Before I start writing this on January 7th 2018 there has been a few movies I have not seen yet. Those movies are: Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk, Boy Erased, Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, Mary Poppins, Suspiria, Bumblebee, Destroyer, & Roma.
Everyone says it before making these lists, so I will follow. This is MY list; MY list will be different from yours.
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- Avengers: Infinity War
This was my most anticipated movie of the year and it sure payed off. My expectations were fully met and more. This story was planted in 2008 in the first Iron Man, and the first part of the ending was ended 10 years later. Thanos lived up to the hype and was scary. He came, saw, and conquered. All the heroes shined in their own ways. Dr. Strange stole the movie from the rest of the avengers showing us he is a force. BRAVO. I cannot wait until Avengers: Endgame in May.
Jonah Hill directed his first movie and it hit me perfectly. All of the cast were relatable, and the story was relatable. Trying to find friends. The thing about this movie that made me love it so much was the dialogue between the friends. It portrays how friends talked in the 90s and the 2000s. I loved how authentic it was. Kids say FUCK, BITCH, SHIT, etc. I mean those words are still in my daily rotation. This will be a movie I will revisit for many years.
When watching the trailer for this movie, the thriller/mystery had me hooked. The whole “he’s on his computer the whole movie” plot had me intrigued because I had seen a few movies try it before and fail miserably. That being said this movie was awesome. The one computer location gimmick worked perfectly and was super creative. I loved the twists and turns that the movie goes on. I couldn’t guess the ending which is always a plus. I loved this movie!
- Assassination Nation
Assassination Nation was a huge surprise for me. This movie bleeds style and freshness. The director had something to say and I am looking forward to what he does next. The movie gives a big middle finger to society but also uplifts women which is a great thing. I had a huge grin watching this movie. The violence in this movie was great.
- Bohemian Rhapsody
I am a huge Rami Malek fan and root for him to no end. His character Elliot from Mr. Robot is probably my favorite character in pop culture. When I first saw the announcement he was going to play Freddie Mercury, I was very skeptical, not because he doesn’t have the talent, it’s just the way he looks. I thought the perfect person to play him was Sacha Baron Cohen. I was totally wrong because Rami Malek embodied Freddie Mercury. The Live-Aid concert scene gave me goosebumps and made me go back and watch it on YouTube. I wanted a little bit more information on his fight with AIDS but in all honesty, it wasn’t needed. Give Rami Malek the academy award for best actor!
Spike Lee delivered on BlacKKKlansman. I haven’t really loved a Spike Lee movie since Inside Man which was 12 years ago. The acting was fantastic. When the movie wanted to be comedic it was really funny and when it wanted to be dramatic it sure did its job. I really appreciated that Spike Lee didn’t go overbearing on the political aspect except for the last 5 minutes which was an absolute gut punch. This movie was needed in 2018 and much appreciated. Fuck white supremacists.
- Green Book
“The world is full of lonely people waiting for someone to make the first move.”
I will say the exact same thing I just said above: Green Book movie was needed in 2018 and much appreciated. This was such a crowd-pleasing movie. The chemistry between Viggo and Ali was out of this world. The thing about this movie I loved was all throughout this movie I was expecting my heart to be broken but it never came. The script was crisp, and the soundtrack was lovely. I would have never in a million years thought the man behind Dumb and Dumber could make such a beautiful movie but he did. Thank you, Peter Farrelly.
This movie came out of nowhere and once I saw the trailer I had to seek this one out. Blindspotting was the most “real movie” of the year. It magnifies the horrible problem this country has with cops shooting black people and lets you relate on how people live with it. The acting was superb with the two leads crushing it. The cinematography was on another level, the movie really popped. The color in the movie was eye candy. I hope more people see this.
- Black Panther
When Black Panther was introduced in Captain America: Civil War he stole the movie. I, like the rest of the marvel fans were screaming for this movie to come out. Ryan Coogler directed the hell out of this movie and is the most exciting young director in Hollywood. Everyone is this movie was great but let’s be real Michael B. Jordan stole the movie. His character was sympathetic yet a scary threat. I spent the whole movie rooting against him and then toward the end of the movie was rooting for him. He was a very complex character and will be remembered for a long time. Oh, and this movie quote that knocked me off my feet: “Why, so you can lock me up? Nah. Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage.”
I did not know what I was going to get when I watched Tully. The trailer did not hook me but everyone was talking about it so I wasn’t going to miss it. Thankfully I sought this movie out. Obviously, the joke that everyone said after watching this was I will never have kids after watching this. Well, this movie certainly made the thought of kids a big negative, but it gave me a huge appreciation to parents who try their hardest to raise crazy kids. Charlize Theron was great like always, but Mackenzie Davis is an actress that is here to stay. The twist was the best of the year for me.
Some honorable mentions are:
Unsane, Isle of Dogs, American Animals, Upgrade, Won’t you be my neighbor?, Hereditary, Beautiful Boy, Thoroughbreds, A Quiet Place, Ready Player One, Andre The Giant, Sorry to Bother You.