As we looked back at 2018, each of the Mercury’s movie critics decided to highlight just one of our favorite movies of the year—movies that might not get as many awards or eyes as the most talked-about or financially successful films of the year, but movies that are still very much worth watching and rewatching.
As someone who would pay money to watch Tilda Swinton do just about anything, I have to admit I was predisposed to enjoy Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake, wherein Swinton glides around the Markos Dance Academy with the elegance of a feather carried by some preternatural breeze. But aside from the always-magnetic Swinton, the new Suspiria won my heart for several reasons: The art deco architecture, the stylish costumes, the hypnotic choreography, and the symphonies of gore that take body horror to gorgeous and terrifying new heights. It’s nothing like Dario Argento’s 1977 original (and some of the subplots are highly questionable), but Guadagnino’s Suspiria shocked me. That’s rare. (dir. Luca Guadagnino, now playing)
*Not actually award-winning