The Best of 2018: A Reflection.
Hello and happy New Year!
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed recently, it’s that people get really sentimental on New Years Day. Another thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of people post their top movie picks of the year, which makes this post rather emulative. But fuck it.
Here’s my overall reflection on the 2018 movie scene.
First of all, there were a lot of films released this year that I never got round to watching, despite my every intention, such as Yardie, ROMA, Widows, American Animals and so on. I’m aware that a lot of theses had top pick potential so I’m gutted I haven’t seen them yet, but I can only really comment on what I’ve watched.
Likewise, I was thinking of doing a ‘Good, Bad and the Ugly’ kind of post, but I’m happy to say I managed to dodge a lot of cinematic shit like Night School, Pacific Rim and that one with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and the big fuck off ape.
There are some films that left me confused more than anything, and I still don’t know whether they were good or not. To name a few, Red Sparrow, A Simple Favour and Hereditary (the car decapitation scene still fucks me up).
But without further ado, here’s my top ten movies from 2018.
10. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
I think this little independent passed most people by, but it was earthy, wholesome and thought provoking, so maybe give it a watch.
9. The Incredibles 2
I’m still so impressed with this sequel that in a moment of rarity, managed to live up to the original and provide us with fun, adventure and strong female characters. Massive yes from me.
8. A Quiet Place
A gripping concept that in my opinion was a revolution in the horror genre. The acting was amazing and the plot evoked a type of fear the audience were unfamiliar with.
7. I, Tonya
Almost forgot about this one, but how could I? One of the most darkly entertaining biopics I’ve ever seen, about a seriously misunderstood character. Margot Robbie and Allison Janney give particularly outstanding performances.
6. Isle of Dogs
I felt like this movie was made for me. It’s a charming ode to the loyalty and friendship between children and dogs. Incredibly clever and endearing. Must watch.
5. Coco (released in Mexico and the US in 2017 but the UK in 2018)
After watching this 5 times in the cinema and at home throughout the year, including a fiesta night of Mexican food, Sombreros and Coco, I can confirm that this is one of my favourite animated films ever. It’s heart-warming, bilingual, educational, melodic and infectious. It also gave me my favourite movie quote of the year, “Bring back the singing dogs!”
4. Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri
This movie was brutal, funny and just epic in so many ways. The cinematography was breath-taking and the plot was brave, but the most predominant element of this movie was Frances McDormand’s performance as the fierce and compelling Mildred Hayes. Women really made a stamp on cinema this year.
3. A Star is Born
This movie was everything. Maybe expecting so little from it contributed to how much I was blown away, but I can’t remember a single flaw. The direction was amazing, as was the soundtrack and the acting. This movie was a showcase of Bradley Cooper’s talent and the impression is long-lasting.
2. The Shape of Water
I only watched this film once and it was all the way back in January. And yet, I still find myself reflecting on it to this day. When I watched The Shape of Water, I could genuinely feel the heart and soul that was poured into it. This comes from the generosity of spirit weaved throughout the characters and the complacent attitude towards the plot. There was no mistaking that the filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing with this film, whether the audience ‘got it’ or not, this film believed in itself. I also found that despite being mute, the character of Eliza had the most profound dialogue and the way Sally Hawkins conveyed such deep emotion whilst using sign language was incredible. If you didn’t get round to watching The Shape of Water, please, please get round to it.
I knew this was my film of the year within the first 10 minutes of watching it. Spike Lee presents a gut wrenching, hilarious, and passionate dramatization of real events that feel so relevant despite being set in the 70s. It’s hard to specify what was so good about it. After watching this movie, I left the cinema overwhelmed with emotions and I got a similar feeling as I did the first time I watched Pulp Fiction. I can’t say much more, just please watch this movie, even if you already have, watch it again.