I’ve mentioned Flickchart on here before, right? Yeah, I know I did on last year’s post like this. Well, the quick sales pitch is that it’s a way to rank your favorite movies. The site gives you two movies and you pick the one you like better. From that, you can eventually develop a pretty good ranking of all the movies you’ve seen. I’ve seen a lot of movies. A lot.
In 2018, I saw 45 new movies. That’s 12 more than I saw the previous year. I think a lot of that is due to having MoviePass for the better part of 2018, allowing me to see a bunch of movies in the theater that I normally wouldn’t have paid to see (I’m looking at you, Hurricane Heist – which did not make my top 10).
Anyway, this Top 10 list is based on my Flickchart rankings of movies in 2018. Not everyone will agree with this Top 10. In fact, I even have a problem with some of the movies that made the list. Not that my Top 10 is horrible or anything. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the movies that you’ll see below. I’m just surprised that some of the other movies I saw last year weren’t ranked a little higher.
I know, I have no one to blame but myself.
10 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
I almost feel like a trip to see a Mission: Impossible flick is mostly about seeing what crazy shenanigans Tom Cruise has gotten himself into. Walking out of the theater, I remember thinking that this might be the best movie in the franchise to date. Though I’m still not sure why Henry Cavill wasn’t allowed to shave his mustache for those Justice League reshoots. The lip hair wasn’t that crucial to his performance.
9 – Black Panther
Should this one be higher? I think this one should be higher. But so should several movies not even on the list. I digress. As Marvel movies go, this one had all the things. It also had a compelling villain, which, as far as I’m concerned, puts it a couple steps above most Marvel movies.
8 – Deadpool 2
I really did enjoy this movie. And I say that because what’s next is going to sound like I didn’t. The first one was better. And I kind of feel like this, being in the Top 10, takes the place of something more deserving. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an enjoyable watch, for sure. All kinds of entertaining. Just not sure it’s Top 10 material…
7 – Incredibles 2
Okay… This one might not be deserving of a Top 10 spot, either. Again, super entertaining and I enjoyed the heck out of it when I saw it in the theater. But the more I look back on it, the more I come to think that it’s sort of just a rehash of the first movie. Except instead of focusing on Mr. Incredible having the secret superhero life, it’s Elastigirl. And the identity of the ultimate villain of the story? Could definitely see that coming from light years away.
6 – Ready Player One
Wow… Y’all are gonna start thinking I just don’t like any of the movies that made my Top 10. I really like Ready Player One. I loved the book. The movie is a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love having nostalgia thrown in your face for 140 minutes? I’m just not sure, again, that it should be ranked where it is.
5 – Aquaman
This one was very well executed overall. Is it a perfect movie? Absolutely not. Does it feel like DC is course correcting for the eleventy billionth time? Maybe a little. But Aquaman does what it needs to do. It connects Arthur to the overall shared universe with a subtle mention of the events of Justice League. It gives us a lot more insight into Arthur’s character. And it builds Aquaman’s world in ways the cheesy 70s cartoon never could.
4 – Bird Box
Okay, I didn’t, technically, watch this movie until 2019 (last night to be precise). But it was released in 2018, so it counts. I did the same thing with The Greatest Showman last year. Deal with it. I kinda loved Bird Box. It had an intriguing premise and I love the fact that we never, ever see the creatures that are causing everyone to lose it. If you have Netflix and haven’t seen this yet, give it a watch. It’s kind of intense at times, but that’s what makes it a good, suspenseful thriller.
3 – Avengers: Infinity War
This is the movie for which movie fans have been waiting for ten years. To think, it all started with a little indie project called Iron Man. Seriously, though… I may be more of a DC fan in my heart, but I am so very impressed by how the people behind the scenes at Marvel Studios and Disney have been able to assemble all of these moving parts and make something like this work. The fact that there were, what, 70ish characters involved should have made the whole thing a mess. But it wasn’t a mess. It told a coherent story. And it kinda made you feel something for Thanos. I mean, you don’t feel too much for him by the end, but the Russo brothers did an amazing job developing his character throughout this movie. Good job, kids.
2 – Bohemian Rhapsody
What is there to say? Brilliant. If Rami Malek doesn’t receive, in the very least, nominations for his performance as Freddie Mercury, I question the need for awards shows to even exist in the first place. The last 20 minutes of the movie is worth the price of admission alone.
1 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Did this one surprise anyone else? When I first saw the trailer for this thing over a year ago, I remember thinking it was kind of stupid to release an animated superhero movie in the theater. I hereby eat those words. This movie is fantastic. I daresay it’s the best Spider-Man movie to date. The animation is incredibly beautiful. The story is told extremely well without getting bogged down with too much technical jargon or comic book lore. We’re introduced to a bunch of characters that, if you’re not a comic book geek, would be entirely unfamiliar to the average movie-goer. But they’re introduced in a way that works. And you actually care what happens to these characters by the end of the movie. Very well done.
So that’s my Top 10 for 2018. Some honorable mentions (meaning movies that definitely probably should have made the list) are: Annihilation, A Quiet Place, Hereditary, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor. To be fair, though, I did see a lot of movies in 2018. So that means there are more films with a lower chance of making the list. Want to know what rounded out the bottom of my list? The First Purge, Rampage, and Hurricane Heist, coming in at 43, 44, and 45, respectively. They definitely earned those spots.