Another year has come and gone, and it’s been another year of great films. I’ve seen all the films I could have so here is my list of Best Films Of 2018. Below is my top 10, scroll down and you will find my runner ups (11-20) which is listed at the bottom.
•I will update the post with any late 2018 films I see that might make the list•
1. A STAR IS BORN
A masterpiece in every sense of the word. A brilliant writer/director debut from actor Bradley Cooper. The best directorial debut since Ben Affleck’s “Gone Baby Gone”. Cooper had spent nearly a year learning to play guitar and training his voice to sing. In a lead actress debut Lady Gaga is electrifying. She has a big career ahead of her as an actress.
2. FIRST REFORMED
Ethan Hawke gives his best performance of his career in writer and director Paul Schrader’s (“Taxi Driver”, “Raging Bull”) transcending film. A masterful film.
3. YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Writer and director Lynne Ramsay’s Film is hauntingly brutal but manages to be so beautiful. A beautiful direction and a great quiet performance by Joaquin Phoenix.
Spanish writer and director Alfonso Cuaron gives us his best film in a visual thank you to his childhood nanny. Every shot is a work of art. Very smart move on Netflix’s part for picking this up and distributing it under their label.
5. THE HATE U GIVE
The best YA (Young Adult) adaptation ever put on screen. Meant for the young teen crowd, but presented as a compelling adult drama. The best interpretation of black lives matter since “Fruitvale Station”. Giving a breakout performance is Amandla Stenberg who is phenomenal as the lead star.
6. GREEN BOOK
Peter Farrelly’s first foray into dramatic territory is a film of the golden era of Hollywood. “Green Book” is phenomenal with impeccable acting from both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.
7. PRIVATE LIFE
A brutally honest, funny and realistic account of a couple in the throes of infertility, as they descend into the world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. Another smart move by Netflix for picking up this film and being the distributor.
8. MARY POPPINS RETURNS
A sequel 54 years in the making. Director Rob Marshall returns to the genre that made him famous with the Academy Award Winner “Chicago”. He creates pure Disney magic and finds the best actress of this generation Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”, “Sicario”) to fill the shoes of the legendary Julie Andrews.
9. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT
When your 6 films into a franchise, the films shouldn’t be this good. For Tom Cruise and his beloved “Mission Impossible” franchise it is. The films keep getting better and better. As the films get better so does the stunts that star Tom Cruise insists on doing all on his own. Adding Superman actor Henry Cavill to the mix brought even more intensity to the action sequences. Fallout is one of the smartest and the year’s best action films.
10. THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
The third Netflix film on my list is Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s career best performance. A remake of the 2014 Israeli film, director Sara Colangelo took home best director at Sundance. She tells the story with restraint that only furthers the intrigue of the story. “The Kindergarten Teacher” plays to a climax that feels like a thriller. It’s superb work and an impressive performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal.