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RR’s Top Ten Movies Of 2018

2018 has been a very interesting year at the box-office; several old records broken and new ones made. In this year, we saw movies that sprung up important, long side-lined conversations with rich cultural importance, like the groundbreaking ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ where both movies had majority of their casts from their eponymous races, finally addressed. In this same year, we had several low budget movies, like ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Blindspotting’ and indie movies like ‘Upgrade’ give us something new in terms of how movies should be made. All these for the betterment of the movie industry.

Below is my list of movies that struck, irrespective of genre or professional critics’ opinions.

PS: 2018 has a lot of great movies, it was tough limiting them to ten that really got to me. I apologize in advance if your favorite(s) don’t make the list. Do air your grievance in the comment box.

10. Love, Simon

What’s not to love about this coming of age movie that talks about forbidden love? The writing, pacing and acting makes this a beautiful watch. You can’t help but get immersed in the protagonist quest to find Blue, who could be the love of his life.

9. Upgrade

I loved everything about STEM; the badass artificial intelligence chip with a mind of its own. I’m still sad it went rogue; but if there’s ever a sequel, you can count I’ll be there on opening night.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

8. Searching

I can only imagine the technicality that was required to visually tell this story. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I watched a movie that was told through a display screen, from start-to-finish. And you’re wondering why it made my list.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

7. The Hate U Give

Amandla Sternberg is a star, the world had better watch out for her ‘cos she hasn’t come to play.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

6. A Quiet Place

This year’s a good one for power couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Together, they use their off-screen chemistry and brawn to bring us something new and beautiful, for which we’re eternally grateful.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating:

5. Crazy Rich Asians

Few years back, no one would’ve believed a movie with an entirely Asian cast would appeal to the whole world. But that’s what happened here with Crazy Rich Asian. Do you remember that wedding scene? We still grateful, Elvis Presley.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

4. Bad Times at the El Royale

Chris Hemsworth continues to impress me with his acting. After seeing him in this movie as Billy Lee, I’m less worried about what his post-Thor career would look like.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Just before I unveil my top three, I’d list to list some honorable mentions. Please note that they’re in no particular order.

  • Acrimony

This movie sprung up conversations at every corner of this part of the world. I’m sure we’ll still be asked ‘who was right, Mel or Robert?’ in the new year. Asides the publicity it garnered, nothing about this movie is supposed to be heard as the years go by.

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Tom Cruise’s stunts continue to rise in the ranks of death-defying.

  • Sorry To Bother You

Did you catch that horse c*ck sock?

  • Aquaman

I wish I lived in Atlantis. It’s so beautiful.

  • Ready Player One

Spielberg is still the greatest of all times.

  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse

Who would’ve thought an animated movie could be so interesting?

3. Black Panther

Wakanda forever!!!

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

2. Blindspotting

Let me tell you a secret. Before Blindspotting, I’d never heard of Daveed Diggs. But after watching this masterpiece, I’ll be following his career nonstop.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

1. Avengers: Infinity War

Around this time last year, my most prominent mantra was “Thanos is coming”. Thanos did come, and made sure he turned half the population into dust before he left. It’s a good thing our remaining heroes still won’t go down without a fight. The Endgame is here.

Read my review here

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

I saw a lot of movies this year and it’s only fitting I liked some more than others, doesn’t mean those not mentioned are bad movies. As I said earlier, I’d like to know your thoughts in the comment box.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (2018)

Release Date: Aug. 15, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $30M/ $235.1M

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Nico Santos, Awkafina, et al.


It’s the glitch, glam and humour that sells Crazy Rich Asians. Never before have you seen Asians in this light. It’s a huge deviation what what soap operas and taekwondo has been feeding us, and that’s its greatest strength.

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother. 

Honestly, there’s nothing special about Crazy Rich Asians’ plot. It’s a basic story. Rich boy meets poor girl and falls in love. His family says no at first, but later come around when they realize how awesome they are. It’s that cliche. But the movie immerses you into its very believable world almost as soon as it begins courtesy of its exotic production. The producers spare no expense in procuring colorful entertainment: props, foods, clothes and the FOOD! Oh Lord, the mere sight of those cuisines left me craving Asian meals so desperately. 

Singapore is so beautiful. I haven’t been there, so I can’t say if the movie does justice to it, but the many locations displayed in this movie (Samara Island, Rawa Island, International waters, etc.) leave you desperately wanting a vacation. 

Nick Yung (Henry Golding) and Rachael Chu (Constance Wu) make an interesting romantic pair. It’s a pity Nick’s mom, Eleanor Yung (Michelle Yeoh) refuses to practice the very Christianity the movie shows her professing in her first scene, and stands as a stumbling block to her son’s happiness. Even though she’s shown to finally come around, it’s mostly because she’s afraid of losing her son and not because she truly believes Rachael is worthy of her love. I hope this angle is explored more in the planned sequel.

Any movie capable of making my feel mushy I owe largely to the leads and their Chemistry. In this, Crazy Rich Asians gets it right, and I can only hope its planned sequel arrives sooner than the projected 2020 year. 

My favorite things about this movie:

1. Scene – Catch this, you gold digging bitch writing on the wall.

2. Character –  Awkafina’s Goh Peik Lin… Every scene with her is gold.

3. Song – Elvis Presley’s I can’t help myself falling in love with you.


a. “You kind of look like a slutty Ebola virus.”
b. “I’m tired of not having anything I do matter, including having an affair.” 🙄

c. “It’s not my fault you don’t feel like a man. I can’t make you into something you’re not.”

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5