I was only able to see 19 films in 2018, a far cry from the 26 films I watched in 2017. Keep reading to find out which of the 19 stuck with me the most, preceded by an honourable mention for a particularly solid film.
While it didn’t quite make my list, I couldn’t write this blog post without giving a shout-out to the cultural phenomenon that was Black Panther. Not only was it the first superhero blockbuster with a predominantly black cast, but director Ryan Coogler and company stuck the landing and delivered a brilliant film. I don’t want to hype the movie up too much (as the hype leading up to its release was unreal), but if you’re reading this and somehow you haven’t seen the now Oscar-nominated Black Panther yet…see it.
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
This documentary is incredibly inspiring and deeply moving. It spoke to me on such an intimate level, re-igniting the creative fire within me and reminding me to always embrace my uniqueness. I got to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor? during the London Film Festival, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the audience by the time the film came to a close.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
I was stunned by how impressive the visual effects, production design and overall world-building for this film were, considering it only had a budget of $62 million. Beyond the aesthetics, it also hooked me emotionally. I felt the weight of certain scenes, so much so that they have stuck with me despite having watched the movie only once (so far). While not perfect, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a favourable end to this trilogy of films.
Duplicate (a.k.a. Jonathan)
Duplicate is a small-scale, character-driven science fiction piece that I found to be mentally engaging and poignant. As described by the London Film Festival, it tells “the peculiar story of two identical young men”, and that’s all one really needs to know about the plot before watching this gem of a movie.
Ready Player One
Ready Player One is arguably the ultimate escapist fantasy, and I love it. It’s a love letter to pop culture geeks like myself, with easter eggs and references left, right and centre, and the film is anchored by some magnetic performances by Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Mark Rylance.
Avengers: Infinity War
Being the culmination of ten years‘ worth of films, there was a lot of pressure on Marvel Studios to deliver with this movie, and boy, did they succeed. Infinity War is an engrossing, incredibly re-watchable film that is easily one of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can find my review here.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the most audacious animated film I’ve seen in a very long time, using the medium of animation to its fullest potential while simultaneously telling a story that can be appreciated by people of all ages, rather than just pandering to young children simply because it’s animated. One of the reasons I’ve identified with Spider-Man since I was a kid is because once he puts on his mask, he could be anyone – he could be me – and this movie wholeheartedly embraces that sentiment.
What were your favourite movies from last year? Let me know your thoughts!