[2018 Film Wrap-Up]

Total: 280 (full list here)
Revival: 45
SIFF: 81
Avg cost: $2.58

Wrap-ups for previous years live under the year-end tag.

This year I wrote bimonthly posts of varying timeliness and hotness of take, and they live under the whatdidjacithink tag. I also managed a bit of SIFF coverage, available here. Finally, I wrote a handful of standalones, which are linked in this thread:

Or, you know, you can just scroll back.


Films of my heart: Annihilation, Eighth Grade, Black Panther, Dirty Computer, Shoplifters

Other faves: En El Septimo Dia, Support the Girls, Hereditary, The Favourite, Crazy Rich Asians, You Were Never Really There, If Beale Street Could Talk, Tully, Blindspotting, Leave No Trace

Favorite film of 2017 that I didn’t see til 2018: Phantom Thread

Guilty pleasure of 2017 that I didn’t see til 2018 & then people yelled at me all year for not telling them about it: The Greatest Showman

My beloved Be Gay Do Crime Trilogy: A Simple Favor, Ocean’s Eight, The Spy Who Dumped Me (honorable mention: tv’s Killing Eve)

Other favorite queer films: Wild Nights with Emily, Love, Simon, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Favorite popcorn movies: Mission Impossible, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Tomb Raider, Europe Raiders, Monster Hunt 2

Favorite horror films: A Quiet Place, The Devil’s Doorway

“That’s not romantic, that’s creepy!” entitled white guy double feature: Damsel & The Little Stranger

Favorite performances: Edie Falco in Outside In, all three leads in Burning, Anne Hathaway in Ocean’s Eight, Jessie Buckley in Beast, Rhaechyl Walker in My Name is Myeisha, John Cho in Searching, Cynthia Erivo in Widows

Favorite documentaries: Shirkers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Making the Grade, and even though I didn’t see them until 2019, Minding the Gap & Hale County This Morning, This Evening (which would be an exhausting but beautiful double feature)

Festival favorites: The Song of Scorpions, See You Up There, Bloody Milk, Waru, The Widowed Witch, Angels Wear White, Queerama, Puzzle, Chendeng & Apple

Revival favorites: The Patsy, Stalker on 35mm, Being There, 2001: A Space Odyssey on 70mm

Favorite first watches at home (RIP FilmStruck): Dark Journey (Vivian Leigh, lady spy), Sweet Smell of Success (the snappiest of cynical dialogue), Ball of Fire (Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Dan Duryea, & some of the greatest character names of all time), These Three (definitely still gay, no matter what the intro tells you), Dear Heart, Starstruck, To Have and Have Not, Old Acquaintance, Marty, Deathtrap, What Price Hollywood, The World, The Flesh, and the Devil, Hockey Night (Megan Follows as a goalie!), Cluny Brown (Jennifer Jones, lady plumber, directed by Lubitsch), L’assassin habite au 21

Television favorites: Killing Eve, Doctor Who, The Good Place, Kim’s Convenience, One Day at a Time, Jane the Virgin, the end of The Americans, A Very English Scandal, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Jesus Christ Superstar Live. Also The Leftovers, finally.

Favorite audio fiction: Wolf 359, the Juno Steele stories in The Penumbra Podcast, ars Paradoxica, Alice Isn’t Dead, Wooden Overcoats, We Fix Space Junk, The Amelia Project

Things I know I’m missing: pretty much anything that went straight to streaming. If I can see it any time, I won’t see it at all.

Finally, I did two book bingos this year. First, the teen one over the winter just for fun, and then the summer one as usual (this was obviously also fun!) All authors are women of color or non-binary people of color (per the information I had at the time; gender is complicated).



A few more fun little things:



Films I saw more than once in the theater:

And, that’s it! If it’s not on here, I hated it (not actually true, obviously). Come fight me on Twitter or Instagram, by which I mean, tell me what you loved that I missed, because I know I missed a lot. I always do!

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