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Dan Moran’s Top Films of 2018 and his Award Nominations!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 30th, 2018

This year I saw 102 new movies in 2018. That number is actual movies released in 2018. I count Netflix and streaming movies released this year because that is where we are heading but the majority of the 102 was in movie theaters. I decided not to rank my top movies this year because at the end of the day the difference between #10 thru #3 is usually based on my mood when I write the list. So I just put my top movies in ABC order.

Honorable Mentions

Leave No Trace – Ben Foster gives a great performance.

Upgrade – What Venom wishes it was.

Avengers: Infinity War – You spend 10 years getting to this point and stick the landing? That deserves recognition.

Hereditary – The creepiest movie of 2018. Just unnerving start to finish.

You Were Never Really Here – An interesting portrayal of a man’s inner demons as he is hired to hunt and stop actual demons. 

Apostle – The director of The Raid brings us a horror movie, so weird and intense that Dan Stevens’ eyes aren’t even the strangest part.

Blockers – A movie that has no business being as funny as it is. Ike Barinholtz needs to be in everything.

 

My Top Movies of 2018 


A Simple Favor

This movie was quite simply one of the best experiences I had at a movie this year. It was a last minute date night and neither of us knew much about the movie. It turned out to be a hilariously dark comedy about life and motherhood that I wasn’t expecting. Long live Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick.

Annihilation

I’m in a fairly serious movie chat (not to brag) and I think we talked and dissected this movie more than any other this entire year. Alex Garland crafted a beautiful sci-fi thriller anchored by great performances all around. To me it was an ambitious movie about love, loss, and if you can ever truly change yourself without destroying a part of who you are. Bonus: screaming bear monster!

Eighth Grade

A coming of age film in the world of social media. Bo Burnham is a genius for writing and directing this. He gets incredible performances out of everyone involved and captures the awkwardness of growing up in every frame.

First Man

I don’t get why this movie has been absent from awards and top 10 lists. I really believe that appreciation for this movie will grow over the years. I don’t think it had any flaws. The exploration of a man who dealing with loss withdraws from family and pours himself into going as far away from dealing with that loss as possible (literally) so he can process it.

First Reformed

The less you know about this one going in the better. Arguably Ethan Hawke’s best performance of his career in a truly suspenseful mind fuck of a movie.

Hold The Dark

A really dark and confusing experience that I couldn’t turn away from. I don’t think it landed all of the themes and things it was trying to do but it was ambitious and interesting start to finish. It is buoyed by 2-3 incredible moments including a devastating shootout that is the most visceral in recent memory.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins directs the hell out of a topical movie that touches on race relations, law enforcement, young pregnancy, love, corrupt officials, the stupidity of the justice system, while still showcasing incredible performances and offering hope. 

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Tom Cruise is just a more accomplished version of Johnny Knoxville at this point. I’m convinced his goal is to die performing one of these stunts. Christopher McQuarrie fully understands the appeal of this franchise and delivers the best installment. Bonus: Henry Cavill seems tough for the first time on screen ever. 

Paddington 2

Paddington 2 is just a damn delight. A movie about solving problems with kindness and seeing the good in every situation you find yourself in. I wish I could apply some of the great lessons in this movie more readily in my life.

Roma

Is Roma a black and white, foreign language movie on this list so I seem smart? Maybe but all I know is this movie was truly affecting and I cried like a baby towards the end because it is so well directed that you feel every single emotion. 

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

The best superhero movie of the year. The best animated movie of the year. It isn’t even close. Somehow delivers a complicated comic story with humor, heart, great animation, and a message everyone needs to hear. 

The Favourite

A weird movie about two women competing for the affection of a Queen played by (in my opinion) the best actress this year Olivia Colman. The quirks made it so memorable, plus Emma Stone showed she can be more than the likeable girl next door.

The Night Comes For Us

The most violent and insane action movie of 2018. I will show this to anyone who wants to see it at any time. It is on Netflix and I’ve watched it at least 5 times.

The Rider

Another movie that will simply injects empathy into your veins. The movie is largely based on the lead actor’s actual experiences and he performs with his real family and friends in the movie. It is such an emotional journey about finding your way forward when you lose what you thought was your identity.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Mr. Rogers may have been the best person this country ever produced. 

 

(My) Award Nominations:


Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really here

Ryan Gosling – First Man

Ethan Hawke – First Reformed

Christian Bale – Vice

Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born

 

Best Actress

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron – Tully

Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns

Lady Gaga – A Star is Born

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

 

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Elliot – A Star is Born

Sam Rockwell – Vice

Josh Hamilton – Eighth Grade

 

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams – Vice

Claire Foy – First Man

Emma Stone – The Favourite

 

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Damien Chazelle – First Man

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Chloe Zhao – The Rider

 

Written by: Dan Moran

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