boy oh boy is this a long time coming! the reason it has taken oh so very long for me to finally come up with a top 10 2018 movie list, is because I had to watch about 8 2018 movies in 2019. I also felt inspired to make a 2018 in movies/top 10 video compilation video after seeing so many on twitter… and that took a long time to edit.
so, first here is the video I have spent at least 20 hours editing. I saw this video and this video when on twitter, and I was immediately inspired to make a video of my own! that being said, is it good? definitely not! I am by no means an editor, but it was so much fun to make! and I hope to make more videos like it in the future!
And now, after watching that bad boy I’m going to go a little more in depth, and talk specifically about my top 5 favourite movies. As well as my top 5 least favourite movies. in order to make my top 10 list, I went through every movie I watched and started from the bottom. Luckily I only watched 30 movies (all 2018 releases, not including rewatches). my full list of 2018 movies is to the right with links.
So first, we will start with the least favourites. (told from least-least favourite, to most-least favourite by the way… if that makes sense) I am definitely not saying that these following movies are the scum of the earth, they were just not my favourites. I will also note that in the last few years I have gotten really good at not seeing bad movies. So that is why the bottom 5 movies, are not really that bad. Although, I have gotten roped into seeing movies i would not usually be interested in from time to time…
26.) Oceans 8 (dir. Gary Ross)
this movie is definitely not bad, but it just wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it to be. the cast is s t e l l a r but it just wasn’t as epic (apologies for using that word un-ironically) as I had hoped it to be. It also felt quite slow for the first part of the film, and then it was very fast in the last 10 minutes.
27.) A Simple Favor (dir. Paul Feig)
now, this movie (as well as the next 2) are ones I would usually have NO interest in seeing. Although, I saw A Simple Favour not once… but TWICE. this is because I was asked by two different friends to see it — and I am nice, so I said yes. although I definitely wish I hadn’t. the beginning of this movie is good and Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are both amazing in it. although about halfway through, and definitely in the last 10 minutes, it. gets. crazy. there was just way too much happening that I couldn’t quite get on board with it.
28.) The Spy Who Dumped Me (dir. Susanne Fogel)
now with this movie, it all started when my friend texted me with, “hey we’re going to see the spy who dumped me wanna come?” and I was like “yeah sure!” and then I googled what on earth the spy who dumped me was. did I really want to see this movie? no. do I crave validation from others and sometimes unfortunately need social interaction? yes. Kate McKinnon pretty much steals this entire movie because she is HILARIOUS (although I already knew that because I watch her pretty much every weekend on SNL) but other than that, there are some moments that make me laugh (although that is not such a difficult task if we are being honest) but in the end the movie is kind of boring — which a movie about SPIES should not be!!!
29.) Dog Days (dir. Ken Marino)
now this movie, oh this movie, I had absolutely no interest in seeing this movie, and yet I did. like I said, I am the nicest person ever and agreed to see it with my friend. this movie is pretty much exactly what I was expecting it to be — so if you’re looking for a movie that is so cheesy you need to pay an extra dollar (for extra cheese, get it?) and with dogs that will make your 10 year old laugh — I recommend this! but other than that, it wasn’t my cup of tea.
and here we are! my least favourite movie I saw this year *drum rolllllllll*
30.) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (dir. J.A Bayona)
now this movie, i really didn’t know what to expect after seeing the trailer because the trailer pretty much told me everything! that being said my brother, sister-in-law, and I all trekked to the movie theatre one night to see it — because it’s Jurassic Park and dinosaurs are awesome. that being said, I have got to say… this movie is BAD. not even just unenjoyable (to me), it’s just bad. it’s almost like there are two movies? and the first one ends in the first 8 minutes of the film, and then they just slapped the sequel on for another 2 and half hours? there was just too much in here, and not in a good way, and poor Jeff goldblum had to make a cameo– I’m sorry Jeff.
okay now that we have gotten over our BOTTOM 5, I am going to talk about my TOP five. My video did highlight my top 10, which is the system my brothers and I do every year, but I feel this blog post already growing to the length of the nile river, so I’m instead going to talk about just the top five. but first two honourable mentions.
as I said, honourable mentions. there are a couple movies that didn’t make my top 10 list, but I still loved them and want to bring them to people’s attention! — those movies are
13.) Love, Simon (dir. Greg Berlanti)
! this ! movie ! makes ! me ! so ! happy !! it’s nothing too special, nothing artsy, or fresh out of the new wave cinema, but it is sweet and honest and just so nice to watch. this film is based on the well known YA book called Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — which I read all the way back in 2015, so I’m a big of an OG fan ;). it follows high school student Simon who starts emailing an anonymous boy by the name of Blue. the two slowly but surely fall for one another, which sends Simon on a bit of a journey to figure out who Blue is. Although when his emails are discovered by one of his school mates, he is black mailed into being a wingman in order for his secret to stay safe. This is one of the best book to movie adaptations I have seen in quite a while, and it’s also just a good movie! there are some things (like Simon’s friends being stupid) but other than that it tells an incredibly honest story that we don’t see in a lot of mainstream, higher budget films!
12.) Shoplifters (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda)
this movie is quite sad at times (90% of the movie really) but in the end it tells one of the most beautiful stories about family that I have seen in a long time. it is a stunning story of a family who (in their own way) adopt a little girl who they have found alone in the cold whether. they bring her under their wing, and make her feel as one of their own. that being said, it’s not all sunshines and rainbows and things go wrong. but in the end it makes us think about what justifies a family, and how the people around us impact our lives.
now my top 5! these are all movies that I not only thought were excellently made films, but ones that I genuinely like.
5.) First Man (dir.Damien Chazelle)
one of my most recent watches, but a 2018 film I wish I had seen in the theatres. Damien Chazelle really is an amazing director, and it’s quite a pity this movie was completely overlooked during this years awards season. if you don’t know, this films tells the story of Neil Armstrong who was the first man on the moon. that may sound boring, but the way the whole story comes together is very much the opposite. I also shed some fat tears while watching this, and I barely cry during movies so that’s how you know it’s good.
4.) First Reformed (dir. Paul Schrader)
this movie is almost too weird for it’s own good, but for some reason that just made me like it more. Ethan Hawke was so good in this movie, and was completely snubbed in pretty much every major awards show this year. this movie follows a reverend of a small church as he helps a pregnant woman who’s husband thinks their child should not be born because of the condition of our earth. while the reverend himself is also dealing with his own health issues. yeah, some pretty deep and dark stuff. it’s hard to watch at times, yet also hard not to watch. there is one scene in particular that I think about a lot… and if you’ve seen this movies you probably know what it is. all in all… so good (although if you aren’t a fan of very weird movies you probably won’t like it)
3.) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)
ugh, this movie is just so good. it’s enjoyable, funny, heart warming, all while having a really unique and beautiful art style. this movie follows Miles Morales, one of the many different spider-men — or spider-things — that exists over the many “spider verses”. I saw this movies with my 3 (fully grown and adult) brothers and all three of us enjoyed every moment of it! (it made all of our top 10 movies lists!)
2.) The Favourite (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
this movie is weird, funny, and more weird. I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea how to describe what this film is about, without giving away too many details. For the most part it is about Queen Anne of 18th century England and her close companion Sarah. But then when Sarah’s cousin Abigail comes to the castle in search of employment, the two fight to be the queen’s favourite (get it?). this movie is so so funny in a weird a roundabout way, as well as an all up in your face way. Olivia Coleman is also amazing in it, and I am beyond pleased that she won the Oscar for this role!
1.) Eighth Grade (dir. Bo Burnham)
it seems that every year a heart felt coming of age film with a debut director and writer comes to theatres, and I always love them. Last year Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird was my favourite movie of the year, as well as one of my favourite movies of all time. this year we have Bo Burnahm’s Eighth Grade. This movie ripped my insides out and then put them back, all in the span of 94 minutes. I have never related to a character more in my life, and want to give Bo Burnham the biggest hug ever. I already knew who Bo was from his comedy work (you can watch both his speciasl what. and make happy on Netflix right now!) and so the second I found out he was writing and directing a movie I was instantly interested. this movie follows eighth grader Kayla as she finishes up her last year of middle school and begins to think of the impending doom of high school. it deals with the anxieties of growing up in the age of technology and with just growing up in general! it is so funny but also so heartbreaking at times. it is expertly written and I can’t believe Bo wasn’t nominated for an Oscar (he did win pretty much every other award though..). I think this movie is one of the best combinations of an actor and director/writer. Elsie fisher, who plays Kayla, is amazing and it almost feels like Bo wrote the script for her. I am just now realizing that I have written way too much for this movie, but I can’t help it! I love it! anyways though, moral of the story: I think everyone should watch this movie — and it is actually on Netflix so you can do so very easily!!!
so there we have it! my favourite and least favourite movies of 2018. I have been working on this for the past 3 months so I hope you enjoyed.