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Happy New Year, everybody! Hope everyone had a great one! Bonus brownie points if you stayed safe. Hope everyone’s geared up for the next 365 days and those New Years Resolutions that you’ll never commit to. Unless… you’re serious about that stuff, then go git ‘em, tiger! Show those resolutions who’s boss! But I’m not here to be an inspiration, I’m here to give 2018 a wave goodbye by looking back on the best and my favorite films of the year.

It should probably be worth noting that I’m changing a couple things up this year. One, I changed the title to this list. Even my narcissism was bugging the crap out of me. Two, some movies will make this list, and they may be controversial, even by my standards. In the sense that my Top 10 list will not just have 5/5 movies. I’ll be including two 4/5 movies as well, simply for the impact they left in my mind. So let’s kick things off.

As per usual, this is just a list composed of my opinions. If you agree or disagree, then that’s awesome. But don’t lose your heads if you disagree.

This is my Honest Top 10 favorite and best films of 2018!

#10 – READY PLAYER ONE

And here’s my first 4/5 movie. The story is about a post-apocalypse future where most everyone is broke as shit and their only measure of escapism is the OASIS, a virtual reality game where you can do anything and be anyone from pop-culture of the past, and the world is going crazy over a task to find three hidden keys that will unlock the Easter Egg that will give the winner complete control over the OASIS. The reason why I put this movie on the list is not necessarily because it’s that good. I mean, it is, but let’s face it, Parzival telling Art3mis that he’s in love with her with zero chemistry… yeah, that was awkward as hell. Still, not only did I see this movie three times in theaters, but I also got to enjoy it with my cousin, whom I haven’t seen in years, when the movie came out on Blu-ray. So, there’s a personal tie in to the reasons why. But other than that, this movie is a huge blast and one hell of a wild ride. From the outstanding visuals and action, some good performances out Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, and the few times that Mark Rylance is on screen, this movie is loaded with references from bygone eras, but never in a way that shoves it in your face. It’s just awesome.

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#9 – HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

Here’s a controversial pick for ya. The story is set in 80’s London when punk rock was coolest thing. Some teens are out having some fun when they stumble across a large group of multi-colored leather-clad humans, and the boys think they’re a cult from America, but are actually aliens from multiple worlds. I am well-aware that this movie had been making the rounds on worst lists from all over, but honestly… this is a riot. It is so beyond bonkers that by the time the aliens show up, there’s not one frame of this movie that makes any God-damned sense. The characters are so dumb, so over-the-top, that every time a scene ended, I didn’t care where it was going with it, I just didn’t want it to end. The moment I left the theater, the movie never left my mind, I was having such fun with this. Make no mistake, this is a bad flick. But honestly, it’s so bad that I was kind of in love with it. If you legitimately hated this, I can see why. But as for me, this was so bad, it was amazing.

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#8 – SEARCHING

That’s right John Cho, you show those bullshit Unfriended movies who’s boss! The story follows a father who’s daughter has gone missing and frantically looks for her by talking to her friends from school… who may not actually be friends with her. To be honest, when the Unfriended movies were made, I didn’t think there were many possibilities for this new genre of “internet chatroom movies.” I mean, one screen the whole time with x-amount of windows open? I mean, the novelty was creative enough for the time when the first one came out, but… how do you do better? Well, someone had a brain and thought right outside that box and gave us, what I can only assume to be, the chatroom movie to end all chatroom movies. Not only are Cho and Debra Messing unbelievably awesome in their respective roles, not only does this movie give you a legitimately good mystery, but the creativity is out of this world. The movie doesn’t stick to one type of screen. It switches between PC screens, Macbooks, cell phones, TV screens, and even security cameras. There’s always something visually distinct and that’s a huge bonus in imagination and I can’t believe I never thought of that when I saw the Unfriended movies. While I may shiver at the idea of what this movie will start, in terms of cinematic trends, as now any movie that’s all chatroom-y will go for the multiple screen deal, this is the movie that will start it and never be surpassed. Maybe I’ll be wrong, but for now, it’s the best of its class.

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#7 – THOROUGHBREDS

From one Olivia Cooke movie to another. The story follows a pair of old friends who have been reunited after a long time apart. One feels everything, the other feels nothing, and have decided that their lives are too mundane and decide to hatch a plan to kill Anya Taylor-Joy’s step-father. There is something so fun about watching rich teenage white girls going out of their way to murder someone and be as meticulous as they get. But more than that, this movie is laced in dark comedy, and that’s my favorite form of comedy. The characters are wonderful and perfectly developed, and even the late and great Anton Yelchin has a great, sleazy, and sympathetic part. Rest in peace, dude. Beyond that, great acting, great writing, darkly funny and disturbing, it’s a great watch.

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#6 – GAME NIGHT

Man, this was a pretty solid year for comedies. In fact, I think my list is mostly comedies of some regard. The story is about a group of friends who have weekly game nights, but Jason Bateman’s brother pays a visit and shakes things up with an interactive murder mystery. However, it turns out that things may be more real than the players thought, as the brother seems to have gotten himself mixed up with dangerous people. Out of the more conventional comedies I’ve seen this year, this is bar-none the funniest, and might be the funniest movie of the year, as far as conventional comedies are concerned. Every joke landed. Every actor was great, and I just had a total ball with this movie. I loved it so much and wish other comedies of this type took a few pages out of this level of writing. And I still stand by my statement: retire the Avengers and give Rachel McAdams a fire extinguisher because she can take Thanos with that thing.

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Alright, kiddies, let’s take a quick breather and mention a few runner-ups.

 

#5 – UPGRADE

The story follows a man who was attacked by cybernetically enhanced jerks who murder his wife and leave him for dead. Though he survives, he survives as a quadriplegic. He is offered a radical surgery that will enable him to walk again, to which he accepts, and discovers that the chip in his spin enabling him to do all of this has a mind of its own. This is arguably one of the more awesome sci-fi films that’s come out in recent years. Not only was this movie made on a smaller budget, but that actually works to its advantage. Practical effects, visceral action that’s hard-hitting and painful, deliciously violent, and has its own brand of comedy, despite its dark-ass tone. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and all kinds of bad-ass, this is one that shouldn’t be missed.

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#4 – THE FAVOURITE

And the winner for best comedy of the year! Set in early 18th century England, Queen Anne has hired a new servant in her palace in the form of Emma Stone, who is also Rachel Weisz’s cousin, who is also the Queen’s favourite, who almost low-key tells Anne what to say and think. I said this in my review, but I’m going to say it again. This had to be easiest movie to pitch. “Do you want lesbian sex? Do you want a story about betrayal and under-handed dealing? Then boy-howdy do I have a movie for you!” This script is razor sharp and the humor is so venomous that several insults get a cringe. It’s dark, it’s disturbing, it’s everything a sadistic bastard like myself enjoys. This is how a period comedy is done. Looking at you, HOLMES & WATSON… @#$% off with your shit. THE FAVOURITE is certainly my favorite comedy of the year.

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#3 – MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

How could I not include this? In the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible movies, Ethan Hunt faces off against the remaining disciples under Soloman Lane’s command, who are in possession of nuclear material that Ethan inadvertently gave to them. Seeking to set things right before the bombs are detonated, he must once again face off against not only bad guys, but also his own government. While it certainly has its repeat elements- I mean, how many times has Ethan been the target of his own country? – the characters and action are what pull this movie through. Don’t get me wrong, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, AQUAMAN, and BUMBLEBEE were all great in their own ways, but this movie has so many more practical effects and breath-taking stunts that this trumps all of them, which are more or less just special effects. Impressive, to be sure, but practical is so much harder to pull off and is an overshadowed art. Ethan is given more depth, Benji (Simon Pegg) is funnier, the return of Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) makes a tremendously welcomed return, and Henry Cavill dishes out his own brand of awesome. Apology accepted for BATMAN V SUPERMAN. This is one hell of a mission to accept.

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#2 – LEAVE NO TRACE

And the winner for “technically” best movie of the year. This movie is about a homeless teenage girl, played by young newcomer Thomasin McKenzie, and her father, played by Ben “I’m a severely under-appreciated actor” Foster, who has chosen to live in the woods for the both of them due to his fear of living in society. After getting a taste of normal living in the real world, the daughter soon questions if she wants to keep living as she has been with her father, or if maybe the real world is something she wants to explore. This is the most heartfelt and even heartbreaking film of the year. That’s not to say that it’s a tragedy, but it has some seriously mature and adult moments that make you understand their respective issues. He doesn’t want to be in society because he doesn’t agree with the consumerism and materialistic lifestyle, as well as PTSD from serving in the armed forces never helped matters either. His daughter is as smart as they come from being home schooled and taught survival skills, but she doesn’t suffer from the same mental issues that her father does and this puts them at odds, albeit in a nonverbal way. It’s genuine, it feels real, and it’s completely engaging from beginning to end.

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Before I unveil my #1 pick, here are the final runner ups.

 

Okay, so… my #1 pick is going to be pretty controversial. So if you don’t want to run the risk of being upset, I urge you to stop at my #2 and carry on with her merry day.

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No, really, this is the other 4/5 that I referenced at the beginning of all of this. Trust me, you’re not going to agree with my choice.

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Nope? Still going? Alrighty then, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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#1 – ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

Jeez, I can hear the outrage already. Or… perhaps the confusion, as this movie didn’t have the widest of releases. Eh, either way. The story follows a teenage schoolgirl named Anna who wants to travel for a year before going off to college, much to her father’s dismay. However, those plans are put to a screeching halt when a zombie outbreak… er, breaks out and now she and her friends from school have to fight for survival as they must reach the school where other survivors may be, as well as Anna’s father. This movie shouldn’t work. It’s a zombie movie, which is a tired genre with very little going for it. It’s a musical- yeah, you @#$%ing heard me, a musical – which is certainly making a kind of comeback, this year especially, thanks to LA LA LAND. And it’s a comedy, which is usually my most feared genre because of how unfunny most modern comedies usually are. And I’ll be honest, there’s a reason I gave this movie a 4/5. It has tropes, and painful ones at that. I mean, Anna knocked off a zombie’s head, insists that there’s no such thing as zombies, despite the severed head of a zombie still growling at her. No cell phone reception, the occasional dumb character, it’s all present.

But with that said, this movie is pure, unbridled, toe-tapping fun and has found its way into being a new Christmas classic for me to enjoy every Christmas. The comedy is great, the musical numbers are memorable, even the ones that are subpar. The acting is great, the action is a lot of fun, and there’s a lot of heart in the flick as well, making the dramatic scenes well-earned. Ever since I left the theater, I haven’t been able to stop jamming to the soundtrack and even have some of the songs committed to memory. It’s a bloody great time and my mind can’t let go of it, nor do I want to. Sure, there is a plethora of much better movies that have come out this year. I will be the first to agree with that. But few of those films have left such an impact on my mind in the way that this movie has, which is a hodgepodge of genres that haven’t enjoyed a whole of success in recent years. This is arguably the most creative and fun flick of its class since ZOMBIELAND. I am in love with this film and I urge anyone who doesn’t mind musicals to check this out.

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