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Post by ChrisReynolds » December 11th, 2018, 7:51 pm

Unless I've missed it, we don't yet have our annual thread for the end of year "Best" lists. I can inaugurate it with the Sight & Sound list.

Sight & Sound Top 40 Films Of 2018
1. Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
2. Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Burning, Chang-dong Lee
4. Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski
5. First Reformed, Paul Schrader
6. Leave No Trace, Debra Granik
7. The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
=. You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay
9. Happy as Lazzaro, Alice Rohrwacher
=. Zama, Lucrecia Martel
11. The Image Book, Jean-Luc Godard
12. If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
13. BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
14. The Other Side of the Wind, Orson Welles
=. Shirkers, Sandi Tan
=. Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda
17. Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley
18. Faces Places, JR, Agnès Varda
=. The Rider, Chloé Zhao
=. Western, Valeska Grisebach
21. La flor Mariano Llinas
=. Hereditary Ari Aster
=. High Life Claire Denis
=. Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson
=. Madeline's Madeline Josephine Decker
=. 120 BPM Robin Campillo
=. Transit Christian Petzold
28. Ash is Purest White Jia Zhangke
=. Hale County This Morning, This Evening RaMell Ross
=. Lady Bird Greta Gerwig
=. Loveless Andrey Zvyagintsev
=. Ray & Liz Richard Billingham
=. A Star is Born Bradley Cooper
=. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh
=. The Wild Pear Tree, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
36. Apostasy Danie Kokotajlo
=. Climax Gaspar Noe
=. Killing Eve Phoebe Waller-Bridge
=. Let the Sunshine in, Claire Denis
=. The Miseducation of Cameron Post Desiree Akhavan
=. Widows Steve McQueen
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 11th, 2018, 8:57 pm

Nice idea for a thread, Chris!

Donald Clarke and Tara Brady with their picks for a top 50: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film ... -1.3717504
That's all, folks!

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Post by flaiky » December 11th, 2018, 10:45 pm

Four of the S&S films were in their top 15 last year. :rolleyes: I kind of wish they wouldn't allow that. Anyway, I've already seen 14/20 (probably up to 15 tomorrow), which is higher than I'd expect at this point. I'm pleased that The Rider made it.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » December 12th, 2018, 12:58 am

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
December 11th, 2018, 8:57 pm
Donald Clarke and Tara Brady with their picks for a top 50: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film ... -1.3717504
To save everybody the clicks, here's their list:

The Irish Times' Top 50 of 2018

1. Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev
2. Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski
3. Mandy, Panos Cosmatos
4. Hereditary, Ari Aster
5. Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
6. Climax, Gaspar Noé
7. Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley
8. The Rider, Chloé Zhao
9. Custody, Xavier Legrand
10. The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, Feargal Ward
11. Glory, Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov
12. Michael Inside, Frank Berry
13. Apostasy, Daniel Kokotajlo
14. A Quiet Place, John Krasinski
15. You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay
16. BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
17. The Square, Ruben Östlund
18. A Woman’s Life, Stéphane Brizé
19. Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson
20. Have a Nice Day, Jian Liu
21. Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher
22. A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio
23. Free Solo, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
24. The Endless, Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
25. Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
26. Leave No Trace, Debra Granik
27. Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton
28. Creed II, Steven Caple Jr.
29. The Image You Missed, Donal Foreman
30. The Young Karl Marx, Raoul Peck
31. 120 BPM, Robin Campillo
32. Tully, Jason Reitman
33. First Man, Damien Chazelle
34. A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper
35. Lean on Pete, Andrew Haigh
36. Shoplifters, Hirokazu Koreeda
37. Katie, Ross Whitaker
38. Under the Tree, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
39. Jeune femme, Léonor Serraille
40. The Wound, John Trengove
41. Three Identical Strangers, Tim Wardle
42. Western, Valeska Grisebach
43. The Old Man and the Gun, David Lowery
44. Alpha, Albert Hughes
45. Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
46. Bumblebee, Travis Knight
47. Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda
48. First Reformed, Paul Schrader
49. Widows, Steve McQueen
50. Rosie, Paddy Breathnach

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Post by Mothravka » December 12th, 2018, 1:53 pm

Here's my contribution:

1. Dead Souls (Wang Bing)
2. The Absence of Apricots (Daniel Asadi Faezi)
3. Djamilia (Aminatou Echard)
4. An Elephant Sitting Still (Bo Hu)
5. Água Forte (Mónica Baptista)
6. Trees Down Here (Ben Rivers)
7. Optimism (Deborah Stratman)
8. Altiplano (Malena Szlam)
9. Your Face (Tsai Ming-liang)
10. Ada Kaleh (Helena Wittmann)

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Post by ChrisReynolds » December 13th, 2018, 12:29 pm

John Waters' Best of 2018

1. Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc, Bruno Dumont
2. American Animals, Bart Layton
3. Nico, 1988, Susanna Nicchiarelli
4. Mom and Dad, Brian Taylor
5. Blindspotting, Carlos López Estrada
6. The Green Fog, Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson
7. Custody, Xavier Legrand
8. Sollers Point, Matthew Porterfield
9. Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, John Ridley
10. Permanent Green Light, Zac Farley, Dennis Cooper


Buzzfeed News' The 11 Best Movies Of 2018 (chosen by Alison Willmore)

1. The Rider, Chloé Zhao
2. The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
3. A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper
4. Minding the Gap, Bing Liu
5. Madeline's Madeline, Josephine Decker
6. The Death of Stalin, Armando Iannucci
7. You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay
8. Burning, Chang-dong Lee
9. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman
10. Support the Girls, Andrew Bujalski
11. Hereditary, Ari Aster

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Post by max-scl » December 13th, 2018, 2:44 pm

FILM COMMENT TOP 20

https://www.filmcomment.com/best-films-of-2018/

1 Zama (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain)
2 Burning (Lee Chang-dong, South Korea)
3 First Reformed (Paul Schrader, USA)
4 Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico)
5 Western (Valeska Grisebach, Germany/Bulgaria)
6 Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan)
7 Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis, France)
8 The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, USA)
9 Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher, Italy)
10 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (RaMell Ross, USA)
11 Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley, USA)
12 If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, USA)
13 The Rider (Chloé Zhao, USA)
14 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, USA)
15 Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski, USA)
16 You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, UK/France/USA)
17 Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman, USA)
18 Personal Problems (Bill Gunn, USA)
19 The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/USA)
20 BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, USA)

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » December 13th, 2018, 3:02 pm

J. Hoberman's Ten Best Films of 2018:

1. Wormwood — Errol Morris
2. The Image Book — Jean-Luc Godard
3. Transit — Christian Petzold
4. BlacKkKlansman — Spike Lee
5. The Kavanaugh Hearing
6. The Americans (TV series)
7. The Death of Stalin — Armando Iannucci
8. The Waldheim Waltz — Ruth Beckermann
9. Org — Fernando Birri
10. Dialogue with Che — José Rodriguez-Soltero

...yes, that's right, he included the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. :lol:



Manohla Dargis' Best Movies of 2018:

1. Roma — Alfonso Cuaron
2. Burning — Lee Chang-dong
3. Shoplifters — Hirokazu Kore-eda
4. Zama — Lucrecia Martel
5. Happy as Lazzaro — Alice Rohrwacher
6. BlacKkKlansman — Spike Lee
7. First Reformed — Paul Schrader
8. The Death of Stalin — Armando Iannucci
9. Monrovia, Indiana — Frederick Wiseman
10. Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle) — Nathaniel Dorsky
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Post by Ivan0716 » December 13th, 2018, 3:38 pm

Took a quick glance, looks like the most popular English film is BlacKkKlansman. :down:

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Post by ChrisReynolds » December 13th, 2018, 6:07 pm

I bought the print edition of Sight & Sound, so I've been able to update their top films list in the first post to the Top 40 that they print in the magazine.

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Post by brokenface » December 13th, 2018, 8:30 pm

GruesomeTwosome wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 3:02 pm

...yes, that's right, he included the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. :lol:
Is it a check? tehe

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Post by insomnia » December 13th, 2018, 8:35 pm

I added the S&S list (Top 20 from the website) and the Film Comment list to ICM:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/film ... /insomnia/

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/sigh ... /insomnia/

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Post by brokenface » December 13th, 2018, 8:52 pm

ChrisReynolds wrote:
December 13th, 2018, 6:07 pm
I bought the print edition of Sight & Sound, so I've been able to update their top films list in the first post to the Top 40 that they print in the magazine.
Cheers, I've updated my list here:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/listsettin ... ear+polls/

Can't remember if I've done whole list previous years but I did the whole list of 41 (though it ended up only 33 due to repeats from last yr:
Zama, You Were Never Really Here, Western, Faces Places, 120 BPM, Loveless, Lady Bird, Let the Sunshine In)

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Post by albajos » December 16th, 2018, 12:17 pm

Norwegian Broadcasting (Birger Westmo, Filmpolitiet)
01. Utøya 22. juli
02. Zimna wojna
03. The Florida Project (2017)
04. Girl
05. Gräns
06. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
07. Phantom Thread (2017)
08. Suspiria
09. Der Hauptmann (2017)
10. First Man

HM: Roma, A Quiet Place, Incredibles 2, I, Tonya, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Shape of Water, Sorry To Bother You, Blindsone, Månelyst i Flåklypa and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse

For once I actually agree with most of his picks.


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Post by albajos » December 21st, 2018, 10:33 pm

Mark Kermode is doing something different this year. Seems Kermode Uncut wont be continue after New Year's so he sums up the whole period of the "show" in his list instead.

So 2008-20018 (no titles from 2018, though)
01. Of Time and the City
02. Bande de filles
03. Moonlight
04. La tortue rouge
05. Grave (aka Raw)
06. We Need to Talk about Kevin
07. Under the Shadow
08. The Babadook
09. 12 Years a Slave
10. The Shape of Water

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Post by flaiky » December 22nd, 2018, 2:12 am

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian:

Roma (dir Alfonso Cuarón)
A Star Is Born (dir Bradley Cooper)
Cold War (dir Paweł Pawlikowski)
Leave No Trace (dir Debra Granik)
Western (dir Valeska Grisebach)
Zama (dir Lucrecia Martel)
Hereditary (dir Ari Aster)
Coco (dirs Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina)
Widows (dir Steve McQueen)
Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

Plus other category winners here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/d ... f-the-year
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Post by albajos » December 22nd, 2018, 11:46 pm

Dagbladet (Norway's 3rd biggest newspaper)
Byline by Inger Bentzrud and Inger Merete Hobbelstad

01. Gräns
02. Zimna wojna
03. Phantom Thread (2017)
04. The Florida Project (2017)
05. Lady Bird (2017)
06. Roma
07. The Death of Stalin (2017)
08. Capharnaüm
09. Isle of Dogs
10. Sorry to Bother You

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Post by XxXApathy420XxX » December 24th, 2018, 3:11 pm

I still need to see tons more, like Claire Denis' new film for example, but here's mine:

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Post by albajos » December 27th, 2018, 9:40 pm

Top 15 - Aftenposten (Norway's biggest newspaper)
Byline by May Synnøve Rogne, Kjetil Lismoen, Erlend Loe and Ingrid Åbergsjord

Top 7 got the top score

01. Roma
02. Gräns
03. Phantom Thread (2017)
04. First Man
05. Girl
06. Hereditary
07. Estiu 1993 (2017)

08. The Shape of Water (2017)
09. Isle of Dogs
10. Blindsone
11. Zimna wojna
12. Dogman
13. The Florida Project (2017)
14. Coco (2017)
15. The Death of Stalin (2017)


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Post by GruesomeTwosome » December 28th, 2018, 4:44 pm

ChrisReynolds wrote:
December 28th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Barack Obama's favorite movies of 2018

Annihilation
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Blindspotting
Burning
The Death of Stalin
Eighth Grade
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
Minding the Gap
The Rider
Roma
Shoplifters
Support the Girls
Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Huh, not bad, not bad at all, Barack.

I shudder to think what Trump's favorite movies list (of 2018 or otherwise) might look like. :ermm:
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Post by TajSamKojiJesam » December 28th, 2018, 4:49 pm

Trump's favorite movie is Citizen Kane. He said:

“I think you learn in Citizen Kane that maybe wealth isn’t everything. Because he had the wealth, but he didn’t have the happiness. The table getting larger, and larger, and larger, with he and his wife getting further and further apart as he got wealthier and wealthier—perhaps I can understand that. ... In real life, I do believe that wealth does in fact isolate you from other people.”

IIRC his favorite song is Is That All There is? by Peggy Lee, a song about similar issues.

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Post by ChrisReynolds » December 30th, 2018, 6:18 pm

Guillermo Del Toro's Top 12 (in no order)

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Leave No Trace, Debra Granik
At Eternity's Gate, Julian Schnabel
The Rider, Chloé Zhao
First Man, Damien Chazelle
Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley
Killing, Shin'ya Tsukamoto
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos
Mandy, Panos Cosmatos
First Reformed, Paul Schrader

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Post by Ivan0716 » December 31st, 2018, 11:07 am

52 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2018 for IndieWire


My personal highlights:
Leslye Headland on The Little Drummer Girl: I will take Park Chan-Wook’s symphony of subtle match cuts over the “whoa bruh this whole episode is in ONE SHOT” nonsense that the prestige tv nerds won’t shut up about. Plus you show me a LeCarre miniseries and I’ll show you anything you want.

David Lowery on Roma: Why not see this movie twice? Even if you don’t like it, it’s worth revisiting. Films like this don’t come along that often, or perhaps ever. Granted, I suspect that it’s far more exciting for filmmakers than for general audiences, just because Cuaron did with this movie what we all wish we could do: he took his time.

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Post by joachimt » December 31st, 2018, 1:03 pm

Top 100 of 2018 according to 522 members of Dutch moviemeter.nl:
https://www.moviemeter.nl/list/top2018
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Post by blueboybob » December 31st, 2018, 3:00 pm

I don't watch moves in theatres, so a lot of stuff that is "new" I havent seen yet. Here are my 10/10 and 9/10 of 2018

10/10
Childish Gambino: This Is America
Eighth Grade
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

9/10
Avengers: Infinity War
Blindspotting
Love, Simon
Padman
RBG
Ready Player One
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
The Looming Tower
The Mayo Clinic, Faith, Hope and Science
They Shall Not Grow Old

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Post by klaus78 » January 1st, 2019, 4:12 pm

My list:

1. A Land Imagined
2. The Favourite
3. Roma
4. Le livre d'image
5. Da xiang xi di er zuo [An Elephant Sitting Still]
6. Beoning [Burning]
7. Mandy
8. Zimna wojna [Cold War]
9. First Man
10. Thunder Road
11. Isle of Dogs
12. Climax
13. Jiang hu er nv [Ash Is Purest White]
14. The Other Side of the Wind
15. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
16. Pájaros de verano [Birds of Passage]
17. Active Measures
18. Diamantino
19. Sorry to Bother You
20. Under the Silver Lake
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Post by blueboybob » January 2nd, 2019, 7:15 pm

Ill wait for the IMDB list of the Mubi films (I dont like their UX)

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Post by flaiky » January 2nd, 2019, 9:00 pm

Mark Kermode:
The 10 best films of 2018

1. Leave No Trace
Debra Granik’s low-key gem is a textbook example of show-don’t-tell film-making; perfect.

2. The Breadwinner
A young girl battles the Taliban in Nora Twomey’s superb animated adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s bestseller.

3. Widows
Viola Davis heads up an ensemble cast to die for in Steve McQueen’s ultra-stylish update of Lynda La Plante’s 80s TV thriller.

4. Cold War
Paweł Pawlikowski’s tale of star-crossed lovers falling together and apart through the iron curtain of postwar Europe.

5. You Were Never Really Here
Lynne Ramsay’s psychological anti-thriller, starring Joaquin Phoenix, reconfirms her position as a unique visual poet.

6. A Fantastic Woman
Daniela Vega shines in Sebastián Lelio’s deserving winner of the Oscar for foreign language film.

7. The Shape of Water
Splash meets Creature from the Black Lagoon in Guillermo del Toro’s magical fantasy.

8. Jeune Femme
One of the real surprise treats of the year – an invigorating and unvarnished character study from Léonor Serraille.

9. BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee’s stranger-than-fiction tale may be set in the 1970s but it felt urgently relevant and contemporary in 2018.

10. They Shall Not Grow Old
Peter Jackson breathes new life into 100-year-old footage of the first world war with awe-inspiring results.
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Post by outdoorcats » January 3rd, 2019, 12:02 am

Glad he gave props to Jeune Femme (for those seeking it out, it was released in the U.S. under the title "Montparnasse Bienvenue") which is a great film about sudden downward mobility which did not get a lot of press.

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