Top 10 Films of 2018 That I Have Not Seen Yet
Happy New Year! 2018 was a BIG, BIG year for movies, right? Just like the last 120 years, thousands of movies were produced not only in the U.S. but all over the world. I saw a few of them, but there were many, many more that I did not see. I plan to see some of them, but most of them? No, I will not. I’ll be honest. I can’t see all the movies. Neither can anyone else.
I hate Top 10 movie lists because no matter how any critic tries, they’re going to miss 99% of the movies that were produced in any given year. There will always - no matter how hard anyone tries - a distinct bias toward films released in some form in the United States. Take Lee Chang-Dong’s BURNING, a beautiful meandering film based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. Running at 148 minutes, the film somehow captures visually the sensation I feel when I’m reading Murakami. Yes, of course there’s a cat, but there’s also a general sense of meandering and confusion at the state of the world. Lee Jong-su walks a great deal in the film, and I always get the feeling of walking when reading Murakami. It’s a brilliant film, well worth seeing.
Now, I know it’s brilliant because I saw it. Before I saw it, I had not seen it. But, since the film had the good luck to be one of an infinitesimally tiny number of non-English-language films to appear in a movie theater in the U.S., I was aware of its existence. The A.V. Club, among others, named it the best film of 2018. Which, of course, they can’t say unless they saw every film produced on the planet in 2018. And there we have it. If you’re a fan in the United States of South Korean films, you could be forgiven if you thought BURNING was the only South Korean film produced in 2018. It was not. It could very well be there was a better movie than BURNING produced in South Korea in 2018, but you wouldn’t know that, would you?
My Top Ten Films of 2018 That I Have Not Seen Yet. It’s an outrage-proof listing, because if a critically-acclaimed film is not included, you don’t know whether (a) I saw it or (b) I didn’t see it and just randomly decided not to include it. Because most of the films included on this list I did so randomly. A couple I might even be interested in seeing now that I know they exist.
ROMA (dir. Alfonso Cuaron) - I hear this is really, really good. My wife and I have tickets to see this in 70mm in January at the Music Box in Chicago. But I haven’t seen it YET, so this heads the list.
SHOPLIFTERS (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)
PARADISE LOST (dir. Monique Gardenberg)
LEAVE NO TRACE (dir. Debra Granik)
THE GUILTY (dir. Gustav Möller)
BIRDS OF PASSAGE (dir. Cristina Gallego, Cira Guerro)
SANJU (dir. Rajkumar Hirani)
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (dir. Orson Welles)
RAFIKI (dir. Wanuri Kahiu)
CARMEN & LOLA (dir. Arantxa Echevarria)