Even though it feels like I dealt with more issues at the theater this year than any time before (people talking, using their phones), 2018 was another great year at the movies. 2018 brought us many great movies. We experienced movies that brought current social issues from around the world to the big screen. We experienced movies that made us remember those beautiful days in the neighborhood with Mister Rogers and relive some of history’s most iconic moments, whether they took place on the moon or on stage for the whole world to see. We experienced streaming giants who made movies that are starting to get their feet wet and compete with the big studios that have been around much longer than them. We experienced movies that made us laugh, cry, connect, gasp, and, most importantly escape from reality. These experiences are a part of why we love movies so much, and that is why we should always talk about the best of the best every year. Talk about the ones that deserve the attention. Ones that you may have not heard about that absolutely deserve your time (and money). Are there movies left off this list that deserve to be seen as well? Of course! It happens every year. Making this year’s list was more difficult for me than in years past. But anywho, follow me for what I think were the best movies of 2018.
Sometimes, the best cinematic stories are the simplest ones. They don’t have to have a moment that defines the movie that will be remembered for years to come. And they don’t necessarily have to have a character that will be shown as cinema’s most memorable ever. Sometimes, cinematic stories are as ordinary as the lives most of us live. However, at the same time, they can be just as rich and extraordinary as our own. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s latest feature is a simplistic masterclass in storytelling. It’s a personal story about love, courage, hope, change, and home. This is Roma.