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2018 Watchlist

This is the list of movies that I watched in 2018 that were new movie experiences for me (re-watches of movies I’m familiar with are not included). And if you scroll to the bottom, you will find my top 10 of 2018. Given how Award Season works though, some of the best movies of 2018 won’t be watched until 2019, so my ranking can only reflect 2018 movies that I watched IN 2018.

About the stars: 5-stars means I loved it, 4-Stars means I really liked it, 3-Stars means I had a decent time, 2-stars is an “Ehhhhh…”, and 1-star is a hard pass from yours truly. The stars only reflect my enjoyment, not my critical view of how perfect/imperfect a film is. Bolded movies are films that are making it in my “best I’ve ever seen” list though, if that helps. Those are movies I repeatedly went around and told people, “You need to see this movie!”

Note: because of the way I retrieved this list, it’s in reverse order of when I watched it, so Vice was the last movie I saw in 2018, and Molly’s Game was the first.

  1. Vice ★★★★★
  2. Scenes from a Marriage ★★★★★
  3. Ben is Back ★★★★
  4. Bumblebee ★★★★
  5. Holmes and Watson ★★★
  6. Aquaman ★★★
  7. A Lesson in Love ★★★
  8. Dreams (Bergman) ★★★
  9. Spider-Man: Spiderverse ★★★★★
  10. The Mule ★★★
  11. Vox Lux ★★★★★
  12. Mary, Queen of Scots ★★★★
  13. At Eternity’s Gate ★★
  14. Summer With Monika ★★★★★
  15. Summer Interlude ★★★
  16. The Favourite ★★★★★
  17. Wild Strawberries ★★★★★
  18. The Green Book ★★★★★
  19. A Ship to India ★★
  20. The Front-Runner ★★★★
  21. Ralph Breaks the Internet ★★★
  22. Smiles of a Summer Night ★★★★
  23. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah ★★★★
  24. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead ★★★★
  25. This Happy Breed ★★★★
  26. Halloween (2018) ★★★★
  27. Widows ★★★★★
  28. Instant Family ★★★
  29. Can you ever Forgive me? ★★★★★
  30. Boy Erased ★★★★★
  31. Mid90s ★★★★★
  32. Bohemian Rhapsody ★★★
  33. Foo Fighters: Back and Forth ★★★
  34. Running the Sahara ★★★★
  35. Free Solo ★★★★★
  36. First Man ★★★★
  37. The Old Man and the Gun ★★★★
  38. A Star is Born ★★★★★
  39. Colette ★★★★★
  40. All About Nina ★★★★
  41. Mandy ★★★★★
  42. Jurassic World Evolution ★★★
  43. A Simple Favor ★★★★★
  44. Private Parts ★★★
  45. The Predator (2018) ★★★
  46. The Player ★★★★
  47. Crazy Rich Asians ★★★
  48. Searching ★★★★★
  49. BlackkKlansman ★★★★
  50. The Meg ★★★★
  51. Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla ★★★
  52. Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle ★★
  53. Mission Impossible Fallout ★★★★★
  54. Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II ★★★
  55. House of the Dead ★
  56. Aguirre the Wrath of God ★★★★★
  57. End of Evangelion ★★★
  58. Incredibles 2 ★★★★★
  59. Trespassing Bergman ★
  60. Bottle Rocket ★★★★★
  61. Hereditary ★★★★★
  62. Phantom of the Opera (1943) ★★★★
  63. Hotel Artemis ★★★★
  64. Adrift ★★★★
  65. Upgrade ★★★★★
  66. Creature from the Black Lagoon ★★★★
  67. Solo ★★★
  68. A Touch of Zen ★★★★
  69. Deadpool 2 ★★★★
  70. Bride of Frankenstein ★★★
  71. The Mummy (1932) ★★★
  72. Saved ★★★
  73. Godzilla vs. Biollante ★★★★
  74. Scotland, PA ★★★
  75. Tokyo Zombie ★
  76. Super Troopers 2 ★
  77. The Jazz Singer (1927) ★★★
  78. The Wild Bunch ★★★★
  79. I Feel Pretty ★★★★
  80. Resident Evil ★★
  81. The French Connection ★★★★★
  82. Rampage ★★★★
  83. The Exorcist ★★★★★
  84. Tootsie ★★★★★
  85. Truth or Dare ★★★★
  86. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ★★★★
  87. Dances with Wolves ★★★★★
  88. Godzilla 1985 ★
  89. A Quiet Place ★★★★★
  90. Haxan ★★★
  91. Isle of Dogs ★★★★★
  92. Blockers ★★★★
  93. Chappaquiddick ★★★★
  94. Ready Player One ★★★★★
  95. Trek ★★★
  96. Toxic Puzzle ★★★★
  97. Behind the Blue Door ★★★★
  98. Frankenstein (1931) ★★★
  99. Coco ★★★★★
  100. Who’s That Knocking at my Door ★
  101. Best F(r)einds Volume I ★★
  102. A Place in the Sun ★★★★★
  103. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) ★★★★★
  104. Pacific Rim Uprising ★
  105. ACDC in Performance ★★★
  106. Giant ★★★★★
  107. An American in Paris ★★★★★
  108. Early Man ★★★★
  109. Slacker ★★
  110. Tomb Raider ★★★
  111. My Fair Lady ★★★★★
  112. Tiny Furniture ★★
  113. Silence ★★★★★
  114. A Dog’s Life ★★★★
  115. The Room ★★★★★ 🙂
  116. Game Night ★★★★
  117. Looper ★★★★★
  118. Annihilation ★★★★★
  119. L’Ecclise ★★★★
  120. Hell or High Water ★★★★★
  121. Black Panther ★★★★
  122. Miller’s Crossing ★★★★
  123. Return of Godzilla ★★★★
  124. Princess from the Moon ★★★★
  125. The Ladykillers ★★★★★
  126. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ★★★★
  127. Tomb Raider Cradle of Life ★★★
  128. Wuthering Heights (1939) ★★★★★
  129. Only God Forgives ★★★★
  130. The Greatest Showman ★★★
  131. Space Amoeba ★★★
  132. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters ★
  133. Logan ★★★★★
  134. Three Billboards… ★★★★★
  135. Call Me by Your Name ★★★
  136. The Big Sick ★★★★★
  137. I, Tonya ★★★★★
  138. The Man Who Wasn’t There ★★★★
  139. Lady Bird ★★★★★
  140. The Spy Who Loved Me ★★★★★
  141. The Shape of Water ★★★★★
  142. Get Out ★★★★
  143. Arrival ★★★★★
  144. The Phantom Thread ★★★★★
  145. Darkest Hour ★★★★★
  146. Latitude Zero ★
  147. Fences ★★★★★
  148. Crime Wave ★★
  149. War of the Gargantuas ★★
  150. The Post ★★★★
  151. Molly’s Game ★★★★

My Top 10 Films from 2018 that I watched in 2018

2018 was a FANTASTIC year for movies! I even missed some of the big ones that came out and I’m floored by how amazing these films were, and ranking them into a top-10 list is PAINFUL. I have 14 movies from 2018 bolded up above, so really I’m just basing this on the movies that have stuck to my ribs the most, I guess…

  1. Vox Lux: From the bold direction to the incredible performances, and because of the way this movie has not let me go since I watched it, it has to be number 1 on my list. It’s transcendent, brutal, and mesmerizing. And I’m still trying to figure out what it all means.
  2. Annihilation: This year started out with a bang, and Natalie Portman is at a peak right now. A movie that’s a meditation on our place in the world, and humanity’s tendency for self-destruction. There are images from this movie that will burn into your skull forever.
  3. Isle of Dogs: Perhaps the greatest ensemble of voice talent ever put together, with such an original concept, and fantastic writing and animation, it’s such a joy to watch. So much fun.
  4. The Favourite: Powerhouse performances, incredible writing, rich characters; this movie takes all sorts of wonderful turns, and no period piece has looked this good since Barry Lyndon, but, unlike Barry Lyndon, this is a comedy!
  5. Free Solo: It’s a documentary, and yet it’s the most thrilling movie of the year. That’s saying something. People were squirming in the theater, everyone was holding their breath, the final act of the movie is so intense. That, and it’s about one of the most interesting characters ever put on film.
  6. Mission Impossible: Fallout: The greatest Superhero of 2018 is Ethan Hunt. An unforgettable experience in IMax, and for sure the best big-budget spectacle of the year, and honestly the best one since, well, the last Mission Impossible movie. That’s how you make a friggin’ action movie.
  7. A Simple Favor: An incredibly smart and funny movie, with a good old-fashion noir-like mystery, and Anna Kendrick’s best performance. So funny, so witty. I love this movie.
  8. Boy Erased: This is not a feel-good movie, but unlike other movies where prejudiced characters are portrayed as one-dimensional villains, this movie shows us what is more often true in real life: that people are acting out of love, even if that love comes from a misguided place. Such an honest and beautiful movie.
  9. Mid90’s: Talk about a directorial debut. An equally funny and sad little movie, so emotionally honest, and bold enough to be shot in full-screen. I mean, this is how kids really talk, and you don’t ever see kids talk like that in a movie. I mean, the last movie that treated teens like that was another Jonah Hill movie… Superbad!
  10. A Star is Born: If I think about this movie for too long, I’m either gonna start singing one of the songs, or I’m gonna start crying. God help us if it’s both.

Other bolded films from this year that I just don’t have room for, that you should totally see:

11. Widows: The most original and intense heist film for a long time
12. Can You Ever Forgive Me?: The quiet little funny indie comedy of the year.
13. Hereditary: Friggin’ terrifying. Actual screams in the movie theater.
14. Upgrade: A great revenge tale, a crazy fun sci-fi concept, and the most wonderfully original fight scenes I’ve seen in awhile.

Oh, and here are some other movies I thought were awesome in no particular order:

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
  • Mandy
  • Colette
  • Searching
  • Incredibles 2
  • A Quiet Place
  • Searching
  • Ready Player One

Let me say one more time, 2018 was an AMAZING year for movies.

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