Winner of – Best Family Blog – from VUE Weekly 2017

Top 3 UnDad Family Movies 2018

In the blogging biz lists are the shit. And by shit, I mean they gargle blast your influencer rating to ‘rudimentary’. So, being a bit of a film buff, I’ve decided to do something ‘white guy’ easy, and tell you what I think about stuff.

Here are the UnDad’s top picks for best family* movies of 2018.

*Not necessarily family friendly, but, there are families involved. Huzzah!


Courtesy of PalmStar Media

3: Hereditary

Synopsis: A family deals with tragedy as they realize that devils are in the details.

Hereditary: Your mom is weird.

An excerpt from THIS: “… the film Hereditary is gorgeously terrifying. It shies away from the typical jump scare to engross the viewer in a solidly horrifying tale of a dark family lineage and how they try to cope on the edge of sanity. Loss, estrangement, and the most memorable collections of visual astonishments since the Exorcist (floor pee, the spinning head, crab walk, crucifix sex). If you are a film buff and don’t mind coming very close to pooping your pants in fear, Hereditary is something you will never forget. Also, Toni Collette should win many awards for her performance. Srsly.”


Courtesy of StudioCanal

2: Paddington 2

Synopsis: Ursus marmaladeus gets involved with the right kind of convicts.

P2: Never trust actors.

Pure family fun. Entrenched with innocence and hope, the bear with a positive tilt does his best to do right by the people he loves. As per usual, Brendan Gleason turns what could be a basic character into a full-on canon of humanity. For sheer heart, wonder, and an all-engrossing positive experience, P2 is tip to tails an engrossing and wholesome love in. Also, the ending, let ’em flow. This is the only family-friendly movie on the list. If you have been listening to The UnDad Podcast lately, you will realize that you are welcome.


Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1: A Quiet Place

Synopsis: The world is overrun by sound sensitive apex predators. They hear you and they kill you and you are delicious.

A Quiet Place: Thank you for not shutting up.

The best family movie, not a family movie but a family-oriented movie, is a Quiet place. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe draw together to form this human gene bond. Sure, it has elements of horror. But, do not elements of tragedy and horror hold hands when emotion comes in to play? I think we will soon realize that horror is not horror, it is the theatrical tragedy, and A Quiet Place has this, but also, so much love and hope and perseverance. I do not write spoilers but, parents, watch this. It is heart wrenching and horrifying. But the end, oh the end, it kicks at the darkness until it bleeds daylight.

Tagged as: , , , , ,

Categorised in: General weirdness, Uncategorized

Leave a Reply


RSS The UnDad Podcast

  • Thus far in review with producer Andrew Paul
    Having Andrew Paul as a producer is like having a wizard/scientist friend that, no matter how under the influence you are, supports your crazy ideas and helps bring them to life. So, yeah, of course I was going to pick his brain. Jesus. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast […]
  • Never use it as an excuse
    Mr. Owen Brierley is a delight to talk to. Join us as we chat about what it is like growing up being legally deaf, what a lawnmower parent is, and how everyone should have their own personal version of 'It's All Gone Pete Tong'. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta […]
  • I have a ghost in my head and I call it Garglemax
    I got an implant that connects to a wizard class synthetic user interface. It's like 'Alexa' that only I can hear. It's for science. Everything is fine.
  • Who would win in a fight, Mr. Rogers or Jesus?
    Scott C. Bourgeois and I talk about our respective adoptions, what part of your body you should eat first if you were trapped on an island, all the effing podcasts he is involved with, and the best of kid lit.
  • Jana O'Connor PT 2
    The second of two parts of our Jana O'Connor interview (please listen to the first one if you already haven't). To get to the point: Jana is a jewel in the crown of the Canadian arts scene. She is triple H (not the goddamn wrestler): humble, humorous, and ensconced with humanity. We talk about working […]
  • Jana O'Connor PT 1
    As the Etruscans put it, this one was a doozy. Join me and Jana O'Connor as we cover everything from antiquated idioms to how to butt in line at the dentist (and everything in between). We talked so long that I had to cut it in two. I had to cut it in two because […]
  • I think the Jedi have it all wrong
    There is some rampant nerdery as Darren Pleavin and I talk horror movies, horror feelings, invisible motorcycles, family horror, and some scary stuff that left us holding each other, cerebrally. This episode is powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network. Thank you to Andrew Paul and the Edmonton Community Foundation for the […]
  • His Dumbledore is Shit
    Garglemax handles the heavy lifting while I talk shop with Dave Breakenridge, the Managing Editor of the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, and Edmonton Examiner. Topics covered: Helicopter parents, swearing, ADHD, Harry Potter readings in character, the 10/3 Podcast, columnists as journalists, and where not to get a tattoo.
  • I'm still doing comedy
    Ken Valgardson answers the phone for a content over audio quality interview. We chat comedy, teaching, parenting, and child bowels. It truly is a magical time to be alive. Powered by ATB and the Alberta Podcast Network with help from the Edmonton Community Foundation.
  • We're heroes
    A rousing conversation with Elena Porter where we talk about being an actor and parent, the great Arlington Apartment fire of 2005, murder, and buying a horse. Powered by ATB and sponsored by the Alberta Podcast Network.

Follow The Undad via Email

Enter your email address to follow The Undad and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 39 other subscribers

%d bloggers like this: