“Annihilation” and “You Were Never Really Here”: The Best of the First Third of 2018


Faithful readers, is the year again moving a bit quicker than expected or is it just still me? Maybe it’s me? It’s probably me. I can deal with that. Anyway, on to the point of this whole thing. With it now being the first days of the month of May, we’ve officially finished up with the first third of the calendar. As such, I wanted to once again highlight the best of the year so far, consisting of my top ten and various awards for 2018 to date. Much like last time around, when I did the first quarter of the year at the start of April, I’m mostly limiting it to things that have already hit theaters. My only exception is that I’m again including eligible titles from the recently concluded Tribeca Film Festival. There are some others from the year that I’m fond of and might have otherwise included, but I didn’t want to cheat too badly, so they’re on hold and will be given a special citation. Basically, it’s an arbitrary decision, but I didn’t want to open things up too much. Regardless, let’s get to the fun stuff, with a small preview to come first, before the nitty gritty of it all…???

Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with a handful of my picks for the best in certain individual categories, as well as my awards for the first third of 2018. Here you go, and as always, enjoy these handful of lists:


Here we go. Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with my awards for the first quarter of 2018. Here you go, and enjoy:

10. Flower
9. Avengers: Infinity War
8. Isle of Dogs
7. Black Panther
6. A Quiet Place
5. Ready Player One
4. Disobedience
3. You Were Never Really Here
2. All About Nina
1. Annihilation

Honorable Mentions: Blockers, The Final Year, Gemini, Kodachrome, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and Zoe

Special Exemptions: Leave No Trace, Tully, Wildlife, and Won’t You Be My Neighbor (seen already this year but not out until later on in the year, or in Tully’s case, just barely missed the cut off)


Here also are my top ten performances of the year so far:

10. Natalie Portman in Annihilation
9. Alessandro Nivola in Disobedience
8. Letitia Wright in Black Panther
7. Rachel McAdams in Disobedience
6. Nadia Alexander in Blame
5. Lola Kirke in Gemini
4. Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther
3. Zoey Deutch in Flower
2. Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here
1. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in All About Mary

Honorable Mention: Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther, Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War, Nicholas Cage in Mom and Dad, Brady Jandreau in The Rider, Zoe Kravitz in Gemini, Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, Mark Rylance in Ready Player One, Quinn Shepherd in Blame, Alexander Skarsgaard for Mute, and Rachel Weisz in Disobedience

Most Underrated: Ready Player One
Most Overrated: Tomb Raider


As you might have guessed, my number one pick above would be my choice for Best Picture so far (with number two the runner up, and so on, but here are the other awards I would give out…

Best Director: Alex Garland for Annihilation (runner up: Ryan Coogler for Black Panther and Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here)

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here (runner up: Chadwick Boseman for Black Panther and Brady Jandreau for The Rider)

Best Actress: Mary Elizabeth Winstead for All About Nina (runner up: Zoey Deutch for Flower and Lola Kirke for Gemini)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael B. Jordan for Black Panther (runner up: Josh Brolin for Avengers: Infinity War and Alessandro Nivola for Disobedience)

Best Supporting Actress: Nadia Alexander for Blame (runner up: Rachel McAdams for Disobedience and Letitia Wright for Black Panther)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Annihilation (runner up: Disobedience and You Were Never Really Here)

Best Original Screenplay: All About Nina (runner up: Flower and A Quiet Place)

Best Ensemble: Avengers: Infinity War (runner up: Annihilation and Black Panther)

Best Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs (no runner ups)

Best Documentary Feature: The Final Year (no runner ups)

Best Foreign Language Feature: Ismael’s Ghosts (no runner ups)

Best Production Design: Black Panther (runner up: Annihilation and Ready Player One)

Best Cinematography: Annihilation (runner up: Black Panther and Disobedience)

Best Costume Design: Black Panther (runner up: Avengers: Infinity War and Ready Player One)

Best Film Editing: You Were Never Really Here (runner up: Annihilation and Ready Player One)

Best Makeup: Black Panther (runner up: Annihilation and Avengers: Infinity War)

Best Sound: A Quiet Place (runner up: Annihilation and Ready Player One)

Best Original Score: Annihilation (runner up: Isle of Dogs and Ready Player One)

Best Original Song: N/A

Best Visual Effects: Avengers: Infinity War (runner up: Annihilation and Ready Player One)


There you go ladies and gentlemen…now to see how the rest of the first half of 2018 turns out, which I’ll detail in July with a mid year look back. Until then!

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