You’ve seen other writers make their picks but it’s my turn so now, here are my personal picks for the top 10 best and worst films of 2018. Stay tuned for more picks from our other writers.
Best Films of 2018
This year was something of an enigma for me in terms of movie-going. Movies I thought were sure locks to entertain or move me ended up being mediocre teetering on forgettable rather than incredible. Then there were those that on the surface seemed to offer nothing in particular but ended up being some of the most memorable movies for me of the entire year. But was most disturbing was the large amount of films that settled comfortably in the category of doing just enough to brand them as “okay.”
I always reserve to form my Top 10 list until the last possible moment and this year was no different, however, I have had my top 3 films solidified in their places since before April (Chappaquiddick, Beruit, Tully) never anticipating changing them. As you can see, that didn’t last into November but I believe that the films that pushed my original #2 and #3 selections are justifiably in their correct places and I am completely satisfied with my list from 10 to 1. And also, I am always looking for opportunities to defend why I think Chappaquiddick was the best horror movie of this year.
Worst Films of 2018
There were many times I believed that 2018 was the year of mediocre films. Despite many successes at the box office, week after week the public was showered with releases that simply felt under-cooked and yet still offered enough entertainment that they were not all deemed awful. As I revisited the list of films that I saw of the year, it seemed this was the unfortunate case over and over again. But the beauty of the cinema for me are not only the successes but the failures as well. For me, there is something so tragically amazing with movies that try and just ultimately fall on their face or are so bad that the public cannot just let it go that sometimes make seeing a bad movie fun. This list of the worst movies of 2018 was not compiled easily. I had a more difficult time assembling these films than I did with my Best of list and even as I write this I can’t tell if that is a good or bad thing.
Nevertheless, I still maintain that in order to appreciate the good in film sometimes we must endure the bad. Before you judge my list, I feel the need to explain why I left Fifty Shades Freed and Gotti off of my list when everyone else seems to place it high on theirs. I’m not doing it to just be different but I just refuse to pick films that know even before their production exactly what they are and do not even attempt to take risks or be better. Both of those movies fit that description and therefore have no place on my list because there is no challenge in choosing them. They’re essentially layups. My list consists of movies that actually tried to make an impact in the box office and with audiences but failed miserably on both fronts. There were far more than just 10, however, these are the ones that simply couldn’t be ignored.