10. A Star is Born
A Star is Born is a remake of the Barbara Streisand movie by the same name and it is directed by Bradley Cooper and stars Lady Gaga in the main role. This movie offers them both a chance to shine and they’re amazing together. Lady Gaga has never impressed in anything she has ever done, acting-wise, but here she’s incredible. Clearly, Bradley Cooper catered the role around her and you can tell why he put her in this movie but she did a wonderful job. Bradley Cooper is also really good in the movie and not everyone can do both jobs but he directed a really emotional and compelling film even though it can drag at times and be a bit familiar. A star is born is still a great movie and one that might even win best picture.
Searching is a movie that could have gone south the minute it started but it was actually an extremely well crafted thriller about a father who is searching for his missing daughter with the help of her social media. The entire film takes place on a laptop camera and while you’d think that this method of filmmaking could become old after ten minutes it’s remarkable what the director could accomplish with this movie. It’s suspenseful, it’s incredibly well acted by John Chow, it’ s heartfelt and not too long, which is great for a premise like this. My only gripe with it is that it’s a little too farfetched at times, especially the ending but that’s okay, it doesn’t ruin the rest of the experience.
8. Bad times at the El Royale
This is by far the most tragically underrated movie of 2018 and I don’t blame anyone for skipping it out on it. The marketing wasn’t particularly interesting and I saw this one because someone I knew told me it was great. Drew Goddard directed the shit out of this film. There are fantastic performances, most notably Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo (who has a fantastic voice) who both steal every scene they are in. I wasn’t huge on Cabin in the Woods, but this movie blew me away. It was a great crime drama, Tarantino style, but also with a little of Agatha Christie thrown in. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, please check it out. Its well worth you’re time.
7. Mission Impossible: Fallout
MI6 Fallout was everything that I wanted it to be. I’m a huge Mission Impossible fan and I was really hoping that this sixth installment would be as good if not better than the rest. This movie is awesome and such a fun action film that’s better than most of the other ones including James Bond. Tom Cruise can do whatever he wants and I’ll be there opening night to watch it. The entire supporting cast is amazing and their chemistry is fantastic. All the action scenes are extremely exciting, well done and beautifully shot. There is nothing else that I ask for in an action film. MI6 has got it all.
6. A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place was a really deep emotional suspense science-fiction/horror film that had great performances and top notched direction from John Krasinki. His wife Emily Blunt is also terrific in the film along with the child actors who both did a terrific job. The creature designs were great, the story was compelling even though there was no dialogue and the ending was perfect on its own and while I hope that the sequel doesn’t ruin things, this movie was perfectly great on its own.
The best horror film of the year by a mile, Hereditary offered something new to horror fans and fans of just great entertainment period. It was dark, sinister, extremely suspenseful and it’s got the most shocking scene I’ve witnessed in a movie all year. Toni Collette a deserves best actress nomination (and a win) for her role. The entire cast was terrific. It was an incredible experience seeing this one in the theater and it is truly a great movie that will mark it’s place in the horror genre… even with that mind-boggling, crazy conclusion.
4. Creed 2
Creed 2 was everything I wanted out of the Creed legacy. It was emotional, heartfelt and the characters are what drives this story. Rocky takes a back seat and this is Creed’s journey, as he must defend his father’s honor by defeating Draco’s son in the ring. This movie gave the perfect ending to the Creed and Rocky franchise, so I’m really not interested in seeing more, especially now that Stallone has said that he’s out as Rocky. The ending was perfect and it wrapped up everything in an extremely satisfying way.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Black Panther? Which was a movie I did not have much interest in seeing but went anyway because it was Marvel. I was so shocked coming out of how much Ryan Coogler directed the shit out of this movie. It was brilliantly executed; it embraced the African culture; showed Hollywood diversity and it gave us some wonderful characters that have become some of my favorite heroes in the Marvel universe. Shuri, Okaye, Nakia are all badass female characters and are all a big reason why this movie works so well. Michael B. Jordan gave such a great performance as Killmonger and Chadwick Boseman was just amazing as T’challa. Such a great movie, from beginning to end.
2.Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War was the best movie experience I’ve had during the entire year and I did not expect it to be as good as it was. It blew every expectations I had and even offered some things I never expected: surprises, amazing action set pieces, a memorable villain, an earth-shattering final act and a perfect balancing of my favorite MCU characters all brought together in one cinematic experience. This movie was satisfying in every way and it’s almost impossible for Avengers: Endgame to top it. Good luck.
Roma is a movie I knew nothing about before the day of it’s release on Netflix. I popped it on and I was blown away by what Alfonso Cueron accomplished. It was brilliantly told and masterfully directed and the performances are top notched. It feels like a personal story for the director, something that you can’t help but think off while you’re watching the film. And it is a very sad and emotionally drowning movie but one that will make you appreciate the power of film. It’s by far my favorite Alfanso Cueron movie to date, and I’m not even the biggest fan of the director. Roma blew me away.