The Vern’s Top 10 Best Movies of 2018.

Yes I know, I know.  This list should have been completed on our before New Year’s Day but I just did not have the time that I wanted.  But since the Oscars can wait til February to announce their best from 2018. It shouldn’t matter that I post my list a day later.

 

So without further to do  here are my 10 best flicks of 2018

 

10. Overlord

This was the best example  a simple concept and plot being the most rewarding for an audience.  An army unit gets shot down on enemy lines and discovers that the Nazi’s are turning victims into super soldiers.   One critic said it was a better origin story than Captain America: First Avenger.

 

9. Annihilation

Visually stunning follow up to director Alex Garland’s Ex-Machina.   A group of women investigate the strange occurrences that happen within this environment that  caused the last expedition to go crazy or die.  Some really scary intense moments with a stellar cast.

Read Full Review here https://www.thatmomentin.com/annihilation-review/

 

8.  Suspiria

This is not a remake.   It’s an all new version that has the same premise of the 1977 original but takes the characters and plot to more extreme measures.  In a few years, I’m willing to bet that this adaptation will be analyzed just like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining which was panned by many when first released.

Read My Full Review here https://www.thatmomentin.com/suspiria-review/

 

7 Won’t you be my neighbor

.This documentary gives you hope that there are good people in this world, but it makes you sad that there is not any as of now.

Read my Full Review https://www.thatmomentin.com/wont-you-be-my-neighbor-review/

 

6.  Isle of Dogs

No one does stop motion animation as good as Wes Anderson does.  As much as I enjoy his live action flicks.  I think his style works best in this format.

Read my full review  https://www.thatmomentin.com/isle-of-dogs-review/

 

5.  Blackkklansman

Spike Lee’s return to directing hit audiences hard.  This was an incredible flick that made me laughing, made me cry and cheer all throughout it.  I hope this movie does win for Best Picture because it adds a certain level of fuck you to this administration that I love.  Not as much as my number one, but still powerful.

 

4.  The Favourite

I have been a fan of director Yargos Lanthimos ever since I saw Dogtooth back in 2009.  But he was never the kind to get widespread appeal from the general public.  The way characters speak can be a bit off putting if set in modern times(Even though I get it’s suppose to be an alternate reality).  However the use of dialog works extremely well in the early 17th Century with The Favourite.  From the very first scene and onwards I was laughing a lot during this movie.  The entire cast is grand and the cinematography is astounding.  It looks like it was shot the same way Barry Lyndon was.  Natural light during the day and many shots by candlelight during the night.

 

3.  Sorry to bother you

No other movie has a more original screenplay than Boots Riley’s story did.  The concept of a black worker who gets more successful at his job by using a white voice could have been an SNL skit.  However this film has a lot more depth in how many workers from all races are being treated in this environment.  Some say that it goes off the rails especially in the third act, but I loved a movie that can take chances and surprise me.  Sorry to bother you is Mike Judge’s  Idiocracy meets Jordan Peel’s  Get Out.

 

2. Hereditary

Most horror films rely on the notion that if it stays quiet for a long time and than all of a sudden things jump out on you, that it’s a horror film.  Others linger on in the mind long after they are seen.  Certain moments from this horror feature will forever haunt my mind.

Read my full review here https://www.thatmomentin.com/hereditary-review/

 

  1.  Assassination Nation

This movie is the perfect example of a punk rock film. It is a giant middle finger to the establishment, and even though I have bills and a mortgage.  I can still enjoy a film about a group of girls being pushed to the extreme from the far right that they have no choice but to fight back hard.  This movie will for sure divide many that see it.  But if you are among those that our angry at all the bullshit happened in 2018.   I think you will enjoy this one a lot.

Read my full review. https://www.thatmomentin.com/assassination-nation-review/

 

Honorable Mentions

Upgrade

Eighth Grade

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Searching

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Revenge

Thoroughbreds

Tomb Raider

Vox Lux

Unsane

Ready Player One

Deadpool 2

Widows

A Simple Favor

Bad Times at the El Royale

Roma

Halloween

 

 

 

About The Vern

I love movies and I enjoy writing about them too. They both go pretty much hand in hand with each other and it's fun to discover new classics. I co host the podcasts The Film Pasture, ScreenTrax, and soon Cinema Recall. While also contributing reviews and articles to other great sites when I can.
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10 Responses to The Vern’s Top 10 Best Movies of 2018.

  1. Keith says:

    Including your honorable mentions there are several that made my list as well. I really love the diversity of genre in your Top 10. It was that kind of year, wasn’t it.

  2. Brittani says:

    We have a few matches! I need to see Assassination Nation, I’ve heard so many good things about it.

  3. I’ve seen so few of your top picks! I really need to catch up. I feel like 2018 has been a pretty darn good year for movies to be honest.

  4. Mark Walker says:

    I’m late with my list too Vern. It’ll be another few weeks for me. That aside, I’m very surprised to see Assassination Nation take the top spot. I had overlooked that and it would seem that I shouldn’t. Great to see Annihilation and The Favourite make the cut. Top contenders in my eyes.

    • The Vern says:

      Assassination Nation came out at the right time for me. It’s not for everyone and that is why I loved it. Annihilation gets better the more I watch it. Thanks for visiting Mark

  5. Chris says:

    Good list. Eighth Grade and Fallout are the two US films that so far impressed me the most from 2018, though I still have a few left to see such as Vox Lux. I also place Hereditary pretty high. I couldn’t get into Roma which I find self-indulgent and overhyped.

    Posting my top 10 later in January

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