I haven’t written a thing for months and figured that I should end the year with a final post – as well as the resolution to write more!
See here are my favourite films of 2018… in no particular order! I didn’t see as many films this year as last year. 2019 is definitely shaping up to be one big year of film! But here goes…
Saw creator Leigh Whannel’s Upgrade is an exhilarating body-horror, sci-fi movie that examines some pretty interesting issues around body modification, and moral responsibility and A.I., all served up in a fairly typical revenge tale. Its hard to believe that this film was made on a small budget, because the fight scenes are bonkers!
If you’re after a philosophical movie with a bit of action thrown in, I highly recommend Upgrade.
The Avengers: Infinity War
When I first saw Infinity War, I wasn’t too impressed. It felt like there was just too much going on, with too many characters. It felt over-hyped and underwhelming. Then I watched it on blu-ray one day when I was home sick and I loved it. I then watched it again almost straight after it finished.
What was achieved in this film was nothing short of amazing considering what was riding on it – 20 movies and 10 years of a lead-up. Thanos is easily the Marvel Universe’s best villain. Infinity War was laugh-out-loud funny and the action epic.
The Death of Stalin
This was another movie that I watched and felt somewhat underwhelmed by, only to come to love it. It is easily the funniest movie in years. Stalin is dead and his ministry scrambles to work out who is in power. What could possibly go wrong?
It is something akin to Monty Python at times (and also stars Michael Palin). It is an excellent British black comedy – which is something that seldom appears on the screen these days. Please Britain, give us more of this!
I really enjoyed Garland’s work in Ex Machina with its sense of mystery and brooding fear. Annihilation continues that trend, along with a great performance by Natalie Portman. Annihilation is also downright scary at times, with some of the most disturbing scenes you’ll see in a while. They really stick with you!
I have to admit that I really didn’t understand what was going on, but it was such a gripping film. I look forward to Garland’s next!
Mission: Impossible Fallout
Ghost Protocol (my personal favourite of this series) brought a much needed injection of fresh new ideas to the Mission: Impossible movie series, especially thanks to Brad Bird’s direction. The last two entries, by Christopher McQuarrie, have brought the series into a new era filled with solid writing and incredible action. Fallout is easily the most insane action movie in years – what Tom Cruise does in this movie is nuts.
It has some flaws, particularly with its pacing (it is almost 3 hours in length), yet Fallout proves that the Mission: Impossible film series is not running out of steam anytime soon.
What about you? Was there anything you saw that you’d recommend?
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