2018 lists

Gurur Sarbanoglu
3 min readDec 31, 2018

It’s taking me longer than I expected to get cinewise off the ground (though it should be ready by late January) and finally do something similar for music (again, January).

So, in the meantime, I’ll publish my favourite films and albums lists here (again) before 2018 is no more.

Albums

50. Our Raw Heart — YOB
49. Electric Messiah — High on Fire
48. The Wolf Bites Back — Orange Goblin
47. Silent Killer — Mustasch
46. Anatomical Venus — Black Moth
45. Big Tings — Skindred
44. Clone of the Universe — Fu Manchu
43. You Can’t Kill Rock’n’Roll — Hardcore Superstar
42. Automata I & Automata II — Between the Buried and Me
41. Redemption — Joe Banamassa
40. Wasteland — Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
39. Evolution — Disturbed
38. Please Don’t Be Dead — Fantastic Negrito
37. Peace — Graveyard
36. Exile Amongst the Ruins — Primordial
35. Eländes Elände — Second Sun
34. Down Below — Tribulation
33. What Happens Next — Joe Satriani
32. Saboteurs of the Sun — Limb
31. The Free Life — Turbowolf
30. Sonder — TesseracT
29. Vicious — Halestorm
28. Desolation — Khemmis
27. Living the Dream — Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
26. The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn — Bloodbath
|25. Family Tree — Black Stone Cherry
24. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love — Deafheaven
23. Starcrawler — Starcrawler
22. Elastic Days — J Mascis
21. Art of Doubt — Metric
20. Ascend — Vodun
19. Blackout — Audrey Horne
18. Ruins — First Aid Kit
17. Reverence — Parkway Drive
16. ATTENTION ATTENTION — Shinedown
15. Firepower — Judas Priest
14. Northern Sun Sessions — The Virginmarys
13. Anthroscene — A Storm of Light
12. Ritual — Soulfly
11. True Rockers — Monster Truck
10. Hear the Rivers — Greenleaf
9. Rainier Fog — Alice in Chains
8. Survive Sunrise — ASG
7. The Gateways — The Vintage Caravan
6. I’ll Be Your Girl — The Decemberists
5. Cleave — Therapy?
4. Book of Bad Decisions — Clutch
3. [untitled] — mewithoutYou
2. Eat the Elephant — A Perfect Circle
1. Prequelle — Ghost

Films

(A friendly reminder that, like last year, instead of 2018 releases, this list covers all of the films I’ve seen this year irrespective of their release date. There are a handful of classics here and some of their placements may be controversial … )

(Yet another note — I have yet to see two films that I’ve been looking forward to most this year. Scheduling issues meant I wasn’t able to watch them before I made this list. For the record, these were Roma and The House That Jack Built. Perhaps they will appear in next year’s list …)

50. Elizabeth Harvest (Sebastian Gutierrez, 2018)
49. Hotel Artemis (Drew Pearce, 2018)
48. Juliet, Naked (Jesse Peretz, 2018)
47. The Invitation (Karyn Kusama, 2015)
46. Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub, 2018)
45. Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley, 2018)
44. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017)
43. I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017)
42. All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott, 2017)
41. The Miracle (Mahsun Kirmizigul, 2015)
40. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
39. Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin, 2017)
38. Sunrise (F. W. Murnau, 1927)
37. The Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968)
36. Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018)
35. The Ritual (David Brucker, 2017)
34. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
33. Brawl on Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler, 2017)
32. The Post (Steven Spielberg, 2017)
31. Hostiles (Scott Cooper, 2017)
30. L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)
29. Black Snow (Martin Hodara, 2017)
28. L’Argent (Robert Bresson, 1983)
27. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)
26. Wind River (Taylor Sheridan, 2017)
25. Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari, 2016)
24. Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018)
23. Hush (Mike Flanagan, 2016)
22. A Quiet Place (John Krasinski, 2018)
21. Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley, 2017)
20. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
19. The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017)
18. Tully (Jason Reitman, 2018)
17. Happy End (Michael Haneke, 2017)
16. The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois, 2017)
15. Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman, 1963)
14. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
13. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
12. Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton, 2017)
11. Unsane (Steven Soderbergh, 2018)
10. Black ’47 (Lance Daly, 2018)
9. Leave No Trace (Debra Granik, 2018)
8. The Clan (Pablo Trapero, 2015)
7. Upgrade (Leigh Whannell, 2018)
6. Mandy (Panos Cosmatos, 2018)
5. Searching (Anesh Chaganty, 2018)
4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2018)
3. First Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2017)
2. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2017)
1. Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018)

Goodbye, 2018.

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Gurur Sarbanoglu

Design Consultant at Kainos. Watches films, listens to r’n’r, binge-reads books, codes, supports Galatasaray. Sometimes all at the same time.