With the end of 2018 we’re looking back at some of our favorite things this year. First up, Alex Lancaster’s Favorite Films of 2018.
There have been a lot of great movies this year, and there are still a decent amount of films that have been released this year, that honestly I haven’t seen yet (but will in the coming weeks). That being said, here is my list of my ten favorite films released in 2018 that I was able to catch this year.
10. The Old Man and the Gun
Robert Redford has talked about potentially retiring from acting, and if he does there’s no better film for him to go out on than Old Man. It’s a fantastic film that is only hindered by one casting choice. You can check out our review here.
9. Avengers: Infinity War
I was actually hesitant to put this film on the list because while it’s a good movie, and I really enjoyed it, there are other really great films this year. BUT. (SPOILER WARNING) The fact that the film killed off half of the Marvel Universe and ended with the big bad, Thanos, smiling as he watched the sunrise, did it for me. No other Superhero film has ever had the guts to play a card that big. But there’s never been anything like Infinity War, a movie that merged multiple franchises, and balanced over 30 characters, successfully. It’s a testament to the talent of the Russo Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Check out our review of the film here.
8. The Incredibles 2
I can’t think of another film that audiences demanded a sequel for as much as Incredibles, and while it took 14 years to finally get the film, Incredibles 2 is everything we wanted and more. It’s got plenty of action, an amazing score, great arcs for the entire cast of characters, and a lot of just fun moments. Check out our review of the film here.
7. Black Panther
Black Panther has been an incredible force to be reckoned with, and rightfully so. It’s the first major superhero film to ever feature a black lead, and it helped opened the eyes of studios to show that there is a market for blockbuster films staring someone who isn’t a white guy. It’s also a fantastic superhero film, with a great story and a phenomenal villain. There isn’t a single aspect of this film that doesn’t work, and I hope we hear the film mentioned a lot in the coming months as Award season ramps up.
6. Love, Simon
I can name a million different coming of age/rom-com films. But it’s hard for me to name a single one that features a lead character who isn’t straight. Love, Simon is a John Hughes film for this generation. It’s a beautiful, funny, heartwarming film, that has been slightly overlooked this year. I love this film, and I think it’s not just an amazing film but it’s just as important as the other films released this year that have celebrated representation on screen.
5. First Man
There are few films that feel as “cinematic” as First Man. And while the film is kind of being overlooked for now in terms of initial Awards nominations, it’s truly a cinematic masterpiece. Ryan Gosling and Clair Foy give amazing performances, that are both award worthy, and director Damien Chazelle proves once again that he can create magic on screen. There’s so much about this film that is underrated, and it may be because we take it for granted. Gosling gives one of the best performances of his career, but we don’t talk about it because he’s always a great actor. We should be talking about it. And we should remember this film. Hopefully we will with time. You can check out our review here.
4. Bad Times at the El Royale
Another film that hasn’t gotten as much love as it deserves. El Royale is inventive, features amazing production design, phenomenal cinematography, a fantastic script, and some of the best performances of the year. It also is without a doubt Jeff Bridges best performance in years. There’s plenty of reasons to love this film, and a million reasons why it should be remembered right now during Award season. You can check out our review here.
Spike Lee is back after three years without a major theatrical release, and he brought his A game. BlacKkKlansman is not only a great film but it features one of the most polarizing endings in recent history. It reminds us that there is true evil in this world, and sadly, it’s no longer hiding behind hoods. You can read our review of the film here.
2. Sorry to Bother You
There is no film like Sorry to Bother You. There may never be another film like Sorry to Bother You. It’s one of the most insane, hilarious, mind blowing films of the year, and up until a week or two ago I would have listed this film as the best film of 2018. There are so many layers to this film, and it is a pure cinematic masterpiece. Years from now this film be studied frame by frame in film schools across the world. For decades this film will be considered one of the most underrated films of all time. And in the end this film will outlast many of the other films released this year. You need to see this film if you haven’t yet, it will change your life. You can read our review here.
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
In the words of our writer Eric Brockett, this film has everything. There’s everything you could ever want in a superhero film. There’s everything you could ever want in a Spider-Man film. It has the best possible Stan Lee cameo to follow his passing. It has nods to almost every version of Spider-Man we’ve ever seen. It has more heart than possibly any other film released this year. It has more depth than you would ever expect from an animated Superhero film. It’s a reminder that Animation isn’t a genre but a medium. Into the Spider-Verse isn’t just the best film of the year. It’s possibly the best film of the decade. It’s a film that needs to be mentioned in the same breath as The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and the original Superman film. You can read our review of the film here.
Thanks for following Poor Man’s Spoiler this year. We have a lot planned for next year and we hope you’ll join us for the ride ahead. 2018 has been a great year, but 2019 is going to be bigger and better in every way possible.
Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)