As 2018 came to a close, so did one of the best years in film’s recent history. From small indies to big blockbusters, the industry was filled with quality content for everyone. Let’s take a look at the best of it.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: BlacKkKlansman, You Were Never Really Here, Isle of Dogs, First Reformed, Bohemian Rhapsody, Incredibles 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Black Panther.
10. Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age film is an instant classic, one that is made all the more memorable thanks to a committed performance from Elsie Fisher. Overall, a great directorial debut from the former youtuber.
9. Mission:Impossible – Fallout
The seventh installment of this long-running franchise is not only the best of the bunch, but one of the best films of the year. Featuring jaw-dropping action sequences left and right, Christopher McQuarrie delivers an action epic with another stellar performance by Tom Cruise and company.
This small thriller came out of nowhere and surprised many who had the chance to see it earlier this year. Packed with tense and chilling twists and turns, this unconventional film delivers in its payoff and becomes one of the more pleasant surprises of the year.
Alex Garland once again proves his masterful skill at the sci-fi genre, creating a film that while not as good as Ex Machina, is still extremely interesting and immersive.
6. The Favourite
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz turned out to be a formidable group of actresses to lead this black comedy period piece directed beautifully by Yorgos Lanthimos. It’s truly worth seeing, and while certanily not for everyone, the craft on display is undeniable.
5. A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper directs and stars in yet another retelling of the classic, but surprisingly, delivers the best version yet. His raw direction paired with his incredibly emotional script and songs, A Star is Born is easily one of the most memorable experiences of the year, thanks also in large part to a star-making performance by Lady Gaga.
4. A Quiet Place
The year’s most original and refreshing film by far, John Krasinski takes tired horror tropes and turns them into gold, mixing them with a very original concept, genuine scares, and incredible performances, especially from his wife, Emily Blunt. It’s an instant horror classic.
Alfonso Cuaron’s most personal project yet is also his best, providing a touching film with a big message and beautiful visuals that makes it one of the most memorable pieces of cinema in years.
2. Green Book
Perhaps the most surprising addition to this list, Peter Farrely of all people has done one of the best films of the year. Green Book is both hilarious and touching, delivering a message that is so important in today’s society. It might just be written off as a feel-good movie, but there is definitely a punch the film delivers that is not to be ignored. In addition, both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are excellent in their respective roles.
It’s so refreshing to see a pure horror film be as good as this, but Ari Aster actually pulls it off with his directorial debut, with a macabre and elegant horror film for the ages, and one of the scariest films to come out in recent years. Beautifully shot and incredibly well acted, Hereditary is simply just an experience that cannot be missed.