I'm well aware that this list is coming a little late, but better late than never. As usual, this one covers my top picks for titles released in the Czech Republic during 2018, which also includes festival screenings and those released on streaming services like Netflix. So unfortunately, The Favourite is not here (it was just released and you should definitely go and see it) and Suspiria is not here either (if it was, then it would probably be close to the top). Nevertheless, there were some impressive films that popped up in our little country last year, and some of them we even saw before the rest of the world.
Velvet Buzzsaw is the most peculiar film I have seen so far this year. It feels dated, predictable, tacky and occasionally trashy. In hindsight though, maybe it wasn't trashy enough? It feels like a satire on the art community, albeit one that we've heard too many times before, but never actually plays up the horror enough to take into trash cinema territory.
Glass is an overstuffed and ridiculous entry in Shyamalan's cinematic universe that tries to make grand statements about our obsessions with superheroes, but ultimately falls flat from a flawed and clunky script, redundant characters, and an all round lack of that gritty realism that the previous two films had.
The new Suspiria is more of a rebirth than a remake. A spellbinding ambitious art film that cleverly, albeit brutally, assaults the senses with its nightmarish imagery and explores unrelenting violence. The violence that occurs through abuses of power, both with politics and with women. It feels as timely today as it would have been confined within the wall of 1970s' Berlin, which is where this very feminist horror epic takes place.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is a playful, hilarious and revolutionary superhero film that let's you try on that mask. It's exhilarating and absolutely gorgeous to look at.
Mortal Engines is a stunning steampunk world with gorgeous production design and decent action sequences thanks to Peter Jackson, but feels rushed and falls short when it comes to compelling characters.
Steve McQueen returns with new heist movie Widows, a timely and thrilling outing featuring a talented, and mainly female ensemble cast, led by the incredible Viola Davis.