We did our top five films of 2018. You can listen to it now. It’s really fun. A lot of our movies overlap - we have the same kind of taste in films. Not exact (but close!). We’re all watching stuff from the same genre categories on all the streaming services. But if you’re like me, you read a lot of “best of” lists. And they are all over the place. Some movies will be on best of and worst of list at the same time! So, it’s kind of a fruitless task to read through all of them. Yet, that’s what we all do.
There was a time when I would steadfastly find the top ten movies of the year and watch them. It felt like a duty. If I’m such a big film fan, how can I miss watching these great additions to the canon? But what I realized is my taste is not the same as the film critic of Esquire. Although this year, that’s a bad example because Esquire named Mandy as their number one film of 2018. Completely stunned by that, in a good way. But most of the time, the films are ones I have no inherent desire to watch.
But the last couple of years, I look at those lists and shrug them off. A lot of great films aren’t even honorable mentions. Maybe my tastes have gotten so far off the mainstream that I’m just out there in genre-film limbo land and only desire to see a certain type of film. I know I should watch Roma and The Favourite, but not sure I will watch that over the latest Into the Dark episode on Hulu. Just weird how we change our viewing habits. Hell, Roma, which is on everyone’s best of lists is available right now on Netflix. I still haven’t seen it.
I think if I still had to go to a movie theater, pay $16 for a seat, sit next to someone crinkling a hard candy wrapper while chatting through all the trailers and the first minute of a movie, than I might adhere to the “best of” lists. But I watch most of my stuff at home now and the choices are endless. The latest contained horror thriller or a three hour treatise on some important, but far off human tragedy? I should watch the latter - probably will go with the former.
2019 is here. Let’s watch stuff; whatever we want. Pass the hard candy. - Mark