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The Winners of the 2018 Meltdown Awards

1. Most questionable career decision made by an actor/actress/filmmaker in 2018?

a) Helen Mirren in "Winchester"

b) Anybody involved in "The Happytime Murders" - specifically Melissa McCarthy?

c) Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reuniting to make... “Holmes and Watson”?

d) Everyone involved in the “Overboard” gender-swap remake.

...and the winner IS - Kevin Spacey's "Let Me Be Frank" video.


2. Most shocking moment in a 2018 film?


a)  Nicolas Cage’s bathroom freakout in “Mandy”

b) That third act moment in "Sorry To Bother You"

c) Aquaman's Box Office Total

d) “Avengers: Infinity War” going with a full fail ending 

...and the winner IS - the decapitation in "Hereditary".


3. Most miscast actor/actress for their role in a 2018 film?


  a) Michelle Williams' wig in “Venom”

  b) Oprah Winfrey in “A Wrinkle in Time”

  c) Olivia Munn in "Predator"

  d) What’s his name from “Solo” (Alden Ehrenreich)

...and the winner IS -  John Travolta in “Gotti”


4. Most impressive visuals (CG, practical, whatever…) in a 2018 film?


a) Avenger: Infinity War

b) Annihilation

c) Aquaman

d) Mandy

...and the winner IS - “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”


5. Most obnoxious use of CGI in a 2018 film?


a) The unnecessary creepy smiles in "Truth or Dare”

b) Black Panther (rhinos and final fight)

c) The Silver Surfer cop-out ending of "Annihilation”

d) “Shut up, I liked Venom.”

...and the winner IS - Watching an entire video game in "Ready Player One”.




6. Best kill/death in a film in 2018?


Subsection A) Best Horrific Kill


a) The “Contortion dance” and/or the killing dance scene in "Suspiria"

b) The 2 guys that get shived with a broken in half cow femur in the butcher shop fight scene from "The Night Comes For Us"

c) The death of the Red Dress girl in "Rampage"

d) X-Force parachuting in… from “Deadpool 2”

...and the winner IS -  The decapitation in “Hereditary”  


Subsection B) Most Epic Death Scene

...and the winner IS - The last 10 minutes of "Infinity War"... Parker/Vision/Everyone!


7. Best villain in a 2018 film?

a) Thanos (Avengers: Infinity War)

b) Michael Myers (Halloween)

c) Michael Gaston as Balq (First Reformed)

d) Eric Killmonger (Black Panther)


...and the winner IS - ”That crazy guy in Mandy”

                          (“Jeremiah Sand” played by Linus Roache)




8. Best monster in a 2018 film?


a) The Kaiju from "Pacific Rim Uprising"

b) Venom from "Venom"

c) Helena Markos (aka Tilda Swinton) from "Suspiria"

d) The monsters from “A Quiet Place”

...and the winner IS - Skull Bear Pig in Annihilation.



9. Best action sequence in a 2018 film?


a) The bathtub scene and/or the bridge scene/beginning in “A Quiet Place”

b) X-Force jumping out of the plane in “Deadpool 2”

c) Canyon chase in “Revenge”

d) The helicopter chase from "Mission: Impossible - Fallout"

...and the winner IS - the entire 3rd act of “The Avengers: Infinity War”




(In the world we currently live, we would never be so crass as to have a category like “Hottest actor/actress in a 2018 film”. So how about…)


10. Performer that you feel is aesthetically pleasing while also having an amazing charisma that you are inexplicably drawn to…  but if you were ever in their presence in the real world you would be completely respectful and not at all creepy toward them (in a film in 2018)?

Boy-type person:

a) Ryan Reynolds (but only as “Deadpool”)

b) Adam Driver (BlacK Klansman)

c) Jason “so wet” Momoa (Aquaman)

d) Rami Malek  (Bohemian Rhapsody)

...and the winner IS Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther… Creed 2 - “Take your pick!”)



Girl-type person:


a) Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Infinity War)

b) Matilda Lutz (Revenge)

c) Lady Gaga (A Star is Born)

d) “There is nothing wrong with thinking that She-Venom is hot. There is nothing wrong with having a sketchbook full of She-Venom drawings. There is nothing wrong with working on She-Venom fan-fiction where she thinks I’m super cool and we talk on the phone until three in the morning. There’s nothing wrong with it.”

...and the winner IS Zazie Beetz (Domino in "Deadpool 2")



11. The 2018 movie you expected to hate, but ended up enjoying?    


a) Aquaman

b) The Meg

c) Blockers

d) Solo


...and the winner IS - “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”




12. Dreariest study of the human condition (in a film in 2018)?


a) Fahrenheit 11/9

b) Eighth Grade (“and at the same time, the most uplifting”)

c) Hereditary

d) Mandy

     ...and the winner IS - "Annihilation"





13. Favorite use of a song in a 2018 film? (It does NOT have to be originally created for the film.)   


a) “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen from "Bohemian Rhapsody"

b) “Orinoco Flow” by Enya from "Eighth Grade"

c) “I Will Go To War” by Tessa Thompson (Adonis Creed walkout music) from "Creed 2"

d) “I don’t know the song, but Fred Rodgers singing with the little wheelchair boy in "Won'tYou Be My Neighbor" de-stroy-ed me, so much so that all I could do was laugh and sob like a man having a complete nervous breakdown in the middle of a Sunday matinee show filled with senior citizens. I never want to feel that much all at once ever again. Never, ever, ever, never, never again! You hear me!”


...and the winner IS - “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton from "Deadpool 2"





14. Favorite score in a 2018 film? (Again, it does NOT have to be specifically created for the film.)


a) “You Were Never Really Here” - Jonny Greenwood

b) Halloween - Cody Carpenter, John Carpenter & Daniel Davies

c) Creed II - Ludwig Göransson

d) Annihilation - Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow


...and the winner IS - “Mandy" by Jóhann Jóhannsson




15. Most impressive director of a 2018 film?


a) The Russo Brothers (“Avengers: Infinity War”)

b) John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place”)

c) Wes Anderson (“Isle of Dogs”)

d) Ari Aster (“Hereditary”)


...and the winner IS - Panos Cosmatos for “Mandy”





16. Favorite (what you would consider) mainstream movie in 2018?

a) Deadpool 2

b) Creed 2

c) A Quiet Place

d) Into the Spider-verse


...and the winner IS - “Avengers: Infinity War”





17. Favorite (what you would consider) indie movie in 2018?


a) Won't You Be My Neighbor?

b) Upgrade

c) Isle of Dogs

d) Hereditary


...and the winner IS - “Mandy”





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