This year has been a wonderful year for cinema! Having watched ninety new films in 2018, it was too difficult to come up with a Top 10 as done in 2017. Therefore, it was decided to do a Top 20 of 2018. However, while those films were selected and will be posted in the next post, WFG is introducing first these films that come close to making the Top 20 and therefore, are considered honorable mentions!
DISCLAIMER: This list is based solely on the opinion of World Film Geek.
Here are World Film Geek’s Honorable Mentions of 2018:
Jinn (Nijla Mu’min): A powerful tale meshing coming of age with religion with a young teen coming to grips with her mother’s choice of religion, forcing her into deciding what’s best for her. Zoe Renee and Simone Missick churn out wonderful performances as daughter and mother in this drama.
Housewife (Cam Evrenol): A young married woman, haunted by a childhood tragedy, finds herself under the spell of a very charismatic cult leader. Clementine Poidatz is great as the titular housewife but it is David Sakurai’s cult leader that gains the upper hand bringing out a performance that melds the fantastic with the very creepy with one of the most insane finales in horror films today.
Five Fingers for Marseilles (Michael Matthews): After a self-imposed 20-year exile, a South African man returns to his hometown to find that things have gotten worse due to not only the one-time racism that plagued his village, but now corruption has added to the mix. Wanting to live a peaceful life, the man must go to great lengths and unleash some fury to make his village safe again. A great performance from the cast and story adds to the flourishing industry of South African cinema.
Bleach (Shinsuke Sato): A surprise hit, this live action adaptation features Sota Fukushi as lead character Ichigo Kusakari, a high schooler who sees ghosts and finds his destiny to become a Soul Reaper when his family is threatened. Under the tutelage of the woman who gave him his powers, they find themselves under constant threat by not only the monsters known as the Hollows, but the woman’s brother, who is a top Reaper intent on keeping the code intact. Hana Sugisaki reunites with Fukushi after another live action adaptation, Blade of the Immortal, with Taichi Saotome giving an OTT performance as a fellow Reaper with pop star/actor MIYAVI as Sugisaki’s brother. Greaet FX, great action for a live action version of a beloved manga.
Deadpool 2 (David Leitch): Ryan Reynolds returns to the signature role of Wade Wilson, who now reeling from the loss of a loved one, finds himself attempting to protect a young mutant named Russell when Cable, a mutant from the future, comes to the present to kill Russell. Josh Brolin and Julian Dennison are great as is Zazie Beetz as the very lucky Domino. The film also begins a set up for the future X-Force movie.
Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece (Alexander Wraith): A funny as hell homage to 1970’s urban action films, Sean Stone plays “The Fist” a former adult star and martial arts expert whose legendary “golden fleece” goes missing. With the help of some friends, he intends to get it back by taking on some over the top villains such as the Joker-esque Superboss and Tiny Lister’s Superfly. The film has some pretty fun action courtesy of director Wraith, as the Tony Montana-inspired El Guapo and Bianca Van Damme, the daughter of legendary action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who does a great helicopter kick in one scene. Also, look out for homage to one of the funniest death scenes in the history of films!
Super Troopers 2 (Jay Chandrasekhar): Was sixteen years worth the wait? Heck yeah it was! The Broken Lizard gang return with the much anticipated sequel to the 2002 indie comedy hit as they go to war with Canadian mounties over a small town that borders the U.S. and Canada. The hilarious antics are still there and do not die out, especially when the Highway Patrol pose as the mounties to cause all sorts of trouble. Here’s waiting to see how Super Troopers 3 is on the way!
Maximum Impact (Andrzej Bartrowiak): Alexander Nevsky is a filmmaker you either love or hate. He has fun making films and his latest film, written by Rush Hour creator Ross LaManna, is a fun action film involving Russian and U.S. agents teaming up to stop a former TV star from kidnapping the granddaughter of the U.S. Secretary of State. Mark Dacascos hams it up in a good way as the villain with Matthias Hues as his partner while Nevsky joins Kelly Hu as the good guys. Nevsky seems to improve with each new film in his repertoire and this one holds out as one of the very good ones.
The Marine 6: Close Quarters (James Nunn): The latest installment in WWE Studios’ iconic franchise brings back Mike “The Miz” Mizanin as Jake Carter, who is now in Portland, helping his former commanding officer Luke Trapper, played by legend Shawn Michaels. There, they must rescue a kidnapped girl from a gang led by current superstar Becky Lynch and Boyke: Undisputed villain Martyn Ford. Tim Man was brought onboard to choreograph the action and makes the WWE stars look great. The film also includes one of the most shocking twists in the entire franchise that comes out of left field.
Trench 11 (Leo Scherman): When it comes to war and horror films, most would think of World War II. However, director Scherman offers something different to the table with setting this film during the near end of World War I. A band of soldiers from the U.S. and U.K., along with a Canadian-born tunneler, find an apparently abandoned German bunker and find a parasite that induces rage within its victim. Some shocking twists abound in the film that help drive the film along with some great performances by Rossif Sutherland as the tunneler who must fight his own demons to fight the demons within the bunker.
Glass Jaw (Jeff Celentano): An embittered boxer, reeling from the accidental death of a close friend, goes on a road to redemption and confronts his past when his father re-appears in his life. A pretty good indie drama driven by the lead performance of Lee Kholafai as the boxer who attempts to redeem himself and those close to him, even if he must face his former friend in the ring for the championship.
All the Creatures Were Stirring (David Ian McKendry and Rebekah McKendry): This anthology of Christmas terror tales is something one can relate to. Set around a Christmas Eve date where the couple are set to go to a stage show, we are treated to a group of stories including a horrific office party, a last minute shopper who gets stranded, a modern day Christmas Carol, a man who finds himself haunted be a vengeful spirit, and a final story that offers a hell of a twist!
Check back to WFG at today at 12PM EST to see the final list for this year’s Top 20 Films! These films came close, but if I were to make a Top 40, these would be part of that overall list!