The second part of our selection of the best films of 2018 has arrived.
Although the month of December has not yet come, but still of those films that we have already watched this year, 15 were found, of which we made our top.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Why watch this movie? The latest thriller released by the team of Neeson and Collet Serra was Air Marshal, an intriguing and intelligent who did it? , in which the action takes place on an airplane. Meet the couple together again in the Agatha Christie-inspired high-octane "Passenger" story.
The mystery begins with the talkative heroine of Vera Farmiga, train passenger Joanna, asks the exhausted ex-policeman Michael McCauley an extremely strange hypothetical question: if it were necessary to perform one rather insignificant task, which will obviously lead to disastrous consequences for another passenger on the train in exchange for a generous monetary reward, would Michael take it or not?
A similar story has already been filmed, but Collet Serra is much less interested in the moral side of the problem. Instead, he just wants to take the giant locomotive apart, while finding Hitchcockian tension under every car seat, every corridor, and every look on his face. It turned out to be a filmmaking with a simultaneous breakdown of control, and also the best movie on the train since Steven Seagal's Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.
Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex, Wolfe, Millie Shapiro
Director: Ari Astaire
Why watch? I consider myself quite used to all sorts of horror films, so it's easy to not scare people like me. The repetition of the mantra "this is just a movie" works flawlessly, but "Reincarnation" tickled my nerves even. What is so unusual about this film? It's all about performance: The incredibly artistically talented Toni Collette, who first surprised horror fans as the mother in The Sixth Sense, stars as Annie, a miniature painter working from home. When her elderly mother dies, Annie's entire family, including Byrne as husband, Wolfe as son, and Shapiro as daughter, is on the brink of a crisis.
During the first 40 minutes or so, the film unfolds as a very peculiar psychodrama, but then an untold event occurs and the tension seems to be rocketing up. Annie visits a friend of the medium, Ann Dowd, and after that begins to communicate with the dead. She also walks in her dreams and has terrible nightmares: a supernatural force has taken over the house.
Asta shoots the final part of the film in such a way that some viewers, as they say, will drop their jaw, but Collette knows his business, without looking back at giving such a complex and demanding acting role.
Cast: Claire Foy, Juno Temple, Day Faro, Joshua Leonard
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Why should I look? After the light comedy "Logan's Luck" Stephen Soderbergh is back with us with his usual manner of surprising the viewer, including the interpretation of genres. This time "Not in myself" is a psychological thriller, but the point here is not ordinary digging in the subconscious, but in the very real confinement in a mental hospital.
As stated, the film was shot through the lens of an iPhone, which makes the picture look somewhat flat from a visual point of view. "Not in myself" tells the story of Sawyer Valentini (Foy), when she is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital against her will, but what is even better, the heroine is fighting the insurance system, which apparently made it a goal to pull all the money from her account at the same time completely not caring about the state of human health. (You could call the film a quasi-sequel to the thriller Side Effect. The director clearly succeeds in films of this kind.)
But what is revealed as the film takes place will make many viewers doubt what they see on the screen. However, it is unlikely that it will be possible to reduce the film to any one major plot twist or a single slogan. This story is as multidimensional and incomprehensible as Foy's play in the title role. You can't tear yourself away from her.
Death of Stalin
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko
Director: Armando Iannucci
Why is a movie required to watch? Iannucci's verbose, largely dirty and offensive comedy tells about the events of 1953 in the Soviet Union. When Stalin dies in the middle of the night, his former fellow party members, including Nikita Khrushchev (Bushemi), Georgy Malenkov (Tambor) and Vyacheslav Molotov (Palin), try to organize a funeral and divide power, which is no less troublesome.
Many jokes smell bad, to put it mildly, but what to do, this is how the director sees the historical events of that time. Although, to be honest, the reviews from critics about the comic side of the film are somewhat exaggerated. It is not funny at all, or rather there is something funny in it, but not so much that the audience rips their bellies.
Yes, we can say that Iannucci is a master of finding funny even in the most ordinary scenarios, but this film will be interesting to the viewer because USA people know the real story of events and how the British director of Italian origin understands it - this is perhaps the most comical element movie.
Cast: Daniel Jimenez Cacho, Lola Duenas, Juan Minuhin
Director: Lucrezia Martel
Why is this a great movie? Based on a 1956 novel by Argentine writer Antonio di Benedetto, this poetic film follows events that go a long way toward explaining how colonial rule functioned. Don Diego de Zama (Cacho) oversees the execution of the imperial interests of Spain, being in Paraguay. But Zama still does not lose hope of getting out of the boondocks and reuniting with his family who lives in Buenos Aires. During his adventures, many episodes happen that will not leave the viewer indifferent. Martel knows how to use humor in films.
"Zama" is a bit like science fiction. It is filmed in such a way that some of the scenes can be perceived as surreal. Just as Stanley Kubrick in Barry Lyndon and Thomas Pynchon's novels, Zama also uses irony to achieve mystical (sometimes bordering on insanity) depth of storytelling. It is not always clear to the viewer which direction the story is heading, but some confusion is an essential part of the film and makes its development as mesmerizing as a dream or fantasy in reality.
In the next and final installment of the 15 best films of 2018, read about the most, unrealistically beautiful and impressive films that have already been released this year.
The Topic of Article: Best Movies of 2018. Part two.