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  1. #5086

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    See my comments earlier about The Favourite. I swear I went to that movie anticipating liking it very much. And then just the opposite happened. I am sure I will be in the minority on this one. I usually like historical drama, and I usually like the rather satirical look at personalities we saw there. But I really didn't care for it.

  2. #5087

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    President Obama released his "Best of 2018" lists for books, music and film. I thought you guys would be interested in the film list.


    The films the former president watched this year include Alex Garland’s science fiction thriller Annihilation, Armando Ianucci’s satire The Death of Stalin, Bo Welch’s indie hit Eighth Grade, Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, and Debra Granik’s acclaimed Leave No Trace.

    Black Panther
    The Death of Stalin
    Eighth Grade
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Leave No Trace
    Minding the Gap
    The Rider
    Support the Girls
    Won’t You Be My Neighbor
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    Re: The Film Thread **SPOILERS**

    The FT Best films of 2018:

    1. Free Solo
    2. Roma
    3. An Elephant Sitting Still
    4. They Shall Not Grow Old
    5. Sicilian Ghost Story
    6. The House that Jack Built
    7. A Fantastic Woman
    8. Apostasy
    9. Widows
    10. Mirai
    Last edited by MJ2004; 12-29-2018 at 03:35 PM.

  4. #5089

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    Free Solo is one of the 5 "favorites" for a Best Feature Length Documentary on Indiewire. As is typical, the documentary categories are packed with quality. On Rotten Tomatoes, Free Solo got a 98% score from the critics, and a 95% score from audiences. As a combination of the 2 scores, those are astronomical numbers.

    Now....true confessions. Despite all my hiking, I suffer from a fair dose of acrophobia. This has always kept me away from mountain-climbing, and made for a few really uncomfortable moments on the Appalachian Trail, especially on Mount Katahdin as an example, which I almost certainly could not have done without 3 friends along. When I saw the trailer for Free Solo, I had a lot of trouble watching it, and knew I would never get through the movie. So I won't even try to watch what was apparently an exceptional movie.

    Of course, I was glad to see that they also loved Roma.


  5. #5090

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    If Beale Street Could Talk is so beautiful and powerful, I could barely speak after seeing it. I was going in expecting an experience like 'Moonlight,' which took me 2 full viewings before I really "got" it, but this film is so entrancing, immediately and right to the end. Where 'Moonlight' was sort of intentionally sparse and quiet, this film is so lush and full of life and color and music. Barry Jenkins has so many tools in his toolbox I can barely wait to see what he does next.

    Sidenote: There's a wordless scene where Regina King is getting dressed in a mirror that is so perfectly timed, performed and edited that I applauded in the middle of the movie
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  6. #5091

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    I'm planning on seeing If Beale Street Could Talk this weekend. I am so looking forward to it, since I truly loved Moonlight.


  7. #5092

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    If Beale Street Could Talk is extraordinary in many ways as munchin says, and Barry Jenkins is the most talented of the current crop of new directors. I personally want to own every piece of wardrobe in the film. Same cinematographer as Moonlight, and man, the guy is exquisitely talented at lighting non-Caucasian faces. Love, love, his work! Some people have whined about the score but I thought it was terrific and apt.

    Slight structural problems since the movie is not about plot, then decides to get plotty, and then remembers it is not about plot and sort of doesn't care to offer any scenes that would wrap up a traditional plot. Lol.
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  8. #5093

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    I'm checking out Beale at the weekend. Looking forward to it.

  9. #5094

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    I love your movie discussions on here, and been following your different threads for a long time.

    I picked up Blingspotting from our local piblic library yesterday after hearing some twitter chatter about this movie.

    I was blown away. Probably my favorite movie of 2018, from those that I have watched. Apparently Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal (the main leads) took their time developing this script and it shows. Really well acted and shot, with such a good use of music as well. Shame it barely got any awards buzz.

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    greenhopper.....You just added another movie to my wish list. Thanks...GH

  11. #5096

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    If you get a chance to check out the new documentary on Apollo 11 (aptly titled Apollo 11), definitely do it. It's just extraordinary. I don't want to even say too much about it, because my experience was dramatically heightened by having done very little research about the film before seeing it, except to say that it a) contains tons of previously unreleased archival audio and video footage that has been digitized and remastered to an astonishingly high quality, and b) it's made in the spirit of direct cinema, meaning there are no talking heads and no narration - the footage tells the whole story. It's eye-popping, gripping storytelling and I feel so envious of the next generations of space-nerd children, like I was, who are going to get to experience the moon landing through this film. When The Eagle landed, there was thunderous applause in my theater, almost as if we weren't sure if they were gonna succeed

    Also, documentaries seem to be having a moment right now (Free Solo, for example, was playing at my local multiplex for like 2 months. Last year, people shouted from the rooftops about Three Identical Strangers and Won't You Be My Neighbor? and Minding the Gap for months after they came out) and I am just loving it! Perhaps people are finding more value in "true" stories in light of the current administration's disinterest in it, I dunno, but it seems to be easier than before to see high-quality documentary work on the big screen right now.
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