I initially hesitated at the over-polished look. Soars once the magic starts. Blunt mesmerizes. Musical set-pieces stun. Heart is in the right place, but low stakes narrative, haphazard resolution. Highly enjoyable escapism à la Disney. [B+]
2018 was not the best year I’ve had, and same goes with my film watching.
This year, I have watched 167 films.
Here are the number of films I have watched throughout the years:
Here are the best and worst films I have watched during the past year:
BEST: Call Me by Your Name (2017) [A] – watched on January 22
“Relaxed yet thrilling. Organic yet incisive. Meandering yet controlled. Felt every emotional beat. Hammer mystifying, Stuhlbarg touching, Chalamet heart-shattering. Sensual, tangible, complete. Ending cornered me, and then broke me. Feels perfect.”
WORST: Spectre (2015) [C-] – watched on January 1
“How to make James Bond boring? Drab visuals, insipid characters, distant narrative. Had a brilliant opening, but I reached a point where I just stopped caring. There’s seriously a problem when Sam Smith’s less-than-thrilling theme is not the worst part of it.”
What are your favorite film viewing experiences this past years? Share your thoughts below. Have a wonderful new year of more film watching!
Unrefined cinematography occasionally bothers, but hugely anchors its impact on the powerful work of Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges. Moments of emotional gut punch land better than half-explored social commentary. I teared up on multiple occasions. [B/B-]
Multi-faceted exploration of a war journalist’s damaged psyche, anchored by Rosamund Pike in a career-best work. It packs powerful emotional punches that rightfully disturb its audience. [B/B+]
Razor-sharp indictment of America through the clear-eyed lens of Steve McQueen. Terrific cast, especially Viola Davis in one of her best performances. Incendiary, riveting, and necessary viewing. [A-]