We are already in the second month of 2019, and awards season is already reaching its peak when The Oscars hit on the 26th, which means that my ‘Top Ten Movies’ list is a bit overdue. A lot has happened that has caused me to lose track of reviews last year, so it took me a long time to keep making them. On the bright side, 2018 had a lot of great movies, so much so that it was really hard to write a Top Ten list without making a few sacrifices. I will still talk about them in my honorable mentions, but these are the films that stuck out to me the most either by quality, or just how I felt about them. Without further ado, here are my ‘Top Ten Movies of 2018’
The late Orson Welles was truly ahead of his time. He was a perfectionist who loved the arts, but never wanted to make a movie. At least, until the studio heads kept bugging him to make one. That is where ‘Citizen Kane’ came in. It was so known for being “the greatest film of all time” that even with each feature made, Welles could not escape the praise surrounding it. Years later, he set out to make a film that would satirize the culture surrounding not only cinema, but the pressures of making a movie. That film would be known as ‘The Other Side of the Wind’; a film faced with many troubles that Welles never got to finish it. However, it finally did reach completion in recent years, leading to its Netflix release.
Orson Welles’ final film ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ is many things; provocative, artsy, abstract, controversial, and a masterpiece. The ‘Citizen Kane’ director may have left us over 30 years ago, but his legacy lives on with the films he has made (he did more than just ‘Citizen Kane’). However, one of the films he had yet to complete was ‘The Other Side of the Wind’, which he had claimed to be his magnum opus. It is easy to see the parallels between the life of Welles and John Huston’s Jake Hannaford (whose film-within-a-film is also titled ‘The Other Side of the Wind’). They are both directors who see their work as masterpieces even when no one else seems to understand the work they put in.