Danielle White’s Top 10 Films of 2018

1) Thunder Road

Jim Cummings writes, directs, and gives a stunning performance that is both heartbreaking and cringingly awkward.

2) Madeline's Madeline

Experimental drama explores the space between imagination and reality, while asking who owns the stories we tell.

3) The Favourite

Quasi-historical satire delivers gorgeous backdrops and deliciously bitchy performances.

4) Mandy

Panos Cosmatos' psychedelic horror is viewed through the red lens of revenge.

5) Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

Travis Wilkerson's deep dive into his family's dark past is less a film than an interactive experience tailor-made for communal viewing.

6) First Reformed

Somber as a graveyard, Ethan Hawke is a priest losing his religion (and his shit) while grappling with cruel realities.

7) Hereditary

Ari Aster's homage to horror is a haunting portrait of family trauma, and Toni Collette awes as a mother wracked with pain and guilt.

8) Minding the Gap

Bing Liu transforms skateboarding videos into a documentary linking domestic violence, toxic masculinity, and poverty. It's a new kind of found-footage film.

9) Bodied

Captivating and thought-provoking comedy/drama uses battle rap to explore hot-button issues like racism and free speech.

10) Cold War

Pawel Pawlikowski's monochrome melodrama inspired by his parents' tumultuous relationship aches with loneliness and regret.

Sorry to Bother You

Near Misses

Sorry to Bother You, Shoplifters, Custody

Most Overrated

A Quiet Place, A Star Is Born, You Were Never Really Here

Most Underrated

American Animals, Annihilation, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Wild Card

There were a few films I really enjoyed because they played against gender norms, and, in a sense, subverted audience expectations: Thoroughbreds, Never Goin' Back, All About Nina, A Simple Favor, and even Ocean's 8.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Acting Kudos (Male)

Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)

Acting Kudos (Female)

Charlize Theron (Tully), Glenn Close (The Wife), Carey Mulligan (Wildlife)

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)

Best Original Screenplay

David Zellner, Nathan Zellner (Damsel); Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting); Samuel Maoz (Foxtrot)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Audrey Wells (The Hate U Give); Daniel Kitrosser (We the Animals); Oh Jung-mi, Lee Chang-dong (Burning)

TV Series/Event

The Haunting of Hill House

Worst Film

The 15:17 to Paris: Clint Eastwood's reconstruction of three bros on vacation who manage to thwart a terrorist attack on a train is awkward and boring. It's certainly not a profound observation, but a good story does not always make a good film. The biggest slip-up here was casting the actual real-life dudes. It's way too much pressure to perform a captivating impression of yourself.

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