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HAPY NEW YEAR!


On this latest entry we step away from Deren's direct influence on David Lynch and take look at her general influence & visual similarities on various films & filmmakers over the years.

Make sure to let me know if you think I'm reaching.

Enjoy...


At Land / Inception

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Ida

Meshes Of The Afternoon / The Tree Of Life

Meshes Of The Afternoon / Wild Strawberries / Only God Forgives

At Land / Knight Of Cups

At Land / Ghost Dog

At Land / Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'

Meshes Of The Afternoon / D a Mystery Of Chessboxin'

At Land / The Night Comes For Us

At Land / Man Bites Dog

At Land /
Drunken Angel /
The 400 Blows

At Land / Maxhumain

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With the passing of the legendary Mean Gene Okerlund, we decided to talk wrestling-related movies.

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Episode 83 - SoundCloud
(4566 secs long, 38 plays)Play in SoundCloud
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I wrote about Bill Gunn's Personal Problems (one of my favorite new/old films of the year) for Rupert Pupkin Speaks. Click here or the image above to go to the article.

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Artwork courtesy of Patrick Horvath


This year was is a little strange. Not bad, just strange...
While there were certainly lots of good/solid/entertaining films (Black Panther, Upgrade, The Green Fog, etc), there were only a handful of exceptional releases that truly stood out to me (Zama, Shoplifters, The Rider, etc) along with a few pleasant surprises (Game Night, Lowlife, etc).
The rest of my Top 10 is made up of slightly flawed works with head-scratching endings (First Reformed) or movies from the early 1980’s that didn’t get a theatrical run until this year (Personal Problems).

I admit that my excitement for 2018 died a little when I discovered films like High Life, Our Time & American Dharma wouldn’t be released until 2019 (who knows when American Dharma will get a proper release). But I guess the positive is that 2019 is already shaping up to be a good year (all the aforementioned films are already in my top 10 for next year).

I still had fun documenting, podcasting & writing about the 2018 movie year (make sure to go back and explore both PINNLAND EMPIRE & Zebras In America as I’ve given my thoughts on every film on this list in either written form or podcast form).


Enjoy...



TOP 10

1-4: ALL AROUND GREAT 
(films that I felt were just all around great. Essentially the 1st tier of great 2018 films)
Zama/ Shoplifters
The Rider / You Were Never Really Here


5-6: SOLID 
(the 2nd tier of all-around great films from 2018)
Burning / The Favourite


7-8: UNDER THE RADAR 
(films I loved from 2018 that may not have had the same exposure or platform as the larger releases, but are still great)
Lowlife / Monrovia, Indiana


9: FRUSTRATING BUT REWARDING 
(all around great but one major flaw or weird aspect that really bugged me)
First Reformed


10: BEST NEW OLD MOVIE 
(an old film that didn't get a proper release until this year which, in my opinion, makes it a 2018 movie)
Personal Problems





JURY PRIZE
These are movies that I genuinely loved but I also have some kind of personal connection to either the film or the filmmaker. In this year's case, I happen to know Kurt Vincent & Irene Chin (Friends Of Wonder) and I have a very biased love towards Bruno Dumont and his work as he's slowly becoming one of my all-time personal favorite filmmakers (Jeanette...)
Jeanette: The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc / Friends Of Wonder / 24 Frames





HONORABLE MENTION
It wouldn't be right to define an entire year with just a handful of movies. Below are some more solid releases from 2018 worth your time...

TOP TIER:
The Taste Of Cement / Blue / Cold War


THESE MOVIES HAD NO BUSINESS BEING THIS GOOD:
Game Night / Upgrade / Equalizer 2


SOLID:
Black Panther / Marlina: The Murderer In Four Parts


FRUSTRATING BUT REWARDING:
Vox Lux / The Green Fog / Widows





HONORABLE HONORABLE MENTION
A few more movies from 2018 worth your time...

Suspiria / Three Identical Strangers
Claire's Camera / Mandy
Hereditary / The Night Comes For Us
Avengers: Infinity Wars / Roma





OTHER MOVIES POSSIBLY WORTH YOUR TIME
These aren't exactly the best films from 2018 but they all had something that earned them a mention on this year's list...
Deadpool / Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs / If Beale Street Could Talk
Death To Stalin / Ant & Wasp
Sorry To Bother You / 8th Grade




UNDECIDED...
(I need more time to process these)
Madeline's Madeline / The House That Jack Built






(PERSONAL) FAVORITE PERFORMANCES OF 2018
Matheus Nachtergaele - Zama*
Shaye Ogbonna - Lowlife*
Topher grace - Blackkklansman
Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool 2
Joaquin Phoenix - You Were Never Really Here*
Rachel Mcadams - Game Night*
Millicent Simmons - A Quiet Place
Stacy Martin - Vox Lux
Steve Yeun - Burning
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
Nicholas Cage - Mandy
Sam Elliot - A Star Is Born
Emma Stone/Rachel Weisz/Coleman - The Favourite*
Ethan Hawke - First Reformed*
Matt Dillon - The House That Jack Built
Daniel Kaluuya - Widows
Mia Goth - Suspiria
Toni Colette - Hereditary





PERSONAL FAVORITE IMAGES FROM 2018
Mandy

Burning

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami

Blue

First Reformed

The Rider

Zama

Zama

Zama

You Were Never Really Here
24 Frames

24 Frames





HIGHLIGHTS, LOWLIGHTS & OTHER RANDOM MOVIE MOMENTS FROM 2018...

Hold The Dark

Y’all really liked this? (Hold The Dark)*

So this is becoming a genre now? (Blindspotting, The Hate You Give, First Purge, Monsters & Men)

It really was that bad (Venom)

Venom

Jesus christ - stop waisting Michelle Williams' time! (Venom)*

If you actually liked this movie I honestly hate you (The First Purge)

Grace Jones being an unbelievable diva in Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami

Hereditary

the clicking noise in Hereditary*

Meh: Blackkklansman, Unsane , Annihilation, Thoroughbreds , Roxanne Roxanne, Fahrenheit 451, Let The Sunshine In 

Mission Impossible: Fallout
ok, I guess: Creed 2, Isle Of Dogs, Mission Impossible Fallout* & A Quiet Place

The lama scene in Zama

chasing after the bus at the end of Shoplifters

All the estrogen in Suspiria

Lowlife
El Monstro going in to rage mode in Lowlife*

The respect Ryan Prows showed Lucha wrestling in Lowlife

mad that I missed: Paddington 2, The World Before Your Feet & Bisbee 17

indifferent about missing: The Green Book, First Man & Vice

completely fine with missing: Tyrel & Bohemian Rhapsody 

The Rider

the hospital visits in The Rider*

the overall..
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We're joined by real life friend/friend of the show; Mtume Gant. Listen as we talk about everything from Widows & Creed 2 to Shoplifters.

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Episode 81 - SoundCloud
(4973 secs long, 11 plays)Play in SoundCloud
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On this latest entry, we take a look at a particular scene from one of Akerman's most well known films and the (possible) influence it may have had on LGBTQ cinema (along with a few other bonus comparisons).

Enjoy...

Also - make sure to check out:
PART ONE
PART TWO
PART THREE
PART FOUR
PART FIVE


Je Tu Il Elle / Mulholland Drive

Je Tu Il Elle / Blue Is The Warmest Color

Je Tu Ill Elle / Carol

Je Tu Il Elle / The Handmaiden

Je Tu Il Elle / High Art

Jeanne Dielman... /
Blue Is The Warmest Color

Jeanne Dielman... /
Manhunter

Je Tu Il Elle / Attenberg

Toute Une Nuit / Down By Law

Toute Une Nuit / No Fear No Die / US Go Home / Nenette & Boni / 35 Rhums

Family Business / Henry Fool

Jeanne Dielman... / Ida

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