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Post by peeptoad » December 31st, 2018, 2:23 pm

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9-10 (ranked)
Christiane F (1981)
Der Fan (1982)
De vierde man (1983) The Fourth Man
Escalofrio (1978) Don't Panic

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8 (roughly ranked)
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Vampyres (1974)
Symptoms (1974)
The Endless (2017)
Family Plot (1976)
Prey (1977)
Ciao Manhattan (1972)
Annihilation (2018)
Memories of Murder (2003)
Babettes gæstebud (1987) Babette's Feast
Under the Skin (2013)
The Third Eye (1966)
Celia (1989)
3615code Père Noël (1989) Dial Code Santa Claus
Der Nachtmahr (2015)
Wedding in White (1972)
Out of the Blue (1980)
Rabbit ala Berlin (2009)
Atanarjuat (2001)
Exotica (1994)
Time Masters (1982)
Jean-Michel Basquiat: the Radiant Child (2010)
Blood Tea and Red String (2006)
Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)
Tower (2016)



7 (in chrono order watched)
The Survivalist (2015)
Psych-Out (1968)
Spirits of the Dead (1968)
The Ghost Cat of Otama Pond (1960)
Bullitt (1968)
Son of the White Mare (1981)
Ferdinand (2017)
Long Way North (2015)
The Cat's Mill (1993)
Gandahar (1988)
Poor Pretty Eddie (1975)
Terror (1978)
92 in the Shade (1975)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
La Grande Bouffe (1973)
The World Beyond (1978)
Eaten Alive! (1980)
Creature from Black Lake (1976)
Strange Behavior (1981)
Le orme (1975)
What have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)
Blood Rage (1987)
The Trainer and the Racehorse: The Legend of Frankel (2015)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Tau (2018)
Contraband (1980)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
A Man Called Blade (1977)
Vannin (2013)
The Warped Ones (1960)
Fair Game (1986)
The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)
Ricky 6 (2000)
Lean on Pete (2017)
Mission: Impossible- Fallout (2018)
The Girl with all the Gifts (2016)
Romper Stomper (1992)
Beijing Bastards (1993)
Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
Horseplayer (1990)
Spun (2002)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)
The Color Out of Space (2010)
Momo (1986)
Ready Player One (2018)
I lunghi capelli della morte (1965) The Long Hair of Death
The Stepford Wives (1975)
Countess Dracula (1971)
Pensione paura (1977) Hotel Fear
A Quiet Place (2018)
Upgrade (2018)
Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal (1971) Don't Deliver Us From Evil
White of the Eye (1987)
Evolution (2015)
To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (1967) I Am Curious (Yellow)
Død snø 2 (2014) Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Fucking Åmål (1998) Show Me Love
November (2017)
Du levande (2007)You the Living
Hrútar (2015) Rams
Efter brylluppet (2006) After the Wedding
Nocturama (2016)
Lilya 4-ever (2002)
Sur le seuil (2003) Evil Words
Funeral Home (1980)
Brand Upon the Brain (2006)

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Post by blueboybob » December 31st, 2018, 2:57 pm

10/10
A Ghost Story
Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital
Bodied
Childish Gambino: This Is America
Coco
Eighth Grade
Girl Walk: All Day
Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey
So-won
The Breadwinner
The Dawn Wall
Wonder
Won't You Be My Neighbor?

9/10
42 Grams
Ashes and Snow
Avengers: Infinity War
Begotten
Beyond the Mat
Blindspotting
Childish Gambino: Sober
Darò un milione
Dear Basketball
Dying at Grace
Jobanni no shima
Kendrick Lamar: Humble.
LA 92
La guerre du feu
Love, Simon
Man in Red Bandana
Negative Space
Nine Innings from Ground Zero
Padman
Ramen Heads
RBG
Ready Player One
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Saul fia
Seopyeonje
Space
Survivor Type
The Collector
The Greatest Showman
The Killing of America
The Living Desert
The Looming Tower
The Mayo Clinic, Faith, Hope and Science
The Men Who Built America
The Nazis: A Warning from History
The Patent Scam
They Shall Not Grow Old
Waco
Wo de fu qin mu qin
WWII in HD
Zelig

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Post by Carmel1379 » December 31st, 2018, 3:49 pm

Buster Scruggs ending -

I think the three 'ordinary' characters' discussion on human nature (its simplicity/complexity, transparency/opaqueness, (for lack of better words) 'animality'/ 'civility', etc.) nicely plays with the viewer and ones own formed opinions following the anthology & its depiction of varying human behaviour. Then the debate is ultimately rendered pointless, as it's increasingly clear the cryptic bounty hunters are in power, capably teasing and creeping out the others with their songs, the body on the rooftop, and the experience of murdering someone, as well as announcing -- in what's probably their most ominous memorable comment for me -- "The Coachman won't stop, he never stops. Policy," which is likely the Koan bros. alluding to the unstoppable passage of time and the inevitability of death; while indeed Old Night falls and envelops the stagecoach possibly falling down to the underworld (or indeed climbing up the stairway to heaven (cf. Buster Scruggs with his angelic wings)). Faced against the dread felt at the end, the people's so varying lives are irrelevant; faced against death, "everyone is the same/equal" or something, their initial differences highlighted in the debate are flattened down to the same flatline.

Ultimately I definitely do embrace the last segment, despite how dialogue-heavy it is and anti-climactic it initially feels. There's a special mellow tension to it and it succeeds to emphasise the unpredictability & fragility of life and the proximity of death, which is what the Koans are mostly always on about.
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The dark unbottom’d infinite Abyss,
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His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight,
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Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile?

Nur dein Auge – ungeheuer / Blickt michs an, Unendlichkeit!
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Post by matthewscott8 » December 31st, 2018, 4:08 pm

good to see Isle Of Dogs getting a mention

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Post by Hawk » December 31st, 2018, 4:56 pm

01. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)
02. Anak Dalita (Lamberto V. Avellana, 1956)
03. Le cousin Jules (Dominique Benicheti, 1972)
04. Bully (Larry Clark, 2001)
05. Il momento della verità (Francesco Rosi, 1965)
06. A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk, 1958)
07. Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)
08. My Brother's Wedding (Charles Burnett, 1983)
09. The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017)
10. Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica (Jorge Bodanzky, Orlando Senna, 1975)

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » December 31st, 2018, 5:25 pm

timmy_501 wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 6:40 am
What was weird to me was that the bounty hunters didn't seem to act like they cared much at all about the other characters. Based on a short synopsis of the scene, I might expect them to be something like what you describe - angels of death or wannabes - but the dialogue didn't play out that way. I think I'd like to rewatch that scene to try to get a better idea of what exactly everyone is saying since the dialogue is both complex and fast-paced. There wasn't the heavy symbolism at the hotel the way I expected since it all did seem so tense and ominous, like it was leading to a big twist. At the same time, there was something very off about it, maybe just because it was so anti-climactic, NCFOM style. Or maybe there is some heavy subtext I just missed out on.

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The ominousness and mysteriousness of the bounty hunters (weird if they were humans, weird if they were supernatural creatures) is typical Coens absurdity, reflective for me of the strangeness that to us is "the Other", any other. And so regular human beings can also be a source of perceived miracles, evoking a feeling of the sublime, as much as anything else inexplicable you might experience in nature.

If a Koan bros film suddenly was heavy on deliberate subtext and clear meaning it would mean that they have lost their game. Their 2000's work especially is often concerned with questions of meaning and trying to make sense of the world, and often where there is some through-line that could make you say "this is the moral of the film" or "this is the philosophy the film subscribes to" it eventually throws a curveball, with the bros gleefully contradicting themselves in the end, like they looked back at the film they wrote and say "nah, that wasn't the answer either".

"The Uncertainty Principle. It proves we can't ever really know... what's going on. So it shouldn't bother you. Not being able to figure anything out. Although you will be responsible for this on the mid-term."
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Post by OldAle1 » December 31st, 2018, 5:40 pm

Not nearly as great a year for me as the last couple - whether it's the films or me, I can't say. I had less time than in the last two years so that was certainly part of it, and spending a good chunk of January watching crap contributed...but that said, it was probably just as fun film-watching this year as the last few, though I didn't get to the cinema nearly as much as I would have liked. Anyway here's a few of the new favorites

10 - TOP TIER - Likely top 100 all-time.

1. Batang West Side (Lav Diaz, 2001)
2. Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)

10 - TOP TIER - Definitely going on the 800+ all time favorites list

3. The Gold Diggers (Sally Potter, 1983)
4. Gaav / The Cow (Dariush Mehrjui, 1969)
5. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
6. Vozvrashchenie / The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
7. Mooladé (Ousmane Sembene, 2004)
8. Zacharovannaya Desna / The Enchanted Desna (Yuliya Solntseva, 1964)
9. Narayama bushikô / The Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1958)
10. Reality's Invisible (Robert E. Fulton, 1971)

Annihilation (Alex Garland, 2018)
Blue Collar (Paul Schrader, 1978)
Byt / The Flat (Jan Svankmajer, 1968)
Darbareye Elly / About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009)
Flicka och hyacinter / Girl With Hyacinths (Hasse Ekman, 1950)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1986)
Kaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, 1964)
Kaze no naka no mendori / A Hen in the Wind (Yasujirô Ozu, 1948)
Kes (Ken Loach, 1969)
Mburucuyá, cuadros de la naturaleza (Jorge Acha, 1991)
Oro, plata, mata / Gold, Silver, Death (Peque Gallaga, 1982)
The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)
Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)
Pyaasa / Thirst (Guru Dutt, 1957)
A Sense of History (Mike Leigh, 1992)
Soleil Ô / O, Sun (Med Hondo, 1970)
Tabiate bijan / Still Life (Sohrad Shahid Saless, 1974)
Le trou / The Hole (Jacques Becker, 1960)
Visages villages / Faces Place (Agnès Varda/JR, 2017)
Xtro (Harry Bromley Davenport, 1982)
Ye mei gui zhi lian / The Wild, Wild Rose (Tian-lin Wang, 1960)

9 - ALSO WORTHY OF MENTION

2 Friends (Jane Campion, 1986)
678 / Cairo 678 (Mohamed Diab, 2010)
Angustia / Anguish (Bigas Luna, 1987)
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)
Autohystoria (Raya Martin, 2007)
Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006)
Bayaning 3rd World (Mike De Leon, 2000)
La belle captive / The Beautiful Prisoner (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1983)
Die Bergkatze / The Wildcat (Ernst Lubitsch, 1921)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, 2018)
Blokada (Sergey Loznitsa, 2006)
The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz, 1950)
Bu san / Goodbye Dragon Inn (Ming-liang Tsai, 2003)
La cabina / The Phone Box (Antonio Mercero, 1972)
Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller, 2018)
Chakra (Jordan Belson, 1972)
City After Dark (Ishmael Bernal, 1980)
Con chim vành khuyên / The Fledgling (Van Thong Nguyen/Vu Tran, 1962)
The Cool World (Shirley Clarke, 1963)
Dead End Drive-In (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1986)
The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannuucci, 2017)
Deputy Droopy (Tex Avery/Michael Lah, 1955)
Do pivnice / Down to the Cellar (Jan Svankmajer, 1983)
Dofka nai meuman / Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichapong Weerasethakul, 2000)
Donald's Snow Fight (Jack King, 1942)
Le doulos / The Finger Man (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1963)
The Egyptian (Michael Curtiz, 1954)
Ehky ya Scheherazade / Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (Yusri Nasrullah, 2009)
Elephant (Alan Clarke, 1989)
Estiu 1993 / Summer 1993 (Carla Simón, 2017)
The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky, 2015)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018)
La Femme Infidèle (Claude Chabrol, 1969)
Femmes aux yeus ouverts / Women With Open Eyes (Anne-Laure Folly, 1994)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader, 2017)
Fröken Julie / Miss Julie (Alf Sjöberg, 1951)
From Hell to Texas (Henry Hathaway, 1958)
Germania anno zero / Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948)
The Green Fog (Guy Maddin/Evan Johnson/Galen Johnson, 2017)
El gran calavera / The Great Madcap (Luis Buñuel, 1949)
Hadashi no Gen / Barefoot Gen (Mori Masaki, 1983)
Hva vil folk si / What Will People Say (Iram Haq, 2017)
I, Dalio (Mark Rappaport, 2015)
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni / We Spin Around the Night Consumed by the Fire (Guy Debord, 1978)
The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999)
It's Always Fair Weather (Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, 1955)
Jerusalema (Ralph Ziman, 2008)
Kawaita hana / Pale Flower (Masahiro Shinoda, 1964)
The Landlord (Hal Ashby, 1970)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson, 1962)
Long men kezhan / Dragon Inn (King Hu, 1967)
Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela/Hugh Welchman, 2017)
Machine-Gun Kelly (Roger Corman, 1958)
The Merry Widow (Erich von Stroheim, 1925)
Moi, un noir (Jean Rouch, 1958)
Moon Breath Beat (Lisze Bechtold, 1980)
Moonrise (Frank Borzage, 1948)
Moya lyubov / My Love (Aleksandr Petrov, 2006)
Muriel's Wedding (P.J. Hogan, 1994)
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (John Farrow, 1948)
No Questions Asked (Harold F. Kress, 1951)
La noche del terror ciego / Tombs of the Blind Dead (Armando de Ossorio, 1972)
Not Wanted (Elmer Clifton/Ida Lupino, 1949)
Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer, 1964)
Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006)
One Hour With You (Ernst Lubitsch, 1921)
One Way Passage (Tay Garnett, 1932)
Onibaba (Kaneto Shindô, 1964)
Opus IV (Walter Ruttman, 1925)
La otra / The Other One (Roberto Gavaldón, 1946)
P mesle pelican / P Like Pelican (Parviz Kimiavi, 1972)
Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)
Poema o more / Poem of the Sea (Yuliya Solntseva, 1958)
Pool of London (Basil Dearden, 1951)
Posse from Hell (Herbert Coleman, 1961)
Povest plamennykh let / The Story of the Flaming Years (Yuliya Solntseva, 1961)
Puissance de la parole / The Power of Speech (Jean-Luc Godard, 1988)
Rape (John Lennon/Yoko Ono, 1969)
The Red Badge of Courage (John Huston, 1951)
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (Jeff Margolis, 1979)
Ruang rak noi nid mahasan / Last Life in the Universe (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2003)
Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey, 1935)
Shayad Vaghti Deegar / Maybe Some Other Time (Bahram Beizai, 1987)
St. Louis Blues (Dudley Murphy, 1929) (short)
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017)
Spiegel van Holland / Mirror of Holland (Bert Haanstra, 1950)
A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper, 2018)
Der Student von Prag (Paul Wegener/Stellan Rye, 1913)
Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer/Peter Djigirr, 2006)
That Fatal Sneeze (Lewin Fitzhamon, 1907)
Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang / Weighed But Found Wanting (Lino Brocka, 1974)
Toki o kakeru shôjo / The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosada, 2006)
Tôkyô boshoku / Tokyo Twilight (Yasujirô Ozu, 1957)
La torre de los siete jorobados / The Tower of the Seven Hunchbacks (Edgar Neville, 1944)
Toujours moins / Always Less (Luc Moullet, 2010)
Traumnovelle / Dream Story (Wolfgang Glück, 1969)
Uzak / Distant (Nuri Blige Ceylan, 2002)
Varieté (Ewald André Dupont, 1925)
Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)
Warrendale (Allan King, 1967)
Way of a Gaucho (Jacques Tourneur, 1952)
Western (Valeska Grisebach, 2017)
What's Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)
Xiao cheng zhi chun / Spring in a Small Town (Mu Fei, 1948)
Yabu no naka no kuroneko / Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindô, 1968)
Yoru no onnatachi / Women of the Night (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1948)

DIRECTOR DISCOVERIES OF THE YEAR (ok, I knew who they were - but I first watched their works this year)

Robert E. Fulton
Keisuke Kinoshita
Claude Lanzmann
Yuliya Solntseva

OTHER DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR - already known to me, but impressed even more this year

Paul Thomas Anderson
Bahram Beizai
Jane Campion
Rogert Corman
Lav Diaz
Guru Dutt
Asghar Farhadi
Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen
Ida Lupino
Elaine May
Dariush Mehrjui
Sally Potter
Sohrad Shahid Saless
Paul Schrader
Ousmane Sembene
Andrey Zvyagintsev

Maybe I'll be back with some re-watch notes, best-of-the-worst, and just plain crap of the year in another post. Got to entertain nieces for a while...
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Post by St. Gloede » January 1st, 2019, 12:35 am

Only one of the films I saw after finishing my list made the cut, but the real shocker is that it landed in the top 5! À l'ombre de la canaille bleue / In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal (1986, Pierre Clémenti). This red and blue drug fueled reality spins off the page like a William S. Burroughs novel, genuinly, equipped with absurd cuts and continuous narrative that mixes between first and third person in the glorious dump that is "Necrocity". Characters blend into each other, but not as much as the shots and colours. This grotesque lo-fi psychadelic dream manages to be tantilizing, clever, depraved, silly and eternally engaging. Absolutely fantastic.

New Old will be one of the first films I see in '19, that's for sure!

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Post by matthewscott8 » January 1st, 2019, 12:42 am

St. Gloede wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 12:35 am
Only one of the films I saw after finishing my list made the cut, but the real shocker is that it landed in the top 5! À l'ombre de la canaille bleue / In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal (1986, Pierre Clémenti). This red and blue drug fueled reality spins off the page like a William S. Burroughs novel, genuinly, equipped with absurd cuts and continuous narrative that mixes between first and third person in the glorious dump that is "Necrocity". Characters blend into each other, but not as much as the shots and colours. This grotesque lo-fi psychadelic dream manages to be tantilizing, clever, depraved, silly and eternally engaging. Absolutely fantastic.

New Old will be one of the first films I see in '19, that's for sure!
glad to hear you liked it, gorgeous and narcotic. If only Scott were here, he loathes Clementi's films with a passion

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Post by OldAle1 » January 1st, 2019, 12:48 am

I'm going to have to prioritize this sucker.

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Post by matthewscott8 » January 1st, 2019, 1:06 am

OldAle1 wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 12:48 am
I'm going to have to prioritize this sucker.
was pleased to see enchanted desna mentioned. I would love to watch it in the cinema one day. It's just so beautiful.

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Post by OldAle1 » January 1st, 2019, 1:15 am

matthewscott8 wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 1:06 am
OldAle1 wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 12:48 am
I'm going to have to prioritize this sucker.
was pleased to see enchanted desna mentioned. I would love to watch it in the cinema one day. It's just so beautiful.
Yeah, if I had to pick a single director who most hypnotiized me this year it would be Solntseva - all three of the films I saw were excellent, and all I'm sure would be massively improved if seen properly. Even a decent DVD would be an upgrade, but to see them in 70mm would be incredible. So much great stuff out there still not available in decent copies and not circulating in arthouses, sigh.

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Post by outdoorcats » January 1st, 2019, 1:29 am

Pretty much like last year, I didn't watch much of anything beyond recent releases, with most of my viewings to help prepare the film festival.

Anyway, this is a ranked list of great things I watched this year.

The Leftovers [TV Series] (Various - 2011-2014)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins - 2018)
Di qiu zui hou de ye wan / Long Day's Journey Into Night (Bi Gan - 2018)
Cowboy Bebop [TV series] (Shinichiro Watanabe - 1998-1999)
Ningen no jôken / The Human Condition I: No Greater Glory (Masaki Kobayashi - 1959)
Da xiang xi di er zuo / An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo - 2018)
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón - 2018)
Acht Stunden sind kein Tag / Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (Rainer Werner Fassbinder - 1972)
Eshtebak / Clash (Mohamed Diab - 2016)
Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho - 2016)
Dyadya Vanya / Uncle Vanya (Andrei Konchalovsky - 1971)
Psiconautas, los niños olvidados / Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez - 2015)
Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks - 1959)
Shirkers (Sandi Tan - 2018)
Beoning / Burning (Lee Chang-dong - 2018)
Trop tôt, Trop tard / Too Early, Too Late (Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub - 1982)
Umirayushchiy lebed / The Dying Swan (Yevgeni Bauer - 1917)
Visaaranai / Interrogation (Vetrimaaran - 2015)
Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley - 2018)
Les cowboys (Thomas Bidegain - 2015)
Politist, adjectiv / Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu - 2009)
Columbus (Kogonada - 2017)
Jiang hu er nv / Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke - 2018)
La loi du marché / The Measure of a Man (Stéphane Brizé - 2015)
Widows (Steve McQueen - 2018)
Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt - 2018)
Annihilation (Alex Garland - 2018)
Estiu 1993 / Summer 1993 (Carla Simón - 2017)
Black Panther (Ryan Coogler - 2018)
River's Edge (Tim Hunter - 1986)
Gryozy / Daydreams (Yevgeni Bauer - 1915)
Leave No Trace (Debra Granik - 2018)
Cube (Vincenzo Natali - 1997)
Styx (Wolfgang Fischer - 2018)
Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjærg - 1997)
V paprscích slunce / Under the Sun (Vitaliy Manskiy - 2015)
Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrisson - 2016)
Nocturama (Bertrand Bonnello - 2016)
Shan zhong zhuan qi / Legend of the Mountain (King Hu - 1979)
The Survivalist (Stephen Fingleton - 2015)
Hua li shang ban zu / Office (Johnnie To - 2015)
La glu (Alice Guy - 1907)

Plus some classic video games I finally got around to:

1. Super Metroid (1994)
2. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
3. Chrono Trigger (1995)
4. Metal Gear Solid (1998)
5. Resident Evil 2 (1998)

[a LION eats GOD. Gunshots ring out. MATT turns around]
MATT: That's the guy I was telling you about.

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Post by matthewscott8 » January 1st, 2019, 2:41 am

Watched these beauties since the thread began and edited them into my top list:

11x14 (1977 - James Benning)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942 - Orson Welles)
Beyond the Forest (1949 - King Vidor)
Faa yeung nin wa / In the Mood for Love (2000 - Kar-Wai Wong)

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Post by outdoorcats » January 1st, 2019, 2:56 am

11x14 made my list last year; a beautiful film. I understand each shot was supposed to have some double meaning, contradiction, contrast, or visual joke; I got some of them but probably at least 60% of them flew over my head. It would make a good companion piece to Too Early, Too Late that I watched this year as films where the framing of the shots ties directly into the films' meanings. Kind of similar: Benning's small roads is filled with beautiful landscape shots "faked" by stitching together two or more shots digitally. Trying to spot the shot splicing becomes a kind of game for the audience aside from just enjoying the stunning scenery and photography.

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Post by Cocoa » January 1st, 2019, 3:20 am

Welp, just watched my last film of the year, Bird Box (2018), and would add it to my list.

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Post by zuma » January 1st, 2019, 5:28 am

Man, next year the subject should be the top 10 or 15 first time viewings. These lists of ****** movies are a bit much.

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Post by matthewscott8 » January 1st, 2019, 8:35 am

outdoorcats wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 2:56 am
11x14 made my list last year; a beautiful film. I understand each shot was supposed to have some double meaning, contradiction, contrast, or visual joke; I got some of them but probably at least 60% of them flew over my head. It would make a good companion piece to Too Early, Too Late that I watched this year as films where the framing of the shots ties directly into the films' meanings. Kind of similar: Benning's small roads is filled with beautiful landscape shots "faked" by stitching together two or more shots digitally. Trying to spot the shot splicing becomes a kind of game for the audience aside from just enjoying the stunning scenery and photography.
I had a lot of fun with it, there were some where I "got the joke", I guess the film came off as political to me, all the signage in the movie is meant to be a joke, I think it's the first shot where they have a sign saying "no turn left ahead", which I think is a political joke, and then you get a pan to the right straight after which has no obvious cinematic reason. Later in the movie you have a photo portrait cut in half on one side of the shot and then a man cut in half on the other side of the shot. I'm 100% sure the photo portrait is Vladimir Lenin, I found the exact same photo on Alamy, though the one in the movie has been altered so that the top of his cap doesn't look so dorky, smoothed down instead of puffed out. Quite a ballsy play to put that in your movie during the Cold War. The sharpest double entendre signage is the one saying, "We've got your sunshine", i.e. we've literally stolen it, us, your faceless nameless corporate overlords.

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Post by matthewscott8 » January 1st, 2019, 9:01 am

One quick note is that I absolutely adored Godard's Image Book this year, and would place it very high on my first time viewings list, however it played only one screening and one screen in Bristol, which is just unbelievable given the name of Godard and the quality of the picture. I dozed off for about 10 minutes of it midway (I'd been out in the cold for quite a time before watching it), and so need to see the whole thing through before adding it to a list. I've just noted it's on MUBI so may see it this week.

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Post by klaus78 » January 1st, 2019, 4:26 pm

My new favorites:

1. Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees (1991)
2. Obrazy starého sveta [Pictures of the Old World] (1972)
3. Lumière: 114 vues restaurées (1895-1905)
4. Devi [The Goddess] (1960)
5. O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro [Antonio das Mortes] (1969)
6. A Land Imagined (2018)
7. Phantom Thread (2017)
8. Estiu 1993 (2017)
9. World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts (2017)
10. Zendegi va digar hich [Life, and Nothing More...] (1992)
11. HyperNormalisation (2016)
12. London (1994)
13. Happy End (2017)
14. Jean Gentil (2010)
15. Orlando (1992)
16. Die Legende von Paul und Paula (1973)
17. Ich war neunzehn (1968)
18. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
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Post by beavis » January 2nd, 2019, 12:04 am

TOP 10 NEW MOVIES

Drift (2017) 9,5
Suspiria (2018) 9
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) 9
The Night Comes for Us (2018) 9
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) 8,5
Der Hauptmann (2017) 8,5
Classical Period (2018) 8,5
Vuelven (2017) 8,5
Girl (2018) 8,5
Au Poste! (2018) 8,5

FLOPS

En attendant les barbares (2017) 4
La caméra de Claire (2017) 4,5
Pyewacket (2017) 4,5
Revenge (2017) 4,5
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2018) 4,5
Mon mon mon monsters (2017) 5
The Equalizer 2 (2018) 5
Phantasmagoria (2017) 5
Mrs. Fang (2017) 5
Sueño en otro idioma (2017) 5,5

TOP 10 OLDER MOVIES (seen for the first time)

Macskajáték (1974) 9
Filme do Desassossego (2010) 9
Beskonechnost (1992) 9
Naan Kadavul (2009) 8,5
Code Blue (2011) 8,5
Balanta (1992) 8,5
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968) 8,5
Jean Gentil (2010) 8,5
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980) 8,5
La hora de los hornos (1968) 8,5

FLOPS

Gokudou daisensou (2015) 3,5
The Nutty Professor (1963) 4
Higashi no ohkami (2016) 4
Hsi nou ai le (1970) 4
Los diablos del mar (1982) 4
Die sieben Männer der Sumuru (1969) 4
Kaliyachan (2015) 4,5
La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil (2015) 4,5
Le mystère Picasso (1956) 4,5
Douce violence (1962) 4,5


Also an overview of all 95 movies I saw with 2018 production year (the first 35 ranked, after that I just couldn't)

1 - Suspiria (2018) - 9
2 - The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) - 9
3 - The Night Comes for Us (2018) - 9
4 - Girl (2018) - 8,5
5 - Classical Period (2018) - 8,5
6 - Jonaki (2018) - 8,5
7 - Au Poste! (2018) - 8,5
8 - Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 3D - 8,5
9 - First Man (2018) - 8,5
10 - Di Renjie zhi Sidatianwang (2018) - 8,5
11 - Roma (2018) - 8,5
12 - Mandy (2018) - 8,5
13 - Ying (2018) - 8,5
14 - In den Gängen (2018) - 8
15 - The Other Side of the Wind (2018) - 8
16 - Transit (2018) - 8
17 - Waka Okami wa Shogakusei! (2018) - 8
18 - Oiktos (2018) - 8
19 - Zimna wojna (2018) - 8
20 - 3 Tage in Quiberon (2018) - 8
21 - Loro (2018) - 8
22 - Isle of Dogs (2018) - 8
23 - Eighth Grade (2018) - 8
24 - Bumblebee (2018) 3D - 8
25 - Voina Anny (2018) - 8
26 - A Star is Born (2018) - 8
27 - Aquaman (2018) 3D - 8
28 - Sorry to Bother You (2018) - 8
29 - Annihilation (2018) - 8
30 - Beoning (2018) - 7,5
31 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 3D - 7,5
32 - Support the Girls (2018) - 7,5
33 - Padmaavat (2018) - 7,5
34 - Inkan, gongkan, sikan grigo inkan (2018) - 7,5
35 - Hereditary (2018) - 7,5
36 - The Absence of Apricots (2018) - 7,5
37 - El Ángel (2018) - 7,5
38 - Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) 3D - 7,5
39 - Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) - 7,5
40 - Bixa Travesty (2018) - 7,5
41 - Black Panther (2018) - 7,5
42 - The Christmas Chronicles (2018) - 7,5
43 - Deadpool 2 (2018) - 7,5
44 - Dogman (2018) - 7,5
45 - Gräns (2018) - 7,5
46 - Las herederas (2018) - 7,5
47 - The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) - 7,5
48 - Incredibles 2 (2018) - 7,5
49 - Manbiki kazoku (2018) - 7,5
50 - Mary Magdalene (2018) - 7,5
51 - Mary Poppins Returns (2018) - 7,5
52 - Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018) - 7,5
53 - McQueen (2018) - 7,5
54 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) 3D - 7,5
55 - Mori no iru basho (2018) - 7,5
56 - Mortal Engines (2018) - 7,5
57 - Mowgli (2018) - 7,5
58 - Niemand in de stad (2018) - 7,5
59 - Nu ma atinge-ma (2018) - 7,5
60 - The Nun (2018) - 7,5
61 - Peranbu (2018) - 7,5
62 - Ready Player One (2018) - 7,5
63 - Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 3D - 7,5
64 - The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) - 7,5
65 - Supa Modo (2018) - 7,5
66 - They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) - 7,5
67 - Thugs of Hindostan (2018) - 7,5
68 - Under the Silver Lake (2018) - 7,5
69 - Yi ching chun dik ming yi (2018) - 7,5
70 - Cobain (2018) - 7
71 - An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) - 7
72 - Halloween (2018) - 7
73 - Inuyashiki (2018) - 7
74 - Living the Light - Robby Müller (2018) - 7
75 - O Clube dos Canibais (2018) - 7
76 - Phantasmagoria 2: Labyrinths of blood (2018) - 7
77 - The Predator (2018) - 7
78 - A Quiet Place (2018) - 7
79 - Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) - 7
80 - Sol Alegria (2018) - 7
81 - Tiempo compartido (2018) - 7
82 - Tomb Raider (2018) - 7
83 - Zhuo yao ji 2 (2018) - 7
84 - Assassination Nation (2018) - 6,5
85 - Bleach (2018) - 6,5
86 - The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) - 6,5
87 - The Green Fog (2018) - 6,5
88 - Le monde est à toi (2018) - 6,5
89 - Overlord (2018) - 6,5
90 - Piercing (2018) - 6,5
91 - The Sisters Brothers (2018) - 6,5
92 - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) - 6
93 - Hotel Artemis (2018) - 6
94 - The Equalizer 2 (2018) - 5
95 - Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2018) - 4,5



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Post by burneyfan » January 2nd, 2019, 4:51 am

In viewing order...very top favorites marked with a **:

**El abrazo de la serpiente (Guerra, 2015)
Zan Boko (Kabore, 1988)
The Back of Beyond (Heyer, 1954)
**Ucieczka z kina 'Wolnosc' (Marczewski, 1990)
Bulanti (Demirkubuz, 2015)
Kuroi ame (Imamura, 1989)
Yanco (Gonzalez, 1961)
The Gambler (Reisz, 1974)
Repertory Theatre: Marty (Mann, 1953)
My Sweet Pepper Land (Saleem, 2013)
Taste of Fear (Holt, 1961)
Darbareye Elly (Farhadi, 2009)
Tiger Bay (Thompson, 1959)
Die letzte Brücke (Käutner, 1953)
Ship of Theseus (Gandhi, 2012)
Tôkyô no yado (Ozu, 1935)
O fovos (Manoussakis, 1966)
**Boxer a smrt (Solan, 1963)
Krysar (Barta, 1986)
**Señorita (Badger, 1927)
Why Worry? (Newmeyer, 1923)
No Down Payment (Ritt, 1957)
**The Memory of Justice (Marcel Ophuls, 1976)
4 passi fra le nuvole (Blasetti, 1942)
**Adua e le compagne (Pietrangeli, 1960)
The Admirable Crichton (Gilbert, 1957)
Isle of Dogs (Anderson, 2018)
Douro, Faina Fluvial (De Oliveira, 1931)
The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Cabanne, 1916)
Fresh Fish (Hurd, 1922)
Varhaník u sv. Víta (Fric, 1929)
Mandariinid (Urushadze, 2013)
La maison ensorcelée (Chomón, 1907)
The Wanderer (Ungar, 1988)
Alexandre le bienheureux (Robert, 1968)
**Záhrada (Sulik, 1995)
**Skrivánci na niti (Menzel, 1990)
Götter der Pest (Fassbinder, 1970)
Natvris khe (Abuladze, 1977)
Nora Helmer (Fassbinder, 1974)
Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar (Fric, 1952)
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (Roberts, 1936)
**Miejsce urodzenia (Lozinski, 1992)
'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (de Oliveira, 1990)
Tutti a casa (Comencini, 1960)
Pollux et le chat bleu (Danot, 1970)
Ovoce stromu rajských jíme (Chytilova, 1970)
This Island Earth (Arnold, 1955)
Pytlákova schovanka aneb Slechetný milionár (Fric, 1949)
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après (Varda, 2002)
Merlusse (Pagnol, 1938)
BBC2 Playhouse: Caught on a Train (Duffell, 1980)
**Shah-re ziba (Farhadi, 2004)
To proxenio tis Annas (Voulgaris, 1972)
Je treba zabít Sekala (Michálek, 1998)
Time Table (Stevens, 1956)

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Post by Fergenaprido » January 2nd, 2019, 5:03 am

New favourites from 2018

8.8
Shichinin no samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)

8.6
Selma (2014)
Vals im Bashir [Waltz with Bashir] (2008)

8.4
Precious (2009)
Lady Bird (2017)
Brødre [Brothers] (2004)
Love, Simon (2018)
Sing Street (2016)

8.2
22 films

Notable rewatches - all of which were chosen for our movie night at work
Requiem for a Dream (2000) 8.6 -> 8.8
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 8.4 -> 8.4
Beautiful Thing (1996) 7.8 -> 8.2
Spirited Away (2001) 7.8 -> 8.2
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) 7.8 -> 8.2
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 7.6 -> 8.4

8 this year compared to 14 last year and 16 the year before. Criticker updated my tiers and now 8.2 would count as Top tier, but there are so many of them I don't feel like adding them to my official favourites list yet. Mind you, I've now got more dislikes than favourites on icm, so maybe I should do that (or just stop watching experimental shorts :woot: ) With my 2019 goals I should discover more favourites in the coming year.

New favourites from 2017
New favourites from 2016
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Post by OldAle1 » January 2nd, 2019, 5:22 pm

zuma wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 5:28 am
Man, next year the subject should be the top 10 or 15 first time viewings. These lists of ****** movies are a bit much.
I like it. I often get the impression here - even more so than I did on IMDb - that a lot of people only like a tiny fraction of the films they see, such that I wonder, "why bother?" This is a good corrective.

But more importantly, PdA likes it and he''s the one who started the thread this year and last (I wasn't around before that), and he's the guy who has submitted favorites lists of over 5000 titles for polls, so I suspect what you're saying is falling on deaf ears.

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Post by DareDaniel » January 2nd, 2019, 5:41 pm

1. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
2. Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal (1999)
3. Kabukicho Love Hotel 2014 (2014)
4. Mandy (2018)
5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
6. Black Panther (1988)
7. One Cut of the Dead (2017)
8. The Shape of Water (2017)
9. Love on Sunday (2006)
10. Isle of Dogs (2018)

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Post by OldAle1 » January 2nd, 2019, 5:49 pm

PART 2 - REWATCHES & OTHER SHIT

I ended up re-watching more stuff this past year than in the last several, though I haven't kept exact track unfortunately, and as usual for me, most of those repeat viewings resulted in equal or greater enjoyment. Here are the films that improved significantly, i.e. at least a 1-point higher rating.

From GOOD to GREAT - films I'd now put on my all-time favorites list

Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, 1947)
Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1952)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)
Voskhozhdenie / The Ascent (Lara Shepitko, 1977)

From GOOD to BETTER

All My Life (Bruce Baillie, 1966)
She's Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1986)
Clerks II (Kevin Smith, 2006)
Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock, 1972)
To Live and Die in L.A. (William Friedkin, 1985)
Curse of the Cat People (Gunther von Fritsch/Robert Wise, 1944)
Marked Woman (Lloyd Bacon/Michael Curtiz, 1937)

GREAT and still GREAT - films I re-watched after long years apart

Letter From an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)
Madame de... (Max Ophüls, 1953)
Yeelen / Brightness (Souleymane Cissé, 1987)
All 3 of Lang's Mabuse films, 1922-1960
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)

BAD to GOOD - movies I rated 5 or less originally, that get a bump up to 6 or more, usually grudgingly

Watchmen (Zack Snyder, 2009)
Lone Wolf McQuade (Steve Carver, 1983)



FILM EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR

La La Land in 35MM at the UW Cinematheque in Madison, WI, with Damien Chazelle in person.

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Post by Fergenaprido » January 3rd, 2019, 8:28 am

OldAle1 wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 5:22 pm
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January 1st, 2019, 5:28 am
Man, next year the subject should be the top 10 or 15 first time viewings. These lists of ****** movies are a bit much.
I like it. I often get the impression here - even more so than I did on IMDb - that a lot of people only like a tiny fraction of the films they see, such that I wonder, "why bother?" This is a good corrective.

But more importantly, PdA likes it and he''s the one who started the thread this year and last (I wasn't around before that), and he's the guy who has submitted favorites lists of over 5000 titles for polls, so I suspect what you're saying is falling on deaf ears.
I'm with zuma on this. Walls of text or screenshots don't interest me, since they're just ridiculously long lists with little context. At the very least, use spoiler tags.

That being said, instead of creating a new thread, I'm adding my 2018 summary to this one.

My 2017 summary
My 2016 summary
My 2015 summary
My 2014 summary

Feature-Length Films

435 total unique films seen in 2018, well over one film per day and an increase of over 75 films over 2017.
427 films viewed and rated for the first time in 2018
8 films rewatched in 2018
Plus 1 mini-series
Monthly BreakdownShow
MonthNew films seenFilms rewatchedGeneral life events
January302Discovered another cinema club in KL and attended a lot of their screenings this month
February43Bought a monthly pass for Cinephilia
March513Apparently I had no life this month; new record
April47went hiking through the jungle, almost got to see wild elephants; joined Mubi
May25company retreat & team retreat in Malaysia, then company event at the end of the month in Italy
June7went home for my stepbrother's wedding, then travelled to Iceland and Ireland for 2 weeks; new record low?
July30spent most of the month working from Tallinn
August30travelled to Stockholm and Italy for 2 weeks then flew home after 11 weeks on the road
September401hired my own (eventual) boss and replacement (hopefully) :woot:
October441
November34went to Laos for a week
December461flew home for 2 weeks for Christmas
Top 10 First-Time Views - not intentional, but not a single straight white American male in the top ten
8.8 Shichinin no samurai (1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa
8.6 Vals im Bashir [Waltz with Bashir] (2008) dir. Ari Folman
8.6 Selma (2014) dir. Ava DuVernay
8.4 Precious (2009) dir. Lee Daniels
8.4 Brødre [Brothers] (2004) dir. Susanne Bier
8.4 Sing Street (2016) dir. John Carney
8.4 Love, Simon (2018) dir. Greg Berlanti
8.4 Lady Bird (2017) dir. Greta Gerwig
8.2 Du rififi chez les hommes [Rififi] (1955) dir. Jules Dassin
8.2 12 Years a Slave (2013) dir. Steve McQueen
Plus 20 more films rated 8.2

Bottom 5 First-Time Views - much worse than last year when my lowest was rated 4.2; I saw 11 films rated lower than that this year
2.4 <---> [Back and Forth] (1969) dir. Michael Snow
2.4 Pembalasan ratu pantai selatan [Lady Terminator] (1989) dir. H. Tjut Djalil
3.0 Tikhiye stranitsy [Whispering Pages] (1994) dir. Aleksandr Sokurov
3.4 Carcasses (2009) dir. Denis Côté
3.4 Hart of London (1970) dir. Jack Chambers
3.4 Pulgasari (1985) dir. Shin Sang-ok

Ratings for 2018 Films
8.4 Love, Simon dir. Gerg Berlanti
8.2 Alex Strangelove dir. Craig Johnson
8.2 Incredibles 2 dir. Brad Bird
8.0 Black Panther dir. Ryan Coogler
8.0 Avengers: Infinity War dir. Russo Brothers
8.0 Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind dir. Marina Zenovich
7.8 Crazy Rich Asian dir. Jon M. Chu
7.8 Ant-Man and the Wasp dir. Peyton Reed
7.6 Isle of Dogs dir. Wes Anderson
7.6 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald dir. David Yates
7.4 Solo: A Star Wars Story dir. Ron Howard
7.2 The Meg dir. Jon Turteltaub
7.2 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dir. J.A. Bayona
7.0 Chang-gwol [Rampant] dir. Kim Sung-hoon
6.8 Zhuo yao ji 2 [Monster Hunt 2] dir. Raman Hui
6.6 A Wrinkle in Time dir. Ava DuVernay
187 Short Films in 2018Show
including 0 rewatches
Another drop in shorts seen this year.
3 favourites (plus 3 almost favourites)
8.8 Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa [We Can't Live Without Cosmos] (2014) dir. Konstantin Bronzit
8.6 La pureté de l'enfance [Sweet Childhood] (2017) dir. Zviane
8.6 The Cat Piano (2009) dir. White & Gibson
8.2 Timber (2014) dir. Nils Hedinger
8.2 From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances (2018) dir. Jon Wang
8.2 Bao (2018) dir. Domee Shi

29 dislikes, these are the worst 4
1.0 The Dark Tower (1999) dir. Stan Brakhage
1.0 Glaze of Cathexis (1990) dir. Stan Brakhage
1.6 Rage Net (1988) dir. Stan Brakhage
2.2 Water (2016) dir. Tai-Lynia Jones

7 shorts from 2018
8.2 From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances dir. Jon Wang
8.2 Bao dir. Domee Shi
7.2 Historytelling dir. Guillame Langlois
4.8 Stations dir. Julian Huger
3.8 Trees Down Here dir. Ben Rivers
3.4 The Glass Note dir. Mary Helena Clark
2.4 Wunschbrunnen [Wishing Well] dir. Sylvia Schedelbauer
Milestones AchievedShow
Passed 2500 feature-length films
First Film (Year): 2018
First Film (Country): Benin, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chad, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Greenland, Latvia, North Korea, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
First Film (Language): Amharic, Filipino, Kannada, Latvian, Mongolian, Urdu, Yolŋu
First Film (Director [prominent or promising]): Tengiz Abuladaze, Mark Achbar, Robert Aldrich, Yves Allégret, Alejandro Amenábar, Anderson & Connolly, J.A. Bayona, Ruth Beckermann, Marco Berger, Nae Caranfil, Gilles Carle, John Carney, Jon M. Chu, Jean Cocteau, Ryan Coogler, Coopers & Schoedsack, Lee Daniels, Jules Dassin, Arnaud Desplechin, Cheryl Dunye, Ava DuVernay, Julien Duvivier, Fernando Eimbcke, Feng Xiaogang, Samuel Fuller, Tay Garnett, Philippe Garrel, John Glen, Roberto Gavaldón, Haile Gerima, Guy Gilles, Dennie Gordon, Luca Guadagnino, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Olivier Hirschbiegel, Ann Hui, Shôhei Imamura, Jaromil Jireš, Kirk Jones, Vidor King, Masaki Kobayashi, Harmony Korine, Baltasar Kormákur, Emir Kusturica, Micheline Lanctôt, Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, Joseph H. Lewis, Joseph Losey, Seth MacFarlane, Norman Z. McLeod, Lucrecia Martel, Jean-Pierre Melville, Oscar Micheaux, Bill Morrison, Vikramaditya Motwane, Kira Muratova, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Fyodor Otsep, Nina Paley, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Yves Robert, Rønning & Sandberg, Roberto Rossellini, Safdie Brothers, George Seaton, Mina Shum, Robert Siodmak, Jan Svěrák, Genndy Tartakovsky, Rose Troche, Fernando Trueba, Raoul Walsh, Wang Tung, Lina Wertmüller, James Whale, Konrad Wolf, Peter Yates, Andrzej Żuławski - I'm hoping after this next year I'll have hit most of the big names, so this list should be shorter in the future
Director Filmographies Completed: Wes Anderson (again), Anderson & Connolly
Feature-length Superlatives in 2018Show
Most new films seen per year: 2017 (31), 2016 (24), 2015 (18), 2018 (16), 1987, 2012 (12)
Biggest increase in % films seen per year*: 2017 (+258%), 1925 (+120%), 1946 (+100%), 1928 (+80%), 1956 (+67%), 1931, 1934, 1974, 1987 (+60%), 2016 (+57%), 1923, 1945, 1947, 1952 (+50%)
Most new films seen per country: America (145), Canada (33), France (28), Great Britain (19), Germany (14), Australia (13)
Biggest increase in % films seen per country*: Argentina (+113%), Austria, Iceland, New Zealand (+100%), Mexico (+90%), China (+83%), Australia (+81%), Singapore, Switzerland (+67%), Thailand (+60%), Italy (+56%), Finland (+50%)
Most new films seen per language: English (206), French (35), bilingual films (29), Spanish (22), German (16), Russian (13)
Biggest increase in % films seen per language*: Icelandic, Vietnamese (+100%), Thai (+75%), Mandarin (+63%), Finnish (+60%), German (+57%), bilingual films (+56%)
Most new films seen per director: Buster Keaton (4), Anderson & Connolly, Roberto Gavaldón, John Glen, Ye Lou, Lucrecia Martel (3), 22 directors (2)
Biggest increase in checks per official toplist: TSPDT (60), Criterion (57), 1001MYMSBYD (52), TimeOut's 1000FTCYL (49), Guardian's 1000FTSBYD (48)
Biggest increase in % complete per official toplist: History (36%->52%), 1920s (28%->42%), Best of Rotten Tomatoes (69%->83%), The 100 Best Films of World Cinema (43%->55%), Film-noir (36%->48%), Top 100 Canadian Films (69%->81%), BFI Flaire's Best LGBT Films of All Time (57%->69%)
*for years/countries/languages where I'd already seen more than 2 films; 1920, Vietnam increased by 150%, Philippines by +100%, Sri Lanka, Inuktitut, Sinhalese by +50%
I made some great gains in decades/regions again this yearShow
1920s: 38->56 +47%
1970s: 145>195 +34%
1980s: 188>254 +35%
2010s: 419>565 +35%
German-speaking Countries: 40>61 +53%
Greater China: 32>49 +53%
Latin America: 50>76 +52%
Nordic Countries: 46>63 +37%
Oceania: 23>41 +78%
Southeast Asia: 26->41 +58%
Sub-Saharan Africa: 16->22 +38%

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » January 3rd, 2019, 2:43 pm

My ranked, top 50 first-time viewings of 2018:

1. La Vie d'Adèle / Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
2. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
3. Two Lovers (James Gray)
4. Brief Encounter (David Lean)
5. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
6. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
7. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
8. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
9. Pauline à la plage / Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer)
10. Melancholia (Lars Von Trier)
11. Solyaris (Andrei Tarkovsky)
12. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky)
13. Spaced (Edgar Wright & co., TV series)
14. Le rayon vert / The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer)
15. The Lost City of Z (James Gray)
16. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)
17. The Florida Project (Sean Baker)
18. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
19. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich)
20. Heat (Michael Mann)
21. Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
22. Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)
23. Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
24. Qianxi mànbo / Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
25. The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese)
26. Annihilation (Alex Garland)
27. Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay)
28. The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
29. Frankenstein (James Whale)
30. Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II (Lars Von Trier)
31. Smithereens (Susan Seidelman)
32. Triangle (Christopher Smith)
33. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
34. The Curse of the Cat People (1944, Gunther von Fritsch & Robert Wise)
35. Fishing with John (John Lurie, TV mini-series)
36. Jagten / The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
37. Tomboy (Celine Sciamma)
38. La pianiste / The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke)
39. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
40. The Way Back (Peter Weir)
41. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)
42. Pâfekuto burû / Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon)
43. Silence (Martin Scorsese)
44. Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer)
45. Põrgu (Rein Raamat)
46. Frozen River (Courtney Hunt)
47. Time After Time (Nicholas Meyer)
48. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
49. Black Mirror: Nosedive (Joe Wright)
50. Black Mirror: San Junipero (Owen Harris)


Most fruitful re-watches of the year:

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick) - 5th or so viewing, as amazing as ever
La Jetee (Chris Marker) - ditto, same as above
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) - yep, still works
Bjork: Hyperballad (Michel Gondry)
Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier) - from good to great
Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
M (Fritz Lang)



Best theatrical experiences of the year:

2001: A Space Odyssey (a re-watch of course, but first time seeing this on the big screen - glorious)
Pâfekuto burû / Perfect Blue (and this was a first-time viewing of the film, to boot)


Worst pieces of shit of the year:

Welcome to Marwen (Robert Zemeckis)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (J.A. Bayona)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ramin Bahrani, HBO movie)
The Snowman (Tomas Alfredson)
The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah)
The gauzy thoughts of the sturdy Scots
Wrestle with the elements
Up on the trail high
I need to know where does it go
How do I get there and what will I find?


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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » January 3rd, 2019, 7:18 pm

Is there going to be a 'Top First Viewings of December 2018' thread, PdA? Not sure I'm up to going through all my ratings to come up with an overview of my last twelve months but the monthly threads are always looked forward to with eagerness.
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Post by Mate_cosido » January 3rd, 2019, 7:54 pm

Watched a great deal of incredible movies through out the year, too bad i don't keep track of them, (of my favourites i mean, of course i do use icheckmovies) at least not regulary, so i'll just name the 5 that are the most underwatched in my opinion, and that keep coming back to my brain, this 5 movies i watched at the first half of the year and never stopped thinking about them, so anyway, they are:

Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge...: Portrait d'une jeune fille de la fin des années 60 à Bruxelles (1994, Chantal Akerman)

Ben ming nian - Black Snow (1990, Fei Xie)

Chan Is Missing (1982, Wayne Wang)

Xiao Wu (1997, Zhangke Jia)

Xiang hun nu - The Women from the Lake of Scented Souls (1993, Fei Xie)


There's a lot of movies that i watched this past year that i loved as much or even more than these, including some less obscure, like Stranger than Paradise, some more obscure, like the Papuan documentary Man without Pigs, or the Claire Dennis episode of Tous les garcons.... U.S Go Home, so don't know why thos 5 are the ones that i keep remembering

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » January 3rd, 2019, 7:58 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 7:18 pm
Is there going to be a 'Top First Viewings of December 2018' thread, PdA? Not sure I'm up to going through all my ratings to come up with an overview of my last twelve months but the monthly threads are always looked forward to with eagerness.
Like two years ago I genuinely forgot all about the monthly thread, what with the yearly thread and the whole New Year's Eve hullabaloo, it only popped into mind late at night on the 1st of January/morning of January 2nd, by then it seemed unnecessary (nobody apparently asked about it) and felt this time around that it actually sort of makes sense to skip December, using the Yearly thread as a substitute that incorporates those latest great viewings. But if other users miss it as well and are OK with it being so late I can still make it. Otherwise feel free to use this thread for your monthly viewings, Roger.
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » January 3rd, 2019, 11:04 pm

Plenty of great titles, most certainly, from the preceding 11 months but I think I'll do as PdA suggested and simply pick out my faves from December 2018. I don't quite have the energy or drive to embark upon a more exhaustive survey, unfortunately. But, hey, these highlights of December are all great or nearly great (in my opinion, of course).

My Top 10 FTVs of December 2018:

Special pre-list mention to Bertrand Tavernier for his terrific mini-series, 'Voyage à travers le cinéma français', which I delved into throughout the month and enjoyed immensely. I'll limit my list to actual films per se but this marvellous undertaking has pride of place and was the catalyst for a quite wonderful month of discoveries and appreciations.

01. 'Les croix de bois' / 1932, Raymond Bernard / 10/10
02. 'Mollenard' / 1938, Robert Siodmak / 10/10
03. 'La poison' / 1951, Sacha Guitry / 10/10
04. 'Manon des sources' / 1952, Marcel Pagnol / 10/10
05. 'Au hasard Balthazar' / 1966, Robert Bresson / 10/10
06. 'Douce' / 1943, Claude Autant-Lara / 10/10
07. 'Les maudits' / 1947, René Clément / 10/10
08. 'One from the Heart' / 1981, Francis Ford Coppola / 9.5/10
09. 'Remparts d'argile' / 1970, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli / 9.5/10
10. 'Le million' / 1931, René Clair / 9.5/10

And the next 10:

11. 'Daïnah la métisse' / 1932, Jean Grémillon / 9.5/10
12. 'Au nom de la loi' / 1932, Maurice Tourneur / 9.5/10
13. 'La tête d'un homme' / 1933, Julien Duvivier / 9 or 9.5/10
14. 'Jofroi' / 1934, Marcel Pagnol / 9/10
15. 'Coeur de lilas' / 1932, Anatole Litvak / 9/10
16. 'Avec le sourire' / 1936, Maurice Tourneur / 9/10
17. 'Tu dors Nicole' / 2014, Stéphane Lafleur / 9/10
18. 'Désiré' / 1937, Sacha Guitry / 9/10
19. 'Dernier domicile connu' / 1970, José Giovanni / 9/10
20. 'Sarah Makem' / 1977, David Hammond / 9.5/10

Happy 2019!

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Post by Onderhond » January 4th, 2019, 5:45 am

DareDaniel wrote:
January 2nd, 2019, 5:41 pm
3. Kabukicho Love Hotel 2014 (2014)
9. Love on Sunday (2006)
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Post by blocho » January 5th, 2019, 1:20 am

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
January 3rd, 2019, 11:04 pm
Plenty of great titles, most certainly, from the preceding 11 months but I think I'll do as PdA suggested and simply pick out my faves from December 2018. I don't quite have the energy or drive to embark upon a more exhaustive survey, unfortunately. But, hey, these highlights of December are all great or nearly great (in my opinion, of course).

My Top 10 FTVs of December 2018:

Special pre-list mention to Bertrand Tavernier for his terrific mini-series, 'Voyage à travers le cinéma français', which I delved into throughout the month and enjoyed immensely. I'll limit my list to actual films per se but this marvellous undertaking has pride of place and was the catalyst for a quite wonderful month of discoveries and appreciations.

01. 'Les croix de bois' / 1932, Raymond Bernard / 10/10
02. 'Mollenard' / 1938, Robert Siodmak / 10/10
03. 'La poison' / 1951, Sacha Guitry / 10/10
04. 'Manon des sources' / 1952, Marcel Pagnol / 10/10
05. 'Au hasard Balthazar' / 1966, Robert Bresson / 10/10
06. 'Douce' / 1943, Claude Autant-Lara / 10/10
07. 'Les maudits' / 1947, René Clément / 10/10
08. 'One from the Heart' / 1981, Francis Ford Coppola / 9.5/10
09. 'Remparts d'argile' / 1970, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli / 9.5/10
10. 'Le million' / 1931, René Clair / 9.5/10
Les Croix de Bois has been on my to-see list for years, ever since I did a Great War movies research project in grad school. Not easy to find. I saw the Howard Hawks remake ("The Road to Glory") which was OK.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » January 5th, 2019, 9:44 am

blocho wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 1:20 am
Les Croix de Bois has been on my to-see list for years, ever since I did a Great War movies research project in grad school. Not easy to find. I saw the Howard Hawks remake ("The Road to Glory") which was OK.
Bernard's tapestry of the sounds and experiences of war is unforgettably haunting. It really is one of the great war/anti-war films. I watched the Masters of Cinema release from the UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wooden-Crosses ... B00SHJLX4I). I can't readily identify whether there has been a North American release. A really great film and an important one and it certainly deserves as much.

Happy New Year, blocho!
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