Robert’s Reviews: My Top 5 Films of 2018 So Far

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my video on my personal top 5 films the that have been released so far in 2018. This year has been great for film up to this point, and in this video, I list my personal favorites that have been released so far, not necessarily the ones that I think are the most perfect. Click the video below to watch the video!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 15-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to theclevercritics.com.
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5 Responses

  1. Beverly Stafford says:

    Another good one, Robert. Thanks.

  2. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Great review, Robert. Thank you. I’m *really* looking forward to First Man.

    Robert, I’m sure you have plenty of review ideas without my suggestions, but one day I’d love to see your take on films in which the director seems to take a markedly different path from his previous films.

    The movie The Straight Story springs to mind. I went to see the 1999 movie knowing little about it; somehow I missed that David Lynch was the director. Yeah, David Lynch, the guy who gave us the often surreal, often twisted, often violent worlds portrayed in works such as Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and Eraserhead, directed The Straight Story, a simple (and true) story about a World War II veteran who learns that his estranged brother has suffered a stroke, and sets out on a 250 mile trip to see him on a riding lawnmower. When I saw that Lynch had directed the film, I was really surprised–Lynch gave that simple story such a tender, respectful treatment.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      I hadn’t noticed that David Lynch had directed Straight Story until I watched it a second time – with some years in between viewings. I think Oscars are rigged, otherwise why, after the brouhaha about minorities being overlooked, were there numerous nominations – and wins – for minorities. Were they suddenly better actors? But I digress. I thought Richard Farnsworth was robbed when he didn’t win Best Actor for Straight Story. Ditto James Garner for Murphy’s Romance – horrors! a nomination for an actor in a light-weight romance? – and Val Kilmer for Best Supporting Actor in Tombstone – an actor in a Western? Nah.

      • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

        Beverly, I had forgotten that Richard Farnsworth had been nominated for Best Actor! I did remember that he was terminally ill while making the film.

        If I remember correctly, The Straight Story was the only David Lynch film given a good review by Roger Ebert.

  3. Robert, you continue to astound and impress me with your reviews. Awesome! Thank you!

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