2018 turned out to be the year when I had press accreditation for the London Film Festival! As a result, I was able to see a whole host of films which haven’t even been released in the UK yet, which was a real bonus.
On the other hand, as usual, I managed to miss a couple of films which I really wanted to see this year, top of the list being Cold War and Zama.
Although you may not have seen as many updates on this platform as before, I’ve been contributing at The Movie Isle this year and so you’ll find many of my reviews over there if they’re not here.
A complete list of my 2018 viewing can be found here on Letterboxd or click on the titles to see my thoughts on the top ten.
Let’s start with a quick list of numbers 20 – 11:
20 – Bad Times at the El Royale
19 – Black Panther
18 – Sweet Country
17 – The Endless
16 – L’amant double
15 – Lean on Pete
14 – Roma
13 – Un amour impossible
12 – Burning
11 – The Third Murder
If this is truly going to be Robert Redford’s final film, then what a fitting end. Charming, funny and entertaining.
9 – Gholam
Shahab Hosseini walks a lot in the London rain as he mulls over his options. It’s a film that has stayed with me all year, and has an ending that comes out of nowhere.
8 – Loveless
Wrapped in some beautiful, glacial cinematography, Loveless is a personal story with a political undertone which haunts long after the final image.
7 – First Reformed
When I left the cinema I had no idea whether I even liked this. The fact that it’s made it here probably tells you what you need to know.
Soaring camerawork, a luscious score – Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin are a match made in heaven.
5 – BlacKkKlansman
Films that make you laugh, then make you feel uncomfortable that you’re laughing, then stun you into silence all within a few minutes must surely be doing something right.
4 – First Man
A terrifying opening sequence and a memorable, silent, end shot – with a lot of beautiful action happening in between.
Daniela Vega imbues Marina with such dignity. Sebastián Lelio has woven a beautiful, fantastic tale about a very fantastic woman. It was an honour to meet her.
2 – Capernaum
Not an easy watch, but remarkable and challenging with a final shot that steals your heart.
1 – Shoplifters
A sublime portrayal of how a family can become a loving and supportive unit when both society and blood ties let it down.