Top 10: Best Films of 2018

I can’t say I’m as knowledgeable about films as I am video games, but I do find myself in the theaters quite often. Indeed, if one were to take the journalists at face value, one could get the impression that 2018 was a triumphant year in filmmaking, setting the bar higher while surpassing the masters of old. Having watched many classic films at home throughout 2018, I can confirm this is absolutely not the case. As a year, 2018 had not even the vague affectations of consistency. While I admittedly enjoyed a majority of the praised films from 2018, every now and again, I would see an acclaimed dud. In 2017, the worst film I saw in theaters was also the one with the least acclaim. In 2018, there were several instances in which I enjoyed films with relatively low scores over ones universally praised. When critics think solely with their hearts, it can make assessing the quality of their favorites tricky.

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September 2018 in Summary: Super Mario Bros. Month is Complete!

September of 2018 ended up being quite a productive month for me. I managed to make up for that one week in which I didn’t post any reviews (due to my piece on Breath of the Wild going on for over 10,000 words) by posting my reviews of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3 within the same week. Even better, thanks to having recently written two reviews rather quickly, I am now one week ahead. That is, during a given week, I will be working on next week’s review. This is helpful because it means I won’t feel the need to rush these reviews as long as I stay on schedule. I’m also proud to announce that I have now written over 200 posts on this site!

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Reel Life #21: A Simple Favor, The Bad Sleep Well, and Marketa Lazarová

Seeing as how last week was a dud with me not being able to recommend any of the films I saw, I decided to deviate from my usual pattern slightly by seeing a film that did not get 90% or more on Rotten Tomatoes. Just to make sure I would have at least one glowing recommendation, I made sure to see a classic Kurosawa film at home along with the one considered the best Czech film ever made. Surprisingly, only one got a passing grade. Try to guess which one it is! |Don’t you like a good underdog story?|

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