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    Best of 2010-2019

    Decade's almost over, folks. Give us your lists here and update them throughout the year, and we'll do a consensus thing at the end:

    Mine so far:

    Mistress America - 82
    The We and the I - 81
    The Wolf of Wall Street - 80
    Confessions - 78
    The World of Us - 77
    Boyhood - 76
    What We Do in the Shadows - 76
    A Touch of Sin - 75
    The Wind Rises - 75
    Burning - 75

    I plan to spend this year catching up on this decade.
    Last 10 Movies Seen
    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    In no particular order:

    Elle
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Phantom Thread
    Under the Skin
    The Handmaiden
    Holy Motors
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    La Grande Bellezza
    The Skin I Live In
    The Neon Demon

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    As of now:

    1. Toy Story 3
    2. Cloud Atlas
    3. Before Midnight
    4. The Tree of Life
    5. It's Such a Beautiful Day
    6. Two Days, One Night
    7. Boyhood
    8. A Separation
    9. Mad Max: Fury Road
    10. Call Me By Your Name
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Not in order, but 10 movies that have held up for me. I'm still way behind on 2017-2018:

    The Ghost Writer (2010)
    The Social Network (2010)
    A Separation (2011)
    Contagion (2011)
    Looper (2012)
    Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    Inherent Vice (2014)
    Chi-Raq (2015)
    Love & Friendship (2016)
    Get Out (2017)

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    Shortlisted:

    Cold War
    Eighth Grade
    The Florida Project
    Inception
    It's Such a Beautiful Day
    The Lure
    A Man Called Ove
    Mustang
    Oslo, August 31st
    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
    Pina
    The Shape of Water
    Shoplifters
    Suntan
    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
    The Tree of Life
    Two Days, One Night
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    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    The Tree of Life
    Margaret
    Holy Motors
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    The Immigrant
    First Reformed
    Her
    OJ: Made in America
    Inside Out
    Lady Bird


    Honorable Mentions:
    Greenberg
    The Social Network
    Under the Skin
    Moonrise Kingdom
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Inside Job
    Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
    Melancholia
    Take Shelter
    20th Century Women
    Blade Runner: 2049
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Joker - 7
    Ad Astra - 8
    Toy Story 4 - 8
    IT Chapter Two - 5
    Desperately Seeking Susan - 7
    Parasite - 7
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 9
    Manson (1973) - 7
    Brick - 7
    War of the Worlds (2005) - 8

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    Just to get myself started.

    2010 - Inception (How to Train Your Dragon, MacGruber)
    2011 - The Tree of Life (Attack the Block, MI: Ghost Protocol)
    2012 - Cloud Atlas (The Cabin in the Woods, Kill List)
    2013 - The World's End (Before Midnight, The Wolf of Wall Street)
    2014 - Edge of Tomorrow (The Lego Movie, Whiplash)
    2015 - Mad Max: Fury Road (Creed, What We Do in the Shadows)
    2016 - Green Room (The Invitation, Kubo and the Two Strings)
    2017 - Phantom Thread (Get Out, Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
    2018 - MI: Fallout (Annihilation, BlackkKlansman)
    2019 -

    Whittling down 2014 was the hardest, I had to not include a bunch of favorites like: The Babadook, The Boxtrolls, Boyhood, Godzilla, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick, Nightcrawler, Noah, The Raid 2, Snowpiercer, and Under the Skin. Good God, what a year.
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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    2010 - MacGruber
    N O I C E
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Joker - 7
    Ad Astra - 8
    Toy Story 4 - 8
    IT Chapter Two - 5
    Desperately Seeking Susan - 7
    Parasite - 7
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 9
    Manson (1973) - 7
    Brick - 7
    War of the Worlds (2005) - 8

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    N O I C E

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    I'll need to dig into this.

    If anyone wants to pull up a thread of the Top Tens of each year, that'd be cool!

    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
    It: Chapter 2 - *


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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    I'll need to dig into this.

    If anyone wants to pull up a thread of the Top Tens of each year, that'd be cool!
    Good idea. One of the reasons I wanted this up for a year is to get recommendations BEFORE the final tally so the lists can be more complete.

    All movies rated 70+. Korean movies in italics.

    2010
    Confessions
    Shutter Island
    Bedeviled
    Winter's Bone
    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
    13 Assassins
    Toy Story 3
    Inception
    Despicable Me

    2011
    Margaret
    A Separation
    Elena
    Bleak Night
    Attack the Block
    The Skin I Live In
    Melancholia
    Bridesmaids
    Fright Night
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Drive
    Martha Marcy May Marlene

    2012
    The We and the I
    Zero Dark Thirty
    ParaNorman
    Killing Them Softly
    Looper
    Cabin in the Woods
    Frances Ha

    2013
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    A Touch of Sin
    The Wind Rises
    This is the End
    Before Midnight
    A Very Ordinary Couple
    Resolution
    You're Next

    2014
    Boyhood
    What We Do in the Shadows
    Gone Girl
    Coherence
    The Raid 2
    Blue Ruin
    Godzilla
    The One I Love
    Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2

    2015
    Mistress America
    Sicario
    It Follows
    The Lobster
    The Big Short

    2016
    The World of Us
    A Monster Calls
    Indignation
    Manchester by the Sea
    The Nice Guys
    The Girl with all the Gifts
    Seoul Station

    2017
    Logan
    The War for the Planet of the Apes
    A Ghost Story
    Get Out
    The Florida Project
    Wind River

    2018
    Burning
    You Were Never Really Here
    Hereditary
    Support the Girls
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    Last 10 Movies Seen
    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    True Grit
    Drive
    The Master
    Upstream Color
    Under the Skin
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Silence
    The Lost City of Z
    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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    Long-listed:

    • Copie conforme (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
    • The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski, 2010)
    • Mysteries of Lisbon (Raùl Ruiz, 2010)
    • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
    • L'Apollonide—Souvenirs de la maison close (Bertrand Bonello, 2011)
    • Le Gamin au vélo (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2011)
    • Hors Satan (Bruno Dumont, 2011)
    • Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
    • Here, Then (Mao Mao, 2012)
    • Modest Reception (Mani Haghighi, 2012)
    • Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas, 2012)
    • Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo, 2013)
    • Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
    • The Forbidden Room (Evan Johnson/Guy Maddin, 2015)
    • Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
    • Hermia & Helena (Matías Piñeiro, 2016)
    • The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz, 2016)
    • The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017)
    • Western (Valeska Griesbach, 2017)
    Just because...
    A Man of Integrity (Mohammad Rasoulof, 2017) mild
    Rapado (Martín Rejtman, 1992) mild
    The Southerner (Jean Renoir, 1945) warm

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    Narrative Comprehension and Film by Edward Branigan


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    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
    It: Chapter 2 - *


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    I'm genuinely surprised at several of trans' selections made a 70+. Good on ya sir.

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    I'm genuinely surprised at several of trans' selections made a 70+. Good on ya sir.
    I need to catch up on a lot of non-English films for this decade. I've watched very few of the ones on people's lists so far.
    Last 10 Movies Seen
    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Need to do some proofreading on old lists, but looking like my top ten will be comprised of:

    2010:
    Shutter Island
    Inception
    A Prophet
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Social Network

    2011:
    Drive
    Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Hanna
    Moneyball

    2012:
    Django Unchained
    The Grey
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Oslo, August 31

    2013:
    12 Years A Slave
    Inside Lleweyn Davis
    Wolf of Wall Street
    Blue is the Warmest Color

    2014:
    Gone Girl
    Interstellar
    Birdman
    The Babadook

    2015:
    The Revenant
    Son of Saul
    Big Short

    2016:
    Arrival
    Hell or High Water
    Moonlight

    2017:
    Dunkirk
    Logan
    Florida Project
    Mother!

    2018:
    Suspiria
    Vice
    Sorry to Bother You

    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
    It: Chapter 2 - *


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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    2010:
    A Prophet
    This premiered at Cannes in 2009, if that matters to you.
    Just because...
    A Man of Integrity (Mohammad Rasoulof, 2017) mild
    Rapado (Martín Rejtman, 1992) mild
    The Southerner (Jean Renoir, 1945) warm

    The last book I read was...
    Narrative Comprehension and Film by Edward Branigan


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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    This premiered at Cannes in 2009, if that matters to you.
    February 2010 USA release. hmm....

    I don't think it squeezes into the top ten anyhow.

    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
    It: Chapter 2 - *


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    Usually my lists tend to end up reflecting my larger preferences, hopefully because I do a good job searching out those kinds of films. Here's how it breaks down for me:

    Black Comedy
    The Square
    The Lobster
    Listen Up Phillip


    Realist
    Goodbye, First Love
    Our Little Sister
    Margaret


    Minimalist/Metaphorical/Structuralist
    The Tree of Life
    The Strange Little Cat
    Le Quattro Volte


    Expressionist
    (null)
    Bonus:
    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    To See (among innumerable others): Tabu, House of Tolerance, Winter Sleep, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Post Tenebras Lux, Meek's Cutoff, The Turin Horse, Hard to Be a God

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    Quote Quoting PURPLE (view post)
    Expressionist
    (null)
    Are you referring to the short film (null), or something else?
    Last Five Films I've Seen (Out of 5)

    The Addams Family (Vernon/Tiernan, 2019) 2.5
    The Dead Center (Senese, 2019) 3.5
    Aquarela (Kossakovsky, 2019) 4
    Joker (Phillips, 2019) 3.5
    Dolemite Is My Name (Brewer, 2019) TBA Later This Month
    Marriage Story (Baumbach, 2019) 4.5
    Judy (Goold, 2019) 3.5
    Monos (Landes, 2019) 4.5
    Abominable (Culton, 2019) 3

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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
    Are you referring to the short film (null), or something else?
    Is it good enough to put there?

    I just meant that I typically love wildly expressionist films but I couldn't think of any that fit the bill among the best of the decade. (null) meant "None available to list at this time". Maybe I should have put that, but there's no way of knowing if that's also a short film or not! Well, I could use the internet, but that seems like a lot of work.

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    Over the past few days I've watched a couple of films from this thread to start playing catch-up and it's paid off very well so far.

    A Separation was one that's long eluded me, even though I knew it was universally praised. Somehow I had thought it was essentially an Iranian Scenes from a Marriage. I was very happy to find that it was much more than that. But damn, the real surprise was Green Room, maybe because I had more modest expectations. It's not easy to make a film feel dangerous and tense for nearly 90 straight minutes, but this one had me gripped. I thought no way would it stick the ending, but the ending was fantastic! Really surprised at how effective it was.

    I'm going to try to keep dialing up films from your lists. I'll try to hit at least one new film from everyone.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    Yeah, Green Room would certainly be one of the biggest surprises of the decade for me.

    Funny story for me, I had no idea of the premise or ANYTHING really. Just that it was well-liked. I thought it was going to be a rock & roll movie... And uh, things changed.

    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
    It: Chapter 2 - *


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    As the movie settles in, it occurs to me that Green Room works effectively on multiple levels.

    First off, it's main purpose is to be a thriller and it certainly works on that level. It's tense. It's scary. It's got great pacing, and just enough downtime to get us ready to be horrified again.

    Second, its got a resonant anti-fascist thrust. I hesitate to call it 'undertones' because it's all there on the surface. If this movie came out in the past two years, you might think it a little too on the nose. But the far left/far right dichotomy in this movie is rich and prescient in the way it speaks to the current intractable struggle in American politics. The right wing controls the weapons and the property and the police. The left wing is blinded by its own sense of righteousness, not realizing the vulnerability of its position until its too late. The result is in fact "a nightmare for us all."

    Finally, it's really clever in the way it plays around with audience expectations and the conventions of the genre:

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    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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