The Best (and worst) of Everything Else in 2018

The Best New Movies I Saw in 2018:

1. Climax
2. The Favourite
3. Suspiria
4. First Reformed
5. Eighth Grade
6. BlacKKKlansman
7. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
8. Halloween
9. Braid
10. The House That Jack Built

The Best Blu-Rays I Bought in 2018:

The Princess Bride
2001: A Space Odyssey (2018 restoration)
Wild at Heart
Female Trouble
The Virgin Suicides

The Best New Fiction I Read in 2018:

The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Otessa Moshfegh
Made For Love, by Alissa Nutting
Coyote Doggirl, by Lisa Hanawalt
Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso
Women Talking, by Miriam Toews
Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata

The Best Older Fiction I Finally Read in 2018:

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Zone, by Mathias Énard
The Monk, by Matthew Lewis

The Best Non-Fiction I Read in 2018:

The Third Reich Trilogy, by Richard J. Evans
The Romanovs 1613-1918, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, by Geoff Dyer
Fear, by Bob Woodward
The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, by Michiko Kakutani

The Worst Book I Read in 2018:

Crudo, by Olivia Laing

The Worst Mainstream Rock I Heard on the Radio at Work in 2018:

“When the Curtain Falls”, Greta Van Fleet
“S.O.S. (Sawed-Off Shotgun”, Glorious Sons
“Zombie”, Bad Wolves
“Ghost”, Badflower
“Straight Jacket”, Theory of a Deadman

Mainstream Rock I Heard on the Radio at Work in 2018 That I Actually Liked:

“T-Shirt”, The Beaches
“When Legends Rise”, Godsmack
“Denim Danger”, Monster Truck
“Are You Ready”, Disturbed
“Driving Rain”, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators

Best Metal Albums of 2018:

1. Ghost, Prequelle
2. Sleep, The Sciences
3. Voivod, The Wake
4. Judas Priest, Firepower
5. High on Fire, Electric Messiah
6. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Wasteland
7. Tribulation, Down Below

8. KEN Mode, Loved

9. Amorphis, Queen of Time

10.Tomb Mold, Manor of Infinite Forms

Best Canadian Metal Albums of 2018:
1. Voivod, The Wake
2. KEN Mode, Loved
3. Tomb Mold, Manor of Infinite Forms
4. Cauldron, New Gods
5. Untimely Demise, No Promise of Tomorrow
6. Kobra and the Lotus, Prevail II
7. Altars of Grief, Iris
8. Into Eternity, The Sirens
9. Striker, Play to Win
10. Skull Fist, Way of the Road