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Film/Video curators: favorite movies & more from 2018

Dave Filipi & Chris Stults

Mon, Jan 07, 2019

Film/Video Director Dave Filipi and Associate Curator of Film/Video Chris Stults present their annual lists of the best films, books, and more they've experienced over the past year. When available, links are provided for you to find these works or more info online.

A still of two children powering a small light with a 9-volt battery from the 2018 documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening by director RaMell Ross

Dave Filipi's picks

Favorite films of 2018:
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
First Man (Damien Chazelle)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley)
Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher)
Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
Annihilation (Alex Garland)

Runners-up:
BlackkKlansman, I Am Not a Witch, Minding the Gap, Roma, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A still from the Med Hondo film Soleil O

Top Restorations:

Soleil Ô, (Med Hondo, 1967)
King of Hearts (Phillipe de Broca, 1966)
A bevy of Barbara Hammer films restored by Mark Toscano
Crossroads (Bruce Conner, 1976)
The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1968)
None Shall Escape (Andre de Toth, 1944)
Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)
Prisoners of the Earth (Mario Soffici, 1939)
That Brennan Girl (Alfred Santell, 1946)
Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)

Cover art for Katie Skelly's graphic novel The Agency

Top Comics of 2018
It's humbling to know just how many of the 2018 comics I have NOT had a chance to read, but of those that I have, these are my favorites:

The Agency (Katy Skelly)
Berlin 3: City of Light (Jason Lutes)
Check, Please (Ngozi Ukazu)
Sabrina (Nick Drnaso)
XTC69 (Jessica Campbell)

Finally, as a nod to the number of sports-themed programs we did this year, here is a handful of favorite sports books released in 2018:

Jim Brown: Last Man Standing (Dave Zirin)
Things that Make White People Uncomfortable (Michael Bennett with Dave Zirin)
The Heritage (Howard Bryant)
Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL (Jeff Pearlman)
What We Think About When We Think About Football (Simon Critchley, paperback 2018)
Incite: Journal of Experimental Media/Sports (Astria Suparak & Brett Kashmere, editors)

A still from Robert Greene's 2018 documentary Bisbee '17

Chris Stults's picks

Favorite movies of 2018:

Bisbee '17 (Robert Greene)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross)
Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
Minding the Gap (Bing Liu)
“Swipe Right” (Liza Johnson) [HBO's Room 104, season 2, episode 3]
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley)
Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski)
Crime + Punishment (Stephen Maing)
A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper)

Image of actor Martin Landau from the 2018 film The Green Fog by directors Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson

10 notable whatsits seen for the first time this year:

Light Begets Sound (Sally Golding)
Fainting Spells + I’ll Remember You as You Were, not as What You’ll Become (Sky Hopinka)
Triangle Trade (Cauleen Smith, Jérôme Havre, Camille Turner)
Ciao Bella (or Fuck Me Dead) (Betzy Bromberg)
The Green Fog (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson)
China Not China (Richard Tuohy & Dianna Barrie)
025 Sunset Red (Laida Lertxundi)
Hand Held Day (Gary Beydler)
The Inner World of Aphasia (Edward & Naomi Feil)

Actors Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward looking dazed in the desert in the 1990 scifi action film Tremors

14 favorite older films seen for the first time:

The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir)
Videograms of a Revolution (Harun Farocki, Andrei Ujica)
Girlfriends (Claudine Weil)
Logbook_Serbistan + Uprising in Jazak + Black Film (Zelimir Zilnik)
Twilight City (Reece Auguiste)
Routine Pleasures (Jean-Pierre Gorin)
Duelle + Noroît (Jacques Rivette)
Soleil Ô, (Med Hondo)
Kes (Ken Loach)
Bells Are Ringing (Vincente Minelli)
Tremors (Ron Underwood)

Favorite books read in 2018:

Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
Outline + Transit + Kudos (Rachel Cusk)
There There (Tommy Orange)
Autumn + Winter (Ali Smith)
The Overstory (Richard Powers)
City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s (Otto Friedrich)
The House of Broken Angels (Luis Alberto Urrea)
Some Trick: Thirteen Stories (Helen DeWitt)
Sabrina (Nick Drnaso)
A Lucky Man (Jamel Brinkley)
Asymmetry (Lisa Halliday)
Honeymoon (Patrick Modiano)
The Golden State (Lydia Kiesling)
The Fact of a Body (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
Voyager (Srikanth Reddy)

 

Images: Zama, courtesy of Strand Releasing; Soleil Ô, courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna; The Agency cover art, courtesy of Fantagraphics; Bisbee '17, courtesy of the artist; The Green Fog, courtesy of the artists; Tremors, courtesy Universal Pictures