Another year down, means another year in the books and another Top 10 list to top it all off. My top 10 list as always is based on the those movies that were released widely in 2018 especially in my region, which means that there are always some movies, like those real awards contender types that don’t make this list because they only get limited released at the end of the year before wider ones early the following year. That also means a lot of those Oscar type movies from last year, will find their way onto this years list. All that being said, lets get into the list!
We’ll start the list with an honourable mention, for a movie that just missed the cut, and if it wasn’t for some awards movies from start of the year it would have definitely made it onto the list.
Maybe one of the most important movies of the year, Black Panther showed the world (and really I mean hollywood, the world already knew) that a black lead movie could be a MAJOR success. At this current moment the movie has grossed $1.3 Billion dollars worldwide, was the highest grossing movie of the year in the U.S. market, and only second worldwide in gross. All that success, on top of what is both a good and important movie, and just an honourable mention, shows how tight the list this time around is.
Avengers Infinity War
The only movie that made more money in 2018 than Black Panther, is the number 10 on our list. Avengers infinity war isn’t just a movie, its the culmination of 10 years of ground work, and good will building, and the most amazing thing is it actually good on top of all of that. More characters than you can shake a stick at, and yet still a really coherent movie, with enough action to fill up anyones needs, but the real star here is that we get to see what happens when you have ten years worth of character development.
Mission Impossible Fallout
If you asked me, what were the odds of Mission Impossible 6 being the best ever in the series, I’d have said it sounds pretty slim, but yet here we are. Mission Impossible Fallout really took all of the things we liked about these movies when they started making their comeback, and they combined it all perfectly in this sixth entry. Add in some really great cast additions, and what you have here is possibly the best action/adventure movie of the year, and certainly enough to rank number 9 on our list.
Call me by Your Name
There are few movies, that can really capture heartbreak, but also capture the highs before that make that low so low, like Call me by Your Name. This movie takes so many classic tropes that can be so played out, and used them so subtlety and succinctly that you hang off every moment just like the characters do in this beauty of a movie.
Its not often, sequels can live up to the expectations they set for themselves, and some might even say this movie isn’t as good as the first, but when the first in the Incredibles, even a little behind is still really far ahead. The Incredibles 2 brings back the entire gang we know and love, but switches it up just enough to still get the fresh feeling. And with some slick new animation the gang has never looked better.
A Star is Born
Some people are born to do certain things, and that’s just how it goes. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Lady Gaga is born to sing, and Bradley Cooper is born to act, what was a bit surprising though, is just how well Cooper does as a director, because his directing is what really takes this movie over the top, and into a higher tier. Filled with wondering music, and some real heart and emotion, there won’t be a dry eye in the room by the time this ones done.
A Quiet Place
After a while doing what I do, you start to get a real hand on knowing what kind of movie you’re in for before you see it, but occasionally, you get a movie like this, and everything you thought about it is wrong. And I was more than happy to be wrong. This isn’t your run of the mill horror or thriller movie, A Quiet Place is a really smartly and really well done movie, that takes the rules its give itself seriously, and always keeps its consequences sky high.
The Shape of Water
This is where we get into that part of the list, where the things separating movies start to get really small, and really specific. It’s the little decisions and choices that put a movie like The Shape of Water so high up on this list. Theres this level of world and character building, this attention to detail, and this ability to create atmosphere that really make this movie such an artistic expression, compared to many of the movies that might try to play in this same space.
Theres a concept people use when talking about films called trimming the fat. It means simply to cut out or off parts of a movie that weigh it down and hold it back from being the best version of itself, and I don’t think any movie in all of 2018, could claim to be as lean as Lady Bird. This movie accomplishes so much in its 94 minute run time (probably the shortest movie on this list), that when it ends, you genuinely want more, and its always better wanting more, than having too much.
Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse
It took right down to the very end of 2018, to finally get another movie that I gave the ranking of 10/10, but right before the end of year came a true gem of a movie in Into the Spider-Verse. This movie is many things, its even some things I’ve never seen before, but the thing it is the most, is an absolutely amazing movie that everyone should see, and in cinemas.
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri
And here it is, number 1, the best of the year. There are movies, even amazing ones, that don’t make you look at things differently, and Three Billboards is one of those movies that makes you look at things differently. If you had to choose just one movie from all of 2018 to see, this would be the one, I can’t praise it highly enough.
So what do you think? Agree with our list? As always any of the reviews for these movies can be found in our archive, or you can just search for them by name, but feel free to comment and let us know what you think, if you agree and what if any movies you think got snubbed by our list. Remember these are the wide released movies of 2018, so if you think some of these should be 2017 movies, or you don’t see one of your favs here check its full release dates.
(And HEPPY NEW YEAR)