The Independent Variable
✖︎ 2018 Top Ten - Film
January 3, 2019
- Sorry To Bother You
- One of my most anticipated movies of the year. It was quite different than I had expected going in, but the absurdity was the key to my heart.
- A Star is Born
- Walking out of the theatre for this, I didn’t really know how to feel. It was basically two different movies, with a lot of story to tell, and the first half was much more compelling. However, I found myself thinking about this movie a lot as time passed.
- Black Panther
- Ryan Coogler can do no wrong. I didn’t feel the same love towards Michael B. Jordan’s character in the same way a lot of others seemed to, and the opening was a bit stilted, but pretty much everything else was amazing throughout this superhero flick.
- Easily the most beautiful film of the year for me. I just wish I could’ve seen this in the theatre. The direction and the camera movements made it feel like an experience you shared with the characters and by the end you felt a real connection to them.
- Green Book
- This might be a little high given the inherent hokiness, but I loved it nonetheless. The acting and relationship between Vigo and Mahershala is basically all you need for a movie in my book. Some of the character development for Dr. Don Shirley felt like an afterthought, but it still hit high notes for me overall.
- mid90’s was basically made for me. I was never really a skater kid growing up, however, the culture was something I grew up admiring and those were the aspects captured by Jonah Hill quote masterfully in his directorial debut.
- Isle of Dogs
- I said earlier Roma was the most beautiful film this year, but Isle of Dogs was fast on it’s heels. The stop-motion animation was meticulous and an awe to just look at and admire. I appreciate Wes Anderson’s earlier films, but it seems to me his first stop-motion film is where he really found his stride (Grand Budapest being my favorite of all his films) and he hits on all cylinders here.
- Bad Times at the El Royale
- The most underrated movie of the year in my opinion. I loved A Cabin in the Woods and this captured a lot of those sensibilities, but in a very different way. It was crazy, and quirky, and mysterious in all the right ways with wonderful performances all around.
- The Quiet Place
- For most of the year, I thought this was going to end up as my number one movie. Such a great plot device and the performances by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, along with the kids, were excellent. Horror has never been a genre I’ve gravitated towards, but between this and Get Out, the genre seems to be elevating itself.
- The Favourite
- This was a masterfully made movie. Every aspect well-considered. The humor was top notch, the acting perfect, the direction and cinematography (despite some weird fisheye choices) were superb. There aren’t enough nice things to say about it. I can definitely see this as the favorite for taking home hardware, at least when it comes to best acting, both lead and supporting, as well as costume design, direction, and cinematography come awards season.
A few movies I loved that just missed the list:
- Come Inside My Mind
- Avengers: Infinity War
There are also tons of movies I haven’t seen yet, which I am trying to remedy as quickly as possible, but to that end, they couldn’t be included in my top ten. List.
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
- Eighth Grade
- Beautiful Boy
- The Sisters Brothers And many more…