Favourite Films of 2018

My favourite 10 films that were released in Melbourne, Australia, in 2018 (including films released directly to streaming services or home entertainment):

My Abandonment1. Leave No Trace (Debra Granik, 2018)
Released August

Custody2. Custody (Jusqu’à la garde, Xavier Legrand, 2017)
Released September

BlacKkKlansman3. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018)
Released August

Roma4. Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, 2018)
Released December

Annihilation5. Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018)
Released March

Sweet Country6. Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton, 2017)
Released January

Isle of Dogs7. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, 2018)
Released April

V1-0010_LB_00000 (1)8. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017)
Released February

I, Tonya9. I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017)
Released January

null10. A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018)
Released April

Honourable mentions

Twenty more films I loved this year, listed alphabetically:

Avengers: Infinity WarAvengers: Infinity War (Anthony and Joe Russo, 2018)
Released April

Bad Times at the El RoyaleBad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard, 2018)
Released October

Brawl in Cell Block 99Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S Craig Zahler, 2017)
Released January

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE MECan You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller, 2018)
Released December

CargoCargo (Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, 2017)
Released May

ClimaxClimax (Gaspar Noé, 2018)
Released December

still_482138The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2017)
Released March

Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on FootDon’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Gus Van Sant, 2018)
Released September

A Fantastic Woman
A Fantastic Woman
(Una mujer fantástica, Sebastián Lelio, 2017)

Released February

First ManFirst Man (Damien Chazelle, 2018)
Released October

First ReformedFirst Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2017)
Released December

GhosthunterGhosthunter (Ben Lawrence, 2018)
Released September

GurrumulGurrumul (Paul Damien Williams, 2017)
Released April

I Kill GiantsI Kill Giants (Anders Walter, 2017)
Released May

The Old Man And The GunThe Old Man & the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)
Released November

PHANTOM THREADPhantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)
Released February

The Shape of WaterThe Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017)
Released January

ShopliftersShoplifters (Manbiki kazoku, Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018)
Released November

DSC_3773.dngA Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, 2018)
Released October

you_were_never_really_hereYou Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017)
Released September

Favourite films not given a full release locally

Many of the films I saw this year that left a big impression on me are films that only screened to Melbourne audiences at various festivals. Some of those films have local distribution and will more than likely be released next year, so I’ll include them on my 2019 list, but the ones that don’t currently have local distribution (to the best of my knowledge) that I’d like to mention are the following:

Blaze
Blaze
(Ethan Hawke, 2018)

The Green Fog
The Green Fog
(Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson and Guy Maddin, 2017)

Holiday
Holiday
(Isabella Eklöf, 2018)

Pig
Pig
(Khook, Mani Haghighi, 2018)

The Rape of Recy Taylor
The Rape of Recy Taylor
(Nancy Buirski, 2017)

Red Cow
Red Cow
(Para Aduma, Tsivia Barkai Yacov, 2018)

Relaxer
Relaxer
(Joel Potrykus, 2018)

Shock Waves Diary of My Mind
Shock Waves: Diary of My Mind
(Ondes de choc – Journal de ma tête, Ursula Meier, 2018)

Winter Brothers
Winter Brothers
(Vinterbrødre, Hlynur Palmason, 2017)

Yours in Sisterhood
Yours in Sisterhood
(Irene Lusztig, 2018)

This list was compiled for the upcoming Senses of Cinema 2018 World Poll

Thank you to everybody who read my micro-reviews throughout 2018. Next year will be much the same as this year: I’ll continue to share my cinematic highlights here and on Facebook and Twitter, and hopefully I’ll continue to pop up on 3RRR 102.7FM and ABC Radio National whenever I can. I won’t pretend I’ll get around to giving this blog the long overdue redesign it desperately needs, but you never know.

Thomas Caldwell 2018

 

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