lördag 29 december 2018

FILM: Best of 2018 - The full list of fabulous films!

1. Roma

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón digs deep into his memories growing up in 1970s Mexico city in a wonderfully absorbing family chronicle.

2. Phantom Thread

Daniel Day Lewis’s final screen performance, as a British high society couturier who becomes infatuated with a young waitress in Paul Thomas Anderson’s heavyweight drama.

3. Leave No Trace

Brilliant drama from Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik, about a father and daughter (Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie) living off-grid in Oregon and avoiding the pernicious influence of civilisation. 

4. Loveless

Second masterwork in a row from Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev, a bleak, unnerving tale of a toxic disintegrating marriage and a child that disappears from home.

5. Cold War

Gorgeous-looking epic from Paweł Pawlikowski, in which a Polish singer and pianist fall in love but find their relationship thwarted and stalled by geopolitical events outside their control.

6. Widows

The 12 Years a Slave director goes Hollywood, with an Americanised adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s TV show about a group of robbers’ wives aiming to pull off a heist. 

7. The Wife
Glenn Close is superb as the frustrated wife of a Nobel prize-winning novelist (Jonathan Pryce) in Björn Runge’s claustrophobic drama. 

8. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Johnny Depp. Jude Law. Eddie Redmayne. Say no more ... This spin-off is laden with magic starpower, as well as romance, action and a trip to a wiz-Paris ...

9. Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s solo directing debut, a clever and funny teen movie starring Saoirse Ronan as a girl anxious to escape her boring home life in Sacramento.

10. I, Tonya

Margot Robbie gives a career-changing performance as disgraced figure skater and trash culture icon Tonya Harding, with Allison Janney winning an Oscar for her turn as her mother. 

11. Avengers: Infinity War

The greatest of all Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, in which the superteam of superheroes do chaotically destructive battle with the cosmically evil Thanos (Josh Brolin). 

12. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Oscar-winning drama with a powerhouse performance from Frances McDormand as a mother filled with rage at the local police department who fail to catch her daughter’s killer. 

13. Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson’s detailed, loving homage to Japanese pop culture, about a boy who goes looking for his dog after all canines have been exiled to a small island. 

14. Love, Simon

Gay teen romcom firmly placed in the mainstream, with Nick Robinson as a high-schooler who falls in love with his Internet pen-pal, a boy named Blue.

15. Mission Impossible: Fallout

Tom Cruise. Own stunts. Cliff-hanger. Superman Henry Cavill as baddie. Stunning Rebecca Fergusson as ally. Say no more ...

16. Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!

Messy script, un-messy music, cleaned upp and modernized by ABBA-Benny&Björn (who have got cameos in the film). The film is worth watching just to see - and hear - Cher sing again. She's a Super Trouper!

17. Green Book

Classical musicians hardly ever get their own movie. (Unless they are Mozart.) Coloured classical musicians ... even less so. Mahershala Ali is great as the classical coloured gay upperclass musician who has to overcome so many obstacles and he is a minority in so many ways ...Viggo Mortensen stars as his driver. Note: gay people in mainstream cinema tend to be white. This year we have two main characters in mainsteam cinema hits who are gay and coloured - also check out Love Simon!

18. The Bookshop

A very brittish affair, directed by a Spanish director. This film cleaned up att the Goya awards. Bill Nighy is excellent as a british Clint Eastwood type.

19. Bohemian Rhapsody

Lots of excellent Queen music and an excellent Rami Malek in the lead role. The film is uneven, and not that truthful, but the ending makes up for it. Almost all of the concert of Wembley Stadium is included. The beginning may bore you, but the end will rock you!

20. Mary Queen of Scots

Awards-friendly historical drama with Saoirse Ronan as the 16th-century monarch in a life-and-death struggle with her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie).

21. You Were Never Really Here

Joaquin Phoenix is a traumatised mercenary hired to track down a kidnapped teenage girl in Lynne Ramsay’s violent, dreamlike thriller.

22. Sweet Country

In this 1920s-set outback western from Indigenous Australian director Warwick Thornton, a farm worker goes on the run after killing a farmer in self defence. 

23. BlacKkKlansman

Incendiary parable for the Trump era from Spike Lee, dramatising the true story of an African American policeman who helps infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

24. Le sens de la fête

French comedy about a wedding planner who thinks about selling his business ... After throwing one, last, great party!

25. Wonder

Quietly comical film, based on best-seller book, with multiple perspecives. Heroes with facial scaring are few ... What is it like to look different, but to want to be just like any other kid? Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson stars as sympathetic parents, but it is the kids that win our hearts in this feelgood movie, which has a lot in common with Love Simon.

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