled, and heart-warming experience that makes us feel good and simultaneously reminds us that movies can be entertaining and smart… for all ages.” (Flickbait This Guy’s 2018 Movie Recommendations (So Far))
Interesting Fact: The best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes.
Best Line: “Aunt Lucy said, if we’re kind and polite the world will be right.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Adapted Screenplay

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Overlord

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Release Date: November 9th
Director: Julius Avery
Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier
Plot: During WWII a squad of soldiers is tasked with taking down a Nazi radio tower when… zombies.
Why it’s good: You ever come out of a movie and think, “That was a cute little film”. That was me after this. Overlord is a refreshing, fun, gory, and action-packed WWII adventure with a daunting atmosphere backed by a creepy soundtrack and not-to-shabby performances.
Interesting Fact: The movie featured more practical effects rather than the standard CGI effects most movies use. This was done to get a better reaction from the actors involved in the scenes where something gruesome would happen.
Best Line: “A thousand year Reich, needs thousand-year soldiers.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Make-up, Costume

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Widows

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Release Date: November 16th
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Cynthia Erivo, Brian Tyree Henry
Plot: Four widows need to come up with a lot of money to pay back the debt left by their recently killed husbands.
Why it’s good: A perfect cast, Viola Davis is a badass, Daniel Kaluuya is a badass, fantastically written, perfectly paced, and a dog that is way too adorable.
Interesting Fact: The film is based on the 1983 British TV series Widows (1983).
Best Line: “Because no-one thinks we have the balls to pull this off.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Viola Davis Lead Actress, Daniel Kaluuya Supporting Actor

Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo in Widows (2018)

 

Blockers

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Release Date: April 6th
Director: Kay Cannon
Starring: John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon
Plot: Three parents must stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night.
Why it’s good: A perfect cast, genuinely funny, and I want to see John Cena in more roles like this.
Interesting Fact: The backyard party scenes were filmed using the same set/location as Fences (2016), including the fence built by Denzel Washington’s character.
Best Line: “Let’s cock-block those motherfuckers.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Release Date: December 14th
Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Plot: Miles Morales must learn how to be the new Spider-Man and must stop the evil Kingpin. The only way he can is with the help of other spider-men from different realities.
Why it’s good (I never read the Spider-Man comics): Visually pleasing, a new take on the Spider-Man origin story (to me), hilarious, colorful, the different Spidies are great, the music is great, an incredible post-credits scene, and it straight up calls out a scene from Spiderman 3.
Interesting Fact #1: It was announced shortly after Stan Lee’s untimely passing that he had recorded a cameo for the film and that it would be his final voice-acting role.
Interesting Fact #2:
This film is dedicated in memory of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko who had died on July 6, 2018 while this film was finishing production.
Best Line: Spider-Ham: “That’s all, folks.”
Peter Parker: “Can he say that? Legally?”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Animated Feature (This is gonna be a close one.)

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Three Identical Strangers

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Release Date: June 29th
Director: Tim Wardle
Starring: Real people
Plot: Three men find out they are actually triplet brothers, separated at birth.
Why it’s good: What starts out as a heart-warming story about 3 brother reuniting, turns dark, as secrets begin to be unearthed. Leading to a shocking twist.
Interesting Fact: The movie that the triplets had a cameo in is Desperately Seeking Susan (1985).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Documentary

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Game Night

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Release Date: February 23rd
Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Plot: A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.
Why it’s good: A talented cast, genuinely funny moments, an adorable doggo, shocking twists, murder, blood, kidnapping, twists, and guns, Game Night takes a simple idea and turns it into an unnecessary wild ride.
Interesting Fact: The dog in this movie is the same dog that was in Widows.
Best Line:
Annie: “You’re not Liam Neeson.”
Max: “That hurt my feelings.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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The Sisters Brothers

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Release Date: October 19th
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed
Plot: Cowboys, the wild west, and gold prospecting.
Why it’s good: Phenomenal performances, a well-crafted story, and Jake Gyllenhaal with an incredible mustache.
Interesting Fact: Filmed in France, Spain, and Romania. There was no location filming in the U.S.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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Vice

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Release Date: December 25th
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Plot: The political life of Dick Cheney
Why it’s good: Phenomenal performances, incredible writing, thought-provoking, high-energy, and hilarious quick little jokes (i.e. they literally had an alternate universe fake ending).
Interesting Fact: Christian Bale and Dick Cheney have the same birthday: January 30.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Chrisitan Bale Lead Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Make-up

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Blindspotting

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Release Date: July 27th
Director: Carlos López Estrada
Starring: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal
Plot: During his final days of parole, a man tries to stay out of trouble.
Why it’s good: Genuinely funny, fantastic performances, incredible writing, relevant, and thought-provoking with an emotional final act.
Interesting Fact: The “kill a hipster save your hood” shirt that Miles receives refers to a song by rapper, George Watsky. Watsky himself has a cameo in the movie as the employee at the Kwikway.
Best Line: “You monsters got me feeling like a monster in my own town!”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Daveed Diggs Lead Actor, Rafael Casal Supporting Actor

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Den Skylidge (The Guilty)

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Release Date: October 19th
Director: Gustav Möller
Starring: Jakob Cedergren
Plot: An emergency dispatcher must try to save a kidnapped woman.
Why it’s good: Another perfect example of the fact that you do not need a high production value to make a great movie and that foreign films can be just as good as what Hollywood produces. Jakob Cedergren’s performance, the atmosphere, the suspense, the character development/writing, and a nice twist were all fantastic.
Interesting Fact: The director, producer, cinematographer, and the editor all knew each other and graduated from the National Film School of Denmark.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Foreign Film, Original Screenplay

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Mary and the Witch’s Flower (English Dub)

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Release Date: January 19th
Director: Giles New
Starring: Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Plot: A girl finds a flower that grants her the power of magic.
Why it’s good: While the English voice acting was mediocre, this movie is still colorful, gorgeous, creative, and fun for the whole family.
Interesting Fact: The debut film of Studio Ponoc.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Best Animated Feature (This is gonna be a close one.)

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Bumblebee

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Release Date: December 21st
Director: Travis Knight
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld
Plot: Yet another Transformers movie… except it’s a reboot…. and it’s good.
Why it’s good: Finally, a live-action Transformers movie where I don’t think it’s a complete joke after the first 15 minutes. Despite more wonky dialogue and plot points I don’t think were supposed to work, Bumblebee is adorable and hilarious, the performances are great, and the action scenes are visually pleasing and badass. I would still like to see a movie where Bumblebee fights the Nazis in WWII.
Interesting Fact: When Charlie is getting dared to jump off of the cliff, Bumblebee briefly plays “The Touch” by Stan Bush on his radio. “The Touch” was the main theme song for The Transformers: The Movie (1986) and subsequently used in the television series.
Best Line: “Bumblebee, our war rages on. You must protect Earth and its people.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee (2018)

 

Green Book

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Release Date: November 16th
Director: Peter Farrelly
Starring:
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
Plot: An Italian New-Yorker becomes the driver for an African-American musician in the 1960s.
Why it’s good: A perfect cast, finely paced, a beautiful friendship, thought-provoking, great writing and character development, genuinely funny moments, and one of the greatest bitch slaps since 1979’s Alien.
Interesting Fact: Viggo Mortensen really ate the hot dogs in the Gorman’s scene. The production crew provided him with a bucket to spit out the chewed bits between takes, but he found that even less appealing than just swallowing the hot dogs. He ended up eating 15.
Best Line #1: “Being genius is not enough, it takes courage to change people’s hearts”
Best Line #2: “So if I’m not black enough and if I’m not white enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I?”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Adapted Screenplay, Mahershala Ali Supporting Actor

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book (2018)

 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release Date: November 9th
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring:
Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Saul Rubinek
Plot: Six stories set during the old west.
Why it’s good: Anthology movies are great because we get a new story every 30 minutes or so, which helps keep us interested. Classic Coen Brother dark humor, fantastic writing, great songs, and beautiful cinematography.
Interesting Fact: I thought Curly Joe’s brother in the first story was Jack Black, but despite looking very… very similar, it’s actually Danny McCarthy.
Best Line: Everything Buster Scruggs said.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Adapted Screenplay, Costume

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The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman in The Favourite (2018)

Release Date: December 21st
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring:
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Plot: Set in early 18th century England, Queen Anne and Lady Sarah occupy the throne. When a new servant, Emma Stone (disguised as Abigail), arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Why it’s good: I will admit I have a huge bias towards Emma Stone. I could go on about how fabulous she is. Anyway, The Favourite is phenomenally written, well performed, well shot, and hilarious.
Interesting Fact: The wigs had their own trailer.
Best Line:

Abigail: “Can I ask you something?”
Lady Sarah: “As long as you are aware that I have a gun.”

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Original Screenplay, Emma Stone Supporting Actress, Production Design, Cinematography

Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018)

 

Suspiria

Suspiria (2018)

Release Date: November 2nd
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring:
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton
Plot: At a popular dance company, some really fucked up shit is hidden within the people that run it.
Why it’s good: Extravagant cinematography, an eerie mystery, a daunting atmosphere, fantastic performances, deep symbolism worthy of exploring, and an absolutely insane climax.
Interesting Fact: In an interview with Elle magazine, actress Dakota Johnson revealed the intensity of the shoot had…”fucked [her] up so much that [she] had to go to therapy.”
Best Line: “Why is everyone so ready to think the worst is over?”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Cinematography

Suspiria (2018)

 

Roma

Release Date: November 21st
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring:
Yalitza Aparicio
Plot: A year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Why it’s good: A very personal story told through beautiful cinematography with great directing and performances.
Interesting Fact: The film is dedicated to “Libo,” who is the family servant on which the central character was based.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: All of them

Yalitza Aparicio in Roma (2018)

 

Honorable Mentions

The following movies were not good enough to make the “Best” list but were good enough to at least mention.

Annihilation

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Release Date: February 23rd
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Plot: After a meteor hits the Earth, a team of scientists is sent to investigate.
Why it’s good: The visuals, atmosphere, and mystery are done well enough to keep one interested.
Why it didn’t make the list: The dialogue and writing are really wonky.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Release Date: July 6th
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña
Plot: Ant-man is back to save the world, with a little help.
Why it’s good: Ant-man 2 brings all the comedy, action, and familiar faces just like the first one gave us.
Why it didn’t make the list: I seriously forgot this movie existed. I mean, let’s be honest. The only reasons we wanted to see this was for more MCU lore, and (Infinity War Spoiler) to see who gets dusted at the end.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Nah

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Black Panther

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Release Date: February 16th
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett
Plot: After the death of his father, T’Challa goes back to Wakanda to take the throne.
Why it’s good: More MCU super-hero action, and Killmonger is the second best MCU villain.
Why it didn’t make the list: This movie almost made the list, but when I watched it for the 2nd time, it just felt… off. I caught myself thinking about some of the weird plot details, like what was the real point of the opening scene?, the CGI was still questionable, and it feels like a majority of the other movies.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Visual Effects, Director, (There may even be a campaign for) Best Picture

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Black 47

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Release Date: September 28th
Director: Lance Daly
Starring: Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville
Plot: During the Great Famine in Ireland, a soldier deserts the British army to return home to Ireland only to discover that his mother and brother have died. When he finds out the British were to blame, something snaps, sending Feeney on a rampage of revenge.
Why it’s good: A dark and gritty action movie set during a dark time in Ireland along with a lot of familiar faces make for a nice revenge movie to enjoy on a rainy day.
Why it didn’t make the list: It was very predictable.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Nah

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Release Date: June 29th
Director: Stefano Sollima
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
Plot: More misadventures following Matt Graver and Alejandro.
Why it’s good: We get more shenanigans of Brolin and Del Toro filled with more twists and turns.
Why it didn’t make the list: The same reason this was on the border of being put on the “Disappointments” list, a very poorly written ending.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Nah

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First Man

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Release Date: October 12th
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler
Plot: Remember that whole “moon” thing back in 1969? Yeah, that.
Why it’s good: It focuses more on Neil and the people around him rather than the moon landing itself.
Why it didn’t make the list: I’m always biased against history movies, and Ryan’s performance of Neil felt very bland (Unless, of course, Neil was actually that bland of a person.).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Screenplay, Ryan Gosling Lead Actor

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Release Date: May 25th
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover
Plot: The origin of ya boi Han Solo.
Why it’s good: More Star Wars action and adventure with great visual effects and lots of familiar faces.
Why it didn’t make the list: Don’t think about it too much, just sit back, and enjoy the visuals.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Visual Effects

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Chappaquiddick

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Release Date: April 6th
Director: John Curran
Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms
Plot: Apparently, a senator in 1969 was involved in a car crash that killed his presidential campaign officer… and they tried to cover up his involvement?
Why it’s good: A nice history movie about something I never knew happened, and Jason Clarke does a phenomenal performance as Ted Kennedy.
Why it didn’t make the list: The atmosphere and pacing felt off, and I know politicians can be stupid sometimes, but I had a hard time believing someone can be as stupid as Ted Kennedy.
Best Line: “This isn’t about opportunity, this is about integrity.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Jason Clarke Lead Actor, Make-Up

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Early Man

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Release Date: February 16th
Director: Nick Park
Starring:  Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams
Plot: A tribe during the Stone Age must protect their home from a tyrant… by beating them in a soccer game?
Why it’s good: From the same studio as Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, we get yet another visually pleasing, funny, and overall good time, if you don’t think about it too much.
Why it didn’t make the list: Very generic, and a plot that doesn’t really fit.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:
Nah

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Upgrade

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Release Date: June 1st
Director: Leigh Whannell
Starring:  Logan Marshall-Green
Plot: In the future, a man is implemented with a nano-AI bug that allows him to move, after he became a paraplegic from a car crash.
Why it’s good: Well paced, cool music, a nice twist at the end, and some dark and comedic moments.
Why it didn’t make the list: Logan Marshall-Green’s performance was pretty good, but the delivery of some of his lines could have been better.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: 
Nah

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

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Release Date: June 29th
Director: Morgan Neville
Starring: Fred Rogers
Plot: The life of the legendary Mr. Rogers.
Why it’s good: We get a worthy tribute to Mr. Rogers.
Why it didn’t make the list: When I watch documentaries, I want it to be about something exciting. While this was an interesting look into the world of Mr. Rogers, nothing super extraordinary happened.
Best Line: “You don’t ever have to do anything sensational, for people to love you.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
Coffee Sip Score™: 9/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Documentary

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

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Release Date: November 16th
Director: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Jude Law
Plot: The continuing adventures of Newt Scamander and friends.
Why it’s good: We get to enjoy more of the Wizarding World. What else needs to be said? The CGI has improved, Jude Law is great as Albus Dumbledore, we get to go back to Hogwarts for a few scenes, and there are more easter eggs.
Why it didn’t make the list: The writing definitely suffered, some scenes did not need to happen, and I’m worried that they’ll get mixed up in their own lore (as I usually do for series that run this long).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

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Creed II

Michael B. Jordan in Creed II (2018)

Release Date: November 21st
Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Tessa Thompson
Plot: Ivan Drago is still pissed he lost against Rocky 30 years ago.
Why it’s good: It’s more of the same heartwarming shit, pumped up training montages, and evil Russians. A strong start that pays homage to the first one, adequate character development, a well-crafted final fight, and the Drago duo are genuinely intimidating and borderline frightening.
Why it didn’t make the list: It’s more of the same shit, Ivan Drago’s motive is kind of stupid, Creed’s ego was a little annoying, and they don’t say a single thing about Rocky’s cancer. (Like, seriously? That was a major plot point in the last one. All you literally at the least needed to do was say something along the lines of, “Ever since you/I beat your/my cancer…” or “I’m still sick…”.)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Nah

Michael B. Jordan and Florian Munteanu in Creed II (2018)

 

Robin Hood

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Release Date: November 21st
Director: Otto Bathurst
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson
Plot: It’s a Robin Hood movie.
Why it’s good: Don’t dwell too much on every aspect and plot point. It’s fun, it’s generic, it’s got an exciting soundtrack, and the cinematography and slow-motion moments were pretty nice. Just sit back, relax, turn your brain off, and enjoy the action.
Why it didn’t make the list: It’s another Robin Hood movie. The writing was about as good as you’d expect, the performances suffered, and they must’ve spent all their money on Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton which would explain the crappy visual effects.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%
Coffee Sip Score™: 7/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: lol no

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You Were Never Really Here

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Release Date: April 6th
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix
Plot: Oh boy… um… A traumatized man with a daunting past tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Why it’s good: Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is incredible and the soundtrack is upbeat and eerie.
Why it didn’t make the list: It can be a snoozefest and hard to follow at times, but definitely worth a re-watch.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Joaquin Phoenix Lead Actor, Original Screenplay, Original Score

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Fahrenheit 11/9

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Release Date: September 21st
Director: Michael Moore
Plot: What do you think?
Why it’s good: Michael Moore is a goofball and provides us yet another insightful look into how fucked up everything is.
Why it didn’t make the list: Only watch this if you wanna feel like shit and scared for the future.
Interesting Fact: Everything that is talked about in this documentary is real. Yes. Seriously.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Documentary

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A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018)

Release Date: October 5th
Director: Bradley Cooper
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
Plot: A musician helps a young singer find fame.
Why it’s good: A talented cast, an adorable doggo, and Lady Gaga’s singing voice is genuinely soothing.
Why it didn’t make the list: The pacing in the first half was lightspeed, what was the point of literally every character that weren’t the two protagonists, and I just didn’t like Jack.
Interesting Fact: Bradley Cooper said that Lady Gaga was the one who convinced him they should sing live. Gaga said she hated watching movies where the actors were not lip-syncing correctly to the songs, and to avoid this and get it right they needed to sing live for the film. This was what caused Cooper to get more extensive vocal training.
Best Line: “Look, talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you’ll never know. That’s just the truth.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
Coffee Sip Score™: 8/10
Oscar Odds ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: I didn’t care for this, but it will probably be nominated for everything.

 

“Eh, It Was Fine”

The following titles are ones that I didn’t experience anything memorable or were straight up forgetful. These movies weren’t great, but also weren’t terrible. They were just fine, nothing to rave about.

  • Revenge
  • Unsane
  • Mom and Dad
  • The Endless
  • The Meg
  • Skyscraper
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  • Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
  • Leave No Trace
  • Borg vs McEnroe
  • Mile 22
  • Ready Player One
  • Den of Thieves
  • The Death of Stalin
  • The Equalizer 2
  • Rampage
  • Tomb Raider
  • The Catcher was a Spy
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Operation Finale
  • 12 Strong
  • Gotti (Borderline Hot Garbage)
  • Instant Family
  • The Possession of Hannah Grace
  • The Front Runner
  • Molly’s Game
  • The Clovehitch Killer
  • The Little Stranger
  • Possum
  • 7 Days in Entebbe
  • What Keeps You Alive
  • The Commuter
  • Uncle Drew
  • Once Upon A Deadpool (It’s literally Deadpool 2… but censored.)
  • American Animals
  • The Rider
  • McQueen
  • Alpha
  • Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
  • The Party
  • Aquaman
  • Holmes & Watson
  • Eighth Grade
  • Teen Titans Go to the Movies
  • Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)
  • A Ciambra
  • The Cakemaker
  • I Am Not A Witch
  • Johnny English Strikes Again
  • Cold War
  • RBG
  • Beast
  • The Old Man & The Gun
  • They Shall Not Grow Old
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Night Comes On
  • Wildlife
  • Dark River
  • The Other Side of the Wind
  • The Wife
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  • First Reformed
  • The Death of Superman
  • Christopher Robin
  • At Eternity’s Gate
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • Free Solo
  • Border
  • Shoplifters

Disappointments

These movies were ones that I was hoping would be great, but ended up not meeting expectations. And I put them in their own category instead of Hot Garbage because I want people to know I had high hopes for these, and I was let down. And I’m sad about it.

 

Hot Garbage

The following titles are ones that I found to be very bad, mentally damaging, and/or boring, and I absolutely do not recommend them.

  • Truth or Dare
  • The Nun
  • The Strangers 2
  • Hell Fest
  • Feral
  • The First Purge
  • Our House
  • Dead Night
  • Us and Them
  • The Lullaby
  • The Cured
  • Don’t Leave Home
  • Pyewacket
  • Unfriended: Dark Web
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (These are meant to be stupid though.)
  • Summer of ’84
  • The Cloverfield Paradox
  • Slender Man
  • Blood Fest
  • Inside
  • Love, Simon
  • Ocean’s 8
  • The Hurricane Heist
  • The Predator
  • The Ranger
  • Hotel Artemis
  • Goosebumps 2
  • Siberia
  • The 15:17 to Paris
  • Mountain
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Mohawk
  • Where is Kyra?
  • The Happy Prince
  • Breath
  • Gemini
  • Night School
  • The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
  • Mary Queen of Scots

 

The Final Tally

Best: 28
Honorable Mentions: 17
Eh, It Was Fine: 72
Disappointments: 8
Hot Garbage: 39

Total: 164

Honest Consensus (My opinion): This year had its ups and downs. Some movies almost made me fall asleep (Hell Fest, The Strangers 2, Slender Man), some made me cringe so hard I shit myself (Ocean’s 8, Love, Simon, The 15:17 to Paris), some gave me brain cancer (Truth or Dare, The Predator, The Hurricane Heist, Pyewacket), some were so bad I couldn’t finish them (Feral, Hotel Artemis, The Ranger), some were straight up forgettable (The Catcher was a Spy, Ant-Man 2), and some had me very excited, but were utterly disappointing (Mortal Engines, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Bad Times at the El Royale, Halloween). Luckily though, this year’s highs were HIGH. I witnessed some of the wildest shit I’ve seen in recent memory (Sorry to Bother You, Mandy, Hereditary), Superhero movies continue to dominate the box office, and show no signs of stopping soon (Infinity War, Spiderverse, Aquaman, Deadpool 2), horror had some big hits that give hope to the future of the genre (Hereditary, Mandy, Possum), women and minorities (you know what I mean) stood out with some of the most badass and hilarious stories I’ve seen in a while (Sorry to Bother You, BlacKKKlansman, Widows), I was astounded by some of the historical films along with documentaries about things I never knew happened (Three Identical Strangers, The Post, Chappaquiddick), studios proved you can make a great comedy if you put actual effort into it (Tag, Blindspotting, Blockers, Game Night), and the race for the Best Animated Feature Oscar is going to be close (Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Spiderverse).

 

Some Of The (Big) Ones I Missed

I will try to watch as many of these as I can next year. But with a new year, means 500+ new movies. So, I will finalize this list at the end of February (after the Oscar nominations announcements, I will know which ones to focus on); after that, I will cease to update it.

  • Tea With The Dames
  • In Between
  • Science Fair
  • Blaze
  • 24 Frames
  • Loveless
  • The Guardians
  • Custody
  • Western
  • Private Life
  • Filmworker
  • Foxtrot
  • Journey’s End
  • Monrovia, Indiana
  • Kusama: Infinity
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • A Prayer Before the Movies
  • Lean on Pete
  • Support the Girls
  • Burning
  • Nico, 1988
  • Hal
  • We The Animals
  • Scotty and the Secret History

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