DC’s Take: My Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018

2018 has come and gone, and one of my favorite things to do when the year ends is to look back at all the movies that I had the chance to see. Still, the year still brought out some bad sides throughout the months, but it’s usually a good time going to the theater almost every week to, hopefully, have a perfect experience.

What I’m actually surprised by this year is that 2018 wasn’t the best year for films. Sure, there were some that I loved, hence this list, but the ones that I was anticipating didn’t impress me. Maybe it’s because I was felt tired while watching (showing how old I’m becoming), or it just didn’t live up to expectations. But I have broken a record of my own as I’ve gone out of my way to see 67 movies released in theaters this past year.

And just like last year, making my best list was hard trying to decide which movie I loved more and switching some around. Also, I needed to catch up on some movies that I missed in theaters; that way I wouldn’t be mad at myself if I saw something a month later. But I didn’t get the chance to see films like Boy Erased, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Suspiria, or Vox Lux due to time or they weren’t playing near me. So, who knows if they would’ve made it on here.

All of these movies that I personally picked as my favorites had some kind of impact on myself. Ranging from different genres from summer blockbusters, smaller indies, to the ones that generally surprised me. These aren’t perfect, but I chose these based on enjoyment and how much it stayed with me.

Honorable Mentions: Blockers (#11), Incredibles 2, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, A Star is Born, Roma, Three Identical Strangers, Paddington 2, Black Panther, Blindspotting, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Bumblebee

Without further ado, let’s talk about the Top 10 Best Movies of 2018 (In my opinion, of course).

10) ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (Anthony and Joe Russo)

Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Everything has been leading up to Avengers: Infinity War for ten years, and it sure didn’t disappoint. Watching all of the MCU movies in preparation was challenging, but it couldn’t prepare me for what can be called “an event”. The Russo Brothers actually handled a movie featuring all of these characters and giving them something to do without wasting them. Love the action, the interactions I’ve been waiting for, and an incredible villain in the form of Thanos (brilliantly performed by Josh Brolin). Endgame, you have some huge shoes to fill, especially with that unforgettable ending. Avengers: Infinity War is also currently my fifth favorite MCU film.

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9) ‘First Man’ (Damien Chazelle)

Ryan Gosling in First Man (2018)

Damien Chazelle does it again with First Man. I knew firsthand that this was gonna be about Neil Armstrong’s life and everything leading up to the Apollo 11 mission, but what we got is a much deeper story about the first man who walked on the moon. The only reason why this isn’t higher on my list unlike Chazelle’s last two films- Whiplash and La La Land– is that the pacing could’ve been better. Other than that, Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy gave great, strong performances, the sound design is a true standout, and the moon landing sequence is one for the ages. It’s a total shame First Man bombed in theaters. Personally, I blame the “flag controversy”.

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8) ‘The Favourite’ (Yorgos Lanthimos)

Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite was probably gonna end up becoming one of those period pieces that was gonna be a waste of time. On the contrary, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest is a phenomenal offbeat comedy-drama that’s engaging and cleverly written. Here, you got amazing performances from Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz along with brilliant costume design, cinematography, and the madness ensuing all over. For me, this was a refreshing take on the genre. Plus, with a movie called “The Favoruite“, how could it not be one of my favorites of the year.

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7) ‘Mission: Impossible- Fallout’ (Christopher McQuarrie)

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Talk about an action franchise that keeps the adrenaline pumping after 22 years. Though Mission: Impossible- Fallout is my third favorite in the series, the sixth installment just amazes me as not only a summer blockbuster but how this tops itself with each passing film. Christopher McQuarrie delivers everything from all of practical action set pieces (the helicopter chase is the biggest standout), a story that connects to the previous films, and a great foe in Henry Cavill. If Tom Cruise makes more of these for our enjoyment for the rest of his life, I’ll be cool with that. Am I gonna go as far to say Mission: Impossible- Fallout is one of the greatest action movies ever made? Feels a bit too early to call it that, but I’m not gonna debate anyone who thinks it is.

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6) ‘A Quiet Place’ (John Krasinski)

John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place (2018)

Honest truth, A Quiet Place is the best horror movie of 2018. Sorry, Hereditary. Re-watching it a second time actually made it a lot better. John Krasinski directed the hell out of a film that has very little dialogue and filled with some memorable tense moments. You truly care about the Abbot family trying to survive this world where you can’t make a sound, and it shows what it takes to keep the ones you love alive. Smart, original, and great performances from Kransinski, Emily Blunt, and the kids, A Quiet Place is just a genius horror movie worth remembering, even when you feel captivated by the story.

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5) ‘Love, Simon’ (Greg Berlanti)

Nick Robinson in Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon stayed with me since I saw it back in March. This became one of my favorite coming-of-age movies in the past few years, and it holds a special place in my heart. Viewing Greg Berlanti’s adaptation of Becky Albertall’s novel made me realize people, especially teenagers, shouldn’t keep the secret of being gay hold them back from their friends or family. Nick Robinson is lively as the title character in a teen dramedy that resonated with me, even though you don’t have to be gay to relate to the story. Love, Simon made me laugh and actually cry. Just shows that all of us will find love someday. Sidenote: Listen to “Wild Heart” by Bleachers to get the feels.

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4) ‘BlacKkKlansman’ (Spike Lee)

John David Washington and Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Spike Lee directing a film nowadays could either be good or bad. But BlacKkKlansman turned out to be his best joint since Do the Right Thing. Not only did I love this because a true story about an African-American officer set to infiltrate the KKK in a sneaking way sounded unbelievable, yet it turned out to be true, but it’s surprisingly funny and feels pretty relevant with the racial tension America still goes through. Love the script and the performances from breakout star John David Washington and Adam Driver. After it ended, BlacKkKlansman made me feel a range of emotions from tense, anger, and joyfulness all at once.

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3) ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman)

Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Shameik Moore, and Kimiko Glenn in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

As a Spider-Man fan, there’s so much that I loved about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This could have easily failed with all these different Spider-men and women, but we are given the most engaging animated and superhero film of the year. My biggest takeaway from this is that anybody can be Spider-Man, no matter who or what you are. The animation style is spectacular to witness on the big screen, the action feels like an actual comic book came to life, and we finally got to see Miles Morales (voiced by a terrific Shameik Moore) front and center. Blown away from beginning to end with a smile on my face, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse delivers. Spider-Man 2 is still my favorite, but this is a very close second.

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2) ‘The Hate U Give’ (George Tillman Jr.)

Amandla Stenberg in The Hate U Give (2018)

Seems like everybody completely forgot about The Hate U Give, and I’m disappointed not a lot of people saw it. For me, this is the most underrated movie of the year. George Tillman Jr.’s take on Angie Thomas’ novel portrays a growing problem in our society in police brutality. Since this is a topic that’s been on my mind this year, this felt very timely knowing that people are willing to speak out against these things, which is why the Black Lives Matter movement is still here to stay. I love Amandla Stenberg’s role as Starr Carter and the late Audrey Wells’ fantastic screenplay. The Hate U Give is informative, relevant, and an important drama for people to watch who care about this issue.

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  1. ‘Eighth Grade’ (Bo Burnham)

Josh Hamilton and Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (2018)

A lot of memorable coming-of-age movies has come out this decade, but no other film connected with me unlike the Sundance favorite, Eighth Grade. There wasn’t any other film this year that felt more realistic and honest than comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut that perfectly captures the awkward and confident side of ourselves. The story is so relatable to someone who has been in Kayla (a brilliant Elsie Fisher)’s shoes when transitioning into high school. We’ve all been through the phases of awkwardness, being shy, or even trying our hardest to fit in.

Discovering Burnham this year is a true gift when his flawless direction and screenplay is generally original. Feeling like a combination of Lady Bird and The Edge of Seventeen, this felt raw, where it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a movie. Also, shout out to Josh Hamilton as Kayla’s dad. Eighth Grade was the movie of the summer for me, and it’s definitely the best movie of 2018. Gucci!

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