Already we’re at the midpoint of 2018 and if you are one of those with the opinion that it’s been a mediocre year at the movies, you probably weren’t looking hard enough. just wasn’t looking hard enough. Loads of great movies have been released this year and pruning them down to five has been a hard task to say the least.
With six months to go, endless amazing movies are still on their ways to the cinemas and our television screens. Here are five amazing movies from the first half of the year you should find time to watch.
One thing that stood this movie out is the finely honed storytelling; winning performances from an enormously talented ensemble; provocative premises touching on isolationism, revolution and cultures of oppression, and the loads of action sequences.
Set in the fictional and breathtaking African nation of Wakanda, T’Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), has returned to take his rightful place as king. A powerful enemy, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan) lies in wait to prevent the young king from taking his rightful crown.
Black Panther is a seriously relevant, and engaging blockbuster that was crowned with the stunning soundtrack delivered by Kendrick Lamar. that brims with ideas worth debating.
Ready Player One
Set in the year 2045 on an overpopulated earth where much of humanity seeks escape into the virtual reality world of OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), the hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teenage gamer who discovers clues to a hidden game within the OASIS that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS program.
Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) appears as an articulate dandy of a fella, in unfamiliar territory he is accompanied by a miniature horse named Butterscotch, and shares his intent on rescuing his beloved Penelope (Mia Wasikowska) from the vile kidnappers who snatched her away.
This doesn’t however seem the case as that is how Samuel frames it when talking to Parson Henry (David Zellner), a wayward man of the cloth hired on to officiate their wedding vows, if would-be gunslinger Samuel can indeed rescue his damsel, and if Penelope is indeed, a prisoner at all.
Isle of Dogs
Influenced most notably by the Japanese cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Honda Ishiro, and set in a near-future Japan where dogs are exiled to an offshore garbage dump following a canine-flu outbreak, Isle of Dogs is an interesting comic film.
The voice cast includes Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton.
You Were Never Really Here
Joaquin Phoenix is electrifying as damaged-soul Joe, an ex-Marine with a death wish who has found a way to temper his PTSD, paranoia, and anger management issues via an efficient and brutal career as a retriever of sex-trafficked children.
You Were Never Really Here is a thriller from one of the most extraordinary and unpredictable actors.
Toller’s life in a secular world is darkened by his tortured past that includes the loss of his son in the Iraq War, his numbing and secretive alcoholism, and his failing health, both physical and mental.
First Reformed is a glorious and gratifying work of artistry that embodied the paradox that God is both invisible but present. It is a masterpiece you should find time to watch.