The 50 Best Films Of 2018
2018 was a year that introduced a few young and unique voices into the ever-growing and evolving experience of cinema-going. While the mainstream films mostly turned out to be mediocre, the independent cinema scene is thriving into newer directions. While I wasn’t able to see as many films as I usually do I couldn’t help myself from making this elaborate list that I make every year. These are those films that in my opinion comprise as the best films of 2018:
50. The Cakemaker | Director: Ofir Raul Graizer | Language: Hebrew, German
Ofir Raul Graizer’s delicate and tender The Cakemaker makes a wonderful case for how important it is to know, witness and go through grief together. The film very steadily measures through the various levels of loss through a beautiful story about a gay man’s fate to rest with a lonely pedestal.
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49. The Guilty | Director: Gustav Möller | Language: Danish
A pulsating Danish thriller that knows exactly how to get the heart beats racing, Gustav Möller’s The Guilty manages to keep true to its restricted premise and high concept thriller without succumbing to theatrics. Tautly plotted with an uncanny understanding of a gripping, multilayered narrative that focuses on aural space and inner imagery, the film ingenuously bags a head-start when compared to Hollywood counterparts.
48. The Old Man & The Gun | Director: David Lowery | Language: English
After making a cosmic connection with existence in his experimental indie feature ‘A Ghost Story,’ David Lowrey is back with Old Man and the Gun. A charming homage devised as a puristic farewell for the legendary Robert Redford. Oozing with style and giving the actor a fun, frolic character to hangs his shoe which proves that Lowrey can do almost anything.
47. Long Day’s Journey Into Night | Director: Bi Gan | Language: Mandarin
After lapsing us in a time frame in his poetic masterwork – Kaili Blues, Bi Gan is back with another mind-scrambling, dream-like film-noir that is intentionally fragmented to keeps it’s selected audience at bay. It’s only nearly one hour into Long Day’s Journey Into Night that you see the film taking a three-dimensional turn into answers about life and love that you never knew could be answered in the first place.
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46. Thunder Road | Director: Jim Cummings | Language: English
Jim Cummings, who wrote, directed and acted in Thunder Road deserves a pat on his back as he manages to channel out a very assured, matured and understated character sketch of a broken man on the verge of mental breakdown. His understanding of the process of grief pits this little indie as one of the best debut films of the year.
45. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse | Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Language: English
It would be a definite surprise for people who know me to see that an animated film, that too with a superhero narrative has made it to the list of my favourite films. Not that I have anything against them, but it takes only a great film to break the curse. Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse is that great film. Not only is it the best spiderman movie ever made but is also the greatest superhero film in quite a while.
44. In Fabric | Director: Peter Strickland | Language: English
If I say that Peter Strickland’s In Fabric is a dark, ominous black comedy about a killer dress, then it might just sound silly. But that’s exactly what it is A silly, homage to early Giallo euro-horror sans Dario Argento’s Suspiria. While it might seem to have a tad too many loose threads, there’s so much artistry that has gone into this strangely fetishistic fable that it’s hard to let go.
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43. Minding the Gap | Director: Bing Liu | Language: English
Bing Liu – Who serves as a part of this self-questioning documentary about a trio of young skaters in Rockford, Illinois has held his camera up close for more than a decade. On the surface, the film feels like your usual Skateboard Documentary that would recollect memories of how these young people made it big in the skating scene. But Liu – Who shot this film himself wishes to rig through the very centre that plagues the lives of young people who run away from their homes. Minding the Gap astonishingly questions the life of American youth. This is an incredibly personal look at fractured American lives that need internal catharsis.
42. Sorry to Bother You | Director: Boots Riley | Language: English
Boots Riley’s incredibly inventive Sorry to Bother is a big fat dick on the face of capitalism. A funny, weirdly arousing satire on workplace politics and selfishly falsified socio-economic structure. Cast to perfection and surreal for more reasons than one, Riley’s film brings greed and moral dilemma inside a box and then traps the protagonist with spooky thrills.
41. Isle of Dogs | Director: Wes Anderson | Language: English
You heard the rumour, right? The one which said that Wes Anderson can make an adventure film about loving dogs and forming a middle ground in our language barriers while setting his entire tale in a dirty, disease-filled wasteland? He can also make it look like a kaleidoscope of anti-propaganda wrapped around a political bureaucracy to tame the world. Isle Of Dogs is a wonderous film with a big heart.
40. Thoroughbreds | Director: Cory Finley | Language: English
A daring, amusing dark comedy about the peril nature of teenage rebellion. Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds is an incredibly confident first feature about the absence of empathy and the sudden realizations of the comforts of a posh life. Featuring Olivia Cook as an antisocial psychopath who just can’t feel any kind of feeling, this is one of those films that is both dangerous and delicious at the same time.