Well, 2018 was pretty good! There were some absolute corkers in the cinema this year, as well as some total stinkers. Overall, the blockbuster has seen a continued success with Disney and Marvel continuing to dominate the box office. As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on this year’s best films, as well as revealing my personal Top 10.
Month: December 2018
The Most Memorable Movie Moments of 2018
The films of 2018 have had some hugely memorable moments in them. From exciting action to heartbreaking dialogue, they have shown that the cinema is still the best place to get a huge range of emotional entertainment. Here, I’m going to reflect on twenty of the most memorable things that have happened in 2018 films. … Continue reading The Most Memorable Movie Moments of 2018
What’s the score with 2018? (Top 25 Film Tracks of the Year)
2018’s Movie Music scene has been fantastic, with all sorts of genres being covered. Whether you want an original musical, a classical piece or a mix of electronics and bongo’s, 2018 has it. It’s broken new ground with percussion work, as well as releasing the first score album with a parental advisory warning. In this post, I’ll be recounting some of the best pieces of movie music from the last year, and I’ve even collated a playlist so you can listen along with my picks. You lucky devils!
Boats and Holmes: The Abysmal Victorian Step Brothers (Holmes & Watson review)
A remarkable cast utterly wasted in a truly unfunny and misguided film. The cinema was so quiet when the ‘jokes’ happened, you could actually hear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle turning in his grave. Do Not Watch.
“Stuff and Nonsense could be fun” (Mary Poppins Returns review)
Mary Poppins, made in 1964, is practically perfect in every way. It is the jewel in Disney’s live action crown, and is rightfully regarded as one of the best films ever made. Naturally, in today’s modern saturated movie market, a long overdue sequel was made. While Mary Poppins doesn’t begin to eclipse the original, it gives it a damn good try.
Building Tension isn’t paid off (Mortal Engines review)
Produced by Peter Jackson, Mortal Engines is a film about giant cities on wheels that drive around and attack one another. While the bizarre concept is perfect Peter Jackson territory, this fantasy adaptation spoils its fantastic special effects with a cliché screenplay, poor performances and a lack of interesting personality.
A timely tale of friendship triumphing over racism (Green Book review)
Green Book tells the true-life story of African-American pianist Don Shirley, and Tony Vallelonga, his bodyguard and driver during a two-month tour of the deep south. A story of acceptance, understanding and love, the film uses a hilarious comic tone to underplay the powerful statement against racism, and is a triumph in both respects.
Fish out of water superhero film fails to make a splash (Aquaman review)
DC have done it again! Thrown loads of money at a massive CGI fest that forgets that the script is where some of the best films start. Aquaman is a ludicrous premise, and many people were unsure how DC would manage to well adapt this superhero in their dark cinematic universe. The answer is they haven’t, and what’s left is another inconsistent, dull and dragged out DC Superhero film.
Festive Re-Release is a Cynical Flop (Once Upon a Deadpool review)
Re-releasing Deadpool 2 as a PG-13 festive comedy sounded like a fun idea. Marketing showed Deadpool kidnapping Fred Savage before reading him the bedtime story of Deadpool 2 in a running joke about the premise of The Princess Bride. This interesting premise did not work, and in fact was just a shameless money maker that … Continue reading Festive Re-Release is a Cynical Flop (Once Upon a Deadpool review)
Black Mirror on Acid (Sorry to Bother You review)
It’s rare to see a film debut as this, but Boots Riley’s absurdist dark comedy is just that. Telling the story of a young African American telemarketer who speaks in a ‘white voice’ to sell to his clients, it’s themes, tone and ideas are utterly bizarre and pretty original. If Black Mirror was to make an fuelled movie, this would be it.