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The Medium Place – 2018 Honorable Mentions

By: Henry J. Fromage and Movieboozer Staff & Contributors

2018 was such a good year for film that our “Best” and “Worst Of” lists have metastasized into some truly unwieldy behemoths (well, mine particularly).  As such, Felix Felicis (kitten wrangler to the stars) suggested we institute one more level of our near-comprehensive filmic bucketing- The Medium Place- to house all of our Honorable Mentions. So we give you not the (top 10) best, not the (top 10) worst, but instead feast your eyeballs on the most okay movies that cinema had to offer this past year.

We even have a hand-picked curator of cinematic middle-of-the-roadness: ‘Canonball Run II’ enthusiast, Mindy St. Claire.

Without further ado:

 

BabyRuth

Not Quite “Good” Enough: Crazy Rich Asians (a lot of fun) – A Simple Favor (even more fun ) – Bohemian Rhapsody (had many issues, but the Live Aid recreation) – Alpha (gorgeous) – A Quiet Place (I’ve never been so afraid to chew in a movie theater in my life) – Aquaman (wonderfully bonkers and we got Jason Momoa’s amazing appearance on SNL as a bonus) – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (and just like that, ten hours of my life were gone) – Cam (I could not look away) – Instant Family (sweet, but forgettable) – Vice (Christian Bale is just showing off now, he’s scary-good)

Not Quite “Bad” Enough: I Feel Pretty (the only saving grace was Michelle Williams’ amazing performance) – Life of the Party (Melissa McCarthy’s second worst film of the year) – Skyscraper (exactly what it appears to be; nothing wrong with that)  – The Strangers: Prey at Night (at least the trailer was great) –  Tully (I actually said “OH COME ON!” out loud in the theater at the “big twist”) –  Book Club (it could have been a lot worse and my mom had such a good time)  Bird Box (so dumb!) – Action Point (how did this not work?) – I Can Only Imagine (ham-fisted, but it meant well and Dennis Quaid was pretty great) – The Hurricane Heist (bad in the good way- the only movie on this list I’d watch again)

 

Christian Harding

Not Quite “Good” Enough:  The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – BlackKklansman – Burning – Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Creed 2 – Free Solo – Hereditary – If Beale Street Could Talk – The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Paddington 2 – Suspiria – Widows

Underrated or overlooked:  A Simple Favor – Beautiful Boy – Blindspotting – Disobedience – First Man – Game Night – Instant Family – The Kindergarten Teacher – Solo: A Star Wars Story – Support the Girls – Three Identical Strangers – Wildlife

 

Felix Felicis

Not Quite “Good” Enough (in no particular order): Avengers: Infinity War – Halloween – Venom – Jumanji 2 – Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Ant-Man & The Wasp – A Star Is Born – Rampage (double entries intentional) – The Spy Who Dumped Me – Mission Impossible: Fallout – Crazy Rich Asians – Aquaman – Fyre (Netflix documentary) – The Darkest Minds

Not Quite “Bad” Enough (in no particular order): Pacific Rim: Uprising – Rampage – Hurricane Heist – I Feel Pretty – Tomb Raider (so close to making the list) – Wrinkle In Time – House With A Clock In Its Walls – Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – The Spy Who Dumped Me – Aquaman – Tag – Fyre Fraud (Hulu documentary) – Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

 

Hawk Ripjaw

Not Quite “Good” Enough: Paddington 2 – Sorry to Bother You – Won’t You be My Neighbor?  – The House that Jack Built – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – The Old Man and the Gun – Upgrade – The Endless – The Quiet Place – Annihilation – The Death of Stalin – The Favourite – An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn – Cam – BlacKkKlansman

Not Quite “Bad” Enough: The Cloverfield Paradox – Woody Woodpecker – Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare – Show Dogs – Slender Man – The Happytime Murders – The Possession of Hannah Grace – Mute  – Mile 22 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Tomb Raider – Death Wish

 

Movie Snurb

Not Quite “Good” Enough: BlacKkKlansmen – Blindspotting – At Eternity’s Gate – Eighth Grade

 

Will Ashton

Not Quite “Good” Enough: Incredibles 2 – Private Life – Wildlife – Roma – Time Share – Mission Impossible: Fallout – Eighth Grade – Annihilation – Shoplifters – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Black Panther – Shirkers – Paddington 2 – Can You Ever Forgive Me? – The Sisters Brothers

Jury’s Still Out On These 2018 Films I Still Need to See: The Rider – Thunder Road – Free Solo – Zama – Leave No Trace – The Other Side Of The Wind – The Tale – The House That Jack Built – Border – The Night Comes For Us – Three Identical Strangers – Happy As Lazzaro – Skate Kitchen – The Endless – Cam – Love After Love – Lean on Pete – Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Not Quite “Bad” Enough: Bird Box – The Happytime Murders – Woody Woodpecker – Life Itself – Slice – The 15:17 to Paris – The Hurricane Heist – Slender Man –  Truth or Dare – The Grinch – The First Purge – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Acrimony – Holmes & Watson – Peter Rabbit – Proud Mary – Rampage

The 2018 Films I (Thankfully?) Didn’t Get A Chance To See Yet: Gotti – The Death of a Nation – Sherlock Gnomes – God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness; – Forever My Girl – Fifty Shades Freed – The Darkest Minds – Little Italy – Hunter Killer – Show Dogs – Robin Hood – Future World – Dark Crimes – London Fields – The Clapper – 211-  Hell Fest – Winchester – The Girl in the Spider’s Web – Siberia – Looking Glass – Game Over, Man – AXL – Basmati Blues – Reprisal – Stratton – The Vanishing of Sidney Hall – The House That Jack Built

 

Oberst Von Berauscht

Not Quite “Good” Enough: The Hate U Give – A Private War – Isle of Dogs – Lean on Pete

 

Henry J. Fromage

Once again, I’m giving you way too much to watch. *Sue me (*But actually don’t).

Not Quite “Good” Enough (2018 movies you should watch – in  the roughest of order):

The Rider – Lean on Pete – Isle of Dogs – First Reformed – Death of Stalin – Beirut – Samson – Microhabitat – 1987: When the Day Comes – Red Sparrow – Thoroughbreds – Sorry to Bother You – Gemini – Sweet Country – Revenge – American Animals – Mandy – 12 Strong – Alpha – Searching – Operation Finale – White Boy Rick – The Old Man & The Gun – Support the Girls – On Chesil Beach – Journey’s End – A Star is Born – Green Book – Suspiria – A Private War – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Burning – Apostle – The Sisters Brothers – The Hate U Give – The Endless – The Guilty – mid90s – The Little Stranger – The Wife – 22 July – Hold the Dark – The House that Jack Built – Private Life – A Prayer Before Dawn – Wildlife – Cold War – Vice – Zama – Western – Beautiful Boy – The Clovehitch Killer – Capernaum – At Eternity’s Gate – Never Look Away – Annihilation – Eighth Grade – The Favourite – Widows – Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Shoplifters – If Beale Street Could Talk – First Man

Studies in Pure Entertainment:

Black Panther – Avengers: Infinity War – Ready Player One – A Quiet Place – Incredibles 2 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Blockers – Game Over Man – Den of Thieves – Deadpool 2 – Solo – Mute – Paddington 2 – Jumanji – Game Night – Mom and Dad – The Commuter – Sicario: Day of the Soldier – Ant-Man and The Wasp – Strangers: Prey at Night – The Spy Who Dumped Me – Mission Impossible: Fallout – A Simple Favor – Tag – Crazy Rich Asians – Ocean’s 8 – The Predator – Halloween – Creed II – Ralph Breaks the Internet – Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Hotel Artemis – Overlord – Bad Times at the El Royale – Outlaw King – Never Goin’ Back – Venom – Aquaman – Bohemian Rhapsody – Bird Box – Bandersnatch – Upgrade

Docs to Watch:

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – No Stone Unturned – Three Identical Strangers – Ramen Heads – Whitney – Free Solo – Minding the Gap – Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Of Fathers and Sons

Not Quite “Bad” Enough: BlackKklansman- Tully – Fifty Shades Freed – Early Man – Mirai – Age of Blood – Swing Kids – The Meg

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