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    2018 Noteworthy Films

    This is a listing of 15 noteworthy 2018 films that I’ve seen: Annihilation An unsettling sci-fi about an alien force that can alter living DNA. Black Panther Arguably Marvel's masterpiece. The movie explores social issues with commendable deftness with no shortage of thrills. A Quiet Place It's a creature feature, sure, but Emily Blunt's performance as a mother walking a tightrope of silence to protect her family elevates the story. Avengers: Infinity War The least joyous film in the series, which finds our beloved protectors being wiped out, literally, by Thanos, the villain to top all villains. The Death of Stalin A black comedy about the absurdity and wickedness of authoritarian governments. Hereditary Not the most original horror film, but the genre touchstones are executed with such mastery that it looks like nothing we've seen before. A triumph of set design and acting. Mission: Impossible - Fallout This is now the premier action adventure franchise, as Tom Cruise and company get better with each installment. The Wife Notable for Glenn Close's performance as the wife of a prestigious author, a performance which should land the actress her first Academy Award. Burning This hypnotic thriller from South Korea touches on class, gender power struggles, and is simply devastating. Searching for Ingmar Bergman Bergman is presented as a true artist. Interviews with his children show him as not an exemplary father. This doc reinforces the view that directing for Bergman was a vocation, and an all-consuming one at that. The Favourite A costume drama set in the court of Queen Anne, with plenty of scheming, backstabbing and bedroom politics. This is not a Masterpiece Theatre version of English royalty. Mary Queen of Scots It's not just Catholics vs Protestants. It's a feminist take on the bond between two great women, Mary and Elizabeth, who if left to themselves could have coexisted rather peacefully. Vice Adam McKay has become our foremost maestro for satirizing political history. His target is now Vice President Dick Cheney, and how he turned a constitutionally weak office into the most powerful position in the free world, with consequences still being felt. Stan & Ollie A nostalgic look at Stan & Ollie, as they perform live shows in England, circa 1953, as a run up to what they hope will convince a studio to bankroll their comeback film. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan and Ollie respectively, are unrecognizable, in a good way. Cold War Shot in silky black & white, two lovers in 1950s Poland struggle to find happiness together, but are undone by other commitments – politics, art - and by their own foibles. This is Pawel Pawlikowski's follow up to his equally mesmerizing Ida.
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    I've enjoyed reading the commentary and your review very much. The charm of this film is that there is so much that is unexplained, as has already been pointed out. I've seen it several times, and it never gets stale.
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    Name the comedy

    Mexican Spitfire (1940) Next: Erik Rhodes
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    ONE word titles

    Speedy (1928)
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    *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Urban, Karl
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    *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Langlet, Amanda
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    The Freshman (1925)

    Yes, I found the camera work exceptional also. The football game scenes in particular were great. I'm a fan of Harold Lloyd.
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    Carnival of Souls

    Well, I certainly got a jolt last night from watching this picture. The otherworldly organ score certainly ratchets up the scare factor. And that hallucinatory montage of protagonist Mary (a luminous Candace Hilligoss) playing the organ at church, possessed of something that makes her lose control of the notes, so she’s playing a music straight out of hell, while she has visions of the ghosts doing that macabre dance - it was downright brilliant. The message is that death is a cruel master, not to be cheated. Much praise goes to director Herk Harvey, composer Gene Moore, and DP Maurice Prather, and the make-up and effects people for conjuring up this masterful horror classic. The supporting cast, with their low-key, naturalistic acting, were also quite good.
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    *A to Z of Filmmakers*

    Beningni, Roberto - Director
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    Recently Watched Horror

    Poltergeist (1982) turns the haunted house movie on its head. Past chillers like the original The Haunting and The Shining were set in isolated, spooky environments, in which the dwellings themselves were main characters. Poltergeist takes place in sunny So. Cal., in one of those dreamy suburbs out of the Brady Bunch. What can possibly go wrong living there? Poltergeist is very much of its era, with self-referential Stars Wars props. Special effects substitute for psychological horror, and they’re used very effectively: monstrous trees with arms; a piece of steak that takes on a life of its own; and mini tornadoes that occur in bedrooms. The movie is sort of a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style take on horror, or rather a Steven Spielberg version of the genre, since he co-wrote the screenplay, produced, and was on the set almost every day, advising director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). The cast is great, especially JoBeth Williams playing a wife and mother of a family whose normality is shattered by supernatural forces. At first, she’s fascinated, and then terrified, when the restless spirits abduct the youngest daughter, Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke), and take her to the other dimension. The film is notable for the classic shot of Carol Anne sitting in front of the TV watching nothing but static, and uttering “They’re here”. Also good is husband and father Craig T. Nelson, finally figuring it all out, as skeletons are popping out of coffins, screaming at his greedy boss, “You son of a ****, you left the bodies and you only moved the headstones!” Poltergeist is a different kind of ghost story. Gothic horror it’s not. Some of the dialogue is clunky, and a few attempts at humor fall flat. Still, it’s held up quite well over the years. Sadly, Heather O’Rourke, who showed so much promise, left us way too soon.
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    Movies That Make a Statement

    Never Let Me Go (2010)
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    Movies with descriptive titles

    A Special Day (1977)
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    Name the comedy

    Death Becomes Her (1992) Next: Sophia Loren
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    Name the Western

    Run of the Arrow (1957) Next: Miriam Hopkins
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    I Just Watched...

    Waugh’s 1930 novel Vile Bodies is a great read. It’s about the lives of upper-class British university students. These young aristocrats, dubbed Bright Young Things by the British press, enjoyed making mischief and living the high life (in more ways than one). It was a gay-friendly subculture. In 2003 a film called Bright Young Things came out, based on Vile Bodies, and featuring a who’s who of up and comers: James McAvoy, Emily Mortimer, David Tennant and Michael Sheen to name a few. I liked the film very much.

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