Posted on December 24, 2018 | Back to Movies and Television
The following are my choices for the five best and the five worst science fiction and fantasy films of the past year. This list only contains titles I actually saw during 2018. A short explanation for my choices follows each title along with a link to a review if I created one.
Best of 2018
Black Panther: Not only the best Nerd Film of the Year, but also one of the best films of the year! Turns out our journey to Wakanda was the trip of a lifetime as this Marvel film found record-breaking audiences worldwide by featuring a predominantly African cast and addressing some real world issues in an honest and hopeful way. No matter how many times you see Black Panther, you'll come away inspired.
Spider-Man: In the Spiderverse: There's already plenty of buzz that this gorgeously psychodelic film is the top contender for the Best Animated flick of the year. But beyond the amazing artwork is a moving story about inner city kid of color who finds himself with Spider-Man-like abilities and is aided by others with similar powers, including a damaged and doughy Peter Parker.
Avengers: Infinity War: Although ultimately overshadowed by Black Panther, the other huge Marvel film of the year did not disappoint, even if it broke our collective hearts by a whopper of an ending. Although you may have left the theater in tears, there's hope on the way with 2019's Captain Marvel and the final part of this story arc featuring Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and, well, pretty much everyone else in the MCU.
Incredibles 2: It's been ages since we got The Incredibles and apparently the studio execs finally listened to the fans and provided a sequel that, while not as epic as the first, is still pretty epic. Curious how we get endless sequels of shit movies, but then it takes someone 14 years to give us a sequel to a good one. Regardless, it's incredible.
Bad Times at the El Royale: This stylish film noir may remind you of LA Confidential, Memento or even Blade Runner. An amazing ensemble cast lead by Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo, and highlighted by a haunting musical score, will keep you riveted to your seat even in the parts that drag a little. Read my review here.
Worst of 2018
Robin Hood: This is my top pick for the worst nerd film of the year. Taron Egerton is completely wasted in yet another retread of this classic English folktale. The director's attempts to make this piece of crap relevant through bizarre costuming and heavy-handed social messages will leave you feeling as though you've been robbed by an incompetent man in a hood. Read my review here.
Ready Player One: If you grew up in the 1980s, then you almost have to be a fan of Steven Spielberg. Sadly, Ready Player One proves that the director's finest work may be behind him as we plod through a virtual world that seems more concerned with fan pandering than telling a good story. First clue that there's not much to see here: the excessive voice-over exposition.
Tomb Raider: Since the Angela Jolie Tomb Raider flicks from the early 2000s were hardly masterpieces, one has to wonder why anyone would want to remake them? Perhaps, like so many films, Tomb Raider simply underscores how Hollywood rarely innovates but will always imitate. Sadly, Lady Croft is a self-pitying loser and there's no one to root for in this outing. Read my review here.
Pacific Rim: Uprising: When I heard Guillermo del Toro wasn't directing the sequel to his 2013 hit, I knew we were in trouble. This highly inferior flick was able to lure back a few of the original (minor) actors, but otherwise is so awful that it barely resembles the original.
Bumblebee: Yet another bad film from the Transformers universe — and the second bad giant robot flick on my list. 'Nuff said.