August has been a loooong month. I released a book this month! Maybe you've heard. But I saw some damn good movies and the best of em were all 2018 releases, so that's cool. (As always, if one of these movies sounds cool to you, click the affiliate links to go to the film's Amazon page.)
FIRST REFORMED is brilliant. A masterpiece of cinema. Paul Schrader's best since AFFLICTION. It's WINTER LIGHT meets TAXI DRIVER and the combo works so much better than you'd ever think. A drama about faith, human connection, and an apocalypse of our own making. I love it.
Ethan Hawke is great, one of his best roles. I really like the dramatic actress Amanda Seyfried has become. And Cedric the Entertainer provides a solid dramatic performance.
This is the best 2018 film that I have seen thus far.
The final moments of Spike Lee's BLACKkKLANSMAN left me so emotional. I had chills. I'm sure there were tears. I felt rage... and something like hope, but not quite. The 'hope' comes with it an understanding that the ugliness continues.
It's a sad, angry film but one full of fight. Funny, too. You won't see many better movies this year. A (sadly) timely and important film for 2018.
Chloe Zhao's THE RIDER is a beautiful film. Nearly wrecked me emotionally. A drama about living beyond your dreams. Looks gorgeous, too, so it's a shame that it didn't get a Blu-ray, just DVD and streaming. Shades of Malick.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT is fantastic. Maybe my favorite from the series -- a series which is more reliably excellent than we give it credit for. I was originally against the idea of Christopher McQuarrie returning to direct a second M:I, not because I disliked Rogue Nation (it's good!) but because I liked how each M:I movie had a new director and thus a new style. But now I'd be very happy if he stayed on to direct all future Mission movies until Tom Cruise calls it quits.
You Were Never Really Here
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE is a stylish, no bullshit crime drama about an avenger with a hammer. Dark yet full of beautiful moments. Haunting, really. I feel like watching it again already. Joaquin Phoenix is amazing.
SWEET COUNTRY is a very good Australian western about racism and white people going to great lenghts to defend a piece of shit. A beautiful looking film about some very ugly stuff. Love the cinematography and the interesting editing. The conflict constantly feels unsafe, like everything is on the edge of a knife from beginning to end.
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