Each year during the Award Season, which inevitably leads us to the overhyped and over-puffed Oscars, which, let’s face it, is really just Hollywood celebrating itself (not a bad thing, but a thing to be considered), I reflect on what films are nominated and what films are ignored.
It’s always difficult to predict which films will be remembered years from now, but the immediacy that comes with critical observation offers me a moment to consider what films linger in my thoughts – their images, their textures, their tastes and sounds.
To be honest, it is still a mystery to me why certain films hover above and dwell deep in my conscious, like spectral, half remembered ghosts, while others dissipate the moment the theatre lights illuminate the darkness.
As a disclaimer, I do not watch films that contain nudity or sexual scenes. What films listed below that contain such content I viewed edited.
To be sure, few films linger, and even fewer shape me as a person. Nevertheless, here are my personal favorite films of 2018. The top three are in order – the rest are not.
- Baby Driver
- Phantom Thread
- Logan Lucky
- Blade Runner 2049 (edited)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Get Out
Best Documentary: Five Came Back. Netflix. Amazing.
I much prefer older movies. They are generally better and that is an objective fact. The best film I saw last year was Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who directs circles around the any of this years releases.