2018 is in the rear view, but we haven’t finished talking about it just yet. If you caught our Best of the Best of 2018 episode of Geek Hard last Friday, you got to hear my (as well as the rest of the GH panel’s) Top 5 Picks for the best films to grace screens of various sizes. Here now is my picks for the Ten Best Movies of 2018. There’s been a lot of great stuff that’s come out this past year but only so many can be touted as the best. So let’s take a look at my picks:
#10 – Bad Times At The El Royale
A modern take on a classic set up. Set in 1969, a group of strangers, each with something they’re trying to hide, check into the El Royale hotel. By the end of the night, each of them reveal what they’ve been hiding and all hell breaks loose in the process. It’s a wild ride and features some great performances from some familiar faces. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in entertainment value.
#9 – Widows
Four women pull off a heist to pay back the debt left by their dead, criminal husbands. A simple premise. Add on some interesting character layers, a history of betrayal, and an election for alderman in the south side of Chicago as a backdrop and you’ve got a very interesting film indeed. Viola Davis gives one of the best performances of her career. Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell and Elizabeth Debicki also give amazing supporting performances in this intense little heist movie. Steve McQueen does it again!
#8 – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
We all knew that Mr. Rogers was the nicest man that ever lived. Now there’s a documentary that proves it. Looking back on the personal life and legendary career of the iconic childen’s television host, this film makes you want to be a better person. It also puts some stupid and incorrect rumours to bed. I dare you to watch this film and not tear up just a little.
#7 – Thoroughbreds
How do you rekindle a friendship that you thought was dead? Conspire to kill someone, that’s how! The story of two upper-class teens who hatch a plan to kill one of their stepfathers is a dark comedy filled with enticing performances and rapier wit. Anya Taylor Joy and Olivia Cooke have amazing chemistry and the supporting turn from Anton Yelchin (unfortunately, his last) steals all the scenes he’s featured. It’s dark but a lot of fun.
#6 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Arguably the best Spider-Man film ever made….and there’s been a lot of Spidey films made in the past decade, so that’s saying something. Aside from having a stellar voice cast and an interesting story, this movie over delivers with animation that transcends the medium. A true all-ages film, this movie keeps the kids enthralled while delivering some great comedy and drama for the adults. Examine your personal biases, grab a bagel, and give this one a watch.
#5 – Sorry To Bother You?
A satire that pulls no punches when commenting on racial tension, class war, social media and capitalist greed. The funniest film of 2018, hands down. A young man living in an alternate Oakland plans to get ahead in the world of telemarketing. How does he do it? By using his “white guy” voice. This one move takes him up the corporate ladder that may eventually kill him. The true secrets of success are pretty scary….and pretty damn funny.
#4 – Black Panther
You thought you knew what a superhero film was. You were wrong. Black Panther showed that you can make a James Bond film and mash it up with a civil war that touches on the obstacles of privilege and toxic masculinity and still have a hit movie! Set against the backdrop of a hidden kingdom steeped in tradition, this hero’s journey outshone it’s Infinity War neighbor. Wakanda Forever!
#3 – A Quiet Place
The most surprising film I’ve seen all year. John Krasinski brought us a horror film filled with elements of mystery, science fiction and family drama. A family living in a post-apocalyptic world must keep alive by not making a sound. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire running time of this film. It’s intense and heartwarming all at once.
#2 – American Animals
Based on a true story, this film is the textbook for what NOT to do when committing a robbery. Four college students attempt to steal collection of rare books to sell overseas for millions of dollars. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything. The movie features interviews with the actual, real-life robbers, their families and their victims. Another fun heist movie where you’re both rooting for the bad guys and marveling at their stupidity.
#1 – Hearts Beat Loud
Music can be magic. That is the case with Hearts Beat Loud. A touching movie dealing with letting go, this is the story of a father and daughter who record a great song that both brings them together and pushes them apart. When changes come, it’s hard to accept. This film shows that while it’s scary to move on with your life, you don’t necessarily have to give up. You just have to figure out how to make this new life work. Kiersey Clemons and Nick Offerman give amazing performances. Ted Danson also has a few great scenes as well. The best word I can find to explain this film is magic!
So there you have it. My picks for the Ten Best Movies of 2018. Let me know what your picks are by leaving a comment
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