Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best Film Acting of 2018

On December 26, 2018, I published my list of best (and worst) films of the year, and now here is my list of best actors of the year. As always, there is no need to publish a separate “best directors” list since, if the film is good, I credit the director for much of that quality. A few actors and actresses in films which I did not put among my highest choices still made it onto the list, below, since they were so magnetic (to me), even if the film they were in was less so. All movie titles are hyperlinked to my review, if such a review exists, or to the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page, if there is no review. While last year I listed more than 5 actors per category, this year I go back to the traditional five-per-category model. In alphabetical order, by last name within each category, I give you:

BEST ACTRESS:


BEST ACTOR:


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best (and Worst) Films of 2018

[For an explanation of my blog-post title, check out my “best of” list from 2013.]

Below, you will find lists of my favorite films of the year, divided by documentary (nonfiction) and narrative (fiction) formats. Not all the movies mentioned have received a significant release in 2018, though many of them did; the others may still be making the festival rounds, or may have only been released abroad, or only online (something evermore common, so almost not worth mentioning). Where I have previously written reviews of a movie (whether for Film Festival Today or Hammer to Nail), the title of that movie is hyperlinked to my original review. In the case of the one film among my Top 20 choices which I did not review, I include a brief capsule description of it, here (and link to its distributor’s website). Where, in the “honorable mentions” section, I have not reviewed a film, I have hyperlinked the title to the movie’s IMDb page. Continue reading

5 Reviews @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “Black Panther” and “A Fantastic Woman” + the Slamdance/Sundance Films “Ingrid,” “Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End” and “Sunnyside”

This past week, Film Festival Today ran one review of mine – of Black Panther– and Hammer to Nail ran four, of A Fantastic Woman and three more Slamdance films: IngridMr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End and Sunnyside. Here are links to all 5 pieces:

Enjoy!