Some of my yearly highlights (of course they are nowhere near as cool as Barack’s picks)
Favourite films of 2018
Leave No Trace
And my other 20 favourites in alphabetical order:
Birds of Passage
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Isle of Dogs
Paddington 2 (also on my 2017 list but a 2018 US release)
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
The Sisters Brothers
A Star is Born
Woman At War
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
You Were Never Really Here
Haven’t yet seen a few that expect to love like The Rider, Sorry To Bother You, etc.
Favourite books: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (looking forward to reading her new one Normal People) and Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne
Favourite TV: Atlanta, Bodyguard, First Dates, The Bisexual, The Good Doctor, The Good Fight, The Great British Bakeoff, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Il Miracolo, Queer Eye, This Is Us, A Very English Scandal.
Favourite TV moment: Danny Dyer slagging off David Cameron sitting around with his “trotters up”
Favourite meals: Indonesian rijsttafel at Dewi Sri in Rotterdam; pintxos at Nagusia Lau in San Sebastian; tapas at Brunilda in Seville; breakfast at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC; and closer to home…seafood pancake and Korean chicken wings at Bada Tapas in Godalming
Favourite trip (work): Lapland, for an Indigenous Film Conference. Temperature was -36, my nose hairs froze but I got to see some reindeer up close and personal.
Favourite trip (fun): Sitting by the pool with Scott at Melia Hacienda del Conde in Buenavista del Norte in Tenerife; an Icelandic road trip with my friend Laufey from the East Fjords back to Reykjavik.
My firsts this year: riding a Segway (fun!), falling over in the snow in Lapland (cold!)
My favourite music of 2018 is over here. And best earworm here.