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:

Coverage of 2018 Middleburg Film Festival at @filmfesttoday and @hammertonail

This year’s Middleburg Film Festival (October 18-21) was a blast, as always. Here is my coverage of the fest for both Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail:

Enjoy!

Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best Film Acting of 2017

On December 31, 2017, I published my list of best (and worst) films of the year, and most actors in most of the narrative (fiction) films on my list turned in admirable performances, at the very least, which makes it hard to select a limited number of them as standouts. As I write every year, I see 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.

If someone is not on this list, it does not mean that I did not like them; I just liked others even more. What counts the most is how different I imagined the film would be without them. Therefore, the actors and actresses listed below  are those whose work most stands out  within the context of the film they’re in. All movie titles are hyperlinked to my review (if such a review exists) or to the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page. While last year I listed only 5 actors per category, this year I do 10, since I liked so many performances. For Best Actress, I list 12, since I could not cut it down any more without heartbreak. In alphabetical order, by last name within each category, I give you:

BEST ACTRESS

BEST ACTOR

*Note from 1/9/18 – recent allegations about Franco’s sexual misbehavior now complicate such a nomination. It’s still a great performance, however compromised the actor.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Elisabeth MossThe Square
  • Tessa Thompson, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Madeline Weinstein, Beach Rats [link points to my review of films at the 2017 Maryland Film Festival; scroll down past the capsule reviews of documentaries to the #1 fiction film]

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR