It's that time of year again! Or past it, actually.
It's an annual tradition with @Klep and I. Last year's thread: http://themanadrain.com/topic/1758/best-films-of-2017
To begin, here is a list of 2018 releases: https://www.firstshowing.net/schedule2018/
Here are the 2018 releases I've seen, in order of release date:
A Wrinkle in Time
Ready One Player
A Quiet Place
Avengers: Infinity War
Jurassic World 2
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Three Identical Strangers
Ant Man and the Wasp
Sorry to Bothering You
Mission Impossible: Fallout
The House with a Clock in its Walls
A Star is Born
The Hate U Give
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Mary Queen of Scots
If Beale Street Could Talk
Movies I still want to see:
Minding the Gap
At eternity’s gate
Wow! I saw quite a few films released in 2018! It was a pretty good year for film, but my tastes this year veered more 'popular' than the Academy.
The documentaries of 2018 were absurdly good, and if I included them, they would swamp my top 5 or even top 10. Won't you Be My Neighbor was probably the best thing I saw all year, so I'm going to stick to the non-Doc films.
My top 5 films of the year, from 5th to 1st:
- Creed II
I had Creed I in my list before, and I liked this one even more.
- The Hate U Give
This was the best narrative on race I saw in 2018, and there were a number of good ones, including Blindspotting, which was better than the strange twist Sorry to Bother You.
- A Star is Born
I really dug this film. The performances were outstanding. The music was great, and I loved it from start to finish.
- First Man
Damien Chazelle made one of my favorite movies of all time, Whiplash, and this film was unbelievable. Must see film. Completely profound too.
- A Quiet Place
The best film of the year. I have never seen anything like it, and I loved every moment. It was so quiet in the theater that someone near the front literally got out of their seat to close the theater door. I'll never forget that.
RBG and Won't you Be My Neighbor would be basically tied for the top couple of slots if I included them.