2018’s Best Movies So Far

The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder in Buffalo. Normally, this time of year, a lot of people look forward to turning off their air conditioner, watching football, and pumpkin spice whatever. My favorite thing about fall is the movies.

I’ve made no bones about the fact that I get pretty worked up about movie award shows. There are already a few emerging Oscar contenders that I am really (really) excited to see, including The Favourite, Roma, A Star is Born, First Man, Suspiria, Boy Erased, and If Beale Street Could Talk.

Traditionally, prestige movies tend to premiere after Labor Day, but I wanted to look back on my three favorite movies of the year so far:

Hereditary

This movie is bonkers. I typically shy away from horror films, but this one feels even darker and stranger than almost anything I’ve ever seen before. Yes, there are shots in this movie that will make you jump out of your seat or cover your eyes, but at its core, it is a movie about grief and mental illness. It is very reminiscent of Rosemary’s Baby in the way that the last 30 minutes are so weird and so wild, that if you weren’t so terrified, you would be laughing out loud. Also, even though she’s Australian, I think that Toni Collette deserves a national holiday.

Tully

I rented Tully on iTunes months after it had ended its theatrical release. Jason Reitman (director) and Diablo Cody (screenwriter) both have hit-or-miss track records for me, and even though this one stars one-of-my-favorites, Charlize Theron, the trailer really didn’t pull me in. I loved this movie. It has received some flak for a twist ending that some felt wasn’t earned, but it definitely worked for me. There’s not too much more I can say without spoiling anything, but I highly recommend this one if you missed it.

Eighth Grade

I always say that I wouldn’t wish junior high on my worst enemy. I left this film feeling the same way I felt after my last day of eighth grade: very grateful and very traumatized. This movie captures so much about the worst few years of an American teenager’s life that makes this story so relatable and so lived-in. There’s also a scene featuring a Spongebob Squarepants thumb drive that made me cry like a baby. I sincerely hope that Elsie Fisher, the 15-year-old actress who plays Kayla Day, is not forgotten when best actress nominations are announced. She is truly outstanding.

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