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2018 year end wrap up

1 Jan

Another year. Another list. 

 

Here is a video where I countdown my favourites from the year in cinema.

 

 

If you are, let’s say, at work or perhaps in the woods with limited data connection, or in another environment where watching a video would be inappropriate here are my top 25 films of 2018:

 

25- Have A Nice Day 

24- Thunder Road

23- Isle Of Dogs 

22- Juliet Naked

21- First Reformed 

20- Revenge

19- Unsane

18- Sicario 2  

17- Phantom Thread

16- Mandy

15- Hereditary

14- Assassination Nation 

13- Mid 90’s

12- Night Comes On

11- 8th Grade

10- The Sisters Brothers

9- The Favourite 

8- Sorry To Bother You

7- Roma

6- White Rabbit 

5- Support The Girls

4- Vox Lux

3- You Were Never Really Here

2- Annihilation

1- Suspiria 

 

Looking forward to 2019 and we have some good stuff on the horizon. Here are my most anticipated films of 2019:

 

10 – The Nightingale 

Why? Jennifer Kent proved she would be a major horror talent to keep an eye on within the genre with her stunning debut The Babadook, so seeing what she does on a bigger scale should be fascinating.

Release Date: Unknown 

9 – Sound of Metal 

Why? Derek Cianfrance has always chosen interesting projects and so it’s no surprise that his discarded script now being directed by frequent writer/collaborator Darius Marder would catch my attention.

Release Date: fall? 

 

8- JoJo Rabbit 

Why? The creative mind behind the best entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Thor: Ragnarok), What We Do In The Shadows, and Flight Of The Conchords is back with a new project surrounding a young boy and his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler. A master of dark comedy, Taika Waititi is never one to disappoint.

Release date: fall? 

7- Uncut Gems 

Why? The Safdie Brothers are back!! After the 1-2 punch of Heaven Knows What and Good Time, we see the siblings direct a crime thriller starring Adam Sandler of all people?? Hell, if it worked for Noah Baumbach, a Sandler-against-type can work for anyone.

Release date: Late summer?

6 – Ad Astra 

Why? A sprawling, big-budget space epic starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland?? Count me in. Directed by James Gray, this one will hopefully be joining the likes of Chris Nolan’s Interstellar and Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity as a modern sci-fi classic.

Release date: Wide on May 24 

5- Climax

Why? Because it’s the new Gaspar Noe film and the reception from its festival bow at Cannes earlier this year is beyond positive. As one of cinema’s most interesting provocateurs, you can expect something stylish, loud, and unpredictable.

Release date: March 1 

4- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Why? A new Tarantino film is always cause for excitement, but this one – a story involving the infamous Manson murders from the 70’s – seems to have the most impressive ensemble cast of any Tarantino to date.

Release date: July 26

3- Velvet Buzzsaw

Why? Nightcrawler was one of the best hidden gems of 2014. A searing satire of Los Angeles culture and one of the absolute best films to truly show off Jake Gyllenhaal‘s acting prowess. The noted thespian is back again, joining forces with director Dan Gilroy in another satire/horror/wtf-freak fest centered around the LA art scene.

Release date: Feb 1st on Netflix

2- US

Why? Jordan Peele’s marvelous Get Out seemed to arrive at just the right time to encapsulate the post-Trump cultural zeitgeist. His follow-up seems more geared to be a straight-up horror flick compared to the zany and unpredictable satire piece that made Get Out such a powerful viewing experience. Peele has said his influences for this project range from The Shining to Funny Games to Martyrs. Color me intrigued.

Release date: March 15 

1- The Irishman 

Why? I’ve had this one on my lists for a while now. Roma proved the streaming giant Netflix can be taken seriously as a legit platform for awards-contenders, and this long-gestating project from Martin Scorsese should hopefully be worth the wait.

Release date: who knows? Netflix can’t possibly put this off for another year can they?? Perhaps the company will pull a “Cloverfield Paradox” and drop the thing without warning right after the superbowl. Your guess is as good as mine. 

 

Get Out (2017)

24 Feb

Let’s say you’re on the road to meet your girlfriend’s parents for the first time. This situation alone is the nightmare of many, but let’s imagine for a second that they might – heaven forbid – be a bit racist. Not the Alabama-redneck, confederate-flag-toting kind of racist, but more like the passive-aggressive, educated white “we voted for Obama, we promise!” kind of racist. This is the premise for the new horror comedy Get Out; the terror here is not sourced from some demonic supernatural entity or schizophrenic masked serial killer but from ol’ fashioned disdain of having a white daughter who is currently dating a black man.

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is naturally a bit apprehensive to meet Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents after hearing that he is, in fact, the first person of color she has ever dated. Followed by some hilariously awkward conversations with Miss and Mr. Armitage (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford, respectively) that only confirm Chris’ racial paranoia, and a few weird encounters with missing person Andrew (Lakeith Stanfield) and Rose’s brother (Caleb Landry Jones) seal the deal: something is wayyyy off about the Armitage family.  What starts out as a slow burn psychological thriller soon gives way to a twisty, violent nail biter as Chris peels back the layers of the Armitage family and does his best to survive his weekend away.

Make no mistake: Get Out is a serious-minded horror film, but also one that is self-aware and also manages to pack a biting (and often hilarious) socio-political punch. It’s a very bold film to say the least – especially in a post-Obama America where racial tensions were supposed to be long dissolved. Director Jordan Peele confidently holds his own as a feature-length director, and brings his witty comedic skills to the script.  Though some scenes feels unnecessary at times, most of what we see is a tightly-controlled and well-executed genre piece that plays at length with uncomfortable racial undertones. It’s an incredibly awkward mix that should’ve fallen apart at the seams (I can’t imagine how a major Hollywood studio even found the balls to fund something like this) but in the hands of Peele, everything works out beautifully and leaves me wanting more.

Bottom Line: A highly-entertaining directorial debut by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame, Get Out plays out like an extended College Humor skit in the best way possible. 

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Rating: 7.5/10 

Film recipe: You’re Next! + Tucker & Dale vs Evil + House of the Devil