Best Films of 2018: Part 2 – Individual Achievement

Best Director

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Honourable Mentions: Ryan Coogler – Black PantherJohn Krasinski – A Quiet PlaceYorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

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Best of 2018 – Film: Part 1 – Films

Best Films of 2018

Best Films of the Year

Black Panther

It would be easy to dismiss this as a pop cultural phenom, a popcorn blockbuster for the masses. It’s Marvel by way of Disney, after all. But Black Panther as a film finally accomplished what comic books had been doing for years: Holding a mirror up to society. For numerous reasons. From nationalism to isolationism to racism. It captured that and ran it through a fantasy filter, but never lost its poignancy. Black Panther is a film for our time. A bloated, visual-effects laden, epic franchise comic book action film, that still manages to say something important, and look absolutely gorgeous doing so. The hero isn’t 100% right, the villain isn’t 100% wrong. This is a brightly-coloured grey area of a film. And it’s beautiful. Best film of 2018? Up there. THE film of 2018? Definitely.

A Quiet Place

If you know me, you know I tend to go genre with my favoured films. The Shape of Water, Arrival, The Witch. Had Black Panther not been the event it was, A Quiet Place would definitely be taking the top spot. It’s a deep contemplation on the anxiety of parenthood, particularly fatherhood. Director/star John Krasinski’s approached this with a lot of care, and we got a weighty monster film that does stick with you once throughout the entire film. You’re afraid to crunch your popcorn, slurp your soda, for fear of giving away their location.

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Best Of 2018: The Music

Here’s what moved me in 2018. What got my toes tapping, my head bobbing, my fingers drumming, my lips humming. As in years past, I’ve got my Best Ofs, then a list of honourable mentions. There was a lot to enjoy in music this year. A lot I’m looking forward to

Album Of The Year

Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

It’s hyper-ambitious to rock a full concept album in R&B, and Janelle just lands it. It’s the perfect album for 2018, with the artist fully and unabashedly owning and celebrating her identity. Monáe’s third album feels as much as a statement of her musicality as it is a statement of her as a person. Finding out after the fact that Prince himself had a hand in crafting the album is a telling factoid that only enhances my enjoyment of the album.

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Stuff That’s Streaming: Animated Avengers Adventures

As you can probably tell from the title, I’m a fan of alliteration.

The Avengers had the single biggest weekend ever, by $40 million dollars. It broke the record by a margin of what, for most other films, would be considered a solid opening weekend. And it’s an amazing film (you can read the review here), which if you haven’t seen, do so. Right now.

Anyway, Netflix is streaming several of the animated Avengers movies, that I also recommend you check out.

The Ultimate Avengers 1 & 2

These two films are a whole lot of, and are a solid throwback to the terrific run Marvel had in the 90s with their animated shows. Any kid like myself who grew up on those shows will certainly love these two features, and will love showing them to their own kids (and if my Facebook feed is any indication, everyone my age has a kid). You can watch Ultimate Avengers 1 here, and you can watch Ultimate Avengers 2 here.

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Avengers

There was a pretty good show that had a run of about 30 episodes back in 2010 that was based on the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Avengers called Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. All hell breaks loose when the worst villains they’ve ever faced (Loki, Red Skull, etc.) break loose from captivity and the Avengers assemble to bring them down. Definitely worth checking out, or putting on in the background to keep the kids distracted. You can watch the show on Netflix here.

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