A Word of Dreams’ 21 Favorite Films of 2018 (So Far)

By Andrew Buckner

*Please note that the films included are based on a 2018 U.S. release date.

21. Incident in a Ghostland
(Director: Pascal Laugier)

20. They Remain
(Director: Philip Gelatt)

19. The Endless
(Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead)

18. Upgrade
(Director: Leigh Whannell)

17. Unsane
(Director: Steven Soderbergh)

16. My Hero’s Shadow
(Director: Justin Young)

15. Ready Player One
(Director: Steven Spielberg)

14. Thoroughbreds
(Director: Cory Finley)

13. Revenge
(Director: Coralie Fargeat)

12. The Insult
(Director: Ziad Doueiri)

11. The Death of Stalin
(Director: Armando Iannucci)

10. Annihilation
(Director: Alex Garland)

9. A Quiet Place
(Director: John Krasinski)

8. Isle of Dogs
(Director: Wes Anderson)

7. The Tale
(Director: Jennifer Fox)

6. Tully
(Director: Jason Reitman)

5.You Were Never Really Here
(Director: Lynne Ramsay)

4. Loveless
(Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev)

3. King Cohen
(Director: Steve Mitchell)

2.Hereditary
(Director: Ari Aster)

1.Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
(Director:J.A. Bayona)

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The 20 Best Short Films of 2016

By Andrew Buckner

It has been a breakout year for both up-and-coming as well as established talent. This is especially true in the medium of the short film. From heart-wrenching and experimental dramas, to mind-bending multi-genre tales, horrifying chronicles of fear and uproarious comedies, here is the list of my twenty favorite related works in this field from 2016. Please note that the name of the director of the piece is provided after the title of the production. Enjoy!

1. “Maya” (Veemsen Lama)
2. “Araf” (Fidan Jafarova, Tofiq Rzayev)
3. “Strawberry Lane” (Jeremy Arruda, Aaron Babcock)
4. “Chyanti” (Veemsen Lama)
5. “Kinnari” (Christopher Di Nunzio)
6. “Nihan: The Last Page” (Tofiq Rzayev)
7. “Numb” (Penelope Lawson)
8. “Dirty Books” (Zachary Lapierre)
9. “Here Lies Joe” (Mark Battle)
10. “The Deja Vuers” (Chris Esper)
11. “Tastes Like Medicine” (Steven Alexander Russell)
12. “Come Together: H&M” (Wes Anderson)
13. “In a Time for Sleep” (Tofiq Rzayev)
14. “Sisyphus” (David Graziano)
15. “Trouser Snake” (Alex DiVencenzo)
16. “Mail Time” (Sebastian Carrasco)
17. “Hell-Bent” (Foster Vernon)
18. “Hand in Hand” (Haley McHatton)
19. “Menu” (Matt Shaw)
20. “Last Night” (Tal Bohbot)

The Top 20 Albums of 2016

By Andrew Buckner

From time-proven legends to up-and-coming independent artists, here is A Word of Dreams’ list of the twenty best albums of 2016!

1. We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest

2. Black America Again – Common

3. 1992 – The Game

4. Everything is Nah Bro -Sean Strange

5. Everything in Between – Ugly Heroes

6. Beautiful Disaster – Jonezen

7. Instinctive Drowning – Red Pill

8. The Storm – Tech N9ne

9. Good Versus Evil – Kxng
Crooked

10. MartyrLoserKing – Saul Williams

11. A Fistful of Peril – Czarface

12.  And the Anonymous Nobody…- De La Soul

13. Anything But Words – Banks and Steelz

14. Top of the Line – Rittz

15. The Blank Face LP – Schoolboy Q

16. Malibu – Anderson .Paak

17. Natural Causes – Skylar Grey

18. The Easy Truth – Apollo Brown & Skyzoo

19. The Healing Component – Mick Jenkins

20. Go – Krizz Kaliko

The Top 20 Best Films of 2015

At the commencement of every new year I am planning to post a list of my 20 favorite movies from the previous twelve months. Also, this will include at least one film I found to be deserving of more credit, even if it is far from a masterpiece, than it originally received. Completing this annual write-up will be the five worst features from the aforementioned time period. Included below is my entry for 2015.

Please note: I still haven’t seen The Hateful Eight. Regardless, I am making every effort to do so. This is not only because of the positive word of mouth but, primarily, because Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest, and purely cinematic, directors working today.

I also have heard great things about Trumbo, The Revenant, Spotlight and Michael Moore’s new documentary Where to Invade Next . Once I see these features this article may be altered accordingly.

Top 20 Best Films of 2015:

20. Sicario
19. Tangerine
18. Southpaw
17. Kingsman: The Secret Service
16. Bridge of Spies
15. A Most Violent Year
14. Beasts of No Nation
13. Dope
12. The Martian
11. The Good Dinosaur
10. Goodnight Mommy
9. It Follows
8. Gasper Noe’s Love
7. Crimson Peak
6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. Ex Machina
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Chi-Raq
2. Straight Outta Compton
1. Jurassic World

Runner-up:

Inside Out, Nightmare Code

Most Underrated:

Jupiter Ascending

5 Worst Films of the Year:

5. Unfriended
4. Return to Sender
3. The Perfect Guy
2. No Escape
1. Fifty Shades of Grey

Runner-Up:

Taken 3.