MY TOP TEN OF 2018…SO FAR
BY DAN SKIP ALLEN
1) First Reformed is a film directed by Paul Schrader and stars Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric The Entertainer. Reverend Toller meets a man and his wife, and this fateful meeting makes him spiral out of control. With pressure from Super Church Pastor and a local businessman, he questions everything he knows. Paul Schrader crafts an absolute masterpiece of cinema.
2) Hereditary is a film directed by Ari Aster and stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd, Alex Wolf and Milly Shapiro. A mother must deal with a recent death but also tries to juggle the problems of her daughter and son. She enlists help from a support group friend, but it makes things worse for her and her whole family. This is a mind-blowing film of tragedy and terror.
3) Won’t You Be My Neighbor is directed by Morgan Neville. Love is a way of life for Fred Rogers. He has dedicated his life to showing children via his tv show about the world and its problems. Talking heads discuss how he has made the world around him and their lives better.
4) A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and stars himself and Emily Blunt. Lee Abbott is a man who cares about nothing else except protecting his family from creatures who can’t see you but they can hear you. John becomes a breakout director in the horror genre that keeps on giving. Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmons are incredible without saying word.
5) You Were Never Really Here is directed by Lynn Ramsey and stars Joaquin Phoenix. Joe isn’t your average hitman; he gets payed to rescue kidnapped children from there captures. Lynn Ramsey sends Joe on a bloody violent path of revenge. This film is gritty with a mixture of bloody and violence and I loved it.
6) Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird and stars Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Kathryn Keener, Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner. 14 years was too long to wait for the sequel everybody has been longing for. Brad Bird picks up right where he left off literally and figuratively. This time the roles are swapped with Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr staying home to keep an eye on the kids while Elastigirl/Helen Parr is out fighting crime.
7) Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe & Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin and Tom Hiddleston. Thanos is on his mission to collect all the Infinity Stones and there’s nothing The Avengers can do to stop him. The Russo’s up the ante for this big budget blockbuster by teaming all the heroes from all of the MCU. This film has plenty of action and comedic scenes alike.
8) Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch and starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Morena Baccarin and TJ Miller. Deadpool is back in action and I mean action. The self-deprecating humor and breaking of the fourth walls are back as well. Plenty of great one liners and great post credit scenes make this one of the funniest movies in recent memory. This might be better than the original film.
9) Hearts Beat Loud is directed by Bret Haley and stars Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons. Father daughter are heading in different directions until they decide to make music again, like they did when the both were younger. The songs are catchy, and the story is compelling. Haley knows how to pull the heartstrings and will give you a tear in your eye and a song in your heart.
10) Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Yanous Saltamos and Paul Bettany. Han is running from gangsters and the empire, until he joins some smugglers and marts who are old but new friends in this film. We meet young Chewie and Lando and the action is fast and furious. Solo is a fun and entertaining origin story for the favorite Star Wars character. This is fine addition to the Star Wars film continuity.