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The year is coming to an end, but with a few movies still to come. What has everyone seen and liked a lot so far?

 

My top three:

 

Isle of Dogs

Incredibles 2

Avengers: Infinity War

 

Honorable mentions: A Quiet Place, Paddington 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ready Player One

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Darnit, how did I forget Paddington 2? Wonderful film!

 

Edit: okay, so technically, it's a 2017 film, but it received a January 2018 release date in the US.

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30 minutes ago, Alexcremers said:

Of the ones I've seen ...

 

- Hereditary

 

- Upgrade

 

- Sicario 2: Day Of The Soldado

 

Glad to see someone else recognize the quality of the Netflix film UPGRADE (my 14th place). See, we CAN agree on something once in a while, Alex. I also thought SICARIO 2 was a good movie (27th place) and I thought HEREDITARY was OK -- but not quite the thing it was made out to be (46th place).

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9 minutes ago, Thor said:

I thought HEREDITARY was OK -- but not quite the thing it was made out to be (46th place).

 

I've found out that some people didn't like it because, according to them, Hereditary isn't a horror movie but a drama. However, to me, it's precisely the drama that made the horror much more real. It's a shame about the very last scene though ... Things should have been kept vague.

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9 minutes ago, The Illustrious Jerry said:

First Man as No. 36? Whoah.

 

That's relatively high on a list that counts about 130 movies so far. But yes -- I was not as thrilled with this film as everyone else.

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Many people did. I found it a good film, but only something that will compete for an 'honourable mention' spot (at most) by the end of the year. Loved the sound design, though -- should get the Oscar, IMO.

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I've unfortunately had to skip most movies at the cinema this year due to my back injury and my hearing damage, so consequently all I saw was Ready Player One and Avengers: Infinity War. It's bummed me so much that ones I'd ordinarily rush out to see like The Predator or Halloween, well I had to give them a miss.

 

I really hope I'm better next year because I really want to see Avengers 4 and Godzilla.

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I keep forgetting that you're pretty into Marvel films Alex.

 

My favourite 2018 film so far is Roma.

 

Off the top of my head, others that I've enjoyed:

Hereditary

Mandy

Suspiria

You Were Never Really Here

A Quiet Place

 

 

 

 

2 hours ago, Alexcremers said:

Sicario 2: Day Of The Soldado

 

Was this any good? It didn't look great to me.

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6 minutes ago, KK said:

I keep forgetting that you're pretty into Marvel films Alex.

 

Someone who is pretty into Marvel flicks likes Doctor Strange, Ant Man, Black Panther, ... However, I am not that person. 

 

6 minutes ago, KK said:

Was this any good? It didn't look great to me.

 

I enjoyed it much better than Villeneuve's film, so you will probably hate it because it's not Villeneuve. Remember the tension of the convoy scene from the first one? Well, that kind of tension is all over Sicario 2

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Is Infinity War really all that far off from those other ones?

 

And I see. From the trailers, it looked like it was all over-the-top, gung-ho violence. Villeneuve's brooding tension is what made the first Sicario so effective for me.Plus it didn't seem to have Deakins' shine either. But maybe I'll check it out sometime.

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1 hour ago, Norma's Corpse said:

I've unfortunately had to skip most movies at the cinema this year due to my back injury and my hearing damage, so consequently all I saw was Ready Player One and Avengers: Infinity War. It's bummed me so much that ones I'd ordinarily rush out to see like The Predator or Halloween, well I had to give them a miss.

 

I really hope I'm better next year because I really want to see Avengers 4 and Godzilla.

Take it from yer old palsie walsie, ya ain’t missin’ much skipping Halloween or Predator.

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2 hours ago, KK said:

I keep forgetting that you're pretty into Marvel films Alex.

 

My favourite 2018 film so far is Roma.

 

Off the top of my head, others that I've enjoyed:

Hereditary

Mandy

Suspiria

You Were Never Really Here

A Quiet Place

 

A good selection of films. I've not seen the SUSPIRIA remake yet, but I'm seeing it next week. I have high expectations!

 

Not as thrilled as everyone else with HEREDITARY, as previously mentioned, but MANDY is absolutely fantastic (no. 3), and so is A QUIET PLACE (7) and YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (20).

 

My colleagues were not particularly thrilled with ROMA (they saw it when it premiered in Venice), but it's Cuaron. I need to see it regardless.

 

I would be thrilled to know if anyone watch anything other than Hollywood movies and blockbusters here. But maybe we'll save that for the annual round-up of films. There are still a couple of months left.

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Maybe taper your expectations a bit for Suspiria , as I did come out of that one a little disappointed with how certain things were handled. But as a whole, it stuck with me and is definitely one of the more interesting films of the year.

 

Roma was so simple in premise and yet beautifully evocative. It's the antithesis of Gravity. I was quite taken with it. And I hope it gets its due recognition.

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22 hours ago, Alexcremers said:

Perhaps there isn't a 2018 movie that deserves 5 stars?

 

More that. I actually had three 5-star movies in 2017: https://mubi.com/lists/2017-films-ranked

 

But by golly, 4 stars is a great ranking (many of the Top 10 movies would have been 4 1/2 if MUBI had operated with half stars), and all the films in the top are great.

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There is one movie in 2018 that I would give 5 stars to: Phantom Thread.

 

My definition of the 5 stars system would be as follows (with recent prominent examples):

 

5 stars: a flawless film of outstanding quality with unique content (Phantom Thread)

4 stars: a nearly flawless film that reaches all its goals but to a less outstanding and unique degree (Blade Runner 2049, mother!, Infinity War)

3 stars: a well-made film that is not completely flawless or not very innovative (The Post, The Shape of Water, Ready Player One)

2 stars: a good to okay film with a misleading concept or conspicious flaws (Justice League, Ferdinand)

1 stars: a completely poor film or a film that has one or several catastrophical flaws (Death Wish)

 

You see, the bar is much higher in this case, so 5 stars is the VIP rating only for the best of the best.

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On 11/10/2018 at 1:01 PM, KK said:

And I see. From the trailers, it looked like it was all over-the-top, gung-ho violence. Villeneuve's brooding tension is what made the first Sicario so effective for me.Plus it didn't seem to have Deakins' shine either. But maybe I'll check it out sometime.

I’ve heard that it’s completely mismarketed and actually much in the vein of the first film. I still need to see it myself. 

 

1. Mandy

2. Mission: Impossible - Fallout

3. Isle of Dogs

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