The Obligatory List of Top Movies of 2018

So it’s that time of year again, the time that we take a look back at some of the movies from the year that have made the obligatory list of the Top Movies of 2018.

It’s been a tough one to a pick just ten movies for 2018, so I’ve decided to do something a little different this year, I’ve listed my top 10 movies that I ranked 4.5 – 5 out of 5, but I’m also going to add the addition of several movies that I also enjoyed so much that they deserve to be listed, these are the movies that I ranked 4 out of 5. Ranking is sorted via my account over on LetterBoxd.

Top 20 Movies of 2018

Avengers: Infinity Way

Avengers: Infinity War

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artefacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

This certainly was the movie that shocked cinema goers with not only the opening but also that famous click of fingers from Thanos that changed the future of the Avengers and the Marvel Universe.

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Mission Impossible Fallout - Review

When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begin to question his loyalty and his motives. The IMF team find themselves in a race against time, hunted by assassins while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.

So far Mission Impossible: Fallout has been my favourite in the MI franchise, it also had a great way to end the franchise, but time will tell if we are going to be granted with another action packed movie.

A Star is Born

A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga)

A Star is Born blew me away when I got chance to see the preview of the movie, not only is the movie amazing and Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga have such wonderful on-screen chemistry, but the soundtrack for A Star is Born is stunning.

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer—until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old - Review on Blazing Minds

I’d heard so much about They Shall Not Grow Old and as soon as I got the chance to see the film it was amazing, Peter Jackson and his team have brought the old footage to life and in such a wonderful way.

They Shall Not Grow Old starts with the old footage from the 1910’s in a small screen format that slowly gets bigger on the screen, the footage is raw, untouched, and shows a time that has long since passed. What makes this documentary so distinctive is that the commentary, throughout the film, is from the veterans from World War I, taken from the many archives to give us an emotional connection to those that survived the horrors of the war.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

Come in side My Mind is a funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams, told largely through his own words. Celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp - Still

Continuing on from the very popular Ant-Man, this new movie brought Ant-Man and the Wasp together on the big screen and in 3D.

Just when his time under house arrest is about to end, Scott Lang puts again his freedom at risk to help Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym dive into the quantum realm and try to accomplish, against time and any chance of success, a very dangerous rescue mission.

Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa in Black Panther

King T’Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without.

Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T’Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan ‘special forces’) and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

Hereditary

I went see Hereditary not knowing much about the movie, I’d purposely not watched the trailers or anything about the movie, all I knew that it was getting great reviews and it was a mind-bending and amazing movie to see on the big screen.

Hereditary still gave me the chills watching it on Blu-ray, the sound mix and the superb soundtrack in the cinema was something that has come home, watching the film on DD5.1 surround system has those low-frequency sounds drifting through the speakers with a spine-tingling force of something unnatural, which all adds to the atmosphere of watching the movie in your own home.

Love, Simon

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online.

Love, Simon has some wonderful comical moments throughout as well, Mr Worth (Tony Hale), the headteacher of the school, had me in stitches with his moments of being down with the kids and in this day and age of technology I loved how he was taking the phones of the students and he spoke to them, brilliant.

It was lovely to see how Simon’s parents played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel were portrayed when he has to open up to them and tell them he’s gay, nicely done.

A Quiet Place

Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.
Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

Very much like Hereditary, I went to see A Quiet Place not knowing much about it and I’m so glad I did, the film was a pleasant surprise and something a little different.

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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