Top 5 Best Movies of 2018

If You Haven’t Seen Them, You’re Missing Out

A diverse year of film served up a wide range of creative visions and 2018 definitely saw some of the best directing, cinematography, screenwriting, acting, camera operating, etc. of all time! That’s why we had to recognize these 5 movies as being the best of the best that were released this year! For this list, we’re taking a look at the very best films 2018 had to offer, whether they were critical darlings, audience favorites, or maybe a little of both. If this year’s cinematic successes are any indication of what’s to come in 2019, we can hardly wait. Don’t forget to keep up with our End of Year Playlist to find out the bests of 2018 in all of your favorite categories and if you didn’t see your top movie of 2018 on the list below, make sure to check out the FULL video with 5 more entries on WatchMojo.com!

#5: “Roma” (2018)

This is a difficult film to describe. That’s largely because life is hard to describe and few movies encapsulate human existence quite like director Alfonso Cuarón’s latest tour de force. Just as he did in “Children of Men” and “Gravity,” Cuarón makes the audience feel as if they’re part of the action in this story about a middle-class family and their maid. Although “Roma” is smaller in scale than some of his other films, the experience couldn’t feel more personal or look more gorgeous. Whether the characters are dealing with tragedy or simply daily routines, every shot could be displayed in a museum. If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then “Roma” is worth a million.

#4: “Black Panther” (2018)

It’s hard to think of a film released in 2018 that had a more significant cultural impact than “Black Panther.” Being an MCU adventure, there was little doubt that Ryan Coogler’s film would perform well financially, but not even Marvel could’ve predicted that it’d be the year’s highest-grossing domestic release, and the second biggest worldwide. “Black Panther” also rose up as the MCU’s most critically acclaimed outing to date, earning universal praise for its detailed environments, multi-layered characters, and themes that carry substantial weight in today’s divided world. “Black Panther” proved so successful that Disney’s gone all out with an Oscar campaign and it’s about time a superhero movie broke into the Best Picture race.

#3: “A Star Is Born” (2018)

This classic love story had been told three times already, but never so perfectly. Bradley Cooper makes an extraordinary directorial debut, and his performance as fading country singer Jackson Maine is equally superb. Lady Gaga is an acting revelation as Ally, a small-town singer destined to be a superstar, although finding fame often comes with a toll. Together, Cooper and Gaga share the most charming, heartbreaking, and sincere onscreen chemistry 2018 had to offer. The emotional journey they go through is only made more impactful through the rousing soundtrack, which beautifully personifies each story beat. If “A Star Is Born” gets remade a fifth time, this is the new standard to top.

#2: “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

We’ll admit it wasn’t easy deciding whether to award a higher spot on this list to “Black Panther” or “Infinity War,” as both demonstrate the MCU at its finest. Between the two, however, “Infinity War” had the taller order to fill. Aside from being an event that’s been in the making for about a decade, it also had to juggle dozens of ongoing storylines while also delivering on Thanos’ big arrival. It couldn’t be more gratifying than watching everything come together in a work of art that balances action, tragedy, and a broad cinematic universe of characters. It may only be the first half of the story, but movies don’t get more epic than this.

#1: “Hereditary” (2018)

This one will leave you lying awake at night. Not only will its eerie atmosphere and unsettling visuals leave you on edge, but you won’t be able to get the film’s haunting themes, twists, or motifs out of your head. The Graham family may not realize it, but they’re trapped in a house where something evil is unfolding. As the pieces slowly start falling into place, we’re left wondering if these characters are descending into insanity . . . or descending into hell. Between Ari Aster’s engrossing direction, Toni Collette’s spellbinding lead performance, and Colin Stetson’s sinister musical score, few films have made our skin crawl like this modern masterpiece. If you’re brave enough, check out the scariest scenes from “Hereditary” below.

What was YOUR favorite movie of the year? Head over to WatchMojo.com to see the full list of the Top 10 Best Movies of 2018 and let us know in the comments!

After you’re caught up on this year’s triumphs, check out the video below where we go over the movies from 2018 that weren’t met with quite the same success…

Top 5 TV Revivals in the Works to Be Excited About!

Everyone Loves a Throwback

What’s old is new again! 2019 will soon be upon us and while there are numerous TV originals in the works, there are also a handful of spin-offs, reboots and revivals based on old classics that we can look forward to. For this list, we’re looking at 5 upcoming TV projects that are in production or in development, even if they don’t yet have release dates attached to them. We’ll have to wait to find out if these revivals supersede their original or if they unfortunately fall short.

#5: “Daria”

How many of us can say we developed some of our dark teenage personas from this iconic character? Daria was an inspiration to us all, and it turns out she’ll be influencing the next generation of kids as well. The revival was announced in June 2018 for MTV Studios, MTV’s new reboot initiative, and is tentatively titled “Daria & Jodie”. The press release for the new show goes like this: “These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.” Definitely sounds interesting!

#4: “Animaniacs”

It’s time for Animaniacs…and they’re zany to the max! Here’s some more good news for ‘90s kids who crave further adventures from old faves. Hulu has already ordered two seasons of an “Animaniacs” revival, which will feature classic characters like Yakko and Wakko and Dot with their signature crazy antics, as well as a bunch of new characters and scenarios. Steven Spielberg was the executive producer of the original series, and he’ll be reprising his role. We may have to wait for 2020 to see this animated reboot, but we have a feeling it’ll be worth it.

#3: “The Hills”

Can you make a revival of the much-loved reality show “The Hills” without its star, Lauren Conrad? Turns out you can; and MTV thinks it’ll work because “The Hills: New Beginnings” will be premiering in 2019. You want continuity? You got it! Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Stephanie Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Jason Wahler, Justin Bobby and Brody Jenner will all be back, but along with Conrad, Kristin Cavallari and Lo Bosworth will not be returning. Interestingly though, former teen idol Mischa Barton of “The O.C.” fame will be appearing on the show, which will definitely spice things up a bit.

#2: “Roswell”

In early 2018, The CW ordered a pilot episode of a “re-imagining” of the TV show “Roswell”, called “Roswell, New Mexico” and based on the “Roswell High” book series; and by May it was revealed that it had been ordered to series. The new story has an interesting twist however, with main character Liz Ortecho being the daughter of undocumented immigrants, and she is trying to protect one of the town’s police officers, her old crush who . . . just so happens to be an alien. You can look forward to this one soon, as it’ll be premiering as a mid-season entry on January 15th, 2019.

#1: “Veronica Mars”

Veronica Mars” was already revived as a feature film in 2014 (after a famously successful Kickstarter campaign helped make it happen). Four years later, fans still wanted more of their favorite teen private investigator, so Hulu ordered an additional mini-season to be created. The 8 new episodes will take place five years after the events of the film, and so far we know that Kristen Bell and some regulars like Jason Dohring will star in the series (thank the heavens!) but the rest of the deets remain somewhat uncertain, although it will be a murder mystery set in Neptune. The new content will be airing in 2019 though, so we don’t have long to wait to get all the details!

If these shows aren’t enough to get you excited for the new year, take a look at the video below where we go into detail about all of these shows as well as 5 MORE upcoming TV revivals you need to know about!

Top 5 Upcoming Superhero Movies That Might Suck

We’re Not So Sure They’re Cape-able

Not every comic book inspired movie can be super. For this list, we’ll be looking at 5 forthcoming comic book films that have given us cause to fear for the worst. Be it because of the studio’s track record, a troubled development/production or simply because they don’t seem very good on paper, these are the superhero movies that have us worried in the next year ahead.

#5: “Hellboy” (2019)

To be quite frank, this is a reboot that we weren’t ready for. Sure, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy films performed rather modestly at the box office, but they were a beautiful and unique take on a truly one of a kind character. Fans wanted a third film with Perlman to make it a proper trilogy. With that being said, we tried to approach this reboot with an open mind. Stranger Things’ David Harbour feels like a great choice for the role, and the involvement of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola inspired hope. Unfortunately, the test screenings reportedly went very poorly. And while Harbour looks great in costume, the poster’s tagline of “Legendary AF” has us worried about the overall tone.

#4: “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” (2020)

DC films supposedly in development come and go with the seasons, but this Harley Quinn spin-off seems to have stuck. The ever-excellent Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn and we’re hoping that she’ll really shine with some better material to work with. The addition of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress certainly inspires confidence, as does Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Honestly, we’d like nothing more than to see this female-led film succeed (especially if it introduces Batgirl) but we’re worried about how it’s been fast-tracked. Also, indie filmmakers like Cathy Yan with only one great feature film under their belt have failed with big-budget superhero blockbusters before. Here’s hoping she can avoid Josh Trank’s mistakes. Check out our pick of the Top 10 Worst Things That Happened to Harley Quinn below (hopefully this upcoming film won’t be one of them).

#3: “The New Mutants” (2019)

Credit where credit is due: greenlighting this unique film shows that 20th Century Fox is willing to take risks with their Marvel properties, deviating from the conventional superhero action adventure film to experiment with different genres. A Marvel mutant horror film sounds really interesting on paper. The casting of young talents like Anya Taylor-Joy, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Charlie Heaton from Stranger Things made us confident that Fox believed in the project. Then the first trailer dropped and things went sideways. The film’s release was delayed over a year, and major reshoots were ordered. We can appreciate that they wanted to up the scares, but this sort of delay does NOT inspire confidence.

#2: “Suicide Squad 2” (TBD)

The news that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been tapped by Warner Bros. to write (and possibly direct) the sequel to Suicide Squad was welcomed by many. His dark style of humor makes him a great fit. But we’ve also seen Marvel directors jump ship before to disappointing results. Whereas Joss Whedon took over a mostly complete Justice League, Gunn will hopefully be able to put his own stamp on Suicide Squad 2, but does Warner Bros. have the right producers onboard to ensure that they get Gunn’s best work?

#1: “Dark Phoenix ” (2019)

While things are working out great for Fox’s R-rated films like “Deadpool” and “Logan”, their core X-Men franchise seems to be suffering. Like “The New Mutants”, “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” got significantly delayed to allow for reshoots. This film marks longtime X-Men screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut. A first time director retelling a story that he already mishandled as a writer over a decade earlier with “X-Men: The Last Stand”? That does NOT inspire confidence. The first trailer for the film felt far too reminiscent of the aforementioned movie, while the returning cast from “X-Men: Apocalypse” reminds us of the last film’s shortcomings. This Phoenix risks being dead on arrival. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Dark Phoenix Saga story arc, check out this video:

Do you think these superhero movies will make a lasting impression or will they fall short? Check out the video below to find out the full list of the Top 10 Upcoming Superhero Movies That Might Suck and let us know in the comments!

And speaking of superhero films, we sized up Marvel and DC to see who reigned supreme in 2018, take a look!

Top 5 Best Places in the World to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Let the Countdown Begin

If seeking adventure and making lifelong memories are part of your New Year’s resolutions this year, the following destinations are worth checking out! The countdown to 2019 has officially begun and in the spirit of celebration we’re taking a look at 5 cities around the world that have been renowned for throwing the biggest bashes to ring in the New Year. Make sure to check out MojoTravels to plan your 2019 vacations or to satisfy your wanderlust with our insider videos on food, hot spots, hacks, adventure, beaches and more!

#5: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok has been credited as the most visited city in the world, drawing in roughly 22 million tourists by 2018. As you can imagine, the Big Mango knows how to throw a party, especially on New Year’s Eve. There are dozens of amazing vantage points for fireworks, including Suan Luang Rama IX, the Asiatique waterfront and the Wat Arun temple. If you want the ultimate New Year extravaganza Bangkok has to offer, though, you’ll want to gravitate towards the CentralWorld Plaza. Considered by some to be Thailand’s answer to Times Square, this massive shopping center is a favorite spot for thousands of people to count down to midnight with live entertainment, refreshments, and, of course, fireworks aplenty.

#4: Sydney, Australia

If you only get to visit Australia’s most populous city once if your life, December 31 is an idyllic time to drop in down under. New Year’s at the Sydney Harbour Bridge equals two firework displays for the price of one. For parents who want their little ones in bed before 12:00, there’s the 9pm Family Fireworks. The Midnight Fireworks show is the highlight of the evening, however, with the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and other buildings contributing to the grandiose backdrop, which looks almost like a giant birthday cake. In addition to the fireworks up above, approximately 1,100 candle fireworks are dropped from the bridge’s base to the water, creating a blazing waterfall.

#3: New York, New York

For those living in the U.S., New York is probably the first place that comes to mind when thinking about New Year’s celebrations. More specifically, Times Square is the primary stomping ground for partygoers as the year nears its conclusion. The ball that sits atop the roof of One Times Square in particular has become synonymous with the holiday. You haven’t truly experienced New Year’s until you’ve gathered around the flagpole with a million others, counting down the remaining seconds together. The years may change, but this tradition has been a mainstay since 1907. Even if you don’t live in New York, chances are you’ll tune in to watch the ball drop on television.

#2: Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Times Square also comes complete with a time ball to signify the beginning of a new year. This isn’t the only event worth attending, with live music being played in the Tsim Sha Tsui district and parties popping up all over Lan Kwai Fong. Since fireworks originated from medieval China, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hong Kong pulls out all the stops for this special occasion. The fireworks display at Victoria Harbour is unlike any other, whether you view it from a rooftop or a cruise ship. The excitement doesn’t end on December 31, as there are numerous festivities to look forward to for the Chinese New Year in February, including the annual parade.

#1: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although there are mind-blowing New Year’s celebrations to be found all over the world, none can quite top the fireworks display in Rio. People have been assembling at Copacabana Beach since 1950, but it wasn’t until 1976 that fireworks entered the equation. Today, nearly two million spectators flock to the sandy beach for over two miles of fireworks, with the show lasting somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes. It’s also traditional to decorate the beach with candles and toss flowers into the ocean as a sign of good luck for the year ahead. For a city known for its parties, New Year’s Eve in Rio just might be wildest in terms of scale and spectacle.

Check out the video below from MojoTravels to find out our full list of the Top 10 Best Places in the World to Celebrate New Year’s Eve and leave a comment letting us know where you’ll be spending New Year’s Eve this year!

Top 3 Releases Coming to/Leaving Netflix in January 2019

New Year, New Content

The holiday season is almost over and the year is quickly coming to an end which means soon enough you’ll be looking for new titles to begin on Netflix. We’ve put together a list of 3 of the best properties that Netflix will sadly be dropping come January 2019, as well as 3 of the best incoming titles for you to get excited about! To find out the full list of 5 titles coming to and leaving Netflix in the new year, check out the video on WatchMojo.com.

3: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016)

Leaving: January 18th, 2019

When this movie was announced, it made people nervous. Star Wars fans were happy to be getting more content, but the concept of anthology films felt risky – and the story unnecessary. Thankfully, “Rogue One” proved that even armed with an unfamiliar cast of characters, the galaxy far far had more stories worth telling. Starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, “Rogue One” shines a light on the once nameless band of unlikely heroes who stole the plans of the Death Star. It provides context to the original Star Wars trilogy in ways that we never thought we needed or wanted. We’re really glad it happened though, and we’re sad to see it leave Netflix.

3: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (2018)

Coming: January 17th, 2019

Nobody makes television quite like Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, the same creative duo that have brought us such content as “Glee” and “American Horror Story”. With “American Crime Story”, Falchuk and Murphy serves as executive producers on a series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski that dramatically retells some of the greatest, most buzzworthy crimes in American history. After captivating audiences in season one with the trial of O.J. Simpson, the series followed-up with the mysterious killing of fashion icon Gianni Versace. Like its predecessor, season two was bombarded with Emmy nominations. For those who missed it, here’s your chance to catch up on one of 2018’s best limited series.

2: “It Follows” (2014)

Leaving: January 13th, 2019

It’s easy to bemoan the state of modern horror cinema, but films like “It Follows” inspire hope. The premise of the movie is relatively simple, but expertly executed: a supernatural being pursues its prey mercilessly, only stopping when that person is dead or has sex – at which point the curse is transferred to the new sexual partner. The film navigates the familiar suburban teen landscape in a way that makes it feel fresh, and engages with the notion of teen sex in a provocative way. Maika Monroe’s Jay is a modern “final girl” fit for a new generation, helping to elevate this unique film to the status of a modern horror classic.

2: “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” (2019)

Coming: January 18th, 2019

Hugely successful music festivals feel like they’re a dime a dozen these days, but a high profile event that fails spectacularly? THAT’s compelling. In this new Netflix original documentary, you’re invited along on a truly unique experience to a music festival that was billed as the most exclusive, luxurious event of its kind. Chances are that most people watching this video couldn’t afford to go. It turns out that that’s a good thing, because as the title of this documentary suggests, it never really happened. The brainchild of Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, FYRE was a mismanaged nightmare worse than anyone could have imagined. Now you get to watch the chaos from the comfort of your couch and to give you a taste of what’s to come, here is a widely circulated image of the food served at the festival…

1: “The Godfather” (1972)

Leaving: January 1st, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 crime drama is one of the greatest films ever made. Featuring phenomenal performances by both Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, it is THE definitive gangster film, surpassing all others with only one possible exception… its own sequel. Though it was less well-received than the original at the time of its release, there are many who, with time, have come to feel that “The Godfather Part II” is the superior film – expanding upon the original film in unexpectedly satisfying ways. It could be debated forever; all we know for certain is that both films are fantastic, the third film is weaker but nonetheless worth watching, and all three leave Netflix January 1st, 2019.

1: “Incredibles 2” (2018)

Coming: January 30th, 2019

Making his second appearance on our list today, Brad Bird sure has come a long way. After “The Iron Giant”, he followed up with 2004’s hugely successful Pixar film “The Incredibles”. Fans everywhere (young and old) fell in love with this remarkably relatable animated family of superheroes. Audiences were clamoring for more, but it would ultimately take almost a decade and a half before a sequel finally found its way to theaters. Thankfully, good things do indeed come to those who wait, and in addition to being a huge financial success, “Incredibles 2” proved to be every inch worthy of the original. Lucky us… we get to binge watch it on Netflix starting January 30th!

What’s your current Netflix obsession? Leave a comment to let us know!

Check out the video below to find out the full list of shows and movies you can look forward to in 2019, as well as those you should hurry up and watch before they disappear!

Top 5 Worst Anime of 2018

Begone TAOT!

While it’s been a great year for Japanimation, it was in no way free of awful new additions to the medium. Whether it was due to poor animation, trashy premises or laughable narrative decisions, these five quickly sank to the bottom of the quality barrel.

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#5: “The Thousand Noble Musketeers” (2018)

Ah yes, the age-old concept of taking inanimate objects and turning them into sexy anime characters. Hey, if it worked for legendary katanas then why not guns? While it’s clear that the aim of this anime was to entice the female demographic with as many bishounen beauties as possible (seriously, just how many characters did they fit in this thing?) it doesn’t give you the excuse to dish out a series of such laughable quality. Don’t be surprised if your husbando of choice is suddenly missing a mouth in one scene.

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#4: “Between the Sky and Sea” (2018)

This anime may have gained infamy due to the supposed gender politics of the initial episode, but don’t let that detract you – there are way more reasons for why you should give this anime a pass. With the premise of fishing in space, you would have thought we’d be in for a hilarious sci-fi adventure from the get-go. Nope. Most of the time the characters’ feet are squarely placed on terra firma while they go on about how fish are the greatest things in the world, while also reinforcing their architypes. The art may catch your eye, but there’s nothing of substance to warrant giving this series a second glance.

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#3: “Conception” (2018)

Just when you thought video game adaptions couldn’t get any more padded with substandard shows, along comes this sleazy little number. The premise? Oh you know; a great evil that needs defeating and the only ones that can do it are a bunch of superpowered children. However, since there seems to be a lack of willing male participants in this vast fantasy world to create said children, it’s down to your average student to hop on over and start getting intimate with every lady he sees. It’s kind of amazing to come across an anime that probably would have had gained better reception if it was an actual hentai. 

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#2: “Himote House” (2018)

If you’re looking for some exquisite 3D CGI trash to watch, then you’re in luck, because this supposed slice of life has it in spades. We would go into the repetitive nature of the narrative, how its comedy doesn’t exactly measure to others with similar premises…but is there really any point? Just look at this crap. It’s like they took all the unfunny scenes out of your average slice of life and recreated them via Yandere Simulator. So much for this animation style taking several steps forward. 

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#1: “Fist of the Blue Sky: Re:Genesis” (2018)

How did this insult to Kenshiro’s legacy land itself two bloody seasons?! Combing all of the worst aspects of anime 2018, including terrible CGI animation and poor pacing, what should have been a return to form for the Hokuto Shinken master turned out to be one great big disappointment. How are we supposed to enjoy a crazy, macho fight scene when we can even see the lines where the character models were cropped? Kasumi Kenshiro might take the crown for having the biggest neckline of any anime character this year, but his series is nothing more than a colossal waste of time.

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Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Anime Fights of 2018.

Top 5 Anime of 2018

You Will Believe A Devil Can Make You Cry

Defying genres and re-imagining classic narratives, this year has been nothing short of a tour de force when it comes to the anime scene. While there have been numerous titles that have gripped fan’s hearts, from SSSS.Gridman all the way to the Banana Fish, these five nearly broke the community with their awesomeness!

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#5: “Violet Evergarden” (2018)

Overflowing with beautiful animation and held together by a narrative that is bound to have you in tears, Violet’s journey from soulless soldier all the way to heartfelt ghost-writer is one that should be seen by all. Following her fallen commander’s parting words, Violet finds herself employed as an Auto Memory Doll; wandering around the country and writing letters for those wanting to express what lies in their hearts. Throughout these encounters, not only does Violet slowly start to learn what it means to be human, but also the true nature of what her commander meant when he said “I Love You”. 

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#4: “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind” (2018)

Ah, JoJo; it’s like you never left. Unlike his stylish forebears, this new generation Joestar has a dream of becoming Italy’s number one Gang-Star – All you need to do is send him your credit card number and the three digits on the back. Say hello to Giorno; son of Dio and all around badass. Not only has Part 5 given us all the crazy Stand battles we could want, but thanks to the mafia element, we’re given a cast of lovable yet morally grey characters unlike any we’ve seen in the franchise. 
If that’s not enough to convince you, then this scene definitely will. Take it away, lads. 

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#3: “My Hero Academia” Season Three (2018)

How does this show keep getting better? Three years in a row and Deku and company continue to redefine and champion the superhero genre, complete with all manner of epic Quirk-filled fights. Needless to say, not only was this season the most explosive given the clashes with the League of Villains, but also displayed just how much further Class 1-A has come on the road towards becoming Pro-Heroes. Every student gets a chance to show their growth, especially in regard to Bakugo, and lest we forget this was also the series that gave us the showdown with All Might vs All for One. We can’t wait for season four.

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#2: “Attack on Titan” Season Three (2018)

If you thought the Season Two had raised the stakes, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. Following Eren’s reveal as the Coordinate, the entirety of the Survey Corp find themselves hunted by the upper echelons of humanity, as their mysterious link regarding the Titans and the Walls comes to light. For those who want bloody action, you’ve got it in spades. For those intrigued by the detective aspect introduced in the previous series, it’s here in abundance. And for those who just want to watch Levi kick a little booty…well that’s here too. Special mention to Historia for somehow managing to steal the entire show in the space of a single episode!

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#1: “Devilman Crybaby” (2018)

Unforgiving, haunting and drenched in every taboo theme imaginable, Go Nagai’s classic property found itself given new life via Masaaki Yuasa, and as a result captivated a whole new generation with its portrayal of human depravity. After being turned into a demon hybrid, Akira struggles to balance his dark urges, while trying to save his loved ones from the invading forces of hell, all the while humanity slowly starts to lose themselves and slip into savagery. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll feel part of your soul die after watching it, but we couldn’t be more thankful for the experience… It’s one of those shows that might just change you.

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Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Best Anime Girls 2018.

Top 5 Darkest Moments in Superhero Comics

Lies, Injustice and Grimdark

The superhero hype trains shows no sign of stopping, and while things have certainly gotten brighter and more lighthearted thanks to the likes of Aquaman, it probably won’t be that long before we end up seeing these rather infamous scenes on the big screen.

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#5: Green Lantern Finds His Girlfriend Stuffed in the Fridge

The phrase “Woman in Refrigerators” or “Fridging” refers to romantic partners injected into a story solely to be killed off as a means of providing the protagonist with motivation. Lasting less than ten issues, Alexandra DeWitt was Kyle Rayner’s girlfriend before the Green Lantern power ring fell into the guy’s lap, but the photographer is mostly remembered for being strangled to death by Major Force and stuffed in a refrigerator. After taking care of some thugs, Green Lantern returns home to find Alex on ice, and this incident helps mature Kyle into a better superhero.

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#4: The Death of Jason Todd

Unsure whether to ax off a character or not? Thankfully, democracy was created exactly for this type of situation. Bringing an end to Jason Todd’s run as Robin, “A Death in the Family” is among Batman’s most famous storylines, and DC carried out a ballot to decide if the Caped Crusader’s sidekick should survive to fight another day. A highly unpopular character at the time, fans voted in favor of Todd’s demise, leading to the Joker senselessly bashing the hero with a crowbar. Just to guarantee the mission was a success, the villain also blew up the building.

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#3: Joker Tricks Superman Into Killing a Pregnant Lois

If there is one villain crazy enough to break Superman’s spirit, the Joker would have to be it. Set five-years prior to the events of DC’s fighting game with the same name, “Injustice” chronicles Superman’s transformation from benevolent guardian to tyrannical overlord. Joker kidnaps a pregnant Lois and, using a variant of Scarecrow’s fear gas, tricks Superman into mistaking Lois for Doomsday. In a fit of rage and, ironically, trying to protect Joker and Harley from the monster; Superman flies Doomsday into space. Eventually, the gas wears off and Clark learns the truth.

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#2: Logan Tricked Into Killing the X-Men

“Old Man Logan” bounces from one deranged and heartbreaking moment to the next, but Wolverine’s darkest hour precedes the present day storyline by decades. Back in the day, dozens of supervillains suddenly attacked the X-Mansion, forcing Logan to go on a rampage to protect the students. Once the attackers were all killed, Mysterio revealed this to be nothing more than an illusion, and Wolverine had actually slaughtered the other X-Men. These panels clearly illustrate the corpses of the fallen heroes. Due to the X-Men being taken out, the United States was effectively conquered by the supervillains. 

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#1: The Killing Joke

Yes, all of Alan Moore’s graphic novel. The definitive Joker and Batman comic, Moore’s one-shot sees Batgirl crippled and possibly raped by the clown prince of Gotham, while Commissioner Gordon is stripped naked and forced to watch the carnage. These vile acts are intercut with a sympathetic flashback outlining the Joker’s origin story, but this contrast only makes the villain’s actions all that more repulsive. A highly influential comic, Moore’s own opinion on “The Killing Joke” has worsened with age, with the author believing the story was too nasty and regrets popularizing a trend were superheroes have to be brooding psychopaths.

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Top 5 Movies You Thought Would Suck In 2018

Well, That Was a Pleasant Surprise!

While this year certainly had its fair share of disastrous cinematic outings, there were a few unexpected diamond sin the rough. While from the outset these films looked like they would be dead on arrival, they somehow managed to win us over by the time the credits started rolling!

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#5: “Mandy” (2018)

There was a time when Nicolas Cage was one of Hollywood’s most esteemed actors, even winning an Academy Award. His over-the-top acting eventually veered into self-parody territory, but even then, we were always on board for a classic Cage freak-out. In recent years, however, Cage has been mostly phoning it in, giving retrained performances in awful movies that don’t even fall into the “so bad, it’s good” category. Although we anticipated more of the same with “Mandy,” this gritty Sundance favorite was a return to form for Cage, who turned in his most magnetic and badass performance in eons. It’s also a major breakthrough for director Panos Cosmatos, who’s made an instant cult classic.

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#4: “Blockers” (2018)

Another comedy that proved funnier than the previews suggested, “Blockers” looked like an “American Pie” retread, with the focus on teenage girls trying to lose their virginities rather than teenage boys. Much to our delight, however, audiences were treated to an often uproarious and even insightful film with meaningful themes. Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz are terrific as a trio of concerned parents who go to extreme lengths to prevent their daughters from going through with their pledge. Everyone walks away from the experience a wiser person, as the parents learn to let go and the kids all come to individual realizations about their own sexualities. 

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#3: “A Star Is Born” (2018)

This remake of the 1937 classic appeared destined to crash and burn. Bradley Cooper has great range as an actor, but he had yet to prove his abilities as a director or singer. Lady Gaga has a few acting credits to her name, but most of her past roles have delved into sheer camp. On top of all that, we’ve seen this story retold multiple times now and it’s not like another had to exist. Against all the odds, though, this modern interpretation was an enthralling, heartbreaking, and beautifully acted masterstroke with one of the past decade’s most replayable soundtracks. Whether or not this goes down as the definitive version, award buzz is certainly circulating.

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#2: “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” (2018)

We’ve all heard the criticisms directed at “Teen Titans Go!”: its humor is immature, its lessons are negative for children, it’s inferior to the OG series, etc. When it was announced that the Cartoon Network show would receive a theatrical film, the haters were ready to rip it a new one. Who would’ve thought that “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” would actually be a clever parody of the superhero genre? What’s especially refreshing is how the film unapologetically pokes fun at DC’s overly familiar tropes and even the company’s failures, most notably 2011’s “Green Lantern.” It might not be “Incredibles 2,” but it does strike just the right balance of smart, stupid, and silly.

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#1: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (2018)

Whether you loved or hated the original “Mamma Mia!,” the ship for a sequel had seemingly sailed a long time ago. Aside from being a decade late, this sequel downsized Meryl Streep from a leading lady to essentially a glorified cameo. Plus, musical sequels have a reputation for being notoriously bad, from “Funny Lady” to “Grease 2.” We really didn’t expect “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” to be the movie that broke the mold, but critics and audiences were charmed by the film’s upbeat cast, sincere story, and infectious use of ABBA’s greatest hits. Becoming a box office smash and earning even better reviews than its predecessor, we guess the winner takes it all.

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Top 5 Strangest Disney Theories

Goodbye Childhood…

There’s a fan theory about everything these days, with Disney films being no exception. That being said, it’s quite shocking to see some of the darkest conspiracies stem from what are supposed to be cinematic bundles of joy. That’s the internet for you.

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Is Bambi’s mother up there?

#5: The Prince Is Death
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) 

And here we are go with the death stuff. Either Disney fans are some truly dour people, or Disney loves them some cryptic metaphors. This theory suggests that Snow White’s Prince is the personification of death. You see, the apple that the Queen gave Snow worked a little too well and killed her. The Prince, aka the Grim Reaper, appears and kisses her, awakening her to take her away to the afterlife. Snow is then given a moment to say goodbye to the dwarfs before departing. And what do they depart on? A white horse, an obvious reference to the Biblical pale horse and its rider, Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. 

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#4: Dopey & Geppetto Are the Same Person
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) & “Pinocchio” (1940) 

You may think that Dopey was just another dwarf, but what if he was actually a young Geppetto? First argument: appearances. There’s no denying that the two look alike, from the wide, oval eyes to the big ears to the bulbous, red clown nose. The two also share similar personality traits, such as their clumsiness and agitation. Then there’s the fact that Dopey doesn’t talk – he’s simply too young for speech. It’s possible that the dwarves took in a child, mistaking it for one of their own, and subsequently gave Geppetto the boot when he got older. He moved to Italy, became a woodworker, and the rest is history.

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#3: Ariel’s Mother Was Killed by Captain Hook
“The Little Mermaid” (1989) & “Peter Pan” (1953) 

This one is strange, but damn if there isn’t a lot of evidence to back it up. One of the mermaids in Never Land looks an awful lot like Ariel, complete with the signature red hair. In the prequel to “The Little Mermaid,” “Ariel’s Beginning,” it’s established that Ariel’s mother was killed by pirates. Captain Hook, a pirate, hates mermaids. And Triton hates humans, obviously due to a human (Captain Hook) murdering his wife. If we’re to believe the “Never Land equals the afterlife” theory, then it’s obvious that Ariel’s mother is there and is still being terrorized by her murderer. Now that is one unfortunate afterlife.

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#2: Chip Is Beast’s Illegitimate Son
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991) 

“Beauty and the Beast” contains some of Disney’s most timeless characters, including the adorable mother-son tea set Mrs. Potts and Chip. But what if Chip isn’t Mrs. Potts’s son? After all, Mrs. Potts seems far too old to have a child that age. And she clearly did not give birth as a teapot. According to one version of this theory, the Prince was seduced by and impregnated the Enchantress, and when the child was hidden away for being illegitimate, the Enchantress cursed the castle and everyone in it, including her own son. Mrs. Potts simply raised him as her own because she’s the sweet, old maternal type who doesn’t want a kid to grow up without a mother.

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#1: Boo Grew Up to Be a Witch
“Monsters, Inc.” (2001) & “Brave” (2012) 

The ending to “Monsters, Inc.” is perfect. But what if there is A LOT more to Boo’s story? This incredibly strange and convoluted theory states that Boo eventually lost contact with Sully and somehow traveled back in time to visit the will-o’-the-wisps, the source of dimension-hopping energy or… something. She is now trying in vain to cultivate this magic so she can create time and dimension-hopping doorways in an attempt to find Sulley and Monstropolis. If you look closely, you can even see a carving of Sully in The Witch’s woodshop in “Brave”, which is a clear dedication to her old friend. This theory is seriously convoluted, but hey, it’s all in good fun.

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