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!
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.
The 15th Prague Short Film Festival is upon us again, and this year's diverse programme of films from all over the globe, both in and out of competition, is now up. From Ingmar Bergman to Amazonian women, and virtual reality to sex for beginners, there's a treat for everyone here.
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.
Science fiction horror film Invasion is one of the most fascinating and original titles to hit Czech Republic's popular Iranian Film Festival this year.
The stunning new Timothée Chalamet drama Beautiful Boy is coming to Czech cinemas this January and is a heartbreaking portrayal of teenage drug addiction, and a must-see.