Another year down, another best of list. This is my first year as a father, so I found my time at the multiplex was understandably lessened. I took advantage of the few opportunities I had in hopes I saw the most fun and enjoyable cinema 2018 had to offer. A horror heavy list this go around, the year offered some great genre work. Without delay, here is my top ten for the year.
The Cloverfield Paradox – This was one of the first movies I got to see after my son was born. Rich in science fiction and featuring a talented international cast, I enjoyed every minute of the twisting thriller.
A Quiet Place – Director/screenwriter/actor John Krasinski delivers a nightmarish future where sound is the enemy. An experience that demands absolute silence.
Hostiles – Scott Cooper’s tale of a captain nearing retirement escorting a revered Native American to Montana is pure art. The quiet nature of the leads matched against the expansive west in the 1890s is award worthy. With a social subtext that is as immediate as it is steeped in the setting, Christian Bale and Wes Studi have rarely been better.
Ideal Home – Mixing the eccentric Steve Coogan with the infinitely watchable Paul Rudd, we get one of the best comedies of the year. Their rapport and biting banter as a married couple is rich with laughs and relatable honesty.
The Endless – This film was the biggest surprise of 2018. I went into this movie knowing very little. What unfolds over the two-hour runtime is a film that is challenging and mind-blowingly layered.
Halloween – Sprinkling in fan service from the ignored sequels, the latest entry in the Haddonfield horrors is the best since the original. Brutal, intense, and a great story about the effects of trauma on Laurie Strode and her family.
Suspiria – Another fantastic remake and one of the horror epics of the year. A textbook example of tension and dread over constant gore, Suspiria manages to blossom like a flower with one of the most intense climaxes of the year.
Cam – Getting past the voyeuristic world of cam shows can be a bit difficult, but what happens once you do is a Black Mirror/Twilight Zone descent into madness and vanity.
Juliet, Naked – The works of author Nick Hornby lend themselves to adaptation quite well (High Fidelity, About a Boy) and this is no different. A simple story of romance that avoids the clichés and proves the star quality of Ethan Hawke and Rose Byrne.
BlackkKlansman – Spike Lee’s best work in some time. BlackkKlansman is a funny and biting true story of one cops infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. Starmaking turn by John David Washington as the first African American officer on the Colorado Springs police force.