The Best Films of 2018

I saw some films. Here are the ones I liked the most.

New Release Films Watched In 2018

The Shape of Water, Molly’s Game, Black Panther, The Cloverfield Paradox, The Final Year, Mute, The Death of Stalin, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, The Other Side of Hope, A Wrinkle In Time, Ready Player One, A Quiet Place, I Am Not a Witch, The Party, Isle of Dogs, Avengers: Infinity War, Tully, My Friend Dahmer, Breath, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Annihilation, Outside In, Ocean’s Eight, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Foxtrot, Incredibles 2, Hereditary, Upgrade, Robert the Bruce, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mary Shelley, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Breaker Upperers, RBG, The Devil and Father Amorth, Wilflife, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, First Reformed, The Green Fog, Everybody Knows, The Insult, The Children Act, Museum, Won’t You Be My Neighbour?, Blackkklansman, The Predator, The Hastrman, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Suspiria, A Star Is Born, Bad Times at the El Royale, First Man, Bohemian Rhapsody, Widows, Sorry To Bother You, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Other Side of the Wind, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, Mary Poppins Returns, Vice, Black Panther, Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, Climax, The House That Jack Built, Roma, Three Identical Strangers, Searching, Cold War, Game Night, Mandy, Bird Box, The Favourite, Chappaquiddick, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, American Animals.

Older Films Watched In 2018

The Curse of the Cat People (1944), Mademoiselle Fifi (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), A Game of Death (1945), Criminal Court (1946), Born To Kill (Deadlier Than the Male) (1947), Mystery In Mexico (1948), Blood on the Moon (1948), The Set-Up (1949), Two Flags West (1950), Three Secrets (1950), The House on Telegraph Hill (1951), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Captive City (1952), Something For the Birds (1952), Destination Gobi (1953), So Big (1953), Executive Suite (1954), Helen of Troy (1956), The Desert Rats (1953), Tribute to a Bad Man (1956), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), This Could Be the Night (1957), Until They Sail (1957), Run Silent Run Deep (1958), I Want To Live! (1958), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), Two For the Seaside (1962), The Haunting (1963), The Sound of Music (1965), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Star! (1968), The Andromeda Strain (1971), Two People (1973), The Hindenburg (1975), Audrey Rose (1977), Rooftops (1989), A Storm In Summer (2000), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Director’s Cut) (1979), West Side Story (1961), Good Times (1967), The Birthday Party (1968), The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), The Boys in the Band (1970), The French Connection (1971), The French Connection II (1975), The Exorcist (1977), Wages of Fear (1953), Sorcerer (1977), The Brink’s Job (1978), Cruising (1980), Deal of the Century (1983), To Live and Die in LA (1985), C.A.T. Squad (1986), Rampage (1987), C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf (1988), The Guardian (1990), Blue Chips (1994), Jade (1995), Rules of Engagement (2000), 12 Angry Men (1997), The Hunted (2003), Bug (2006), Conversation with Fritz Lang (1975), Killer Joe (2011), Revel Highway: Jailbreakers (1994), Easy Rider (1969), The Last Movie (1971), Out of the Blue (1980), Colors (1988), Catchfire (Backtrack) (1990), The Hot Spot (1990), Chasers (1994), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), The Disaster Artist (2017), Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), Miss Sloane (2016), Spider-man: Homecoming (2017), Hunt For the Wilderpeople (2016), Hunger (2008), Shame (2011), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Mother (2009), Snowpiercer (2013), Okja (2017), Tokyo! (2008), Ned (2003), Down Under (2016), Russian Ark (2002), The Cocoanuts (1929), 42 (2013), The Accountant (2016), Queen of Katwe (2016), Animal Crackers (1930), Anomalisa (2016), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Sneakers (1992), The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), Klute (1969), Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973), The Parallax View (1974), Comes a Horseman (1978), Starting Over (1979), Rollover (1981), Sophie’s Choice (1982), Dream Lover (1986), Jurassic World (2015), See You in the Morning (1989), Presumed Innocent (1990), Consenting Adults (1992), All the President’s Men (1976), Orphans (1987), Lebanon (2009), The Pelican Brief (1993), The Devil’s Own (1997), The Incredibles (2004), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Duellists (1977), Alien (Theatrical Cut) (1979), Blade Runner (Director’s Cut) (1981), Legend (1985), Someone To Watch Over Me (1987), Black Rain (1989), Thelma and Louise (1991), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), White Squall (1996), G.I. Jane (1997), Gladiator (Extended Cut) (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Matchstick Men (2003), Perfect Gentlemen (1978), Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), Cookie (1989), When Harry Met Sally (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990), This Is My Life (1992), Sleepless In Seattle (1993), Mixed Nuts (1994), Michael (1996), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Lucky Numbers (2000), Hanging Up (2000), Bewitched (2005), Julie & Julia (2009), Everything Is Copy (2015), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), Kingdom of Heaven (Director’s Cut) (2005), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), Robin Hood (2010), Prometheus (2012), The Counselor (2013), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), The Martian (2015), Alien: Covenant (2017), All the Money in the World (2017), Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989), Class Reunion (1982), Mr Mom (1983), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), Weird Science (1985), Pretty In Pink (1986), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), She’s Having a Baby (1988), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990), Career Opportunities (1991), Curly Sue (1991), Dutch (1991), Beethoven (1992), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Home Alone 3 (1997), Dennis the Menace (1993), Baby’s Day Out (1994), Reach the Rock (1998), Nate and Hayes (1983), Flubber (1997), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Don’t You Forget About Me (2010), Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016), Little Evil (2017), The Fireman’s Ball (1967), Paddington 2 (2017), Summer in the City (1971), The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty (1972), The Scarlet Letter (1973), Alice in the Cities (1974), The Wrong Move (1975), Kings of the Road (1976), The American Friend (1977), Lightning Over Water (1980), Hammett (1982), Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Until the End of the World (1991), The State of Things (1982), Lisbon Story (1994), Buena Vista Social Club (1999), A Trick of the Light (1995), The End of Violence (1997), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), Land of Plenty (2004), Don’t Come Knocking (2005), Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015), Submergence (2017), Palermo Shooting (2008), Faraway, So Close (1993), Pina (2011), The Salt of the Earth (2014), The Moon is the Sun’s Dream (1992), Threesome (1997), Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy For Mr Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), If You Were Me (2003), Three… Extremes (2004), Lady Vengeance (2005), I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006), Thirst (2009), Stoker (2013), The Handmaiden (2016), Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016), The Element of Crime (1984), Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996), The Idiots (1998), Epidemic (1987), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2003), The Boss of It All (2006), Medea (1988), Manderlay (2005), Antichrist (2009), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac Vol. I (2013), Nymphomaniac Vol. II (2013), D-Day (2000), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), The Magic Christian (1969).

Short Films Watched In 2018

World of Tomorrow (2015), World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Problems (2017), The People vs Paul Crump (1962), Putting It Together: The Making of a Broadway Album (1985), Homeless (2000), Pashmy Dreams (2008), Bear (1993), Five Easy Pieces (1995), Deadpan (1997), Illuminer (2001), Incoherence (1994), Influenza (2004), In One Breath: Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2003), Jack-Jack Attack (2005), Bao (2018), Accidence (2018), Springman and the SS (1946), Room 666 (1982), Judgement (1999), Night Fishing (2011), Day Trip (2012), A Rose Reborn (2014), Bitter Sweet Seoul (2014), Perfect Human (1967), Dimension 1991-2024 (2010).

The Best Films of 2017

Do I mean best or favourite? Since art is entirely subjective and there can be no objective measure of success outside of the financial, obviously I mean best.

The two pieces of 2017 art that moved me the most were the new series of Twin Peaks, and the album Whiteout Conditions by The New Pornographers. But some of the movies were pretty good too. I dug Logan, Lucky and Logan Lucky. I enjoyed Wonder Women, Wonderstruck and Wonder Wheel, but missed Wonder and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. I saw Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge and Alice Lowe’s Prevenge. I enjoyed Gerald’s Game, and waited for Molly’s Game. I started the year with1994’s Ladybird Ladybird and ended it with 2017’s Lady Bird. It’s important to maintain variety.

My approach to release dates is haphazard and designed to annoy. There are some 2016 films that were not released in Australia until 2017. There are some 2017 films that won’t be released in Australia until 2018. And there are some 1992 films that trump everything released this year because nobody’s figured out how to make a film better than Sneakers.

Also, I do a film podcast. It’s good. You should listen.

All right. On with it. From my arbitrarily-numbered yet mandatorily-divisible-by-five list of favourite films, it hurt to cut: Moonlight, 20th Century Women, Prevenge, Colossal.

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