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Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#1 Post by swo17 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:00 am

01 First Reformed (Schrader)
02 Vox Lux (Corbet)
03 A Gentle Creature (Loznitsa)
04 The House That Jack Built (von Trier)
05 You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay)
06 Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Dumont)
07 Madeline's Madeline (Decker)
08 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Ross)
09 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coens)
10 Un rêve solaire (Bokanowski)

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#2 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:00 am

01 Thoroughbreds (Cory Finley)
02 the Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
03 Le Redoutable (Michael Hazanavicius)
04 Lele Pons - Celoso (Rudy Mancuso)
05 Maniac (Cary Joji Fukunaga)
06 Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)
07 Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
08 Game Night (John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein)
09 L'amant double (François Ozon)
10 Les fantômes d'Ismaël (Arnaud Desplechin)

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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#3 Post by neal » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:07 am

Eight Grade
Sorry to Bother You
Game Night
Incredibles 2
Black Panther

A Quiet Place
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#4 Post by DarkImbecile » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:14 am

Top Ten:
1. Roma (Cuaron) 97/100 [*]
2. The Favourite (Lanthimos) 96/100 [*]
3. Hereditary (Aster) 94/100
4. You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay) 92/100
5. First Reformed (Schrader) 91/100
6. Shoplifters (Kore-eda) 91/100
7. First Man (Chazelle) 90/100
8. Leave No Trace (Granik) 90/100
9. Thoroughbreds (Finley) 88/100
10. Cold War (Pawliskowski) 86/100

Also Seen (in order of quality):
Annihilation (Garland) 86/100
The Great Buster (Bogdanovich) 83/100
BlacKkKlansman (Lee) 81/100 [*]
Beast (Pearce) 80/100
Vazante (Thomas) 79/100
Watergate, Or How We Learned To Stop an Out of Control President (Ferguson) 78/100
Zama (Martel) 75/100
If Beale Street Could Talk (Jenkins) 75/100
Tully (Reitman) 74/100
Suspiria (Guadagnino) 73/100
Disobedience (Lelio) 73/100
Mission: Impossible — Fallout (McQuarrie) 73/100
Graves Without A Name (Rithy) 73/100
The Little Stranger (Abrahamson) 72/100
Blindspotting (López Estrada) 72/100
The Death of Stalin (Iannucci) 71/100
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen Bros.) 71/100
The Old Man and the Gun (Lowery) 71/100
Three Identical Strangers (Wardle) 71/100
The Rider (Zhao) 70/100
Upgrade (Whannell) 70/100
Border (Abassi) 70/100
Chappaquiddick (Curran) 70/100
Lean on Pete (Haigh) 69/100
Widows (McQueen) 69/100
Sorry to Bother You (Riley) 69/100
Bad Times at the El Royale (Goddard) 68/100
Isle of Dogs (Anderson) 68/100
The House That Jack Built (von Trier) 68/100
A Star is Born (Cooper) 68/100 [*]
Free Solo (Chin, Vasarhelyi) 68/100
A Simple Favor (Feig) 68/100
Eighth Grade (Burnham) 67/100
A Quiet Place (Krasinski) 67/100
American Animals (Layton) 66/100
The Front Runner (Reitman) 66/100
The Final Year (Barker) 66/100
Borg vs. McEnroe (Metz Pedersen) 66/100
The Sisters Brothers (Audiard) 65/100
Hold the Dark (Saulnier) 65/100
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Moore) 65/100
Beirut (Anderson) 64/100
Gemini (Katz) 64/100
Meeting Gorbachev (Herzog) 64/100
Deadpool 2 (Leitch) 63/100
Game Night (Daley; Goldstein) 62/100
Apostle (Evans) 62/100
White Boy Rick (Demange) 62/100
Searching (Chaganty) 62/100
Black Panther (Coogler) 62/100 [*]
Vice (McKay) 61/100 [*]
Adrift (Kormákur) 61/100
Flower (Winkler) 61/100
Papillon (Noer) 60/100
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Sollima) 59/100
Halloween (Green) 59/100
Mandy (Cosmatos) 58/100
Ocean's 8 (Ross) 57/100
The Party (Potter) 57/100
The Equalizer 2 (Fuqua) 57/100
The Mule (Eastwood) 56/100
Operation Finale (Weitz) 55/100
Avengers: Infinity War (Russo Bros.) 55/100
Destroyer (Kusama) 54/100
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot (Van Sant) 54/100
Bohemian Rhapsody (Singer) 53/100 [*]
Red Sparrow (Lawrence) 52/100
The Commuter (Collet-Serra) 51/100
Blockers (Cannon) 49/100
Nostalgia (Pellington) 49/100
Den of Thieves (Gudegast) 48/100
Green Book (Farrelly) 47/100 [*]
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Reed) 47/100
Tomb Raider (Uthaug) 45/100
Ready Player One (Spielberg) 44/100
7 Days in Entebbe (Padilha) 42/100
Unsane (Soderbergh) 41/100
Rampage (Peyton) 38/100
Gringo (Edgerton) 38/100
The Predator (Black) 35/100
The 15:17 to Paris (Eastwood) 31/100
Mile 22 (Berg) 30/100

Watchlist :

Must See: 22 July (Greengrass); Burning (Lee); Happy as Lazzaro (Rohrwacher); Vox Lux (Corbet);

Should See: Bird Box (Bier); Boy Erased (Edgerton); Damsel (Zellner Bros.); Double Lover (Ozon); Everybody Knows (Farhadi); Galveston (Laurent); The Guilty (Moller); The Kindergarten Teacher (Colangelo); Let the Corpses Tan (Cattet; Forzani); Lizzie (Macneill); The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Gilliam); Mary, Queen of Scots (Rourke); Mid-90s (Hill); Piercing (Pesce); Western (Grisebach); The Wild Pear Tree (Ceylan);

Maybe: At Eternity's Gate (Schnabel); Beautiful Boy (Van Groeningen); Ben is Back (Hedges); Blaze (Hawke); Bodied (Kahn); Come Sunday (Marston); Creed II (Caple, Jr.); The Endless (Moorhead; Benson); The Land of Steady Habits (Holofcener); The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (Hill); Manhunt (Woo); The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Akhavan); Monsters and Men (Green); Non Fiction (Assayas); On Chesil Beach (Cooke); Outlaw King (Mackenzie); Overlord (Avery); Private Life (T. Jenkins); Psychokinesis (Yeon); Shadow (Zhang); Support the Girls (Bujalski); The Tale (Fox); Wildlife (Dano);

Previously: 2017.2016.2015.2014.2013.2012.2011.2010.2009
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#5 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:40 am

1. Vox Lux (Brady Corbet)
2. Le Redoutable (Michel Hazanavicius)
3. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
4. The House That Jack Built (Lars von Trier)
5. Unsane (Steven Soderbergh)
6. Les fantômes d'Ismaël (Arnaud Desplechin)
7. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
8. BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)
9. You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)
10. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)

Past lists: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005-2000
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#6 Post by D50 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:55 am

01 Roma ***
02 Cold War
03 Mandy
04 Zama
05 Puzzle
06 Eighth Grade
07 The Rider
08 Loveless
09 Happy End
10 The Favourite

11 Hereditary
12 Beast
13 Tully
14 Green Book
15 First Man
16 A Star Is Born
17 Christopher Robin
18 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
19 Leave No Trace
20 The Wife

the rest, in order:

Isle of Dogs
Incredibles 2
Lean on Pete
You Were Never Really Here
The Death of Stalin
The Mule
12 Strong

Free Solo
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
They Shall Not Grow Old
A Simple Favor
A Fantastic Woman
The Party
Ready Player One
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Equalizer 2

Bohemian Rhapsody
Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
The 15:17 to Paris
The Girl in the Spider's Web
Solo: A Star Wars Story
First Reformed
Sicario 2
Death Wish

A Quiet Place
The Nun

*** new


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#7 Post by knives » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:56 am

1. Cold War
2. Shoplifters
3. American Dharma
4. Game Night
5. BlackKklansman
6. Unsane
7. Support the Girls
8. Bisbee '17
9. The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
10. Pepe le morse (Andreae)
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#8 Post by Big Ben » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:09 am

1. The Death of Stalin
2. BlacKkKlansman
3. You Were Never Really Here
4. Hereditary
5. The House that Jack Built
6. Widows
7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
8. The Other Side of the Wind
9. Mandy
10. Annihilation
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#9 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:15 am

1) First Reformed (Schrader)
2) Won't You Be My Neighbor? (Neville)
3) Paddington 2 (King)
4) Mission: Impossible - Fallout (McQuarrie)
5)First Man (Chazzelle)
6)Unsane (Soderbergh)
7)Cold War (Pawlikowski)
8)Suspiria (Guadagnino)
9)Game Night (Daley & Goldstein)
10)Upgrade (Whannell)
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#10 Post by The Narrator Returns » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:38 am

1. First Reformed (Schrader)
2. Madeline's Madeline (Decker)
3. Unsane (Soderbergh)
4. The Other Side of the Wind (Welles)
5. Widows (McQueen)
6. Sorry to Bother You (Riley)
7. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen)
8. Minding the Gap (Liu)
9. The Favourite (Lanthimos)
10. Suspiria (Guadagnino)

Also seen (ranked)
BlacKkKlansman (Lee)
Can You Ever Forgive Me (Heller)
You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay)
The Old Man and the Gun (Lowery)
Beautiful Boy (Van Groeningen)
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (Van Sant)
A Star is Born (Cooper)
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (McQuarrie)
The Sisters Brothers (Audiard)
Game Night (Daley and Goldstein)
Isle of Dogs (Anderson)
Incredibles 2 (Bird)
Hereditary (Aster)
Annihilation (Garland)
Vox Lux (Corbet)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Moore and Johnston)
Thoroughbreds (Finley)
First Man (Chazelle)
The Death of Stalin (Iannucci)
Vice (McKay)
Roma (Cuaron)
Halloween (Green)
Lean on Pete (Haigh)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Tartakovsky)
Mid90s (Hill)
Ready Player One (Spielberg)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Howard)
Ocean's 8 (Ross)
Hot Summer Nights (Bynum)
Green Book (Farrelly)
Life Itself (Fogelman)
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#11 Post by warren oates » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:48 am


22 July
The Favorite
Vox Lux
First Man
First Reformed
Game Night
The Endless

Liked: Annihilation, Cam, Double Lover, Don't Leave Home, Free Solo, Gemini, Ghost Stories, Halloween, The House That Jack Built, Incredibles 2, Ready Player One, Red Sparrow, Revenge, The Ritual, Roma, Shoplifters, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Upgrade, Unfriended: Dark Web, Unsane, Widows, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, You Were Never Really Here

Disliked: 15:17 To Paris, A Quiet Place, Apostle, BlacKkKlansman
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#12 Post by bjboyer » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:58 am

My Top 10 Films of 2018...

1. Isle of Dogs (Anderson)
2. First Man (Chazelle)
3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen Bros.)
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Persichetti, Ramsay & Rothman)
5. Paddington 2 (King)
6. A Star Is Born (Cooper)
7. Avengers: Infinity War (Russo Bros.)
8. The Favourite (Lanthimos)
9. Won't You Be My Neighbor (Neville)
10. The Other Side of the Wind (Welles)

Just Missed It:*

11. Hereditary (Aster)
12. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (McQuarrie)
13. Roma (Cuarón)
14. The House That Jack Built (Von Trier)
15. Widows (McQueen)

*At the end of the day, any of these could really replace any of 7-10 depending on my mood.
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#13 Post by John Cope » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:22 am

1. Tree of Life extended edition
2. Mandy
3. Woodshock
4. Zama
5. Leave No Trace
6. The 15:17 to Paris
7. Hereditary
8. Wonder Wheel
9. You Were Never Really Here
10. Unsane/Mosaic

Second stratum: All the Money in the World; American Animals; Annihilation; Beast; Blackkklansman; Chappaquiddick; Eighth Grade; First Reformed; Hostiles; Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Paul, Apostle of Christ; The Rider; Rodin; Searching; Seven Days in Entebbe; Western; Equalizer 2/Peppermint/Revenge/Upgrade

Disappointing: Submission
Disastrous: Bel Canto; A Wrinkle in Time
Moronic: Ready Player One
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#14 Post by Dylan » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:29 am

1. The Other Side of the Wind
2. They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
3. King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen

Also seen: Cold War, Eighth Grade, First Reformed, Mandy, Ready Player One, Upgrade
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#15 Post by Dr Amicus » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:58 am

As usual, based on UK release dates.

1) Isle of Dogs (Anderson)
2) The Shape of Water (Del Toro)
3) Black Panther (Coogler)
4) I, Tonya (Gillespie)
5) Beast (Pearce)
6) The Incredibles 2 (Bird)
7) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (McDonagh)
8) Ready Player One (Spielberg)
9) The Post (Spielberg)
10) Avengers: Infinity War (Russo Bros)

Bit Rubbish but could have been a lot worse: Peter Rabbit (Gluck)
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#16 Post by willoneill » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:07 am

1. First Man (D. Chazelle)
2. Roma (A. Cuaron)
3. If Beale Street Could Talk (B. Jenkins)
4. BlackkKlansman (S. Lee)
5. You Were Never Really Here (L. Ramsay)
6. Annihilation (A. Garland)
7. First Reformed (P. Schrader)
8. A Star is Born (B. Cooper)
9. Suspiria (L. Guadagnino)
10. Eighth Grade (B. Burnham)

Also good: 22 July; Ant-Man and the Wasp; At Eternity's Gate; Beast; Beautiful Boy; Bird Box; Boy Erased; Bumblebee; Avengers: Infinity War; Black Panther; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Chappaquiddick; Creed II; The Death of Stalin; Destroyer; The Endless; A Futile and Stupid Gesture; Game Night; Halloween; Hereditary; Isle of Dogs; The Kindergarten Teacher; Kodachrome; Mandy; Mary, Queen of Scots; mid90s; Mission: Impossible - Fallout; The Mule; Old Man and the Gun; Outlaw King; Private Life; A Quiet Place; Red Sparrow; The Ritual; Sicario: Day of the Soldado; Solo: A Star Wars Story; Sorry to Bother You; Thoroughbreds; Tully; Unsane; Vice; Widows; Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Meh: Aquaman; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; The Cloverfield Paradox; Deadpool 2; The Favourite; The Front Runner; Hold the Dark; Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Mary Poppins Returns; Ocean's 8; Pass Over; Ready Player One; Venom; The Wife; A Wrinkle in Time

Really Bad: The 15:17 To Paris; Apostle; Bohemian Rhapsody; Green Book; I Feel Pretty; Kings

"Classics" at the Cinema: Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964); The Great Silence (1968); A Clockwork Orange (1971); The Last Movie (1971); White Lightning (1973); The Sword and the Claw (AKA Kilic Aslan) (1975); Kentucky Fried Movie (1977); The Shining (1980); Jaws 3-D [in 3D 35mm] (1983); Scarface (1983); Fall Break (AKA The Mutilator) (1984); The Devil's Honey (1986); Hands of Steel (AKA Vendetta Dal Futuro) (1986); Full Metal Jacket (1987); Silent Night, Deadly Night 2; The Intruder (1989); Goodfellas (1990); Terminator 2: Judgement Day [in 3D] (1991); Schindler's List (1993); Casino (1995); Hard Eight (1996); Jackie Brown (1997)
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#17 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:41 am

1. Burning
2. 24 Frames
3. Roma
4. The Other Side of the Wind
5. Un beau soleil intérieur
6. Cold War
7. First Reformed
8. BlacKkKlansman
9. Happy as Lazzaro
10. Leave No Trace
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#18 Post by Finch » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:23 am

1. Burning
2. If Beale St Could Talk
3. Ash is Purest White
4. High Life
5. Shoplifters
6. BlacKkKlansman
7. The Favourite
8. Support the Girls
9. Leave No Trace
10. Sorry to Bother You

Honourable mentions:

11. First Reformed
12. Upgrade
13. Calibre
14. Unsane
15. Eighth Grade

Liked: Incredibles 2, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Apostle, Annihilation, The Wind

Mixed: The House That Jack Built, Hereditary, A Quiet Place, Mandy, Revenge, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Great TV: The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix), Kidding (Showtime)
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#19 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:13 am

1. Roma
2. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
3. The Other Side of the Wind
4. No Date, No Signature
5. Western
6. Cold War
7. Mary Queen of Scotts
8. The First Man

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#20 Post by Brian C » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:44 am

Only 2018 films by IMDb release date:

1. Sorry to Bother You (Riley)
2. BlacKkKlansman (Lee)
3. Vox Lux (Corbet)
4. Suspiria (Guadagnino)
5. Isle of Dogs (Anderson)
6. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen & Coen)
7. Burning (Li)
8. Annihilation (Garland)
9. Shoplifters (Kore-eda)
10. Incredibles 2 (Bird)

For my own convenience, here are 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.
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#21 Post by Red Screamer » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:25 pm

01 The Other Side of the Wind (Welles)
02 Zama (Martel)
03 First Reformed (Schrader)
04 The Task (Ledare)
05 Shoplifters (Koreeda)
06 Burning (Lee)
07 ji.hlava IDFF Trailer (Godard)
08 The Favourite (Lanthimos)
09 Permanent Green Light (Cooper and Farley)
10 T69 Collapse (Weirdcore)

UPDATED 11/29/19
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#22 Post by Grand Wazoo » Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:45 pm

1. Burning
2. First Reformed
3. Zama
4. Roma
5. You Were Never Really Here
6. Vox Lux
7. Cold War
8. Hereditary
9. The Other Side of the Wind
10. Touch Me Not
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#23 Post by PfR73 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:45 pm

I claim this chest in the name of Spain

1) First Reformed
2) Annihilation
3) The Death Of Stalin
4) Upgrade
5) The Favourite
6) Hold The Dark
7) Blackkklansman
8) Damsel
9) Burning
10) Small Town Crime

Honorable mention: 22 July, 1985, American Animals, Anna And The Apocalypse, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, Ben Is Back, Blindspotting, Bodied, Border, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Deadpool 2, Destroyer, Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot, The Endless, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, Fahrenheit 11/9, The Front Runner, Game Night, Ghost Stories, The Guilty, The House Of Tomorrow, If Beale Street Could Talk, Isle Of Dogs, The Long Dumb Road, The Other Side Of The Wind, Prospect, Roma, Ryuichi Sakamoto-Coda, Shoplifters, The Sisters Brothers, Sorry To Bother You, Spider Man-Into The Spider Verse, Suck It Up, Support The Girls, Suspiria, Vice, Vox Lux, Widows, Won't You Be My Neighbor

Worst: A Quiet Place, The Commuter, Dog Days, Hereditary, The Happytime Murders, Kin, Mary Queen Of Scots, Overlord, Peppermint, The Predator, Robin Hood, Unfriended-Dark Web, What Keeps You Alive
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#24 Post by sir_luke » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:17 pm

1. First Reformed (Schrader)

I first saw this film on an unusually frigid early-autumn day, in the midst of one of my life’s lowest moments, and the brute weight of its protagonist’s existential despair punched a hole through my chest. I have not been able to bring myself to see the film a second time, perhaps because I’m still wrestling with its fundamental question: “Will God forgive us for what we’ve done to His creation?”

2. Fraud (Fleischer-Camp)

In the ethically dubious FRAUD, director Dean Fleischer-Camp takes an anonymous family’s innocuous YouTube uploads and refashions them into an incredibly credible narrative about a family of fugitives and their escape from unhappiness. A truly remarkable feat in editing and experimental filmmaking, a flash-fiction-ish exploration of the banality of capitalism’s evil. An Apple Store product launch has never looked so sinister, or so tragic.

3. Vox Lux (Corbet)

VOX LUX is a film about which I knew practically nothing before walking into the theatre, which worked very much to this mysterious film’s advantage. It’s a cold and brutal meditation on celebrity and the extent to which popular culture is linked to sociological trends and global events, which features two vastly different but complementary interpretations of a single character — first, as a traumatized teenage phenomenon, by Raffey Cassidy; second, a fragile adult pop star, by Natalie Portman.

Also, the Oscars should institute a “Best Narration” award and should present Willem Dafoe with its first.

4. Let the Corpses Tan (Cattet, Forzani)

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani have spent their career paying searingly clever homage to bygone genre films. The pair electrified the giallo in AMER and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS, and they return after a half-decade gap with their most formal effort. A paint-and-blood-splattered heist film that plays a little bit like if late-‘60s Godard made a spaghetti western, it’s operatic and puzzling. It’s 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s a dry heat.

5. The Favourite (Lanthimos)

Lanthimos’ most actor-driven film is a palatial power play in the spirit of THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT. Colman, Stone, and Weisz give three of the year’s best performances in the same film, by turns playful, conniving, vindictive, and vulnerable. A few unusual tricks, like the occasional employment of a queasy fisheye, only serve to underscore the fundamental volatility of the central intrarelationship.

6. Fatal Pulse (Packard)

Damon Packard is a reliably out-there underground artist, a filmmaker who breaks the rules of filmmaking as well as the rule of law in order to craft unforgettable hallucinogenic work. FATAL PULSE (aka NIGHT PULSE aka UNTITLED YUPPIE THRILLER) is alternately Bush-era political satire, surreal hostage horror, a scalding denouncement of Hollywood, and time-traveling conspiracy-mongering metafiction. It’s too much for one movie, and feels like too much, but you’re sucked into its void before you have time to care. Spielberg is dead; long live Damon Packard.

7. Les garçons sauvages (Mandico)

A half-technicolor psychosexual fugue that dispenses with the notions of gender roles, gender, and roles. A group of Wild Boys (played by an all-female cast), haunted by the evil spirit TREVOR, have their wanton ways forcibly corrected by a gruff sea captain, who brings them to a mystical island wherein they witness their attitudes and bodies rapidly changing. Darkly funny, often horrific, and never less than visually intoxicating.

8. Madeline’s Madeline (Decker)

Josephine Decker’s wonky tale of mental illness, intellectual growing pains, and artistic surrender stars chameleonic newcomer Helena Howard as the Madeline(s) of the film’s title, riding waves of emotion and navigating the rapids of creative self-discovery. The film follows her finding an internal rhythm and by the end we’re all choreographed into the dance.

9. The Other Side of the Wind (Welles)

The lore of Orson Welles’ final film’s creation and 40+ year languor has been very well-documented, so I won’t go into much detail here, but to summarize... Recently, Netflix ponied up enough cash to pry the mythical unfinished film from its rightsholders, and vowed to complete the barely edited collage with the assistance of Bob Murowski and the guidance of Welles’ detailed notes. The result is fascinating and exhausting, though it’s impossible to know if it at all resembles what might have been had Welles completed the film before his death. As it exists, though, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND is a fitting and poignant capstone to a tumultuous artistic legacy.

10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Coen, Coen)

An anthology set in the conspicuously cinematic Old West, a collection of tales of grief and euphoria, sometimes told in earnest and other times dripping with sly irony. All segments have their strengths, but I’ll single out the titular story — starring Tim Blake Nelson as a crooning live-action cartoon character — and “All Gold Canyon” — the most rapturously beautiful passage, featuring Tom Waits as a prospector in the autumn of his life — as my favorites.


11. The House That Jack Built (Von Trier)

A victim (albeit a willing one, perhaps) of a drastically misleading advertising campaign, Lars Von Trier’s latest challenge is part serial killer serial, part provocation, part video essay, part autobiographical self-flagellation. Lars contends with his cratered reputation and confronts his many demons, and to properly do so requires that we venture with him into Hell itself. A massively mischaracterized masterpiece.

12. Sorry to Bother You (Riley)

The Coup frontman Boots Riley directs this tale of “profit over people” with an absurdist flair, a boldly political and righteously angry comedy that has the gall to ask, “Who are we working for and why?” It juggles so many ideas that not all of it fully works, but with such imaginative satire and such a ruthlessly critical voice of the de-humanity inherent in corporate culture, it’s a wonder it received a wide release at all.

13. Everything is Terrible! Presents: The Great Satan (Beidelschies, Maier, Simakis)

An unmitigated masterpiece of psychotronic clip-cobbling, THE GREAT SATAN is the latest feature project by the found footage deities of art collective Everything Is Terrible! (who also brought us an all-dog remake of THE HOLY MOUNTAIN and plans to build a pyramid of used JERRY MAGUIRE tapes). Church sermons, PSAs, puppet shows, direct-to-VHS horror movies, and other oddities are chopped and screwed to poke fun at the underlying absurdity of Satanic Panic. Absolutely the funniest film of the year.

14. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Dumont)

Dabbing to defeat a dangerous dogma. This talky, mostly child-led, heavy-metal interpretation of Charles Peguy’s “Les mysteres de la charite de Jeanne d’Arc” is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a deeply weird and potentially alienating experience. It’s also as rawly passionate as any film I’ve seen this year, brimming with a genuine gut-set fervor for the cause of ”killing war.” I’ll headbang to that.

15. Mandy (Cosmatos)

In a negative review, one Letterboxd user described MANDY as “the cinematic equivalent of an ironic wolf t-shirt,” and while he employed the comparison to derogate the film, it also serves as a concise explanation of why I enjoyed it so much. Every frame of this film is saturated with hazy neon, and Cosmatos directs like he’s trying to find his way out of an ayahuasca-induced nightmare. The film reaches histrionic highs (an animated acid trip! a chainsaw battle!), and it’s not without humor (Cage’s line deliveries are some of the weirdest he’s ever done), but most of all it’s indelibly upsetting. It also boasts the year’s best score, unfortunately Jóhann Jóhannsson’s last.

16. Annihilation (Garland)

ANNIHILATION is a horror movie about nature warping to accommodate the bend of humanity, not “taking on a life of its own” so much as attempting to reclaim the life it once had. It’s tentpole sci-fi with a brain and, much to my delight, seemingly a half-remake of Saul Bass’ 1974 masterpiece PHASE IV.

17. Unsane (Soderbergh)

Steven Soderbergh’s claustrophobic iPhone-shot paranoia thriller is sleazy in all the right ways, a throwback to the prime of pulp fiction. A scene towards the end of the film, set in a padded cell, is perhaps the acting triumph of the year — a disorienting melding of personalities, pitched at a supersonic level of intensity.

18. Eighth Grade (Burnham)

Living, shining proof — as if we needed it — that young people should be the ones to make movies about young people. Comedian Bo Burnham’s film has such a heart for its fearfully forward-forging protagonist and it’s so authentic in its examination of Gen Z anxieties (which are surprisingly universal despite their dependence on new social technology). It’s also the first of two films on this list to feature an excellently executed dab.

19. Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (Radlmaier)

A vigorous, youthful, visually entrancing satire that is always self-aware (and yes, self-critical) but never self-serious, poking fun at idealistic communist utopianism, idle intellectualism, and moral hypocrisy. And it features an adorable dog!

20. The Tale (Fox)

This autobiographical drama is documentarist Jennifer Fox’s first narrative film, but she nevertheless approaches the gut-wrenching material with a documentarist’s clear-eyed interrogative tone. The film is an inquisition into sexual abuse — not the violent, abrupt kind so often explored in cinema, but rather a manipulative, insidious slow-burn that leaves more questions than wounds — and Fox, through Dern’s sternly authentic performance, tries to find as many answers as she can. Elizabeth Debicki (a standout performer this year!) and Jason Ritter are quietly terrifying as Jennifer’s mentors/abusers, and Ellen Burstyn turns in a predictably remarkable performance as Jennifer’s mother, who is struggling to cope with her daughter’s dark revelations and trying desperately to understand how she can help.
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Re: Dynamic Top Tens of 2018

#25 Post by big ticket » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:44 pm

to date:

1. Ash is Purest White
2. Vox Lux
3. First Reformed
4. Transit
5. The Other Side of the Wind
6. You Were Never Really Here
7. Zama
8. Support the Girls
9. Isle of Dogs
10. Unsane
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