The 2018 top 100:
Each year, I make a revised top 100 list of my personal favorite films of all-time, to not only have a list to recommend to friends, twitter, and literally anyone who asks me on the street (it’s happened a few times), but to keep a list to see how my taste has changed over the years. From 2017 to 2018, my favorites have changed drastically. I saw a number of films this year that absolutely took my breathe away and rose to quickly to the top of the list.
And let’s remember, this is *my* list. It’s all based on my taste and based on this list I prefer darker, more introspective films that put a lot of value into aesthetics. I also crave unconventional story telling, any way to tell a narrative in a unique sense will spark my interest. I love my list and would highly recommend every single movie mentioned.
– The “Crumb” documentary is a treasure
– Alfonso Cuarón at his most inner-loving and passionate self with “Y Tu Mama Tambien”
– Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: It’s the best Star Wars film
– Chaplin’s “Gold Rush”
– Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is continually growing on me
Shaolin Vs Lama (1983)
Director: Tso Nam Lee (1st)
Starting off this list with a BANG!
How does one try and describe a film experience that is nothing short of perfect?
All The Presidents Men (1976)
Director: Alan J. Pakula (1st)
As you’ll soon find out, I’m an absolute sucker for stories about journalism and the timely and accurate portrayal of Bob Woodward’s and Carl Bernstein’s reporting on Watergate, led by a fantastic lead pair of performances from Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, makes this one of the best.
Director: Christopher Nolan (1st)
Notes: Seeing Dunkirk on a 70mm screen and experiencing the hyper-tension and weight of their situation told in unique narrative sense that superbly blends timelines and storylines. One of Nolan’s best and absolutely some of the all-time best cinematography work. The film is breathtakingly gorgeous.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Director: Stanley Kubrick (1st)
Stanley Kubrick is a name that will be popping up quite a bit on this list – and his last true feature film is shocking with it’s atmosphere and cult-imagery. It’s a magic night in New York City, as if it’s a dream. Led by a damning and gravitational performance from Nicole Kidman while Tom Cruise is blindly guided around the city.
The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen (1st)
Roger Deakins gives this film a Citizen Kane-esque light scheme and is some of his best overall work. In one of the Coen’s darkest screenplays, Billy Bob Thornton brings out the life of a lifeless character. Frances McDormand gives a great performance, but John Polito steals the show in a perfect role for his talents.