Favourites from 2018

by FilmsFillMyHoles | created - 19 Feb 2018 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

Favourite films, specials and new shows (etc.) throughout the year.

Shout-outs: Birds of Passage, Hereditary, Widows, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, Springsteen on Broadway, Avengers: Infinity War, Bandersnatch, Damsel, Queer Eye s1-2, Deadpool 2, Revenge, Outlaw King, Castle Rock, Strange Angel, Solo, Hearts Beat Loud...

Still need to check out: The Favourite, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sunset, Les filles du soleil, Shoplifters, Anna and the Apocalypse.

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1. The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 259 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

Judd Apatow presents an emotional two-part in-depth look at the life, career and complex internal struggles of his loving mentor, the influential stand-up comedian and actor Garry Shandling, based on Shandling's personal diaries.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Kevin Nealon, Mike Shandling

Votes: 1,192

2. Mandy (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

81 Metascore

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 42,316 | Gross: $1.21M

Mandy utilizes the power of cinema to the fullest extent. I felt transported to another world the moment I heard the King Crimson song. Mandy's made with immense talent, style and passion and I can't ask anything more from a film. To me it's flawless.

4. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, Music, Romance

90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 31,328 | Gross: $4.57M

How can you fit sooo much heart into one film?

5. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 16,129 | Gross: $22.61M

Moved me to tears. This film couldn't have come out at a better time.

6. Joe Pera Talks with You (2018– )

TV-PG | Comedy

Joe, beloved choir teacher, discusses topics of interest. First up, iron!

Stars: Joe Pera, Jo Firestone, Conner O'Malley, Gene Kelly

Votes: 417

I genuinely wish Joe Pera, Jo Firestone and Connor O'Malley all the success in the world.

7. One Day (2018)

99 min | Drama

A day in the life of a mother, caught in the relentlessness of daily life, between her work, her home and her children.

Director: Zsófia Szilágyi | Stars: Zsófia Szamosi, Leó Füredi, Ambrus Barcza, Zorka Varga-Blaskó

Votes: 430

One Day hit me on a very personal level.

8. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 113,888 | Gross: $44.94M

Seeing First Man in the theatres was truly special. It's a film for that little kid inside still dreaming of becoming an astronaut.

9. Halloween (I) (2018)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

67 Metascore

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney

Votes: 84,119 | Gross: $159.34M

Kinda hated it the first time around, but I decided to give it a second chance. Watched it again the very next morning and wound up in love.

10. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 27,661 | Gross: $17.54M

11. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 32,350 | Gross: $2.47M

12. Barry (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city's theatre arts scene.

Stars: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan

Votes: 17,647

Barry has layers, man. I don't know how, but Bill Hader & friends made the simplistic and sorta worn out premise of a hitman struggling to retire into something truly special.

13. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music

67 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 21,509 | Gross: $0.80M

14. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 83,161

The Coens never cease to amaze!

15. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun, Soo-Kyung Kim

Votes: 19,170 | Gross: $0.72M

16. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 32,121 | Gross: $3.45M

A borderline remake of Winter Light, but instead of Bergman's restraint, Schrader goes for the punch.

17. Hold the Dark (2018)

TV-MA | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough

Votes: 25,991

I knew beforehand that Hold the Dark wasn't going to be like Green Room, so I adjusted my expectations and loved it. It's a slow-paced mystical Western, people, what's the big problem here?!

18. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 9,354 | Gross: $2.42M

The Rider has a real beating heart. It's filled to the brim with emotions in its raw performances and tender care in its beautiful direction.

19. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 102,223

20. Thoroughbreds (2017)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

Director: Cory Finley | Stars: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks

Votes: 24,318 | Gross: $2.83M

A masterfully executed piece of black comedy.

21. Under the Silver Lake (2018)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

Sam, intelligent but without purpose, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment's pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez

Votes: 13,770 | Gross: $0.04M

22. A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

R | 116 min | Action, Biography, Crime

76 Metascore

The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom.

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire | Stars: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Pornchanok Mabklang, Panya Yimmumphai

Votes: 14,070

23. An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

54 Metascore

Lulu Danger's unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called "An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only."

Director: Jim Hosking | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch, Matt Berry

Votes: 2,314 | Gross: $0.01M

The funniest film I've seen this year!

24. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

91 Metascore

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson

Votes: 13,985 | Gross: $17.93M

25. You Were Never Really Here (2017)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

84 Metascore

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov, John Doman

Votes: 69,120 | Gross: $2.52M

Still enamoured by Lynne Ramsay's beautiful and unique direction.

26. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 104,507 | Gross: $32.02M

27. The House That Jack Built (2018)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

42 Metascore

The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Votes: 32,658 | Gross: $0.09M

28. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 222,681 | Gross: $32.73M

The first half is dry (kind of a chore to get through), but the second half truly makes up for it in its fascinating underlying themes, tension and creativity in f#cked-upness.

29. Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (2018 TV Special)

TV-14 | 74 min | Comedy

Comedians and writers Steve Martin and Martin Short perform a live comedy set with music by The Steep Canyon Rangers and jazz pianist, Jeff Babko, at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina.

Director: Marcus Raboy | Stars: Jeff Babko, Steve Martin, Martin Short

Votes: 1,679

It truly warmed my heart to see these two perform together.

30. Overlord (2018)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

60 Metascore

A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

Director: Julius Avery | Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk

Votes: 51,811 | Gross: $21.70M

31. Apostle (2018)

TV-MA | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins, Bill Milner

Votes: 28,201

32. Derry Girls (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

The personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl and her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 1990s.

Stars: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell

Votes: 7,460

33. Who Is America? (2018– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen offers his take on America's patriotism.

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Roy Elghanayan, Emanuela Postacchini, Alfred Pierce

Votes: 11,801

34. The Predator (2018)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 89,405 | Gross: $51.02M

I had a blast with this one! It's one GLORIOUS big budget B-movie.

35. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 65 min | Comedy

John Mulaney relays stories from his childhood and Saturday Night Live (1975), eviscerates the value of college, and laments getting older in this comedy special. Other topics include the church, his family, Trump and pedophiles abducting kids.

Director: Alex Timbers | Stars: John Mulaney, Carole Shelley

Votes: 3,483

I adore John Mulaney and Kid Gorgeous had me in giddy stitches the whole way through.

36. The Haunting of Hill House (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

Stars: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 109,758

I feel like I'm in the minority of people who liked the second half more than the first. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

37. Aquaman (2018)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

55 Metascore

Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Votes: 236,813 | Gross: $335.06M

There's a simple sincerety to it that's just plain dumb fun.

38. Norm Macdonald Has a Show (2018– )

30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Based on his podcast, comedian and former Saturday Night Live (1975) alumni Norm Macdonald and his sidekick Adam Eget sit down and chat with celebrity guests about their life, career and views in a somewhat unconventional and often irreverent way.

Stars: Norm MacDonald, Adam Eget, Michael Keaton, Drew Barrymore

Votes: 2,399

39. Wellington Paranormal (2018– )

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Sergeant Maaka and Officers Minogue and O'Leary are members of the Wellington, New Zealand, police. Their job is to investigate paranormal phenomena.

Stars: Mike Minogue, Karen O'Leary, Maaka Pohatu, Thomas Sainsbury

Votes: 1,044

Hoping for a second season with a bigger budget.

40. The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

R | 85 min | Horror

48 Metascore

A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths.

Director: Johannes Roberts | Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman

Votes: 21,081 | Gross: $24.43M

41. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 136,905 | Gross: $48.69M

Even though BlacKkKlansman is has its cheesy moments and a few lulls in the middle, it's one of the most entertaining and poignant films of the year.

42. Thunder Road (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother.

Director: Jim Cummings | Stars: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer

Votes: 7,457

43. Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

A portrait of unsung Hollywood legend Scotty Bowers, whose bestselling memoir chronicled his decades spent as sexual procurer to the stars.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Scotty Bowers, Lois Bowers, William Mann, David Kuhn

Votes: 564 | Gross: $0.46M

It's less of an informative documentary and moreso a sincere portrait of the life and times of one Scotty Bowers.

44. Unsane (2018)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

63 Metascore

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple

Votes: 30,960 | Gross: $7.73M

A disjointed bonkers Kafka-esque nightmare that's never boring.

45. Disenchantment (2018– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Princess Tiabeanie, 'Bean', is annoyed at her imminent arranged marriage to Prince Merkimer. Then she meets Luci, a demon, and Elfo, an elf, and things get rather exciting, and dangerous.

Stars: Robin Atkin Downes, Abbi Jacobson, Eric André, Nat Faxon

Votes: 27,413

Even though this entrée was slightly underwhelming compared to Groening's other classics (Simpsons, Futurama), Disenchantment definitely has the potential to be great.

46. Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018 TV Special)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary, Comedy

Chris Rock takes the stage in Brooklyn for a comedy special filled with searing observations on fatherhood, infidelity and American politics.

Director: Bo Burnham | Star: Chris Rock

Votes: 4,476

47. Action Point (2018)

R | 85 min | Comedy

36 Metascore

A daredevil designs and operates his own theme park with his friends.

Director: Tim Kirkby | Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Chris Pontius, Dan Bakkedahl

Votes: 6,048 | Gross: $5.06M

Pure summery fun. The cast and spirit of the whole film was enough for me to overlook the underdeveloped story and overall schmaltz.



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