2018 delivered plenty of idiosyncratic and controversial films and these 10 are worth celebrating
Let me be frank for a moment; 2018 was a year of pretty disposable films. Highly anticipated films like Suspiria and Solo: A Star Wars Story all disappointed big time, while supposedly award favourites like A Star Is Born and Widows were enjoyable but not spectacular. Smaller indie films such as You Were Never Really Here left me torn and big blockbusters, such as Avengers: Infinity War, with a promise to blow me away, were flawed yet extremely fun. To put in more context, I did not give my highest grade (A+) to any movies this year. Even though there was no Lady Bird or Arrival this year, there was still plenty of awesome movies that did leave me glued to the screen. Movies like A Quiet Place, Burning, Bumblee, Black Panther, The Incredibles 2, and Halloween were all great films that just missed my top 10 but are still worth seeing nevertheless. However, these next 10 are all films that reminded me of the power of cinema, emotionally, politically, or technically.
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In a time of #MeToo and endless sexual assault allegations, Assassination Nation is hands down the boldest and fearless film of 2018. It’s a film with a mission so ambitious that American audiences are not ready to watch. It’s a film so unapologetically direct and strikingly relevant that is sure to create controversy. Sam Levinson’s hypnotic political thriller will not be able to escape the inevitable Purge comparisons. But Assassination Nation is what The Purge tries to be and what it should strive to be.
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Crazy Rich Asians tells a story of traditions while breaking Hollywood’s own troubled tradition with all-Asian casts
Having been squeezed dry, the romantic comedy genre has been lacking as of late. Nevertheless, the straightforward genre is still beloved by movie-goers no matter how many times the same old story seems to be recycled. Crazy Rich Asians takes a formulaic yet easily accessible approach to tell a story that has been sidelined for so many years. Its outline may be familiar but its content is as rich as the film’s main family.
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The Purge series is as timely as ever yet it still struggles to get its political messages across
All of the Purge movies start with a great concept. America has hit rock bottom and a new political party, by the name of the New Founding Fathers of America or NFFA, has promised to fix all of the nation’s problem with one simple night. However, the series has continue to struggle in how to portray such political allegory. The First Purge struggles even though it so perfectly understands Trump’s America.
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Ari Aster has created a horror movie that will stay with you long after its credits
From the time it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, critics have been raving about A24’s new artsy and challenging Hereditary. Horror films in the vein of The Witch and It Comes At Night are precisely the breath of fresh air critics seem to want. For the general audience, these types of horror films have been widely rejected. Only movies like The Conjuring or Get Out have managed to capture both the mainstream audience and critics alike. As for Hereditary, it is yet another horror film that will only further divide audience and critics.
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A cast of A-listers elevate a messy female-centric summer heist film
In a time where it seems women are (still) given the short end of the stick, is there room for an all female remake of an all male trilogy? If we’ve learned anything from Ghostbusters (and recently, Star Wars), it is that sexism is still alive and well. So, what better than to give a big middle finger and create a pseudo-sequel of the Ocean trilogy with a cast of A-list female talent at the helm. Ocean’s Eight is a fast-paced heist extravaganza walking a fine line between stylized realism and fantasy escapism.
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After 10 years, Marvel delivers their biggest and boldest movie yet
It’s been 10 years since Marvel released their first movie as part of their ground-breaking cinematic universe. Since then, we’ve seen films for Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and even Antman. We’ve been on a roller coaster ride of emotions with our favorite superheroes. Infinity War is the grand season finale to the TV show-movie hybrid called the MCU. Whether you’re okay with this concept will ultimately determine your enjoyment of Marvel’s biggest, boldest, and most ambitious movie yet.
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