THE BEST OF 2018: A NEW SERIES

2018. Good riddance.

Whether it be the continual plague of gun violence in America, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, or the increasing likelihood that climate change will be our downfall, the year fucking sucked for most humans.

It wasn’t all bad news though. A record number of women were swept into the House, making the most diverse Congress we’ve ever seen including two Native American women, two Muslim women (including one hijabi), and now a record number of black women are in Congress, some of them from states that have never seen a black woman representative. (Full disclosure: I worked for Jahana Hayes’ campaign in Connecticut. And yes, I’m super fucking proud of her.) All this was thanks to a record turnout in a midterm election, the likes of which haven’t been seen in a century. There was also the inspiring rescue of a group of Thai boys who got stuck in a cave, we helped save a bunch of animals, including pandas and sea otters, from the brink of extinction, and this happened (try watching without crying too).

But this is a movie blog. And thank god it was an amazing year in movies.

Sure, diversity of sex is still a huge issue, but a year that finally gave Spike Lee his first ever (!!!) nomination for Best Director can’t be all bad.

So, a little late, I’m going through my favorite movies of 2018, and why I loved them.

Originally, this was going to be one big post. But I began writing about the first one, realized just how much I had to say, and then realized I still had six more films I wanted to gush about in the same vein. So, to break it up and hopefully allow better discussion, I’ll be releasing them one by one.

And now, a note before I hear any shit from any commenters.

Please read where I said my “FAVORITE” films. I didn’t say they were the best. And I certainly haven’t seen all the movies released this year. I’ll reiterate something I say seemingly every post: I’m a poor 21 year old paying rent in New York City. I don’t get free screenings (with one exception on this list) and I don’t have as much time to watch movies as professional critics. I’m merely one girl who just really likes movies, and I’m not the ultimate arbiter of quality. But of the new releases I did get a chance to watch this year, these are the ones I enjoyed watching the most.

So excited for the first post in this series.

A Brief Update

It has been a hot minute. Where to begin? 

Well, if you didn’t know, I work in politics. Well, worked. I was working on the Ned Lamont campaign, as well as other down ballot races in Connecticut. It was exhausting (I worked for 3 straight weeks without a day off). Ned won, Matt Lesser is now a state senator, and House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz won re-election by a mere 50 votes, and I got a chance to sleep. 

Did I do that? Of course not!

Instead, I IMMEDIATELY moved to New York City. I lived here at one point in time, but moved back home for work and other reasons.  But I once again live where I belong, and Brooklyn just got another bad bitch and now I have a Brooklyn library card (which is VERY exciting to  me). But I do not have internet yet and I haven’t fully moved in yet and it’s all been very chaotic. And throughout ALL of this I have been trying desperately to watch movies and to write. But I haven’t had a chance to do either. I saw A Star is Born at an 11am screening one Tuesday before work (not recommended. To see the movie before work, that is) and I’ve had a half written post on it in my drafts for WEEKS now that I never had a chance to finish. I have so many awards season films to catch up with that I haven’t had a chance to see. 

I had plans to do a horror movie series for Halloween. I want to do a whole series on the films of this year’s awards season. I want to do a Christmas movie or two. (I still haven’t seen A Nightmare Before Christmas!)

But instead, here’s my excuse post. 

My review of the previous versions of A Star is Born will be up within a day or two. Until then, enjoy this apology. 

The Experiment Begins

On December 28th, 1895, the Lumiere Brothers held the first paid screenings on ten short films. It was to be the first ever film showing in world history. 

In the early hours of February 14th, 1997, I was born in a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. 

A lot of shit happened between then. 

On December 28th, 1895, the Lumiere Brothers held the first paid screenings of ten short films. It was to be the first ever film showing in world history.

In the early hours of February 14th, 1997, I was born in a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

A lot of shit happened between then.

From the Lumiere Brothers, to DW Griffith, to Cecil B DeMille, to Hitchcock, to Wilder, to Fellini, to De Palma, to Scorsese and beyond, there’s a lot of cinema that I probably SHOULD see but I HAVEN’T seen. And there’s even more that I WANT to see but I haven’t gotten around to. I’m only 21, I’ve been deeply into cinema for only a couple years, and I’ve held a full time job for nearly 2 years now. Time allotted for watching movies isn’t getting any larger, so I just need to do it.

At the same time, I’ve been dreaming about directing/writing for several years now. I don’t have the money for film school (I don’t even have the money to finish up my half-baked bachelor’s in politics) so I’ve decided to teach myself the ins and outs of what makes, in my view, good movies. What links all of my favorite films together? What elements do they all have that endears me to them so much? And how can I know THAT without watching some of the greats? And what better way to learn about movies than writing, for the permanent record for the world to see, about which classics I loved and which ones I didn’t?

This will be a blog as I try and watch as much revered and roundly praised movies that I wasn’t alive to see in the 102 years since that Lumiere Brothers screening. This will be my “film catch up” on all the shit that older film aficionados bragged about watching in theaters in 1993 or have stories about renting from Blockbuster at age 17. I can’t watch every movie in theater and Blockbuster is no longer around for my film awakening (RIP). But I can try my best to make sure I’m as well educated about the movies as I should be.

So come along on this journey as I share my thoughts on all the classics I’ve missed. I hope you have as good of a time as me.