Here is a list of the movies I’ve seen this year in order of my favorite to least favorite.
The Ballad of Lefty Brown – I love A24 and I love when a movie takes a guy like Bill Pullman, a guy I like but whenever I see him in a movie I think, ‘there’s Bill Pullman,’ and make him disappear into a role that initially takes some getting use to but by the end of it you’re in love with the character. Well done.
Becks – A friend of mine turned me on to this movie because he knew the brother of the girl that this movie was about. A fantastic little indie love story with an ending so great that it really didn’t matter what came before it. That said what came before it was fantastic as well. This movie is just full of great acting and great scenes. I really like this movie.
Chicago Documentary – Netflix Documentary about the band Chicago – We never talked about this movie on the podcast but so far the documentary on the band Chicago is the best movie that I’ve seen from 2018 (as of Feb 6th 2018). I didn’t realize how aware I was of Chicago. I love rock documentaries and this one is great. If you’re looking for another great rock documentary, “Hired Guns” was phenomenal but I saw that in 2017.
Insidious The Last Key – I really like this series but this chapter fell flat for me. The character actors from the previous installments step out front in this and it doesn’t work. That said the jump scares are creative and keep you guessing.
The Cloverfield Paradox – “10 Cloverfield Lane” was such a great experience. The bar was set high on this one. However once we saw the trailer during the Super Bowl and were informed that it was going straight to Netflix I started to wonder about the quality of the film. “The Cloverfield Paradox” just feels like a lesser movie than the previous “Cloverfield” films and any space/alien movie prior to it. Dare I say “Event Horizon” is better than this?
The 15:17 to Paris – This might be the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I don’t get offended easy but this movie offended me. I’m really bothered by the religious and political propaganda behind this movie. I really like Clint Eastwood for the most part but this is just an utter pile of garbage.
Boogie Nights – I had never seen this movie. I’m glad I finally saw it and can’t wait to watch it again. This movie deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as “Pulp Fiction,” “Goodfellas,” and “The Big Lebowski.” Ok maybe not the same breath, but the next breath. This is a fantastic movie that I don’t Paul Thomas Anderson has matched.
Heat – I love “Heat” way more than I should. It’s not really a guilty pleasure because I’m not ashamed of my love for this movie. For me it’s the most quotable movie of all time. I use to watch this movie on a daily basis back in high school. I’m so glad we got to revisit it for the podcast.
The Last House on the Left – I have a soft spot in my heart for this movie. Time may not have been super kind to this film, but every time I watch it I’m transported back in time (to before I was born). I see a couple of kids shooting a movie in their back yard. The gore is more realistic than you get in todays movies and the intensity at the time was unlike all other exploitation films.
Foxy Brown – Another film I had never seen. In fact I haven’t seen any blaxploitation films. The movie knew exactly what it was and was a ton of fun. I can’t wait to watch more Pam Grier films.
Burnt Offerings – I don’t know why we watched this film. I won’t say I hated it, but I will say that I didn’t get why it would be considered a classic. Nothing was burnt, nothing was offered. Basically Oliver Reed spends the whole movie doing horrible things only for you to find out it was his wife making him do those things the whole time. I don’t know, I wasn’t really fan.
Play Misty For Me – It’s a fun little thriller but I’m really bothered by the stupidity of the characters that I wasn’t able to stay with the movie. Plus Clint Eastwood really let me down with The 15:17 to Paris.
Little Big Man – I don’t get it and I wasn’t interested. The whole movie I just wanted to turn it off. Time has not been kind to this film.
Every movie I’ve seen in 2018 ranked:
Boogie Nights – Undisputed Classic
Heat – Undisputed Classic
The Ballad of Lefty Brown – 2018 release
Logan Lucky – 2nd Viewing
Last House on the Left – Undisputed Classic
Foxy Brown – Undisputed Classic
Chicago Documentary – Netflix Documentary about the band Chicago
Becks – 2018 release
The Post – 2017 release
Happy Death Day – 2017 release (watched on my own)
The Wall – 2017 release (watched on my own)
IT – 2nd viewing
Phantom Thread – 2018 release
Burnt Offerings – Undisputed Classic
Play Misty For Me – Undisputed Classic
Insidious The Last Key – 2018 release
The Cloverfield Paradox – 2018 release
Little Big Man – Undisputed Classic
The 15:17 to Paris – 2018 release