It certainly wasn't the most exciting year ever in the soundtrack world, but 2018 was at least the year that musicians-turned-composers really got to shine. From Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and Arcade Fire's Colin Stetson, to Jóhann Jóhannsson's... Jóhann Jóhannsson and... Radiohead's Thom Yorke, here are my personal picks for soundtracks of the year. Keep in mind, this list only includes original film scores released in the year 2018. Scroll down for the Spotify playlist. Enjoy!
Godzilla, Gattaca and a medley of new films will screen in this year's diverse programme at the Future Gate Sci-fi Film Festival, one of Czech Republic's most enjoyable and entertaining film festivals.
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.
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.
Award-winning Icelandic comedy Woman at War will screen at this year's Scandi Film Festival starting later this week.
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.