2018 Best Films

I know, you have waited patiently for this yearly listing. Well I am in Mexico and things take time down here. In summary it was an excellent year for films. The explosion of smaller films with better distribution and the growing dominance of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, with the and old standard Sundance, has made it possible for people with modest budgets to make good film. Thank you the digital camera. So here we go, remember if you are an action big time Hollywood movie fan, you won’t find your films here. There are some exceptions as I do see Hollywood films, just not those that have chase scenes,etc. So…here we go.

Rated 10:
On Her Shoulders… story of Nadia Marad.
The King….The other side of the story of Elvis and America
Notorius RBG…the warrior for all of us.

Rated 9.5
Who We are Now..Juliette Nicholsons’ best
Colette..Keira Knightley’s masterpiece
Blackklansmen..Spike still has it.
Blindspotting..fabulous look at perception and prejudice

Rated 9
First Reformed..Ethan Hawke’s gripping portrayal
Lean on Pete.. newcomer Charlie Plummer first big film
The Rider..deeply moving small story of a rodeo man
Ben is Back..The year of Lucas Hedges, with Julia Roberts
Seven Seconds.. powerful racial telling of a Police cover up
Private War..the passionate life of the war correspondent
Mary Colvin
The Guilty..Gripping tale of a demoted Danish cop
A Star is Born..Gaga and Cooper
The Post… Meryl Streep again, with Tom Hanks
Mc Queen…The English Designer in all his flamboyance
Three Identical Strangers..the expose of the adoption service Louise Wise in New York City.

Rated 8.5

Angels Wear White…Chinese girl suffers
Sweet Country….Aboriginal Australia and its brutality
Green Book..Viggo and Ali nail the old South
Elephants and Bananas…Thai women dedicates her life for
change of tradition in the treatment of
Leave No Trace…father and daughter try to survive outside
Established norms
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Fred Rogers speaks for himself.

Honorable Mention

Bohemian Rhapsody
Boy Erased
A Crooked Somebody
Hearts Beat Loud
Skate Kitchen
The Hate You Give
Love Simon
A Kid like Jake

So there you have it, your comments are welcome.