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My Top 25 Films of 2018, including write-ups and links to reviews. For the short version, my top 10:

1. First Reformed

2. Leave No Trace

3. Eighth Grade

4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

5. Roma

6. Madeline's Madeline

7. The Rider

8. Black Panther

9. Shoplifters

10. You Were Never Really Here

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My lists (like every other year) are very much in flux, and will likely be edited at least a few times over the next couple of weeks, but overall, I do feel very happy about my top 10....also, my list is going by 'Australian release dates,' so it's highly likely that a number of these might have been seen by many of you last year, or just haven't been released in your country yet.

Okay, here we go....

My 10 favourites (in order of preference):

1. ROMA
2. THE RIDER
3. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
4. SWEET COUNTRY
5. WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
6. LEAVE NO TRACE
7. SHOPLIFTERS
8. SUMMER 1993
9. COLD WAR
10. ANNIHILATION

10 Runners-up (alphabetical):

1. BLACKKKLANSMAN
2. THE BREADWINNER
3. FACES PLACES
4. FIRST MAN
5. FIRST REFORMED
6. FREE SOLO
7. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT
8. A QUIET PLACE
9. THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD
10. TULLY

20 Honourable mentions (alphabetical):

1. BLACK PANTHER
2. THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
3. CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
4. CUSTODY
5. EIGHTH GRADE
6. THE GUILTY
7. HEREDITARY
8. I AM NOT A WITCH
9. INCREDIBLES 2
10. LEAN ON PETE
11. MIRAI
12. NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE
13. EGY NAP (ONE DAY)
14. THE POST
15. SEARCHING
16. SHADOW
17. SHIRKERS
18. A STAR IS BORN
19. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES
20. WAJIB

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Favorite US Releases of 2018 (Ranked)

  1. Zama (Lucrecia Martel, 2017)
  2. Western (Valeska Grisebach, 2017)
  3. Dead Souls (Wang Bing, 2018)
  4. Beoning (Burning, Lee Chang-dong, 2018)
  5. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)
  6. Bisbee ’17 (Robert Greene, 2018)
  7. Un beau soleil intérieur (Let the Sunshine In, Claire Denis, 2017)
  8. First Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2017)
  9. Milla (Valérie Massadian, 2017)
  10. PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams, 2018)

Favorite Feature Premieres of 2018 (Ranked)

  1. Jiang hu er nv (Ash is the Purest White, Jia Zhang-ke, 2018)
  2. Transit (Christian Petzold, 2018)
  3. High Life (Claire Denis, 2018)
  4. Le livre d'image (The Image Book, Jean-Luc Godard, 2018)
  5. Dead Souls (Wang Bing, 2018)
  6. Beoning (Burning, Lee Chang-dong, 2018)
  7. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)
  8. Bisbee ’17 (Robert Greene, 2018)
  9. L'empire de la perfection (John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection, Julien Faraut, 2018)
  10. What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini, 2018)

Favorite Short Films of 2018 (Alphabetical)

  • Arena (Björn Kämmerer, 2018)
  • Blue (Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, 2018)
  • China Not China (Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy, 2018)
  • Fainting Spells (Sky Hopinka, 2018)
  • I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (Beatrice Gibson, 2018)
  • more than everything (Rainer Kohlberger, 2018)
  • Please step out of the frame. (Karissa Hahn, 2018)
  • The Remembered Film (Isabelle Tollenaere, 2018)
  • Walled Unwalled (Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 2018)
  • Wunschbrunnen (Wishing Well, Sylvia Schedelbauer, 2018)

Favorite Features I Saw for the First Time in 2018 (Alphabetical)

  • El Desencanto (The Disenchantment, Jaime Chávarri, 1976)
  • Geschichtsunterricht (History Lessons, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, 1972)
  • Kirmes (The Fair, Wolfgang Staudte, 1960)
  • Mein langsames Leben (Passing Summer, Angela Schanelec, 2001)
  • Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948)
  • Only Yesterday (John M. Stahl, 1933)
  • Polyester (John Waters, 1981)
  • La pyramide humaine (The Human Pyramid, Jean Rouch, 1961)
  • Seeking the Monkey King (Ken Jacobs, 2011)
  • Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

Favorite Short Films I Saw for the First Time in 2018 (Alphabetical)

  • L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat 3D (Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat 3D, Auguste and Louis Lumière, 1935)
  • Billabong (Will Hindle, 1969)
  • Boston Fire (Peter Hutton, 1979)
  • City Film (Lewis Klahr, 1992)
  • Dans le noir du temps (In the Darkness of Time, Jean-Luc Godard, 2001)
  • Hand Held Day (Gary Beydler, 1975)
  • Love It/Leave It (Tom Palazzolo, 1973)
  • On Sundays (Bruce Baillie, 1961)
  • Point de Gaze (Jodie Mack, 2012)
  • Starlight (Robert Fulton, 1970)
Edited by Darren H

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Darrel's Dozen (full write-up):

1. A trio of films re: racism that combined make a powerful statement: The Hate U Give, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk.

2.The Rider

3. Won't You Be My Neighbor?

4. Roma

5. Shoplifters

6. Black Panther

7. First Reformed

8. Isle of Dogs

9. BlacKkKlansman

10. Eighth Grade

11. Ready Player One

12: RBG

Alsorans: Tully, The Wife, Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot, Colette, Jinn, and Vice.

I'm holding Styx back for the 2019 list since it doesn't get a theatrical release here until spring.

Edited by Darrel Manson

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