The top films released in 2018 by worldwide gross (meaning highest dollar earned) continued to be dominated by Disney productions and the genre of Super Hero/Comic Books.
1940s – 2020s Film Genre Popularity
Every era, or decade, contains a genre which dominates the cinematic film landscape. The culture defines the popularity of the genre and the film makers tend to produce films in abundance that will suit the tastes of the film going public. In any given high awareness film there will typically be several esoteric or occult elements and so-called Easter eggs, which the always unknowing, and not very knowledgeable, ‘film critic’ will fail to notice or even mention. The vast majority of films, both theatrical and televised, feature NO esoteric or occult symbolism. Lets take a look at the most popular genre pieces per film era or decade.
1940s – Film Noir / Westerns / Drama
Hundreds of full-length films were produced during the decade of the 1940s. The great actor Humphrey Bogart made his most memorable films in this decade. Frank Capra’s masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life and Orson Welles’s masterpiece Citizen Kane were released. The film noir genre was at its height. The most popular genre of the 1940’s was known as the ‘film noir’, it was a stylish black and white film genre in which suspense and drama clashed, often with the depiction of a hardened detective or seasoned protagonist. The two other competing genre’s of this era were the Western and the Drama. The 1940’s introduced Hitchcock to most American audiences.
1950s – Westerns / Outer-Space / Comedy / Biblical Epics
Film genres of the 1950s were of a wider variety. As a result of the introduction of television, the studios and companies sought to put audiences back in theaters. With the fear that studios would loose money to television, techniques in presenting films through widescreen and big-approach methods were used. This would see the popularity of Biblical epics at the Big Screen. Films that had sci-fi stories about aliens and outer-space were introduced, 3-D was used, even on some Westerns. Comedy films were also popular genre pieces during this time.
1960s – Spy Films / Historical Drama / Musical
Beginning in the middle of the decade due to the start of the cultural revolution and the abolition of the Hays Code, films became increasingly experimental and daring and were more risqué. The start of films that included spies, such as James Bond, were a huge hit. Other pieces of genre that audiences flocked to were the historical drama and the brightly colorful and epic musicals. The era was a golden age of huge musical adaptations and large colorful films. Beach fun movies also rose to prominence in this era, with their singing and dancing. Psychedelic and far out were the terms for some of these films.
1970s – Dark Horror / Thriller / Kung Fu
Everything that came out in the 1970s was based on horror or realism. The films were dark, gritty, and painted bleak pictures of life in the future, or the Big City. Movies were horrific and often depicted a conspiracy or dark truth hiding below the surface. The film codes were now being bent with the introduction of the R-rated movie becoming common, and even X-rated cinema becoming mainstream. Exploitation films were being crafted from Italy to the USA. Comedy during this period tended to be satirical and cinema as a whole was a downer. The blockbuster was coined and created in the 1970’s, with audiences flocking to see Jaws, and The Exorcist. In 1977 George Lucas film Star Wars changed the direction of all movies for decades to come. Movies during this era became hits based on good word of mouth.
1980s – Teen Comedy / Sci-Fi / Slasher/ Action
In contrast to the edgy darkness of the 1970’s, the 1980’s saw the introduction of numerous modern films seeking to capitalize on the success of Star Wars. Larger than life blockbuster films were the trend. Action movies with muscular heroic figures were introduced. The teen comedy was a huge success. Films featuring teens being slashed to pieces were also a hit. Gone were the days of cinema realism. Now movies needed to focus on high-concept pictures with the aim of creating modern Hollywood blockbusters. Every film was driven to become the next BIG hit. Every studio banked on emulating the success of Star Wars. Merchandising became huge. Sequels were everywhere. It was a time of excess and greed. In the US, the PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984 to accommodate films that straddled the line between PG and R, which was mainly due to the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. A number of teen comedy movies at this time featured nudity and foul language.
1990s – Indie Films – CGI – Disasters – Hood
What a huge change. The 1990s were an era of the indie film. Filmmakers with small budgets produced some of the biggest films of this decade. The arthouse style film was huge during this era. Critical favorite films became hits with the film going audience. Computer generated films were also a huge success and introduced a number of changes for the cinema. Also the appearance of Hood films occurred. Films with a lower budget that featured gangstas, or urban life were popular. Rap music and Hip Hop were changing the culture. With the wide spread of cable TV and VHS, audiences were being introduced to a market of smaller films that they would have neglected in the 1980s. The internet was becoming wider during the end of this decade, and film fan sites gave voice to a number of lesser marketed movies. The word of mouth movie had returned. Huge studios meanwhile, devoted their money to created epic disaster films. While smaller studios grew.
2000s – Fantasy Film, Gross Out Comedy, CGI, Documentary
The decade of the 2000s in film involved many significant developments in the CGI film industries around the world. Nearly every movie that was released in the 2000’s featured some form of CGI. A large number of animated, or live action CGI films were released during this period. The Fantasy film was the biggest hit with audiences during this decade. Teens and young adults sought out a genre of gross out comedy/rom com. The romantic comedy genre. Also of note this era introduced huge documentary films that were seen via large audiences and noted by the critics.
2010s – Dystopia Future / Super Hero Comic Book / Big Budget Films
The decade of the 2010’s saw an increase in films that used CGI. The biggest film genre of this decade was the Super Hero/Comic Book. The film genre of the Dystopian future was also hugely popular during this era of big budget films. Disney produced dominated this era.
Top Dollar Films Of 2018
1 Avengers: Infinity War (Super Hero) $2,046,230,637
2 Black Panther (Super Hero) $1,346,844,034
3 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Dystopia) $1,300,157,140
4 Incredibles 2 (Super Hero) $1,163,522,913
5 Deadpool 2 (Super Hero) $734,051,798
6 Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Action) $647,046,529
7 Ant-Man and the Wasp (Super Hero) $594,897,458
8 Ready Player One (Dystopia) $582,018,455
9 Hotel Transylvania 3 (CGI) $486 million
10 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Musical) $367 million
– Worst Films of 2018 –
Woody Woodpecker – Worst Live Action CGI
Woody Woodpecker, released in very limited theaters, was awful. It features some blatant ‘SJW social justice warrior’ nonsense. Woody is at times very rude. The family is horrible and clueless AND rude. The film is not worth viewing. There is no esoteric symbolism. It is semi-kid friendly but not very good overall.
Monster Family – Worst Animated
Monster Family, limited theatrical release, is the worst animated film of 2018. Other films like: Fly Away Home and Luis and the Aliens were not very good either. Monster Family features another rude family and a questionable plot. There are minor moments of esoteric symbolism and allusions to witchcraft.
Annihilation – Worst Sci-Fi/Horror
Annihilation is the worst sci-fi horror film of 2018. Some mild esoteric content.
Take a wonderful premise from a well written book, and throw it all out. Annihilation is idiocy run amok. So turn off your brain and prepare to be subjected to one of the worst sci-fi films to ever violate an unsuspecting public.
Pseudo “film critics”, have labeled this travesty smart, and thought provoking. Wrong as usual. In fact, this film should come with a warning for anyone capable of using their mind, “Please Turn Off Brain Before Viewing Stupid B Movie.” So toss aside common sense and logic as nearly every scene in this film is the product of lazy writing and sloppy poor direction.
“First of all this movie was not confusing, nor was it thought provoking. I get the idea of morphology, the Shimmer refracting DNA and the idea of one’s own self destruction to becoming something new/ different. Those ideas were cool, but that’s not what I have issues with. It’s hard to take this movie as a deep, intellectual movie when common sense and basic logic is all tossed aside.” – Cooltoys007, IMDB
An object from space falls on “Area X”, a Lighthouse near the southern coast of the US creating an anomalous iridescent electromagnetic field called “the Shimmer“. Meanwhile in a flashback Lena (Portman) whispers to a male cellular-biology colleague that she is holding up well, given the circumstances that her Special Forces husband, Kane (Isaac) went into “the Shimmer” and never returned. Must be time to move on right? Lena packs up Kane’s belongings and enjoys a one night stand with her fellow whispering colleague. Expect more whispered dialog to proceed in flashback form between a boring Portman and a bored Isaac. Great fun.
One night Lena’s husband randomly shows up seemingly unaware he was missing or where he has been. Blood shoots from his mouth and he collapses. The government shows up and places him insolated quarantine, as he shows signs of internal damage from a prolonged stay in “the Shimmer“. The only thing to do now is question Lena about how much she knows. We learn that the government spent a cool $1,000 on a small group of Armed Forces and day-one science interns to study and enter one of the Earths biggest mysteries. Yes the government in this film looks flat broke. They sent the first group of soldiers wandering into “the Shimmer“, without normal equipment. No Jeeps, no ATVS, not wearing harnesses, nor HazMat suits. WALKING into “the Shimmer.” Yes. WALKING.
“The story makes no sense. Perhaps the most significant event in human history and the investigation team seems to have the budget and staffing of a small university chemistry department. Over the course of several years many research teams have entered the Shimmer, never to return (mostly). Surely, by now they’d have nuked it? But no, they do exactly the same thing again with a new team.” Amazon Review
The only logical thing to do now is arm the science gals on hand and send them off into “the Shimmer“. Because women get the job done when men fail. (COUGH COUGH). Why not just send the women and the men in together? Why not have everyone in hazmat suits? The solider that came back was shooting blood out his mouth. BLOOD! Just say no to walkie talkies. No analogue cameras nor communication? Nope. No Jeeps, No ATVS. No vehicles allowed. Wagons? Horses? Nope just send in a group of ladies without any experience in the field and arm them. Huh? They quickly learn that people in ‘the Shimmer’ evolved into colorful flowers and polar bears become mutants, along with shark alligators. One by one them ladies are picked off and killed until only Lena remains. Finding footage on a video camera, Lena learns ‘the Shimmer’ contains doppelganger aliens that can become you while in the lighthouse. Lena uses a grenade against her doppelganger and emerges from ‘the Shimmer‘ which dissipates to nothing.
Lena reunites with Kane, who has magically recovered from ‘the Shimmer‘. She whisper questions him if he is the “real” Kane, to which he whispes back, “I don’t think so.” The two embrace, and their irises shimmer and change color. Dum dum dummmmm.
A Wrinkle In Time Worst Fantasy
A Wrinkle In Time, features some New Age mumbo jumbo and brief numerical esoteric/occult patterns. The film has several pieces of an occult nature. I am not interested in doing a breakdown of this film at the moment. The surface content of this picture is dismal and idiotic.
Tomb Raider – Worst Action
Tomb Raider was the worst action film of 2018. Every character in this film is off by a mile. The film contains some mild and brief esoteric/occult depictions. Possible predicative programming.
Overboard – Worst Comedy
Overboard was not the funny. The 1980’s version was alright. This new modern take lakes humor. There is not one funny moment here. In close second to this awful film is Action Point. Film features no esoteric content.
Shock And Awe – Worst Drama
Eurocentric secularist Rob Reiner brings us a boring, over the top, ham fisted drama. Shock and Awe, has horrible pacing and poor direction. Nothing is thought out or developed in this picture. I tend to watch all Reiner films, this is one of his worst. Film contains no esoteric content.
Freaky Friday – Worst Musical
Freaky Friday is really awful. Disney made this? It is by far one of the worst musicals ever. It is poorly written and directed. It features no elements of fun or wit. The casting is random and does not fit any one. There are questionable scenes throughout. Dismal. Mild esoteric content.
The Final Year – Worst Documentary
If you know anything about how the world really works, then The Final Year comes off as the piece of fantasy it really is. Nothing in this supposed documentary is real. No esoteric content.
A.X.L – Worst Sci-Fi
A.X.L is of the cheesiest pieces of nonsense on film I have ever seen. Almost none of the characters in the film are relatable or in any way realistic. The CGI is merely ok. Throw logic out the window while viewing this mess. Mild esoteric content.
BEST FILMS OF 2018
The Darkest Minds (YA Adapted)
The Commuter (Thriller)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Dystopian)
Black Panther (Comic Book)
I Can Only Imagine (Christian)
Isle Of Dogs (Animated)
Mary & The Witch Flower (Anime)
Ready Player One (Cyber Punk)
The Meg (Giant Monster)
The Domestics (Horror/Sci-fi)
Journeyman (Sports – Boxing)
The Winning Season (Sports – Volleyball)
Disney Zombies (Musical)
Rampage (Video Game)
A Quiet Place (Horror)
Paddington 2 (Live Action CGI)
I will update this list through the week!