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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:52 pm 
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1. Nocturama
2. Personal Shopper
3. Good Time
4. The Lost City of Z
5. Get Out
6. John Wick: Chapter 2
7. Graduation
8. Logan Lucky
9. A Ghost Story


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:52 pm 
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1. Dunkirk (Nolan)
2. Logan (Mangold)
3. Hostiles (Cooper)
4. A Ghost Story (Lowery)
5. T2 Trainspotting (Boyle)
6. Battle of the Sexes (Dayton & Faris)
7. The Big Sick (Showalter)
8. Free Fire (Wheatley)
9. Lost City of Z (Gray)
10. Baby Driver (Wright)


The Good: American Made; Beast; The Beguiled; Blade Runner 2049; Chappaquiddick; Colossal; Detroit; The Discovery; Felicite; Get Out; Ghost in the Shell; Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2; I, Daniel Blake; It Comes at Night; John Wick: Chapter Two; Kong - Skull Island; The Lego Batman Movie; Manhunt; Mudbound; Personal Shopper; Song to Song; Spider-man: Homecoming; Split; Stronger; Trespass Against Us; War for the Planet of the Apes; Wilson; Wonder Woman; The Zookeeper's Wife

The Bad: Alien: Covenant; The Bad Batch; Below Her Mouth; The Fate of the Furious; I am Not a Witch; King Arthur: Legend of the Sword; Kingsman: The Golden Circle; Life; The Mummy; The Snowman

The Ugly: The Book of Henry; The Dark Tower; Fifty Shades Darker; Kings; Transformers: The Last Knight

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Old films seen in theatres in 2017: Blade Runner (1982 - 35mm Theatrical Cut print); Bullet in the Head (1990 - 35mm English Dub print); Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977); Dragons Forever (1988); The Graduate (1967); Hard Boiled (1992); Heat (1995); Jaws (1975); Night of the Living Dead (1968); Peeping Tom (1960); Polyester (1981 - WITH REAL ORORAMA CARD!); Private Property (1960); The Room (2003); Scanners (1981); Stalker (1979); Suspiria (1977); The Sweet Hereafter (1997); Titanic (1997)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:56 am 
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Location: Spain
1- Manchester by the Sea
2- La paza gioia / Like Crazy, Paolo Virzi makes a female extraordinary commedia all'italiana
3- The Lost city of Z
4- Toni Erdman
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9- La La Land
10- Land of Mine, or how a STR8 movie can be considered my hottest fantasy, in my mind, a lot of young blond and redhead teens locked in a cabin on a beach all the nights. Even there's a humiliation - water sport included- scene with brutal Danish and British soldiers.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:45 pm 
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Location: Portland, OR
1. O Ornitólogo
2. I Am Not Your Negro
3. Get Out
4. Good Time
5. Personal Shopper
6. mother!
7. Faces Places
8. Baby Driver
9. Whose Streets?
10. Beach Rats


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:25 pm 
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1. Dunkirk
2. The Lost City of Z
3. Song to Song
4. Blade Runner 2049
5. Mother!
6. The Beguiled
7. Baby Driver
8. Logan Lucky
9. Kong: Skull Island
10.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:59 am 
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1. Common Carrier - James N. Kienitz Wilkins
2. Maria Bamford: Old Baby - Jessica Yu
3. Baby Driver - Edgar Wright
4. The Flying Proletarian - Phillip Warnell
5. Louis C.K.: 2017 - Louis C.K.
6. Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas - Stan Lathan
7. Logan - James Mangold
8. Michael Bolton's Big Sexy Valentine's Day Special - Scott Aukerman, Akiva Schaffer
9. Urth - Ben Rivers
10. Alien: Covenant - Ridley Scott


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:49 pm 

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1. The Big Sick
2. Dunkirk
3. Wonder Woman
4. Logan
5. Beauty and the Beast
6. Okja
7. The LEGO Batman Movie
8. Raw
9. The Lost City of Z
10. Lady Macbeth


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:21 pm 
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1. Get Out
2. Logan
3. The Big Sick
4. Dunkirk
5. Wonder Woman
6. Spiderman: Homecoming
7. It Comes at Night
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
9. Baby Driver
10. Alien Covenant


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:06 pm 
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1. Personal Shopper
2. Get Out


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:59 am 

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1. Blade Runner 2049
2. Dunkirk
3. Logan
4. Wind River
5. Neruda
6. It Comes At Night
7. The Beguiled
8. Colossal
9. T2 Trainspotting
10. Logan Lucky


Also seen: Land of Mine, Good Time, The Big Sick, Atomic Blonde, mother!, Baby Driver, Kong Skull Island, Split, Alien Covenant, Wonder Woman.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:25 am 

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Where's zedz typically excellent writeup? :(

1. 4 Days in France (Jérôme Reybaud)
2. A Yangtze Landscape (Xu Xin)
3. Martírio (Vincent Carelli)
4. Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme (Bertrand Bonello)
5. Ruinas tu reino (Pablo Escoto)
6. Still the Earth Moves (Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez)
7. Sleep Has Her House (Scott Barley)
8. Autumn, Autumn (Jang Woo-jin)
9. We the Workers (Wenhai Huang)
10. Casa Roshell (Camila José Donoso)
11. Arábia (Affonso Uchoa, João Dumans)
12. Pendular (Julia Murat)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:15 pm 
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01 - Trainspotting 2
02 - Call Me By Your Name
03 - The Bad Batch
04 - Colossal
05 - Dunkirk
06 - Wilson
07 - Get Out
08 - Good Time
09 - Split
10 - The Lost City of Z


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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:01 am 
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1 : 3/4
2 : Un beau soleil intérieur
3 : The Lovers
4 : Good Time
5 : Closeness

6 : Song to Song
7 : Call Me By Your Name
8 : Claire's Camera
9 : The Other Side of Hope
10 : Wonderstruck


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:30 am 
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01. Call Me By Your Name
02. Kedi
03. Fashionista
04. The Square
05. Loveless
06. Blade Runner 2049
07. A Fantastic Woman
08. Golden Exits
09. My Happy Family
10. Madame


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:41 pm 
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Are Paterson and Neruda "2017 films"? If so -- they are my 1 and 2...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:29 pm 
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Location: Los Angeles, CA
1. The Lost City of Z
2. Dunkirk
3. Good Time
4. Baby Driver
5. La Commune
6. Abacus: Small Enough To Jail
7. John Wick: Chapter 2
8. Shock Wave
9. Get Out
10. Meow

Not a movie, but better than most things I've seen this year: The return of Lasagna Cat, Twin Peaks

Good: Detroit, Get Me Roger Stone, I Called Him Morgan, I Am Not Your Negro, It

Not good: Beatriz At Dinner, The Beguiled, David Lynch: The Art Life, Free Fire, A Ghost Story, Personal Shopper, Whose Streets?

Bad: It Comes At Night, Okja, Sandy Wexler

Astronomical levels of shit: The Bad Batch, I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:18 pm 
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1. mother!
2. Get Out
3. A Ghost Story
4. Colossal
5. The Lost City of Z
6. Logan Lucky
7. The Big Sick
8. The Beguiled
9. Logan
10. Columbus

Also seen: Dunkirk, A Quiet Passion, Baby Driver, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Song to Song, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:15 am 
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Still have not seen a lot of the 2017 movies. So far for me it seems to be all about horror, ghosts and monsters in 2017:

Raw
Personal Shopper
Get Out
The Girl with all the Gifts
Okja
Colossal
The Autopsy of Jane Doe


Good: Logan, Split, Shin Godzilla, Nerve

Bad: Alien Covenant, We are the Flesh

Disappointing: Elle

Cheat: Twin Peaks S03E08


I expect the first three to still be high up in my ten best list and I'm not sure anything can beat the French cannibal-coming-of-age drama Raw, which blew me away. The last three films I don't expect to be there once I've caught up with everything. Okja's ending makes up for some early missteps while Colossal and Jane Doe are let down by a last act which isn't as good as what went before.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:45 pm 
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I’m over my big festival bump now, so I can put together a top ten with a little confidence.

It hasn’t been an especially strong year, from what I’ve seen. I’ve caught nearly twenty titles from Cannes, and only a few seemed to me among the best of the year. On the other hand, there were fewer outright duds than in recent memory, to the extent that I haven’t even got a ‘worst of 2017’ addenda that I can add with much force.

TOP TEN of 2017 (no particular order)

VISAGES, VILLAGES (Varda, JR) – Agnes Varda’s new film is one of the most purely joyous films I’ve ever seen. It’s like digital serotonin. Varda and her young photomuralist friend turn rural France into their own personal art project, while very lightly musing on artistic creation, the value of labour, the ravages of age, life and death. Probably the best film at Cannes, and it wasn’t even in competition.

THE SQUARE (Ostlund) – While this might have been the best film that was in competition, so it’s kind of astounding that it actually won the Palme. Dark, hilarious, occasionally disturbing, but formidably thematically coherent, tackling the role – and limits - of empathy in modern society from every conceivable angle.

A GENTLE CREATURE (Losnitza) – Hey! I might be the only person in the world who liked this film! But I liked it a lot. It’s more in the vein of My Joy than In the Fog, and it’s more in the vein of The Asthenic Syndrome than either of them. In fact, I was half-expecting a ‘To Kira’ title to appear before the final credits. Most of the film is a queasily historically ambiguous allegory that steadily accumulates dread like a long skirt in a Gulag accumulates mud and shit, with Muratovan repetitions that cycle the protagonist through various circles of bureaucratic hell. There’s an extended, clearly indicated dream / nightmare sequence at the end that I don’t get audiences not getting (it’s the most straightforward part of the film by far), before the final curtain opens on the abyss. Losnitza’s flair for filling the Cinemascope frame is as brilliant as ever and for me this was the year’s definitive feel-bad movie (and thus the polar opposite of the Varda).

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(Losnitza) – However, I liked this spare, exquisitely constructed documentary even more. In a sequence of precisely framed static shots, we make our way through the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, in the company of thousands and thousands of tourists. This is a brilliantly constructed film, with every shot linked to the ones before or after it in some subtle way (location reference, soundtrack). There’s no narration beyond what we overhear from various tour guides. We float through a site of horror, bearing witness to its other witnesses: bored, hungry, oblivious or engaged. Absolutely mesmerizing.

A MEMORY OF OTHERS (Ogston) – Simon Ogston has made a number of very good documentaries on marginal New Zealand musicians (Skeptics, Phil Dadson), and he’s a rare maker of music documentaries who really understands music. These aren’t celebrity docs garnished with twenty-second clips of the artist’s best-known songs: the films are interested in the creative process and allow us to hear full or extended performances. This documentary portrait goes even further, taking Direen (a strong candidate for New Zealand’s greatest songwriter) on tour through various old haunts. On the way he makes pilgrimages to places of personal or cultural significance. It’s a perfectly balanced picture, Direen is a shy, wry, thoughtful subject, and the music is gold. I loved the way that nothing was overexplained, though non-locals might be struggling with all the historical, cultural and geographic resonances the film effortlessly encompasses. Maybe a North American viewer would recognize Janet Frame or have heard of the Christchurch Earthquake, but would they spot Michael Joseph Savage and understand the significance of his portrait, recognise Rangitoto, or know of James K. Baxter?

GOODBYE UTOPIA (Ding) – I saw a lot of great animation (and a lot middling animation), so here’s the most singular one I saw. Ding Shiwei presents a grid of nine widescreen images, each depicting repetitive, sinister allegorical actions (tiny figures hurl themselves from an evolving urban landscape, an army of hands hoist little red books in the air, a headless orchestra plays on and on). Each mini-frame zooms out and in in turn. Grim, hypnotic, atmospheric.

ARABY (Dumans / Uchoa) – And here come the astonishing first films. This one is so neglected it’s actually listed twice on imdb as separate films. It starts out as a very well-done, but familiar, tale of a young teen struggling to raise his brother practically alone in a tiny Brazliian town dominated by a noisome factory. It potters along in this vein for half an hour before taking a radical swerve, picking up a new protagonist, changing style and indicating a belated restart with the delayed title card. For the rest of the film, it’s a fragmentary memoir, with the style of the film matching its unpolished narration. I don’t want to spoil anything, but this film has an utterly brilliant ending in which cinematic and literary effects dovetail perfectly.

THE SUMMER IS GONE (Zhang) & SUMMER 1993 (Simon) – Here are two exceptional first films, both with summer in the title, both quasi-autobiographical memoirs about one summer in the directors’ childhood in the early 1990s. The similarities end there.

Zhang Dalei’s black and white, obliquely narrated beauty is clearly indebted to Hou and Yang (long shots, frames within frames, an eschewal of exposition), but he somehow works in a lush, romantic score that seems exactly right, and incorporates lyrical dream sequences that recall Wen Zhu’s South of the Clouds, but nothing much from the New Taiwanese Cinema.

Carla Simon’s film is colourful and impressionistic. A very young girl is taken to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother dies. She struggles to fit in. The film’s very great strength is that it is entirely told from the point of view of six-year-old Frida, so we have to piece together the whole story from fragments of adult conversation overheard, but not fully understood, by the protagonist. You keep waiting for Simon’s nerve to falter, but she sticks to this strict narrative rule right to the bitter end.

If both of these filmmakers can apply the same skill and rigour to non-autobiographical material with their follow-ups, we might have seen the arrival of a couple of major talents.

WESTERN (Grisebach) – Randomly promoted from the secondary list when I realised that I only had nine films, so this one is likely to change. Tense, yet curiously relaxed cultural clash drama (German workers ‘invade’ small Bulgarian village while working on a power station). It’s naturalistic and unadorned (to the point of making great use of unlit night time scenes for maximum unease), but the film casually accumulates tokens and symbols of the western, something that Grisebach uses expertly to build and undercut viewer expectations. It’s been eleven years since her last feature (a sadly common plight for women directors), and this was, for me, a good step up from Sehnsucht.


TEN MORE:

More good things from Cannes:

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (Lanthimos) – Possibly even darker and more perverse than The Lobster, maybe because it cleaves closer to reality (though it’s always Lanthimos’ off-putting Bizarro version of reality). Funny and disturbing, and you know a film is doing something right when an audience is nervously laughing at the audacity of the film’s climax and God’s Angry Man in the row in front of me feels compelled to scream “Not Funny! Not Funny!”

LOVELESS (Zvyangintsev) – I’ve always admired Zvyangintsev’s meticulous, monumental style, but I’ve found myself less and less engaged in his films as it just seems overdeterminative when it comes to relationship dramas and social critiques. But for this film that style seemed perfectly suited to the procedural sequences, which occupy the central bulk of the film and are beautifully done.

BRIGHT SUNSHINE IN (Denis) – This seemed like very minor Denis at first, but I liked it more and more as it went along (and after it ended). It’s quite a departure for her, and I guess it’s a little disappointing that it’s a departure that resembles a lot of other contemporary French arthouse filmmaking (urban middle-class, middle-aged bohemian relationship drama), but it never quite settles into that particular rut, and the final sequence, which plays out through the credits, is a delight that really sets the film apart from the run of the mill. Mainly, I’m reassured that a great, established modern filmmaker is still trying new approaches, in the midst of others of her generation (Haneke, Kaurismaki) offering up polished retreads of countless earlier films.

CLAIRE’S CAMERA (Hong) – And, just to contradict myself, here’s the retread king. Hong has stepped up production to a ridiculous extent, with four new films released in the last twelve months. This nevertheless is sweet and fresh, with a female focus, some nifty structural tricks (scenes that appear to be flashbacks aren’t and vice versa) and enjoyably awkward ESL acting.

LEANING INTO THE WIND (Riedelsheimer) – I saw a lot of great documentaries this year about charming, down-to-earth, avuncular middle-aged or older male artists (see also A Memory of Others above), so this film about Andy Goldsworthy is kind of standing in for a bunch of other terrific films about Kobi Bossard, Bill Frisell, Tony Conrad and (at a stretch) Dries Van Noten.

MOTH RA SPACE (Fletcher) – Gorgeous, trippy abstract animation. Layered and hypnagogic, dense and eventful.

MY YEAR WITH HELEN (Preston) – Gaylene Preston documents Helen Clark’s bid for the Secretary Generalship of the UN. The film is less a personal portrait (Clark characteristically plays her cards close to her chest throughout) than it is a revealing exploration of UN internal politics and sham ‘transparency’. Gaylene Preston is a master documentary filmmaker, and her skill and experience make this study relaxed, confident and extremely concise.

OH WHAT A WONDERFUL FEELING (Jaros) – This short film was a triumph of style over substance, but what style! The comings and goings of truckstop prostitutes with sci-fi lighting, horror movie dread and mise en scene by David Lynch.

MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (Barras) – A terrific dark children’s film.

THE UNTAMED (Escalante) – I wrote a little about this in its dedicated thread. There’s still a lot I don’t like about Escalante’s filmmaking, but this was memorably strange enough to make the also-ran list.


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1. Dunkirk
2. Baby Driver
3. I Am Not Your Negro
4. Get Out
5. Wonder Woman
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Enjoyed Spider-Man Homecoming, Logan, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.


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1. Ghost In The Shell
2. Alien: Covenant
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Previous lists: 2016, 2015, 2014


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:38 pm 
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Haven't done this in a while...

1. The Big Sick (Showalter)
2. The Unknown Girl (Dardennes)
3. Get Out (Peele)
4. Baby Driver (Wright)
5. Wonder Woman (Jenkins)
6. John Wick: Chapter 2 (Stahelski)
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Sponge-worthy: Kong: Skull Island; Alien: Covenant; Logan; Spider-Man: Homecoming

Not Sponge-worthy: Guardians of the Galaxy 2;


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:00 pm 
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1. mother!
2. T2: Trainspotting
3. A Ghost Story
4. Get Out
5. Colossal
6. It Comes at Night
7. It
8. Alien: Covenant


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:20 pm 
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1. Western (Valeska Grisebach)
2. Thelma (Joachim Trier)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:28 pm 

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I'm really behind on films this year:
1. Blade Runner
2.The Florida Project
3. Killing of a Sacred Deer


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