Archive for December, 2018

Mike’s Top Ten Films of 2018

Another year in the books. Time to do the thing.

2018’s been a pretty terrible year all around. There’s not a whole lot I was excited about, both in movies and in life. I say every year in this article, “I didn’t think I was gonna be able to come up with a top ten list.” This year, weirdly, I didn’t feel that. I knew I’d have ten, but I felt like it would be a “weak” ten. Other years, I could legitimately have 15 choices to pick from. This one, I was very conscious that it was the weakest overall year since the millennium started, and in a way it made doing this easier.

Here… I have a top ten, but they’re not movies that would end up on my decade list. (Which, we’re coming up on that. Next year you guys are getting a top ten list and a top films of the decade list.) It’s just a weak year. I liked a lot of stuff, but overall it all ended up falling in the middle of the pack. It’s all just kind of in that “I liked it, but didn’t love it” category. But you know, you still get a top ten. So here we are.

The good thing about a year like this is, I feel confident in that there’s not a whole lot I’ve missed and there isn’t a lot of stuff that’s gonna change over time. So I feel mostly confident that this top ten will be pretty consistent over time. MAYBE one will swap off and go from like, 11 or 12 into the top ten, but for the most part, I feel like my favorite films from this year will be these films. So I guess that’s something.

Plus, you already know I don’t look for clicks or join on the media-created bandwagons, so you aren’t gonna get yet another top ten list that has Black Panther and A Quiet Place on it. Hopefully that gives you some solace.

Here are my top ten films of 2018: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “As long as there’s no find, the noble brotherhood will last but when the piles of gold begin to grow… that’s when the trouble starts.”


The Unforgivable Films of 2018

This is the Bruce Wayne to my Batman. Or the Batman to my Bruce Wayne. Depending which side of the schizophrenia you think is the normal one.

Always on the final day of the year, I post my Top Ten list. But, the day before, we post this. The Razzies to my Oscars, the Hugo to my Bart, the bear to my Leonardo DiCaprio. This is the Unforgivables list. The list of films that I fucking hated this year.

This is the 9th Annual Unforgivables list. The tradition began when I saw the movie The Switch in 2010 (Bateman, Aniston, jizz cup) and got so mad while watching it I wrote up a Jerry Maguire memo to tell them how awful it was and how they should never see it. And it went over so well, I decided to start doing it every year. Other previous ‘winners’ since The Switch have been Just Go With It (2011), Big Miracle (2012), Identity Thief (2013), Heaven Is For Real (2014), Vacation (2015), Batman v. Superman (2016) and most recently, The Emoji Movie (2017).

This year is an interesting year in that I wasn’t overly in love with most movies. I liked a lot of stuff, but there was nothing I had really strong feelings for. And, now that I watch so much stuff each year, my feelings often tend to fall toward the middle with a lot of things. I don’t hate things as much as I used to. Of course, every year by Thanksgiving I tell myself I can’t come up with a top ten list or an Unforgivables list, and yet every year, we manage. But this year I was interested to see where the hatred would lay, since in recent years I’ve moved away from the obvious Adam Sandler/Melissa McCarthy movies at the top and gone more toward studio stuff with no soul. I’ve started going into these lists by wiping the slate clean. Doesn’t matter what I rated something, doesn’t matter what I previously thought of something. If I feel it should be on, it’s on. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I know it’s terrible trying to have any faith when people are doing such horrible… But you know what I sometimes think? I think the world may be going through a phase, the way I was with mother. It’ll pass. Maybe not hundreds of years, but someday. – I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.”


2018: The Year in Reviews (The Wrap-Up)

We spent two weeks wrapping up the year to see what I thought of everything versus what I thought I’d think back in January. Now we get to my favorite part of the scientific method: analyzing the data.

What I do here is lay everything out and see just how well I did at guessing stuff, and what I thought of everything this year, by rating, by month, by just about any metric I can think of. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I greatly look forward to doing this every year.

Before we begin, here are all the articles for easy referencing, to show you it’s all legit:

2018 Film Release Calendar

2018: The Year in Reviews

January

January

February

February

March

March

April

April

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November

November

December

December

Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

2017 Holdovers

Unreleased Films

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Pic of the Day: “Do you know what the secret of life is? This.” “Your finger?” “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.” “But, what is the ‘one thing?'” “That’s what you have to find out.”


2018: The Year in Reviews (The Films That Didn’t Get Released)

So we jus spent twelve days going over everything that came out. Today we go over what didn’t.

At this point I track like 500 movies a year. Not all of them are gonna come out. A lot of stuff is gonna get pushed throughout the year. This is just me reorganizing that so I can be more targeted in a few weeks when I start over and start tracking for 2019. I can see if some movies look any closer to coming out, and decide which ones I want to stop tracking altogether.

So, this is a list of everything that was either pushed or hasn’t come out. I’ll tell you what each one is, look at what the current status is (if any) and decide whether or not it’s gonna be a part of 2019’s Film Release Calendar. Mostly this is record keeping for me, but should you be so interested, it’s all here.

Here are the films of 2018 that didn’t get released: (more…)