Here Are My Top 5 Movies of 2018

There were a ton of really bad movies in 2018. There were also a ton of really good movies but I didn’t get to see most of those ones so if you get upset that A Star is Born or First Man isn’t on the list it’s cause I didn’t see them. Also, Bohemian Rhapsody would absolutely be on here but I haven’t seen it yet. You know what, either way, Rhapsody is number 6 on this list not pictured.

5. Crimes Of Grindelwald  – I’m mostly doing this to start out so everyone here can know this won’t be a test of movie merit but more my personal taste. Obviously it wasn’t rated too hot, but this movie was fucking awesome from a Potter fan perspective. You get more Dumbledore, you get more cool animals dominating cities, and you get another movie after it cause it was a big set up movie. It could have been better, absolutely, but this next one could have a battle scene that rivals Harry and Voldemort with Grindelwald and Dumbledore. I loved this movie, Johnny Depp crushed it and for that it’s my 5. 

Johnny Depp is a good enough reason alone to see it. 

4. Annihilation – This movie was bananas. It reminded me a lot of Ex Machina with an even crazier ending. I’m a huge science fiction guy and this was one of those alien type movies that keep you on edge. The whole concept of this movie was so fascinating that it was a thriller that you couldn’t stop watching. The cast was great but would of liked to see a little more Oscar Isaac. Not to mention, Natalie Portman is worth the price of admission. She is a great actress and if she ever is in Indianapolis she is welcome to come to The Pub. I’ll throw the trailer down here just for those interested, give it a watch. 

3. A Quiet Place – This movie was the modern version of the movie Signs. John Krasinski is a beast and is from Massachusetts so he’s a true triple threat. A concept like this is mind boggling and to think about acting an entire movie without saying a word is wild. I think there is a prequel in the works right now or at least Krasinski knows he could expand on the first one. Hopefully we get more from this movie world and Krasinski follows Jordan Peele’s footsteps. If you haven’t seen it yet the scenes below will give the movie away, probably. 

2.  Avengers: Infinity War – Marvel crushes it every year and this was by far the greatest Marvel movie of all time. That goes without saying that next years Captain Marvel and Endgame will for sure pass this movie. This movie was just absolutely incredible, one of those movies that people will remember where they saw it. I can’t wait for it to be on Netflix so I can just continue to binge watch every battle scene which is the whole movie cause it’s non stop action. This was probably the assumed number 1 but not today. 

My favorite movie of the 2018 year is Ready Player One. This movie was astounding. One of my favorite plot lines ever and every single scene got better and better. It was basically a big walk down memory lane with old movies and video games that were taken to the big screen. An absolutely incredible end battle too with just enough sentiment to grab those emotions and take you for a virtual ride. I would like to think I’d do well in this virtual reality fight world but I can also see myself getting destroyed by the massive gorilla form the first egg challenge. Might be worth watching this battle even if you haven’t seen it yet. Battle scene is ELECTRIC.

Also, look out for VICE to be one of the best movies of the year too. 

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The Crimes Of Grindelwald Review, No Spoilers

Thursday night I went to the opening showing of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I don’t want to brag but, it was in IMAX.

Before the headliners go off about this stat right here, let’s talk numbers. The lowest opening weekend before The Crimes of Grindelwald was 77.1 million, not including the first Fantastic Beasts that was below these numbers too at 74 million. The 77.1 Potter was Order of The Phoenix and any movie with Umbridge is bound to be terrible. Movie franchise’s that go back to do prequel series’ are consistently destroyed cause some hardcore fans refuse to buy into a new set of movies. Personally, as a Harry Potter fanatic and the owner of one Gryffindor school robe, I loved it. Johnny Depp plays a perfect Grindelwald, not over the top but still playing the role in a cynical way. I mean, look at that photo above, he looks like the wizard that used to get all the girls without even playing quidditch at Hogwarts. Just had the leather jacket and people flocked. Anyone who watched the first of this series knows Credence probably died but they kept him alive for a great reveal. I was never a fan of his character in the first movie but I thought the way they progressed his character allows him to bring way more to the table.

Jude Law’s Dumbledore was awesome and the stuff you find out about Dumbledore is the reason this movie is a must see. Any real fan would appreciate all the things they tie together with the original movies, especially with Nagini being a person (revealed in trailer). This was for sure a setup movie but the information, battle scenes, and magic all make it worth going to see the newest installment. As a Harry Potter fan, I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t like this movie, but setup movies in a series always take the bad reviews and the others get the job done (Desolation of Smaug did about the same in its opening weekend.) I don’t think J.K. Rowling cares about them anyways, the Potter movies have grossed over 2 billion worldwide so numbers aren’t as important. Dumbledore will play a much bigger role in the next movie too.

Eddie Redmayn crushed this role and similar to Dumbledore, you get a look at Newt at Hogwarts and his life before. He’s also up for love triangle of the century but no spoilers. The new creatures in this movie are electric and you still get some of the beasts from the first movie coming back to help Newt and the boys. Speaking of beasts, Dan Fogler is one of my favorite characters in this series. He’s hysterical and the idea of a muggle rolling with the wizards and being right next to all the action is hilarious. All in all, this movie has a unique look at Dumbledore’s life that you don’t get with any of the other Potter movies, not to mention Grindelwald is turning into an all-time villain. The next one in this series has the potential to be one of the better Potter movies in the series, hopefully they go big.