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.

Kick-Ass Reboot and Kingsman Universe Confirmed

Thanks to an exclusive report by Empire Magazine it has been confirmed that lauded director and film-maker Matthew Vaughn will be turning production company Marv into Marv Studios.

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Speaking to Empire, Vaughn confirmed that the studio would focus on rebooting the much-loved Kick-Ass franchise. Saying: “We’re going to reboot Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl…Look what Mark Millar is doing with the comic for clues.”

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Hollywood And The Trailer Conundrum

The final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dropped yesterday, and I’m still angry about how much of the story it gave away.

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It’s not a new phenomena for feature film trailers to give away too much of the story, and in essence spoil their own plot threads. But yesterday the third and final trailer for Fallen Kingdom proved to be perhaps the most egregious example of a film studio giving away far too much since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually showed the final shot of the movie in a trailer.

There’s an obvious argument for why studios do this, at the end of the day they’re a business and their job and the role of the marketing department is to get people into the cinema. But that shouldn’t come at the cost of the cinematic experience you take part in once you’re there.

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Spotlight: Avengers Infinity War

Welcome back to the Spotlight series, where we will take an in depth look at either an upcoming film, video game or novel. Detailing everything there is to know about the upcoming release and our own personal thoughts. Our second entry in the series is going to look at upcoming Marvel movie Avengers: Infinity War.

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Back in 2008 cinema goers witnessed the beginning of something that would transcend all film media that had come before it. The beginning of the “Marvel Cinema Universe” as Studio chief Kevin Feige (Later referred to as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU) phrased it. Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau, saw the world introduced to Earth-199999 an on-screen continuity that would set out to combine Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a series of feature films across a number of years. With the aim being to bring them all together in a future crossover event.

From there the rest is history, at some point prior to the release of The Avengers Marvel put together a 3-Phase plan that would culminate in the largest crossover story in cinematic history. We’re now 10 years on from the first Iron Man film and we’re at long last about to witness the first installment of that story.

Avengers: Infinity War marks the beginning of the end for Phase 3 in the MCU, and regardless of the history making series that has come before it, and shall undoubtedly carry on afterwards, the film itself is worthy of applause.

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Counts have varied, but as of right now it appears as though the film together over 70 characters from across the franchise. Rather than relying on series stalwarts such as Iron ManThor and Captain America this film will up the stakes like no film has done before, placing emphasis on the need for every hero available to be present in order to combat the villain of the piece, Thanos. The pressure that this feat will have placed not only on the directors, but also the writers and crew involved with the movie’s production would be astronomical. These aren’t just throw away characters or cameos, but instead fully fleshed out key pieces of an ensemble, who the audience will be expecting to see in balanced roles throughout the movie. Of course some will take more a center stage over others, and the roles may then be reversed when the final movie of Marvel’s initial 3 phases comes about, Avengers 4; but from the trailers alone we have already seen the likes of Iron Man, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Vision and Thor being thrust into the spotlight. Combine this with the need for the Russo Brothers to tell an effective “origin story” for Thanos and the feature film starts to look like someone having to balance 70 plates at once, rather than the usual 1 to 10.

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The world premier for Infinity War will take place in Los Angeles on April 23rd 2018, with the theatrical release of the film then taking place sporadically over the next few days, with the final release date being the 11th May 2018 when the film will be released in China. You can find the release date for your country here.

In an uncommon move for a movie of this magnitude, Marvel won’t be running any press junkets prior to the movie’s premier on the 23rd. In fact the directors have gone as far as to post a Tweet which specifically stated that #ThanosDemandsYourSilence and begged for audiences not to spoil the film once they had seen it, stating that the film’s true plot had not yet been revealed.

Lastly, the Russo Brothers and Kevin Feige have been bridging questions about the still untitled Avengers 4, revealing that the title has been kept under wraps because it will spoil the events of Infinity War and that the title once revealed should scare fans of the franchise.

Let us know Marvel fans, how excited are you for the release of Infinity War? And don’t try and pretend like you’re not.