This was an exceedingly hard list to put together, harder than either the main TV or movie selections. 2018 has an absolute cavalcade of great film music to choose from, so selecting a top 5 was hugely subjective. There are plenty of other albums that could have made it.
As a result, I’ve added below a Spotify link to 40 different film tracks from 40 different movies, many of which didn’t make my personal top 5. Hopefully you may pick out some more film music treats from that expanded list.
Anyway, here we go with my Top 5 film score tracks of 2018…
It’s been a pretty fantastic year for TV in general, so it’s been fairly challenging whittling down ten shows, never mind five, and I haven’t nearly watched everything that has struck a chord with people in 2018.
The following, in my opinion, have nonetheless been some of the strongest TV of this year. Some new, some older, some just taking off. All still with a lot of led left in their pencil.
Here we go with #5 to #1…
You’ve already heard my best film experiences of 2018, but I intentionally left new releases off that list in order to have some clear blue water, aware that I’d be presented a 2018 only list.
Now, in all honesty, I’ve seen just over 150 movies this year, and less than 30 of them are 2018 releases. There are many omissions from this ten. This list will, in the fullness of time, absolutely change as I see films many others already have on their lists. This is what I saw, however, so this is all I can, right now, go by.
#10 to #6 then. Let’s do this…
There is every possibility we may look back upon Bandersnatch, the latest episode of Black Mirror, and be amazed at just what a pioneer it was.
Black Mirror has seeped into popular culture in a remarkable way since Charlie Brooker moved from being one of TV’s most entertaining cult comedians, when it comes to analysing popular media, and into the realm of writing and producing what could be the most innovative and format breaking television show of the modern age. Black Mirror has come a long way since its first Channel Four episode, telling the disturbing story of a David Cameron-parody being blackmailed into having sex with a pig live on television.
What began as a darkly comic examination of our evolving relationship with new media, akin to Brooker’s earlier scripted series Dead Set (zombies meets Big Brother), has grown into a 21st century Twilight Zone; a dark, indeed black mirror for our own fears, anxieties and cautionary tales about the technology we are allowing to dominate and consume our lives. While Brooker’s show, on being snapped up in a savvy move by Netflix and getting a hefty budget increase in the bargain, has benefited from A-list movie stars and directors wanting to be involved, the modern day Rod Serling has always had one eye on the past as he puts one foot in the future.
Bandersnatch feels like the ultimate realisation of Brooker’s fascination with retro 1980’s and 1990’s culture, particularly gaming culture. Fionn Whitehead’s troubled protagonist Stefan Butler could be Brooker in another, alternate life.
It would be easy to present a list of the top 10 film scores of the year but that doesn’t always feel hugely representative – sometimes a particular track may leap out of an otherwise decent but not great album and stick with you.
Therefore, I’m going to present my top 10 tracks from film scores across 2018. Many of these albums are worth listening to in their entirety, but these are the pieces that really stood out from the crowd.
To start with, here is my first five, from #10 down to #6…
Time to move on with appreciating the new stuff, as I break down the first of ten TV shows which I consider to be some of the best content released in 2018.
No negativity planned for examining this year’s TV or movies. I may throw in a disappointment down the line but let’s concentrate on the shows which worked, rather than those left best forgotten.
So! Here’s 10 down to 6 of TV you really should check out if you haven’t already…
I threw out my Worst experiences of 2018 first, saving the Best until last, but here then, continuing from the #10 to #6 list of my Best experiences of 2018, of films that were not released in 2018, are the top 5 films I watched for the first time across this year.