31 Dec 2018

75 Features for the End of 2018!

Looking back at my favorite pieces of cinema seen in 2018, I realized that having more than 50 titles rated 8 or higher can pose a significant challenge, yet I can't help feeling 'love of all cinema' that the filmmakers Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais have often touched upon in their interviews, changing the way I relate to the film. Of course, there are always exceptions that get lost somewhere on the serpentine way to my heart, but this article is not about them, so those Jacks and Zamas won't be mentioned (oops!). The following list is dominated by arthouse and avant-garde offerings which my taste leans towards, which doesn't mean there are no surprises. So, here's to an equally cinematic 2019!


1. Phantom Islands (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2017)
2. Lucky (John Carroll Lynch, 2017)
3. Song of Granite (Pat Collins, 2017)
4. The Forgotten Colors of Dreams (Johnny Clyde, 2018)
5. November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017)
6. Manifesto (Julian Rosefeldt, 2015)
7. A Dragon Arrives! (Mani Haghighi, 2016)
8. The Wandering Soap Opera (Raúl Ruiz, 2017)
9. Grain (Semih Kaplanoğlu, 2017)
10. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami, 2017)
11. A Solar Dream (Patrick Bokanowski, 2016)
12. Scorpion’s Stone (Maximilian Le Cain, 2018)
13. Animal Kingdom (Dean Kavanagh, 2017)
14. The Plague at the Karatas Village (Adilkhan Yerzhanov, 2016)
15. Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico, 2017)
16. Inside (Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, 2017)
17. The Rub (Péter Lichter & Bori Máté, 2018)
18. Rey (Niles Atallah, 2017)
19. Mary and the Witch's Flower (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2017)
20. Real (Sa-Rang Lee, 2017)
21. Kino Hospital (Jann Clavadetscher, 2017)
22. First Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2017)
23. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)
24. Sleeping Beauty (Adolfo Arrieta, 2016)
25. Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, 2017)


26. Mandy (Panos Cosmatos, 2018)
27. Mr. Long (SABU, 2017)
28. Drifting Cities (Michael Higgins, 2017)
29. Double Lover (François Ozon, 2017)
30. Unrest (Philippe Grandrieux, 2017)
31. Iridescent (Eli Hayes, 2017)
32. EVERYONE AFRAID TO BE FORGOTTEN (Jonna Lee & John Strandh, 2018)
33. The Greatest Showman (Michael Gracey, 2017)
34. MFKZ (Shojiro Nishimi & Guillaume Renard, 2017)
35. The Lodgers (Brian O’Malley, 2017)
36. I Am Not Madame Bovary (Xiaogang Feng, 2016)
37. See You Up There (Albert Dupontel, 2017)
38. Dailies from Dumpland (Michael Woods, 2018)
39. Batman Ninja (Junpei Mizusaki, 2018)
40. Pin Cushion (Deborah Haywood, 2017)
41. The Scythian (Rustam Mosafir, 2018)
42. Ederlezi Rising (Lazar Bodroža, 2018)
43. Boarding School (Boaz  Yakin, 2018)
44. Valley of Shadows (Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen, 2017)
45. Call Boy (Daisuke Miura, 2018)
46. The Mimic (Jung Huh, 2017)
47. Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (Julian Radlmaier, 2017)
48. Sunday's Illness (Ramón Salazar, 2018)
49. Krut: The Himmaphan Warriors (Chaiporn Panichrutiwong, 2018)
50. Waiting for the Barbarians (Eugène Green, 2017)


51. Cinderella the Cat (Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak & Dario Sansone, 2017)
52. Night Awake (Sandy Ding, 2016)
53. The Whisper of the Jaguar (Simon(è) Jaikiriuma Paetau & Thais Guisasola, 2017)
54. Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, 2018)
55. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya, 2017)
56. Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)
57. God’s Own Country (Francis Lee, 2017)
58. Psychokinesis (Sang-ho Yeon, 2018)
59. 1985 (Yen Tan, 2018)
60. Revenge (Coralie Fargeat, 2017)
61. Jupiter's Moon (Kornél Mundruczó, 2017)
62. Terminal (Vaughn Stein, 2018)
63. Errementari (Paul Urkijo Alijo, 2018)
64. The Crescent (Seth A. Smith, 2017)
65. Paradise (Andrey Konchalovskiy, 2016)
66. Afterimage (Andrzej Wajda, 2016)
67. Accident Man (Jesse V. Johnson, 2018)
68. The Party (Sally Poter, 2017)
69. The Green Fog (Guy Maddin, 2017)
70. Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018)
71. Pity (Babis Makridis, 2018)
72. Foreboding (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2017)
73. Elliot (Craig Jacobson, 2017)
74. Into the Forest (Gilles Marchand, 2016)
75. Drown Among the Dead (Rubén Gutiérrez, 2018)

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