Friday, January 11, 2019

The Best (and Worst) Films of 2018

My top ten films of 2018. (D) denotes documentary.
1.) Lean on Pete
2.) The Dawn Wall (D)
3.) Won't You Be My Neighbor? (D)
4.) Can You Ever Forgive Me?
5.) Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
6.) Leave No Trace
7.) Who We Are Now
8.) Outside In
9.) Ready Player One
10.) Pick of the Litter (D)
My "second ten": the honorable mentions of 2018 (in alphabetical order): "Bad Times at the El Royale" / "Bathtubs Over Broadway" (D) / "Burning" / "Den of Thieves" / "Destroyer" / "Green Book" / "Science Fair" (D) / "Where is Kyra?" / "Widows" / "The Wife"
And the seven I crossed off to come up with that list: "Bohemian Rhapsody" / "Crazy Rich Asians" / "The Death of Stalin" / "Hal" (D) / "The Mule" / "The Rider" / "Viper Club"
I now see only films I hope I will, and believe there is a reasonable chance I will, enjoy. This resulted in a low number of films seen (212) and an unprecedented high average star rating (2.38). The worst two films of 2018:

All Summers End
The Year of Spectacular Men

Mary Poppins Returns, Second Act, Cold War, On the Basis of Sex, Vice, Holmes and Watson, Welcome to Marwen, Stan & Ollie, Destroyer, Shirkers

Mary Poppins Returns

Second Act

Cold War

On the Basis of Sex


Holmes and Watson

Welcome to Marwen

Stan & Ollie



Thursday, December 20, 2018

Roma, People's Republic of Desire, Bathtubs Over Broadway, Vox Lux, Ben is Back, Mary Queen of Scots, Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, If Beale Street Could Talk, Capernaum, Kill the Monsters, The Mule, Tyrel


People's Republic of Desire

Bathtubs Over Broadway

Vox Lux

Ben is Back

Mary Queen of Scots

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

If Beale Street Could Talk


Kill the Monsters

The Mule


Chef Flynn, Green Book, At Eternity's Gate, Creed II, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Last Race, Amazing Grace, The Favourite, Shoplifters, The World Before Your Feet, Shoah: The Four Sisters, Everybody Knows

Chef Flynn

Green Book

At Eternity's Gate

Creed II

Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Last Race

Amazing Grace

The Favourite


The World Before Your Feet

Shoah: The Four Sisters

Everybody Knows

Boy Erased, Monrovia Indiana, Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words, A Private War, Burning, In Search of Greatness, The Front Runner, The Girl in the Spider's Web, El Angel, Searching for Ingmar Bergman, Widows, The Waldheim Waltz

Boy Erased

Monrovia, Indiana

Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words

A Private War


In Search of Greatness

The Front Runner

The Girl in the Spider's Web

El Angel

Searching for Ingmar Bergman


The Waldheim Waltz

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, What They Had, mid90s, The Great Buster: A Celebration, The Guilty, Wildlife, The Price of Everything, Viper Club, On Her Shoulders, A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold, A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk with Me a While, Brewmaster, Bohemian Rhapsody

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

What they Had


The Great Buster: A Celebration

The Guilty


The Price of Everything

Viper Club

On Her Shoulders

A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold

A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While


Bohemian Rhapsody