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Still plenty to see, not sure how many I'll manage to get through before year's end (though try I will!), but based on what I've managed to consume so far, my numbers being shamefully down from the past few years, here's my rough top ten:

1. First Reformed - Paul Schrader
2. The Favourite - Yorgos Lanthimos
3. Golden Exits - Alex Ross Perry
4. Cold War - Pawel Pawlikowski
5. The House That Jack Built: Unrated Director's Cut - Lars von Trier
6. You Were Never Really Here - Lynne Ramsay
7. Vox Lux - Brady Corbet
8. Ready Player One - Steven Spielberg
9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - The Coen Bros.
10. The Old Man & The Gun - David Lowery

Honorable Mentions:
Hereditary - Ari Aster
Private Life - Tamara Jenkins
Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Christopher McQuarrie
Roma - Alfonso Cuaron
Unsane - Steven Soderbergh
Wildlife - Paul Dano
Let the Sunshine In - Claire Denis
The Other Side of the Wind - Orson Welles
Widows - Steve McQueen
Halloween - David Gordon Green
The Great Buster - Peter Bogdanovich
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead - Morgan Neville

Worst of 2018:
A Quiet Place - John Krasinski

Best Theatrical Experience:

Andrei Rublev 4K Restoration @ Walter Reade
*tied with*
2001: A Space Odyssey on IMAX 70mm @ AMC Lincoln Square

Still Need to See:

High Life
Monrovia, Indiana
A Star Is Born
Madeline's Madeline
Mid 90s
Bohemian Rhapsody
Crazy Rich Asians
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
At Eternity's Gate
A Private War
The Wild Boys
Coincoin and the Extra Humans
Paul Sanchez est revenu!
On the Beach at Night Alone
Treasure Island
A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold
A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk With Me a While

TV: Only really watched The Haunting of Hill House and while I enjoyed more or less the first half of the season, it degenerates so rapidly in the latter half as to almost self-destruct (particularly the finale which was absolute fucking maudlin garbage).

Well, whaddya got?

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Black Panther

nope, haven't seen ten yet. lol at netflix titles being at the top. i did see Roma theatrically

JOHN WATERS on the Best Films of 2018

1 JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC (Bruno Dumont) An insanely radical heavy-metal grade-school religious pageant that is sung in French from beginning to end. The actors themselves seem like they might burst out laughing, but this is no joke. It’s the best movie of the year. You’ll hate it.

2 AMERICAN ANIMALS (Bart Layton) A true-crime story with a brilliant ensemble cast and the real-life culprits and victims edited in, commenting throughout on the action. Adolescent group madness is a beautiful thing to watch.

3 NICO, 1988 (Susanna Nicchiarelli) A small, sad, fearless biopic that asks the question: “Is junkie dignity possible?” The answer is no. Trine Dyrholm as our heroin-loving heroine plunges headfirst into the despair of showbiz with fierce determination.

4 MOM AND DAD (Brian Taylor) A surprisingly scary, well-shot, pitch-black comedy about the day all parents in the United States decide to kill their own children. A laff riot!

5 BLINDSPOTTING (Carlos López Estrada) You’ll squirm. You’ll identify. You’ll choke on your own gentrified excuses. The smartest and funniest film about race and class in a long, long time.

6 THE GREEN FOG (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson) An avant-garde ode to San Francisco, the most cinematic of cities, told entirely through clips of films shot there but with all the dialogue cut out so the parts of the movies that originally didn’t matter now do. Abstractly clever, strangely compelling, and just about perfect.

7 CUSTODY (Xavier Legrand) Divorce, jealousy, misogyny, and physical abuse, topped off with psychological damage to children: This feel-bad movie of the year is so beautifully acted that it made me feel happy, happy, happy!

8 SOLLERS POINT (Matthew Porterfield) Can a heterosexual director worship his male lead on film just as much as Paul Morrissey obviously did Joe Dallesandro in Trash? Sure looks that way. McCaul Lombardi is a blazing star in this small-scale but beautiful drama about a young parolee’s struggle to reenter lower-middle-class life in Baltimore.

9 LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982–1992 (John Ridley) A superb documentary about the Rodney King riots that first makes you hate cops, then white people, then racist African Americans, then racist Korean people, and then yourself for forgetting all the details of this tragedy. I cried.

10 PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT (Dennis Cooper, Zac Farley) A slow, quiet, sexual cinematic poem on mopey teenage beauties who love making bombs and wish they could explode themselves.

Damn, more to see, so little time...

First Reformed
The House That Jack Built
The Other Side of the Wind

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”


Isle of Dogs
Lean on Pete
First Man's space sequences

Yet to see: Jeannette, Cold War, The Wild Boys, Pin Cushion, Let the Sunshine In


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