It’s Oscar Sunday, so today’s the day I release my annual top 10 list of the Best Films of 2018 (in my humble opinion). You can also read my top 10 list of the Best Production Design of 2018 with the best-supporting visuals I could find. You can also check out last year’s top 10 list, the Best Films of 2017 and let me know what you think.
I wish I could have released my Best Films of 2018 a little bit earlier, but I try to watch every single film I can before creating this list every year which takes time. I tend to not have enough hours in the day for film-going until Christmas rolls around, so I get a reasonably late start except for binge-watching films at the Toronto International Film Festival every year.
Anyhow, despite my best efforts I did miss a few films I think I would have really loved like Shoplifters, Blindspotting, Burning, Capernaum, Mid90s, Vox Lux, Suspiria, Never Look Away, and Leave No Trace thus these films were not considered.
I have chosen from any feature-length narrative film released in 2018 that I have seen from beginning to end excluding documentaries and animated films. So you won’t see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse or Won’t You Be My Neighbor on this list either. Sorry to spoil the surprise.
BEST FILMS OF 2018
Searching Logline: After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.
The film is told entirely through the lens of an ever-changing computer interface.
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
DOPs: Juan Sebastian Baron, Nicholas D. Johnson (director of virtual photography), Will Merrick (director of virtual photography)
Production Designer: Angel Herrera
Costume Designer: Emily Moran
Editors: Nicholas D. Johnson, Will Merrick
Music: Torin Borrowdale
9) EIGHTH GRADE
Eighth Grade Logline: An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.
8) CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME
Can You Ever Forgive Me Logline: When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
7) IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
If Beale Street Could Talk Logline: A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.
6) FIRST REFORMED
First Reformed Logline: A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
5) COLD WAR
Cold War Logline: In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
DOP: Lukasz Zal
Production Designers: Benoît Barouh (French crew production designer), Marcel Slawinski, and Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska
Costume Designer: Ola Staszko
Editor: Jaroslaw Kaminski
Roma Logline: A year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
BlacKkKlansman Logline: Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
2) AT ETERNITY’S GATE
At Eternity’s Gate Logline: A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
1) THE FAVOURITE
The Favourite Logline: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
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What are your thoughts on my best films of 2018 list? Do you agree with my picks or did I miss the mark? I’d really love to know what you think about these films in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to respond.