2018 Recap – Random Favorites

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 30th, 2018 - Reviews

Here are a handful of my various favorites from 2018 including fav performances, scores, songs, Blu-rays and films separated by genre. Superfluous fluff? Probably, but it’s still fun compiling all of this together into one gigantic smorgasbord of (hopefully) tasty goodness.

Here are a handful of my various favorites from 2018 including fav performances, scores, songs, Blu-rays and films separated by genre. Superfluous fluff? Probably, but it’s still fun compiling all of this together into one gigantic smorgasbord of (hopefully) tasty goodness.

2018 Recap – The Top 100 Films of the Year

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 30th, 2018 - Features

As of the publication of this article, I’d watched 387 features for the very first time, 204 of which were released to domestic U.S. theatres during the calendar year or are scheduled to get a release during the first quarter of 2019.

As of the publication of this article, I’d watched 387 features for the very first time, 204 of which were released to domestic U.S. theatres during the calendar year or are scheduled to get a release during the first quarter of 2019.

Destroyer (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 25th, 2018 - Movie Reviews

Thanks in large part to Kidman’s internalized tenacious ferocity, Destroyer became a cold-blooded thriller I had no wish to tear my eyes away from, its final moments a haunting nightmare of agony, regret and retribution that, while not original, remained intimately effective all the same.

Thanks in large part to Kidman’s internalized tenacious ferocity, Destroyer became a cold-blooded thriller I had no wish to tear my eyes away from, its final moments a haunting nightmare of agony, regret and retribution that, while not original, remained intimately effective all the same.

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 25th, 2018 - Movie Reviews

But the majesty of If Beale Street Could Talk is in the mystifying discoveries Jenkins asks the viewers to make on their own. In the end this is a glorious treatise on more than just race in America, more than a dissertation on wealth, privilege and gender inequalities and what individuals and families go through in order to conquer them. It is an examination of who we are as a society, the best and worst of our tendencies all shimmering through in one way or another as this story of love, tragedy and family plays out to conclusion.

But the majesty of If Beale Street Could Talk is in the mystifying discoveries Jenkins asks the viewers to make on their own. In the end this is a glorious treatise on more than just race in America, more than a dissertation on wealth, privilege and gender inequalities and what individuals and families go through in order to conquer them. It is an examination of who we are as a society, the best and worst of our tendencies all shimmering through in one way or another as this story of love, tragedy and family plays out to conclusion.

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 25th, 2018 - Movie Reviews

On the Basis of Sex is also a magnificent showcase for Jones, the talented actresses giving one of the best performances of her career, making this examination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early judicial exploits a rousing success I couldn’t help but love.

On the Basis of Sex is also a magnificent showcase for Jones, the talented actresses giving one of the best performances of her career, making this examination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early judicial exploits a rousing success I couldn’t help but love.

Vice (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 25th, 2018 - Movie Reviews

After The Big Short I expected more from the director. To say Vice didn’t deliver on those expectations would be to understate that sentiment considerably.

After The Big Short I expected more from the director. To say Vice didn’t deliver on those expectations would be to understate that sentiment considerably.

Aquaman (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 21st, 2018 - Movie Reviews

Aquaman is an unhinged undersea thrill ride I enjoyed immensely, and the next time this hero picks up his trident I’ll eagerly take that leap into the cinematic ocean in order to see just what injustice he intends to remedy wielding it.

Aquaman is an unhinged undersea thrill ride I enjoyed immensely, and the next time this hero picks up his trident I’ll eagerly take that leap into the cinematic ocean in order to see just what injustice he intends to remedy wielding it.

Ben is Back (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 21st, 2018 - Movie Reviews

I liked Ben is Back a lot, and if not for a lumpy third act it’s possible I’d have considered this to be one of 2018’s best motion pictures.

I liked Ben is Back a lot, and if not for a lumpy third act it’s possible I’d have considered this to be one of 2018’s best motion pictures.

Bumblebee (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - December 21st, 2018 - Movie Reviews

Bumblebeen is the kind of picture I would have been head over heels about as a wide-eyed youngster, and as a somewhat cynical adult this is just the type of movie that breaks through that pessimism and reminds me why I love what it is I do with such unadulterated dedication. There’s way more than meets the eye going on here, and I for one I’m blissfully happy about that.

Bumblebeen is the kind of picture I would have been head over heels about as a wide-eyed youngster, and as a somewhat cynical adult this is just the type of movie that breaks through that pessimism and reminds me why I love what it is I do with such unadulterated dedication. There’s way more than meets the eye going on here, and I for one I’m blissfully happy about that.

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