2018

The order and the categorization of the movies are very arbitrary. There aren't 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. The movies I don't like are also out of the list. So, here it is, the new movies I liked in 2018:


Very Good
Anadolu Turnesi (Anatolian Trip) / Deniz Tortum & Can Eskinazi
Sans Lune / Sophie Watzlawick


Good
Whose hand was it? / Sara Lehn & Minze Tummescheit & Arne Hector


Memorable Screenings of Older Films
History Lessons (1972) / Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet (very good DCP restoration)
Sun Shines Bright (1953) / John Ford (bad DCP restoration)
Only Yesterday (1933) / John M. Stahl (beautiful 35mm print)


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