2018 Ten Best Movies


Brady Jandreau: The Rider (Sony Pictures Classics)

Here’s my list for 2018. I didn’t have a single obvious, slap-in-the-face #1 for the year, so almost any of the top half-dozen here could have been on top.

  1. The Rider (Chloe Zhao)
  2. Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
  3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel and Ethan Coen)
  4. Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)
  5. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
  6. Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
  7. Hereditary (Ari Aster)
  8. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
  9. You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)/Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
  10. First Man (Damien Chazelle)

Here’s a link to the full end-of-year article from the Herald, including a Bottom Ten. Here’s the link from the Seattle Weekly, which counts backwards rather than down.

I voted in the National Society of Film Critics awards, and the group ended up going for The Rider as Best Picture, a not-untypical offbeat choice for the NSFC. Here’s their list on their website, plus a link to the list at Variety.



A note for anyone who reads this blog regularly, if such a person exists: I’ve been elected to membership in the National Society of Film Critics. The NSFC has sixty-some members, and they don’t often look to the Pacific Northwest to add to their ranks – in following in the footsteps of Seattle’s estimable Richard T. Jameson, I am treading in formidable shoes. I always admired the NSFC for their amazingly bold awards choices – they gave the 1980 Best Picture nod to Melvin and Howard, not Raging Bull or Ordinary People. This is the kind of thinking I like.

Their website is trim, and the membership is listed here. I am honored and humbled to be voted in by my peers, and I’ll try to live up to the standard they have set. As Ruth Gordon said when she won her Oscar at a somewhat mature age, “I can’t tell you how encouragin’ a thing like this is.”