Jonathan's Top Ten List: 2018
This is coming a little later than I anticipated, but I am finally catching up to Mollie with my Top Ten List for 2018. There are a few films I have yet to see like The Favourite and Vice that I am sure will be some of my favorites from 2018, but this is still a pretty complete list from our many moviegoing experiences this year.
So, without further ado, here is my Top Ten List for 2018 with some honorable mentions:
1. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
This movie blew away my admittedly moderate expectations, but I think it’s my favorite Spider-Man movie. Without a doubt, it is full of heart, humor, action, and incredibly moving moments. It’s a perfect film to take your whole family, and personally, I can’t wait to see it again.
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
As a kid that grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, I was very excited to see this film, and it didn’t disappoint. His outlook on the world and humanity is so sorely needed in our current cultural climate. I think about this film often, and I think you should definitely give it a watch.
3. A Quiet Place
You might think at first glance that this movie would be easy to make since it has very little dialogue or sound, but you would be wrong. It was a monumental task to accomplish a film like this with hardly any dialogue and having to tell a story through images, heart and body language. John Krasinski impresses with his direction and performance, and Emily Blunt continues to showcase her ability to inhabit any type of character to perfection.
4. Black Panther
This is one of the best MCU films to date in my opinion. It showcases strong performances, a great villain, beautiful set design, and one of the best soundtracks of the year. It’s my second favorite comic book film of the year, and I think it’s a worthy contender for best picture. Ryan Coogler also proves himself once again to be one of the best in the business.
5. Green Book
This film has since encountered some controversy, but even with that, I think it’s full of incredible performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. It makes you uncomfortable and leads you to think and feel a full spectrum of emotions. I highly recommend this film while it’s still in theaters.
This is one of those films that keeps you thinking after you leave the theater. It’s based on a true story of an African American police detective that infiltrates the KKK by speaking to members over the phone. It is filled with humor, drama, and tension, and I think it’s one of Spike Lee’s best to date.
7. Avengers: Infinity War
This is the film that MCU fans have been waiting on for years, and overall, it was well worth the wait. The amount of emotion and consequences that are explored in the film are what made it interesting to me. Thanos is the villain we were promised, and it’s really his movie. There are tons of incredible performances from all the cast you love, but Josh Brolin really stands out in bringing the Titan to life.
8. A Star is Born
I struggled with where to place this film, not because it isn’t a worthy pick, but because it’s been such a packed year. The movie suffers a little bit in the editing room, but the performances and musical performances still make it an incredible film for me. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga deliver where it counts.
9. Love, Simon
This was a movie from earlier in the year that really stood out from the usual coming of age fare. It packs a ton of heart, charm and moving moments, and no matter your own experiences, I think you can find yourself in this film. It’s a movie that needed to be made, and Director Greg Berlanti did a great job bringing it to life.
10. Bohemian Rhapsody
Deciding on the number ten spot of this list is always agonizing to me, mainly because I hate making lists at all, but here we are. It is ultimately Rami Malek’s performance that moved this film above Overlord and Instant Family. He shines as Freddie Mercury from start to finish. Like most biopics there are questionable moments of accuracy, but in the moment of watching the film, you believe them all. Personally, I hope Rami secures an Oscar nod.
-A Simple Favor
So, do you agree with some of the films on our lists? Which ones would you replace and why? Comment below and let us know!
And stay tuned Friday as we share our top ten most anticipated films for 2019.
Jonathan is a film enthusiast, video whiz, and extremely knowledgable about all things Star Wars.. He is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow his many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @beachjd.