There’s almost nothing movie fans love more than making lists, and honestly, maybe that’s one of the things I love so much about movies. I’ve always loved to rank things, whether it is movies, favorite baseball players, or memes. So with the decade coming to a close, it is the perfect time to do an annual retrospective on each year in the decade, continuing with 2018.
(Throughout this series, I’ll be using the Letterboxd release dates to determine which year’s list to put each film on.)
10. The Favourite – Olivia Colman is an absolute treasure. Whether it’s Fleabag or The Favourite, she absolutely owns every scene she’s in. Partnering her with Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in a movie directed by Yorgos Lanthimos gives you something totally unique but also insanely good.
9. If Beale Street Could Talk – There may not be a more deeply moving movie that came out this year than Beale Street. Barry Jenkins is a master at creating completely personal movies that create empathy for their characters in a beautiful way.
8. BlacKkKlansman – I remember walking out of this movie thinking I had just seen something important. In a summer full of awesome and fun movies, this one is about deep-rooted societal issues that should have been taken care of decades, or even centuries ago, but still permeate our world today. John David Washington absolutely owns it in this masterpiece from Spike Lee.
7. Hereditary – What an entry into mainstream consciousness for Ari Aster. Even though it almost completely loses me at the end, this is the kind of horror movie that really draws me in. It has an interesting and even relatable message, even if it’s delivered in a twisted way.
6. Game Night – This is what an action comedy should look like. Game Night is smart, fun, witty, and action packed. It’s full of an all star cast all at the top of their games, but Jesse Plemons definitely steals the show in this one.
5. Black Panther – Ryan Coogler can basically do no wrong at this point. Similar to what James Gunn did with the Guardians movies, he made a self-contained story within the MCU with deep societal implications. The direction, performances, and uncompromisable nature of this movie make it one of the very best superhero movies ever made.
4. Avengers: Infinity War – To me, this is a greater achievement than Endgame. It pulls together so many threads, characters, and themes, and makes a coherent movie that works on just about every level.
3. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – I love the Mission: Impossible series. This just might be my favorite of the bunch. The action is incredible and doesn’t let you look away, while the theme of never giving up is poignantly sprinkled through. Really though, how can you not love mustachioed Henry Cavill beating people up?
2. Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham can do it all. That’s what he showed with this movie. Somehow a mid-20s man was able to get in the mind of a middle school girl and let his entire audience relate to her. It deals with technology and the way it affects young people growing up in a great and real way.
1. Beautiful Boy – To me, Timothée Chalamet is without a doubt the best actor under 25 working today. He completely owns this movie and makes you feel so much deep emotion for this character who keeps falling into terrible habits over and over. At the heart of the movie, though, is a story about a father and son, and that’s what I love and relate to the most. It’s the most moved I was watching a movie this year.
All images retrieved from IMDb