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    Default Favorite 2018 Films

    As always, it's the end of the year and due to the industry dumping films at the last minute (to improve their award chances) and me running out of steam, I do have a list but I have a bunch of "not seens" that I would still like to see and might bump off things on my current list.

    That being said, here are my current list of faves from this year.

    1. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (doc of fred rogers)
    2. Annihilation
    3. BlacKKKlansman
    4. Eighth Grade
    5. First Reformed
    6. Hereditary
    7. You Were Never Really Here
    8. Isle of Dogs
    9. Free Solo (doc of Alex Hannold)
    10. Leave No Trace
    11. Thoroughbreds
    12. A Quiet Place


    List of films yet to be watched that could conceivably bump 11 and 12 off the list:
    1. The Favourite
    2. If Beale Street Could Talk
    3. A Star is Born
    4. First Man
    5. Roma
    6. The Hate U Give
    7. Boy Erased
    8. The Old Man and the Gun
    9. Destroyer
    10. Madeline's Madeline
    11. The Kindergarten Teacher
    12. Green Book

    (sigh. too many films here.)
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    Feel free to pitch in any interesting films you've seen from 2018 for discussion....
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Few films interested me this year, but I want to see A Star is Born and Boy Erased.
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    I haven't seen as many as I could have and I do have a few more I want to see before next week so....

    A Private War
    First Reformed
    Sorry To Bother You
    The Rider
    The Favorite
    Black Panther
    The Wife
    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
    A Star is Born

    Documentaries......

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?
    If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Jane Fonda in Five Acts
    The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling

    Still need to see...

    Isle of Dogs - I had to leave about 20 min. into it Sunday so I will finish tonight.
    BlacKKKlansman
    You Were Never Really Here
    The King
    Blindspotting
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Private Life
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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    Speaking of Boy Erased, I did see The Miseducation of Cameron Post (which is based on yet another real-life account, this one of a girl sent off for reparative therapy).

    Speaking of these kinds of movies, usually these films take a more satirical view (like "Saved!" or "But I'm a Cheerleader!") While those kinds of films might make people who have gone through this kind of thing feel better, I don't really find them as constructive; usually there's a lot of barely masked anger being vented at the folks who run this kind of thing... totally understandable but not really changing anything.

    What I liked about Cameron Post (and what I suspect is the case with Boy Erased) is that the films are looking for humanity in everyone, regardless of their role... it's more representative of an actual experience and opens a door to discussion. The opening sequences leading to Cameron getting sent off actually feel pretty organic and real, and while her experience there feels a bit more episodic (which is what lowered my enjoyment a bit), the reality is that the film treated all the characters with a degree of kindness. The people in charge, you can still feel sympathetic for on some level; and it is clear that they care, but they just don't really know what they are doing. And at least some of the kids and one of those characters do have some real exchanges just about being people. It was a very thoughtful film. I am hoping "Boy Erased" is more of the same.

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    I saw Sorry to Bother You. Pretty unique film. Really funny in spots... and kind of creepy-funny with the "white voice." Way to prove the point, yikes. That film had many good points to make, honestly.

    Two other films I enjoyed but didn't make my top list were "Tully" (Charlize Theron) and "Mandy" (Nick Cage). Tully ended up being a lot more interesting than I had suspected it would be, although I don't think it really gelled with true post-partum depression scenarios. And Mandy -- while the story is pretty straightforward, we've see the theme before countless times, you could write it on a post-it -- is all about style. Damn, it's a mind-blower and a very cool, psychedelic ride that you can't really decide is a good trip or a bad one. Cage's excesses totally fit the style of the film.
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Buster Scruggs was a damn lot of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleman Jack View Post
    Buster Scruggs was a damn lot of fun.
    I second this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleman Jack View Post
    Buster Scruggs was a damn lot of fun.
    What was your favorite segment? I think I liked Tom Waits as a prospector the best, followed by "The Gal Who Got Rattled."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julius_Van_Der_Beak View Post
    What was your favorite segment? I think I liked Tom Waits as a prospector the best, followed by "The Gal Who Got Rattled."
    I liked the mortal remains and the artist. They were all so good. Its hard to pick favorites but those are my averaged top two. Your selections are fantastic as well.
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    "Meal Ticket"
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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