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    BEST MOVIES of 2018

    First is my ten best list sent to Indiewire, but that's not necessarily final. Below is a working list of some of my faves. Many are foreign and some unreleased. NYAFF=New York Asian Film Festival; SFIFF=San Francisco Film Festival.

    1. BURNING
    2 ISLE OF DOGS
    3. SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
    4. BLACKKKLANSMAN
    5. NEVER LOOK AWAY
    6. BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS, THE
    7. WILDLIFE
    8. LOVELESS
    9. LEAN ON PETE
    10. A PARIS EDUCATION
    Other favorites (listed alphabetically):
    306 Hollywood (Elan & Jonathan Bogarín)
    Alpha ( Albert Hughes 2018)
    Asako I & II (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
    Ash Is Purest White / 江湖儿女) (Jia Zhang-Ke)
    Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher)
    Boom for Real (Sara Driver 2017)
    Capernaum/Capharnaüm (dir: Nadine Labaki)
    Chef Flynn (Cameron Yates 2018)
    Cold War/Zimna wojna (Pawel Pawlikowski)
    Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu 2018)
    Daniel and the Mountain (Felipe Barbosa 2017)
    Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
    A Faithful Man / L’Homme fidèle (Louis Garrel)
    Foxtrot (Maoz)
    Free Solo (Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi 2018)
    Girl (Lukas Dhont)
    The Guilty (Gustav Möller)
    Jane Fonda in Five Acts (Susan Field 2018)
    John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection (Julien Faraut)
    Leave No Trace (Debra Granik)
    Let the Sun Shine In/Un beau soleil intérieur (Claire Denis)
    Mandy (Panos Cosmatos 2018) - Nicolas Cage, horror
    The Marriage (Blerta Zeqiri 2017)
    McQueen (Peter Ettedgui, Ian Bonhôte 2018)
    Non-Fiction / Doubles vies (Olivier Assayas)
    The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery)
    Petit Paysan (Thomas Chaluret) RENDEZ-VOUS
    A Quiet Place (John Krasinski 2018)
    The Rider (Chloe Zhao)
    Roma (Alfoso Cuarón )
    Shoplifters/ 万引き家族 Manbiki Kazoku, (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
    Sunset (László Nemes)
    Support the Girls ( Andrew Bujalski 2018)
    Tea With the Dames (Roger Michell)
    Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle 2018)
    Transit (Christian Petzold)
    The Twinning Reaction (Lori Shinseki 2017)
    Wajib (Annemarie Jacir 2017)
    We the Animals (Jeremiah Zagar 2018)
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? (Morgan Neville 2018)
    Yomeddine (A.B. Shawky)
    You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsey)

    Not Released Yet in US:
    LOOK UP by Fulvio Risuleo (New Italian Cinema series)
    PURE HEARTS/CUORI PURI by Roberto De Paolis (N.I.C.)
    The Looming Storm (Doug Yue) NYAFF
    One Cut of the Dead (Shin'ichirô Ueda 2017) - NYAFF
    Sad Beauty (Bongkod Bencharongkul 2018) - NYAFF
    Respeto (Treb Monteras 2017)-NYAFF
    Crossroads (Ron Yassen 2018) - SFIFF

    I Am Waiting to See:
    Dogman (Matteo Garrone)
    If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) - reviewed Dec. 2018
    In My Room (Ulrich Köhler)
    Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher) - reviewed 27 Dec. 2018
    Loro (Paolo Sorrentino)
    Peterloo (Mike Leigh ) April 2019
    Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell)
    The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

    These Mean More to Other People:
    Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
    First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
    The Favourite (Yourgos Lanthimos)
    Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
    A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper)
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 08-09-2019 at 08:12 PM.

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    Best Actress (my Indiewire poll)
    1. Zhao Tao - Ash Is Purest Whilte
    2. Carey Mulligan - Wildlife
    3. Dlizebeth Debicki - Widows
    4. Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born
    5. Juliette Binoche - Let the Sun Shine In

    Best Actor
    1. Yoo Ah-in - Burning
    2. Charlie Plummer - Lean on Pete
    3.
    4.
    5. Brady Jhandreau - The Rider

    Best Documentaries (There are lots more).
    MCQUEEN
    FREE SOLO
    WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
    JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS
    RBG

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    The NYTimes: Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott's lists. For their discussions of their choices go HERE.

    DARGIS:

    1. “Roma” (Alfonso Cuarón)
    2.“Burning” (Lee Chang-dong)
    3. “Shoplifters” (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
    4. “Zama” (Lucrecia Martel)
    5. “Happy as Lazzaro” (Alice Rohrwacher)
    6. “BlacKkKlansman” (Spike Lee)
    7. “First Reformed” (Paul Schrader)
    8. “The Death of Stalin” (Armando Iannucci)
    9. “Monrovia, Indiana” (Frederick Wiseman)
    10. “Colophon (for the Arboretum Cycle)” (Nathaniel Dorsky)
    SCOTT:

    1. “Monrovia, Indiana” (Frederick Wiseman); “Bisbee ’17” (Robert Greene); “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (RaMell Ross); “Minding the Gap” (Bing Liu)
    2. “Happy as Lazzaro” (Alice Rohrwacher)
    3. “First Reformed” (Paul Schrader)
    4. “Private Life” (Tamara Jenkins)
    5. “Roma” (Alfonso Cuarón)
    6. “Let the Sunshine In” (Claire Denis)
    7. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Marielle Heller)
    8. “BlacKkKlansman” (Spike Lee)
    9. “Capernaum” (Nadine Labaki)
    10. “The Favourite” (Yorgos Lanthimos)
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 12-07-2018 at 07:13 PM.

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    FILM COMMENT'S lists for 2018.

    Most of the first list have been reported on in Filmleaf from the NYFF or other FSLC presentations. Of the second list, I've only seen #4.

    Film Comment’s Top 20 Films Released in 2018:
    1. Zama Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain
    2. Burning Lee Chang-dong, South Korea
    3. First Reformed Paul Schrader, USA
    4. ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico
    5. Western Valeska Grisebach, Germany/Bulgaria
    6. Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
    7. Let the Sunshine In Claire Denis, France
    8. The Other Side of the Wind Orson Welles, USA
    9. Happy as Lazzaro Alice Rohrwacher, Italy
    10. Hale County This Morning, This Evening RaMell Ross, USA
    11. Sorry to Bother You Boots Riley, USA
    12. If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins, USA
    13. The Rider Chloé Zhao, USA
    14. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Joel & Ethan Coen, USA
    15. Support the Girls Andrew Bujalski, USA
    16. You Were Never Really Here Lynne Ramsay, UK/France/USA
    17. Monrovia, Indiana Frederick Wiseman, USA
    18. Personal Problems Bill Gunn, USA
    19. The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/USA
    20. BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee, USA
    Film Comment’s Top 20 Unreleased Films of 2018:
    1. What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? Roberto Minervini, Italy/USA/France
    2. La Flor Mariano Llinás, Argentina
    3. Black Mother Khalik Allah, USA
    4. A Family Tour Ying Liang, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Singapore/Malaysia
    5. Feast of the Epiphany Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman, USA
    6. América Claus Drexel, France
    7. Donbass Sergei Loznitsa, Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania
    8. The Grand Bizarre Jodie Mack, USA
    9. Your Face Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan
    10. Casanova Gene Luise Donschen, Germany
    11. Shakedown Leilah Weinraub, USA
    12. The Task Leigh Ledare, USA
    13. Sophia Antipolis Virgil Vernier, France
    14. Second Time Around Dora García, Belgium/Norway
    15. Manta Ray Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand/France/China
    16. Flight of a Bullet Beata Bubenets, Russia/Latvia
    17. Our Time Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Germany/Denmark/Sweden
    18. Reason Anand Patwardhan, India
    19. Season of the Devil Lav Diaz, Philippines
    20. A Wild Stream Nuria Ibáñez Castañeda, Mexico
    The complete list of films and participants can be found on FilmComment.com
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 12-12-2018 at 09:27 AM.

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    Golden Globe nominations.

    Best Motion Picture - Drama
    A Star Is Born
    BlacKkKlansman
    Black Panther
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
    Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
    Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”)
    Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
    Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
    Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”)

    Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
    Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
    Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”)
    Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”)
    Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
    John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)

    Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
    “Crazy Rich Asians”
    “The Favourite”
    “Green Book”
    “Mary Poppins Returns”
    “Vice”

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
    Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
    Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
    Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”)
    Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
    Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”)

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    Favorite short trailer of the year:
    FOXTROT




    This belongs in a supplemental Best List for the year, which I am working on.

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