Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best Technical and Artistic Film Work of 2018

On December 26, 2018, I published my list of best (and worst) films of the year, and then on January 14, 2019, I published my list of best actors. Now, here is my list of the (often) unsung artists and craftspeople who are essential to the filmmaking process: the writers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, visual-effects artists, and music composers. As with my other lists, the hyperlinked movie title will take you to my review, if one exists (or the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page, if one does not). In addition, I hyperlink the artists’ names to IMDb (if they have previous credits) or,  for the composers, to their own personal websites (or some  such thing), so you can see what other work they have produced over their careers. If they have no previous work credited, then I leave their names unlinked. For the composers list, I link to the movie’s actual soundtrack, as well, on a site where you can hear it.

In each category, I have chosen only five (however hard that may be – and it is hard), in alphabetical order. These are the films where I thought that the work in that particular area truly enhanced the quality of the movie. If a film is not on this list, I may still really like the work within it, but not as much as my top five. Enjoy!

Best Screenplay (adapted and original, combined):


Best Cinematography:


Best Editing:


Best Production Design:


Best Visual Effects:

[Too many people to mention all, so I have simply hyperlinked, next to the title, to the movie’s crew page on IMDb page, where you can look at the multitude of people involved in the many visual-effects teams]


Best Original Score:

[Again, here the movie titles are linked directly to the soundtrack, and here the artists’ names take you to their personal websites or the closest thing]

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

SXSW2018 Coverage @hammertonail, Part 3

Part 3 of my ongoing Hammer to Nail coverage from this year’s SXSW Film Festival consists of another 8 pieces: this time it’s 5 reviews and 3 interviews. Here are links to all of them:

Enjoy!