The Best Movies and Music of 2018

Clockwise from top, Black Panther, Angelique Kidjo & Jeff Bhasker, First Reformed, The Band's Visit

The Movies and Music Topic Team has created lists of our favorite music and video releases of 2018 for you to check out and enjoy.  We hope that you'll find some unexpected gems on the full lists of great music and riveting movies and television.

Here are some highlights from each team member.

The Best Music of 2018

Why Why Why?
by Ants Ants Ants

Learning, exploring, and adventuring hasn't been this fun for kids since Sesame Street and School House Rock in the 1970's. Playful pop and lovely rhythms echo the joy of a golden childhood, the kind we hope to create for the little ones in our lives.  Highly singable and dance-able, this debut album will surely be a family favorite. Visit their website for beautifully animated music videos too. -Tamara


The Blues is Alive and Well
by Buddy Guy

Throughout his career, Buddy Guy has been known for his guitar prowess.  Often times his skill as a singer would slide by with little notice.  On this release, he consistently reaches in the emotional depths, often with bone-chilling intensity, conveying hard-earned lessons on life and the people you meet along the way. -Terye

Remain in Light
by Angelique Kidjo

Talking Heads classic re-imagined by the ever innovative Angelique Kidjo.  She brings the sounds of her native Benin, west Africa and combines them with a world crass crew of musicians to produce on of the best recordings of the year. - Jeff

In A Poem Unlimited
by U.S. Girls

Meg Remy, under the moniker U.S. Girls, presents a fun and defiant protest album that is part jazz, part EDM, and is reminiscent of 70s ABBA and 80s Madonna. This album was a glorious surprise and highly recommended. -Anne 

The Band's Visit
by David Yazbek

Composer David Yazbek's sinuous and delicate Tony Award winning score is faultlessly recorded with the superb Tony Award winning performances of Katrina Lenk (prominent on some of the most memorable songs of the score), Tony Shahloub and Ari'el Stachel. A musical delight. -Don

The Best DVD/Blu-Ray Releases of 2018

The Black Panther

A superhero movie of surprising substance and emotion. I love how the strong intelligent women of Wakanda are as central to this film as Black Panther himself. Soundtrack produced by Kendrick Lamar. -AA

Deadpool 2

Very entertaining. -RL

Faces Places

Simply stated, this Oscar-nominated documentary was my favorite movie of the year! Two unlikely artists collaborate and combine their talents in a memorable journey together. Traveling through France in a vehicle that looks like a camera, we get to follow along as each of their photo murals are created and tells its own unique story. -Diane

First Reformed

A dark examination of extremism and faith, with a chilling score.  It's very internal, perhaps best appreciated by Ingmar Bergman fans. -Debra

Leave No Trace

A stunning meditation on family, freedom, love, and responsibility. Leave No Trace is both a careful exploration of a fraught father-daughter dynamic and the ways in which love builds up and destroys. -dg

The Shape of Water

This movie took me by surprise. I went in not knowing what it was about, and came out completely charmed by a bizarre story told very convincingly. -Kay


SCCLD Music and Movies Team: Best Music of 2018

SCCLD Music and Movies Team: Best DVD/Blu-ray Releases of 2018

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