Michael’s Top 10 Movies of 2018: Hereditary, BlacKkKlansman & A Quiet Place

Michael’s Top 10 Movies of 2018: Hereditary, BlacKkKlansman & A Quiet Place

2018 was a good year for movies. Not great like 2016 and 2017, but there were definitely some great films to hit theaters and streaming services last year including Hereditary and BlacKkKlansman. I saw over 100 films in 2018 and I managed to narrow them down to a top 10. Let’s take a look below.
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The Top 10 Worst Movies of 2018 Feat. Truth or Dare, Fifty Shades Freed & More

The Top 10 Worst Movies of 2018 Feat. Truth or Dare, Fifty Shades Freed & More

Looking back on 2018, it wasn’t the strongest year for movies that we’ve had this decade. There were some really great films, but overall it was a bit underwhelming. In addition to underwhelming, we had some straight up awful movies to hit the theaters in 2018. Below is my list for the worst films of 2018. Read more

Aquaman is A Wild Thrill Ride That Splashes With Colossal Entertainment (Review)

Aquaman is A Wild Thrill Ride That Splashes With Colossal Entertainment (Review)

There was a time that everyone thought that the DC Extended Universe was all but dead. Between Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, and Justice League, it seemed that they didn’t quite know what the fans wanted. So many dark undertones and bloated run times made those films hard to enjoy. While I somewhat enjoyed BVS and Justice League, it was clear that they needed to take multiple steps in a different direction in order to keep this universe alive. Wonder Woman was absolutely incredible and it showed hope. It is pleasing to say that Aquaman is another awesome installment for DC. While it may not be as good as Wonder Woman, it’s still a lot of fun and visually stunning. Read more

Mary Poppins Returns is a Charming Love Letter That Occasionally Tries Too Hard (Review)

Mary Poppins Returns is a Charming Love Letter That Occasionally Tries Too Hard (Review)

There are always a few movies that come out each year that act as love letters to old Hollywood. Sometimes you get a movie like La La Land that does it just enough, but not too much. Sometimes you get one that does it just a little bit too much. Does this make it a bad movie? Not at all. Mary Poppins Returns is quite frankly a charming film. But does it affect its ability to become a classic? Yes. Let’s take a look at what worked and what didn’t in Mary Poppins Returns. Read more

Vice is a Bold, In-Your-Face Biopic About History’s Most Secretive Man (Review)

Vice is a Bold, In-Your-Face Biopic About History’s Most Secretive Man (Review)

Can we all just acknowledge how awesome it is that Adam McKay has went from directing raunchy comedies to directing riveting dramas? In 2015 The Big Short was one of the year’s best, and in 2018 Vice will end up being one of the year’s best as well. From the gripping opening scene to the final few minutes, Vice grabs you and doesn’t even come close to letting you go.  Read more

The Favourite Radiates Originality While Being Wickedly Delightful (Review)

The Favourite Radiates Originality While Being Wickedly Delightful (Review)

Every year one, maybe two movies come out that are so original that you can’t help but smile the entire time. In the past few years, director Yorgos Lanthimos has been the man behind such original films. The Lobster in 2017 was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and The Killing of a Sacred Deer took home several awards and was very creepy. Lanthimos may have his masterpiece this year with The Favourite. There is SO much to love about this one and its one of the rare movies that you instantly want to see again as soon as the credits begin to roll. Read more

Night School Review: The Amount of Kevin Hart Short Jokes is TOO DAMN HIGH

Night School Review: The Amount of Kevin Hart Short Jokes is TOO DAMN HIGH

In the past few years, there have been a solid mix of well-written comedies and the cliche and lazy comedies. Director Malcom D. Lee delivered us Girls Trip in 2017, a refreshing and genuinely funny film. When we found out he was directing a comedy with Kevin Hart in the lead role, it was difficult not to be excited. Could he go back to back years with smash hit comedies? As awesome as that would have been, unfortunately Night School falls short (not a diss on Kevin Hart….or is it?) and isn’t anywhere near the level of Girls trip. Read more

Peppermint Review: Jennifer Garner is Great, But She Deserves A Better Script

Peppermint Review: Jennifer Garner is Great, But She Deserves A Better Script

There are basically two types of action movies out there: one type dares to be different and the other type follows a cardboard cut out formula. While Peppermint isn’t the worst film to be unoriginal, it’s still unoriginal at the end of the day. Director Pierre Morel has made decent films such as Taken, but he has also made lackluster ones like The Gunman. It was interesting to see where Peppermint would land, especially with a female lead. Unfortunately, it is a pretty disappointing movie. Let’s take a look below at what worked and what didn’t. Read more

BlacKkKlansman is The Most Powerful & Important Movie of 2018 (Review)

BlacKkKlansman is The Most Powerful & Important Movie of 2018 (Review)

There is no doubt that Spike Lee is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Let’s face it… It is absolutely a CRIME that his 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” didn’t win Best Picture. To this day it is one of the best films in history. In the past 10 years or so, Lee has been making less memorable films. 2006’s “Inside Man” was very well-directed, but that is honestly the last movie Lee made that gripped audiences and didn’t let them go. Miracle at Saint Ana was very disappointing and Chi-Raq kind of flew under the radar. When the trailer for BlacKkKlansman debuted, it was and still is the best trailer of 2018. The pressure was on for Lee to deliver on this unbelievable true story. It is safe to say that he didn’t disappoint at all with this one. BlacKkKlansman is 2018’s first true Oscar film that will have 6 or more nominations, including Best Picture and Best Directing. Read more

Ranking the Mission Impossible Franchise Including Fallout

Ranking the Mission Impossible Franchise Including Fallout

With the release of Mission Impossible: Fallout, we are officially 6 movies in on a 22 year-long franchise. It is pretty impressive that they have kept the same lead and supporting actors and there’s been no reboot with a new cast or studio. The beauty of the Mission Impossible films is that they continue to get better as they go on. That and Tom Cruise does all of his own epic stunts and that is simply so impressive. Cruise is also somehow getting younger-looking and faster. Must have something to do with that Church of Scientology…. Anyway, below is a list ranking all of the Mission Impossible films from worst to best. Read more

The Equalizer 2 Surpasses The Original With Stylistic Action & Character Depth (Review)

The Equalizer 2 Surpasses The Original With Stylistic Action & Character Depth (Review)

Action sequels are often disappointing, lazy, and unnecessary. There are exceptions to this, though. For example, John Wick Chapter 2 was incredible, maybe ever better than the original. But then you have a movie like Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle that was pretty disappointing compared to the original. It is always a risk when it comes to sequels in general. The Equalizer hit theaters back in 2014 and it was decent, not great. It didn’t break any ground but it was definitely watchable. When a sequel got announced, it was difficult to be SUPER excited about it. Well this is a case of the sequel being better than the original. The Equalizer 2 is a very entertaining sequel that sheds some light on the mystery of Denzel Washington’s character Robert McCall. Read more

First Man Trailer Gives Us Our First Look at Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

First Man Trailer Gives Us Our First Look at Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

So this is a musical in space, right? RIGHT? It is going to be odd seeing director Damien Chazelle release a film that doesn’t deal heavily with music, but after the trailer for First Man dropped last night, it looks like we’re in for a thrilling adventure. With an extremely talented cast consisting of Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, and Jason Clarke, on paper First Man should be a major Oscar contender. Read more

Hereditary Inflicts Emotional Terror and Cements Itself as an Instant Horror Classic (Review)

Hereditary Inflicts Emotional Terror and Cements Itself as an Instant Horror Classic (Review)

It is very easy to see why Hereditary had an incredible amount of buzz after this year’s Sundance. New director Ari Aster comes onto the scene and has one of the most confident horror visions and well-crafted screenplays EVER. Not just in the past 10 years, but of all time. Everything you’ve been hearing about Hereditary being a modern-day “Exorcist” is true. Not only is it a horror film, but in some ways it’s a dramatic look at the evils we inherit from our family. Believe the hype. Read more