Mollie’s Top Ten List: 2018
With 2018 officially coming to an end, it’s time to rank some of our favorite films from the past year. 2018 has been a big movie year, and while we are admittedly behind on seeing some award contenders like Vice and Roma, we have seen our fair share of movies for the year. You can expect to see some of these amended in the future as some of these smaller films hit our theater in 2019, but in the meantime, enjoy seeing the films that we consider to be some of the best this year. Today I’m sharing my list, and tomorrow will be Jonathan’s turn.
So, without further ado, here is Mollie’s list:
1) Bohemian Rhapsody
I honestly did not expect to find this movie in my top spot for the year, but I was blown away by this musical biopic. Besides, I am already a sucker for a good biopic. Rami Malek was incredible as Freddie Mercury, and the inclusion of Queen’s music throughout the film was unique and powerful. All of the cast did a fantastic job, and this is one I cannot wait to watch again.
2) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Not only is this film the best animated film from this year, but it is easily one of the best films released in general. This bright and colorful animated adventure is unlike any other, and it is a love letter to the many iterations of the character of Spider-Man.
3) Black Panther
Until Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released, Black Panther was solidly standing as the best superhero film of the year. Now I will say it’s the best live-action superhero film of the year. Between the visuals and the character arcs for everyone from T’Challa to Killmonger, this movie is a true standout from this year.
4) Green Book
To be honest, this film was actually in my top spot until all of the controversy from Dr. Shirley’s family emerged. Despite all of this, though, Green Book is an excellent story with some of the best performances I’ve ever seen from Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.
5) A Quiet Place
John Krasinski’s directorial debut is a unique one, and I could not help but love this almost silent film. The plot is unique. The characters are intelligent and brave. Plus, Emily Blunt’s bathtub scene alone makes this one a favorite for the year.
6) Avengers: Infinity War
How could the culmination of the past ten years of Marvel films not be on my top ten list? I don’t think it was as solid of a standalone film as Black Panther, but the way they develop Thanos and push all of our heroes to the very edge makes it stand out among all the releases from 2018.
Also, the relationship between Gamora and Thanos was so excellently executed. Is Avengers: End Game here yet?
7) Mary Poppins Returns
Practically perfect in every way? Yes, I think so. Emily Blunt is pure magic, and this fantastical adventure is one of the best that Disney gave us this year. With its interesting lessons and catchy music, this is one that will always be a favorite.
Dark comedies and biopics are kind of my thing, which means that this crazy film that’s based on a true story had to appear on my list. Quirky, surprising, and a piece that leaves you thinking; this is one of my favorites from Spike Lee. John David Washington and Adam Driver deserve to have some nominations, and I thought they killed it in this one.
9) First Man
I have a complete soft spot when it comes to Damien Chazelle, and while this film is going to be completely overlooked during awards season, I absolutely loved this film. Gosling’s performance was brilliant and understated, and Claire Foy was stunning. Plus, those visuals for the lunar landing are unparalleled.
10) Instant Family
So, this is one of those movies that is an unexpected addition to the list. I thought the trailers were cute, but the more I think about this movie, the more I am impressed with the performances by Rose Byrne and Isabela Moner. Sure, it is a feel good movie, but as someone who has watched one of my friends go through the foster care/adoption process, I could not help but adore this film.
And yes, I’m cheating by listing a few honorable mentions. These are a few movies that ALMOST made my top ten and therefore should still be recognized for being pretty incredible.
-Upgrade (Best sci-fi film of the year. Hands down.)
-Searching (What a unique way to tell a story, and John Cho was awesome.)
-Mission: Impossible- Fallout (Those stunts. That story. It’s worth the watch.)
-The Little Stranger (A thought-provoking, slow-moving British drama. All of my favorites.)
-Bad Times at the El Royale (A unique story with even more unique storytelling sensibilities.)
-Solo: A Star Wars Story (It’s Star Wars. It’s Han Solo. It’s fun.)
-A Star Is Born (No explanation really needed on this one.)
So, do you agree with some of the films on Mollie’s list? Which ones would you replace and why? Comment below and let us know!
And stay tuned tomorrow as Jonathan shares his top ten films from 2018.