It’s movie time! Or should we say, time for a movie podcast about the best, worst and everything else we loved, hated, and showed complete indifference to in 2018. The Popzara collective is strong in one of the most jam-packed episodes as we welcome the return of Variety critic and film historian Joe Leydon back into the fray, joined by newcomer Ethan Brehm and, thanks to some fancy editing, fellow editors Annette Palmer and Christian Stirling adding to the fun.
So what made their year-end lists for 2018? Most will be familiar to anyone who graced a cineplex last year, including blockbusters Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Crazy Rich Asians and the latest A Star is Born remake. Others, like The Rider, Death of Stalin, Mid90s, First Reformed and Upgrade may have flown under your radar, and certainly merit another look.
The troupe touch on everything that captured their imaginations over the past year, including last year’s top-grossing films, but even those Best Picture contenders with dreams of Oscar gold at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. What were their favorites? Disappointments? Did they see everything (or mostly everything) and what did they skip? All this and more, as well as their touching tribute to Stan Lee, who passed away last year at aged 95, yet still managed to star in more blockbusters than anyone else (five, and that’s not counting games and everything else).
In a year bursting with remakes, rehashes, sequels and the occasional original there’s a little something for everyone here, especially those craving superhero blockbusters, dinosaurs, transforming robots, lovable rogues, heartfelt documentaries, racial representation, imported zombies, multiverse web-slingers, musical spectaculars and marmalade loving bears. If that’s not movie magic, we don’t know what is!