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Reply #15 on: December 07, 2018, 02:09:52 AM
I was happy with the ending. So many indie sci-fis build their scripts like a twist is coming and then nothing. With this one I was very happy when they said there was going to a revelation that there actually was one.

The revelation/twist was great, I'm just talking about how it resorts to them outrunning a thing in a car like the climax of Hurricane Heist. Don't get me wrong, I loved Hurricane Heist, but the scene fit that movie a lot better than this one.
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Reply #16 on: December 07, 2018, 03:38:21 PM
Not kidding about Hurricane Heist, by the way. That is a movie that knows exactly what it is, and fulfills its expectations with complete abandon. It's not quite to the level of Emmerich's "2012", but it's damn close. Probably not top ten of the year, but certainly deserves an honorable mention.
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Reply #17 on: December 10, 2018, 12:32:00 PM
Of course I still have more I want to see than I actually have. I signed up for Film Independent membership last week, so hopefully I'll get screeners of some of these which will make things easier.

Loved
Leave No Trace
The Kindergarten Teacher
Paddington 2
The Old Man & The Gun

Disliked
Ready Player One
A Quiet Place
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Also watched
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
First Reformed
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
You Were Never Really Here
Hereditary
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Game Night
Ocean's Eight
Next Gen
Tomb Raider
Incredibles 2
Ralph Breaks The Internet

Still want to see
Isle of Dogs
Annihilation
Aquaman
The Favourite
Wildlife
Roma
Vox Lux
If Beale Street Could Talk
Shoplifters
Border
BlacKkKlansman
The Sisters Brothers
Suspiria
Eighth Grade
Free Solo
Sorry To Bother You
The Image Book

BONUS: Best non-2018 films watched for the first time in 2018
Homeland: Iraq Year Zero
Clouds of Sils Maria
A Ghost Story
The Square
Lovers of the Arctic Circle
East Side Sushi
Blind Mountain
He held on. The dolphin and all the rest of its pod turned and swam out to sea, and still he held on. This is it, he thought. Then he remembered that they were air-breathers too. It was going to be all right.


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Reply #18 on: December 10, 2018, 07:36:27 PM
Major spoilers for Annihilation. Minor spoilers for others. But please do watch if you haven't seen this yet.

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The version on Vimeo is higher quality:

https://vimeo.com/304064569
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Reply #19 on: December 11, 2018, 01:26:50 AM
All-horror edition

Top Ten-ish (unsorted)
Cold Hell
Ghost Stories
Mandy
Hereditary
Apostle
Upgrade
Revenge
Overlord
Veronica
The Endless
Cam

Honorable Mention:
Hold the Dark
Mom and Dad
Incident in a Ghostland
What Keeps You Alive
The Ritual
Terrified
The Clovehitch Killer
Thoroughbreds

Yet to See:
Suspiria
Halloween
The Night Eats the World
That's some catch, that Catch-22.


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Reply #20 on: December 11, 2018, 06:20:03 AM
Damn, I gotta up my horror intake.
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Reply #21 on: December 11, 2018, 08:10:48 AM
I forgot about Ghost Stories. Add it to my want to watch list.
He held on. The dolphin and all the rest of its pod turned and swam out to sea, and still he held on. This is it, he thought. Then he remembered that they were air-breathers too. It was going to be all right.


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Reply #22 on: December 11, 2018, 12:36:05 PM
It’s really good.
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Reply #23 on: December 13, 2018, 02:33:42 PM
Cahiers du Cinéma

The Wild Boys — Bertrand Mandico
Coincoin and the Extra-Humans — Bruno Dumont
Phantom Thread — Paul Thomas Anderson
Burning — Lee Chang-dong
Paul Sanchez is Back! — Patricia Mazuy
The Post — Steven Spielberg
On the Beach at Night Alone — Hong Sang-soo
The House That Jack Built — Lars von Trier
Leto — Kirill Serebrennikov
Treasure Island — Guillaume Brac

Sight & Sound

Roma — Alfonso Cuaron
Phantom Thread — Paul Thomas Anderson
Burning — Lee Chang-dong
Cold War — Pawel Pawlikowski
First Reformed — Paul Schrader
Leave No Trace — Debra Granik
The Favourite — Yorgos Lanthimos
[tie] You Were Never Really Here — Lynne Ramsay
Happy as Lazzaro — Alice Rohrwacher
[tie] Zama — Lucrecia Martel
The Image Book — Jean-Luc Godard
If Beale Street Could Talk — Barry Jenkins
BlacKkKlansman — Spike Lee
The Other Side of the Wind — Orson Welles
[tie] Shirkers — Sandi Tan
[tie] Shoplifters — Hirokazu Kore-eda
Sorry to Bother You — Boots Riley
Faces Places — Agnès Varda and JR
[tie] The Rider — Chloé Zhao
[tie] Western — Valeska Grisebach

Film Comment

Zama — Lucrecia Martel
Burning — Lee Chang-dong
First Reformed — Paul Schrader
Roma — Alfonso Cuaron
Western — Valeska Grisebach
Shoplifters — Hirokazu Kore-eda
Let the Sunshine In — Claire Denis
The Other Side of the Wind — Orson Welles
Happy as Lazzaro — Alice Rohrwacher
Hale County This Morning, This Evening — RaMell Ross
Sorry to Bother You — Boots Riley
If Beale Street Could Talk — Barry Jenkins
The Rider — Chloé Zhao
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs — Joel & Ethan Coen
Support the Girls — Andrew Bujalski
You Were Never Really Here — Lynne Ramsay
Monrovia, Indiana — Frederick Wiseman
Personal Problems — Bill Gunn
The Favourite — Yorgos Lanthimos
BlacKkKlansman — Spike Lee

Richard Brody

Madeline’s Madeline — Josephine Decker
Let the Sunshine In — Claire Denis
Zama — Lucrecia Martel
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? — Travis Wilkerson
Sorry to Bother You — Boots Riley
BlacKkKlansman — Spike Lee
Werewolf — Ashley McKenzie
Mrs. Hyde — Serge Bozon
The Old Man & the Gun — David Lowery
Shirkers — Sandi Tan
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc — Bruno Dumont
Claire’s Camera — Hong Sang-soo
Infinite Football — Corneliu Porumboiu
Monrovia, Indiana — Frederick Wiseman
Support the Girls — Andrew Bujalski
Sollers Point — Matthew Porterfield
Isle of Dogs — Wes Anderson
Golden Exits — Alex Ross Perry
Can You Ever Forgive Me? — Marielle Heller
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs — Joel & Ethan Coen
I Am Not a Witch — Rungano Nyoni
A Bread Factory — Patrick Wang
The 15:17 to Paris — Clint Eastwood
The Rest I Make Up — Michelle Morgan
If Beale Street Could Talk — Barry Jenkins
Bisbee '17 — Robert Greene
First Reformed — Paul Schrader
Gavagai — Rob Tregenza
Black Panther — Ryan Coogler
Hale County This Morning, This Evening — RaMell Ross
Minding the Gap — Bing Liu
Notes on an Appearance — Ricky D'Ambrose
The Other Side of Everything — Mila Turajlic
The Spy Who Dumped Me — Susanna Fogel
Scarred Hearts — Radu Jude
Pow Wow — Robinson Devor
A Season in France — Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable — Sasha Waters Freyer
The Hate U Give — George Tillman Jr.
The Waldheim Waltz — Ruth Beckermann


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Reply #24 on: December 17, 2018, 06:23:02 PM
it's titles listed above, i think the indiewire poll does a nice job of summarizing the 2018 indie scene

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“Roma” (1,086 points, 26% of first-place votes)

“First Reformed” (599, 6.7%)

“Burning” (548, 7.1%)

“The Favourite” (520, 2.9%)

“Cold War” (493, 2.9%)

“Shoplifters” (401, 1%)

“BlacKkKlansman” (391, 2.9%)

“Zama” (333, 4.2%)

“You Were Never Really Here” (329, 2.5%)

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (316, 1.7%%)

i was like okay okay okay and finally ordered First Reformed on blu-ray. Burning comes out March 5, 2019


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Reply #25 on: December 17, 2018, 11:25:24 PM
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Reply #26 on: December 18, 2018, 05:11:13 PM
I forgot how well executed that pool scene from Strangers: Prey at Night was, and it only makes me more disappointed in the film as a whole. The music dropping in and out whenever the camera dipped under the water...  :notworthy:
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Reply #27 on: January 07, 2019, 10:45:52 PM
All-horror edition

Top Ten-ish (unsorted)
Cold Hell
Ghost Stories
Mandy
Hereditary
Apostle
Upgrade
Revenge
Overlord
Veronica
The Endless
Cam

Honorable Mention:
Hold the Dark
Mom and Dad
Incident in a Ghostland
What Keeps You Alive
The Ritual
Terrified
The Clovehitch Killer
Thoroughbreds

I rewatched What Keeps You Alive, and it officially leapfrogged its way up into my top ten, bumping... let's say... Apostle. What Keeps You Alive is the real deal, guys. And JB, it would make a hell of a double-feature with Revenge.

EDIT: I can't emphasize this enough -- DO NOT WATCH A TRAILER BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE. The trailers essentially give up the game, and would absolutely obliterate a big chunk of the film's impact.
That's some catch, that Catch-22.


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Reply #28 on: January 23, 2019, 08:20:56 AM
1. First Reformed
2. You Were Never Really Here
3. Sorry to Bother You
4. Paddington 2
5. The Death of Stalin
6. Annihilation
7. Game Night
8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
9. Love, Simon
10. Isle of Dogs

Worst Film:
Suspiria


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Reply #29 on: January 26, 2019, 07:45:24 PM