Top 10 Films of 2018

2018 is officially over and what a year it has been. 2018 has been a bit disappointing movie wise because while I liked a lot of films, this year’s films ultimately didn’t stick with me as they have done before, there weren’t many films that I absolutely loved and remembered. And keep in mind that I still haven’t seen some of the newer released Oscar buzz films like If Beale Street Could Talk or Burning.

Honorable Mentions: Never Goin’ Back, Eighth Grade, Black Panther, The Hate U Give,  Mission Impossible: Fallout, Annihilation, and Bad Times at the El Royale.  These are all great films that I debated putting on this list, but didn’t make the cut.

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A Star is Born (2018)

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A Star is Born surrounds Southern, rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) finding Ally (Lady Gaga) at a drag bar and being transfixed by her singing talent. They start to fall in love and Jackson helps Ally get footing in her singing career, but as she rises to pop stardom, he cannot stop spiraling downward.

This is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut and what a feat this was. Kudos to him because every shot in this film was deliberate and the film was extremely well made. He also does a great job on the acting side of things and is believable as an aging rock star. Lady Gaga was also outstanding in her role and I was very impressed because even though I knew she acted before, this is her first leading role in a film and she delivered. They had really great chemistry together and I knew that they worked together a lot in pre-production to do this film right, which they succeeded in doing.

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A Star is Born (1937)

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The original A Star is Born surrounds a young actress named Esther (Janet Gaynor) moving to Hollywood for the first time but struggling to get an acting job. Once she runs into famous actor, Norman Maine (Fredric March), he quickly takes a liking to her. He’s able to get her an acting job, and Esther quickly shoots to stardom and becomes “Vicki Lester.” However, she rises past Maine’s stardom and he starts to spirals down due to alcoholism.

Janet Gaynor and Fredric March do have really nice chemistry in the film. However, we never get to see what makes Esther star worthy or what makes her “Vicki Lester.” I also really liked the relationship Esther had with her grandmother. But I have to admit I liked March’s performance more than Gaynor’s but that’s because I was more invested in his arc of self-destruction.

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