Yes, it’s already March of 2019, and no, I haven’t finished watching all of the movies I intend to for the year, but I usually have a lot more movies on my to-watch list when I write my annual DEMMY Awards, and I’ve been dying to write this year’s awards.

MOST ENJOYABLE MOVIE OF 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Avengers: Infinity War | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Ready Player One | Upgrade

This category is determined by the ENTERTAINMENT category in my scoring spreadsheet, which covers how rewatchable a movie is, how much of a good time you have while watching, if you have any impulse to buy it, own it, or talk about it, and if there’s enough happening on screen that makes it really difficult to find a place to pause, and you definitely can’t walk away from. These are all things you need to consider with this category, and out of all of the 2018 films I saw in the year, only one got perfect marks here – and that was Avengers: Infinity War. No matter how many technical issues it may or may not have, I can’t ignore how impressive the film is with its enjoyment levels.

Least enjoyable movie: Dark Crimes

MOST SURPRISINGLY-GOOD MOVIE OF 2018

Upgrade

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Bad Times at the El Royale | Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Ready Player One | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse | Upgrade

When you think of surprisingly-good, you should think of something that you either had low-expectations of from the get go, or no expectations at all, and then watching the movie makes you say…woah! Where’d that even come from!? The movie that defines most surprisingly-good film for this year is undoubtedly Upgrade. Not only did this film have little to no real marketing associated with it, but the overall quality of the film immediately feels independent, almost fake grunge. Yet, once it explodes, it never stops, and you will be shocked with how great this movie is overall.

MOST DISAPPOINTING MOVIE OF 2018

The Strangers: Prey at Night

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
The Cloverfield Paradox | Mary Poppins Returns | Ocean’s Eight | Solo: A Star Wars Story | The Strangers: Prey at Night

So, how does one define disappointment, really? You take the expectation you have for a movie, be it expectations you can or cannot help having, and whats given to you is significantly lower than that expectation. The film that “wins” here is a sequel to a movie I really enjoyed a few years back, and that is, the sequel to The Strangers: Prey at Night. I thought the first film was one of the creepier films I’ve seen, and it really doesn’t take a lot for it to keep that level of creepiness, yet somehow, it failed to do that and felt more or less like a typical slasher thriller.

BEST ADAPTATION OF 2018

Ready Player One

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Black Panther | The Girl in the Spider’s Web | Love, Simon | Ready Player One | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

What’s in an “adaptation”? It could be anything, it could be something based on a book, a comic, a short story, and in some strange cases, self help books and even magazine articles. That being said, an adaptation is an adaptation. Out of all of the adaptations this year, one movie stuck out. This winner not only scored the highest score any adaptation got, it’s also the only adapted film that made me want to go back and read the original book, and that was Ready Player One. Plus, the movie stayed pretty close to the source material, even though there were clear difference in sequences, but they both had the same spirit and tone, which makes it that much better.

Worst Adaptation: Dark Crimes

BEST SEQUEL OF 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Ant-Man and the Wasp | Avengers: Infinity War | Deadpool 2 | Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Whenever I look at a sequel specifically, I look at two things. Firstly, I look at if it is even a movie that is deserving of a sequel. Are people demanding its existence, or is it more of a “money-grabber”? The second thing I ask is if the sequel actually adds anything new or if it’s basically just the same thing again…which too many movies end up doing, regardless. The winner of this category is easily Avengers: Infinity War, as it passes the test in both regards. The MCU as a whole is something people may never stop asking for more of, it’s a cinematic masterpiece in a lot of ways, and the more Avengers movies that exist, the bigger they get, so it was always something people demanded to see, and the boldness in its direction is definitely the newly added element.

Worst Sequel: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

BEST ACTION FILM OF 2018

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Avengers: Infinity War | Black Panther | Deadpool 2 | Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Bing, bang, boom! How would you define a perfect example of great action? Would it be all the craziness found in a Marvel film? Maybe. Personally, I think great action is a combination of a few things, and the more you can do it without improvising with CGI, the better. That’s why I am awarding Mission: Impossible – Fallout with this award. At least in the latter half of the series, Mission: Impossible has managed to stand on top of other action films like it due to how realistic things actually are behind the scenes. Tom Cruise does his own stunts, sure, but the stunts are authentic when they never really need to be, which shows true devotion to the craft. There is no movie that deserves this award more. It certainly helps that this movie feels bigger than the others, too.

Worst Action Film: The Meg

BEST ANIMATED FILM OF 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Incredibles 2 | Ralph Breaks the Internet | Smallfoot | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

For the longest time, I’ve had issues distinguishing how to say how an animated film was better than the last, especially when it came to visuals and direction. Anything that isn’t dealt using a physical camera can be a little confusing in regards to how things are done, but if you stop thinking so much and look at it like any other movie, you’ll start to see when things are actually exceptionally well done. Take the winner, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, for example. There was such a unique artistic design behind the film that it stood out against any other animated film, plus it’s really funny, had a great narrative structure, and in general, let a Spider-Man audience fall in love with someone who isn’t even Peter Parker, making it unique and original. This guy deserved the win.

Worst Animated Film: Peter Rabbit

BEST TRUE STORY FILM OF 2018

BlacKkKlansman

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Beautiful Boy | BlacKkKlansman | Bohemian Rhapsody | Can You Ever Forgive Me? | First Man | Tag

Funny enough, I’m not a big fan of true story films, at least when it comes to my personal enjoyment of film, but at the same time, biographical films won for best overall genre of the year, which basically just means that each of these films were consistently pretty good without any real balance of bad biopic films, but biopic isn’t the only true story…though, it does cover most of them. The winner of this category isn’t always referred to as a true story, yet it is. BlacKkKlansman is an example of a true story that doesn’t always follow the rules other true story films set out. It gives the characters a goal that they run into obstacles with, and here’s something nice about it…it’s not even boring! If you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out.

Worst True Story Film: Crazy Rich Asians

BEST DRAMA FILM OF 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
BlacKkKlansman | Bohemian Rhapsody | Love, Simon | First Man

It’s time to get serious, friends. Let us bust out the emotional expectations for the year and figure out which film did the best job at telling a dramatic and emotional tale. This year, I decided it was Bohemian Rhapsody, which told the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, which in general, is pretty interesting, but the emotional performances are that much stronger because Freddie was such a strange person, and Rami Malek had to repeat certain mannerisms that had to be difficult while trying to seriously act. So, drama wins here.

Worst Drama Film: God Bless the Broken Road

BEST DRAMEDY FILM OF 2018

Love, Simon

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Bad Times at the El Royale | Can You Ever Forgive Me? | Love, Simon | Time Freak

A new category is here – and that is…Best Dramedy…but why? A dramedy is a genre that’s not quite a pure drama or comedy, it’s somewhere in-between, and as such, deserves it’s own place. There are other genres like it that deserve to be approached, especially horror comedies, and if I saw enough of those, I would have also created a category for that, but I only saw one horror comedy in the year, which obviously isn’t a selection. That being said, I did see quite a few dramedies this year, and one stood out for being fun and emotional all at once, and that was Love, Simon.

Worst Dramedy Film: A Simple Favor

BEST PURE COMEDY OF 2018

Blockers

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Blockers | The Package | The Spy Who Dumped Me | Tag

What in the world is a pure comedy? Simple. It’s a comedy where comedy is the main ingredient of the film and not simply a flavor of the film. What does that mean specifically? It means a Marvel movie can’t immediately win every year because they are funny and score highly. Instead, I’m looking at movies that are made to BE a comedy and little else. This allows smaller films to get awarded for what they are trying to do more so than other films that just so happen to be funny at the same time. The winner here is Blockers because even though it still has a pretty modern look at comedy, it also had a genuine heart and plot that everyone is trying to get towards that is different at first, but collides as the film progresses.

Worst Pure Comedy: Life of the Party

BEST MYSTERY FILM OF 2018

Searching

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Bad Times at the El Royale | The Girl in the Spider’s Web | Searching | A Simple Favor

Who doesn’t like a good mystery? I know when I read books, mystery and suspense are almost always my go-to books around. So, if you know a good deal, let me know! Anyway, when it comes to mystery, my main thing comes down to the protagonist’s main goal of discovering the answer to his or her main mystery question. This year, the winner of best mystery film goes to Searching. This film not only had a insatiable mystery, but it took on the mystery with the subgenre of completely taking place on a computer screen…but even from a cinematography standpoint, the use of the computer screen was some of the best and most unique in recent history.

Worst Mystery Film: Slender Man

BEST ROMANCE FILM OF 2018

Love, Simon

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
A Star is Born | Every Day | Love, Simon | Midnight Sun | When We First Met

It should first be noted that romance is overall, the lowest-rated genre of 2018. That’s because a lot of these movies don’t try very hard to be something special. They have one main goal, and that’s just be make two people fall in love, and maybe, give some audience members a moment of tearjerker bliss. If they don’t make it a great cinematic experience, so be it. That being said, there is one romance film that does a good job being real with its audience, having a good amount of heart, while having the genres of romance, drama, and comedy all rolled into one, and that is Love, Simon, a movie that was never really on my radar. I watched it randomly, and it was pretty decent. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Worst Romance Film: God Bless the Broken Road

BEST SCI-FI FILM OF 2018

Ready Player One

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Ant-Man & the Wasp | Black Panther | Ready Player One | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse | Upgrade

For some reason, science fiction is another genre that a lot of films claim. For example, every superhero movie is apparently science fiction. I mean, sure, maybe in a sense, but that’s not how I define the genre. I define it as fictional science, mostly where technology plays a part of the plot, and while I want to immediately call space movies science fiction, that’s not entirely true either…unless fictional science is occurring in space, too. This year, the award for best science fiction film goes to Ready Player One, which is a movie that actually almost won best picture for me, but didn’t quite make it.

Worst Sci-Fi Movie: The Beyond

BEST THRILLER FILM OF 2018

A Quiet Place

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
A Quiet Place | Bad Times at the El Royale | The Girl in the Spider’s Web | Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Searching | Upgrade

Thrillers can be made a number of ways, which is why they are deserving of a category. They are also a personal favorite of mine. The only thing they really need to do, apart from basic film-making obstacles, is to thrill the audience, and a really good film that deserves this win specifically, is none other than A Quiet Place, that movie is tense and has such a unique voice, ironically speaking.

Worst Thriller Film: Dark Crimes

BEST HORROR FILM OF 2018

Hereditary

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
A Quiet Place | Annihilation | Halloween | Hereditary | Upgrade

Horror, like Comedy, is an incredibly subjective genre and means something different to every horror fan alike. Some people like gore and slashers, some people like paranormal things, monsters, jump scares, and some people like something more realistic and scary, like a home invasion scenario. Me, I’m more for a paranormal activity preference, and the less it actually shows you the better…but that is more of a bias. The winner of best horror film this year goes to Hereditary, which definitely found a lot of viewers in general, but it won because of its bold choices in film-making and direction.

Worst Horror Film: Slender Man

BEST CRIME FILM OF 2018

BlacKkKlansman

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Bad Times at the El Royale | BlacKkKlansman | Can You Ever Forgive Me? | Death Wish | The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Crime is another added category because I usually don’t even focus on the genre, but this year, I did. I used to look at crime as more of a subgenre, but it really is a main genre in more ways than I previously realized. So, in order to win this category, the nominees basically need crime to be a part of the main plot of the film. This year, the winner of best crime film is BlacKkKlansman.

Worst Crime Film: Dark Crimes

SUPERHERO OF THE YEAR

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Ant-Man | Aquaman | Black Panther | Deadpool | Spider-Man | Superman | Venom

While overall, Avengers: Infinity War had a higher score, that film isn’t really about one hero that can be considered MVP, but rather a team. The winner of this year’s Superhero-of-the-Year Award is SPIDER-MAN, who not only appeared in Infinity War, but also the winner of the best animated film of the year, Into the Spider-Verse…basically every version of the hero, at that. So good job, spidey.

MOST ANTICIPATED FILM OF 2019

Star Wars: Episode IX

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Avengers: Endgame | Captain Marvel | IT: Chapter Two | Lion King | Men in Black: International | Spider-Man: Far From Home Star Wars: Episode IX | Toy Story 4 | X-Men: Dark Phoenex

Every year, we take a look at what we want to see the most, and while there were a ton of films to choose from, it really just came down to two – Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Episode IX. The winner of this category came to the latter because this isn’t just any Star Wars film…this is the final film in the original saga. So, when it comes down to finality, this film is incredibly important to watch.

WORST PICTURE OF 2019

God Bless the Broken Road

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Dark Crimes | Freaky Friday | God Bless the Broken Road | The House with a Clock in its Walls | Slender Man

Before we even attempt to talk about the best film of the year, we’re talking about the worst, and what sucks is that this decision was actually difficult. The winner (or loser) of this category is God Bless the Broken Road. The reason why is mostly because not only is this movie boring and awful, but it is so awful that I made fun of it while live-tweeting. It is just, as a whole, stupid on so many levels. So, there you have it….Avoid it at all costs!

BEST PICTURE OF 2019

A Quiet Place

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
A Quiet Place | Avengers: Infinity War | Black Panther | Deadpool 2 | Mission: Impossible – Fallout | Ready Player One | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The best of the best overall is when every category mathematically adds up to the best possible score overall. To get to this point, the movie in question must do a fantastic job in the PEOPLE, WRITING, BTS, NARRATIVE ARC, ENTERTAINMENT, and SPECIALTY categories, proving the people making the movie could focus on more than just one area. The winner here is A Quiet Place, which…while not a perfect film, got pretty close to that description. I no longer have a score for best acting or directing, but John Krasinski may have won both here, as well.

PERFECT PEOPLE SCORES (100%):

  • A Quiet Place
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout

BEST WRITING SCORES (90%)

  • A Quiet Place
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • An Interview with God
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Blockers
  • Deadpool 2
  • Every Day
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Love, Simon
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Tag
  • Time Freak
  • Upgrade

PERFECT BTS SCORES (100%)

  • A Quiet Place
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Deadpool 2
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

PERFECT NARRATIVE STRUCTURE (100%)

  • A Star is Born
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Deadpool 2
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Freaky Friday
  • God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
  • Halloween
  • Hereditary
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Love, Simon
  • Mortal Engines
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rampage
  • Smallfoot
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Commuter
  • The Darkest Minds
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • The Strangers: Prey at Night
  • Tomb Raider
  • Truth or Dare
  • Upgrade
  • Venom
  • When We First Met

PERFECT ENTERTAINMENT SCORES (100%)

  • Avengers: Infinity War

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS (100% Specialty Scores)

  • A Quiet Place
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Ready Player One
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Tag
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web

2018 OVERALL SCORE: 67%

  • 2018 People Score: 61%
  • 2018 Writing Score: 59%
  • 2018 BTS Score: 72%
  • 2018 Narrative Arc Score: 85%
  • 2018 Entertainment Score: 41%
  • 2018 Specialty Score: 72%
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