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All Black Mirror Episodes Ranked (UPDATED for Season Five)

Note: this article is updated from an article originally published on Jan. 2, 2018.

Black Mirror is one of the highest rated, most buzzed about shows on Netflix. If you haven’t heard about it by now, you likely don’t have an internet connection…which is to say, you’re not reading this right now…nevermind.

With season five having dropped today, it seems as good a time as any to rank the 23 episodes of the show, from worst to best.

For an episode-by-episode review of season four, click here. For season five, click here.

 

23. Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

Taking the often recycled Black Mirror concept of Continue reading All Black Mirror Episodes Ranked (UPDATED for Season Five)

2019 Summer Movie Wager – Box Office Predictions

After intense debating on the /Filmcast, it was decided that Avengers: Endgame is to be included in the annual Summer Movie Wager, a game of box office predictions, in spite of Endgame not technically being released within the Summer movie season (which is arbitrarily defined on Box Office Mojo as the first weekend of May through Labor Day weekend).

That said, the number one spot in the competition is all-but sealed up. Endgame is set to, at the very least, match Infinity War in sales. So barring some failure in storytelling that tanks the word of mouth on the film, it will take the top line.

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For those unfamiliar with the Summer Movie Wager, it is a competition in which players pick the top 10 highest grossing films of the Summer season, plus three “dark horse” predictions. Here are the official scoring rules, as per the /Filmcast: Continue reading 2019 Summer Movie Wager – Box Office Predictions

The 16 Worst Movies of 2018

It is never fun to sling mud. Sure, it can be viscerally satisfying, especially when a film is particularly insulting to the intelligence. But no critic goes into a movie wanting to hate it (at least, no critic ought to do that). I don’t enjoy having to write a worst of the year list.

“Why do it, then?” you may ask. Well, it is one thing to try and be positive about movies. It is another thing to pay good money for a movie that makes you regret it. For some of these movies, my money went into their box office grosses, and it is important to remedy that fact by keeping studios accountable and steering people away from these unsatisfactory films.

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Dishonorable mentions: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Gringo; Game Over, Man; Action Point; Mute; Fifty Shades Freed Continue reading The 16 Worst Movies of 2018

Top 25 Best Movies of 2018

The arduous task of movie list-making has never been my forte. I am too prone to adjusting my opinions and tweaking grades up or down a half-letter grade. Most years, I shuffle my list around until a breaking point is reached and I publish impulsively.

This year is no different. With almost 200 films from 2018 in my head, it is difficult to narrow it down to 25. It is harder to take those 25 and rank them in any meaningful way. Each film in my top five could be number one. There are films in my top 50 that could have moved into the top 25 (for now, Avengers: Infinity War is at the 50-spot, and that was an enjoyable film which I saw twice in the theater). It pains me a little to not be able to give a blurb to Sorry to Bother You, which narrowly missed the top 25.

Long story short, 2018 was a very good year in film. I may not have seen a standout, A+ film. But I witnessed many, many A-/B+ films.

The following 25 films are, as of this writing, my favorite of the year. But there are many other noteworthy films out there. You can see my full ranking of 2018 films (subject to continual change) at Letterboxd.

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Honorable Mentions: Sorry to Bother You, Shirkers, Roma, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Won’t You Be My Neighbor Continue reading Top 25 Best Movies of 2018

The 10 Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

2018 is halfway over (more or less). That means it is time to take stock of the films that have come and gone.

Six months is a long time, and many films have reached audiences. It is impossible for me to see everything. But of the 75 movies I’ve seen from calendar year 2018 (based on US release dates), these are my top 10.

Honorable mentions: The Endless, Isle of Dogs, You Were Never Really Here, Annihilation, The Death of Stalin, Tully, Blockers.

 

10. Black Panther

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As consistently successful as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been, it is hard to deny that they Continue reading The 10 Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

2018 Summer Box Office Predictions

Every year, I like playing a little game of Summer box office predictions. The rules are simple (and the game is played officially at Trivia Club and /Film, if you’re interested): Pick which 10 films, and three dark horse candidates, that you think will gross the most money domestically during the Summer movie season.

This year, the game’s outlets are shifting their definition of what the Summer movie season is in order to include Avengers: Infinity War. Avengers was initially slated for release on the first weekend of May, but Disney pushed its release up a week.

For the sake of this article, I’m just going to keep the traditional definition of Summer movie season, which is the first weekend of May to Labor Day weekend. It kind of makes the predicting harder, given that Avengers is almost certainly going to be the highest grossing movie of the year, and if the film were included in this competition it would be number one with a bullet.

All the same, this year’s crop of Summer movies is pretty strange from a box office standpoint.

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The Top Ten: Continue reading 2018 Summer Box Office Predictions

All 19 Black Mirror Episodes Ranked

Black Mirror is one of the highest rated, most buzzed about shows on Netflix. If you haven’t heard about it by now, you likely don’t have an internet connection…which is to say, you’re not reading this right now…nevermind.

With season four having recently dropped, it seems as good a time as any to rank the 19 episodes of the show, from worst to best.

For an episode-by-episode review of season four, click here.

 

19. Men Against Fire

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“Men Against Fire” has an interesting (if not predictable) arc for its protagonist, but the episode also contains very obvious Continue reading All 19 Black Mirror Episodes Ranked