If your New Year’s resolution this year is to widen your horizons in the art of film then fret not, STATUS has got your back! Grab a huge bag of popcorn and make yourself comfy because we’re giving you a list of movies that’ll probably consume 36 hours of your life. 18 movies for 2018; a collection of coming of age, tearjerkers, hilarious comedy, adventures, love stories and overall excellent films that you should definitely watch this year.
Black Panther (2018) by Ryan Coogler
Let the Black Panther trailer hype you up as you put this movie in your watch list. T’Challa is the new ruler of the advance kingdom, Wakanda and he must defend his land from threats within and outside the country.
Ocean’s 8 (2018) by Gary Ross
Every con has its pros. Badass girls are taking over the big screen as criminal mastermind, Debbie Ocean forms a heist with seven ultra-cool femme fatales.
The Disaster Artist (2017) by James Franco
James Franco gives the comedic performance of the year playing Tommy Wiseau. The movie is about an aspiring Hollywood actor who meets an enigmatic stranger who is Tommy Wiseau. This is the story behind the movie The Room and how it got made.
Loving Vincent (2017) by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman
This film was intricately hand painted by a team of over 100 artists. With breath-taking visuals, Loving Vincent is an engaging drama that brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
Prepare your tissues because this film will make you cry of laughter. A film that is satirical and has wonderful chemistry should never be underestimated. The story follows the downfall of Pop/rap superstar Conner4real’s career and his journey for a comeback.
Your Name. (2016) by Makoto Shinkai
When two high schoolers, Mitsuha and Taki, suddenly switch bodies they must find a way to adjust and live their lives. Interweaving dreams and reality into a perfect storyline, Your Name is an animated fantasy that is crafted with care.
Brooklyn (2015) by John Crowley
Two countries, two loves, one heart. Charming and lightweight, Saoirse Ronan plays young Ellis Lacey who is torn between two men and two countries. The film gives meaning to the phrase, “home is where the heart is.”
Carol (2015) by Todd Haynes
Some people change your life forever. Beautifully shot, beautifully scored and beautifully acted; set in the 1950s, Therese Belivet, a department store clerk falls for Carol Aird, an older married woman.
The Little Prince (2015) by Mark Osborne
Growing up isn’t the problem… forgetting is. A beautiful, uplifting film that reminds you of your childhood, based on the best-selling book “The Little Prince.” A little girl who has her life planned up to the very second meets her neighbour who introduces the story of The Little Prince.
Big Eyes (2014) by Tim Burton
She created it. He sold it. And they bought it. An intriguing biopic with a great cast and gorgeous aesthetics; set in the 1950s Margaret Keane fights a legal battle with her husband who took credit for all her famous paintings.
The Skeleton Twins (2014) by Craig Johnson
Family is a cruel joke. The Skeleton Twins is the perfect blend of comedy and drama. The tone of the film is as bipolar as their characters. Twins Maggie and Milo Dean coincidentally cheat death on the same day which brings them back together and face the outcome of how their lives came to be.
The Kings of Summer (2013) by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Why live when you can rule? Centered on a classic coming of age tale, The Kings of Summer, manages to capture the magic and drama of childhood. Teenager, Joe Toy finds himself frustrated with his father’s attempts to control his life so he escapes to the woods together with his best friend, Patrick and a strange kid named Biaggio.
Palo Alto (2013) by Gia Coppola
It’s in the Coppola genes. Gia Coppola knows what she’s doing when she made this film about a hauntingly realistic portrayal of suburban high school culture. The story revolves around three stories about teenage lust, boredom and self-destruction.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) by Wes Anderson
An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s enchanting novella, Fantastic Mr. Fox, is added with family dysfunction and existential angst in the eyes of Wes Anderson. A fox bored of his current life plans a heist against three local farmers.
Lost in Translation (2003) by Sofia Coppola
Everyone wants to be found. Bob Harris, a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial, and Charlotte, a young, neglected wife of a photographer, find a blossoming romance in the midst of Tokyo.
Amélie (2001) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
One person can change your life forever. The movie that is the equivalent of being hugged, Amelie is adorable, original and one of the sweetest films ever made. Shy Amelie discovers the gift for helping others and along the way she bumps into a handsome stranger.
Almost Famous (2000) by Cameron Crowe
Experience it. Enjoy it. Just don’t fall for it. Almost Famous is an infectiously good film that’s electric, groovy, sad, fun, heart-warming and overall just like one big party. It’s about how a 15-year old was hired by Rolling Stone magazine to follow and write about a rock band during their tour.
Lolita (1962) by Stanley Kubrick
A provocative but tasteful movie that was ahead of its time, Lolita is a wonderfully acted satire on lust, obsession and frustration. An adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a British novelist, who stays at an American boarding house only to find himself obsessed with the land lady’s teenage daughter.