Reviewing every 2019 Horror movie I’ve seen

It’s the spooky season, so I’m going to go over EVERY NEW 2019 HORROR MOVIE I’ve seen this year, including the recently released Netflix movie Eli

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Wounds

I’d give this 0 stars if I could, maybe something in the negatives would be more fitting. Its befitting of grades the people don’t use, like F- or a G maybe.

If more people see this movie it could honestly hurt Armie Hammers career and Dakota Johnsons, they’re acting is atrocious here, but I blame that more on the direction.

Wounds is dull and lifeless, Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson star in this and I know I’ve seen them act well before, so it must be the horrible direction.

Director/Writer Babak Anvari has only directed one thing before this (Under the Shadows) I haven’t seen it, but it must have been alright because it helped him get this movie made with the reputable stars and decent effects budget.

I thought Glass would keep the spot as the worst movie of 2019 but Wounds has easily taken that spot. Easily. Wounds is absolutely lifeless, and pointless, and unintelligible. I must warn you not to waste your time.

This Movie follows Will (Armie Hammer) a despicable human being who works at a bar. His girlfriend Carrie (Dakota Johnson) is a student, somehow these two have a lot of money, a beautiful house, brand new truck, this bar must pay well. Will is an alcoholic who drinks and does drugs from morning till night, works drunk and no one bats an eye.

A fight occurs in the bar, and one of the regulars gets a nasty wound on his face from a beer bottle. During the fight a phone is left behind, somehow a college kid just left it. The phone starts getting phone calls and texts that are creepy, there are pictures on the phone of severed heads for some reason which is never explained.

And then honestly nothing happens, the phone call Will gets somehow affects him and Carrie, but it affects Carrie more. She starts looking up things about the occult online and staring at a picture of a tunnel on her screen, sending Will pictures of the house saying she’s scared, etc.

Will’s life, which was never really stable to begin with, unravels and the movie is more about that than it is a horror movie. It has a few “scary” moments, but they feel out of place in what is essentially a drama. Wounds fails as a drama though because it’s characters are so unlikeable and lifeless you don’t care about what happens to them.

Wounds brings up scary stuff but it doesn’t go anywhere, the movie ends leaving you wondering what happens next but not caring enough. On top of everything, the first half of the movie revolves around this phone, which is receiving texts and photos that we are supposed to be reading, and even on a 50 inch TV I could barely make out the texts that are essential to the story and pictures which I think are supposed to be scary?

I’m so mad at this movie for existing, I’m mad at Hulu and Netflix for distributing it, please skip it.

There’s maybe… Maybe some deeper meaning here about relationships but I couldn’t care any less.

Grade: F

If you want spoilers so you can skip it, here they are.

The movie ends with Will going to the guys house who was injured during the bar fight at the beginning, some how this guy (Eric) is integral to the plot. He won’t go to the hospital so his wound is infected now. He had no contact with the phone, which Will has lost somewhere along the way but he calls Will saying he has a present for him. Will shows up, the guy has no idea what he’s talking about and wants Will to leave. But then finally tells will to look in his nightstand. The phone is in there, Will calls the number that called him earlier, the sound of static and screaming Kid Rock fans are heard and then Will sucks some sort of thing out of the wound and into him while cockroaches cover the lens so we can’t really see it and then the movie ends. STUPID.

Anyways, please just skip this movie I beg of you

The Wind

IMDB Description: A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s

The Wind is a mix between a horror film and a Western, it follows a woman named Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) who lives a lonely existence with her husband on the prairies in the late 1800’s. Lizzy and her husband have moved there hoping to basically colonize this area, but it’s a slow process; when they finally get neighbors Lizzy is less than thrilled and the ghosts of the prairies begin to invade.

I honestly don’t know who I would recommend this film to, it’s neither an entertaining Western nor a scary horror film. The best part of The Wind is the character Lizzy and the acting of Caitlin Gerard, she spends most of the film alone, acting among a small room or desolate land. It just isn’t enough though to make for an entertaining enough movie, you’ll most likely find yourself enjoying one of the most interminably boring movies of 2019.

Grade: D+

Satanic Panic

IMDB Description: A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.

Satanic Panic is 100% an entertaining ride, you will never once be bored, if you’ve got a few friends over you’ll probably enjoy this ride from start to finish. It isn’t funny enough or scary enough to really urge anyone to watch it but you won’t be bored.

Satanic Panic has a lot of interesting aspects, Rebecca Romijn is having a lot of fun here and newcomer Hayley Griffith is sweet and entertaining. The practical effects are fun, including moments with Romijn’s husband Jerry O’Connell. I really enjoyed a lot of the moments between the main character Sam (Griffith) and her friend Judi (Ruby Modine), it was actually a highlight of the movie for me.

Satanic Panic is fun, but it’s the equivilant to a fast food cheeseburger, you won’t be thinking about it much the next day.

Grade: C+

Trick

IMDB Description: A no-nonsense detective tries to track down a mass murderer named Trick, who is terrorizing a small town

Trick has all the makings of the next slasher franchise, but it’s too formulaic to be realized as such. Trick takes a note out of almost every horror franchise’s book, Halloween, Friday the 13, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. but it’s still really entertaining.

Omar Epps, who you’ll recognize from House, brings some credibility to this film but he’s the cliche of the tired old cop who will do everything to stop his killer. Trick is a cliche, but it is an entertaining watch at Halloween time nonetheless with some scary kills and thrilling moments.

Grade: B-

Sweetheart:

I may be the only person in the world championing Sweetheart, but mostly because not many have seen it. It isn’t streaming on many platforms, besides rental on itunes, and it hasn’t been advertised to really any degree.

When a young woman name Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) is shipwrecked on a small island, she is forced to learn to adapt to life alone on this island. She assumes she is alone, but she soon learns that every night a monster comes to shore.

This movie is very simple, but it’s so much fun. Clemons is one of our brightest young actors, and she definitely brings something to this role, especially having to act alongside no one for most of this movie.

Sweetheart has a few moments of complete and utter dread that I won’t forget, it’s freaky and you really put yourself in the shoes of the main character. I enjoyed this movie immensely, at the moment it’s in my top ten. I don’t want to say any more as I’d get into spoilers so I’ll just leave it at that.

Grade: A

Eli (2019)

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IMDB Description: A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he’s living in isn’t as safe as he thought.

Eli, which was just recently released on Netflix, is a pretty standard horror film, and I don’t really have much to say about it but here it goes. The movie stars Charlie Shotwell as Eli, Kelly Reilly (Flight, True Detective) and Max Martini (Fifty Shades series) as his parents, and my love Lili Taylor (The Conjuring, Six Feet Under) as Dr. Horn.

The movie has a few scares, some interesting ghost-like horror, it would probably have been more effective in the theaters, but I probably wouldn’t haven’t ventured to the theater to see this one anyways. Eli isn’t necessarily bad in anyway, but it’s just a little tedious and repetitive, and nothing horror fans haven’t seen before. The movie trope of a character uncovering something, and no one believing them is so tired and frustrating. So in this movie, Eli spends the entire movie uncovering secrets, but guess what… no one believes him. It’s just tiring.

The last 15-20 minutes where the twist is revealed and everything begins to happen, are entertaining, and I didn’t see it coming. It’s not a bad use of your time, but I doubt you’ll remember it in a week or two.

Grade: C+

Ready or Not (2019)

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IMDB Description: A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game

This is a fun movie, one of my favorites of the year. It’s darkly funny, tense and interesting with entertaining characters. The ending is wild, and while the movie isn’t entirely scary it’s thrilling and feels like an old fashioned slasher film from the past

Grade: A-

Midsommar (2019)

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IMDB Description: A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Midsommar is a curious puzzle of a movie, I’m not entirely sure who will enjoy this 2 and a half hour mystery horror. It’s creepy, it’s odd, it’s psychedelic, and honestly I’ll never forget it. It’s a slow burn, very reminiscent in both tone and subject to the 1973 film The Wicker Man. In the end, part of me wishes the story could have been maybe a little creepier, a little shorter, but it’s a very effective story, building to a climax much like director Ari Asters previous film Hereditary

Grade: B+

Crawl (2019)

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IMDB Description: A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

Crawl knows exactly what it is, a creature feature, and it doesn’t try to be anything smarter than that. It’s thrilling, tense and fun, definitely worth a watch. Spoiler Alert: The Dog survives, so no worries!

Grade: B-

Pet Sematary (2019)

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IMDB Description: Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

I’ve yet to see the original Pet Sematary, and I know this movie has split a lot of people but I for one enjoyed it, I found it to be wonderfully spooky, and wholly enjoyed the end of the film.

Grade: B-

In The Tall Grass (2019)

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IMDB Description: After hearing a young boy’s cry for help, a sister and brother venture into a vast field of tall grass in Kansas but soon discover there may be no way out…and that something evil lurks within.

In the Tall Grass borders upon the silly, a premise that seems a bit odd, and I can see it isn’t working for some, but it drew me in, I was entertained and interested in figuring out the mystery behind the tall grass.

Grade: B-

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

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IMDB Description: While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Annabelle Comes home is a mix between Creation and the original. It has some scary sequences, it plays out a bit like a horror version of Night at the Museum, where everything inside the Warren’s home has been unleashed, it’s cool but ultimately this is setting up more prequels/sequels. Comes Home feels quite long even with an hour and 40 minute run-time. It takes a long time to get going, and you feel it because it doesn’t have a lot of scares until the last half hour. Most of the “spookiness” in the first hour are taken from better ghost stories, bumps in the dark and Poltergeist-like scares. Comes Home feels too clean, almost too PG-13 at times, much like Scary Stories to tell in the dark, it seems like a movie young teens would find scary but horror fans will feel like they’ve Seen much of this before.
Grade: C-

Child’s Play (2019)

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IMDB Description: A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Another horror remake, unfortunately I found this one to be a little too polished, silly, and goofy, with a tone they can’t get right. The look of Chucky himself is odd, and doesn’t quite achieve the same scariness the original did. Although, horror fans like myself will get a lot out of it, it has some pretty great kills and gore, and has some very entertaining sequences.

Grade: C+

Escape Room (2019)

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IMDB Description: Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Escape Room is a popcorn horror film, a bit cheesy, over the top, very unbelievable, but you’ll never be bored, you won’t really hate it, and you could do a lot worse.

Grade: C

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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IMDB Description: On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

The movie was very subpar for me, the characters were unlikable and the story seemed quite vanilla, while it handled the scary sequences pretty well, including one I really enjoyed, the rest of the movie was so bland and boring. You can’t help but compare it to IT and it doesn’t hold a candle to that.

Grade: C+

Ma (2019)

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IMDB Description: A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

Ma is actually entirely entertaining and a fun time, the movie employs a host of veteran actors to bring this little horror movie some cred, like Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, Juliette Lewis and a weird Allison Janney Cameo. This is a fun movie to watch with friends while having a drink, and one you shouldn’t take too seriously because it has plenty of plot holes, goofs and Silliness, but it’s better than many of the horror films I’ve seen this year.
Grade: C+

Us (2019)

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IMDB Description: A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Us is a good movie, there’s really no denying it, unfortunately it just wasn’t my cup of tea. It’s well acted, well mad, entertaining, but unfortunately I found it utterly too unbelievable, I couldn’t buy into the story, I felt as if there was a point in the film where you either hop on board or you get left behind. I was left behind, and I never recovered. Not a thing about Us worked for me, the humor, the scares, the twists, sadly this one missed the mark for me, but I can see why others have enjoyed it so.

Grade: N/A

Haunt (2019)

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IMDB Description: On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.

I don’t have a lot to say about Haunt, Its not great, it’s not bad, the characters are unmemorable but it has it’s scares, and it’s better than last year’s Hell Fest. It’s worth a watch for horror fans, you could do a lot worse.

Grade: C

The Hole in the Ground (2019)

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IMDB Description: A young mother living in the Irish countryside with her son suspects his increasingly disturbing behavior is linked to a mysterious sinkhole in the forest, and fears he may not be her son at all.

We’ve seen this sort of story done before, and I don’t really feel like this story has anything new to offer, it’s a mystery you’ll want to watch become uncovered, but sadly it’s a bit too tedious and boring, and hard core horror fans might find this a bit of a snooze fest.

Grade: C

Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

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IMDB Description: Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Happy Death Day 2 U is a very curious film, and I applaud it for taking the chances it did. The original Happy Death Day is a horror movie, the sequel is barely one. The writers took what happened in the original and bring us a drama/comedy/thriller with horror aspects. Horror fans will displeased, and I think fans of the original would be displeased, as this movie is such a departure from the original. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original, but I enjoyed it for the most part, and I think that made me enjoy this one a bit more. The best part of this sequel is the emotion behind it, I don’t want to give spoilers but for a movie like this to make such bold choices, and go places no one was expecting, I have to give them huge credit. That being said, in the end the movie isn’t great, it’s not funny enough, it’s not scary enough, the characters aren’t entertaining enough, I can’t recommend this sequel, it just didn’t meet the mark.

Grade: C-

The Dead don’t Die (2019)

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IMDB Description: The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Writer/Director Jim Jarmusch made one of my favorite movies of 2013 Only Lovers Left Alive, so I was pretty excited for this zombie comedy he made. The Dead don’t Die is honestly just a bit too odd, and hard to really sink your teeth into. The characters are wonderfully well developed, and brought to live by incredible actors like Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, and more. The humor is really hit or miss, and one joke involving a song goes on far too many times. The movie is amusing enough to keep you entertained, and the zombies, and gore are good. The movie is sadly just to silly, and by the time aliens become involved and they break the third wall, you’ll be over it.

Grade: C-

Brightburn (2019)

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IMDB Description: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

An interesting idea that just isn’t executed effectively enough, the direction and writing is pretty poor, much of Brightburn is just cheesy, and feels too amateur. The movie is enjoyable enough despite how poorly it’s made, the scares and gore will leave horror fans happy, but I can’t give this movie a pass.

Grade: D

Itsy Bitsy (2019)

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IMDB Description: Based on the centuries old poem, a family moves into a secluded mansion where they soon find themselves being targeted by an entity taking the form of a giant spider.

That Description right there doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, I don’t remember them once bringing up the Itsy Bitsy Spider poem, nor do I remember the spider being an entity of some sort? It may have happened as I had checked out, this movie is a bore, not scary, and the spider effects are far too cheesy to work.

Grade: D

Polaroid (2019)

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IMDB Description: High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

A silly premise is only made sillier with a tired script, bad acting, bad effects, and not a scare to be had. Skip this one, although I’m sure you hadn’t even heard of it till now.

Grade: D-

The Curse of La Llorona

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The Curse of La Llorona is a boring, un-scary, boring, lifeless, boring movie. I love Linda Cardellini but she can’t breathe any life into this.
Too bad they (barely) connected this to the Conjuring Universe. Another bad film added to the catalogue.
Grade: D-

It: Chapter 2 (2019)

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The highly anticipated It: Chapter 2 arrived last week, the first film in the series was a runaway hit, becoming the highest grossing horror film ever and attracting viewers of all ages.
The sequel picks up 27 years later, as the Losers club has grown up and (mostly) moved away from Derry, Maine, finding successful jobs, lives and significant others. When it becomes clear that Pennywise the clown or “It” has returned, the group must make good on the promise they made 27 years before and come back to fight the evil.
I haven’t read the book nor have I watched the 1990 version, so I’d been anticipating the end to this story for quite some time. Sadly Chapter 2 can’t stick the landing, it fails to rekindle the magic of the first film on almost every level.
My review will get a bit spoiler- filled from here on out.
The story reunites the group, now as adults, and we lose something in the transition. The young kids were funny and had a group dynamic that was delightful, in chapter 2 we have a group of sullen grown ups, haunted by demons from their past. It’s hard to fault the film for this, but if the characters could have regained some of the wittiness and comrade of the younger generation, the film would have been much more rousing.
The group may have been able to muster some of the old charm if the script didn’t work so hard to separate them, sending them all on individual journeys to find their macguffin… I mean token.
I wasn’t attached to these characters like I was in the original, and thusly felt little to no emotion for them, and the climax of the film relies heavily on you feeling something for these characters.
The tone of the movie is horribly out of sync, and ultimately it bludgeoned me into a bored submission. As a horror fan, Scares are few and far between, I went with a friend who was quite jumpy though. The movie relies less on tension and more on loud noises and CGI heavy sequences. The climax is so silly, Pennywise just seems to wait for the group to do everything in their power to stop him. IT seems to have all this power over the town but allows the group to gather what they need to bring him down.
For the second time this year, James McAvoy acts his balls off in a not good movie (Glass being the first), Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James Ransone stand out as well, while Bill Skarsgard makes another terrific performance as Pennywise,Unfortunately we don’t get enough of him.
Chapter 2 is huge disappointment, it’s never boring but that’s not really a compliment. IT’s an overlong mess. I think I’ll just re-watch the original and pretend it ends there.
Grade: C-

Glass (2019)

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2017’s Split was a welcome surprise from director M. Night Shyamalan, who’s had a strained relationship with fans after missteps like The Last Airbender and After Earth. Split (and 2015s The Visit) seemed to have put him back on a path reminiscent of his early successes.
It’s no surprise anymore that David Dunn cameos at the end of Split, Bruce Willis’ character from Unbreakable who has superhero like powers, that are uncovered thanks to Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass. In 2000’s Unbreakable, where Mr. Glass has bones that break like… Well, glass. He has a theory that if he is this fragile, there must be someone out there with the powers opposite of his, and he finds that in David Dunn (Willis).
This connects with 2017’s Split in that James McAvoys 24th personality “The Beast” has supervillain like strength and now, in 2019’s Glass, it’s seemingly up to David Dunn to stop the Beast from harming more people.
Glass seems to try and find a middle ground between Split and Unbreakable, split being a horror/Thriller and Unbreakable a more straightforward Thriller/Drama. While most fans of Split, and there are a lot, will most likely be hoping for more scares and Thrills, and any fans of Unbreakable will have seen Split and would come to expect it in this sequel, instead, it completely botches any horror elements and offers us a completely boring character study. The first hour plus of Glass is a tedious, plodding and boring introduction to characters you already know, and other characters you either won’t remember and don’t need to remember.
*SPOILERS BEGIN NOW*
I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen a film with such terrible direction, the “Final Standoff” being the worst culprit, actors seem to not know where to stand, there isn’t a lick of tension, Sarah Paulsons character is literally yelling her evil plan at a drowning character. The three great actors in this movie seem to make it work, McAvoy is amazing as he was in Split, while Paulson and Jackson come out unscathed, trying their best. the rest of the cast are directed into giving uneven (taylor-Joy, Willis) too bad (Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard).
Once Split was a success, it’s quite obvious Shyamalan didn’t know how to handle that, he quickly scrambled together a lackluster script rife with plot holes, and Universal let him as Split made over 250 million on a 9 million dollar budget.
The script is weak and dialogue often laughable. The characters are put into a mental institution that can afford 100 state of the art cameras but can barely afford proper staffing, and the staffing they can afford have almost zero training, as they inexplicably enter dangerous characters rooms alone, leave doors ajar, and allow characters to easily switch out their medication for Tylenol.
The script consistently alludes to a tower being built, the world’s biggest tower, it is brought up but ends up being a silly red herring, unnecessary of a mention.
The worst part is that it’s set in the real world but it’s less believable than any Marvel movie. Things fall in to place by sheer chance, with a completely laughable ending, while characters we’ve grown to like have unceremonious endings.
Shyamalan has good ideas, but this is proof he needs all the writing (and directing) help he can get, and really shouldn’t be given total control of a big budget/idea film again, as he can’t handle the pressure. There are brief moments and ideas here that show this movie could have been something but it’s executed so poorly and is quite possibly one of the biggest let downs I’ve seen.
Grade: F


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The Best Movies of 2018

Here are the best movies of 2018:

10: Eighth Grade

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9. Can you ever Forgive Me

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8. Avengers: Infinity War

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7. Blindspotting

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6. Black Panther

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5. Mission Impossible: Fallout

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4. A Quiet Place

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3. A Star is Born

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2. You Were Never Really Here

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1. Hereditary

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The Next Twenty:

11. Private Life

12. Blackkklansman

13. Bad Times at the El Royale

14. Halloween

15. The Miseducation of Cameron Post

16. The Hate U Give

17. Revenge

18. Suspiria

19. Upgrade

20. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

21. Love, Simon

22. And Then I Go

23. The Favourite

24. Vox Lux

25. Roma

26. Paddington 2

27. Ralph Breaks the Internet

28. The Tale

29. If Beale Street Could Talk

30. Game Night

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The Worst of 2018

In the Following Article you’ll find a collection of the worst of 2018, here are the the different lists you’ll find:

  • Worst Movies of 2018
  • Most Overrated
  • Most Disappointing
  • Worst Characters of 2018
  • Worst Acting of 2018
  • Biggest wasted talent

Worst Movies of 2018

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Here are the ten worst movies I saw in 2018, Films I hope to never have to sit through again

  1. The Happytime Murders
  2. Deep Blue Sea 2 & Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell
  3. Extinction
  4. Hellraiser: Judgment
  5. Slice
  6. Turth or Dare
  7. The Nun
  8. Oceans 8
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  10. Pacific Rim: Uprising

Most Overrated Movies of 2018:

Most Overrated

These ten movies got way more love than they deserve, and didn’t live up to the hype bestowed upon them. These are ten movies that didn’t land with me, leaving me wondering where and why they received so much love.

  • Bird Box

Bird Box entered the zeitgeist at a rapid pace, and may have been the most watched movie of 2018, but Bird Box ended up being a rather middling film undeserved of the love.

  • First Man

There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with First Man, it’s a beautiful film, but with a script that lacked any emotion, and played more like lifeless documentary

  • Green Book

Green Book Won The best picture Oscar and really is just “fine”, a biopic that hits all the same notes as a TV movie

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody has a lot of problems with the story and falsehoods and probably shouldn’t have been as celebrated quite as much as it was

  • Mandy

Mandy is a psychedelic drug thriller/horror and I now know that Psychedelic Drug films are not my cup of tea in any way shape or form

  • Vice

Vice probably doesn’t deserve to be on here, but I found it far to self indulgent and unfunny, and just didn’t land with me.

  • Ready Player One

On paper, Ready Player One seems like my cup of tea, but really it didn’t translate to the screen very well, with so much happening on screen, it came across as a mostly garbled mess, with lifeless characters.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs may go down in history as one of the worst Coen brothers films, with many of its segments not hitting the mark and left me wondering what the point was.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

What a mess. Disney must be paying critics because 42% is way too kind

  • Thoroughbreds

86% on Rotten Tomatoes for a movie that lacks any real thrills or excitement while it tells the story of two horrible “friends”

Most Disappointing

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  • The Crimes of Grindelwald

Quite easily one of the worst films I saw in 2018, J.K. Rowling should stay far away from screenplays and the Harry Potter universe after bungling this up

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom took my favorite franchise, blew up the island, and than devolved into a boring horror/thriller chase around a mansion

  • The Predator

Some B-movie type fun, but ultimately may have taken the franchise to the grave

  • Ready Player One

See Most Overrated

  • Mandy

See Most Overrated

  • Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy takes many drug cliches and tropes and plasters them on the screen, Chalamet and Carrel are wasted

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

Unfunny, unmemorable and kind of a waste of time

  • Boy Erased

Boy Erased was ultimately a disappointment, it takes a hot button issue and doesn’t really have anything to say. The movie has its high moments, Hedges and Kidman and their relationship are great, but the movie doesn’t soar as high as it could have.

  • Venom

I enjoyed Venom more than most, but it definitely isn’t without its script issues and loud action set pieces

  • Deadpool 2

Had its moments, but isn’t nearly as funny as its predecessor, I can re watch the original and still laugh my ass off, this one I re-watched and really only laughed a handful of times.

Worst Characters of 2018:

Let’s be clear, this isn’t a list of terrible people, murderers, rapists etc., that’s another list entirely. The characters below are annoying, poorly scripted, unfunny, and embarrassing to the movie as a whole.

  • Amanda (Olivia Cooke) and Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) – Thoroughbreds
  • Any character from Truth or dare
  • Any puppet from The Happytime Murders
  • Charles Wallace Murry (Deric McCabe) – A Wrinkle in Time
  • Cheryl (Jacki Weaver), Felix (Machine Gun Kelly), Olympia (Danielle Macdonald), Lucy (Rosa Salazar) and Charlie (Lil Rel Howery) – Bird Box
  • Darren (Andrew Rannells) – A Simple Favor
  • Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), Franklin Webb (Jusice Smith), Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda), and Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Nathan Lambert (Scott Eastwood) – Pacific Rim: Uprising
  • Nine Ball/Leslie (Rihanna), Constance (Awkwafina), Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) – Oceans 8
  • Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), Lea Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Ray (Na-Kel Smith), Fuckshit (Olan Prenatt), Ian (Lucas Hedges), Ruben (Gio Galicia), and Fourth Grade (Ryder McLaughlin) – Mid90’s
  • Rio Durant (Jon Favreau) – Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Rosie (Jessica Keenan Wynn and Julie Walters) – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • Taylor (Bex Taylor-Klaus) – Hell Fest
  • Will (Theo James) and Tom (Forest Whitaker) – How it Ends

Worst Acting of 2018:

  • Bex Taylor-Klaus – Hell Fest
  • Boyd Holbrook – The Predator
  • Catherine Corcoran – Terrifier
  • Chance the Rapper – Slice
  • Daniella Pineda – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Derek McCabe – A Wrinkle in Time
  • Jamie Kennedy – Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell
  • Justice Smith – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Max Irons – The Wife
  • Scott Eastwood, Charlie day and Cailee Spaeney – Pacific Rim: Uprising
  • The entire cast of Deep Blue Sea 2
  • Zazie Beets – Slice

Biggest Wasted Talent of 2018:

  • Christina Hendricks – Strangers: Prey at Night
  • Jacob Tremblay – The Predator
  • John Malkovich – Bird Box
  • Melissa McCarthy – The Happytime Murder
  • Michelle Pfeiffer – Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Mike Myers – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Nicole Kidman – Aquaman
  • Oprah – A Wrinkle in Time
  • Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter – Oceans eight
  • Sarah Paulson – Oceans Eight & Bird Box

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Best of 2018 • Best Acting

Here is the best Acting of 2018, below are the categories that you’ll find:

  • Best Male Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Lead
  • Best Female Actor – Supporting
  • Best Male Actor – Supporting
  • Best Ensemble Performance
  • Best Young Actor
  • Best Newcomer/Breakout Performance
  • Best Voice Acting Performances

Best Male Actor – Lead:

Best Male Actor Lead

  1. Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
  2. Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
  3. Joaquin Pheonix – You Were Never Really Here
  4. Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Christian Bale – Vice
  6. Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  7. Ben Foster – Leave No Trace
  8. Sunny Suljic – Mid90’s
  9. Daveed Diggs – Blindspotting
  10. Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased

Almost Made it: John David Washington – Blackkklansman

Other Notable Performances: Nick Robinson – Love Simon, John Cho – Searching, Ryan Gosling – First Man, Arman Darbo – And Then I Go, Steve Carell – Beautiful Boy, Paul Giamatti – Private Life


Best Female Actor – Lead:

Best Female Actor - Lead

  1. Toni Colette – Hereditary
  2. Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  3. Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place
  4. Laura Dern – The Tale
  5. Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
  6. Glenn Close – The Wife
  7. Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  8. Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
  9. Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace
  10. Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give

Just missed the top ten: Claire Foy – Unsane, Chloe Grace Moretz – The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Other Notable Performances: Anna Kendrick – A Simple Favor, Sandra Bullock – Bird Box, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz – Revenge


Best Female Actor – Supporting:

Best Female Actor Supporting

  1. Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
  2. Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. Natalie Portman – Vox Lux
  4. Amy Adams – Vice
  5. Nicole Kidman – Boy erased
  6. Emma Stone – The Favourite
  7. Cynthia Erivo – Bad Times at the El Royale
  8. Lucy Boynton – Bohemian Rhapsody
  9. Isabelle Nelisse – The Tale
  10. Elizabeth Debicki – The Tale

Just Missed the top 10: Ekaterina Samsonov – You Were Never Really Here,  Claire Foy – First Man

Other Notable Performances:

Raffey Cassidy – Vox Lux, Amy Ryan – Beautiful Boy, , Danai Gurira – Black Panther, Ellen Burstyn – The Tale, Frances Conroy – The Tale, Kiki Layne – If Beale street could talk, LisaGay Hamilton – Vice, Maura Tierney – Beautiful Boy, Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place, Milly Shapiro – Hereditary, Zoe Kazan – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (The Gal Who Got Rattled) , Zoe Saldana – Avengers: Infinity War, Jennifer Ehle – The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Regina Hall – The Hate U Give


Best Male Actor – Supporting:

Best Supporting Male Actor

  1. Sam Elliot – A Star is Born
  2. Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  3. Hugh Grant – Paddington 2
  4. Alex Wolff – Hereditary
  5. Adam Driver – Blakkklansman
  6. Jonathon Pryce – The Wife
  7. Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  8. Sam Rockwell – Vice
  9. Rafael Casal – Blindspotting
  10. Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

Just missed the top 10: Jason Ritter – The Tale, Jude Law – Vox Lux

Other Notable Performances: Joel Edgerton – Boy Erased, Brendan Gleeson – Paddington 2, Brendan Gleeson – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (The Mortal Remains), Sawyer Barth – And Then I Go, Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther, Jeff Bridges – Bad Times at the El royale, Lewis Pullman – Bad Times at the El Royale, James Smith – The Favourite, Nicholas Hoult – The Favourite, Tim Blake Nelson – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Tom Waits – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (All Gold Canyon), Tyne Daly – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (The Mortal Remains), Lucas Hedges – Mid90’s, Gwilym Lee – Bohemian Rhapsody


Best Ensemble Performance:

Ensemble Cast1

  1. Blakkklansman
  2. A Star is Born
  3. The Favourite
  4. Black Panther
  5. Hereditary
  6. If Beale Street Could Talk
  7. Avengers: Infinity War
  8. Bad Times at the El Royale
  9. Crazy Rich Asians
  10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Other Notable Ensemble Performances – Paddington 2 , Game Night


Best Young Actor:

Best young actor

  1. Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  2. Thomasin McKenzie – Leave No Trace
  3. Isabelle Nelisse – The Tale
  4. Milly Shapiro – Hereditary
  5. Sunny Suljic – Mid90’s
  6. Ekaterina Samsonov – You Were Never Really Here
  7. Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place
  8. Raffey Cassidy – Vox Lux
  9. Graham Verchere – Summer of ‘84
  10. Storm Reid – A Wrinkle in Time

Best Newcomer/Breakout Performance:

Best Newcomer or breakout performance

  • Anthony Ramos – A Star is Born
  • Cynthia Erivo – Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Daveed Diggs – Blindspotting
  • Ekaterina Samsonov – You Were Never Really Here
  • Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  • Hari Nef – Assassination Nation
  • Isabelle Nelisse – The Tale
  • John David Washington – Blackkklansman
  • Letitia Wright – Black Panther
  • Milly Shapiro – Hereditary
  • Rafael Casal – Blindspotting
  • Winston Duke – Black Panther
  • Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

The Best Voice Work in film of 2018

2018 saw the return of many beloved animated characters, A few heroes and villains, a bear or two, and an A.I. machine.

  1. Jim Cummings – Winnie the Pooh & Tigger – Christopher Robin
  2. Ben Wishaw – Paddington – Paddington 2
  3. Sarah Silverman – Vanellope – Ralph Breaks the Internet
  4. Holly Hunter – Helen Parr/Elastigirl – Incredibles 2
  5. John C. Reilly – Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet
  6. Sarah Vowell – Violet Parr – Incredibles 2
  7. Shameik Moore – Miles Morales/Spider-Man – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  8. Craig T. Nelson – Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible – Incredibles 2
  9. Brad Bird – Edna E. Mode – Incredibles 2
  10. John Mulaney – Peter Porker/Spider-Ham – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  11. Catherine Keener – Evelyn Deavor – Incredibles 2
  12. Liev Schreiber – Wilson Fisk/King Pin – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  13. Alyn Tudyk – KnowsMore – Ralph Breaks the Internet
  14. Hailee Steinfeld – Gwen-Stacy/Spider-Woman – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  15. Huckleberry Milner – Dash Parr – Incredibles 2
  16. Samuel L. Jackson – Lucius Best/Frozone – Incredibles 2
  17. Simon Maiden – STEM – Upgrade
  18. Bob Odenkirk – Winston Deaver – Incredibles 2
  19. Jake Johnson – Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  20. Brad Garrett – Eeyore – Christopher Robin

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Best of 2018 • Best Characters and Relationships

Here are some of the best characters & Relationships in 2018, here are the categories you can find below:

  • Best Returning Characters of 2018
  • Best NEW Male Characters of 2018
  • Best NEW Female Characters of 2018
  • Best Villains of 2018
  • Best Familial Relationships of 2018
  • Best Friendships of 2018
  • Best Romantic Relationships of 2018
  • Best Cameos/Surprise Appearances of 2018 (SPOILERS)
  • Saddest Deaths of 2018 (SPOILERS)

Best Returning Characters:

Returning characters

Here are 14 characters I loved seeing again in 2018!

  • Aquaman (Jason Momoa) – Aquaman
  • Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) – Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) – Halloween
  • Paddington (Ben Wishaw) – Paddington 2
  • Ralph (John C. Reilly) – Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rexy/Roberta – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) – Black Panther/Avengers: Infinity War
  • Thanos (Josh Brolin) – Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Entire Cast of Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Parr Family, Edna Mode and Frozone – Incredibles 2
  • Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) – Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Winnie the Pooh – Christopher Robin

Best New Male Characters from 2018:

New Male Characters

Here are 14 NEW male characters I absolutely loved from 2018, in alphabetical order! Did I Miss anyone?

  • August Walker (Henry Cavill) – Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Collin (Daveed Diggs) – Blindspotting
  • Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) – Black Panther/ Avengers: Infinity War
  • Father Daniel Flynn (Jeff Bridges) – Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) – BlacKkKlansman
  • Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) – The Old Man & The Gun
  • Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant) – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) – A Star is Born
  • Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) – You Were Never Really Here
  • Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) – A Quiet Place
  • Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Ron Stallworth (john David Washington) – BlacKkKlansman
  • Simon (Nick Robinson) – Love, simon
  • Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) – Incredibles 2

Best New Female Characters from 2018 :

New Female Characters

The Women Brought it this year, and as to not pit character against character. I’ve just organized my 20 favorite female characters in alphabetical order! Did I miss anyone?

  • Abigail (Emma Stone) – The Favourite
  • Ally (Lady Gaga) – A Star is Born
  • Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Erivo) – Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Domino (Zazie Beets) – Deadpool 2
  • Emily Summerspring (Dakota Johnson) – Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Evelyn Abbot (Emily Blunt) – A Quiet Place
  • Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) – Incredibles 2
  • Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Jen (Matilda Lutz) – Revenge
  • Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern) – The Tale
  • Jewel (Sissy Spacek) – The Old Man & the Gun
  • Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) – The Wife
  • Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) – Eighth Grade
  • L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) – Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Okoye (Danai Gurira) – Black Panther/ Avengers: Infinity War
  • Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) – Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Shuri (Letitia Wright) – Black Panther/ Avengers: Infinity War
  • Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) – The Hate U Give
  • Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) – Leave No Trace

Best Villains:

Best Villains

  1. Thanos (Josh Brolin) Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) – Black Panther
  3. Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) – Incredibles 2
  4. Michael/The Shape – Halloween
  5. Wilson Fisk (Live Schreiber) – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  6. Ebony Maw – Avengers: Infinity War
  7. Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant) – Paddington 2
  8. Ralph (John C. Reilly) & Himself (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) & Herself (Can You ever Forgive Me), Celeste (Natalie Portman) and herself (Vox Lux)
  9. Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) – A Simple Favor
  10. Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton) – Terrifier

Best Familial Relationship

Family is family, and these familial relationships rose above, Supers, bears, sisters and brothers.

  1. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and his sister Shuri (Latitia Wright)
  2. The Brown Family – Paddington 2
  3. Jack (Josh Duhamel) and Emily (Jennifer Garner) and their son Simon (Nick Robinson) – Love, Simon
  4. The Parrs/Incredbles – The Incredibles 2
  5. Rachel Biegler (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard Grimes (Paul Giamatti) with their “niece” Sadie Barrett (Kayli Carter) – Private Life
  6. Ally (Lady Gaga) and her father Lorenzo (Andrew Dice Clay) – A Star is Born
  7. Jack (Bradley Cooper) and his older brother Bobby (Sam Elliot) – A Star is Born
  8. Nancy (Nicole Kidman) and her son Jared (Lucas Hedges) – Boy Erased
  9. Emily Summerspring (Dakota Johnson) and her sister Rose (Cailee Spaeny) – Bad Times at the El Royale
  10. Jennifer (Laura Dern) and her mother Nettie (Ellen Burstyn) – The Tale

Honorable Mentions: Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) and her mother Angela (Amy Irving) – Unsane , David Sheff (Steve Carell) and his Son Nic (Timothee Chalamet)


Best Friendship in film of 2019

The Non-romantic relationships of 2018 were wonderful, from Superheroes, to real life authors, and animated buddies.

  1. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) – Black Panther and Infinity War
  2. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) and Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant) – Can You Ever Forgive Me
  3. Cameron (Chloe Grace Moretz), Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck) – The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  4. Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) Ralph Breaks The Internet
  5. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg) – Mission Impossible: Fallout
  6. Ron StallWorth (John David Washington) and Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) – Blackkklansman
  7. Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) and Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) – You Were Never Really Here
  8. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beets), Weasel (T.j. Miller), Dopinder (Karan soni) – Deadpool 2
  9. Simon (Nick Robinson) and Leah (Katherine Langford) – Love, Simon
  10. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) & Spider-Man (Tom Holland) – Avengers: Infinity War

Honorable Mentions: Ally (Lady Gaga) and Ramon (Anthony Ramos) – A Star is Born, Collin (Daveed Diggs) and Miles (Rafael Casal) – Blindspotting, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) Bohemian Rhapsody, Lily (Odessa Young), Em (Abra), Sarah (Suki Waterhouse), Bex (Hari Nef) – Assassination Nation, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) – Ant-Man and the Wasp


Best Romantic Relationships in film of 2018

2018 had some terrific romantic relationships,  the best relationships overcome hardships and battle through the tough times, just like the couples on my top ten. With some honorable mentions!

  1. Jackson (Bradley Cooper) & Ally (Lady Gaga) – A Star is Born
  2. Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) – A Quiet Place
  3. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) – Deadpool 2
  4. Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel Mcadams) – Game Night
  5. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Helen Hunt)– Incredibles 2
  6. Lisa (Regina Hall) and Maverick (Russell Hornsby) – The Hate U Give
  7. Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti) – Private Life
  8. Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) and Jewel (Sissy Spacek) – The Old Man and the Gun
  9. Starr (Amandla Stenberg) and Chris (AJ Apa) – The Hate U Give
  10. Jack (Josh Duhamel) and Emily (Jennifer Garner) – Love, Simon

Honorable Mentions: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise)  and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and Julia (Michelle Monaghan) – Mission Impossible – Fallout, Ron Stallworth and Patrice Dumas – Blackkklansman,  Mary and Henry Brown – Paddington 2, David Sheff and Karen Barbour – Beautiful Boy,  Neil and Janet Armstrong – First Man, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortenson) and Dolores – Green Book


Best Cameos/Surprise Appearances of 2017

******SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIES IN THE PICTURE BELOW

Best Cameos

 

  • Brad Pitt & Juggernaut – Deadpool 2
  • Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) – Black Panther
  • Darth Maul – Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Dave Chappelle – A Star is Born
  • Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Julia (Michelle Monoghan) – Mission Impossible: Fallout
  • Michael C. Hall – Game Night
  • Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) – Avengers: Infinity War
  • Peter Dinklage – Avengers: Infinity War
  • Nick fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders) – Avengers: Infinity War
  • Red Skull – Avengers: Infinity War
  • Spider-man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) and Spider-man (1967) – Spider-man: into the Spider-verse
  • Stan Lee – venom, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Deadpool 2
  • The X-men cast – Deadpool 2

Saddest Deaths:

******SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIES IN THE PICTURE BELOW

Saddest Deaths

  • Asha Trace (Melanie Vallejo) – Upgrade
  • Beau Abbott (Cade Woodward) – A Quiet Place
  • Charlie (Millie Shapiro) – Hereditary
  • Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) – A Star is Born
  • Khalil Harris (Algee Smith) – The Hate U Give
  • Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) – A Quiet Place
  • Miles Miller (Lewis Pullman) – Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and all the other characters turned to dust in Avengers: Infinity War
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Chris Pine) – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The students at the schools in Vox Lux/And then I Go
  • Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) – Deadpool 2 

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Best of 2018 • Technical Categories

The following article contains all the Technical Categories in my best of 2018 series, in this order:

  • Best Editing
  • Best Stunt Work/Action
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Original Songs
  • Best Original Scores
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Hairstyling
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Original Screenplay

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Best Editing

Editing

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  2. Blakkklansman
  3. Black Panther
  4. Hereditary
  5. Roma

A Star is Born, The Favourite, Vice, Avengers: Infinity War


Best Stunt Work & Action of 2018

2017 may have boasted some better action and Stunt work, but 2018 also gave us another installment of Tom Cruise may be to old for this but he still does it well.

  1. Mission: Impossible Fallout
  2. Black Panther
  3. Avengers: Infinity War
  4. Upgrade
  5. Deadpool 2
  6. Venom
  7. Halloween
  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Best Visual Effects of 2018

Visual Effects, in my opinion, should have a good mix of practical effects and computer generated effects. Practical effects, if used well, can create stunning displays. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom did really well mixing both practical and CGI, creating some beautiful dinosaurs. Avengers: Infinity War has almost no flaws in effects, effortlessly creating a villain that seamlessly blends the acting talents of Josh Brolin. Paddington 2 and Christopher Robin bring beloved characters to life with great realism. Venom had jaw dropping effects, with a fight scene at the finale that was pretty spectacular. Ready Player One, while it felt a little like an onslaught of computer animation, looked good in most parts.

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  3. Paddington 2
  4. Venom
  5. Black Panther
  6. Ready Player One
  7. Christopher Robin
  8. The Meg
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  10. Aquaman

The Best Production Design of 2018

Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of First Man, but it had the best production design of 2018 with out a shadow of a doubt. Golden Standard of production design, People put blood sweat and tears into that production design and it shows. Black Panther, Roma, and The Favourite had incredible production design, but First Man was like art.

  1. First Man
  2. Black Panther
  3. Roma
  4. The Favourite
  5. Bad Time at the El Royale
  6. Vice
  7. Blakkklansman
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody
  9. Crazy Rich Asians
  10. Green Book

Best Original Songs of 2018 ranked

What an incredible year for music from film in 2018. Obviously A Star is Born leads the pack with amazing songs written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelsons Son), Bradley Cooper, Julia Michaels and more. Imagine Dragons had a great song for Ralph Breaks the Internet, and while Celine Dion released a tongue in cheek ballad for Deadpool 2, it was actually pretty good. Black Panther had a stellar album that just isn’t my style of music, but I realize that it was pretty great.

  1. Shallow – A Star is Born
  2. Always Remember us this Way – A Star is Born
  3. Look What I Found – A Star is Born
  4. Is That Alright? – A Star is Born
  5. Zero – Ralph Breaks the Internet
  6. Revelation – Beautiful Boy
  7. Ashes – Deadpool 2
  8. Here I Am – Dumplin’
  9. Here Comes the Change – On the Basis of Sex
  10. Black Eyes – A Star is Born

Honorable Mentions: Before I cry – A Star is Born, A Place Called Slaughter Race – Ralph Ralph Breaks the Internet, When a Cowboy Takes his Spurs for wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Gravity – Free Solo, All the Stars – Black Panther, Suspirium – Suspiria


Best Original Scores of 2018

Not too many scores wowed me this year, It’s surprising that a Marvel movie even ranks above my top. Usually I take note of great scores, and even listen to them through out the year, but not as much this year.

  1. Black Panther
  2. Annihilation
  3. You were never really here
  4. Hereditary
  5. First Man
  6. If Beale Street Could Talk
  7. Avengers: Infinity War
  8. Crazy Rich Asians

Best Costume Design in film of 2018

I have to give it to marvel with the costumes this year, they hit the mark every time, and their outings this year are no exception.

  1. Black Panther
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. The Favourite
  4. Crazy Rich Asians
  5. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  6. A Star is Born
  7. Blakkklansman
  8. Green Book
  9. Roma
  10. Vox Lux

Other Notable Performances: Bad Times at the El Royal, Vice, Ready Player One, A Wrinkle in Time, A Simple Favour


Best Hair Styling in film of 2018

Some incredible period pieces and futuristic/other-worldly films complete my list of the best hair styles of 2018

  1. The Favourite
  2. Black Panther
  3. Blakkklansman
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Bad Times at the El Royale
  6. Crazy Rich Asians
  7. A Wrinkle in Time
  8. A Star is Born
  9. Vox lux
  10. If Beal Street Could Talk

Best Makeup of 2018

Some great makeup this year, Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Charlie from Hereditary and the awesome makeup in Black Panther!

  1. Vice
  2. Hereditary
  3. Black Panther
  4. Avengers: Infinity War
  5. The dark
  6. Revenge
  7. Terrifier
  8. A Wrinkle in Time
  9. Vox Lux
  10. Mandy

Best Cinematography of 2018

The Best looking films of the year, it isn’t easy but there were a few cinematographers who game out on top this year, making spectacular looking films, here are five films, and some honorable mentions, that I think looked incredible and were shot with skill.

  1. You Were Never Really Here
  2. Suspiria
  3. Roma
  4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  5. A Star is Born

Honorable Mentions: The Favourite, First Man, Isle of Dogs, Hereditary, Hold the Dark


Best Writing of 2018– Adapted Screenplay:

Here are my favorite Screenplays adapted from another source! and some honorable mentions.

  1. Can You Ever Forgive me – Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
  2. Blackkklansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee
  3. First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  4. A Star is Born – Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetterds
  5. You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay

Other Notable Adapted Screenplays: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman

 


Best Writing – Original Screenplay

Here are my five favorite Original Screenplays from 2018, and a few honorable mentions!

  1. Private Life – Tamara Jenkins
  2. Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham
  3. Hereditary – Ari Aster
  4. Blindspotting – Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs
  5. Bad Times at the El Royale – Drew Goddard

Other Notable Original Screenplays: A Quiet Place – Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski, Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hays Currie and Peter Farrelly, Roma – Alfonso Cuaron


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Game of Thrones Season 8 is bad 🤷🏼‍♂️ Here’s why…

Well, I’ve officially turned a corner, and really it’s one I should have turned a while ago. Game of Thrones, which is now one episode away from ending its eighth and final season this Sunday, has received a lot of flack for the way it has handled many story-line’s, and I’m officially on board the negative train.

I should say: Spoilers from this moment on

What set me off? Quite a few things, but ultimately it was The death of Cersei Lannister that really threw me for a loop, making me finally realize just how bad this season is. Now, there is a lot of Season 8 I have loved, and stuck up for so far, but they’ve hit the point of no return for me.

Cersei Lannister has been one of TV’s greatest villains, gracing our screens since the show premiered in 2011. Brought brilliantly to life by Lena Headey, who hopefully has an incredible career beyond Game of Thrones; She’s already been in such films as 300, Fighting with my family and Dredd. Season 8 took this incredible character and squandered and underused her, doing a disservice to the character, and subsequently the entire show.

In Season 8: Episode 5 – The Bells, Cersei is relegated to only having brief moments of screen time, and only really says a few words. Luckily Lena Headey is such a great actor that we were able to read some of her emotions and somewhat understand what she’s feeling. Cersei has haunted out favorite characters for 8 seasons, many of these characters have wished for her death at one point or another, as has the audience. After years of waiting Cersei finally met her end, and the way it happened was horribly dissatisfying, to the point where I don’t even know where to put her on my list The 30 most SATISFYING Game of Thrones deaths. (Shameless plug)

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Personally, in Cersei’s final moments I felt sorry for her and sad, and I understand that maybe the creators wanted us to feel this way, turning our hatred towards Daenerys, but it was unearned. I’ve stated before, and I’ll state again, Jamie Lannister has never been a favorite of mine in any way; and sadly the creators of the show seemed to have completely bungled his story. I think what us fans were supposed to feel is that Jamie had redeemed himself, and than shockingly in season 8 went back to his sister, and ultimately the “Evil” side, but if felt rushed and wrong. Rushed is a word you’ll be hearing a lot in the following article…

It’s clear what the problem with Season 8 is, it’s that it shouldn’t be the final season, and it is being haphazardly hurried along and forced down our throats whether we like it or not. Creators of the show David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were originally asked to continue the show beyond Season 8, prolonging it, but they denied and chose to finish the show in one final, rushed season.

We should have realized there was a problem as soon as we heard that the show would be playing out each episode in movie-like format, each episode being in a longer, more theatrical format. Game of Thrones was created as a television series, and it should stay in that format. This final season has not allowed for the characters to breathe, timelines feel askew and choices being made feel wrong and improper.

Season 8 should have been split into two seasons, with each season being the traditional ten hour long episodes. The first of those seasons focusing on Winterfell, the arrival of Daenerys and her armies, the clashing of personalities among these small castle walls.  The looming white walkers, and finishing with the battle against the night king, and even the aftermath.

The final season could have focused on The plans for Cersei and Kings Landing, the journey to her, the descent into madness of Daenerys, and the destruction of Kings Landing, and eventually who (if anyone) will end up on the iron Throne.

Obviously the biggest causality of this rushed season is Daenerys, her becoming the mad queen has been foreshadowed, yet handled incredibly poorly in this final season, leaving most fans perplexed. The Breaker of Chains suddenly destroying a city, killing thousands of innocent people, seems ultimately out of character.

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The series has a history of not handling its strong woman that well, and this sudden shift for Daenerys is another example of the the creators not knowing how to handle its strong female characters. Daenerys has been handled as a benevolent matriarch and ultimately ended as a hormonal, emotional stereotype. If her path to becoming a “mad queen” had been more gradual I could have gotten on board, but as I stated before, time lines are messed up and characters choices seem to be coming from absolutely no where.

Because of a rushed final season, we have seen fan favorite characters take a reduced role. Jon Snow Aegon Targaryen (Kit Harrington) has been given almost nothing to do this season, besides blindly defend his queen. Everyone’s favorite character Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) has sadly went from on of the most witty, smartest, entertaining characters, to essentially just being present in scenes.

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Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) has always been one of my favorites, and sadly this rushed season made his decision to turn on his queen seem all too sudden. Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) have had a lot to do this season, and that has been quite terrific, but I can’t help but think Sansa would have had a much more pleasing rise to power if we were given more time. Also, We have yet to see Arya use her power to become anyone (or No one), and we spent more than an entire season watching her become “No One”; definitely disappointing.

Bronn (Jerome Flynn) had a sudden turn against Jamie and Tyrion, which made a likeable character, suddenly unlikable. The Golden Company ended up being just a bunch of red shirts, Sam, Gilly and Little Sam have barely been present, and the list goes on…

And No body can forget what may be the final seasons biggest atrocity, Ghost has been kept alive for 8 seasons, to have absolutely nothing to do in the final, and not even given a proper sendoff from Jon.

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Kit Harrington himself, and more of the shows actors have had trouble hiding their disdain for the final season. You can see a compilation of that in this youtube video here! and you can read Conleth Hill’s frustrations with how his character Varys was handled here!

Season 8 has also been riddled with logic flaws, mostly concerning battles. During the battle of the Night King at Winterfell, we watched as the two dragons were underused, The Dothraki were sent into battle in what seemed like a weird suicide mission, and Arya seemed to leap out of nowhere while landing that final blow to the Night King (which was still awesome).

It seemed like barely any soldiers were left after the battle of the night king, but once they arrived at King Landing they seemed to have many more, including Dothraki who seemed to all perish.

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Why Daenerys would go around to Dragonstone instead of taking the straight shot to Kings Landing with Jon and the rest of the North, seemed like a decision made only to service the plot, resulting in the death of the dragon Rhaegal, and the capture of Missandei.

Alright, So I’ve said a lot of negative stuff about the shows final season, but it isn’t all bad, and I’ve always said “A bad episode of Game of Thrones is still pretty great”. Season 8 has given us some really great stuff, the acting from Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) has been the best it’s been in the shows entire run, unfortunately the Emmy’s may try and stay away from Game of Thrones completely because of the negativity surrounding it, robbing many great performances of a nomination. Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) have also given terrific performances, as has Lena Headey (Cersei) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) as always.

Episode 2, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, might be one of my favorite episodes of the show thus far, Offering some of the shows sweetest and beautiful moments with an heir of looming dread. Season 1 was a decent introduction and I actually enjoyed a lot of what episode 3 had to offer. Episode 3, the Long Night, which was the battle against the Night King and his army, was directed by Miguel Sapochnik who has directed some of the best episodes of the show, including the Battle of the Bastards. Episode 3 was famously too dark, but I only notice it once or twice, and the episode was incredibly compelling, tense and well done. People found the Night Kings demise to be anticlimactic, but that is just another causality of a rushed final season. Episode 4, in my opinion was great and didn’t really have a lot to offer, but actually felt like a traditional episode of Game of Thrones.

Ramin Djawadi has really given it his all scoring the show this year, his 9 minute composition titled The Night King is quite impactful.

Overall I’ve enjoyed the final season, but it has made me quite frustrated and angry, to the point where I joined the 500,000 (and growing) people who have signed the petition to remake season 8 With Competent writers. 

I’m sure it won’t happen, but hey, let’s all try our best to enjoy the final episode this Sunday, Happy watching!


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Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 5 – The Bells

So I didn’t write anything about Episode 4 (of season 8), but I’ll discuss it in my first paragraph here. After seeing episode 5, Episode 4 becomes a lot better, but I personally enjoyed episode 4, as it felt very much like a traditional Game of Thrones Episode. Game of Thrones has been just that, a Game of THRONES, a fight for THE Throne; and episode 4 felt like a quieter fight for the throne, which very much led into Episode 5.

I get it, i hear the criticism for episode 4, the (few) issues were blatant. Sansa discussing her rape as if it “made her stronger” was an issue, and obviously not what the writers were going for but portrayed in the wrong way. Missandei has been a character for 6 seasons, and it sucks to see her go (just like all the rest) but I doubt it killing her off was an at of racism.

Episode 5 was a gut punch that we’ve seen coming for a while but really… we didn’t want to believe. Episode 5 was, in all honesty, exactly what fans have come to expect. Fans have come to expect it but the fans don’t seem like they’re ready for it. The outrage I see is unfounded, this show is delivering half what its been building towards and half what it’s always delivered… The complete unexpected.

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For 8 seasons Game of Thrones has brought us intrigue and story-lines that were filled with the unforeseen and season 8 has not disappointed.

We learn that Daenerys has stopped eating, she is so upset over the death of Missandei, who has been her friend since season 3. Jon is blindly following Daenerys, which shows how much of an honorable man he is. Tyrion has seen the madness in Daenerys for quite a time, but Jon is blind to it, he has known her for such a short time and doesn’t see it.

In the first moments of episode 5 we lose Lord Varys, a character I have quite loved since Season 1.


I hope I deserved, truly I do. I hope I’m wrong


For a moment I thought Drogon was not going to burn Varys, I thought the dragon would stop, but it happened, and it hurt immensely. Varys has not blindly followed any king or queen, he has been for the realm since the beginning of the show. He thought Daenerys was the best thing for the realm, until he didn’t.

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we’ve now seen how much  of a servant Grey Worm is to Daenerys when he takes what remains of Missandei and tosses it in the fire. Grey Worm has gone mad with his queen after the death of Missandei, and it shows later in the episode.

Tyrion is a smart man, but an emotional one, he has been given this role of hand to the queen, and he takes it quite seriously. I’ve seen some hatred for his character in the last while, as if he’s lost his intelligence. He hasn’t, Tyrion leads with his heart and that is quite apparent in season 8, he loves Daenerys, and I feel as if he is blind to her madness.

Jamie has shown his true colors, really the same colors he’s shown since the beginning of the show. He’s a monster with a bit of a heart, he cares for his family, Tyrion and Cersei … and maybe equally; That has been shown since the beginning.

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One thought I had during the episode, I would definitely keep my HBO subscription just for a show based around The Hound and Arya. Could you imagine? That would be fun.

The sad part about season 8 is that the story of Cersei really ended in season 7, and I love Cersei. I don’t love Cersei in the way I love Arya or Varys, I love Cersei as a lover of the show as a whole. Cersei has been an incredible villain since episode 1, and one of the best villains to be shown on TV to date.

Episode 5 of season 8 was directed by the same director of Episode 2, Miguel Sapochnik, the director who did the amazing Battle of the Bastards episode and others. There was less CGI used in this episode than Episode2 (The Long Night), and Sapochnik seemed more at home directing this episode than he did in episode 2.

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Watching Daenerys rain fire down on kings landing… I’ll never, in TV history,  have that moment again, I was shocked. Flipping between Cersei and Daenerys was incredibly effective. It felt like a sickening passing of the baton, like Cersei went from the hated character but passed it off to Daenerys.

I see many saying that George R.R. Martin will make this season “right” in his books, yet the creators of the show know the end of Martin’s books, they know the major points and this season is following that structure given by Martin himself.


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Arya saying Sandor, The Hounds real name, made my heart shatter into a million pieces; Their story has been quite miraculous. This episodes only funny moments came when Qyburn (RIP) asked “The Mountain” or Ser Gergor to obey his queen in the face of The Hound, and the Mountain squished him like the bug he’s been. Then Cersei scurried by, which was equally as funny.

Seeing the Hound fall to his death was difficult and satisfying at the same time, as it’s what the Hounds story has been leading to, but hard to see such an amazing character go.

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I’m not a fan of Jamie Lannister, never have been and I’ve been quite vocal about that, but when he came back to Winterfell I tried to side with him. Even when he left Brienne last episode I thought he was only leaving to eventually defeat Cersei. Again, Game of Throne shocked me, but let us be honest, why should I be shocked? Jamie has loved Cersei since Season 1, episode 1, why would that change? We all should have seen that coming.

Season 8 Episode 5 will make even the devoted Daenerys fan hate her or dislike her, it was really well directed, making you feel bad for the citizens of Kings landing, and even Cersei by the end.


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This episode put the character we all love the most, Arya, in the middle of it all, making us all care more than we thought we could. Having her linked to this mother/daughter character from beginning to end made everything even more difficult. I’m sure Arya’s struggles from this episode will be even more difficult in the next episode, as her and Jon discuss Daenerys’ madness.

This episode really felt like a finale to a lot of things, it was a finale for Cersei, Jamie, The Hound and many others. It was a finale that will ultimately lead into the actual finale. the Penultimate episode closes of many storylines, and leads us to the final moments of who will sit on the Throne, if it even still exists.

Jon, Tyrion, Daenerys and Arya are our favorite characters (still alive), how all of this ends will be quite difficult for us all, as was this episode. putting us in Arya’s shoes as she dodged the reign of Daenerys through King’s Landing was difficult, especially considering the fact that Arya hasn’t stepped foot in King’s Landing since the execution of her father.

The creators of the show Game of Thrones have said the finale is “bittersweet”, at this point imagining Daenerys on the throne in the end would be very bittersweet. Her not on the throne after all this would be bittersweet as well.

Many are sharing their disdain for season 8, in the long run I feel like season 8 will be looked upon fondly, but I guess we’ll see.

I wish good luck to all those going into the finale. We need it. xo

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The 30 most SATISFYING Game of Thrones deaths

Game of Thrones has had countless sad and horrifying deaths over the years, That’s a whole other list,but these characters had it coming, and in a weird way, their death was quite satisfying. Is that morbid? Maybe, but you clicked the link!

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, I hope it’s safe to say I’m going to be spoiling deaths that occur from Season 1-7, so if you haven’t watched, I’d Steer clear of this list and go watch it! I only watched it for the first time last summer, and re-watched again just last month. I want to thank my editor and friend Kait for editing my list, and giving additions. Kait has answered my many GOT questions, and listened to my rambling theories. Also, thanks to my brother Clayton, and friends Lauren and Curtis, who finally got me to watch the show after 6+ years of begging; I’m sure now they regret it 😉

Hope you like the list, follow me everywhere on Twitter: @MitchyDaily and on Facebook: Mitch on Film

Let Me know in the comments who you would add, or what you think of my list! Thanks!


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1. Ramsey Bolton

How they Died: Killed by his own dogs (Set loose by Sansa)

Why it was Satisfying: Ramsey Bolton takes the top spot, watching his death was super satisfying, his long list of atrocities include the rape and mistreatment of Sansa and others, killing his own father, hunting people for sport, killing Rickon Stark, Osha and more.

 


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How they Died: Poisoned

Why it was Satisfying: Joffrey Lannister Baratheon was a bastard and a whiny coward. He is responsible for the deaths of many, including Ned Stark, Ros, Sansa’s direwolf Lady, and more. He enjoyed torturing people, such as Sansa, and watching people being tortured, like the prostitutes he was given as a gift.

 


3. The Night King

How they Died: Stabbed with Valyrian steel dagger by AryaGame-of-Thrones-season-8-episode-4-Night-King-s-return-exposed-1849457.png

Why it was satisfying: The Night King has been a  threat from the shows opening moments (although he wasn’t introduced until season 4), until just the other night, when he and his army of the dead stormed Winterfell. Over the years he has killed hundreds and thousands beyond the wall, turning those people into an army of the dead that follows him. Him, and the dead who follow, have killed many on Game of Thrones including: Theon Greyjoy, Benjen Stark, Jorah Mormont, Viserion, Lyanna Mormont, Eddard Tollet, Hodor, Leaf, Thoros, Berric, Jojen, and more! The Night King and his army have killed many, but they definitely aern’t the main threat on Game of Thrones.


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4. Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

How they Died: Throat slit by Arya

Why it was Satisfying: If I listed Littlefingers atrocities, I’d be writing all day. The man’s only redeeming quality was that he was smart, and he used that to further himself, and only himself. His biggest atrocity might be his betrayal to Ned Stark, and his creepy relationship with Sansa near the end.

 


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How they Died: Killed by Arya (Knife to the throat and Poison respectively)

Why it was Satisfying: Killed by Arya (Knife to the throat and Poison) Why it was Satisfying: Walder Frey and his family deserve this high spot because they were the culprits behind the Red Wedding, leading to the murders of Robb, Catelyn and Talisa Stark, in addition to many others who regarded the Frey’s as allies and were invited into the Twin Towers as guests.

 

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6. Meryn Trant

How they Died: Killed by Arya (Stabbed in the eyes and chest and slit throat)

Why it was Satisfying: Meryn Trant could be seen as a man just taking orders from his king, but he seemed to take much enjoyment in all the wrongdoings. It’s his final moments that reveal his scummy nature, as he requests very young girls for his own pleasure.

 


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How they Died: pushed from the Winterfell walls by Theon Greyjoy

Why it was Satisfying: Myranda was sadistic like her lover Ramsay, she enjoyed torturing others and Sansa. In her final moments, she let her evil nature shine and we all just hoped Theon would do what he did.

 


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How they Died: Burned with Molten Gold by Kahl Drogo

Why it was Satisfying: Viserys was irritating, and could be very cruel to his sister, treating her like livestock and even beating her. He let the idea of becoming king turn him into a monster.

 

 


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How they Died: Strangled with her necklace by Tyrion

Why it was Satisfying: Strangled with her necklace by Tyrion Why it was Satisfying: Shae, in my opinion, was very rarely likable. She was a nuisance and didn’t deserve the love that Tyrion showered on her. In the end, she turned on Tyrion, providing a false testimony at his trial, and sleeping with his father Tywin.

 

 


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How they Died:  killed during the mutiny at Crasters keep, stabbed in the throat

Why it was Satisfying: Craster was a dirty old man, living beyond the wall, with many daughters who he had sex with and impregnated. If they were boys, he would offer them up to the White Walkers to be turned into one.


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How they Died: Hung by Jon Snow

Why it was Satisfying: Alliser Thorne was a “Thorn” in Jon’s side from the very beginning, treating him and Sam terribly. Alliser led the rebellion against Jon Snow that resulted in his death.

 

 


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How they Died: Beheaded by Jon Snow

Why it was Satisfying: Janos Slynt was sneaky and conniving in all the worst ways. When he was on the City Watch he betrayed Ned Stark. He oversaw the deaths of Robert Baratheon’s bastards, even murdering a small baby. At the Wall he continued his terrible ways and was a pain in the ass for Jon Snow almost immediately.


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How they Died: Burnt by Daenerys’ 3 young dragons

Why it was Satisfying: Pyat Pree was weird to begin with, but he stole Daenerys’ dragons and when she went looking for them, he bound her in chains, saying he’d keep her there forever. Luckily, Dany’s small dragons attacked and killed him.


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How they Died: Neck snapped by Hodor/Bran

Why it was Satisfying: I don’t consider myself to be a big fan of Jamie Lannister, but Locke cut off the Kingslayer’s hand, and treated Brienne and Jamie terribly. He put Brienne in the bear pit, and lied his way into castle Black, hoping to find Bran and Rickon for the Bolton’s.

 


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How they Died: Pushed through the moon door by Petyr Baelish

Why it was Satisfying: Lysa Arryn’s biggest atrocity is how annoying she was, irritating and odd. Breastfeeding her child well past the appropriate age, and babying her son Robin, turning him weak. She was compliant in the plot to kill her husband, the Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, and refused to assist her sister Catelyn Stark when she needed it. Her being pushed through the Moon Door was a glorious moment.


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How they Died: Shot with a crossbow by Tyrion Lannister

Why it was Satisfying: You may think Tywin Lannister deserves a spot higher on this list, I respected him in many ways, but I love Tyrion Lannister more. Tywin’s treatment of his youngest son is what makes his death so satisfying, especially the fact that it’s Tyrion who does him in.

 

 


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How they Died: Burned alive by Drogon

Why it was Satisfying: This man could be a lot higher on this list as his death was very well deserved. He spoke horribly about Daenerys right in front of her, in Valyrian, thinking she didn’t understand… but she did. He created the Unsullied army, an army of slaves, and was integral in keeping the slave trade alive.


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How they Died: Mauled by Jon’s Direwolf Ghost

Why it was Satisfying: Rast came to the Night Watch because he was a rapist. While at the Night’s Watch he bullied Samwell Tarly. Beyond the wall, he was responsible for the mutiny at Crastor’s Keep and the death of the honorable Jeor Mormont.

 


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How they Died: Stabbed by Arya

Why it was Satisfying: Polliver doesn’t have a long list of atrocities, but he’s a known rapist, and he tortured many at Harrenhal. He stole Arya’s sword “Needle” and killed a young boy with it. Later in the show, Arya avenged that boy’s death by killing Polliver in the same way Polliver killed him.

 


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How they Died: Stabbed in the chest by Ramsay Bolton

Why it was Satisfying: Roose Bolton should be higher on this list, as he was partly responsible for the death of the Starks at the Red Wedding, betraying them all horribly. Unfortunately, his death comes at the hands of his son, and it doesn’t feel as satisfying because in that moment you almost feel bad for Roose for trusting his son Ramsay. Either way, he deserved death.

 


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21. Mirri Maz Duuz

How they Died: Burned alive by Daenerys

Why it was Satisfying: This is the witch who told the Khaleesi that she would save Khal Drogo’s life, but instead she put Drogo in a vegetative state, and killed Khaleesi’s unborn child. Her screams while she burnt we terrific. 

 

 


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How they Died: Locked in an empty vault to starve and die

Why it was Satisfying: Xaro Xhoan Daxos put on a show in front of Daenerys from the moment she entered the city of Qarth. He was fake and arrogant, and pretended he had money and power. He conspired with Pyatt Pree and Doreah, one of Daenerys’s handmaidens, to steal and enslave Daenerys, and in retaliation he was locked in his empty vault with Doreah to die.


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How they Died: Killed by Arya Stark (Offscreen)

Why it was Satisfying: The Waif was Jaqn H’ghars right hand. She had a job to do, and without her Arya wouldn’t be “No One”, but she was very easy to hate. She beat Arya up every chance she got, and fans of Arya had a hard time with that. It was obvious The Waif was harder on her than what was necessary, but it was also satisfying to know Arya killed her because it meant she bested The Waif, and her training was complete.


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How they Died: Stabbed by Sons of the Harpy

Why it was Satisfying: Hizdahr Zo Loraq, at one point,was going to marry Daenerys. This man was so smug and full of himself, it was hard not to hate him whenever he appeared on screen. I think his character was terribly underwritten, and the actor portraying him came across as entirely unlikable.

 


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How they Died: Destroyed by Wildfire in the Great Sept of Baelor

Why it was Satisfying: The High Sparrow and his followers would be much higher on this list if they had died in a more satisfying way. We do get to see a glimpse of the High Sparrow exploding, but it isn’t enough. For a season and a half The Sparrows and their leader hijacked Kings Landing, imprisoning Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, and Cersei Lannister. The High Sparrow (Jonathon Pryce) was effectively exasperating, always keeping his calm, even in his final moments. .


26. Randyll Tarly

How they Died: Burnt alive by Drogonmain-qimg-dfe24a142adb9babd82418ee6eadddc4

Why it was Satisfying: Randyll Tarly, father to Samwell Tarly, was an asshole to his son Sam. Randyll also betrayed the Tyrells, which led to the death of Olenna Tyrell. Sadly, Randyll’s death was sullied a bit, as Sam’s brother, Dickon, stood by his father and was burnt as well.


khal-moro27. Khal Moro and the other Khals burned alive by Dhanarys

How they Died: Burnt alive by Daenerys

Why it was Satisfying: The Khals, and most Dothraki men don’t exactly know how to treat women, and when they meet Daenerys they disrespect her in many ways. Once they realize she is the widow of Khal Drogo, they lock her in the Vaes Dothrak to spend the rest of her days. Daenerys suggests she should lead the Dothraki, and Khal Moro suggest him and the other Khals should gang rape her, so she burns them alive and the rest is history.


28. Grand Maester Pycellegrand-maester-pycelle

How they Died: Stabbed to death by group of children

Why it was Satisfying: Pycelle was an irritating man, who supported the Lannisters first and foremost, although he betrays Tyrion Lannister several times. Pycelle was quite outspoken, even if his view was wrong, unwise, or unwarranted.


maxresdefault29. The Wine Seller who tried to poison Danaerys

How they Died: Drug naked behind a horse until his death

Why it was Satisfying: If it wasn’t for Jorah, this wine merchant could have killed Daenerys Targaryen very early in the series, it was also his spying on her that made her a target to begin with.


game_of_thrones_stannis30. Stannis Baratheon

How they Died: Killed by Brienne of Tarth after his failed attempt to overtake winterfell from the Boltons

Why it was Satisfying: Stannis is complicated, much like my feelings about him. He was instrumental in the deaths of his daughter Shireen, his brother Renly, and many others. Ultimately, he let his desires of becoming king drive him mad (with the help of the red woman Melisandre).


Honorable Mentions:

  • Septa Unella – The woman who worked for the High Sparrow, demanding a confession from Cersei, and shouting “Shame” as she walked the streets naked. I think we can assume she is dead, although Cersei told her that she wouldn’t die for a long time, instead would be tortured. If she is still alive, she can’t be on the list, if she is in fact dead, she’d probably have a high spot.
  • Selyse Baratheon – The wife of Stannis Baratheon, much like her husband, was a complex person. She seems to have gone even more insane than her husband, allowing religious dogma to take over her life, even to the point that she allowed her daughter to be burnt alive.
  • Balon was a pretty shitty man, neither smart nor brave. He barely led the Iron Islands after declaring himself king of the Iron Islands years before the show began, which led to his two oldest sons deaths, and his youngest son, Theon, becoming a ward of the Starks. He treats his remaining children terribly, especially Theon, who Balon refuses to rescue when he is captured by the Boltons.

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Game of Thrones: Season 8, Episode 3: The Long Night

Game of Thrones won’t be able make everyone happy with only 6 episodes, that is becoming quite obvious. Some fans aren’t happy with the third episode of Game of Thrones, and while it has its issues, some egregiously terrible, you won’t find much anger coming from me; and I’ll explain why.

The Night King and his army have been a looming presence over 8 seasons, and the battle against them long awaited, I doubt the show could have done it perfectly. Sure, the battle plan seemed flimsy, sending the Dothraki immediately in only to be slaughtered within seconds was a bit baffling. Not using the dragons from the beginning was odd, since they literally breathe the thing that kills wights and walkers. The creators say the plan was to lure the night king out, have the dragons attack him and end the battle. Ghost is apparently still alive (according to promos for next week’s episode) but yet we all assumed he died. It was as dark as … well …Night, we hoped for fire to illuminate the action. I get it… there were odd choices.

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The Night King is Coming

The Dead are already here


Let us not forget what this show is called “Game of Thrones”, It is a show about the fight for the throne, and that’s what it always has been. Unfortunately we only have 6 episodes to wrap up the Game of Thrones, I can tell you this, and I am not trying to be arrogant, I fully expected the Night King to be slain in Episode 3. The Night King doesn’t speak, he doesn’t make long monologues, his sole purpose is to destroy mankind and turn it into his world, the long night, the eternal winter. I figured the great war against the Night King would be won, because we still have a shit ton to be figured out. The Biggest question of all; who will end up on the iron throne.

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Episode three, titled “The Long Night” had some incredible moments, starting off with a nice long take, and with one huge shocker. Melisandre, the Red Woman, marching right into camp, with a purpose. I was very happy to see her, and she was definitely helpful. She’s done some terrible things but she’s redeemed herself a bit and died rightfully. Carice Van Houtten is a great actress with an enchanting voice, her appearance only bolstered our love for Arya, and gave Arya the courage to fulfill her destiny.

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STAND YOUR GROUND


Melisandre’s arrival also gave us a beautifully chilling scene as the Dothraki led by Ser Jorah and Ghost, went into battle with flaming swords, we watched as they ran into battle and the swords slowly went out. The fight looked well shot, but was sadly quite dark, I am assuming they filmed it this way so that we felt like we were on the battlefields in the dark and the wind and the snow. The score was the best it has been, grand and sweeping, coming in and retreating at the perfect moments.

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You were the best of them


Brienne has an incredible scream, and yell, I’d want her to lead every battle if only it didn’t mean she’d be in harm’s way, because I love her. There is a terrific aerial shot of the unsullied shepherding in the retreating soldiers.  I especially liked seeing Brienne search for Podrick, making sure he made it back through the gates. Sam was saved twice this episode, and each time by someone who died (i.e. Edd and Jorah), this may come back to haunt him.

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Arya remembered the teachings of Syrio Forel, using his techniques he taught her with the weapon Gendry made her. To see The Hound put away his fears to go help her was a huge part of his redemption arc.

This may be twisted but, am I the only one who wanted to see the zombies of those we knew? i.e. Hodor and others the Night King has taken.


What do we say to the god of death

Not Today


Sometimes fan theories come true, No Bran wasn’t the Night King, and the one that did come true was the theory about the Night King raising the dead in the crypts to attack those below. Oddly enough we didn’t lose anyone of major importance, it did make for a horrific scene though.

Beric Dondarrion must have known Arya’s importance, and realized saving her was what the Lord of Light brought her back for 6 times. The Dragon fight between Rhaegal and Viserion is quite vicious, some great CGI there, and with the wights jumping Drogon. I’m frustrated with how little we see Ghost, Jons direwolf, can the CGI for him be that difficult? They may as well just kill him off. No, I didn’t mean it…

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We lost two big characters this episode, Jorah Mormont and Theon Greyjoy, and it hurts like hell. We should take a moment and be glad we didn’t lose too many major characters, as we have three episodes left and I’m certain we’ll lose more, and more devastating characters. I’m not certain why Bran warged into those ravens and stayed like that, not doing anything while Theon fought for him.


Stick ‘em with the pointy end


The episode was pocketed with greatness, Arya and the hound, Lyanna Mormont’s final moments, Brienne, Jamie and Tormund bloody and dirty, fighting bravely. Melisandre lighting the dothraki’s weapons and the trench, Theon protecting Bran and dying, Drogon battling as hundreds of wights infest him.

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You’re a good Man, Thank you.


The battle of Winterfell was predictable, and could have thrown us a curve-ball or two, predictable doesn’t necessarily mean bad. Arya defeating the Night King was unexpected, and Marvelous, I wouldn’t have had it any other way, but her time scrambling through the library, avoiding the wights was longer than necessary.

Game of Thrones did throw us another curveball, the amazing Episode 2 focused on a lot of people, Brienne, Jamie, Arya, Tormund, etc. making us think these were who we would lose. Instead, we lost others who only had fleeting moments in episode 2, like Jorah, Theon, Lyanna and Edd.

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Overall, the episodes shortfalls didn’t put a damper on  the episode, I even enjoyed it more on a second viewing, and the dark wasn’t as bothersome. I am very worried about the battle against Cersei, as she has about 20,000+ people and I doubt Jon and Dany have that many.

In Memoriam:
Eddison Tollett
Beric Dondarrion
Theon Greyjoy
Jorah Mormont
Lyanna Mormont
Melisandra
The Night King
Viserion (Again)


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