2018 saw a plethora of movies. Some horrifically bad (The Happytime Murders), some that made you LOL (Peter Rabbit), and some that made you cry at the end (Avengers: Infinity Wars). So, here’s my personal list of the TOP FIVE MOVIES of the movies that I couldn’t stand and the one’s I really liked. Now, there were quite a few more, mind you, but I had to whittle them down to just the TOP FIVE in both the Best and Worst categories.
And a very Happy New Year to everyone!
THE BEST MOVIES OF 2018
Written by screenwriter god, Aaron Sorkin and based on a true story, we follow the exploits of Molly Bloom, a beautiful & smart woman who runs several high-stakes poker games from L.A. to NYC and gets caught up in a tangled web of criminals, cheating players, and the worse of all. . . the IRS! Idris Elba shines as her lawyer and advisor.
The first African-American superhero lead introduced into the MCU by way of charismatic and damn fine Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, leader of Wakanda, a hidden ultra hi-tech society in Africa. This stand-alone movie broke box office records and made careers for Boseman, Letita Wright as techno-whiz Shuri, and many more.
Anthropomorphic CGI rabbits talking and causing all sorts of trouble in a quaint English countryside? Yup! TV talk show host James Corden lends his voice to the title bunny as confused human Rose Bryne slowly falls for a very funny and prat-fall contagious Domhnall Gleeson of Star Wars fame. Hilarious, LOL, and not just for kids.
Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson and stop-motion animation? A match made in Heaven! In partial Japanese, you have a stellar voice-over cast (Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swindon, and more), and a twisty plot about a kid and his ‘talking’ service dog. This movie is nothing less than magnificent.
Avengers: Infinity Wars
This film is the culmination of nearly 20 years of Marvel movies. Epic in its scope and managing to pull in just about every MCU character there is (a major feat!), all the heroes go up against their biggest and baddest foe ever: Thanos! The surprise twist at the end? The bad guy WINS!! You don’t see that happen every day!
THE WORST MOVIES OF 2018
Low budget, badly acted, and having Samson look like an MCU superhero is NOT how you present a religious movie. Taylor James stars as the muscle bound Abercrombie & Fitch runway model who gets under the hair of Billy Zane’s silly King Balek. Look for Jackson Rathbone as Rallah, the way, WAY over-the-top prince!
Where the first movie, Gnomeo & Juliet was cute, different, and funny, this sequel was terrible, awful, and lacked any originality. Johnny Depp lends his voice to the sluethy porcelain gnome assigned to find a bunch of other kidnapped gnomes. It’s pointless, unfunny, and if I ever see a garden gnome anywhere, I’m going to end it!
Johnny Knoxville, who spends most of his life getting hurt by doing idiotic stunts on camera, proves that you can also get violently injured just by acting. Witness this dismal movie about a lethal theme park for hicks in the 80’s, as told by grandfatherly old Knoxville to his granddaughter. I actually walked out on this movie it was so bad.
The Happytime Murders
Sometimes you KNOW a movie is gonna be bad just by watching the trailers, and by golly, this one didn’t disappoint. Melissa McCarthy stars as an L.A. detective alongside F-bomb dropping Muppets doing horrible and gross things to each other. Hear that sound? That’s Jim Henson spinning in his grave. Just. The. Worst.
The 15:17 to Paris
It MUST have looked good on paper: get the actual three soldiers that stopped a terrorist aboard a train in Paris and then wrap an entire movie around their individual lives, their backstories, their adventures in Europe, and THEN end it with the train attack. Problem? These three guys couldn’t act and their story was B-O-R-I-N-G!