The Top 15 Must-See Movies Of 2018

The Top 15 Must-See Movies Of 2018

The movies you need to see.
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Every year comes with a slew of new movies for us to watch and enjoy but sometimes we really just want to know what the best ones are.

This year has already started out with some good movies, that may or may not be on this list as well, so this should help you with picking which ones to go and see yourself and which ones you can wait for to get cheaper.

On a separate note, this list is completely biased and based on my opinion so if you don’t agree with my picks that’s OK, but I’m sure you can find at least one you would like on here.

1. "Black Panther"

Air Date: February 16th

This action-packed Marvel blockbuster has a little something for everyone. It has the action, the humor, some TLC scenes, and some kick-butt women fighters.

2. "Annihilation"

Air Date: February 23rd

I'll admit I don't know much about this one but have heard good things about it and hey who doesn’t love Natalie Portman? This is a sci-fi thriller though so be warned.

3. "Red Sparrow"

Air Date: March 2nd

This is a spy film that has a little bit of a "Black Widow" feeling to it if you ask me. However, it looks really thriller so follow Jennifer Lawrence into the world of seducing men to ultimately murder them.

4. "A Wrinkle in Time"

Air Date: March 9th

So, who can say no to a Disney movie? I know it's difficult for even me. So, let's take a ride on some interdimensional travel through some wormholes and check out Disney's latest film.

5. "Tomb Raiders"

Air Date: March 16th

Alas, another reboot. I have never seen the Tomb Raider movies myself but have heard they are pretty good. So, with newly minted Oscar winner Alicia Vikander playing the new Lara Croft it should be an interesting experience.

6. "Rampage"

Air Date: April 20th

Giant gorillas, giant wolfs and a giant croc?!?!? Oh, my! Follow Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson on this thriller through the city to stop giant animals from destroying their city. With special guests like Jeffery Dean Morgan joining the cast this should be an interesting watch.

7. "Avengers: Infinity Wars"

Air Date: April 27th

I have to admit I am way too excited to see this one. Being the Marvel junkie that I am, I can’t help but love when the whole Marvel gang comes together to take down an evil alien. So, strap in for this one it could be a bumpy ride.

8. "Deadpool 2"

Air Date: May 18th

So, this one should be a hoot. Anytime time Ryan Reynolds is behind the wheel you are sure to get a good laugh at least once if not throughout the whole movie. So, watch as the Merc with the Mouth goes on another exciting adventure of murder and mayhem.

9. "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Air Date: May 25th

OK, so I am not a big Star Wars fan myself, but my boyfriend is so I included this one on the list for him. For those of you who are you must be excited to see a backstory to the one and only Han Solo and his adventures in space.

10. "The Incredibles 2"

Air Date: June 15th

My inner child is screaming so loud for this sequel. I grew up on Pixar movies and The Incredibles was one of my favorites. The fact that they are coming out with a sequel blows my mind. Although I have a feeling the theatres will be full of more 20-something year old’s than actual children since we have waited so long for this.

11. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

Air Date: June 22nd

I have to admit I never saw the original Jurassic Park movies because I never really had an interest but when the reboot came out I was forced to watch it and loved it. Chris Pratt did an excellent job playing Owen Grady in the first one and can’t wait to see what he brings for the sequel.

12. "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

Air Date: July 6th

Again, Marvel geek here any Marvel movie that comes out I’m inclined to go see it and honestly, they have yet to disappoint. Can’t wait to see Paul Rudd dawn the suit again and give me a chuckle or two with his partner Evangeline Lilly. Their characters make a hilarious duo.

13. "X-Men: Dark Phoenix"

Air Date: November 2nd

More Marvel, sorry told you it was a biased list. The X-Men series has had its issues with timelines and plot holes and a whole bag of errors, but I am interested to see what they have in store for a young Jean Grey. Hopefully, with all these back stories they can go back and fix their errors.

14. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"

Air Date: November 16th

I have absolutely no knowledge of this movie but the first one did so well and seemed to be liked but many I figured its sequel was worth mentioning.

15. "Aquaman"

Air Date: December 21st

More superheroes, but this is D.C., my friends.

Now D.C. hasn’t exactly knocked it out of the park with their films, besides Wonder Women, but they seem to do OK with origin stories, in my opinion anyway. Hopefully, this movie gives a little more insight into the new Aquaman and does him justice.

Cover Image Credit: pixabay.com

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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The End Of An Odyssey: My Time As A Writer

Like all chapters in life, there has to come an end. This ending is by no means easy, but rather one that is bittersweet. But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.

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When I first decided I wanted to write for the Odyssey, I was going into my senior year at the University of Maine. I had always been an avid reader of Odyssey articles, whether it was to seek advice, comfort, or sole entertainment. I was always inspired by how raw and honest each article was, and I really wanted to have the chance to write such types of articles as well. When I applied and later got the call that I had made it onto the Odyssey team at UMaine, I was ecstatic! I felt like now was finally the time I could share my innermost thoughts and feelings publicly and work on becoming a better writer.

I have always loved to write. Since the day I first picked up a pencil, writing has been a passion of mine. Now as an Odyssey member, I knew this was my chance to be truly heard.

I began by writing solely political articles, as I was a political science student and loved to shed light on controversial topics. My first article was about the then-recent presidential election. I was full of nerves the day it got published, and rightfully so, as my post drew in many critics. Facebook is a shark-tank of sorts, everyone there is waiting for just the right bait to come out and attack. However, I loved the fact that my opinions were being formally materialized for everyone to see. Pretty much anyone in the world could read my article, which served as an inspiration to keep writing.

What started as a political-only "blog" of sorts slowly evolved into a diary-like platform. I found that writing about whatever hardship I had been going through at the time helped me process it and move forward. Writing is very therapeutic, and I wasn't ashamed or embarrassed to put my private emotions out in the open, though I had received much backlash for it from many.

Yet what kept me motivated to keep pushing the envelope and staying true to my word-literally, was my amazing, influential Odyssey team. We all would share our topics for the week and vent about any criticisms we may have received after one of our articles had been published. I have been very fortunate to have such a supportive, caring team of Odyssey writers, else I likely would've regressed back to writing neutral articles.

So as weeks turned to months, writing for Odyssey felt like second nature. The pride I would feel once an article went public was indescribable. Looking back now at the 70+ articles I wrote, I can literally be transported back to a certain point in my life with every past article. I can see how much I've grown as a person and can acknowledge that I successfully was able to overcome certain obstacles I never thought possible.

Writing, just like time, heals everything.

The Odyssey saw me through the toughest times of my life, and no matter how uncertain things may have seemed at the time, what was for sure was the fact that I had the written word to fall back on. With each article that I wrote, I felt like a weight had been lifted. And not only that but also knowing that any particular article may have served to help someone else who may have been going through a similar situation, only inspired me more.

So, my decision to stop writing for the Odyssey came with great difficulty, as it has become such a huge part of my life. The adult world is very hectic, and responsibilities pile up as fast as bills. Lately, I just felt like I haven't been putting the time and effort into writing articles like I did during college. I owe it to the Odyssey community to be honest, as a privilege like this should never be seen as a chore.

I am so unbelievably grateful to have had this experience for the past year and a half of my life. Now, I have a permanent online library that represents who I truly am, and for the rest of my life I can look back at these articles and relive some of those memories. The Odyssey helped me to grow emotionally, and I met so many amazing, inspiring people along the way.

But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my writing and read my articles. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to hear someone say how much they loved a certain article or how relatable another one was. Thank you to my Odyssey team for always encouraging me to write from the heart and never be too afraid to speak my mind.

And lastly, thank you to Odyssey, for serving as a safe, encouraging place for young people to voice their opinions and ideas freely. I will forever be thankful for this journey of growth, reflection, and expression.

Off to the next odyssey.

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