We are already in the second month of 2019, and awards season is already reaching its peak when The Oscars hit on the 26th, which means that my ‘Top Ten Movies’ list is a bit overdue. A lot has happened that has caused me to lose track of reviews last year, so it took me a long time to keep making them. On the bright side, 2018 had a lot of great movies, so much so that it was really hard to write a Top Ten list without making a few sacrifices. I will still talk about them in my honorable mentions, but these are the films that stuck out to me the most either by quality, or just how I felt about them. Without further ado, here are my ‘Top Ten Movies of 2018’
For a while, Mike Flanagan’s ‘Before I Wake’ was suspended; at the time, Relativity Media (the original distributor of the horror film) filed for bankruptcy, causing it not to have a theatrical release for quite some time. Who knew that it would be a Netflix original film in 2018! It was quite the surprise to see that the film – starring Kate Bosworth and up-and-comer Jacob Tremblay – had finally got the release after quite some time. I decided to watch ‘Before I Wake’ with my girl two weeks ago when she was in the mood for a movie. She was excited, yet I was skeptical. Horror movies are lacking in quality with incessant jump scares, and over-exploitation of gore just to get a reaction from audiences. Thankfully, ‘Before I Wake’ uses very little of these out-of-nowhere shocks, and mainly delivers a surprisingly deep story to overcome its horror movie tropes.