As only about a single day is left for this calendar year to end, it’s time to recall the best flicks which were among the most popular ones along with some ‘Award’ contenders too. Saying in other words, some of the popular films of 2018 are so-so good that they are almost toe-to-toe with the serious dramas – made for the highly prestigious awards – when it comes to content, performances, and impact of the movie as a whole on the audiences.
So, let’s rewind a bit and have a look at the top 10 most popular movies of 2018 that also deserve ultra-serious recognition too in their own manner.
#1 Avengers: Infinity War
Undoubtedly the most popular one when it comes to fan following and great anticipations. This superhero extravaganza is not only the highest grossing film of 2018 but also the highest grossing superhero film of all-time, period. Directed by the duo of Joe and Anthony Russo the film is an action-adventure that is about the ultimate confrontation of the Avengers with their greatest villain to date, the Mad Titan, Thanos, who has the most powerful weapon in the entire universe, the Infinity Gauntlet, consisting of the six Infinity Stones (making him an unmatchable force to reckon with).
The movie is also the penultimate part in Phase 3 of the MCU which was started way back in 2008 by Kevin Feige. The last part of this phase will be Avengers: Endgame which will also be a finale to the storyline of the Infinity Stones.
Avengers: Infinity War will be the memorable crown sitting on top of the MCU line-up of the 20 movies released so far in ten years.
#2 Black Panther
The movie has turned into a cultural phenomenon and even after 10 months of its release, it seems like it’s still running into the theaters. Director Ryan Coogler made something like a jewel for the Marvel Studios when he cast a stellar group of actors like Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, among other notable names too.
The story is about the throne of the King of Wakanda and who takes over it at the end of the film. But apart from it the movie also teaches some notable life lessons which are integral to us as humans, and that is to keep harmony and living with love among each other.
#3 Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Tom Cruise proved with this one that he’s not done yet and when it comes to giving absolutely remarkable performances, he’s always the best. But it wasn’t just him but the entire team and especially the director Christopher McQuarrie who just pulled off ‘a perfect film’ to date, as far as the Mission: Impossible franchise is concerned.
Whether it be the action, fantastically shot sequences or the entire cinematography, this film has set the benchmark for every technical, genius feat that a movie can achieve. And on top of it, the acting prowess of all the actors involved just makes it highly compelling to watch, and that too on loop!
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a perfect action movie of all-time when it comes to intelligent, great and authentic filmmaking.
#4 A Quiet Place
Actor and director John Krasinski brought something which was unexpected for everyone, at the beginning of 2018. A Quiet Place is so impactful in its complete silence that you crave for the characters’ lives inside the film’s story! And yes, that’s true.
Made almost with no dialogues (there are only a few), the expressions of each character is so deep and genuine that you are left feeling helpless for them. The movie is about an apocalyptic future of Earth where the entire human race has almost become endangered due to an alien monster invasion. And these monsters have an incredibly high ability to catch even a tiny impact of sound produced. So they hunt down those who make a sound; and yes they kill them too, brutally.
The most talked-about horror movie since The Exorcist (1973), Hereditary is just so complex in its nature that you become trapped in its plot, which is brilliant to watch in its entirety. But the actual horror is in the performances of the cast itself! Truly outstanding and breathtaking roles portrayed by each and everyone, especially actress Tony Collete, child actor Milly Shapiro, and young actor Alex Wolf.
Debutant director Ari Aster never lets you feel a sigh of relief because the very next scene is unpredictably so horrific that it leaves you in utmost shock, while also raising your goosebumps too!
It’s a highly recommended horror flick for you if you want to be truly horrified.
#6 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Marvel’s best-animated superhero flick of all-time, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a story of multiple ‘Spider-People’ who get converged into one dimension thanks to an opening of a portal by the villain, Kingpin. The main story revolves around Miles Morales who realizes that he’s not the only Spider-Man alive and that there are others too, just like him.
The movie since its release has become a fan-favorite and critics’ favorite too, because of its great storytelling and fantabulous visuals (which feel like a comic book indeed).
The movie is already being touted as a winner of the ‘Best Animated Feature’ in the next year’s Oscars.
DC also made its impact across the globe when its Aquaman released towards the end of 2018. And there’s no doubt that it’s the best looking movie of DC after 2017’s Wonder Woman. Aquaman is a visual treat for anyone who’s a true DC or Aquaman die-hard fan. But also for a general moviegoer, this movie is a total entertainer.
James Wan’s great direction and Jason Momoa’s charismatic performance as Arthur Curry, along with Amber Heard as Mera, will make you watch it in a highly enjoyable manner.
#8 Ralph Breaks the Internet
The greatly anticipated sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, this movie goes on to a new level of madness while also giving you key life lessons related to the modern day ‘social media changes’. All the characters are so greatly compelling to watch that you don’t feel bored at all, but instead, you want the movie to just go on, without an ending.
The movie’s popularity can be imagined from the fact that it’s been a huge box-office success too.
Another highly awaited and perhaps the most deserving sequel to a horror masterpiece, Halloween (1977), the new and direct sequel to the original, makes itself worthy of being called a true successor to its predecessor.
Halloween 2018 takes place from where the last Halloween film (directed by John Carpenter) ended. And the return of Nick Castle as Michael Myers is so-so impactful again that he will make you wish for your life!
This film’s director David Gordon Green really, and successfully managed to pull off a great psycho-horror flick. Not to mention that it’s also the highest grossing Halloween film in the series.
#10 Incredibles 2
The last one on this list is also a long-awaited ‘superhero’ animated sequel to its first part, which was released way back in 2004! But even after 14 years, the second installment feels just so fresh that you are left speechless in your mind. Because this time too, you feel the same way for the beloved characters.
Director Brad Bird created the same magic with this one too which never makes you feel like you are watching a sequel to a 14-year-old movie, because Incredibles 2 feels so new and exciting, in its way of carrying the story forward from the exact same point where its first part ended.
‘Princess Diana: the Musical’ Playing in Theaters Across U.S.
With July 29th having marked the 38th anniversary of the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles, it’s a poignant reminder of how beloved “Princess Di” was in life and so remains in death. With this in mind, award-winning singer-songwriter Karen Sokolof Javitch has written the “Princess Diana: the Musical” that spotlights Princess’ relationship with Prince Charles, focusing on their courtship, marriage, and divorce.
“The marriage is still the most-watched royal wedding in history,” notes Javitch. “Millions still remember how Princess Diana omitted the word ‘obey’ for the first time ever in a royal wedding, and so began a reverence for this maverick royal.”
For this touching, one-of-a-kind musical, Javitch wrote all 32 of the songs, arranged by Chuck Penington of Mannheim Steamroller, which reflect Diana’s transition from being an unknown 19-year old to becoming one of the most famous women in the world. Not surprisingly, the musical is gaining in popularity and has been produced by theater groups and troupes in multiple cities across the United States.
Musical theater buffs may listen to one of the songs from the show, “There Was a Time,” that was the main song to “Princess Diana: The Musical,” here and the full array of songs may be accessed on Javitch’s web site here.
Besides Javitch having co-written four musicals performed throughout America, she’s also produced no less than 15 albums with original music and was the creator and co-host of a popular radio show, “It’s the Beat.” Her family-friendly music includes a variety of songs about exercising and good health, celebrities, holidays, weddings, politics, children, babies, education, patriotism, love and family. Also philanthropic, Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities through her original music.
Especially this month, Javitch’s Princess Diana: the Musical represents one phenomenon celebrating another—a noble endeavor indeed.
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Major Superhero Movies of 2018 That Were Just Amazing in Many Different Aspects!
This year saw a lot of Hollywood flicks that swayed the audiences with different genres and contents, like every year, but the one category that really ruled the hearts and also the box-office registers, was the superhero genre. And 2018 turned out to be a game changer for the characters with supernatural abilities and powers and, their world altogether.
But there were some major superhero films that were just amazing and turned out to be heavily impactful too, as far as the people and culture are concerned.
Here are the top 4 superhero movies of 2018 that were just amazing and brought a new change for the moviegoers, in many different aspects.
Avengers: Infinity War
This movie needs no introduction since it’s a history that has created multiple milestones. The most anticipated film of all-time (well now, its Avengers: Endgame nonetheless) that saw fans just going beyond limits, turned out to be a benchmark in terms of creating a memorable ensemble cast into one single film’s storyline!
Everything about Infinity War is so perfectly great that it becomes actually hard to focus on the weak points, as there were mostly none, thanks to the fantastic performances by the entire cast. Also, the duo of Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, was exceptional in directing a large cast with so much craft, while also keeping the story intriguing throughout the runtime of the film.
Apart from giving the best on-screen supervillain from Marvel, to match DC’s Joker by Heath Ledger, the movie also made the villain heavily impactful who, shockingly, gained more empathy and emotional support from the audiences too! Josh Brolin was praised by everyone for his portrayal of Thanos who decimated half of the universe’s population to bring balance in it.
The movie is currently the third-best movie of all-time, and the best superhero movie of all-time in the box-office history.
Another Marvel movie that not only became a worldwide box-office phenomenon but also became a cultural phenomenon too. It had an all-black cast, which was necessary as far as its storyline and characters were concerned.
The brilliant direction by Ryan Coogler was admired by fans and critics combined. He nailed it on every level, whether it was plot treatment, character development, the relevance of the story and eventually the objective of the film as a whole. It was more than a movie since it was highly needed in a modern time like the one going on currently.
The relationship of a son with his father, and with his brother is showcased in a manner that you really can’t escape it. This movie also gave us the second-best villain from Marvel, after Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, was so greatly portrayed that he swayed the audiences in a huge way.
Lately, Black Panther has gained a big recognition for prestigious awards too. It has been nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in the upcoming Golden Globes 2019. That simply speaks the entire thing about this superhero blockbuster.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The film that has been declared as the best Spider-Man film, in an animated style (and on a general basis too), is about the crossover of different dimensions of different Spider-Man characters, coming together. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which has been directed by three directors, namely Peter Ramsay, Robert Persichetti Jr., and Rodney Rothman, is so greatly executed from the perspective of different ‘Spider characters’, that it becomes a celebration of the comic books themselves, dedicated to the most famous comic book superhero of all-time.
The movie, in fact, feels like a real comic book itself courtesy the VFX and animation styles used by the team behind them.
The introduction of a new Spider-Man ‘protagonist’ character in Miles Morales has successfully managed to connect exceptionally with the audiences and critics too.
The first underwater adventure taking the moviegoers into the world of Atlantis, the home of Arthur Curry/Aquaman, turned out to be a great surprise for everyone who was skeptical about its story and reactions after its release. But director James Wan succeeded in keeping the audiences in awe of his imagination of great visuals and underwater action sequences, which were so great to look at, on the big screen.
The movie may not be as great as the ‘other three’, mentioned above, but what works for it is the presentation. It has been so intelligently done that the negatives get easily overshadowed. And that’s the biggest win for a movie if it can do that.
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