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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 ‘Upgrade’ (2018)

Release Date: June 1, 2018

Budget/ Box-Office: $5M/ $12.5M

Starring: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Melanie Vallejo, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5


I need to say this before I begin:

Upgrade remind me why Upgrade is one of my favourite Ben-10 aliens. Remember Ben Ben Tennyson? 

The movie has a lot of humans having awesome machine features… We see some people shooting guns through their hands, someone launching nanobots through a sneeze, amongst others.

Logan Marshall-Green plays Grey Trace, a stay-at-home mechanic in a futuristic world who has an accident with his wife, which leaves her dead and he quadriplegic. He gets an upgrade that leaves his body better than before courtesy of a chip rightly named Stem, implanted in his stem-cell. Fortified with the means and a mind laced with getting revenge against his wife’s killers, what could go wrong?

Marshall-Green gives a pretty solid performance in this movie. I was impressed with the way he effortlessly portrayed the man burdened with the loss of his wife, his new body upgrade and new sense of purpose – getting revenge. The movie basically revolves around the two characters he portrays and it wasn’t a chore watching him do his thing on screen. The supporting casts are good, too, save for Melanie Vallejo, who portrays Grey’s wife. I thought they lacked enough chemistry to make them appear believable as a couple. Luckily, she isn’t in much of the movie, as her character is quickly killed off, and can easily forgotten as soon as the real action starts. 

 One problem I did have with the story was Stem’s motivation, or lack of. Yeah, the twist revealing him (or it, as the case may be) to be the killer was was executed, but it had no depth; it felt as though it was written simply for cheap thrills. Having greater motives for his agenda would have made the character, even though non-human, better relatable.

Blumhouse Productions continues to churn out awesome low budget movies, all hit-after-hit. What made Upgrade special to me was how fast it switched from a SciFi movie to a horror one; one much deserving of a sequel.
Upgrade raises the old question of what the future could look like with human’s continued dependence on machines for most day-to-day activities? If our reality becomes something like is seen in ‘Upgrade’ then there’s cause to be alarmed. This toic can be further explored if ever there’s a sequel.
Upgrade is a beautiful movie, you should check it out.