The 2018 Ruthies

2018 has an incredible year for movie lovers. Directors and actors have delighted us with some ground-breaking masterpieces.

For the second year running here at Ruthless On Film we have compiled the movies worthy of a Ruthie award. Read on to find out if your favourite movie from 2018 made the cut.

Best Picture

Lady Bird

In the opening scene we see our herione Christine McPherson aka “Lady Bird” throw herself out of a moving car after an argument with her mother. That pretty much sets the tone for the entire movie.

Lady Bird is a coming of age story about first loves, but it’s also about finding your place in the world. It’s the ultimate celebration of individuality.

Lady Bird is an instant indie classic. It’s beautifully heartbreaking and honest.

Best Director

Bart Layton for American Animals

From the opening credits it’s clear that this heist thriller means business. The tale of the heist is recalled to us by the real-life perpetrators and their families interspersed with a talented cast playing out the events surrounding the robbery 14 years ago.

These cut away scenes with the characters’ real counterparts recalling their version of the events 14 years on is pure cinematic genius.

For a movie that gladly acknowledges that it’s a cinematic version of real-life events throughout to then being able to absorb people in the story that much is incredible. Now that is a great script.

Best Actor

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

Whether you know about ‘The Incident’ or not, I, Tonya works in simply telling the story of how a little girl from Portland, Oregon attempted to become the best in the world, only to take one of the most incredible falls from grace in recent memory.

Although very few of us will ever be the level of an Olympic figure skater, the themes in I, Tonya are universal. Like Tonya, we’re all looking for our place in the world and that gratification of being accepted for who you are, not who they want you to be.

Best Drama

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is a beautifully poignant tale of first loves. This isn’t just the love story of two gay men, it’s a tale of first loves and the inevitable heartbreak than comes hand in hand with them.

This intimate love story is one of the most profound movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a story with real depth and heart.

Best Biopic *new award*

Bohemian Rhapsody

From the essence that creates the songs, to the melodies and anthems that Queen became known for, Bohemian Rhapsody is a true celebration of their music. The performances, although slightly self-indulgent at times, are breathtaking. You’ll be tapping your feet and clapping along in no time at all.

To even broach such a subject as Queen and Freddie Mercury is a brave feat, yet Bohemian Rhapsody accomplishes what it sets out to do. It’s a tribute to one of the greatest musicians and creative geniuses of all time. Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Figaro, Magnificoooo….

Best Action

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt and his team are back. His mission, should he choose to accept it? Recover the Plutonian, find the identity of the mysterious John Lark and stop a plot by the ‘Apostles’ to set off nuclear warheads.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is breathtaking, edge of your seat action that makes the cinematic experience a spectacle once again. Whether a fan of the franchise or not, grab some popcorn and settle in for 147 minutes of all out entertainment.

Best Sci-Fi

First Man

We witness Neil Armstrong’s trials and tribulations as he struggles to juggle family life with that of a man fixated on space exploration. With every failure that NASA endures the more determined Armstrong becomes.

His first-person account is visceral and poignant, showing the sacrifices and cost on both Armstrong and the nation to carry out one of the deadliest missions in history.

The scenes in space are quite literally gravity-defying and mesmerising. Think Interstellar and then some. Warning, if you easily get nauseous then this isn’t the movie for you. I saw it in 2D and it was dizzying so in 3D or IMAX you’re in for a real treat.

Best Horror

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is unlike any movie you’ve seen before. As mesmerising as it is terrifying, John Krasinski’s horror is nothing short of brilliant.

Following the near annihilation of mankind, a young family is forced to live in complete silence to risk being devoured by creature that hunt by sound.

A Quiet Place is visceral, captivating and simultaneously terrifying. A new breed of horror movie. In short, It’s a masterpiece.

Worst Picture

Downsizing

Alexander Payne’s sci-fi satire explores a revolutionary method of shrinking people to minuscule size in order to combat overcrowding on Earth.

The procedure known as ‘downsizing’ also allows those on meagre incomes to live like royalty in their tiny towns.

The plot is as confused as it is long. There’s a serious identity crisis going on here. What starts off as a black comedy sci-fi, soon turns into a drama and then all out gag-fest.

Downsizing had the potential to be great, to explore a really cool concept, but instead it reverts to theme changes and cheap gags to get by. The end result is a rather underwhelming experience.

Happy holidays from Ruth, Mark and Jordan at Ruthless On Film.

By Ruth Walker

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