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Top 15 Movies of 2018

This year was one of the starkest years in contrast to what the Academy nominated versus what I loved (which was almost perfectly reflected in the Independent Spirit Award nominations).

I haven’t seen Destroyer or Mandy, two films that I could foresee loving. I also haven’t seen Best Picture nominees Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody. And, frankly, have little interest in either. I was also hoping to love First Man and Roma much more than I did. Two good films, but were ultimately just honorable mentions for me.

15. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
14. Searching
13. BlackkKlansman
12. Leave No Trace
11. A Quiet Place

10. Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
09. First Reformed
08. American Animals
07. Annihilation
06. A Star is Born

05. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
04. Widows
03. Eighth Grade
02. The Old Man & The Gun
01. You Were Never Really Here

Top 10 Movies of 2017

This was a weird year for me and movies. The two biggest awards-contending films, Three Billboards and The Shape of Water, both disappointed me. And I found it hard to find twenty films to really love -- even fifteen -- which has made me settle on the following ten as my favorites for the year. 

Performance-wise, three actors stood out: James Freedson-Jackson in The Strange Ones, Hong Chau in Downsizing, and, yes, Meryl Streep in The Post. 

With a few films left to see, most notably Call Me By Your Name, Hostiles and The Florida Project, here are my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2017. (UPDATE: Hostiles would have made my Top Ten. Florida Project would not have. Still haven’t seen Call Me By Your Name.)

10. Lady Bird
09. Logan
08. Get Out
07. Good Time
06. Split
05. Molly's Game
04. Win It All
03. The Strange Ones
02. Dunkirk
01. A Ghost Story

Special nod to my own feature film, Fare, which release February 21, 2017.

A few films I really wished were better than they were: Personal Shopper, It Comes At Night, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, and Baby Driver.

Top 15 Movies of 2016

Here's my Top 15 English language movies for 2016. Honorable mentions go to: Jungle Book, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and The Witch. 

In addition, from four of my top five films, there was a singular line of dialog from each movie that stuck with me for days after. In many cases, these lines haunted me. True poetry. Those lines are listed below, beside each film, and whether they are word for word accurate is beside the point. 

15. Don't Think Twice
14. Moonlight
13. Hacksaw Ridge
12. La La Land
11. Don't Breathe

10. The Magnificent Seven
09. Sully
08. Sing Street
07. Fences
06. Nocturnal Animals

05. Midnight Special ("I'll always worry about you. That's the deal.")
04. Arrival
03. Silence ("Where's the place in this world for weak men?")
02. Manchester by the Sea ("I can't beat it.")
01. Hell or High Water ("Maybe I'll bring you some peace." / "Maybe I'll bring it to you.")

 

Top 25 Movies of 2015

Here’s my 25 favorite movies of 2015. I restricted the list to English language narratives.

25. Jurassic World
24. Cinderella
23. Ant-Man
22. Z for Zachariah
21. Slow West

20. Spy
19. Bone Tomahawk
18. Star Wars: the Force Awakens
17. Age of Adeline
16. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

15. Sicario
14. Bridge of Spies
13. Creed
12. The Gift
11. Room

10. Spotlight
09. The Revenant
08.. The Hateful Eight
07. Mad Max: Fury Road
06. Ex Machina

05. The Martian
04. It Follows
03. Steve Jobs
02. The Big Short
01. The End of the Tour

Top 25 Movies of 2014

Here’s my list of my 25 favorite movies of 2014. I restricted the list to English language narratives.

25. Under the Skin
24. The Drop
23. The Lego Movie
22. The One I Love
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel

20. The Rover
19. Chef
18. Foxcatcher
17. Gone Girl
16. Boyhood

15. Edge of Tomorrow
14. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
13. Snowpiercer
12. Nightcrawler
11. Locke

10. American Sniper
09. Inherent Vice
08. A Most Violent Year
07. John Wick
06. Whiplash

05. Birdman
04. Blue Ruin
03. Noah
02. Interstellar
01. Calvary

Top 25 Movies of 2013

Here’s my list of my 25 favorite films of 2013. I restricted the list to English language narratives.

25. Her
24. Philomena
23. The Conjuring
22. Only God Forgives
21. Drinking Buddies

20. World War Z
19. All Is Lost
18. Fruitvale Station
17. Mud
16. Upstream Color

15. Monsters University
14. The World’s End
13. To The Wonder
12. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
11. Prisoners

10. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
09. Lone Survivor
08. Inside Llewyn Davis
07. The Wolf of Wall Street
06. Captain Phillips

05. Short Term 12
04. Nebraska
03. 12 Years A Slave
02. The Place Beyond the Pines
01. Gravity

Top 20 Movies of 2012

Here’s my list for my 20 favorite films of 2011. I restricted the list to English language narratives.

20. MAGIC MIKE
19. SLEEPWALK WITH ME
18. SKYFALL
17. THE HUNGER GAMES
16. THE BOURNE LEGACY

15. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
14. LAWLESS
13. LOOPER
12. ARGO
11. LES MISERABLES

10. LINCOLN
09. PROMETHEUS
08. THE GREY
07. END OF WATCH
06. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

05. DJANGO UNCHAINED
04. ZERO DARK THIRTY
03. KILLING THEM SOFTLY
02. FLIGHT
01. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Top 10 Movies of 2011

Here’s my list for my 10 favorite films of 2011. I restricted the list to English language narratives.

10 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
09 The Artist
08 Source Code
07 Crazy Stupid Love
06 Meek’s Cutoff

05 Hugo
04 The Descendants
03 Take Shelter
02 Tree of Life
01 Moneyball