Best Films of the Year 2018

The order and the categorization of the movies are very arbitrary. I don't believe there are any linear value systems to judge what's most beautiful so putting all these different movies in one hierarchical order is very much an injustice to them all. Moreover, I saw most of the movies only once and in many cases it's the first time I see that specific director's work so I might be making a lot of hasty judgements. This isn't meant to be a list of the best movies made in 2018, but a list of the new films that are still in the festival circuit or in theatres that I've seen in 2018. I'd like to think of it as a diary of sorts, which is partly why I rarely go back and change my lists for previous years, even if I feel I was completely wrong about it at the time, nor do I add movies to my previous lists. I keep the movies I was involved with out of the list. So, here it is, the new movies I liked in 2018:


Very Good
- 24 Frames / Abbas Kiarostami & Ahmad Kiarostami
- Transit / Christian Petzold
- Anadolu Turnesi (Anatolian Trip) / Deniz Tortum & Can Eskinazi
- Sans Lune / Sophie Watzlawick
- O processo (The Trial) / Maria Augusta Ramos

Good
- Whose hand was it? / Sara Lehn & Minze Tummescheit & Arne Hector
- Zentralflughafen THF (Central Airport THF) / Karim Aïnouz
- Tuzdan Kaide (The Pillar of Salt) / Burak Çevik
- Gens du Lac (People of the Lake) / Jean-Marie Straub


Memorable Screenings of Older Films
- D'Est (From the East) (1993) / Chantal Akerman (gorgeous 35mm print at Cinéma du Réel)
- Flame of My Love (1949) / Kenji Mizoguchi (good 35mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- The Lady of Musashino (1951) / Kenji Mizoguchi (beautiful 35mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- The Water Magician (Orizuru Osen) (1935) / Kenji Mizoguchi (beautiful 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- Gubijinsô (Poppy) (1935) / Kenji Mizoguchi (mediocre but magical 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- <---> [Back and Forth] (1969) / Michael Snow (good 16mm print at Cinéma du Réel)
Scenes from Under Childhood, Section One (1967) / Stan Brakhage (good 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- Women's Victory (1946) / Kenji Mizoguchi (good 35mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- The Loyal 47 Ronin (1941) / Kenji Mizoguchi (mediocre 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- Daughter of the Nile (1987) / Hou Hsiao Hsien (great DCP restoration at Istanbul Film Festival)
- History Lessons (1972) / Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet (surprisingly good DCP restoration at IFFR)
- The Green Ray (2001) / Tacita Dean (beautiful 16mm print at Cinéma du Réel)
- Man with No Name (2010) / Wang Bing (digital copy at Centre Pompidou)
- Untitled Joseph Cornell Film (The Wool Collage) (1940) / Joseph Cornell (good 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- Event for a Stage (2015) / Tacita Dean (beautiful 16mm print at Cinéma du Réel)
- Norôit (1976) / Jacques Rivette (quite good DCP at Reflet Médicis)
- Women of the Night (1948) / Kenji Mizoguchi (good 35mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- Ciné-portrait de Raymond Depardon par Jean Rouch et réciproquement (1983) / Jean Rouch (good DCP at Cinéma du Réel)
- Ciné-portrait de Bill Witney (1986) / Jean Rouch (good DCP at Cinéma du Réel)
- Edwin Parker (2011) / Tacita Dean (beautiful 16mm print at Cinéma du Réel)
- Public Domain (1972) / Hollis Frampton (good 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- Only Yesterday (1933) / John M. Stahl (beautiful 35mm print at IFFR)
- The Famous Sword Bijomaru (1945) / Kenji Mizoguchi (bad 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)
- N:O:T:H:I:N:G (1968) / Paul Sharits (bad 16mm print at Cinémathèque Française)


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