2018 Topby erikoksman | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Listing personal favourites from the year 2018
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1. Roma (2018)
R | 135 min | Drama
A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Beautiful in the every sense of it. A modern classic.
2. Annihilation (2018)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
Votes: 264,274 | Gross: $32.73M
A truly masterful script with great directing. There are some flaws like awkward dialogue but the wonderful tone and ideas make it an unforgettable experience.
3. First Man (2018)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Votes: 152,627 | Gross: $44.94M
With the perfect pacing, this movie creates one of the most powerful scenes in recent years.
4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.
Multiple short stories, some more interesting than others but the way the all relate to one another is great. // Some stories are more interesting than others, but all of them are certainly entertaining. The directing is so good that pretty much every character is relatable or entertaining with minimal exposition. I think the filmmakers used the narrative decision to have plenty of seemingly unrelated stories very well by all of them handling similar themes in drastic tones. It's also just very nice to look and listen to as the technical qualities are top notch.
5. Sorry to Bother You (2018)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
Votes: 54,607 | Gross: $17.49M
The idea behind it is wonderful and entertaining throughout. I feel like it was slightly under lit as the colors were really beautiful and even more quirky style would have benefited it even more. I feel like some important scenes may have been edited out and as a consequence the narrative doesn't feel like it flows smoothly. The performances were great.
6. Green Book (2018)
PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Votes: 323,729 | Gross: $85.08M
Both main characters are enjoyable and the humour is great. Predictable plot holds it down a bit.
7. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
R | 119 min | Drama, Romance
A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.
Votes: 37,193 | Gross: $14.92M
So spectacular visually. My own expectations held it down a bit, but I'm sure i'll enjoy it even more on a re-watch.
8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.
Votes: 318,827 | Gross: $190.24M
Superb animating. The characters are funny and the idea of having multiple versions of the same characters is smart.
9. 6 Balloons (2018)
TV-MA | 74 min | Drama
A woman (Jacobson) learns her brother (Franco) has relapsed on heroin.
Super difficult to find anything to enjoy about it. It is so raw and feels so disgusting that it really has a punch. The visualization of the drowning perhaps felt a bit unnecessary.
10. A Twelve-Year Night (2018)
TV-MA | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we... See full summary »
It experiments a lot to make the movie feel interesting which I appreciate a lot. The performances are great and so is the cinematography. The lenght of it was a bit too much for me on the first viewing.
11. Private Life (2018)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama
An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.
A movie that I could appreciate even though the subject matter made it hard to relate to. Suberbly acted and very funny.
12. At Eternity's Gate (2018)
PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama
A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
Votes: 24,779 | Gross: $2.29M
Quite unique visually and great performance from Dafoe, ultimately left me wanting for more.
13. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)
TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary
In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.
Interesting documentary about a very interesting man and his interesting project.
14. Black Panther (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
Votes: 582,263 | Gross: $700.06M
Pretty decent superhero movie that gives the viewer *something* to chew on. Still quite cliched and some awful CGI in some scenes.
15. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.
Votes: 272,872 | Gross: $220.16M
Simply put: The action scenes are incredible, the rest of it is dull. Why does this movie have to be so long? The characters are all shallow and the whole movie incredibly formulaic. Some of the twists are actually surprising but not all. Also, the viewer is forced let go of their suspension of disbelief in a way that is not rewarding. As I said, the action scenes are superb, although the constant aspect ratio switching is quite annoying.
16. Creed II (2018)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Sport
Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.
Votes: 96,519 | Gross: $115.72M
Quite formulaic fighting movie that makes the viewer feel the punches.
17. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
Votes: 270,992 | Gross: $213.77M
Despite being set in an interesting universe, uninteresting movie about a character that should be more interesting.
18. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
Votes: 248,594 | Gross: $417.72M
Brainless action offers some brainless fun.
19. The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
R | 122 min | Drama
A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.
A movie, that admittedly was too much to chew on at the time of watching. Very unique way of storytelling.
20. Black Tide (2018)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The disappearance of a boy sends an alcoholic cop on the track of a suspicious teacher while falling for the grieving mother.
Quite underwhelming movie despite Cassel being a commanding presence.
21. Deadpool 2 (2018)
R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.
Votes: 451,193 | Gross: $324.59M
Feels too samey to its predecessor. Some fun gags sprinkled throughout.
22. Mortal Engines (2018)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.
Votes: 94,736 | Gross: $15.95M
Laughable at times, you would wish this movie was better since the basic idea behind it is quite smart.
23. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.
Votes: 202,801 | Gross: $159.56M
Despite having likeable cast, the structure of this film is like thin ice.
24. Bird Box (2018)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
A movie that could have been decent falls short on pretty much every aspect.
25. Beirut (2018)
R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.
Votes: 17,577 | Gross: $5.02M
I think the script is too complicated and full of not so interesting twist and turns with shallow characters, the direction is unsure whether it wants to be realistic or witty and stylistic, the editing makes the people talking to one another feel unauthentic and the cinematography is truly awful with almost every scene being underexposed. The performances were all right and I know there is a good story underneath all my complaints.
26. The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
TV-MA | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen, sending him down a path of reckless and shameful behavior.
The script is quite interesting at times and the performances are quite decent but the direction and the edting especially make it feel unpleasant.
27. Fahrenheit 451 (2018)
TV-14 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a terrifying care-free future, a young man, Guy Montag, whose job as a fireman is to burn all books, questions his actions after meeting a young woman - and begins to rebel against society.
Absolutely horrendous attempt to modernize a classic piece of art.
28. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.
Votes: 126,203 | Gross: $174.53M
Extremely shallow, impressively unfunny with unbelievable characters. The conflict of cultural values was somewhat interesting, it looks very professional and the sets are gorgeous.
29. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.
Votes: 26,963 | Gross: $36.25M
A movie that should not be a movie. Bout one hour too long, perhaps could work as a short.
30. Les Unwanted de Europa (2018)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, History
The film retraces the events of a trail in the Pyrenees, which fleeing fascism that was infecting the heart of Europe. Catalans and internationalist militants fleeing the Franco regime ... See full summary »
Some very pretty shots and one good conversation. The rest of it is a bore-fest in which I had no idea what I should be trying to get out of the movie.
31. The Mule (2018)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.
Votes: 96,680 | Gross: $103.80M
I hated every single character, I felt it all so pretentious and was just waiting for it to end.
32. Aquaman (2018)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.
Votes: 338,104 | Gross: $335.06M
The thing I hate absolutely most about this movie is that it acknowleges how stupid it is, yet expects the audience to take it seriously. I also thougth it looked garbage par an interestingly shot fighting scene and neat underwater scene.