Poll Suggestion: Your Favorite 2018 Spring Blockbuster?

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Which of these 2018 Spring blockbusters is your favorite?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026694667/


*U.S. Domestic Grosses are as of May 8, 2018.

[A note to the admins: Should this poll be published, pleas wait until at least a couple of weeks after the spring window — March 22, 2018 to June 21, 2018 — so that likely blockbusters including Deadpool 2Solo: A Star Wars Story and Incredibles 2 have the time to enter the mix.]
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Posted 2 years ago

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Thanks for the vote Silitonga.. almost a sure bet to win this one!
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Ranking may change.



Best time to make this list is the last week of June. You can get the final list and no more updates required.
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Ranking will certainly change.. And I'll keep that timeframe in mind - for now I have requested that admins NOT publish this list until the end of the window we've stated above. Thanks DC.
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My vote (and the likely winner):

Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
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In 2023, I'll be able to answer this
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Lol, what do you mean?
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I‘m afraid most of these will be vanished into oblivion by that time.
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I just meant I have so many movies from prior decades in my watchlist that I have to wait till some of these blockbusters validate their status as "recent classics" or "must-see" (even for good fun) before picking my curiosity... not to say that old is gold, but I generally dig in the past when it comes to nourish my cinematic knowledge. 
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I have a similar watchlist problem as well (it's the previous decades that have the ones we want to see anyways) but I also love to go to the theater and that's usually where I'll try to catch these blockbusters.
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That's the problem; I think I've been to theaters less than fifteen times in the last ten years. There was a time where I went to the theater every Saturday but there weren't as many blockbusters as today, one week, I could go and watch Pearl Harbor, another one American Pie 2 and another Amelie Poulain...
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There was a time where I went to the theater every Saturday but there weren't as many blockbusters as today, one week, I could go and watch Pearl Harbor, another one American Pie 2 and another Amelie Poulain...
Wow, what a variety that would have been! You're not missing much with the blockbusters these days; I often go for the actual theatre experience rather than the movie that's being shown.
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What I find even more distressing is that the stuff shown in arthouse theaters is just as tailor-made and generic as the blockbusters in multiplexes.

There's the umpteenth comedy in which Christian Clavier grimaces and learns to be just a little less racist, sexist or disrespectful to disabled people, all the while making jokes about other cultures, women, or disabled people. There's the "unconvential" comedy drama in which a stuffy aging woman escapes a dead marriage and has sex for the first time in decades, always accompanied by a woman who constantly makes lame sex jokes, which makes the movie feel even more repressed than liberating.

There's the "inspiring" story of an unathletic boy whose dream it is to ski at the Olympics, or the paper pusher who all of a sudden prepares for a dancing competition (or was it the other way round?). Then we have the road movies where two 'long time no see' brothers go on a trip together to smoke their dead mother's ashes at the tip of Grand Canyon, the way she always wanted it to be. And in the night, they may look at the stars, and one of them will fart, and if the other one wasn't so preposterously uptight as to get mad at the fart, the movie couldn't claim to teach one of life's greatest lessons: sometimes, you just have to be a little crazy.

Not to mention the biopic where the last British actor between 50 and 70 who hasn't yet played Winston Churchill, plays Winston Churchill.

At least that's what almost exclusively plays at my arthouse cinemas. I'm sure there are many interesting films produced around the world, maybe even more than ever, but I can't afford to travel to Toronto, San Sebastián, or Hong Kong to see them.

But even considering that, we should keep our eyes open for the good stuff. 
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Yesterday, I saw another masterpiece named The Son, I'm still waiting for a Dardennes brothers' movie to disappoint you, not sure it's gonna happen. I totally agree we should explore every side of contemporary cinema to avoid the predictable, conventional stuff, totally what you described.

The worst thing is that even some movies that seem tailor-made and generic happen to be good because they were somewhat programed to be good, reading a few reviews I wrote from the past, sometimes I question myself, I praise movies that were designed to work, if they worked, good for them but it's not like there was any artistic merit behind, with the right casting, the right marketing, even the right controversy, you just can't fail.

I don't like Godard's film but at least he tried something, and I like what he said, the best way to criticize a film is to make one. I guess the most creative filmmakers have gone through the feeling you just eloquently exposed ;)
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At least that's what almost exclusively plays at my arthouse cinemas. I'm sure there are many interesting films produced around the world, maybe even more than ever, but I can't afford to travel to Toronto, San Sebastián, or Hong Kong to see them.

Alb,

I'm from Toronto and yeah, we get some great ones over there.
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Just during the famous festival or regularly in theaters?
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Both - literally down the street from where I live in university, there's a quaint little art house theatre. I just recently saw "Won't You Be My Neighbour" there - outstanding doc! Hopefully an academy award winner.

Do you have any still active drive in theatres where you're from? I've never been to one and they seem awesome.
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Drive-in theaters never really caught on where I'm from. However, the city where I study actually has one (I've never been there). The same city city also has the largest multiplex and the largest cinema hall in Germany, as well as a few arthouse theaters, so I shouldn't complain, lol.

But I'm pretty sure they won't show something like "Won't You Be My Neighbour".
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Maybe I'm in a minority but I don't care much about the "theatre" experience, sitting among many pop-corn eaters and I-phone clickers, waiting forever for the film to start and having to go to the bathroom just after the opening credits... unless the film is meant to be super-mega-fantastico-spectacular (which means 'beneath my personal priorities') what's the difference between the theatre and your good old plasma TV?

The only issue is the availability of some movies but I've never had such a problem, I have my library and my good old DVD store owner who specialized in the unfindable stuff. "Sorrow and the Pity"? Give me four days. "A Face in the Crowd"? I got it. "Martin Scorsese's Journey to Italy"? Come back tomorrow.

The pleasure of watching a DVD is underrated, you can pause whenever you want, you can get back to a scene, you have more insights about the film, it's really something. For someone who grew up watching the french versions with crappy VHS quality, DVD was like a Holy Grail, the only thing better than watching a DVD alone is watching a DVD with your friends, and seeing the movies again through their own amazement, proud to have made them discover a gem they would never have heard about, the kind of stuff they would never show on theatres.

Of course, I'm talking of theatres today, in my dad's time, they had the news, the Tex Avery cartoon, the second feature, the intermission, going to "cinema" meant something, now it's just consumption... the only period of the year where it gets interesting is during Awards season... but even then, it's so expensive you have to be selective.
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1. No Distraction: No phone, computer, friend, family member, or someone who rings at the door. No temptation to pause the movie "just for a minute" and do something else. I'm afraid I'm prey to this behavior sometimes when watching movies at home, but in the theater, they have my absolute and full attention.

I manage to avoid the other distractions (i phone and popcorn people, nacho terrorists and coke slurpers) because I attend showings during unusual times or when the initial hype has ebbed away.

2. To be honest, a "disadvatange" of a large library of DVDs or recorded movies is when you can't decide which movie you want to see. The movie theater only has a limited range of choices, so you have to stick with it.

3. Seeing a movie when it's still fresh. You feel you're "in the discussion", and when you write a review you're part of a world-wide debate so to say. Of course, a good movie always stays relevant but it's at it most relevant at release.

4. Celluloid. You gotta be lucky to have a theater near you that projects actual film stock. But I think it's a difference even to the usual theater experience.

5. But it all boils down to, "is larger really larger?". For me, there is difference, the movie feels more alive (larger-than-life) but that's subjective.

I am also a DVD and Blu-Ray proponent though, for all the reasons you mentioned. At the end of the day, the DVD experience is more important than the theater experience, but I like to have both if possible.
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I understand, I didn't quite say I divorced the theater, when "Deadpool" and "Creed" came out, I couldn't wait to watch them... and I remember until the early 2010s, IMDb was like a beacon to the movies to watch, I remember between December 2008 and January 2009, I saw "Milk", "Benjamin Button", "The Wrestler", "Gran Torino", "Slumdog Millionaire", "Rock'n'Rolla"  just to be part of the discussion, as you said, to give my two cents on the message boards...

But then I guess other things kept me busy and didn't make the theater a priority... 
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Might be just a thing with millenials but I find more and more people saying that they don't even know wheter theater experience worth it. I'd say it's a personal preference at that point, but I really love theatrical screenings: seeing how people react to certain scenes is sometimes just as pleasing as the movie itself. 
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seeing how people react to certain scenes is sometimes just as pleasing as the movie itself. 

Hold on, that's something I absolutely loooooove, but when I care about the people (which means watching movies with your buddies or your family) and also when I have already seen the film to anticipate their reaction, I mean... how can I see how people react if I'm reacting myself.

What you describe fits the DVD experience just as well as the theatres, believe me. I can see a film two times in a row if someone joins me the second time, watching the film with someone else is a totally different experience.
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I like this debate --- I just hope that, in the grand scheme of things, the movie-going experience is always an option. As Alb put it, it's an experience that you just can't get anywhere else.
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Pool 2. :D
Are you waiting for 2019 spring blockbusters too? :P
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Nice one, wasn't a huge fan of it tbh. Personally, I liked the first film a lot better. Thanks for the vote!
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I Can Only Imagine
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This one sounded interesting... haven't seen it, but have heard some pretty solid things on it. What was it specifically that made it a favorite for you TMS?
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Incredibles 2 (Honourable mentions- Avengers Infinity War & Deadpool 2)
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Nice one, thanks JTMG!
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List appears to be ready as an FYI
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Bump!
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Thus far, I've only seen Infinity War.

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