The Best Films of 2018

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The Best Films of 2018

Brendan Sheardy, Staff Writer

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  1. First Man

  First Man is a space movie unlike any other before. It is visceral, intense, and endlessly engaging, as it features some of the most impressive technical work in years. Director Damien Chazelle has knocked it out of the park once again with this intimate examination of both Neil Armstrong (Ryan Reynolds) and the NASA program. First Man is definitely one to remember.

  1. Hereditary

  Each year, there is a small handful of good horror films that manage to stick with you after leaving the theater, and are actually GOOD; but none of them have reached the level of brilliance that Hereditary has. This film slowly creeps up on you and grabs you by the neck with its intense and terrifying third act. Ari Aster pulls no punches in his directorial debut and puts each audience member through emotional and physical hell throughout its entire two hour runtime. Hereditary is not only the best horror film of the year, it’s the best horror film of this DECADE.

  1. Avengers: Infinity War

  There was a lot riding on the shoulders of Marvel’s newest Avengers film. 10 years of character build up and anticipation had millions of fans setting their expectations sky high, and on April 27, everyone in the theater watched in awe as they witness one of the greatest events in cinematic history. Infinity War is filled with jaw dropping visual effects, shocking twists and turns, and engaging action sequences. From the endless cheers during epic moments, the gasps at every twist, and the chilling silence during the end credits, this was an essential theater experience, and it definitely lived up to the hype. Endgame cannot come quick enough.

  1. Mid90s

  What I admire most about Mid90s is how much nostalgia is packed in, without making a single verbal reference. Jonah Hill is able to place you into the 90s, with everything down to the costume design and cinematography, but it’s also able to keep its identity intact by focusing solely on the story and characters. Mid90s is a funny and emotionally resonate coming of age tale that is sure to win the hearts over of many who watch it.

  1. Annihilation

  Annihilation is the film that has stood the test of time. Alex Garland’s science fiction masterpiece has managed to hold a spot in my list since I first saw it in February. This film boasts some excellent visual work with the jaw dropping visual effects and atmosphere. With an ending so spectacular and mind-bending, Annihilation is a film you won’t soon forget.

  1. Roma

  Alfonso Cuaron returns from his 5 year hiatus to deliver arguably his best work to date. I had the pleasure of seeing this Netflix original film in a theater as opposed to my bedroom, and it was an experience like none other. The sound design and cinematography is some of the best work in cinematic history, and it’s criminal that this film didn’t get a wider release. Roma is an authentic representation of life in Mexico in the 70s, and simply and beautifully told story. It was not hard to fall in love with Roma.

  1. A Star Is Born

  I initially doubted Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut when I first saw the trailer, which is something I deeply regret, as I was truly moved by this film. Cooper and Gaga kill it together and both deliver career high performances, with Gaga’s being her first ever movie role. The soundtrack is excellent with songs that are not only good to listen to, but also connect with the characters on an emotional level. This film is going to sweep the Oscars, and I can’t wait to see what Cooper and Gaga do next.

  1. Mandy

  The thing I regret most in 2018 was not seeing Mandy in theaters. I had a chance when it opened for one night, but I decided not to go, which was a terrible decision, because I was mesmerized by this film. Panos Cosmatos created a visual masterpiece with hypnotic cinematography and a lush style that mixes perfectly with the story. Mandy is split into two halves; the first half being slow and insightful, and the second half being an all out revenge bloodbath. Nicolas Cage gives an excellent performance, with his is signature freak out moments throughout. This film deserved to be seen by more people, and I hope it becomes a cult classic in the future.

  1. The Favourite

  Yorgos Lanthimos is quite possibly the strangest and most unique directors working today. My one worry for The Favourite is that he would hold back on his style and make a rather conventional historical film, but I was dead wrong. The Favourite is every bit as strange as it is engaging, with hilarious dialog and three awards worthy performances. The cat and mouse game between Sarah and Abigail keeps the audience on their feet and interested in the story. The set design, costume design, and cinematography all make the Favourite a visual feast, and an unforgettable experience.

 

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

 

  While making this list, I thought to myself  ‘The best movie of 2018 should be the film that I think about the most, the film that I talked about the most, and the film that I was most moved by,’ and the answer was easy: Mission: Impossible – Fallout. I absolutely adore this film. Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise presented the audience with some of cinema’s best action sequences ever put to screen. Each scene in this film adds more intensity as it goes along, as each action sequence builds on itself and becomes bigger and bigger with heightened stakes. I also admire that this film uses as little CGI as possible, as every action sequence is done in camera. This made the experience much more intense as we as an audience know that whatever Ethan Hunt is doing, Tom Cruise was actually doing in real life. Everything about Mission: Impossible – Fallout is perfect, and I believe it is the one FLAWLESS film of 2018. This is one of my favorite films of all time, and if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it.

  2018 was overall a great year for film. There were so many great films I saw this year that were worthy of mention, so it was difficult to dwindle it down to just ten films. 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for film, as many of my favorite directors are returning alongside someone my favorite franchises. 2018 has come to a close, and it’s time to look forward to the many great films that will release in 2019.

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