Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My Top Twenty-Five Movies of 2018 (and Ten Best Documentaries)

2018 is probably the year I saw the most movies ever in theaters, not only new releases but also old releases, seeing about 90-95% of all the movies that were newly released in theaters. And I don't even get paid to do it. With that being said, I think I can give a pretty good assessment of the top 25 movies in 2018, even though all art is subjective. These were my personal 25 favorites that stood out above the rest, despite the fact that it was a very good year in movies. In many ways it was very difficult to come up with this list, because very few if any movies really do stand out as the best of the best. In fact, until the moment when I wrote this list down, I had very little idea what I wanted in my top 25. It was hard enough narrowing things down to 50. Furthermore, this was a very good year for documentaries, and I really don't like including documentaries with movies, so I decided to compile a separate list of my top ten documentaries. Also, I'm only including movies and documentaries here that I saw in theaters, where I think a true movie experience can be experienced, and not by streaming or any other means. That being said, here are my two lists. Click on each film to read more about it.

25 Best Movies of 2018

1. The Bookshop

2. Green Book

3. A Quiet Place

4. Avengers: Infinity War

5. Annihilation

6. American Animals

7. Leave No Trace

8. Eighth Grade

9. The Old Man and the Gun

10. The Mule

11. Mission: Impossible - Fallout

12. Game Night

13. Black Panther

14. A Private War

15. Juliet, Naked

16. Hereditary

17. Puzzle

18. Suspiria

19. Can You Ever Forgive Me?

20. Shoplifters

21. The Rider

22. Mid90's

23. Mandy

24. A Star is Born

25. Upgrade

10 Best Documentaries of 2018

1. Three Identical Strangers

2. Free Solo

3. They Shall Not Grow Old

4. Filmworker

5. Maria By Callas

6. Demon House

7. Studio 54: The Documentary

8. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

9. Won't You Be My Neighbor

10. The Devil and Father Amorth