Lists

Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2018

Are you actually kidding me? I’ve done 8 of these lists now, you’d think I would have become hardened to only picking the very best movies that I truly loved. I should have it down to a cold-hearted process, right? I just counted my starter list for 2018, and it has 21 movies on it. 21! That’s not including a lot of movies I really enjoyed but knew they weren’t quite Top 10 material. I have to cut this list in half, and chop another off after that.

Maybe 2018 was a fantastic year for movies, but it’s maybe more down to me re-finding my love for this little hobby of mine after losing myself at the start of the year. Either way, this is going to be tough. Here goes nothing. You can find my other lists here.

2018 Movies Watched: 84
Movies that just missed out: Bandersnatch, Bird Box, The Favourite, Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One, A Quiet Place, Game Night, Love Simon, American Animals

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#10 BlacKkKlansman

I knew what to expect about a movie where an African American cop teams up with a Jewish cop to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, but I didn’t think it would be so entertaining. Come for the important message, stay for the performances.

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#9 Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Watching this movie was never on my agenda until Melissa McCarthy started getting nominations left, right and centre for it. I’m very love her or hate her with McCarthy but she was incredible here, and Richard E. Grant is a delight too. It’s a story that some might find a bit dry but I was enthralled.

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#8 Hereditary

Hereditary was the first movie I went to see by myself with my shiny new Odeon card. I must have been mad, but it was a great experience. I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending but there are scenes in that movie that still bug me and haunt me, and they always will!

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#7 Widows

Badass women doing badass things – count me in. Viola Davs is absolutely terrifying in Widows, I 100% would not want to be on her bad side. There are bound to be some copycat style movies following this, but Widows will remain the original and best.

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#6 Ant-Man and the Wasp

Look – I don’t know what to tell you. I’m sure this is at the bottom of everyone’s favourite MCU movies but there was something about Ant-Man and the Wasp that struck a chord with me. It’s funny, it’s got great action scenes and it’s just…wholesome.

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#5 Green Book

Green Book is another of those movies I would have skipped if I didn’t make a habit of watching all the Best Picture nominees. I know it wasn’t a popular winner but I loved it. The story was engaging, the message powerful, and it had a surprising number of funny moments. I’m still a little mad Mahershala Ali was considered a Supporting Actor rather than Lead Actor, though.

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#4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

So the internet decided that Into the Spider-Verse was the best Spider-Man movie ever made. I thought there was no way that could be true, but there’s only one way to find out. Turns out, the internet was right! From the stylish animation, to the smart story, funny one-liners and characters that should be annoying but aren’t, I loved every minute of this.

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#3 A Simple Favor

A comedy/mystery movie directed by Paul Feig and starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively is like, right up there on my list of dream movies. There was no way I wasn’t going to love A Simple Favor. It’s stylish, sexy and mysterious, and although it gets way too over the top at the end, it’s a wild ride.

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#2 A Star Is Born

I’ve listened to the soundtrack from A Star Is Born countless times since watching the movie, but I’m yet to bring myself to actually rewatch it. It’s such a beautifully painful story, but ugh, my heart hasn’t recovered quite yet.

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#1 Searching

An odd choice, I admit, but let me explain. I love movies that bring something a little different to the table. All scenes in Searching are through a screen, be it a laptop, mobile, CCTV, FaceTime. That alone makes it great in my eyes. The cherry on the top is a simply brilliant mystery story that twists and turns constantly, with a hugely satisfying conclusion. Love it.

Lists

Top 10 Best Movies of 2018

Last week I posted my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2018, and this week I’m back with the best of the year! As I said in my other post, for the first time ever I’m using the general release dates so as not to cause confusion. The only problem is a lot of the Award-winning movies are January and February 2019 releases here in the UK and so I haven’t seen them yet. Still, it’s a good reason to revisit the list later in the year!

Maybe it’s because I’ve had a lot of cinema trips this year (thanks to my ODEON Limitless membership) but I had a really tough time cutting my list down to just 10! All round, I think 2018 has been a pretty great year for movies.

Honourable mentions, the movies that just missed my list are: Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2, Love Simon, Hereditary, BlacKkKlansman, Game Night, First Man and The Favourite. I also very nearly included Bird Box and Bandersnatch because I downright loved them, but they’re such recent watches that I wonder if I’ll feel the same in a few months time.

But without further ado, here are what I consider the Top 10 Best Movies of 2018:

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#10 Ocean’s Eight

I haven’t seen the other Ocean’s movies so I had nothing to compare it to, but Ocean’s Eight was so much fun there’s no way I could leave it out. That opening scene of Sandra Bullock shoplifting is just everything.

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#9 Ready Player One

It feels like years since I read the book and so the wait for the Ready Player One movie was painful. A lot may have been changed for the movie adaption but I was really impressed with how true to the book the characters were.

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#8 American Animals

This was the first movie I saw as part of ODEON’s Screen Unseen, whereby they play a movie before it’s release, but don’t tell you what the movie is until it begins. I’d never even heard of American Animals and perhaps it helped, but it was an incredible true story.

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#7 A Quiet Place

You guys, I watched this in the cinema! Little old me, terrified of horror movies. Anyway, it’s probably the start of an onslaught of copycats (Bird Box was based on a book – just throwing it out there), but A Quiet Place will remain as the fantastic original.

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#6 Upgrade

What a surprise this movie was! It was thanks to the bloggers that I watched this, otherwise I would never have even heard of it. Just a really well-done Sci-Fi movie with a great twist.

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#5 Ant-Man and the Wasp

I don’t know what it is about this particular Marvel movie but I’ve seen it 3 times now and it’s actually my favourite solo-hero Marvel movie of all at the moment. It’s just my perfect mix of humour and action, and not forgetting the loveable Paul Rudd!

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#4 Avengers: Infinity War

Speaking of Marvel movies…Ii didn’t get to see Infinity War until it had already been out for at least 2 weeks, and somehow I avoided all spoilers, which is incredible really considering all the memes out there. Nothing can beat experiencing the click of Thanos’ fingers for the first time.

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#3 A Simple Favor

Oh my god this movie. I so, so nearly made this my number 1 choice. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are absolute legends in this twisted, hilarious and sexy tale. Why did I never find Mums like them at the baby groups I went to?!

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#2 A Star is Born

This was one of those movies I’d already fallen in love with from the first trailer. The soundtrack is incredible, the story is beautiful and Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga made me cry several times.

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#1 Searching

An odd choice, I admit, but let me explain. I love movies that bring something a little different to the table. All scenes in Searching are through a screen, be it a laptop, mobile, CCTV, FaceTime. That alone makes it great in my eyes. The cherry on the top is a simply brilliant mystery story that twists and turns constantly, with a hugely satisfying conclusion. Love it.

Movie Reviews

Searching (2018)

searching-movie-poster-review-2018Director: Aneesh Chaganty

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Main Cast: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, Sara Sohn, Thomas Barbusca

Plot: David’s sixteen-year-old daughter doesn’t come home after study group one night, and also doesn’t show up to school the next day. After doing some searching himself, he files a missing persons report with the police and continues the search with them using his daughter’s laptop and social media. The more he hunts the more he realises – he didn’t even really know his daughter well.

My Thoughts: I was so HYPED to see this movie. If I could describe the kind of movie I would happily watch for the rest of my life, it’s this. A mystery with a gripping story, plenty of twists and turns along the way, and a genuinely surprising ending. I love when movies like this are done well, because I become so engaged with the story and the characters that I don’t find myself playing detective and trying to work it out myself.

The other fascinating element of Searching is the way that it’s shot. The entire movie is seen through a screen – what I mean is that the only time you see any of the characters is through FaceTime, CCTV footage, and webcams. It’s so well done, and really helps with the mystery of it all because we only know what David knows. I’m not certain I’d like to see many more movies shot this way because it could turn into a gimmick very quickly, but it works so well for this.

I’m just gutted that as a movie it doesn’t seem to have had a very wide reach. Most people I’ve spoken to (in real life) have no idea this movie exists, and even though I went to see it within days of it’s UK release, I was 1 of only 3 people in the whole room. Please, please see this movie if it sounds like something you would enjoy!

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Best Bit: That moment towards the end where all of the confusing elements suddenly made sense. If I was watching at home and not out in public I would have had a noticeably more audible reaction.

Worst Bit: I wasn’t expecting the opening 5 minutes to hit me so hard in the feels! That needs to be a warning in the BBFC ratings screen, man!

Fun Trivia: The film took just thirteen days to shoot. However, it took two years to make due to the prep, editing and animating.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Macbooks. I did have a witty joke as per usual but I wanted to keep this post as spoiler-free as possible!

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