Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#51 Post by felipe » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:25 am

1. The Death of Stalin
2. Black Panther

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#52 Post by Cde. » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:39 am

1. 3 Faces
2. Phantom Thread
3. Shoplifters
4. Season of the Devil
5. Samui Song
6. You Were Never Really Here
7. Burning
8. Game Night
9. Leave No Trace
10. Human Flow
Runners Up: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Unsane, Mirai, Image Book, Transit, Three Identical Stranger, The Ancient Woods, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Cold War, Wajib
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#53 Post by kcota17 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:18 am

1. Paddington 2
2. You Were Never Really Here
3. First Reformed
4. Support the Girls
5. The Rider
6. Won’t You be My Neighbor?
7. BlackkKlansman
8. Eighth Grade
9. Lean on Pete
10. Love Simon

Worst: 15:17 to Paris

Biggest Disappointment: Annihilation

(So far)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#54 Post by Altair » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:31 pm

1. Red Sparrow
2. Ready Player One
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#55 Post by HistoryProf » Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:20 am

1. Black Panther
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Good:

Meh:

WTF were they thinking?:

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#56 Post by nitin » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:34 am

1. The Wild Pear Tree
2. Burning
3. The Rider
4. First Reformed
5. Zama
6. You Were Never Really Here
7. Isle of Dogs
8. Cold War
9. Disobedience
10. Birds of Passage

Honorable mentions: The Fugue, Lean on Pete, Leave No trace, Sweet Country, Museum, Dogman, Tully

Others Seen: The Kindgergarten Teacher, Hereditary, A Quiet Place
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#57 Post by lacritfan » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:25 pm

You Were Never Really Here
First Reformed
Zama
Annihilation
Tully
Incredibles 2
Deadpool 2
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Black Panther
Game Night
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#58 Post by franco » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:40 pm

Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg)
Unsane (Steven Soderbergh)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#59 Post by Persona » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:53 pm

1. First Reformed
2. Annihilation
3. You Were Never Really Here
4. Sorry to Bother You
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#60 Post by Luke M » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:33 pm

1. Black Panther

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#61 Post by Feiereisel » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:09 pm

As of July 24, 2018:

1. BlacKkKlansman
2. You Were Never Really Here
3. The Death of Stalin
4. Unsane
5. Mission Impossible: Fallout
6. Annihilation
7. Thoroughbreds
8. Avengers: Infinity War
9. Black Panther
10. Incredibles 2

11. Ant-Man and Wasp
12. Solo: A Star Wars Story
13. Ready Player One
14. Isle of Dogs (Woof.)
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#62 Post by HJackson » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:22 pm

Per Letterboxd listed year...

1. Love, Simon
2. Christopher Robin
3. BlacKkKlansman
4. Ready Player One
5. A Quiet Place
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp
7. Searching
8. Heriditary
9. Unsane
10. Solo: A Star Wars Story

11. Every Day / 12. The Darkest Minds / 13. The Miseducation of Cameron Post / 14. American Animals / 15. Avengers: Infinity War / 16. Tully / 17. Adrift / 18. Crazy Rich Asians / 19. Black Panther / 20. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / 21. Red Sparrow / 22. Isle of Dogs / 23. Tomb Raider
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#63 Post by Askew » Wed May 16, 2018 10:10 pm

1. Avengers: Infinity War
2. Deadpool 2
3. BlacKkKlansman
4. Isle of Dogs
5. Ant-Man an the Wasp
6. Incredibles 2
7. Black Panther
8. Christopher Robin
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#64 Post by Never Cursed » Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:42 am

1. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
2. Le Redoutable (Michel Hazanavicius)
3. Tully (Jason Reitman)
4. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)
5. Mission Impossible: Fallout (Christopher McQuarrie)
6. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot (Gus Van Sant)
7. Blindspotting (Carlos Lopez Estrada)
8. Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
9. Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley)
10. Good Manners (Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra)

Also seen: Assassination Nation (Sam Levinson), Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony and Joe Russo), Black Panther (Ryan Coogler), Blockers (Kay Cannon), The Captain (Robert Schwentke), Deadpool 2 (David Leitch), The Death Of Stalin (Armando Iannucci), Hereditary (Ari Aster), The Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird), Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti), Madeline’s Madeline (Josephine Decker), The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan), Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross), Sorry To Bother You (Boots Riley), The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda), This Is America (Hiro Murai), Tomb Raider (Roar Uthaug), Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle), Welcome Home (Spike Jonze), White Boy Rick (Yann Demange), You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsey)

Dishonorable mentions: Flower (Max Winkler), Mile 22 (Peter Berg), Notes On An Appearance (Ricky D’Ambrose), Red Sparrow (Francis Lawrence)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#65 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:32 am

1. First Reformed
2. Zama
3. You Were Never Really Here
4. Let The Sunshine In
5. The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
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Good films: A or B, The Death of Stalin, Isle of Dogs, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Problematic films: Animal World, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Tale

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#66 Post by Shrew » Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:17 pm

1. First Reformed
2. You Were Never Really Here
3. Leave No Trace
4. Blackkklansman
5. Mission Impossible Fallout
6. Sorry to Bother You
7. Tully
8. The Green Fog
9. The Death of stalin
10. Eighth Grade

The Castoff: The Rider, Paddington 2, Black Panther, Zama, Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s 8, Ready Player One
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#67 Post by Banasa » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:28 am

1. First Reformed
2. Foxtrot
3. Sorry to Bother You
3. Hereditary
4. Annihilation
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#68 Post by zedz » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:07 pm

TOP TEN

An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo) – The most impressive film of the year for me by some margin. Having seen a large chunk of the Cannes slate now, I agree that it was a really good year, but so far it’s mostly made up of better-than-average films by good / great directors rather than knock-down masterpieces. Thus my top ten leans on films that represent ambitious departures for established greats (Martel, Loznitsa and to a lesser extent Maddin and Rosales) and a few very impressive first films.

In the latter category, this is a doozy: a densely novelistic four-hour urban epic, incorporating a couple of dozen significant characters in separate narrative strands that only gradually interconnect and cohere, with four protagonists eventually emerging. Hu favours long, gliding mobile plans-sequences, often following characters in the manner of Bela Tarr, but this doesn’t otherwise have much in common with slow cinema. The action unfolds over less than 24 hours, and it’s the kind of crazily eventful day that would be implausible in a more condensed, less carefully constructed or more formally manic film.

The film is beautifully shot in desaturated colour (a few shots do betray some dodgy digital artefacts owing to the threadbare production) and is expertly paced and acted. It’s one of the best first films I’ve seen, and certainly one of the most ambitious. And unfortunately it’s destined to be one of those great one-offs of cinema, like Night of the Hunter, as Hu Bo killed himself after completing the film.

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The Ancient Woods (Mindaugas Survila) – A stunning natural history documentary about the Estonian woods full of extraordinary footage that’s also superbly cinematic from start to finish. Survila employs a complex sound mix to generate a semblance of a narrative structure (shots and sequences are more often linked by natural sounds than visually). The film features the best opening sequence of the year: our eyes slowly get accustomed to the darkness, becoming aware of more and more points of light, some of which are moving, which are gradually revealed to be swarms of fireflies shot against the night sky. This in turn leads – through an achingly slow dissolve - to a rhymed shot of small silver fish glinting underwater. This is ambient cinema of the highest order. Sink in.

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Zama (Lucretia Martel) – (Adapted from my comments in the Woman Directors list thread.) This is a substantial leap forward for Martel in terms of ambition, and it’s a triumph. It’s a complex mix of genres and registers, combining a sweeping historical epic with a bureaucratic comedy, but Martel masters the slippery twists of tone and introduces other, stranger flavours at will, including a kind of tinnitus effect that adds an otherworldly dimension to scenes of personal crisis for our woebegone anti-hero. There’s a fleeting visual reference to the panoramic historical paintings of Argentine artist Candido Lopez, which seems to be there only for its visual beauty and to indicate that Martel has done her homework. This is one of those films that affords the pleasure of entrusting yourself to a master filmmaker who’s going to take you a journey who knows where.

Donbass (Sergei Loznitsa) – This film is even more in the carnivalesque, scabrous and funny / despairing vein of Kira Muratova than A Gentle Creature. It’s a rotten daisy chain of bleak sketches targeting the ongoing atmosphere of violence, corruption and disinformation in Ukraine that ends up almost back where it starts, with one gruesome twist. As cinematically impressive as all of Loznitsa’s work, I initially wasn’t as impressed with the film as I was with A Gentle Creature, or My Joy, but it’s had a much more vivid half-life in my memory than I expected for such an episodic work. It really packs a cumulative wallop.

Custody (Xavier Legrand) – French domestic dramas are not exactly thin on the ground, and I caught this film just to fill a gap in my schedule, but it really knocked the wind out of me. It’s a film about domestic violence that keeps us firmly in the place of the victims, and winds up with one of the most harrowing suspense sequences I’ve ever seen – a textbook example of what most genre films should be doing but aren’t (keep the action grounded, give the victims agency, proceed logically, remain aware of your surroundings, cut away from the tension sparingly. . .) It seems like a simple enough trick - of course we’re going to side with the victims – but I think there’s a lot of thought and planning that’s gone into the construction of the film, and of that sequence. For one thing, the film is largely stripped of conventional characterization. There are feints at back story and motivation, but for the most part all we have to hang on to is the action in its immediate context, and we, like the characters, are in the unnerving position of having to gauge from minute to minute the actual level of peril they’re in. The final shot of the film is a smart and unexpected choice. I’m really interested to see where Legrand goes next after this little bombshell.

The Green Fog (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson) – A hugely entertaining, succinct remake of Vertigo, compiled from footage from dozens of other Hollywood films set in San Francisco. Thus we get collages of every shot the filmmakers could find of somebody falling into the harbour, or climbing steep stairs, or visiting a florist and so on. They even managed to scare up ringer shots of people looking at portraits of Bette Davis and Joan Fontaine in period drag. For the heavy dialogue scenes, they find substitute shots and roughly strip out all the dialogue (except in the very few cases where it is a close match for the dialogue in Vertigo), so we end up with hilarious stuttering sequences of contextless reaction shots and cutaways. A bizarre cinematic curio, to be sure, but if you know Vertigo well, it’s a blast.

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The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) – This is more of the same from Ceylan, but with his last three films he’s been at the top of his game and this morally complex, leisurely character study is masterfully controlled from start to finish. The subject is slightly novel in that he’s dealing with a young protagonist for what I think is the first time, so the world-weariness takes on a different inflection. A number of the director’s trademark conversational set-pieces are seasoned with some unexpected flights of fancy. If he keeps churning out one of these every few years, I’ll be very happy.

3 Faces (Jafar Panahi) – If this film weren’t so good, it would be a little embarrassing how much it seems like Kiarostami’s Greatest Hits. Panahi has slyly synthesized the DNA of Life and Nothing More, Through the Olive Trees, Close Up, The Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us into a kind of Frankenkiarostami meta-feature. But Kiarostami was all about meta-features, and he’s not making them any more, so I’ll take what I can get. Another film that has very positively developed in my memory rather than fading away.

Letting Go (Ulo Pikkov) – Bizarre Estonian animation indebted to Svankmajer and the Quays (and, for all I know, Yoko Ono): in a world in which everything is roughly painted white, stiff babydoll paintbrushes are engaged in a life and death struggle with a voracious monster constructed from old books. Something to do with orphans, apparently, but I just liked it for its thoroughly imagined, totally alien world.

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Petra (Jaime Rosales) – Rosales specializes in interrogating the impact of violence on ordinary lives. This isn’t his best film, but it’s his most melodramatically eventful, and (as usual for Rosales) there’s a fascinating and provocative disconnect between the content and the formality of his style. This time around, the visual style is less obviously related to the idea of surveillance footage, but that notion is implied by the way the camera often moves mechanically through or across physical space, at times leaving crucial actions out of frame. There’s also a simple, clever shuffled chapter structure that strategically delays crucial plot reveals and adds further necessary distance to what could have been a fervid and unlikely story.

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Ten More Great Films:

Burning (Lee Chang-Dong) – I’m decidedly not a Lee fan, but this disturbing Hitchcockian thriller is by far the best of his features to date.

Milla (Valerie Massadian) – See comments in the Women Directors thread.

The Island of Hungry Ghosts (Gabrielle Brady) – Likewise.

Transit (Christian Petzold) – A slight step down from his last couple of films, and I felt the loss of Nina Hoss (particularly as Paula Beer seems to be here mainly as a lookalike). This is another film where a somewhat unlikely and overcomplicated story is tamed by austere cinematic style, but this one doesn’t quite shrug off its potboiler contrivances. Franz Rogowski is a solid lead (he does possibly even better work in the comic drama In the Aisles). The film’s strangest and boldest decision – to stage a World War II story unchanged in the present day – is its most successful one. After all, how is a tale about the rise of fascism and a burgeoning refugee crisis not a contemporary subject?

Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhang-Ke) – Another excellent film from Jia, and Zhao Tao really gets to stretch herself as never before.

Wednesday with Goddard (Nicolas Menard) – Deadpan animated spiritual quest. Basic animation, but expertly designed for maximum hilarity.

Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov) – This ridiculously ambitious film about the Leningrad rock scene in the early 80s piles a bundle of unlikely gimmicks onto itself, any one of which could easily sink a normal film (it’s a musical; there’s one character who can see and converse with us; there are animated elements. . .), but somehow, like a shark, it stays alive as long as it keeps moving. Extremely vague spoiler: the first time something happens, it’s one of the great cinematic moments of the year. It’s definitely a case of diminishing returns, and I can imagine that scene losing almost all of its impact if you know it’s coming, so keep your spoiler radar highly attuned if you think you might want to see this film.

The Tesla World Light (Matthew Rankin) – Retro silent-film-style animation relating an allegedly true story about Nikola Tesla, celebrated pigeon fancier and lunatic. Some fun film historical references, but worked into its own coherent aesthetic.

Happy As Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher) – See comments in the Women Directors thread.

Pear Fall (Leonid Shmelkov) – Nuts and bolts theme-and-variations animation (a la classic Bill Plympton, whose new film Cop Dog happens to be a return to form) with perfect comic timing.

WORST FIVE

Jirga (Benjamin Gilmour) – Ghastly narcissistic Aussie in Afghanistan quest film, in which an entire culture's and country’s tragedy becomes collateral damage to some white guy’s psychodrama. Nice landscapes, abysmal acting.

Looking for Oum Kulthum (Shirin Neshat) – See comments in the Women Directors thread.

Border (Ali Abbasi) – Fundamentally dumb film that keeps its ridiculous mystery going much longer than you think it needed to, until you see how bad it gets once it’s out in the open and all the stupidity gets doubled down upon.

Capharnaum (Nadine Labaki) – See comments in the Women Directors thread.

Climax (Gaspar Noe) – See comments in the film’s dedicated thread.

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#69 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:23 pm

1. Ready Player One
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Previous lists: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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#70 Post by soundchaser » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:22 pm

1. First Reformed
2. Sorry to Bother You
3. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
4. BlacKkKlansman
5. Thoroughbreds
6. You Were Never Really Here
7. Eighth Grade
8. Let the Sunshine In
9. Jeune Femme
10. Isle of Dogs
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#71 Post by menthymenthy » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:15 pm

1. Ray & Liz (Billingham)
2. Grass (Hong)
3. Putin's Witnesses (Mansky)
4. Classical Period (Fendt)
5. Transit (Petzold)
6. Asako 1 & 2 (Hamaguchi)
7. High Life (Denis)
8. Non-Fiction (Assayas)
9. In the Realm of Perfection (Faraut)
10. Your Face (Tsai)

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