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2018 Year End Lists

It’s that time again.

I saw a lot of movie in 2018. 335 to be precise. To be clearer on this, posted below are the movies I saw I consider to be 2018 releases:

  1. Brad’s Status
  2. All the Money in the World
  3. Hostiles
  4. Coco
  5. Darkest Hour
  6. The Commuter
  7. Face 2 Face
  8. The Post
  9. Padmaavat
  10. Early Man
  11. 12 Strong
  12. Den of Thieves
  13. Phantom Thread
  14. The Open House
  15. Step Sisters
  16. Roman J Israel, Esq.
  17. Status Update
  18. The Mercy
  19. The 15-17 to Paris
  20. Winchester
  21. Black Panther
  22. The Shape of Water
  23. The Cloverfield Paradox
  24. Aadhi
  25. Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas’s
  26. Father Figures
  27. Lady Bird
  28. I, Tonya
  29. Finding your Feet
  30. Mute
  31. Custody
  32. Racer and the Jailbird
  33. The Guardians
  34. Jealous
  35. Catch the Wind
  36. C’est la vie!
  37. The Apparition
  38. The Workshop
  39. Reinventing Marvin
  40. Red Sparrow
  41. Game Night
  42. Gringo
  43. Macbeth
  44. My Generation
  45. Kobiety mafii
  46. Mary Magdelene
  47. Peter Rabbit
  48. Annihilation
  49. Unsane
  50. Sajjan Singh Rangroot
  51. Last Flag Flying
  52. A Fantastic Woman
  53. Kobieta Sukcesu
  54. Blockers
  55. Proud Mary
  56. Pacific Rim: Uprising
  57. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
  58. Midnight Sun
  59. You were Never Really Here
  60. A Quiet Place
  61. Isle of Dogs
  62. The Hurricane Heist
  63. Love, Simon
  64. Ghost Stories
  65. Blackmail
  66. Thoroughbreds
  67. Passage of Life
  68. Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  69. The Third Murder
  70. At the Terrace
  71. Rampage
  72. Truth or Dare
  73. Pitbull: Ostatni Pies
  74. Death Wish
  75. On Chesil Beach
  76. Bharat Ane Nenu
  77. The Leisure Seeker
  78. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  79. Wildling
  80. The Cured
  81. Avengers: Infinity War
  82. Beast
  83. I Feel Pretty
  84. Never Steady, Never Still
  85. Walk with Me
  86. Tully
  87. Narzeczony na Niby
  88. Skid Row Marathon
  89. Life of the Party
  90. Breaking In
  91. Anon
  92. Have a Nice Day
  93. Raazi
  94. Entebbe
  95. The Strangers: Prey at Night
  96. Deadpool 2
  97. Citizen Lane
  98. Dive
  99. Allure
  100. A Wrinkle in Time
  101. The Breadwinner
  102. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  103. Lean on Pete
  104. The Ballad of Shirley Collins
  105. Veere di Wedding
  106. Edie
  107. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  108. Irreplaceable You
  109. Happy Anniversary
  110. Kaala
  111. Take Your Pills
  112. The Boy Downstairs
  113. 6 Balloons
  114. Seeing Allred
  115. Paradox
  116. Hereditary
  117. Ocean’s 8
  118. Ibiza
  119. The Rachel Divide
  120. Cargo
  121. McQueen
  122. Lek and the Dogs
  123. Kissing Candice
  124. Dublin Old School
  125. Patrick
  126. Adrift
  127. Tag
  128. Sicario 2: Soldado
  129. Leave No Trace
  130. Abrahaminte Santhathikal
  131. The Happy Prince
  132. The First Purge
  133. My Friend Dahmer
  134. Whitney
  135. Terminal
  136. Uncle Drew
  137. The Incredibles 2
  138. Skyscraper
  139. The Secret of Marrowbone
  140. Soorma
  141. In the Fade
  142. Mary Goes Round
  143. Let There Be Light
  144. Cardinals
  145. Hotel Artemis
  146. Dhadak
  147. Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
  148. A Prayer Before Dawn
  149. Mission: Impossible-Fallout
  150. Mary Shelley
  151. A Ciambra
  152. Extinction
  153. Alex Strangelove
  154. Ant Man and The Wasp
  155. Generation Wealth
  156. Mulk
  157. Fanney Khan
  158. First Reformed
  159. Studio 54
  160. How It Ends
  161. To Each, Her Own
  162. Recovery Boys
  163. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
  164. Tau
  165. Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football
  166. Pope Francis: A Man of his Word
  167. The Darkest Minds
  168. Sgt Stubby: An American Hero
  169. The Bleeding Edge
  170. Flavours of Youth
  171. The Image You Missed
  172. The Meg
  173. Unfriended: Dark Web
  174. Dog Days
  175. The Festival
  176. Christopher Robin
  177. The Equalizer 2
  178. Gold
  179. BlacKkKlansman
  180. The Happytime Murders
  181. Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
  182. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  183. Alpha
  184. Slender Man
  185. Filmworker
  186. The Ballymurphy Precedent
  187. The Escape
  188. Searching
  189. I, Dolours
  190. Yardie
  191. Black ‘47
  192. Crazy Rich Asians
  193. Upgrade
  194. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  195. Puzzle
  196. Sierra Burgess is a Loser
  197. The Predator
  198. King of Thieves
  199. The House with a Clock in its Walls
  200. American Animals
  201. The Seagull
  202. Cold War
  203. Lucky
  204. A Simple Favour
  205. The Little Stranger
  206. Batti Gil Meter Chal
  207. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  208. A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot
  209. John Paul II in Ireland-A Plea for Peace
  210. Night School
  211. The Meeting
  212. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
  213. Mile 22
  214. Juliusz
  215. Venom
  216. Skate Kitchen
  217. Utøya 22. Iuli
  218. Smuggling Hendrix
  219. For Molly
  220. Climax
  221. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
  222. Between a Rock and the Sea
  223. The Holy Fail
  224. A Star is Born
  225. Pity
  226. Minding the Gap
  227. Dogman
  228. Daughter of Mine
  229. Bad Times at the El Royale
  230. Rosie
  231. First Man
  232. Vada Chennal
  233. Hunter Killer
  234. The Hate U Give
  235. Halloween
  236. Mandy
  237. Bohemian Rhapsody
  238. Kler
  239. Wolfman’s Got Nards
  240. Ready Player One
  241. Assassination Nation
  242. Suspiria
  243. The Dark
  244. Ravers
  245. Videoman
  246. Piercing
  247. Await Further Instructions
  248. One Cut of the Dead
  249. Katie
  250. The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid
  251. Slaughterhouse Rulez
  252. Juliet, Naked
  253. Kayamkulam Kochunni
  254. Mirai
  255. 22 July
  256. Overlord
  257. Widows
  258. Lords of Chaos
  259. Bergman: A Year in a Life
  260. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
  261. The Favourite
  262. Meeting Gorbachev
  263. The Old Man & the Gun
  264. The State Against Mandela and the Others
  265. Monsters and Men
  266. For the Birds
  267. The Widowed Witch
  268. The Return
  269. Yours in Sisterhood
  270. Putin’s Witnesses
  271. Same God
  272. Ága
  273. What is Democracy?
  274. Crystal Swan
  275. The Dig
  276. White Boy Rick
  277. In Fabric
  278. No Greater Law
  279. Sorry Angel
  280. Girl
  281. Sorry to Bother You
  282. Capernaum
  283. The Grinch
  284. Robin Hood
  285. Creed 2
  286. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelward
  287. Ralph Breaks the Internet
  288. Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse
  289. The Possession of Hannah Grace
  290. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  291. The Camino Voyage
  292. Shoplifters
  293. Three Identical strangers
  294. Surviving Christmas with the Relatives
  295. The Belly of the Whale
  296. Bumblebee
  297. Dumplin’
  298. Wildfire
  299. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
  300. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
  301. Aquaman
  302. Free Solo
  303. Lizzie
  304. Disobedience
  305. Milosc jest wszystkim
  306. The House That Jack Built
  307. Mary Poppins Returns
  308. The Ballad of Buster Scraggs
  309. Roma
  310. The Other Side of the Wind
  311. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  312. Shrek Retold
  313. Bird Box
  314. Feminists: What were they Thinking?
  315. The American Meme
  316. The Children Act
  317. Operation Finale
  318. Hell Fest
  319. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  320. This Beautiful Fantastic
  321. Holmes & Watson
  322. The Christmas Chronicles
  323. Peppermint
  324. The Wife
  325. Reversing Roe
  326. Hold the Dark
  327. Dude
  328. Us and Them
  329. Life Itself
  330. Patient Zero
  331. Cam
  332. Collette
  333. Shirkers
  334. Two Catalonias
  335. Apostle

 

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With that housekeeping out of the way, let us start with my guilty pleasures. Films I’m not sure are great or not, but I enjoyed nonetheless. Starting off with:

 

1. Aadhi

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I went hard into Bollywood films this year, and this one was an absolute blast. I mean there’s a weird tonal change in the middle of the first act, a languid pace, really hokey acting, characters who come and go at the plot’s convenience and a dude jumping out of an incredibly tall building; what can’t you love about that?! It’s so over the top and silly and way, way too serious, but if you let go of that and just get into the action, it’s really well shot and off-ends how maudlin everything is. It’s not very compelling and pretty predictable in places, but it’s dumb enough to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

 

2. The House That Jack Built

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This is Lars Von Trier at probably his most self-indulgent, and your enjoyment of this will be determined of how much you can deal with a weird Danish bloke sucking his own cock onscreen for about 2 and a half hours. As it stands, I don’t know how to feel about it, which says a lot about me I guess. And I can take a lot of this guys weird narcissistic habits (I really enjoyed Nymphomaniac), but I kind of had to roll my eyes at a certain moment. But hey-there is a lot of shit that made me laugh here. Matt Dillon is game for whatever weird shit he’s asked to do, and the mood is wonky and so all over the place that it’s really hard to get the intentions behind certain moments. Like, is the acting in the first part meant to be terrible, is every character in this meant to be a moron, is this a meta-commentary on Lars’ flaws or him making fun of you for overthinking his work? I dunno, I can’t tell you, but what I can tell you is this wasn’t boring. It’s definitely won over a lot of my friends so I’m probably a lone voice in the wilderness here, but I will say it’s worth seeing yourself if you’re a fan of the man’s work.

3. The Hurricane Heist

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This movie just straight up sucks. I mean it’s dumb as shit and nothing about it really makes a lot of sense. But holy fuck is it gloriously entertaining! There’s a guy with a grudge against a hurricane, a hurricane face, none of the physics add up, it has some of the most hilarious deaths I’ve seen onscreen all year, it’s just a mad ride. There’s an obnoxious score, insanely unlikeable characters, Toby Kebbell needs to fire his agent. Not much else to say, really. You want a dumb hurricane movie? Here’s a dumb hurricane movie for ya.

 

4. Kaala

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Another Bollywood film, this one trying to be political. And, like any film that’s overtly political but also trying to appease the masses, it’s painfully on-the-nose with its messages. But, goddamn, the lead here is great (Rajinikanth, who is also a political figure)! He is the bad-ass old man to end all bad-ass old men, and every moment he’s onscreen is a blast. Another fun thrillride, I love how unsubtly evil the villain is, it has a really great if…kind of confusing ending. Agree with the movie’s politics or not, this is a lot of fun with an effortlessly charismatic lead. It misses the mark on making its point, but it succeeds in entertaining

5. Kobiety mafii

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This was in contention to be my worst film of 2018, but honestly it’s fucking great how apeshit it is. The plot follows several women as they manipulate or fall into fortunes and end up on top of the Polish mafia. It has some of the most confused structural issues I’ve seen in a mainstream release, none of the characters are interesting or likeable (or smart), the plot takes several tangents that go nowhere, and stuff just keeps happening that benefits or detriments of our leads and it’s completely random. No thought was put into how to get characters to certain points, they just forced them into it. And it’s really saved just because it’s laughably inept. There’s an execution scene that may be the funniest things I’ve seen in a movie in quite a while. This likely hasn’t been seen by a lot of people, but I enjoyed myself, even in it’s just being baffled by how bad everything is.

 

6. The Meg

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Ever since I found out what a Megalodon was as a kid, I’ve wanted a movie about them. And I got one finally, and it’s…this. This movie kind of wears its stupid on its sleeve, even if it’s trying way too hard to be cool and extreme. It’s basically an overly expensive B-movie that’s not campy or self-aware enough. But I had a blast, those who I wanted to die died and really that’s the only reason we got to these movies because we’re just fucked up individuals like that. If you couldn’t get into this I get it, the CG is really ropey and the action is sparse as hell. But it’s just on that level of dopey for me that I enjoyed it. It manages to be grossly cynical and yet utterly sincere, and also Jason Statham outswims a shark the size of the Hindenburg. I can’t not love that.

7. Paradox

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The real paradox is that this got released when even Darryl Hannah said it was essentially a personal art piece! This isn’t a movie, it’s a bizarre art installation she shot on the road with her partner (now husband) Neil Young interspliced with his music. It’s just so strange and directionless with weird asides that don’t add up to much. And I’m all for experimental films if they have a point, this really doesn’t. But that’s what makes it so much fun. It’d likely be a forgettable attempt of being thoughtful or artistic, but with how inept and confused it really is, it does that turnaround to be fascinating and kind of hilarious. I do not get how this managed to get onto Netflix (well, they have very little quality control in the content they distribute), but it’s up there now, so check it out for good music and an attempt of Midwestern Hippy Jodorowsky gone terribly, terribly wrong.

 

8. Patient Zero

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Trash zombie flicks are my jam, and this one was right up my alley! It’s got such a fascinating premise too-Matt Smith playing a man bitten by the infected but the only side effect he gets is that he can talk to them. He then decides to help scientists navigate to the human originator of the virus so they can reverse engineer a cure. It’s just a shame that none of this shit ever gets explained. Everything just rushes into place, and yet still a really slumming it Stanley Tucci, who clearly knows he’s in shit, comes on in and steals the show. It’s dumb and trashy and really shows what a bad idea it is to set a movie on one location as a cost saving measure. But it has such a silly third act and it’s all so weighty and self-serious that it makes the entire thing a joke all around. I need more trashy B-movies in my life, especially ones starring actors who have careers. No wonder this film took so long to come out, and eventually got dumped to home release. Track it down if bad zombie movies are your thing.

9. The Strangers: Prey at Night

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I thought the original was a dull, boring waste of time (sorry, I know a lot of people love this movie). The sequel takes everything ambitious and, well, distinctive about the original and makes the most generic slasher possible. And it is glorious! The Strangers: Prey at Night has some of the most tryhard attempts at following the recent 80s trend and some incredibly generic character work. Also, they rip off the ending of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre nearly beat for beat. But it’s really fun and incredibly silly. It’s hard to take seriously, and it’s not as well made at the original, but I enjoyed it a hell of a lot more. For what that’s worth.

10. Truth or Dare

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After finding unprecedented acclaim and even awards attention for Get Out, Platinum Dunes spoiled all that good will from the people and released this garbage nightmare into the cinemas. The Snapchat face is one of the dumbest horror conventions I’ve seen in a movie in quite some time, so much so that the movie is self-conscious enough to comment on it! It has a bafflingly stupid and mean-spirited ending, even if you liked the moronic cast that was thrown out the window from that point on. But, again, I can’t say I didn’t have fun! I admire a movie that tries and fails way more than one that doesn’t try at all (we’ll be seeing those in another list), and while this is so incompetent and extremely badly written, I’ll give it to them that there’s an attempt at a story here. It’s just let down by a badly implemented conceit and nonsense set pieces, which will make every person in the audience come up with a better solution. But hey, no use for cheap thrills, but plenty of cheap laughs.

11. Venom

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Hey, this film did really well. I totally miscalled it. I was wrong. It still sucks ass, though. It has some of the worst action I’ve seen in a superhero film all year, it’s first act is draggy and overlong, the love interest is pitifully lacking in personality or anything to do and has one of the worst villains I’ve seen in years. What makes this so entertaining for me, then? Tom Hardy. Goddamn it, I dunno what this man is doing, but he is doing it with all he’s got. And I get the feeling Venom is a little more self-aware and comedic than most of the movies on here, but it’s ineptly made and poorly thought out that it really makes it difficult to know what I’m supposed to laugh at and what I’m not, so I’ll just laugh at everything. This was a total misfire even if it did well financially, but I can’t say it wasn’t a blast to watch.

12. Winchester

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This film was an absolute failure to tell a compelling ghost story out of a real life tale that’s honestly really fascinating. The house this is set in is real, as is a lot of the backstory of the family who lived there (Winchester, as in the rifle, to give you context as to why they may have wanted a lot of rooms to hide from their own ghosts). Yet it’s flat, horrifically unscary and ropes in a really slumming it Helen Mirran. I guess I have a fascination with movies that were handed a great or even competent movie on a silver platter and still failed spectacularly. This hit that sweet spot of being….say it with me now….my trash. It’s terribly made and drags on like hell, but again can’t say I wasn’t immersed by the ineptitude. If you found this boring or unwatchable I totally get it, but the nature of film is we’ll all find something different from certain movies. Even if that difference is me taking the piss out of poorly made hot garbage.

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