It’s that time of year again, that time when we reflect back on all of the things the world of entertainment gave to us in the past year and rank them. Like it or not, ranking our favorite things of the year has become a modern-day holiday season tradition. So kick back, take a sip of pumpkin spice latte, warm your feet by a fire, maybe pull up the Holiday Music channel on Spotify, and get ready to enjoy our list of the best movies of 2018.
These are the fifteen films that we feel not only set the standard for excellence in the past year, but were also the most culturally significant for one reason or another. Feel free to share your own thoughts on the year in movies below in the comments.
Border is one of those movies that might be better the less you know about it going in, but we’ll do our best to recommend without ruining. We saw Border at Fantastic Fest, which was fitting, since it turns the fantastic into literal reality so well that it’s hard to even think of it as science fiction. The entire movie consists of the slowly unraveling mystery of what sort of being its oddball main character (Tina, played by Eva Melander, in Geico caveman-esque makeup) is. The discovery is just as exciting as the journey. It’s also a love story, with an unforgettable gender-bending sex scene that somehow manages to be simultaneously hilarious, touching, and kind of gross (like all sex, really). Border is somehow human and misanthropic in equal measure. Bizarre, wonderful, indescribable. — Vince Mancini
14. If Beale Street Could Talk
It’s hard to think of a filmmaker besides Barry Jenkins whose love for his characters comes through so strongly just in the way that he lights and shoots them. Every character in If Beale Street Could Talk positively glows. Watching it is like pulling your mother or father’s old coat out of the closet, smelling the collar, and being transported to another time and place by the sense memory. I know what you’re thinking, “wait, isn’t this movie about redlining and racist policing?”