As well as this, we have taken a walk down the lane of our most disappointing films of 2018. However, in this last entry into in our Best of 2018 awards, we crown our winner of the best film of 2018.
Now all films are subjective, so our list might look completely different than yours, also we didn’t get to see every film this year which means we will be only drawing our Top 15 from the 90 films we did get to see, which you can see a list of HERE.
While it was a great year for cinema, not everything worked, so here are our most disappointing films of 2018. These are not necessarily the worst films of the year, though they are there as well, some of these are films that failed to live up to expectations.
Now I didn’t get to see every film of the year, so there may be some missing here, also I tend to avoid things if they look like they will be trash (most of the time). So there could be some stinkers of the year which I have gratefully missed. You can see all the films we reviewed HERE.
So here are our most disappointing films of 2018 –
It was an amazing year for Australian Cinema, with each film I saw knocking it out of the park. There were intimate documentaries, films that held up a mirror to society, and those that brought action to a new level.
It was also a great year for overseas films made in Australia like Aquaman, but in this list, we will be looking more at the locally made Australian productions/co-productions.
So without further ado, these are the best of Australian Cinema in 2018. Be warned that there will be some big spoilers ahead for the films in question.
As I have gotten older I am not afraid
of having a good old-fashioned ugly cry in the cinemas when the time calls for it,
and hell I probably got emotional just writing this list (Spoiler: I did). Sometimes
they are tears of grief, sometimes they are tears of joy, and even still
sometimes they are tears of anger.
Emotion is a core part of the cinema experience, and if you can’t get us to
emotional respond to your characters and/or
the situation, well then I am sorry you have failed in making a good film.
So without further ado, these are the films of 2018 that emotionally wrecked us.
Be warned that there will be some big spoilers ahead for the films in
Also, there were so many films that
emotionally moved me this year, these are only the top five, you can see them
One of the benefits of film is that it is a visual media, and that means that it can do in
a frame what it might take a book a number of pages to pull off. Where we see
this the most is in its ability to build worlds in front of us.
These worlds could be great space operas that explore galaxies, or a small
period piece that look back in time, or anything really. But when every part of
the film is being used to tell a story, you know it is good.
So without further ado, these are films that showed an excellence in Worldbuilding 2018. Be warned that there may be
some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question.
In a world full of dower grittiness, it is nice sometimes to sit back, crack a cold one, and
just enjoy some fun, and God knows in 2018 we needed it. So today, I take a
moment to champion those films that brought the fun, whether through upbeat
action, one laugh after another, or that silliness that brings a smile to your
So without further ado, these are films that brought the fun in 2018. Be warned
that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question.
Animation is a form of filmmaking
that is often related to second-tier
status, something just for kids. This is by both the organisations giving out
the awards and also by the very guilds
that are meant to be promoting their member’s work. However, they are not second-tier films, and in many ways, it is the animated films that are pushing
the frontiers of filmmaking and what is possible, and they should be championed
for the work that they do.
Animated films can be hand drawn, stop/clay motion, computer generated, it does
not matter, but all of them show amazing techniques of hundreds of artists that
bring the work to life.
So without further ado, these are the animated films that showed us the glory
of animation in 2018. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead
for the films in question.
There are many techniques you can use to help build
your world, or ground your setting, or give dimensions to your characters. You
can use music, you can create elaborate sets, but one of the best ways is the costumes
People make instant judgments about a character within moments on the screen
and the outfits are a really important part of that first impression. More than
this, you can also use costumes as a way for storytelling, what do they say
about this world, what do they say about how a character is progressing.
Costumes can build worlds, tell us details we can only see, but also they can
just make us say ‘hot damn’ look at that beading on that dress, that must have
taken hours to do. So without further ado, these are the costumes
that made us say ‘hot damn’ in 2018. Be warned that there may be some slight
spoilers ahead for the films in question.
One factor that I will always look out for with a film and that is the musical score. I can get caught in the world of the music, as it sits in my head in the days, weeks and months that come. There is immense artistry in weaving emotions from music, having us slip into the world that is created, fear the oncoming dread even if we do know why, or rejoice in the triumph of that final victory.
Music charts the cinematic world, it guides us, it can lift us up, and it can crush our souls, this is its power.
Before we start, an honourable mention has to go to Deadpool 2 for having the gumption to get Céline Dion to sing a completely straight rendition of the title theme, over some of the most ridiculous film titles. So without further ado, these are the musical score that moved us in 2018. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question.
A good Action sequence is something that is truly amazing
to watch, as it can be as expansive as explosions crashing across the screen,
or more intimate, like a duel between two people. This gives the best action
scenes such a range and in 2018 we were given some truly amazing spectacles.
For me the best action scenes are those that excel in every element, whether
that be live actions, special effects, digital effects, or animation and bring
every facet to shine. It is also the category that looks at some of the department’s people don’t often fully
understand like stunt coordination or the 2nd unit.
So without further ado, these are the moments of action that awed us in 2018.
Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in