The best movies of 2018 (So Far)

We’re halfway through an already-strong year for movies. GQ staffers and writers pick their favorites.

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First Reformed

Jesus Christ, I love First Reformed. As a movie that centers on the slow death of Earth, it’s a certified downer—A24’s marketing strategy included the “First Reformed Challenge,” aka drinking a cocktail of whiskey and Pepto Bismol in reference to the habits of the film’s main character—but it’s also a transcendent, ultimately hopeful feature. Think of The Lord of the Rings—you know, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world besides the will of evil.” And if you, unlike me, don’t have a crippling soft spot for movies about religious conundrums, the end of the world, and put-upon priests, just know that Paul Schrader’s latest film also features an incredible turn from Cedric the Entertainer, and an ending that’s wilder than anything else you’ll see all year. —Karen Han, GQ contributor

Black Panther

You probably don’t need me to tell you Black Panther is great, because based on the massive box-office numbers it pulled, you almost definitely saw it. But damn: How great is Black Panther? I don’t have enough space here to list every praiseworthy thing about this Ryan Coogler blockbuster, so I’ll shout out the visual splendor and sheer imaginative power that went into creating Wakanda. Throw in the absurdly stacked supporting cast—which includes one of the genre’s all-time greatest villains—and it’s clear that Black Panther is simply Marvel’s best movie, and a textbook example of how a well-crafted blockbuster can infuse its thrills with a vital, cathartic, and long-overdue political message. Scott Meslow, GQ culture critic.

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Thoroughbreds

One of my favorite tricks is when you see a movie you think is about one thing but it’s really about something else. Going into Thoroughbreds, I thought it was a movie about two spoiled rich girls who try to kill one’s stepdad. But it’s really a movie about how the lower classes, whether they’re actually lower class or just upper-middle class, have been conditioned to do anything for the rich, and then think it’s the rich doing them a favor. The movie is truly funny, and dark, and suspenseful, and for days afterward I was spouting theories about class and upward mobility and how female friendship is so easily weaponized to anyone who would listen. Please watch it so I have someone to talk to. Jaya Saxena, GQ entertainment writer.

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 might be, pound for pound, the best action movie I’ve seen this year. When Elastigirl chases the runaway train on her two-piece motorcycle? Thrilling. The Incredibles vs. possessed supers battle on the mega-yacht? More clever with its super power team-ups than anything that happens in Infinity War. The first Incredibles was a Watchmen-inflected deconstruction of superheroes. The sequel leans all the way in the other direction to, instead, deliver one of the 2018’s best superhero movies in a year with a lot of great ones. Kevin Nguyen, GQ senior editor.

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Annihilation

The aliens are here! But in the subtle, creeping way of Arrival and Contact, where an extraterrestrial presence brings terror that’s beyond anything our tiny minds can comprehend. In Annihilation, that’s way scarier than any little green men with guns. Natalie Portman spearheads a troupe of scientists into The Shimmer—an iridescent bubble which is raging trippy biological warfare in Florida, splicing DNA and messing with the minds and memories of all who enter. It’s a crime that this only got a limited theatrical release; the kaleidoscopic cinematography and stomach-churning soundtrack deserve it. Stream it but turn the bass up. Owen Myers, GQ contributor.

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The Commuter

Emotional dramas about men of the cloth coming to terms with Earth’s mortality and cerebral sci-fis about scientists who journey deep into the heart of an alien unknown are all well and good, but sometimes you just need to watch a movie about a guy who fights a bunch of people on a train while trying to save his family from a sinister crime cover-up. Fresh from his fabulous woman-vs.-shark movie The Shallows, Jaume Collet-Serra was back again earlier this year with another exciting thriller that revels in the simplicity of its concept. In The Commuter, Liam Neeson plays an ex-cop everyman who rides the train every day to and from work, until one day he’s accosted by Vera Farmiga in full villainess mode, who tells him a bunch of money is his to keep if he can just find the one person on the train who isn’t supposed to be there. At first, Neeson thinks it’s a joke, but he quickly realizes that he has no choice but to play along. The Commuter is like Non-Stop combined with Murder on the Orient Express, and has one of the best “single take” fight scenes I have ever seen involving an axe, a gun, and an electric guitar. Emma Stefansky, GQ contributor.

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The Day After

What a cinephile blessing to be living through the Hong Sang-soo renaissance, this current creative spout for the Korean auteur who’s been releasing multiple masterpieces a year. So far, my top two favorite films of 2018 are both Hongs—Claire’s Camera and The Day After, tied—but the former, boasting the international star power of French acting grande dame Isabelle Hupeprt, seems to have eclipsed the latter, its (unofficial) companion piece, which was released two months later and shares a star in Hong muse Kim Min-hee. Here, Kim plays a newly hired employee of a small publishing company, unaware that she’s stepping right in the middle of an infidelity minefield (she’s the replacement for another woman who had an affair with the boss). As the politeness of new coworkers wears off, the film, shot in black and white, unveils its raw emotions in unfiltered, snotty weeping, slaps, screams, and freely pouring soju (a Hong trademark). The web of lies and miscommunication make for borderline slapstick comedy, but the frequent ruminations on spirituality mark this one of Hong’s most philosophical films. Perhaps that’s why watching The Day After almost feels like a religious experience. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, GQ contributor.

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Do you like nostalgia? Do you miss nice things and simpler times, but want some context and depth to your memories of bygone eras? Do you like crying so hard you feel like you might heave in the middle of a press screening in a basement theater near Bryant Park (sorry, that one was just me I guess)? This tight, beautiful documentary about Fred Rogers tha god will take your heart, spike it into the pavement, and stomp all over it. You’ll leave knowing more about the show that may’ve defined your earliest days of development, and you’ll walk away with newfound reverence for the man behind all the make-believe. At a bare minimum, you’ll want to reevaluate your life in search of the quieter moments we all seem to have left behind. Isn’t that enough to ask of a movie? Brennan Carley, entertainment associate.

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Love, Simon

Love, Simon doesn’t subvert the tropes of its genre, but that only makes it feel more revolutionary—it’s a sleek, mainstream teen movie which just happens to have a gay lead character. Though the plot follows Simon (Nick Robinson) as he tries to track down his anonymous gay email buddy, this is no basic love story. Performed with immense charm by a talented and commendably diverse young cast, it’s a warm and witty film about friendship, identity, and self-acceptance. Nick Levine, GQ contributor.

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Tully

The film’s “twist” dominated conversation around Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman’s unromantic ode to parenthood, but there’s a lot more going on in Tully than just unraveling the mystery of its titular Mary Poppins-esque hero. Charlize Theron, who has made a habit of giving her all, gives her all as Marlo, the run-down mother of three. Cody and Reitman have helped each other evolve over the years, and this funny, charming, unsentimental view of parenthood, of partnership, of the unspectacular miracle of kindness, is their best work yet. Tom Philip, GQ entertainment writer

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Game Night

Generally speaking, I hate when people tell me to see a comedy because it’s so funny and hilarious, I swear. This is absolutely the worst way to sell me on a comedy because it jacks up my expectations and I’ll constantly wonder why my ass is still attached to my body, when I was promised that I would be laughing so hard it would slide right off. Game Night, however, is the rare comedy that is as funny as I was told it was, and almost guaranteed to be a cult fave in a couple years once people finally get around to seeing it. The story of a game night that goes horribly wrong when a staged kidnapping turns out to be a real one, the movie is also tremendously clever, taking actors that you already knew were funny (Sharon Horgan) actors you suspected were funny (Jesse Plemons) and actors that have been criminally underused despite being proven as very funny (Rachel McAdams) and finds unexpected ways to mix and match them all while taking them on a twisty ride on par with most thrillers. There’s also a great dog. (That’s how you pitch a comedy, by the way: Go see Game Night. It has a great dog.) Josh Rivera, GQ entertainment writer.

Paddington 2

Who knew a wee British bear and a delightfully dancey, no-career-fucks-to-give Hugh Grant would be the perfect salve for living through 2018? With love and lots of sweeter-than-marmalade moments, Paddington 2 gently massaged my world-worried mind with its utter affection for humankind and Paddington’s evidence-based philosophy that, “If we are kind and polite, the world will be right.” Watching Paddington work odd jobs (and consequently end up in the slammer) to buy a pop-up book of London for his dear Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday in this latest adventure, the followup to 2014’s eponymous charmer of a film, was easily the most heartfelt, spirit-lifting two hours I’ve spent in a theater this year. Besides, I dare you to try to hate a movie that scored a record-breaking 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, because of course it did: It’s a goddamn delight, and the Band-Aid this broken world needs. And yes, I’m still crying, shut up- Chris Azzopardi, GQ contributor.

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Michael Jackson was gender fluid, says photographer

Harrison Funk, the former photographer of Michael Jackson, has claimed that the American pop star was gender fluid.

Harrison Funk worked with the chart-topping pop legend from the 1970s until his death in June 2009, and he’s suggested that Michael’s make-up routine was a sign that he didn’t solely identify as one gender.

‘It wasn’t so much femininity on Michael’s part as androgyny – he was fluid around gender. Michael had no interest in assigning a gender to anybody.’

Harrison recalled that at one point in his career, Michael ‘didn’t overtly identify as one particular gender’.

However, Harrison claimed that Michael – who had kids Prince, 21, Paris, 20, and Blanket, 16 – made a conscious decision to change his image when he became a father.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, Harrison shared: ‘He became a strong man in that sense.

Harrison also revealed the ‘Beat It’ hitmaker was prone to dramatic outbursts during his Victory Tour of the US and Canada in 1984.

The photographer said: ‘Don’t be fooled. Michael had very demanding moments. If he didn’t like something, he let you know. Michael was never ridiculing to me ever, but if someone messed up the design of his stage, then he would yell at them. He expected perfection.’

During the 1990s, Michael’s music became more socially conscious, as he delivered hits such as ‘Earth Song’ and ‘Black or White’.

However, he also attracted controversy when he struck a Jesus-like pose in one of Harrison’s most famous photographs.

Looking back on the incident, Harrison said: ‘People say Michael had a Jesus complex, but that p***es me off, as it just wasn’t true. There was a practical reason for me taking that photo. Michael had huge hands and I wanted to make the most of them as they were expressive – and a good way for him to embrace the world.’

‘At that stage, his whole existence was geared towards healing the world, so having big, expressive hands was a very important way to speak to the people.’

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Selfies that made us double-tap #SelfieDay

SelfiesSelfie lovers it’s your time to shine! Find your light and have your duck lips ready, it’s National Selfie Day! And yes, it means exactly what it sounds like, prepare for your social media feeds to be filled with all of the selfies! So, what better way to get some selfie-spo than to look at some celebs that are always killing the selfie game? See our favourites here:

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ICYMI T.I. is on South African soil!

T.I.It comes as no surprise that South Africa is international stars vacay spot of choice. I mean we have almost everything- Sun, sea, mountains, animals, culture and good food. What more could one want for an international getaway? Some like it so much that they even come back for a second time and in this case, it’s Mr Harris aka T.I. The rapper recently posted up pictures of him and his son in Cape Town on his Twitter feed.

The trip was a gift to his son for doing well in his academics. Must be nice.

Another thing our beautiful country has to offer is a great sense of humour. So when they caught wind of T.I.’s appearance in SA they saw it fit to make him one of us. How? By giving him a South African name of course.

This is not the first time this has been done. When Kevin Hart was in South Africa he also received the South African name, Mpho.

So now the only thing we’re wondering is if Themba will be doing any shows while he’s here since he’s here for an undisclosed amount of time?

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It looks like Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are officially a thing now

Hailey Baldwin and Justin BieberI spy with my little eye … Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin looking seriously loved up.

After rekindling his romance with Selena Gomez in 2017, the Sorry singer is really committing to the back-with-an-ex-trend after rebooting his relationship with ex-girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin.

Earlier this month, a video surfaced on Instagram of Hailey getting cosy with Justin Bieber at LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleau, sending the internet into overdrive with rumours that the pair were an item once more. Now we have confirmation that the A-list couple is officially back together.

On Sunday, the What Do You Mean singer was photographed passionately kissing Baldwin while out and about in New York. Then, on Tuesday, the pair were spotted indulging in some PDA in LA.

Bieber was photographed carrying the 21-year-old model around a film studio, where he was onset to film a new music for an upcoming collaboration with DJ Khaled.

With her legs wrapped around the singer’s waist and Baldwin starring into Bieber’s eyes, they looked every inch the new couple in love. It was great to see the couple looking so intimate and relaxed in each other’s company.

The on-off pair dated from 2015 to 2016, with Bieber and former long-term girlfriend, Selena Gomez, giving their relationship a second chance in November 2017. Gomez and Bieber split again earlier this year and it seems that Hailey and Justin have been getting pretty close ever since.

Yes, we’re confused too, and we’re not the only ones. Shawn Mendes, who’s previously been linked to Baldwin, looked pretty surprised when told that Hailey was back with Beebs.

During an interview with eTalk, Mendes, who attended the Met Gala with Baldwin just last month, looked as confused as we are when he heard the news. “I don’t know if they’re dating or not,” he said “I love them both. They’re both really awesome people.” Awkward.

Despite having a relationship history more complicated than a Westworldplot twist, Hailey and Justin have stayed close since their split. A source told Us Weekly “They’ve had this weird thing for so many years. He was a very important part of her life way back when and he always has a special place in her heart.”

We hope that everything works out between Hailey and Justin second time around and can’t wait to see more cute moments from this seriously photogenic pair.

What do you have think? Is it ever good thing to revive an old romance with an ex or does someone need to tell Beebs about Bumble?

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Adonis risks it all In the first trailer for Creed II

But most importantly, the dragos are back.

One of the most anticipated sports film sequels in decades is finally set to hit screens soon, with MGM releasing the first look at Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone’s Creed II to the world.

 

Straight off the bat, Creed II seems to jump a significant chunk of time ahead from the events of Creed. Adonis, a talented (yet, it seems, beatable) light heavyweight boxer now has a kid with girlfriend Bianca, and is torn between his family obligations and the inherent risks that define his chosen career path. Making his decision all the more difficult comes the opportunity to fight against Viktor Drago, son of the infamous Ivan Drago, who killed his father Apollo in Rocky III.

According to MGM’s synopsis, ‘Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family.’

Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.’

It’s been known for a while that Dolph Lundgren will be reprising his role as Ivan Drago for the film, while real-life boxer Andre Ward will also reprise his role as Danny ‘Stuntman’ Wheeler, who famously knocked Adonis out in a sparring session in the first film. Steven Caple Jr. is set to direct.

Creed II is set to hit cinemas on November 21.

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All mums can relate to Kim Kardashian’s latest video of North West raiding her makeup collection

Kim Kardashian and North WestShe might be one of the world’s biggest reality TV stars but just like any mum, Kim Kardashian is not immune to North West running riot with her makeup bag.

In a video posted to her Instagram stories, the beauty mogul shared the moment she caught her daughter North, 5, covering her face in blue eyeshadow after raiding her beauty room.

Catching North, er, blue handed, Kim shared the video of her with a brush in hand, covering her face with blue eyeshadow in a look that’s very Avatar-meets-Smurfs chic.

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Dressed in a red kimono and a pink ribbon in her hair, the adorable 5-year-old couldn’t stop giggling as she showed her mum her impromptu makeover. Mums everywhere will know the feeling of finding that your mini-has discovered your makeup bag and Kim, 37 can be heard laughing, telling her ‘Stop it! Hey, that’s not how you put on eyeshadow!’.

Kim, who is also mum to Saint, two, and six-month-old Chicago, recently described North as her “best friend”. In an Instagram post shared on her fifth birthday, the KTWTK star wrote: “My baby girl turns 5 today. Never did I think back then that I would have my best friend for life!

“I’m so honoured to be your mom, Northie!”

She also told her little girl to start being nicer to her two-year-old brother.

“P.S. Now that you’re 5, don’t you think it’s the mature thing to try to be nice to your brother now!?!”

Though the mother and daughter have a wonderfully close relationship, even matching their outfits, we doubt that North’s new look is one that Kim will be copying anytime soon.

Not quite as polished as when she tried her Auntie Kylie’s lipstick, Kim had better install a lock on her makeup bag because if we were North, we’d be raiding Kim K’s beauty room too!

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