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This is my roughly-ranked Top 10 of 2018 first-time watches

1. Moonlight (2016)
2. A Ghost Story (2017)
3. Phantom Thread (2017)
4. Harakiri (1962)
5. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
6. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
7. Paths of Glory (1957)
8. M (1931)
9. A Separation (2011)
10. The Apartment (1960)

HM: Blood Simple (1984), The Haunting (1963)



And why not? the Bottom 10...

177. The Ghoul (1933)
178. The Broadway Melody (1929)
179. The Last House on the Left (1972)
180. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
181. Deathstalker (1983)
182. Christmas Presence (a.k.a. Why Hide?) (2018)
183. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
184. Geostorm (2017)
185. The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) (2015)
186. 2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016)

HM: The Post (2017), Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), Miami Connection (1987) and Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

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Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:07 am
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Like 2017, I didn't see as many films from 2018 as I hoped I would, but here's the top 10 of what I did see last year:

1. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
2. First Man
3. A Star Is Born
4. Black Panther
5. Widows
6. A Quiet Place
7. Isle Of Dogs
8. BlacKKKlansman
9. The Incredibles II
10. Avengers: Infinity War

Honorable Mention: Annihilation

Biggest Disappointment: Hermehditary

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Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:12 pm
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THE CONVERSATION (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

This movie carries an attitude I can recognize: I'm proud of the work I do, and the work I do is killing me. The flick's mystery generates great suspense and one hell of a surprise at the end, and Hackman's Harry Caul breaks the heart as a man caught between pride and loneliness.
I just watched this for the first time this year as well, and while I thought it could've been better if the pacing/plot was a little less thin and stretched-out (the after-convention party scene probably should've lasted half as long as it ended up), I still really enjoyed the wonderfully paranoid, disquieting atmosphere of the film's best moments a lot anyway (that scene where
Harry's trapped in the elevator with his target, wow!).

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Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:32 pm
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Top 10 Best First Time Watches of 2018

1) To Be or Not to Be (1942)
2) Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
3) Diabolique (1955)
4) Some Like it Hot (1959)
5) Le Samourai (1967)
6) Zama (2018)
7) Amadeus (1984)
8) Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
9) The Night of the Hunter (1955)
10) Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:38 pm
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Top 30 First Time Watches of 2018

1. Chungking Express (1994)
2. Brazil (1985)
3. Lost Highway (1997)
4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
5. Harold and Maude (1971)
6. A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
7. Ikiru (1952)
8. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
9. Rebecca (1940)
10. The Piano (1993)
11. I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
12. Network (1976)
13. Cronos (1993)
14. Duel (1971)
15. Rumble Fish (1983)
16. Do the Right Thing (1989)
17. His Kind of Woman (1951)
18. Stalker (1979)
19. The Rain People (1969)
20. The Big Red One (1980)
21. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
22. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
23. Short Cuts (1993)
24. A Star is Born (1954)
25. Miracle Mile (1988)
26. Matinee (1993)
27. The Northerners (1992)
28. The Mercenary (1968)
29. Spider-Baby (1967)
30. Sherlock Jr. (1924)


Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:25 pm
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Although I can imagine Crazy Rich Asians lowering and lowering and lowering. The more I think about that movie's hedonism and fairy tale bullshit, the more annoyed I get.

I really liked this one. Compared to what I've heard about the Sex and the City movies and Entourage, which I'll never see because they're apparently terrible, I think it steered clear of not reveling in hedonism and materialism.
Awkafina's character's reactions, the obnoxiousness of Bernard, Nick's mother's regrets, etc.
provide a humanizing undercurrent that did a good job at making all that wealth not seem like a celebration of greed, but, well...crazy.

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Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:21 am
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Top 10 First Viewings of 2018, Updated

1. Anomalisa
2. The Great Dictator
3. Your Name
4. Key Largo
5. The Florida Project
6. Mary and Max
7. Foxcatcher
8. Waking Life
9. Paddington 2
10. Okja

Honorable Mentions: The Black Cauldron, Blue Ruin, Pumpkinhead, Song of the Sea, T2 Trainspotting

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Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:42 am
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Top 10 Overlooked Gems in the Criterion Collection

1) Il Posto
2) Mon Oncle Antoine
3) Fists in the Pocket
4) A Nos Amours
5) Dillinger Is Dead
6) Bigger Than Life
7) Yoyo
8) Flowers of St. Francis
9) Pitfall
10) Cria Cuervos


Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:19 pm
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Top 10 Overlooked Gems in the Criterion Collection

1) Il Posto
2) Mon Oncle Antoine
3) Fists in the Pocket
4) A Nos Amours
5) Dillinger Is Dead
6) Bigger Than Life
7) Yoyo
8) Flowers of St. Francis
9) Pitfall
10) Cria Cuervos

Other ones I can think of (unranked):
Breaker Morant
The Browning Version
Cameraperson
Clean, Shaven
George Washington
The Naked Prey
A Night to Remember

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Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:28 pm
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Filmwise neither a plentiful nor particularly adventurous year. Highlight was discovering just how great an actor Paul Winfield really was. Really. Da best. Duhhh best.

31 first-time viewings worth mentioning:

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HELLZAPOPPIN' (H.C. Potter, 1941, USA)

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THINGS CHANGE (David Mamet, 1988, USA)

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GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS (Bertrand Blier, 1978, France, Préparez vos mouchoirs)

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BYE BYE BIRDIE (George Sidney, 1963, USA)

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DECASIA (Bill Morrison, 2002, USA)

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MIKE'S MURDER (James Bridges, 1984, USA)

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THE EGG (Moustapha Dao, 1999, Burkina Faso, L'oeuf)

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PRETTY POISON (Noel Black, 1968, USA)

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BLACK MASS (???, 1928, France, sh, Messe noir)

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PATERSON (Jim Jarmusch, 2016, USA)

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BLOOD MONEY (Rowland Brown, 1933, USA)

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THE SECRET CINEMA (Paul Bartel, 1966, USA, sh)

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FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY (Eddie Nicart, 1981, Philippines)

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SUPPORT THE GIRLS (Andrew Bujalski, 2018, USA)

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DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (Susan Seidelman, 1985, USA)

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Kenneth Lonergan, 2016, USA)

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MILLIONAIRE'S EXPRESS (Sammo Hung, 1986, Hong Kong, Foo gwai lit che)

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ICE CASTLES (Donald Wrye, 1978, USA)

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HOLY FLAME OF THE MARTIAL WORLD (Chin-Ku Lu, 1983, Hong Kong, Wu lin sheng huo jin)

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HUMAN EXPERIMENTS (Gregory Goodell, 1979, USA)

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KISSED (Lynne Stopkewich, 1996, Canada)

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BLACKKKLANSMAN (Spike Lee, 2018, USA)

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THE STEPFATHER (Joseph Ruben, 1987, USA)

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WIENER-DOG (Todd Solondz, 2016, USA)

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RED SPIRIT LAKE (Charles Pinion, 1993, USA)

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THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS AND MOTOR KINGS (John Badham, 1976, USA)

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HUMAN CANVAS (Andy Lee, 2006, UK, TV)

whatever there's lotsa closeups of frogs crying u get it right??
IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Xavier Dolan, 2016, Canada, Juste la fin du monde)

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REQUIEM FOR AN ALMOST LADY (Torbjörn Axelman, 1971, Sweden, TV)

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BAD (Jed Johnson, 1977, USA)

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SPLATTER FARM (John & Mark Polonia, 1987, USA)

favourite performances:
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Debra Winger, MIKE'S MURDER
Linda Haynes, HUMAN EXPERIMENTS
Tuesday Weld, PRETTY POISON
Molly Parker, KISSED
Rosanna Arquette, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN
Regina Hall, SUPPORT THE GIRLS
Kirsten Dunst, THE BEGUILED
Lynn-Holly Johnson, ICE CASTLES
Marlene Dietrich, THE FLAME OF NEW ORLEANS
Agnes Bruckner, ANNA NICOLE

actor
Gérard Depardieu, GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS
Anthony Perkins, PRETTY POISON
Paul Winfield, SOUNDER
Terry O'Quinn, THE STEPFATHER
Don Ameche, THINGS CHANGE
James Woods, DIGGSTOWN
Adam Driver, PATERSON
George C. Scott, THE FLIM-FLAM MAN
Miles Teller, BLEED FOR THIS
Ron Silver, FELLOW TRAVELLER

supporting actress
Susan Tyrrell, BAD
Colleen Dewhurst, ICE CASTLES
Lainie Kazan, LUST IN THE DUST
Greta Gerwig, WIENER-DOG
Mae Whitman, INVISIBLE CHILD
Karen Black, OUT OF THE DARK
Cicely Tyson, SOUNDER
Ann-Margret, BYE BYE BIRDIE
Linda Blair, BEDROOM EYES II
Karina Bonnehil, CONFESSIONS OF A THUG

supporting actor
Paul Winfield, MIKE'S MURDER
Philip Seymour Hoffman, CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
Burl Ives, THE BIG COUNTRY
Walter Matthau, AWAKE AND SING!
Geoffrey Lewis, HUMAN EXPERIMENTS
Paul Lynde, BYE BYE BIRDIE
Danny Devito, WIENER-DOG
Chuck Connors, TOURIST TRAP
Richard Pryor, THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS AND MOTOR KINGS
James Earl Jones, THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS AND MOTOR KINGS


Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:11 pm
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DECASIA (Bill Morrison, 2002, USA)

This is a nice throwback. I had a VHS tape of this one (dubbed from either IFC or Sundance back when they were still showing independent/underground film), must have been from '02, and I shared it around a lot for a couple of years but forgot about it. It is a fine piece of work.


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Selfishly, I wish Morrison would act more. He's hilarious in Bujalski's Mutual Appreciation and Peoples House.


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My top 10 of 2018:

1. Mandy
2. Annihilation
3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
4. You Were Never Really Here
5. Sorry to Bother You
6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
7. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
8. First Reformed
9. Shirkers
10. A Quiet Place

Honorable Mentions:
Crazy Rich Asians, Game Night, Isle of Dogs, Minding the Gap, Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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