Top 10 2018

by | May 27, 2020 | 0 comments

 As the year comes to an end, so come the “end of year lists.” Here I’ve compiled our top 10 picks of movies for the year. It should be noted that it was not humanly possible for me to see every movie that came out this year and thus am sad that they might be excluded from here.

Also to note the Young Critic Awards will be at the beginning of January where categories such as Best Comedy, Best Action Movie, Best Revelation, will be presented with nominees and winners.

Thank you for supporting Young Critic in this wonderful year for movies. Best of luck for the New Year, and here’s to a 2019 full of great films!

10. Searching

The gimmick of telling a story on a computer screen had been done before with the bland horror movies Unfriended. However, it was Searching that was able to tap into its full potential not only having a refreshing way of telling a story, but using the medium to its advantage for a tense thriller that will have you hooked to John Cho’s electric lead performance.

9. A Quiet Place

John Krasinski had directed films before, but it was with this horror/thriller that he finally broke out. The gimmick of having the entire film be sans dialogue was revolutionary, having the action of watching this film be a collective participating event. The film is further enhanced by a touching family story anchored by two great child-actors and real-life couple Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

8. Paddington 2

Many forget the power that movies can have, as a form of escapism, as a therapeutic bounce-board, and even as a sort of friendship. Paddington 2 was a warm movie that comforted every viewer that saw it. In an era of division and hate, this film simplified things and put a smile on everyone’s face. Apart from its effects, the film is a true work of art with a quirky plot, and endearing cast of characters (Hugh Grant at his best maybe ever), and a very distinct style that would make Wes Anderson proud. 

7. Vice

Adam McKay gives us a Dick Cheney biopic that pulls us in with its electric pace and fun visual comparisons. McKay arrays a wonderful cast with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Steve Carell delivering some of the best performances of the year. The recounting of this long story is adept and doesn’t lose the humanity that such a story twisted.

6. A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper remade this film for the umpteenth time, and yet he was able to tap into the magic that made some of the first iterations of this story so engaging. The characters and their chemistry sweep you off your feet as this love story embroils all viewers. Cooper pulls off all the risks he took with his song-writing (and singing), directing, writing, and even acting proving to be more than up to par. Lady Gaga meanwhile is an acting revelation. Multiple stars were born here.

5. Hereditary

There are one or two movies every year that have such a distinct tone and style that as you watch them you can tell they’re going to be “classics.” Hereditary was such a film that abandoned the over-used jump-scares of horror films today for a slow burn and subtlety that makes this story all the more terrifying. Toni Colette delivers her best performances in years.

4. First Man

Damien Chazelle’s follow up to his magnificent La La Land is a quiet and methodical look at how man got onto the moon. The very emotional look at the story, along with the repression of emotions seen in Chazelle’s characters (something very common in his films) is enough to tug at viewers’ intrigue and feelings. The likes of Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling give multi-layered and commanding performances. Justin Hurwitz’s music is, again, enchanting

3. Green Book

Peter Farrelly’s foray into dramatic films proves to be incredibly successful. Green Book manages to hold a balance with every single element of its creation, from the wonderful acting from the likes of Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, to the accurate set design, enchanting music, and curated directing. The story enraptures viewers, and the message of two very different people finding common ground and become inseparable friends is one that echoes profoundly today.

2. Roma

Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical film set in 1970s Mexico is a true work of art. His cinematography along with his pause and control of his story’s elements make this film have a feeling of needing to be played at a renowned museum. The poetic directing along with a revelatory performance from Yalitzia Aparicio as the nanny of a wealthy Mexican family, make this film a true magnum opus.

1. The Favorite

Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest follows his very distinct style and yet manages to balance out his “weird” with his mainstream appeal. Setting this film in history helps ground the director and thus the result is an explosion of perfect cynicism and social commentary. The trifecta of fabulous actresses (Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone) anchor a film that truly transports viewers away from their seats and into a cut-throat 18th century England. 

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