Here’s my list short & sweet……
Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk, Split, Coco, Okja, Logan, The Florida Project, Wonder Woman, Logan, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, mother!, The Big Sick, Thelma, & The Disaster Artist
Films I haven’t seen yet at the creation of this list: Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Phantom Thread and a few others
#10) Get Out – Great Original Thriller/Horror from first time director Jordan Peele.
#9) Wind River – Riveting murder mystery. Fantastic debut from the very talented Taylor Sheridan. If you enjoy films like Sicario or Hell or High Water, highly recommend.
#8) Molly’s Game – AARON SORKIN. JESSICA CHASTAIN. AARON SORKIN.
#7) Lady Bird – Thoroughly well done coming of age movie from the lovely Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan gives one of the best performances of her career. Review
#6) Good Time – Fucking awesome.
#5) Blade Runner 2049 – Cinematography is eyegasmic. Just beautiful in every single way from the acting, story, direction…..Villeneuve killed it and he’s on a roll……
#4) The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Great horror. Very well shot. Fantastic acting/score. If you’re a fan of a Lanthimos, def a must watch or if you love horror films. Review
#3) Columbus – Beautiful. Wonderful score. Quiet yet moving.
#2) Trainspotting 2 – A wonderful sequel. Really entertaining. Felt lots of emotions.
#1) The Shape of Water – A beautiful romantic fairy tale. Sally Hawkins deserves the Oscar for best actress. Great performances all around from the whole cast. Beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat. Del Toro nails it. Review
Greta Gerwig knocks it out of the park with her directorial debut. I was absolutely floored with the film. Its a fantastic coming of age story with phenomenal performances and a wonderful story. Lots of vibes from Wes Anderson and Baumbach in the film as well which is cool. Saoirse is perfect. The whole cast did a tremendous job. The acting and writing is just superb. Now I didn’t really relate to the film in terms of the high school experience or living situation that Lady Bird was in (I was born in Toronto, def not a small town) but in other ways. Anyways, did the film bring anything new to the coming-of-age genre? No, but the reason its getting so much praise and deservedly so was how wonderfully everything was executed. All the familiar tropes are in Lady Bird but Greta makes them fresh and genuine.
In terms of the flaws, I don’t really have any complaints. It’s charming, funny, and heartwarming with very authentic characters. Its one of my favorites of the year and I can’t wait to see what Greta does in the future.
Rating – ★★★★
PS – Saoirse Ronan is soooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooood.
Set in the backdrop of cold war era America during the 60s, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a mute woman who works as a cleaner in a high-security government laboratory where she discovers a secret classified experiment.
Del Toro’s attention to detail is impeccable. From the beautiful soundtrack, to the gorgeous cinematography/colour palette/set design, and to the phenomenal performances, Guillermo del Toro gives us one of the best films of his career, and of the year. Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones deliver immaculate performances despite not speaking a single word to each other. Every character is great. Alexander Desplat’s score is lovely too. Guillermo del Toro shows us why he’s one of the best film-makers working today and the film speaks for itself. It’s a work of art.
In conclusion, it’s truly a magical film that’s perfect all across the board. Del Toro completely engrosses you into the world and into this beautiful, sincere, romantic fairy tale from the very start until the very end. If you love cinema, watch it.
Rating – ★★★★★
Side-note > I’ve seen this film at the Elgin theatre during TIFF which was used as one of sets for the film so it was one of the coolest screenings I’ve ever attended.