Written by: Rob Goald | January 10th, 2019
2018 was a year that saw substantial changes in the film business. It was a year in which Netflix became a major player, Marvel unleashed a black superhero and Spike Lee a black Klansman. It was a year documentaries (Monrovia, Indiana) did very well and the story of Robin Hood was the universal flop of the year. I guess that in the age of Trump the poor stealing from the rich does not resonate with the youth of the 21st century.
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s family drama from Mexico is a game changer
- You Were Never Really Here
Director Lynne Ramsay’s striking and powerful sex trafficking noir
- Black Panther
Black superhero in a real deal franchise that works!
- Green Book
Director/screenwriter Peter Farrelly’s poignant trip through the Jim Crow South vicariously reexamines racism
Director/writer Michael Pearce captures emotional truth with a colorful and gripping tale of love, lies and deceit
- The Rider
Chinese director/writer Chloe Zhao creates a lyrical tale of a rising rodeo star who sustains a head injury
- The Favorite
18th Century in the palace of Queen Anne where improprieties abound
Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this riveting examination of a family living on the edge of criminal enterprise
- First Reformed
Sin and redemption have always fascinated director/writer/theorist Paul Schrader, and this is his best in years
- Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham’s film is unique and wonderful!