2018 movie watching in review

Top 12 favorites, 1001 Movies favorites, notable first-time viewings, and a list of 2018 movies I did not get a chance to see yet. Past reviews: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.

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Top 12 of 2018

The best movies I saw that came out this year (in Louisville, Kentucky)

  • 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute, 2017 France) – Director Robin Campillo and co-screenwriter Philippe Mangeot drew on their personal experiences with ACT UP in Paris, France, to develop the story about the largely-ignored AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.
  • Annihilation – A unique and visually beautiful film about alien invasion.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury (of ’70s band Queen) in the highest-grossing music biopic of all time.
  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on FootDon’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – The story of John Callahan, a quadriplegic cartoonist for nearly 30 years, battling alcoholism and the free press.
  • First Man – The space race through the eyes of Neil Armstrong. Excellent IMAX experience.
  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (Netflix Original) – A deeply personal and inspiring stand-up act from the Australian comedienne.
  • Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer – Released on YouTube as an “emotion picture” accompaniment to the album of the same name.
  • Searching – This entire murder mystery plays out on computer screens, with Google, Apple, and Microsoft technology in use.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Fantastic story and possibly the best 3D (glasses) animation ever.
  • The Post (2017 limited release) – Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-bait film set in 1971, depicting the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish the Vietnam War Pentagon Papers.
  • They Shall Not Grow Old – Peter Jackson brings actual silent WWI footage to life by adding color, sound effects, and voices (translated by lip-readers) to tell the story of British soldiers in the trenches.
  • Verónica (2017, Spain) – Horror dramatization of 1991 Vallecas case where Estefanía Gutiérrez Lázaro died mysteriously after she used a ouija board.

1001 Movies favorites

From the annually-updated 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die books, which I’ve been working through since 2013. 21 more this year, for a total of 486.

  • Call Me By Your Name (2017)
  • mother! (2017)
  • Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  • Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Strike (1925)

Notable first-time viewings

As with the 1001 Movies section above, these could be from any year.

Want to see

  • Alpha
  • A Star is Born
  • Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • First Reformed
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Leave No Trace
  • Last Men in Aleppo
  • Roma (Netflix)
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?