Films of the Year 2018

List of my favorite films of 2018, included only those released between 2016–2018.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018, Ethan Coen + Joel Coen, USA)
Bangkok Nites (2016, Katsuya Tomita, Thailand-Laos-Japan-France)
Black Mirror: Hang the DJ (2016, Timothy Van Patten, UK)
Black Mirror: San Junipero (2016, Owen Harris, UK)
Black Panther (2018, Ryan Coogler, USA-South Africa-South Korea-Australia)
Bumblebee (2018, Travis Knight, USA)
A Cambodian Spring (2016, Christopher Kelly, UK-Cambodia)
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017, Travis Wilkerson, USA)
Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018, Michael Moore, USA)
A Fantastic Woman (2017, Sebastián Lelio, Chile-Germany-Spain-USA)
First Man (2018, Damien Chazelle, USA-Japan)
The Haunting of Hill House (2018, Mike Flanagan, USA)
Incredibles 2 (2018, Brad Bird, USA)
Jane (2017, Brett Morgen, USA)
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017, Stephen Nomura Schible, Japan-USA)
Shirkers (2018, Sandi Tan, USA)
Shoplifters (2018, Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan)
Small Talk (2016, Huang Hui-Chen, Taiwan)
Us and Them (2018, Rene Liu, China)
The Wound (2017, John Trengove, South Africa-Germany-Netherlands-France)

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TOP 25

25. Meteors
(2017, Gürcan Keltek, Netherlands-Turkey)

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24. Cold War 
(2018, Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland-UK-France)

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23. The Seen and Unseen 
(2017, Kamila Andini, Indonesia-Netherlands-Australia-Qatar)

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22. God’s Own Country
(2017, Francis Lee, UK)

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21. Zama 
(2017, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina-Brazil-Spain-Dominican Republic-France-Netherlands-Mexico-Switzerland-USA-Portugal-Lebanon)

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20. Paddington 2 
(2017, Paul King, UK-France-USA)

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19. The Wall 
(2018, Boonsong Nakphoo, Thailand)

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18. Wild Wild Country 
(2018, Chapman Way + Maclain Way, USA)

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17. Annihilation 
(2018, Alex Garland, UK-USA)

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16. Rat Film 
(2016, Theo Anthony, USA)

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15. The Tale 
(2018, Jennifer Fox, USA-Germany)

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14. You Were Never Really Here 
(2017, Lynne Ramsay, UK-France-USA)

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13. First Reformed 
(2017, Paul Schrader, USA-UK-Australia)

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12. The Florida Project 
(2017, Sean Baker, USA)

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11. Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog 
(2017, Julian Radlmaier, Germany-Italy)

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10. Transit 
(2018, Christian Petzold, Germany-France)

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9. Hereditary 
(2018, Ari Aster, USA)

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8. Roma 
(2018, Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico-USA)

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7. Wildlife 
(2018, Paul Dano, USA)

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6. Thibaan the Series 2.1 + Thibaan the Series 2.2 
(2018, Surasak Pongsorn, Thailand)

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5. Burning 
(2018, Lee Chang-dong, South Korea)

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4. Suspiria 
(2018, Luca Guadagnino, Italy-USA)

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3. Leave No Trace 
(2018, Debra Granik, USA-Canada)

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2. Phantom Thread 
(2017, Paul Thomas Anderson, USA-UK)

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1. 24 Frames
(2017, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran-France)

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1.The Tree of Life: Extended Cut 
(2011/2018, Terrence Malick, USA)

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GUILTY PLEASURE

Adam (2017, Hamezi Akeyrat, Thailand)
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018, Julius Onah, USA)
Death Note (2017, Adam Wingard, USA)

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OVERRATED

Bird Box (2018, Susanne Bier, USA)
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018, David Slade, USA-UK)
Lover for a Day (2017, Philippe Garrel, France)
Nervous Translation (2017, Shireen Sino, Philippines)
The Shape of Water (2017, Guillermo del Toro, USA)
The Square (2017, Ruben Östlund, Sweden-Germany-France-Denmark)
A Star Is Born (2018, Bradley Cooper, USA)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017, Martin McDonagh, UK-USA)

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IRRITATED/MEH

App War (2018, Yanyong Kuruaungkoul, Thailand)
Bird Box (2018, Susanne Bier, USA)
Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (2018, Mat Whitecross, UK)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, David Yates, UK-USA)
Incident in a Ghostland (2018, Pascal Laugier, France-Canada)
Moana (2016, Ron Clements + John Musker + Don Hall + Chris Williams, USA)
Newness (2017, Drake Doremus, USA)
The Night Comes For Us (2018, Timo Tjahjanto, Indonesia-USA)
Ocean’s Eight (2018, Gary Ross, USA)
The Promise (2017, Sophon Sakdaphisit, Thailand)
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018, Lorna Tucker, UK)

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ABOMINATION

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018, David Slade, USA-UK)
Brother of the Year (2018, Vithaya Thongyuyong, Thailand)
Demon House (2018, Zak Bagans, USA)
The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018, Eli Roth, USA-India-Canada)