Darkly comedic, uniquely empowering, and gleefully subversive, The Favourite is the best film of 2018. It retains director Yorgos Lanthimos's trademark weirdness and unapologetic irreverence seen in prior films like Dogtooth and The Killing of Sacred Deer. In The Favourite, Lanthimos brings his polarizing style to a delightfully wicked script penned by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, concerning a heated rivalry between two deliciously cunning women in the early eighteenth-century court of Queen Anne. The female-led cast is truly a…
With Annihilation, Alex Garland establishes himself as one of the most ambitious science fiction visionaries of our time. This is a much bolder film than his 2014 Ex Machina, featuring stellar performances by Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Beautifully shot and deeply poetic, Annihilation takes us beyond the infinite, revealing the limitations of human understanding and the endless possibilities that open when one comes to this realization. One can spot the influence of Kubrick, Tarkovsky, and Scott, but this is truly an original vision from Garland.