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Best Films of 2018

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The Best of 2018


Before We Get Started...

Yes, this list is a little late, my reason being that I wanted to try catching up on a few films before setting up my official ‘Best of the Year’ list. I saw a lot of movies from 2018, exactly 200 actually, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve seen everything. I did still miss out on a handful of movies that received fairly positive word of mouth or just some flicks that I was looking forward to seeing yet sadly couldn’t manage to find the time to get around to checking out; such as The Wife, Welcome to Marwen, The Mule, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and The Hate U Give, among others I’m sure. However, from of all that I have seen, these are the ones that I found to be the most noteworthy in my personal favorites out of the whole year. I love film, it is very near and dear to my heart, when a year like this contains so many standouts it becomes extremely difficult to condense my list to simply ten picks like most people do. Which is why I have chosen to extend my list from ten to twenty since there are simply too many movies from 2018 that I believe deserve the love and attention. This is all my own personal opinion, while for the most part I do my best to be objective as possible with cinema, this list is completely subjective to my tastes. So without further ado, here is my list for what I consider to be some of the best works that 2018 had to offer!

20. ROMA


Oddly enough, the number twenty spot was probably the most difficult slot to choose for; there were so many great movies that came out this year so it was honestly hard for me to figure out which film to put the cap on the list. What is the one movie that absolutely deserves the spot and closes off the rest from 2018? For me, that movie was Roma. For some, I’m sure that this is absurd to have so low on the list and to an extent I would understand that criticism because Roma is a great film. But there were simply 19 other films that I loved a bit more. That, however, shouldn’t take away from the fact that this is still a wonderfully crafted and beautiful work of art. Set in the early 1970s, we get a glimpse into the life of a maid who works for a middle-class family in Mexico City. And that’s the plot. That may sound uninteresting and simply like the boring arthouse flick that everyone goes ga-ga over during the awards season, but with how it is executed it truly feels like we are getting a look into this woman’s day to day living for approximately a year of her life. Everything feels so authentic and real, it is as if this is a secret documentary of an actual lower-class woman’s life and how the normal events that happens in most people’s lives can build up on top of one another for someone in a very slow and natural way. And when everything is all said and done, life simply goes on for everyone involved. There’s no real big event or climax, it is just life. And I loved that about Roma. This is a better version of what 2018’s Life Itself thought of itself as; and trust me when I say I’ll be getting to that movie in another list. Moving on, the acting is very good and the cinematography is superb. Understand that this film is not everyone’s cup of tea and one of the reasons that this ranks so low is that this is a masterpiece that I could probably only be able to watch once in my life because of how rough it can get emotionally. In a way, that’s a compliment in my opinion. Roma is a Netflix original film and you should pop it up if the mood hits you right! It is a smart film with remarkably talented filmmakers to pull it all off.

'Roma' Trailer



The advertising for The Sisters Brothers made a strong effort in making this movie seem like a laugh-out-loud, almost screwball comedy… that is not what this film is. I don’t know why the decision was made to portray this slow burn western drama as a wacky comedy, but it seems to have backfired since this sadly tanked at the box office. There is a fair amount of comedic elements in the movie, but never to the extent that I would ever call this a comedy. Set in the mid-1800s, the Sisters brothers are an assassin duo known throughout the old west that are on the hunt for a gold prospector as they go town to town in search for him while the prospector is on the run. Do not take my words lightly when I say that this film is NOT for the squeamish. This film shows in great detail how terrible it was to live in this time period, and I mean GREAT detail. Think of The Sisters Brothers as pretty much a dark and serious version of A Million Ways to Die in the West. In other words, good. It was brutal, gritty, and simply fascinating to witness this world. It was the kind of world building that one would see executed by Michael Cimino back in the days of Heaven’s Gate, it was really inspiring to explore. The story never went where I thought it would go and the chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as the Sisters brothers really brought the film together as a whole for me.

Extremely Misleading Trailer for 'The Sisters Brothers'



American Animals was something I just wasn’t quite expecting as it is a unique blend of a traditional crime drama and a documentary, which at first I was thrown off by but as the movie went along I grew to appreciate it and what that interesting blend of film and documentary brought to the table. The true story about how four college students back in the mid-2000s perform one of the most bizarrely planned out heists ever performed. The docu-film hybrid jumps back and forth between actors reenacting the events that were claimed to have taken place in the early to mid-2000s and the actual college students reminiscing about their past. If it was simply the story told straight, on its own, it would have taken away from the identity that American Animals embraces with the multiple angles in which the four students remember what occurred back then; the beautiful thing about it is that they all have a slightly different way of remembering exactly what happened, sometimes in very minor ways and other times in entirely different scenarios. There are even times that they themselves are unsure of their own perspective of what may have gone down, which plays around with the story’s structure in interesting and clever ways. To the point where there is technically what would be in most movies considered to be a plot twist by the end of the narrative, but here it is very open to interpretation as to if certain things actually transpired or not depending on who’s side of the story you believe. I really had a good time with this film, it brought a flare to this particular crime drama genre of chasing the American dream that was extremely refreshing. Billionaire Boys Club tried and failed at achieving what American Animals effortlessly accomplishes.

'American Animals' Trailer



I went into Blindspotting completely blind, kind of funny when you think about the title. I hadn’t the slightest clue as to what it was about, who starred in it, who directed it, I didn’t know if it was a drama or thriller or a comedy, nothing. What I wound up with was a very funny, thoughtful, and at times downright terrifying movie about two friends trying to figure out their place in the world. Collin (Daveed Diggs) is in his last three days of probation and then he can finally restart his life again without restrictions. However, this grows more and more complicated as his best friend Miles (Rafael Casal) is a bit of a troublemaker. Along with that, Collin also comes across a police shooting of an unarmed black man in town and from there the pressure to keep things together become more and more overwhelming. His friendships and his relationships are put to the test as Collin tries to figure out who he wants to be and what does he need to do to become that person. I adored these two lead actors a lot and their friendship came across as so authentic and I was completely charmed by them. Daveed Diggs is captivating as a young guy who isn’t quite the mess that everyone paints him as, but he clearly doesn’t have his life together either and he is always one step away from making a big mistake again; largely thanks to his best friend Miles, but I always understood why Collin was friends with Miles which made it interesting when Collin’s arc involved having to figure out if he should remain friends with Miles. Rafael Casal as Miles kind of astonishes me because he is a stereotype of a personality that in reality I probably wouldn’t care for, somehow I really liked him though regardless of that. He was funny and he acted incredibly, every scene with him in it I was automatically hooked to the screen. I knew nothing about this film going in, coming out I was given a hilarious and intelligent look on race relations, friendships, opression, gun violence, love, hate, regret, and acceptance.

'Blindspotting' Trailer



It seems that the biggest comparison that You Were Never Really Here receives is with Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. And to an extent I understand that comparison in the sense that this is a slow burn, psychological study on a veteran’s mental state in a very stylish crime thriller. But You Were Never Really Here is entirely its own story and even its own style that I would say holds more similarities with Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. A veteran named Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), who is clearly going through PTSD, tracks down missing girls for a living. His latest job to retrieve a young girl goes south, throwing him in the middle of a deadly mix-up that he must figure his way out of and hopefully save the girl. Joaquin Phoenix is mesmerizing in the role, he completely disappears into being this very broken down man that I couldn’t help but wonder about everything going through his mind. He is just that intriguing to watch in his performance. The violence is surprising every time it happens and I darkly relished it. I never knew where the story was taking me, but I was always along for the trip. Honestly, talking about it again makes me want to watch it right now. So definitely give this movie a shot if you haven’t already!

'You Were Never Really Here' Trailer



DC within last several years has held a lot of disappointments, but they have recently been learning from their mistakes and now are finally getting back into the swing of things with it’s phenomenal splash that is Aquaman! Set some time after the events of Justice League, Aurthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is forced to challenge his half-brother King Orm for the throne of Atlantis in order to prevent all out war between the people of the land and sea. This was like watching Flash Gordon again on the big screen for me; larger than life sci-fi epics with a heart that is straight out of a campy Saturday morning cartoon and it is a total blast! At no point did it ever cross the line into feeling like it was just trying to replicate Marvel’s formula, it felt like a DC film, it just had a jolt of energy in its tone and characters along with a more cohesive plot that has been missing lately in the DCEU. Aquaman is a rocking good time under the sea! Sorry, I had to say it.

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My Review of Aquaman

  • DC's 'Aquaman' (2018) Movie Review
    When it seems that an all-out war will rage between the people of the land and the beings of the sea, Arthur Curry (Aquaman) must put an end to this rivalry by challenging his half-brother, King Orm, for the throne.

'Aquaman' Trailer



Easily one of the most original and unpredictable films I saw all year out of 2018. In what feels like an alternate reality to our own present-day, Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield) works as a telemarketer in a hugely successful company. One day he figures out how to rise through the ranks of the company, making his way to the top of the corporate latter only to discover that there lies a dark secret within the walls of this corporation. That is all I am going to reveal because this film is too unique to spoil. It is hilarious and takes risks that I haven’t seen another film make in a very long time. I dare anyone to predict what happens in the third act of Sorry to Bother You, and if you say that you saw it coming then you’re a liar! See how the insanity unfolds in this majorly entertaining film as soon as you can!

'Sorry to Bother You' Trailer



In 2015, Denis Villeneuve released Sicario, one of the bleakest and most suspenseful films I have ever seen in my life that was about pure evil committed by humanity. 2018 supplied a worthy successor with Stefano Sollima’s Day of the Saldado with another dark and intense ride. Years after its predecessor, the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico boarder has gotten worse than ever with the cartel sending out terrorists taking countless lives. Pushing the U.S. government to their last resort by seeking help from federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) to create a war within the cartel itself in hopes to destroy the threat once and for all. Benicio Del Toro is incredible in the role and shares terrific chemistry with his co-leads Josh Brolin and Isabela Moner. The film is full of dread and nail baiting action sequences. I love this movie so much and I need Sicario 3 pronto!

'Sicario: Day of the Saldado' Trailer



Talk about going from night to day with my last pick being one of the darkest films I saw all year to Instant Family being way more lighthearted and optimistic, although funny enough share a lead actress in Isabela Moner who is marvelous here as well. Pete and Ellie are a couple that are at a point in their lives where they want to have children, so they decide to adopt a teenage girl and her two younger siblings. At first things seem fine, but as some time passes the more they all realize that it isn’t going to be that easy to be a family together and they have to figure out if it even can work out between the five of them under one roof. This ended up being a wonderful surprise from a director that I have not cared for his past films all that much. It was hilarious, it was endearing, it was heart wrenching and I routed for this family to make things work while understanding exactly why the difficulties emerged among them. Have a double feature with this and 1989’s Parenthood!

My Review of Instant Family

  • 'Instant Family' (2018) Movie Review
    Pete and Ellie are a loving couple that one day decide to take on the responsibility of fostering three children, soon realizing that it's not quite as easy as they thought it would be.

'Instant Family' Trailer



The perfect blend of dark comedy and mystery-thriller, Paul Feig directs his best work yet, hands down. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a middle-class single mother, who is on the timid side, befriends another mother named Emily (Blake Lively), a blunt and rather wealthy woman that goes missing one day. Leaving Stephanie and Emily’s husband to figure out where she could have gone or if she’s even still alive. I laughed like a hyena at every dark joke, then I was enthralled by every twist and turn. And Blake Lively gives one of my favorite performances of the entire year; she practically oozes charisma in every single frame, her comedic timing is quick as lightning and the subtle nuance that she interjects into her character is beyond perfect. A Simple Favor is if Alfred Hitchcock rose from the grave to make one more thriller, but wanted to include a bit more wit into the dialog. See this if you love to laugh and love a solid mystery!

My Review of A Simple Favor

  • 'A Simple Favor' (2018) Movie Review
    Stephanie is a shy single mother who makes friends with another mother, Emily, who is extremely blunt as well as wealthy. One day, Emily goes missing, leaving Stephanie and Emily's husband to figure out where she disappeared to. From there, a set of

'A Simple Favor' Trailer



My absolute favorite comic book film from all of 2018 was by far also the most ambitious Spider-Man movie I have seen yet. I’m sure that most everyone will probably put Avengers: Infinity War or Black Panther on their ‘Best of’ lists for the year over Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is understandable because they were also a terrific flicks. For me, however, I loved Spider-Verse a bit more. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is your average teen boy just trying to figure out his place in the world and worries that he may not live up to the expectations of his family. One day Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider that causes strange things to happen with his body as he develops similar powers to Spider-Man (Jake Johnson). Along with this discovery he stubbles into a rumble between Spider-Man and a number of his foes which results in multiple parallel dimensions to merge with their own, bringing in a number of different ‘Spider-Men’ into Miles’ universe. Together they have to stop Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. the Kingpin (Liev Scheriber), from attempting this experiment again or else it may be the end of everyone’s world. The plot is about as comic book as it gets. Hell, the whole movie is as comic book as it gets; right down to the stylish animation that legitimately looks like a comic book come to life. The character arcs are interesting, the animation and photography is breath taking, the characters themselves are all lovable, the villains are intimidating and even relatable with Wilson Fisk at times, and the story is wild and I cannot wait to see what comes next from Sony in the Spider-Verse!

My Review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018) Movie Review
    Miles Morales is an average teenage boy that happens to stumble across a devious plot that endangers not only his reality but other dimensions as well. In the chaos, he develops similar powers of Spider-Man himself and must work with Spider-Men of ot

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Trailer



Like with what seems to be the case for most of Spike Lee’s filmography, there is a slight divide between the people who love his movie and the people who didn’t get into it. Clearly since this is on the list, I really got into this movie. In the 1970s there was an African-American undercover officer named Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who somehow managed to pull off a sting on the Ku Klux Klan over the phone while his Jewish partner, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), took his place with the in-person meetups. This was based on a true story, but with most films, I can’t say as to how accurate it was to the actual events that occurred. Regardless of that, what we got was an effectively cool ride. Washington and Driver deliver great performances with fantastic chemistry inside of this ridiculous, yet extremely intense story. And by the end of it all really shows how far we’ve come today in our society, which sadly in some regards doesn’t seem to be all that far. BlacKkKlansman is a smart, funny, suspenseful, provocative film and I hope you check this out!

'BlacKkKlansman' Trailer



First Man is probably the scariest non-horror film I saw all year, throwing the audience directly inside these air and space crafts alongside the crew that have to pilot them. This is the true story of Neil Armstrong’s (Ryan Gosling) journey in order to be the first man to ever walk on the surface of the moon in 1969. Somehow, with the most predictable ending in all of history comes some of the most heart-racing sequences ever put on screen. It literally perplexes me how a story that everyone who has ever picked up a history book knows about can be so nail-bitingly suspenseful. We are literally inside of these jets or spacecrafts as the action is happening and it feels like it is happening to us. It feels like we are right there with Armstrong as all of these terrifying experiments, and even the launch itself, goes down. Ryan Gosling is reserved and quiet, but says so much with just the expression on his face; one look with his eyes says everything that is going through this man’s mind and it is brilliant. Claire Foy as Neil’s wife, Janet, is the perfect counter balance of Gosling as she brings a lot of the emotions to the surface with her character while still remaining strong and even inspiring in some ways. The effects and cinematography were on par with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the sound design was meticulously thought out, and the story was executed with the ambition of a ‘New Hollywood’ era epic. Have yourself a flight to remember here!

My Review of First Man

  • 'First Man' (2018) Movie Review
    For many years, we strived to travel to the moon. This is the story of the man who succeeded in that mission and made the first step on the moon's surface. But in order to accomplish that goal, it took many failures to get it all right for Neil Armst

'First Man' Trailer



We had a lot of hilarious comedies come out last year, outside of the few that I have listed on here; Game Night, Tag, Vice, Blockers, {Love, Simon}, Deadpool 2 to name a few that were all fun in their own right; some of those I can even understand if they were to make it on someone’s own ‘Best of the Year’ list, a couple were close for making mine. However, my favorite comedy absolutely must go to… well, The Favourite. Early 18th century England where Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) has fallen ill and has entitled her close friend Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to govern the country in her absence. Although when a new servant arrives, Abigail (Emma Stone), things between the three grow fairly complicated as a strange rivalry and a power play transpires amongst the three while the country is on the brink of war outside the walls they live in. The dialog is fiercely witty and sharp as the characters verbally lashed out against one another in hilarious ways every time. The three actresses work wonderfully with one another as they bicker and clash most of the movie, the camera work is truly gorgeous, the story is always moving in a fun or interesting way as the world that these characters inhabit is full of wildly sexual and delightfully silly debauchery. The Favourite is the first film I have come to adore from director Yorgos Lanthimos and I do hope it won’t be the last because this was a great combination of Barry Lyndon and Caligula, I want more of this please!

My Review of The Favourite

  • 'The Favourite' (2018) Movie Review
    Set in early 18th century England, Abigail enters the Queen's domain to become a servant in assistance to her cousin, Sarah, who is governing the country as the Queen has fallen ill. During Abigail's stay, things between the three grow to be complica

'The Favourite' Trailer



The Mission Impossible franchise seems to be one that only gets better and better with each passing installment and this sequel may be my favorite yet. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team are at it again to save the world from a mysterious figure attempting to detonate multiple nuclear bombs across the world, leaving it up to Hunt to join with CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill) to figure out how to thwart this diabolical scheme before it’s too late. It goes without saying at this point that the stunt work is extraordinary as every action sequence is mind blowing how Cruise takes most of the stunt work on himself. Bringing the viewers drawn even more immersed into the action. The story surprisingly breezes by in its two and a half hour run time, when it ended I was amazed to find out how long it was since it felt so much shorter; that’s how entertaining this movie was for me. The characters all work great together as there is no weak link, Henry Cavill was an exceedingly fun addition to the cast, and the effects were completely convincing every step of the way. I am waiting in anticipation for Mission Impossible 7 for it can’t come soon enough!

'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Trailer



To say that I am a fan of the Rocky series is putting it lightly. With the exception of Rocky V, I love all of the Rocky films, now including the two Creed installments. Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has hit quite the success since his fight with ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan in the first film, career wise, Donnie has won the title of Heavyweight Champion of the world while in his personal life he has become engaged to his longtime girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and his friendship with Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) has only grown stronger. That is until Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man who murdered Donnie’s father in the ring before he was even born, comes back to America with his son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) to challenge Donnie in the ring. So this hard hitting and well crafted drama is pretty much a direct sequel to Rocky IV, the absolute silliest installment in the whole franchise, and I ate it right up. This was incredible as a fan to watch a film taking itself so seriously about events from a movie that was practically science fiction at that point in the series. I love Rocky IV, don’t get me wrong, it is an absolute pleasure to watch every time. But it is a ridiculous film, and Creed II doesn’t bat an eye handling that material with a straight face. Setting aside the fanboy aspects of my enjoyment, I still thought it was a great movie with terrific performances all across the board. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvestor Stallone, as always, knocking it right out of the park with their portrayals of these characters as well as their on screen friendship being really charming. Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago is one of my favorite villains of the 1980s, now he comes back and supplies an astonishing amount of depth to this stoic character with an arc that was surprisingly engaging. I had an amazing time with Creed II; the fight sequences had me at the edge of my seat while the human drama had me near tears multiple times. It’s another great film in an already great series… except for Rocky V. No one talks about Rocky V.

My Review of Creed II

  • 'Creed II' (2018) Movie Review
    All seems to be going well for Adonis Creed after his fight with 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan; his boxing career is flourishing and his makeshift family seems closer together than ever. Until Ivan Drago and his son Viktor come to America to challenge Adonis

'Creed II' Trailer



Everyone is gushing over Hereditary being one of the greatest horror movies around and is one of the most intense things ever put to screen… I am also one of those people who fell for Hereditary. I don’t know if it’s one of the greatest horror films ever made, but it certainly was one of the best to come out of 2018. After a major death in the family, a married couple and their two children are left to grieve. Then strange and possibly supernatural occurrences start to transpire with the family, haunting them with disturbing sounds and images. Is it all in their minds or is their something more nefarious happening to them? This film played on a psychological level that I truly admired, instead of simply preying on our fear through spooky ghost effects or loud noises like what a lot of the mainstream horror scene does nowadays, it delves in deep into what actually scares us on a very human level. This was great suspense with great intelligence applied into its scares. The effects are convincing, the acting is superb with Toni Collette performing her heart out, and the story is spiritually in the same vein as Rosemary’s Baby and Don’t Look Now. With the exception of maybe the literal last minute of the movie, I was riveted and dug the hell out of Hereditary. If you’re looking for something to strike real terror inside of you, look no further!

'Hereditary' Trailer



There was not another movie from 2018 to leave me in as much of an emotional mess as when I watched A Star is Born. A somewhat weathered musician, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) who’s career has hit a bit of a slump as he is being consumed by his drug addiction. In his downward spiral, however, he meets Ally (Lady Gaga). An up and coming artist that Jackson starts to help get her music off the ground and along the way a romance also begins to bloom between them. This film has literally been remade time and time again; there are four or five film adaptations of A Star is Born. Me personally, I have a strong fondness for the 1976 movie starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, which this latest remake more or less takes its biggest influence from but it stands all on its own. This is one of the best remakes I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing and in some ways surpasses the ’76 film. The romantic chemistry between Cooper and Gaga is completely believable and feels like lightning captured inside of a bottle. The two leads play beautifully off of one another and I found myself 100% invested in their relationship, routing for them all the way even though I knew basically what was going to happen in the story. The music is powerfully written and performed while supplying clever ways to let the story unfold with interesting character development. Bradley Cooper proves himself to be quite the talented filmmaker in his directorial debut here and I cannot wait to see what lies in store for his future.

My Review of A Star Is Born

  • "A Star Is Born" (2018) Movie Review
    When a drug addicted and alcoholic musician, Jackson Maine, discovers an up and coming singer, Ally, in a bar one night, he finds a rekindled passion in his music as they slowly fall for one another. From there, he must battle his own demons while sh

'A Star is Born' Trailer



Annihilation was a film I saw extremely early in the year and it stuck with me obviously long enough to make it on the list. Alex Garland gives us another provocative and creatively inspired sci-fi tale revolving around a biologist, Lena (Natalie Portman), whose husband (Oscar Isaac) disappeared under mysterious circumstances during a secretive scientific mission. After several months he seems to have re-emerged out of nowhere, leading Lena volunteers to join the expedition of the strange environmental disaster zone with a team of highly intelligent and badass women in order to figure out what is going on. Along their journey, they discover that within the disaster zone lies dangerous mutations that lurk around every corner. Annihilation was like having a smarter and more thrilling version of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus come out, for me. It shares similar themes of evolution, God, and the human condition that I thought was delved far more deeply into here than in Prometheus, even though I liked Prometheus, it contained issues that Annihilation seems to rectify. The lead cast is particularly incredible with these very strong and engaging performances; this is how a team of badass women in an action situation is done incredibly well… I’m looking at you, Ghostbusters remake. The action is heart pounding, the visual effects are impressive, the creature and environment designs are ambitious, and the ideas the story eludes to are thought provoking. My only gripe would have to be with the framing device used to go back and forth in time with telling the story, I feel that is the weak link that is only present to provide useless exposition. Other than that, this is intensity filled sci-fi at some of its best. It irritates me that the film got such a terrible deal with its theatrical release and was basically sabotaged by its own producers financially, because of creative differences with its director. But the final result of the film is most definitely worth the watch.

'Annihilation' Trailer



From the very second the ending credits rolled, I knew I wasn’t going to watch another movie I loved more than Upgrade in 2018. Taking place in a near-future setting, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) and his wife are brutally attacked, rendering Grey a quadriplegic and his wife killed. After an old colleague provides Grey the ability to walk again with the help of an implanted microchip called Stem, which soon reveals that it is able to speak. From there, Stem begins to help Grey solve the murder of his wife and exact his revenge on the gang that committed the crime. What can I say about Upgrade? I was blown away by the awesome action sequences with kinetic camera work and fantastic practical effects. I was emotionally moved as well as ecstatically impressed by Logan Marshall-Green’s performance, especially with what he does physically is just cool. I laughed beyond my own control with the dark humor presented in its violence. I was always curious as to where the story was going and thought the ending was incredibly risky, but challenging. The themes of humanity and how it delves into reality versus escapism I found to be intriguing, particularly with how the story ends which supplies a strong debate for both sides of the argument. Upgrade is the RoboCop remake that we never got, while being entirely original. Leigh Whannell has been an amazing writer for the fifteen years of his career, now with his second directorial efforts, he proves to be an equally talented director. Ambitious, intelligent and a fun thrill ride from beginning to end. This was one of the best times I had watching a movie last year and I am glad that most who see Upgrade share the same love for it as I do. It is a shame that it did not do better in the box office, although it still made a profit, so I do hope that is enough to warrant a sequel. Even though the story does not necessarily need further extension, the places that it could go I find to be rather exciting and would be overjoyed to see what Whannell could do with another go at this world and these characters.

'Upgrade' Trailer

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John Plocar (author) from Weatherford on January 31, 2019:

@Brian Leekley, thank you very much for sharing my article around! I really appreciate it and I hope that you enjoy all of them =D

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on January 31, 2019:

John, I shared this hub on Twitter and Facebook. It has renewed my interest in films. I want to see almost all 20 of those listed. I hope I find time to see some of them.

John Plocar (author) from Weatherford on January 24, 2019:

Thank you!

Oluwafemi Okeowo from Nigeria on January 24, 2019:


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