Best Movies of 2018

So here we are, at the end of another great year of movies. In true movie nerd style I keep a record of everything I watch throughout the year so I can tally and weigh in on which movies stood out above the rest. SPOILER ALERT - It’s usually the indie and foreign movies which grab my attention.

This year I’ve had a broader mix of film genres with Marvel comic book movies sneaking up into my best movies with Black Panther truly going the distance. Sidelined to an early 2018 release date, I don’t think the studio’s realised what a mega hit they had up their sleeve with Black Panther smashing box office numbers and still a topic of conversation nearly 12 months later.

Coincidently two black and white films made my list with both Cold War and Roma adopting the style to stunning effect. Cold War remains my favourite cinematography of the year. Two thrillers made my list with John Krasinski’s debut thriller/horror A Quiet Place and the B-movie action thriller Upgrade which both had some extremely tense scenes. Upgrade’s fight choreography and bold camera work was a knock out.

The quirky charm of Wes Anderson’s stop motion animation Isle of Dogs swept me away, I have long been a fan of his very peculiar and very particular style. But the true dark horse in this list is with Game Night, the hilariously black comedy and is the most fun I’ve had in the cinema all year.

What were your favourite movies of 2018?

  1. COLD WAR
    Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
    Country: Poland, France, United Kingdom

  2. ISLE OF DOGS
    Director: Wes Anderson
    Country: United States, Germany

  3. SHOPLIFTERS
    Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
    Country: Japan

  4. ROMA
    Director: Alfonso Cuarón
    Country: Mexico, United States

  5. A QUIET PLACE
    Director: John Krasinski
    Country: United States

  6. FIRST REFORMED
    Director: Paul Schrader
    Country: United States

  7. ANNIHILATION
    Director: Alex Garland
    Country: United Kingdom, United States

  8. UPGRADE
    Director: Leigh Whannell
    Country: Australia, United States

  9. BLACK PANTHER
    Director: Ryan Coogler
    Country: United States

  10. GAME NIGHT
    Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
    Country: United States


Countdown of my TOP 30 movies

See the live list over on Letterboxd - I still have a few 2018 movies to catch up on, so this list is still evolving

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“But Adelle,” I hear you ask, “where are the women filmmakers?”

Can I call myself a “pro-gender equality critic” when not one single movie from my TOP 10 list was made by a female filmmaker?

When it comes to judging the quality of a film I don’t first ask whether the filmmaker was male or female. Film is subjective, we know that. It depends on so many different factors like story subject matter, performances and technical execution when deciding if a film is “good” or not. It’s different for ever single viewer and that’s the beauty of cinema.

In 2017, the film Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins made my TOP 10 list. Sadly this year, as I reflect on the year in movies I’ve found only 6 movies from 30 of my favourites were female directed:

The Breadwinner
You Were Never Really Here
Cargo (co-directed)
Leave No Trace
Rafiki
Woman Walks Ahead


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