Consider this project part cathartic exorcism and part sheepish capitulation to the role the Oscars have played in our lives.
These performances share a commitment to achieving emotional vitality by any means necessary.
Music, dance, action, rage, touch, rhyme, and blunt-force trauma—these are the moments that give films, and life, their staying power.
The will to view films of the past, and the infrastructure to support this spectatorship, is alive and well.
Maybe instead of protection from pain, audiences are seeking out horror films as a form of reckoning with societal demons.
This list makes equal room for the lowest hanging Hollywood fruits and art-house fare convinced of its own cultural and artistic importance.
See below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list of the best films of 2018, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.
This year, films were emboldened to be themselves and to follow their creators’ obsessions into increasingly wild-and-wooly places.