Skip to main content

A list of… Favourite Films of 2023

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

2023 felt like the strongest year for films in quite awhile. While the writer's strike delayed quite a number of films until the latter quarter (or even to next year), we saw new films from a number of acclaimed directors including Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and one of my favourites, Yorgos Lanthimos.

Here are some of my picks that were released in 2023…

  1. . Poor Things
    Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
    Yorgos Lanthimos delivers his most ambitious film to date and Emma Stone gives one of the best performances of the year. Unlike anything else.
  2. . Past Lives
    Directed by Celine Song
    A beautiful and subtle story that avoids cliché arcs and lives in the quiet moments of the lives of two kindred spirits.
  3. . Killers of the Flower Moon
    Directed by Martin Scorsese
    With one of the best perfomances of the year by Lily Gladstone, Scorsese delivers a haunting and epic film that sheds light on one of the many atrocities.
  4. . Anatomy of a Fall
    Directed by Justine Triet
    A small film with a huge performance from Sandra Hüller.
  5. . The Holdovers
    Directed by Alexander Payne
    Paul Giammati does what he does best as a curmudgeonly instructor at a prep school who is forced to spend the holidays with students who have nowhere else to go.
  6. . Barbie
    Directed by Greta Gerwig
    The most fun I've had watching a movie in ages. The height of what is possible with a combination of writers like Gerwig and Bombach and a bigger budget studio production.
  7. . The Zone of Interest
    Directed by Jonathan Glazer
    Unsettling… months later, I'm still not sure what to make of it. But have I stopped thinking about it? Not at all.
  8. . Oppenheimer
    Directed by Christopher Nolan
    Technically brilliant, featuring a great performance from Cillian Murphy… a must-see on the big screen.
  9. . Evil Does Not Exist
    Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
    A quiet film that explores the relationship between communities and nature that takes time to explore the quiet life of a small town before taking an unexpected turn.
  10. . When Evil Lurks
    Directed by Demián Rugna
    The most impactful horror film of the year. Unsettling and beautifully shot, a must-see for genre fans.