Best of 2018


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Cold War



Cold War

Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody

Last year: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Florida Project

Foreign-Language Film:

The Square

Cold War

Last year: The Square (Sweden)


Faces Places

Three Identical Strangers, RBG, Bombshell, The Ballymurphy Precedent

Male Lead:

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Christian Bale – Vice

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book, Robert Redford – The Old Man & The Gun, Steve Coogan – Stan & Ollie

Last year: Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread, Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes

Female Lead:

Olivia Coleman – The Favourite

Joanna Kulig – Cold War

Last year: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards

Male Support:

Terry Notary – The Square

Steve Carell – Vice, Sam Rockwell – Vice

Last year: Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards, Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards

Female Support:

Amy Adams – Vice

Sissy Spacek – The Old Man & The Gun, Rachel Weisz – The Favourite, Emma Stone – The Favourite, Nina Arianda – Stan & Ollie

Last year: Brooklyn Prince – Florida Project, Mary J Blige – Mudbound


Adam McKay – Vice

Last year: Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards


Adam McKay – Vice

Last year: Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards



Last year: Dunkirk


Lukasz Zal – Cold War

Last year: Roger Deakins – Blade Runner 2049 (went on to pick up his 1st Oscar for this, after numerous nominations)

Film Music:

Bohemian Rhapsody

Cold War

Last year: Three Billboards


I Want You (Sam Reid & Claudia Jolly – The Girl from the North Country)

Last year: Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child


The Girl from the North Country (London cast)

The Prophet Speaks (Van)

Last year: undecided


David Byrne – Hammersmith Odeon

The Midnight Special – White Album anniversary; Tom Robinson – Shepherds Bush Empire; Hothouse Flowers/Hot Press anniversary – Nells; Donal Lunny & Andy Irvine – Barbican

Last year: Hothouse Flowers – Electric Ballroom, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Millennium Dome, Avishai Cohen – Barbican


Girl from the North Country [2nd viewing]

Last year: Girl from the North Country, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Art Exhibition:

Picasso: 1932 (Tate Modern)

Collections Privees (Musee Marmottan)

Last year: Basquiat (Barbican)


The Leithen Stories – John Buchan

Last year: Everybody Lies – Seth Stephens-Davidowitz


Mrs Wilson (BBC)

13 Reasons Why (Netflix), Maltese (More 4)

Last year: Stranger Things S1


Ireland beating the All-Blacks

The demeanour of the England team at the World Cup in Russia


50th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album

Dearly departed:

  • Amos Oz
  • Philip Roth
  • Aretha Franklin
  • William Goldman
  • Chas (Hodges)
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Eric Bristow
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Ken Dodd
  • Roger Bannister
  • Dennis Edwards
  • Peter Wyngarde
  • Dolores O’Riordan

[Nov] Ireland beat world champions New Zealand for the first time ever on home soil - Jacob Stockdale scores the only try

[Nov] Ireland beat world champions New Zealand for the first time ever on home soil – Jacob Stockdale scores the only try of the match

Best of 2017 – with links to all previous years

9 comments so far

  1. theluckhabit on

    Mine on the way (Cold War will be in there!).

  2. theluckhabit on

    Music: ‘Bay of Rainbows’ – Jakob Bro; ‘Masana Temples’ – Kikagaku Moyo; ‘Con Todo De Mayor’ – Khruangbin; ‘Kingdoms in Colour’ – Maribou State; ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’ – Arctic Monkeys; ‘Sea at Night’ – Glue Trip; ‘Your Queen is a Reptile’ – Sons Of Kemet; ‘For Ever’ – Jungle; ‘Point Blank’ – Tony Kofi and the Organisation; ‘Negro Swan’ – Blood Orange; ‘Lucent Waters’ – Florian Weber. COMPILATIONS – ‘Dur-Dur of Somalia’ (ANALOG AFRICA) and ‘Two Niles to Sing a Melody’ (Ostinato Records). RE-RELEASES – ‘Scenery’ – Ryo Fukui. I thought the Coltrane ‘discovery’ was overrated.

    Film: ‘Cold War’ and ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’. Watching ‘Mandy’ this Sunday which I suspect will also be on the list.

    Sport: The darts (I love this!); Cook’s retirement; Brighton’s survival. The occasionally good game of rugby only highlights the fact that the game has become a collision sport rather than a contact sport. Missed Test Match Special over the winter.

    Loss: music – Arethra, Nancy Wilson, Sonny Fortune (plays on several of my jazz favourites), Tomasz Stanko (who I once saw ‘live’ and I was the only person in the audience), Dennis Edwards, Eddy Amoo (‘you to me are everything’!), Danny Kirwan (when Fleetwood Mac were good), Hugh Masakela. Sport: Roger Bannister (sport and other things I don’t quite understand) and Eric Bristow.

    Live: A lean year for me: Kamasi, Seun Kuti and Chilean band The HolyDrug Couple. All were great. Making amends in 2019.

    Books: ‘Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket’ (Kynaston and Fay); Modernists and Mavericks’ (Martin Gayford). Max Hastings’ ‘Vietnam’ and Julian Jackson’s biography of Charles De Gaulle (which should be weighed) are both about to be read and I am sure will deserve inclusion. And a second cricket book Simon Wilde’s ‘Biography of England’ is a masterwork by the best current cricket writer – he leaves out all the old stories everyone knows and has written a brilliant piece of social/sporting history.

    Country: visited 20 last year. Enjoyed the energy of The Philippines, the vulgarity/stunning modern architecture of Baku (take your pick) and warmth of the Kyrgyz people. A first experience of West Africa too (Ghana).

    The year that England (rather than Britain) lost its ‘soul’.

  3. ArkAngel on

    Thanks, TLH – absorbing all this…

  4. theluckhabit on

    Surprised you had ‘Vice’ on your list. Was it a lean year? Went to see it last Friday and although it was good and watchable I wouldn’t place it higher than that. Helen Lewis in The New Statesman said it was about as subtle as having a hard brick smashed in your face. I also thought the narrator ‘weave’ into the story was completely naff. But Christian Bale was excellent and some of the other characters strong too.

    • ArkAngel on

      It was a very lean year. I’m a bit torn between Vice and Cold War – did you see that? Vice is largely for the performances – Cheyney, Rumsfeld, Bush and Mrs Cheyney

    • catalanbrian on

      Living in the backwoods of Southern Catalunya where all movies are dubbed into Catalan, a language that I have far from mastered, does not put me in a position to make any judgement. However I will say that the idea of watching a film about Queen fills me with horror!

  5. theluckhabit on

    I saw Cold War and loved it. It took me back to a period of my life when I absorbed loads of European cinema – late ’80’s up to late ’90’s. I have always struggled with American cinema. Don’t know why. Perhaps too bombastic or something. Agree with the performances in Vice but I thought Amy Adams was moderate. I don’t think she got Lynne Cheney right.

  6. theluckhabit on

    And concur with CatalanBrian on the Queen film. Were they really anything more than a band with a couple of skilled albums (their first two) a bombastic piece of overblown nonsense (BR) and a load of 1980’s trash (Radio Gaga anyone?).

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