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Added by johanlefourbe on 7 Feb 2018 08:42
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Top 10 best movies 2018

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People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2


Notes: Since I really loved 'Fantastic Mr. Fox', of course, I was really eager to watch this new stop-motion animated feature from Wes Anderson. And, indeed, I wasn't disappointed and I just really loved the damned thing. First of all, it was such a well made animated feature and the amount of neat details displayed on each screen was just impressive. Furthermore, it was just a really fun adventure with some hilarious dialogue with the typical dry humor we are used to get with West Anderson. On top of that, there was also some room for some more sensitive moments but these scenes never clashed with the rest of the movie. The only critic I could find was that the 'human' characters could have been more developed and the dogs, who were all pretty awesome, were not much developed either because there were so many of them but it wasn't a big deal. Eventually, Wes Anderson displayed once again that he is easily one of the most interesting American directors at work nowadays and I will definitely watch his next director effort.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


Notes: Eventually, the greatest success of this movie was to show not only that the guy shot more 170 people but, above all, the impact on the 300 remaining survivors would be psychologically traumatised maybe forever. Indeed, for more than an hour, they have nowhere to hide, they have no idea about what is really going on, who is attacking them and why, and if someone will finally show up to stop this nightmare. In the mean time, the shooting keeps going on and they do see other survivors running around scared shitless and they hear people screaming so it was a real nightmare and that's why the one-take gimmick really worked. Indeed, this way, there was no break to allow the viewers to breath for a moment and, this way, not only you're on the first line but you get eventually completely sucked in this tragedy. Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was just really heartbreaking and terrifying at same time.
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People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6


Notes: I have always been a big fan of Spike Lee but, to honest, it had been years since the guy made something really amazing. Fortunately, he made an impressive comeback with this movie. Indeed, it worked on so many levels. It was a fun and entertaining police thriller, a sometimes hilarious satire and it also had a powerful message and it is so rare to find a movie managing to mix so many tones and doing it so well. The main character, very well played by John David Washington (yes, the son of Denzel Washington), was also complex and interesting showing some genuine internal conflict between his loyalty to his black folks but also towards his colleagues and his work as a cop. Eventually, in my opinion, the main core was to show that racism in general and the Ku Klux Klan in particular are basically based on ignorance because, at the end of day, it is ridiculous to argue that the color of your skin should make you a better or a worse person. To conclude, it was a really entertaining and powerful movie.
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People who added this item 604 Average listal rating (422 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6


Notes: Well, eventually pretty much like with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, even though I really liked the damned thing, I didn’t think it was so revolutionary though. In my opinion, the main issue was that, after already 18 movies, the MCU has become too big and it has become a shore to link all these movies together and make sure they don’t break the continuity. In this case, as a result, at least half of the movie was spent on explaining why Wakanda and Black Panther were not involved before in the MCU and why they will be involved from now on. I mean, it was rather well done but it wasn’t really compelling and I hope that, after ‘Infinity War’, Marvel will stop to link all their movies together and provide some much needed flexibility to their directors. Anyway, beside this point, it was still a really cool super-hero flick, no doubt about it. In fact, it will probably be a milestone in motion picture history as being the first major black blockbuster ever made, not less than that. Indeed, Ryan Googler delivered a gorgeous movie with a fascinating fantasy African world. On top of that, they gave us an all-star black cast and 2 of the best bad guys in the MCU history (Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue).
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People who added this item 358 Average listal rating (255 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7


Notes: Well, eventually, even though it turned out to be pretty good, I can't say I was really blown away though. The big difference with 'Ex-Machina' was it was one of the most original science-fiction features I have seen in a very long time but this movie was however nothing really original. Indeed, this concept has been so many times before, even recently with 'Arrival' and Garland didn't provide anything really new about the genre. Furthermore, I didn't really get the motivations of the characters. I mean, did it really make sense to keep on going like this? The best explanation they could give was that they were all damaged goods but it was rather weak. Furthermore, even though it was interesting that they chose an all female crew, it didn't make sense either to send a group of scientists with apparently only some basic weapon training in such an unknown and possibly dangerous area. Anyway, the whole thing still worked for me thanks to a very nice the mood. Indeed, it was visually really neat and the cast, especially Jennifer Jason Leigh, delivered some solid performances.
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People who added this item 684 Average listal rating (467 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.9


Notes: If you are into the MCU, this movie will be really rewarding as you get to see more than 30 characters involved in some non-stop back-to-back action scenes. Still, will it become the MCU’s best movie? Certainly not, even if it will probably shatter the box-office. Indeed, to be honest, I actually ended up with some mixed feelings. I mean, sure, it was very spectacular, it was really fun and it was quite impressive to see how they managed to deal with so many characters. However, their way to keep adding more and more characters to the mix has become increasingly frustrating and it has become here even slightly ridiculous. For example, some interesting darker scenes involving the characters facing some great loss, something never done before in the MCU, were handled in just a few seconds before moving on to the next huge action scene. Eventually, even though it was the longest movie delivered by Marvel so far, it could and probably should have been at least 1 hour longer to provide more room to develop the characters and some of the more emotional scenes. Still, even if it wasn’t a complete home-run, in spite of how huge the whole thing was, it was still a really neat blockbuster.
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7


Notes: Since it was the first Asian movie chosen for our film club, I was pretty excited, especially since it had received some stellar reviews. Well, to be honest, it turned out to be a really challenging movie, probably one of the most difficult we have watched so far. As far as I was concerned, I thought it was equally fascinating and frustrating to behold. It was indeed fascinating because, even hours later, I was still thinking about it, making up the wildest theories about what actually happened. But it was also frustrating and not only because the whole thing was very often random and obscure. From my side, the most frustration came from the main character who was just so slow, almost dimwitted, and either terribly passive or erratic, depending on the needs to move on the plot or lack of it. Eventually, I think this movie was above all about loneliness and alienation. Indeed, in their own way, these 3 characters were all lonely and alienated from the world around them. Still, even with this theory, I'm not sure if I understood half of this movie which was just terribly murky and it is definitely an acquired taste.
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Notes: Well, the tricky thing with this movie is that it was released only a few months after the amazing ‘Utøya 22. Juli’ which was also dealing with the same tragedy in Utoya and there is a fair chance that I would have enjoyed more Greengrass’s version if I had not seen just before another stellar movie about the subject. Another thing that bothered me was that even though they went for a Norwegian cast which was really neat, they chose to make them speak English which was really disappointing. At least, it was pretty neat that they chose a really different approach and, as a result, it is actually worthwhile to watch both movies. In this case, the scope was much larger and covered much more ground, like the preparation of the attacks and also the aftermath, but, unfortunately, it also made the whole thing rather unfocused and sometimes slightly frustrating. For example, in contrary to ‘Utøya 22. Juli’, you do spend some time with Anders Behring Breivik but even though Anders Danielsen Lie did give a solid performance, I didn’t feel that I learned really anything about Breivik after all. Eventually, I think the movie would have worked better if they had focused only on Viljar who was such a strong character thanks a really good Jonas Strand Gravli. . Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was still such a powerful story.
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Notes: After the huge critical failure of 'The Sea of Trees' (It is even considered by many as his worst movie so far), Gus Van Sant here made a nice come-back with and this flick was easily his best movie since 'Milk' released already 10 years ago. Still, even though it was indeed an entertaining biopic, it was nothing really amazing, to be honest. I mean, even though Van Sant went for a chaotic and random structure, the whole thing was actually fairly generic and predictable after all. Still, I had never heard of John Callahan before watching this movie, the guy was really interesting and I really appreciate the fact that they kept displaying his work through the whole duration. Eventually, I think I enjoyed mostly the cast involved. Indeed, once again, Joaquin Phoenix completely nailed it and displayed again that he is easily one of the best actors of his generation. On top of that, the rest of the cast (Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black) was also strong even if their characters were unfortunately barely developed. I was above all impressed by Jonah Hill who I didn't recognize at all and it was only by the sound of his voice that I was able to spot him. Anyway, even though it was nothing ground-breaking, it was still a decent biopic and it is definitely worth a look.
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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (265 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: Well, to be honest, I actually ended up with pretty much the same feeling I had with ‘Get Out’ which was another massively heralded horror flick released last year. Indeed, with both movies, the directing and acting were both really solid, it was really entertaining but, somehow, it still didn’t really blow me though. I mean, sure, the concept was pretty neat and it was really nice to see a really good movie dealing with mutes after the terribly underwhelming ‘Mute’ from Duncan Jones but, at the end of the day, it was still a gimmick after all. Indeed, even though the characters did their best to be as silent as possible and even though they went through some massive precautions to remain safe, you know that, at some point, one of them will made some noise because, otherwise, there wouldn’t be a story to tell and it made the whole thing rather predictable. Still, I have to admit that it was a bold move to make a horror movie with barely any (spoken) dialog and, just after I was done watching this flick, I was suddenly so aware of the sounds around me and the sounds I was making myself which was just really neat.
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