Tuesday, January 1, 2019

BEST OF 2018 PART 2: MOVIES

PART 2:  MOVIES   
I don't track all the movies I watch throughout the year, but I do track the films I see in the theater and I have tried to recall all  I watched on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu that I had never seen before.   Without including repeated viewings and only on movies I had never seen before, my estimated numbers are as follows:  I saw over 65 movies in the theater and over 20 on streaming services. I did not see every movie (obviously), especially those I didn't expect to enjoy on any level and December films I haven't gotten around to yet. For my "Best of 2018" list, I have put the results into my own specific categories.  I will share my top 1, 2, and/or 3 for each category.

BEST THEATRICAL FILM OVERALL
A STAR IS BORN
No other film was even close. 
BEST STRAIGHT-TO-STREAMING FILM OVERALL
GERALD'S GAME
MOWGLI:
LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE
THE OTHER SIDE OF
THE WIND
*Honorable mention: THE RITUAL and BRIGHT

WORST THEATRICAL FILM OVERALL
HOLMES and WATSON
WORST STRAIGHT-TO-STREAMING FILM OVERALL
MUTE
FULLMETAL
ALCHEMIST
HOLD THE DARK
*Honorable Mention: THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX

MOST OVERRATED PIECE OF FANCY GARBAGE
THE PHANTOM THREAD
MOST UNDERRATED GEM
SUMMER OF '84
SO BAD IT'S GOOD EVEN IF IT'S A DIE HARD RIP-OFF
SKYSCRAPER
BETTER THAN IT HAD ANY RIGHT TO BE
THE SPY WHO
DUMPED ME
🐓BLOCKERS
UNCLE DREW
*Honorable Mention: SHERLOCK GNOMES

BEST HORROR FLICK
MANDY
HEREDITARY
HALLOWEEN (2018)
*Honorable Mention:  OVERLORD and A QUIET PLACE

WORST HORROR FLICK
WINCHESTER
FUNNIEST COMEDY
GAME NIGHT
TAG
UNFUNNIEST COMEDY
HOLMES AND WATSON
EARLY MAN
LIFE OF
THE PARTY
BEST KIDS FLICK
TEEN TITANS GO!
TO THE MOVIES
WORST KIDS FLICK
THE GRINCH
BEST "TRUE" STORY
VICE
CAN YOU EVER
FORGIVE ME?
BLACKKKLANSMAN
*Honorable Mention: THE FRONT RUNNER

WORST "TRUE" STORY
COLLETTE
OPERATION FINALE
BEST DOCUMENTARY
THE ZEN DIARIES OF
GARRY SHANDLING
WON'T YOU BE
MY NEIGHBOR?
THE KING
*Honorable Mention: THEY'LL LOVE ME WHEN I'M DEAD

BEST SUPER-HERO MOVIE
SPIDER-MAN: INTO
THE SPIDER-VERSE
AVENGERS:
INFINITY WAR
BLACK PANTHER

LEAST SUPER-HERO MOVIE
AQUAMAN
DEADPOOL 2
VENOM
BEST ANIMATED MOVIE
SPIDER-MAN: INTO
THE SPIDER-VERSE
INCREDIBLES 2
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3
WORST ANIMATED MOVIE
EARLY MAN
MOST UNEXPECTEDLY GOOD
TOMB RAIDER
NOT NECESSARILY GOOD BUT STILL FUN
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME
WELL-INTENTIONED GARBAGE
THE 15:17 TO PARIS
BEATING A DEAD HORSE
ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL
*Honorable Mention: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT

BEST SURPRISE
A SIMPLE FAVOR
THE ENDLESS
UNSANE
SHOULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER
HOTEL ARTEMIS
MEH
RED SPARROW
BEST SEQUEL or REBOOT
THE EQUALIZER 2
AVENGERS:
INFINITY WAR
JURASSIC WORLD:
FALLEN KINGDOM
*Honorable Mention: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

WORST SEQUEL or REBOOT
OCEAN'S 8
*Honorable Mention: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT

BEST VIDEO GAME BASED
READY PLAYER ONE
*Yes. I know that it's not actually "based" on a video game, but it's ALL ABOUT video gaming.

WORST VIDEO GAME BASED
RAMPAGE
BEST NOVEL ADAPTATION
A SIMPLE FAVOR
READY PLAYER ONE
WORST NOVEL ADAPTATION
MAZE RUNNER:
THE DEATH CURE
THE HOUSE WITH A
CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
BEST VANITY PROJECT
A STAR IS BORN
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
WORST VANITY PROJECT
OCEAN'S 8
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
FALLOUT
COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

BEST TALKING ANIMALS MOVIE
WATERSHIP DOWN
*Just because Netflix chose to break it into 4 shorter chunks doesn't make this any less a movie, as far as I'm concerned. 

WORST TALKING ANIMALS MOVIE
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
*A film that only gets worse the more you remember it.  So it's probably best to forget it.

BEST SCI-FI FLICK
COLOSSUS: THE
FORBIN PROJECT
UPGRADE
ANNIHILATION
*Yes.  I know that COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT is from 1970.  But I got to see it on the big screen for the first time in 2018 and it was one of the best sci-fi movies I saw.

BEST COEN BROTHERS MOVIE
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
BIGGEST WTF MOVIE
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