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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December 2018 in Summary: And so 2018 Comes to a Close

Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season! As the final month of the year, December proved to be quite a hectic month. In addition to the obligatory weekly game reviews, I ended up seeing a staggering 14 films (6 in theaters and 8 at home). The good news is that I’ve found a way to manage my time better and write the film reviews without disrupting my pattern. In fact, I used the spare time I had to write two editorials. For a majority of my readers, my piece on the highly unethical viral marketing campaign of Ex Machina was the first editorial of mine they read. Then, in the spirit of Christmas, I wrote an editorial about how gamers are ahead of the curve. They’ve gotten a bad rap over the decades, so I felt they needed something to boost their self-confidence.

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Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda, 2018)

Kun is the young son of an executive mother and an architect father. He loves his toy trains and playing with the family dog, Yukko. At age four, his younger sister is born. His parents later name the infant Mirai – the Japanese word for “future”. Kun is happy at first, but quickly grows jealous of the undivided attention Mirai receives, eventually having to be restrained from hitting her. From there, he lashes out at his mother for being gone all of the time and his father for focusing all of his attention on his work when at home. After one of his tantrums, he meets a strange man in the house’s garden who claims to have been the prince of the house before Kun was born. Shortly thereafter, he meets a young woman who seems to know him very well. On top of that, she tells him her name is Mirai.

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