The official start of awards season is tomorrow; well unless Monday's announcement by the New York Film Critics Circle is considered the start.... I've decided, so as not to make myself crazy in future that the official start of awards season will be when the first of any of the major groups announce. So, NYFCC you win. Since there is no guarantee that any "traditions" will be kept, I see no other way of dealing with it. It was nice though when the National Board of Review was the first, then in rapid succession LA, New York, and recently falling into place the Washington D.C. Critics. But forget it. I'll now just pay attention to what's first and then look at indiewire.com daily. Let it be their headache! But, since the National Board of Review's announcement has so long been considered the start, it will still be the sentimental "checkered flag" for me.
Here is a list of the 2018 films I've seen, and my opinion of them. Filmmakers who toil on the almost-impossible mission of making a feature length film should not have their work dismissed on a pass-fail basis so easily. That being said, this is just one man's opinion, and on a blog at that, and the savvy moviegoer will read enough of the reviews of professional film critics to allow a blog here and there to "list" favorites and least favorites.
Quiet Place, A. Farfetched, but compelling in its short running time, with a perfect ensemble.
15:17 to Paris. Modest, sincere.
Avengers: Infinity War. Gets all the characters in; Elizabeth Olsen a standout, providing some heart.
Black Panther. A rich narrative, which introduces several compelling characters.
Deadpool 2. Just like the first, with some brilliant song choices.
Game Night. Screenwriter-y nonsense, with hit or miss laughs, but a fun cast and enough silliness to brighten your day.
I Feel Pretty. A bit of a mixed message, but much funnier than its reviews suggest.
Isle of Dogs. Yeah, mostly cutesy.
Ocean's 8. Follows the formula well, with great ensemble work.
Paddington 2. Another winner, with an enjoyable Hugh Grant performance.
Ready Player One. Harkens back to Spielberg of old.
Action Point. Barely even tries.
Solo: A Star Wars Story. Patchwork, the least good SW movie, if it has its merits; lead Alden Ehrenreich, for all the rumors, was quite good.
Tomb Raider. Vikander is certainly pretty enough, but it's just a tired formula film still reaping rewards from (1981s!) Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Tully. Not a particularly compelling movie that might have been better as short fiction.
Annihilation. Slow moving and derivative.
Red Sparrow. Corny and absurd.
Super Troopers 2. Like a way-too-late TV series reunion.