Movie blurbs from 2018

I like to chronicle the movies I’ve seen and the books I’ve read in a year. Books have their own page on the blog (see menu above) so here is my list of movies and small screen viewing from 2018! It kind of makes me look like I watch a lot of TV – something to reflect upon for 2019…

How about you… what movies have stayed with you from 2018?

Movies I saw in the theatre:

  • The Shape of Water – interesting and beautiful movie, but sometimes I covered my eyes!
  • Game Night – soooooooooo funny! Great adult comedy!
  • Ready Player One – I read the book and thought the movie was good fun!
  • Faces / Places – foreign film festival movie about a French mural artist and an uncommon friendship (documentary)
  • Deadpool 2 – I closed my eyes through this movie… really not my jam
  • Book Club – very fun! saw with my book club!
  • Oceans 8 – a fun heist movie filled with women!
  • Bandstand: The Musical – SOOOOOOO good. Highly recommend!
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – also so good… very poignant and touching and heartbreaking that we are still struggling with the same things he was trying to teach us 50 years ago…
  • Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again – what fun!
  • The Incredibles 2 – good fun to revisit this super family
  • Christopher Robin – I love Pooh and Christopher Robin, so this was nostalgic but who was it made for?
  • Crazy Rich Asians – very fun! What a beautifully shot movie!
  • Farmer of the Year – widowed MN farmer road-trip movie – not very uplifting
  • A Star is Born – my birthday bash ended with this movie – and with all the tears! oh my… very good!
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – fun! I love Queen but know very little about them!
  • Second Act – I wanted this to be better… it was just ok.
  • Mary Poppins Returns – good fun and nostalgia!

Favorites: Game Night, Book Club, Bandstand: The Musical, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born

Netflix movies – new to me and re-watches:

  • Expedition Happiness
  • Sleeping with Other People
  • The Endless Summer
  • Kodachrome
  • History of the Eagles (documentary)
  • Ibiza: Love Drunk
  • Coco
  • Like Father
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Set it Up
  • Wild Oats
  • The Princess Switch
  • The Christmas Chronicles
  • Love, Actually
  • The Holiday Calendar
  • Christmas Wedding Planner
  • Angela’s Christmas
  • A Christmas Prince
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Dumplin’
  • Meet the Parents
  • Meet the Fockers
  • A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (Amazon)

Netflix Series / Amazon series and Comedy specials:

  • The Crown
  • The Great British Baking Show
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Queer Eye
  • Steve Martin & Martin Short
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  • GLOW
  • Demetri Martin: Overthinker
  • The Good Cop
  • Making a Murderer 2
  • Salt Fat Acid Heat
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj
  • John Mulaney – New In Town
  • Shameless
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Mozart in the Jungle

Oscar nominations 2019 (and those I’ve seen – in BOLD)

I haven’t written about movies in a while and with the Oscars coming up one week from tonight I have been thinking a bit about the movies I saw in 2018! I certainly have not been to as many movies I have in other years, but it is nice to look at the list below and create a new list of movies to seek out, once they leave the theaters. I’m working on another post of movies that I saw in 2018 that didn’t make this list – more to come!

Here is the full list of 2019 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”

“Vice”

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Lead Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Marina de Tavira, “Roma”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Director:

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
“Bao,” Domee Shi
“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay

Cinematography:

“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film: 
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

“Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair:

“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Vice”

Costume Design:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres
“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”