MY TOP 25 FILMS OF 2018 (AND THE 5 WORST)

I told you last year: I like movies.

Anyway, it's now 2019 and the Academy Awards are upon us, so I thought I would, once again, offer my list of the top twenty-five films of 2018.

A couple of notes: I have seen all the Best Picture nominees except one (“Vice”), and there are a couple of other 2018 movies I wanted to see, but didn’t get the chance (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” for example). Also, I didn’t include one documentary that would have possibly made my top ten — “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” — because it was not released in theaters.

Bonus: at the end, I’ll give you the five worst movies I saw in 2018.

(UPDATE: I saw “Free Solo” and “At Eternity’s Gate” after compiling this list, so I updated to include both, which means there are actually 27 films on this Top 25 list. Deal with it.)

Here we go…

  1. Roma

  2. Isle of Dogs

  3. The Favourite

  4. First Man

  5. The Incredibles 2

  6. Free Solo

  7. Crazy Rich Asians

  8. Eighth Grade

  9. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

  10. A Quiet Place

  11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  12. Can You Ever Forgive Me?

  13. Three Identical Strangers

  14. A Star Is Born

  15. At Eternity’s Gate

  16. First Reformed

  17. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

  18. Mary Poppins Returns

  19. Green Book

  20. Unsane

  21. Bohemian Rhapsody

  22. Christopher Robin

  23. Paddington 2

  24. Private Life

  25. Mission Impossible: Fallout

  26. Uncle Drew

  27. BlackkKlansman

Honorable Mention: Juliet, Naked, Game Night, The Mule, Black Panther, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

As a bonus feature, here are the five worst movies that I saw in 2018, beginning with the worst film of the year. (Although, to be fair, I didn’t see very many films I would actually classify as “bad.” Only the first two below had no redeeming qualities, IMO.)

  1. Aquaman

  2. A Simple Favor

  3. Annihilation

  4. Tomb Raider

  5. Solo: A Star Wars Story

Dishonorable Mention (2018 movies I saw that didn’t make either the best or worst list; all were rated 3 stars out of 5 by me): Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One