Top 5 Films of 2018 So Far

We’re halfway through 2018 and that seems like more than a good enough excuse to look back over the year so far and pick out our favourite big screen movies.

If you ask us again in another six months time not only will the placing of some of these films in the Top 5 have been swapped (Because some of them are too close to call), but I have no doubt that some will have dropped off the list entirely. So with that in mind, remember that this is only opinions and that things will change.

Number 5: The Incredibles 2
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Whilst it never quite hit the heights of the first film, the hotly-anticipated sequel was certainly worth the wait. Hitting all the right tones of family, classic superhero action, comedy and emotion The Incredibles 2 was a welcome film in what is very much a saturated Superhero market.

Number 4: Deadpool 2
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Another sequel that perhaps didn’t live up to the hype of the first film, but by no means should you let that detract from the fact that this is a great movie with or without the first installment. Like The Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2 brings something new to the superhero genre and that’s probably why I rank it above the likes of Black Panther which I opted to leave out of my Top 5.

Number 3: Love, Simon
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A very different kind of film now compared to the first two in the list and one that I think went highly underrated during its run in cinemas. Love, Simon is a film about diversity when approached in the right way and from the acting, to the directing and storytelling it deserves all the plaudits in the world.

Number 2: Avengers: Infinity War
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If I’m being completely honest the top 2 were pretty interchangeable for me, they are both marvels of cinematic mastery. Avengers: Infinity War is nearly 20 films worth of cinema all culminating in one fantastic big-screen adventure. Nothing can be taken away from what the Russo Brothers have achieved and this will without a doubt be one of those films which is talked about in a few decades time by students at University. Balancing over 60 characters whilst delivering a comprehensible and well balanced superhero film that not only felt different, but the same for all the right reasons. Featuring one of the best movie villains for years and action set-pieces which rival some of the best, Infinity War is an outstanding piece of cinema and will without a doubt be in the Top 5 at the end of the year. But despite all that, I think there’s one film which did something just that little bit more special…

Number 1: A Quiet Place
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John Krasinkski’s passion project is a simple piece of cinematic perfection and history. Whereas Infinity War deserves to be upheld for decades to come, it would be an actual injustice to the film industry if A Quiet Place isn’t. This film needs to be up for every Oscar imaginable come Award Season, and here at WeAreNiche we will be fighting that corner. John Krasinski, Emily BluntMillicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are all oustanding in this film, and the wonder which is achieved through the sound editing and mixing is like something never before seen in the film industry. This is the epitome of horror films and I think it will be a long time before something knocks it off its perch (Maybe the sequel?…). I struggle to see anything besting this film over the course of 2018, but hey that’s not a bad thing.

So what did you think of our list? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @weareniche and let us know which films would make it into your top 5. Perhaps you’d opt for Black Panther? Or maybe you were one of those people who really enjoyed Solo: A Star Wars Story, let us know.

Review: Deadpool 2

Director: David Leitch
Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds
Starring: Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin

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Following on from the astronomical success of the first Deadpool movie many would have not been surprised if 20th Century Fox panicked and did a complete re-hash of the first. Whilst there are certainly similarities in Deadpool 2 to the first movie – the crass humour which is reliant on 4th wall breaking knowledge, the self deprivation and the over-the-top violence – but the sequel does more than enough to significantly differentiate itself from the first also.

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New York Toy Fair: Funko Pop Announcements

If, like me, you’re a fan of the Funko Pop toy line then you’ll probably get excited by the prospects of the New York Toy Fair. Week never fear because I’m here to fill you in on everything that was announced!

With franchises as diverse as the Rugrats, WWE and Marvel, the Funko Pop toy line has taken the world by storm over the last decade and every year the fan favourite company takes centre stage at the New York Toy Fair to announce a whole host of new entries into the range.

This year was no different and Funko dominated social media throughout the day as they drip fed a steady stream of new Funko’s (And other products) for people to get excited about. With products coming from franchises such as Jurassic World, Marvel, MLB, Nickelodeon, Game of Thrones, Ready Player One, WWE, IT and Overwatch the lineup certainly has something for everyone.

The full range of announced Pops can be found in our coverage video below.

Our personal favourites from the new range of Pops announced were the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trio and the Moana collection.