2018 Movies: Miscellaneous

In the 4th Post post-Oscars, my true love sent to me: miscellaneous commendations regarding 2018 movies!

RECAP
2018 Favorites: Introduction
In the 1st Post post-Oscars: 2018 Movies — Intro + Complete List
In the 2nd Post post-Oscars: 2018 Genre Movies
In the 3rd Post post-Oscars: 2018 Movie Beginnings and Endings

And now, my favorite 2018:


USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Eighth Grade

  • Honorable Mention: Unfriended: Dark Web

CHARACTER NAME

Cassius Green, Sorry To Bother You

  • “Cash Is Green” — literally and figuratively; it’s easier to seduce green people into a corrupt system.
  • Honorable Mention: Jewel, The Old Man & the Gun
    • If a thief will steal your heart like a jewel, then what else should his love interest be named?

FIGHT
  1. The Long, Gruel, Bloody, Brutal Slog to the End — Under the Tree
  2. Bathroom Fistfight — Mission: Impossible — Fallout
  3. I, Robot — Upgrade
    • Holy cinematography, an unholy rarity in recent action movies.

TRILOGY

Maze Runner: The Death Cure


LIGHTING
  1. Hereditary
  2. Cold War
  3. If Beale Street Could Talk
  4. The Other Side of the Wind
  5. The Favourite
  6. Christopher Robin
  7. Gemini

USE OF COLORS
  1. An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk
  3. At Eternity’s Gate
  4. The Green Fog
  5. Tehran Taboo
  6. You Were Never Really Here
  7. Isle of Dogs
  8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  9. Support the Girls
  10. Suspiria
  11. Night is Short, Walk on Girl
  12. Eighth Grade
  13. Gemini
  14. Revenge
  15. Oh Lucy!
  16. A Simple Favor

TITLE

My favorite titles fall into one of three categories:

  1. Great Titles In Themselves
    • No matter their relation to the actual content of the art, these titles immediately catch the eye and make you think, “damn, that sounds interesting, I want to see THAT!” A prime example is currently playing off-Broadway: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka.
  2. Great Titles in Elucidating Movies
    • These titles may not be impressive on their own, but they in some way enlighten an element of the art that audiences otherwise may have not contemplated.
  3. Get You A Great Title that Does Both
    • Pretty straightforward. These are the titles that, on their appealing faces, make you want to engage with the art, AND they add meaning to the art not found elsewhere.

Oh, and borrowed titles that come from pre-existing sources — i.e. a book — aren’t eligible for a shout-out here.


In Themselves…

  1. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
  2. How to Talk to Girls at Parties
  3. John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
  4. Den of Thieves
  5. Fahrenheit 11/9
  6. An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
  7. Basmati Blues
  8. The Sisters Brothers
  9. A Prayer Before Dawn
  10. Outlaw/King
    • The slash!

In Elucidating Movies

  1. Hereditary
  2. Support the Girls
  3. The Old Man & the Gun
  4. Burning
  5. Infinite Football
  6. Vice
  7. Tyrel
  8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  9. First Reformed
  10. First Man
  11. The House That Jack Built
  12. Private Life
  13. On Her Shoulders
  14. Under the Tree
  15. Vox Lux: A 21st Century Portrait
  16. Of Fathers and Sons
  17. Cold War
  18. Good Manners
  19. A Bread Factory, Parts One & Two
  20. Life Itself
  21. The Green Fog
  22. Far from the Tree
  23. Golden Exits
  24. Border
  25. Bodied
  26. Custody
  27. They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
  28. Submission
  29. Life and Nothing More
  30. Love, Gilda
  31. What They Had
  32. Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
  33. The Great Buster
  34. Communion
  35. Never Look Away
  36. Love, Cecil
  37. Blindspotting
  38. American Animals
  39. The Hate U Give
  40. The Price of Everything

Both

  1. Unsane
  2. Madeline’s Madeline
  3. The Other Side of the Wind
  4. At Eternity’s Gate
  5. The Land of Steady Habits
  6. Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  7. Let the Corpses Tan
  8. BlacKkKlansman
  9. Destination Wedding or: A Narcissist Can’t Die Because Then the Entire World Would End
  10. Minding the Gap
  11. Sorry To Bother You
  12. The Bleeding Edge
  13. On the Seventh Day
  14. Night is Short, Walk on Girl
  15. The Rest I Make Up
  16. You Were Never Really Here
  17. People’s Republic of Desire
  18. Assassination Nation
  19. Watergate — Or, How We Learned to Stop an Out-of-Control President
  20. We the Animals
  21. Leaning into the Wind
  22. Oh Lucy!
  23. The Distant Barking of Dogs
  24. Leave No Trace
  25. Before We Vanish
  26. Double Lover
  27. Generation Wealth
  28. Night Comes On
  29. Where is Kyra
  30. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  31. I Am Not a Witch
  32. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  33. The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  34. Let the Sunshine In
  35. What Keeps You Alive
  36. The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  37. Finding Your Feet

SEX SCENE
  1. Twin Three-way — Double Lover
  2. Carwash — The Other Side of the Wind
  3. Menstrual Eat-Out — Double Lover
  4. Intercourse Discourse — Destination Wedding
  5. Different-Species Erotica — Border
  6. Anal Strap-On — Double Lover
  7. Painfully Realistic — Burning
  8. Orgasmic Foreplay & Afterglow — If Beale Street Could Talk
  9. Manipulation — Submission
  10. Flesh on Flesh — The Charmer
  11. Josh Hartnett’s Car — Oh Lucy!
  12. “I Love Cold Beer” — An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
  13. Handjob — The Favourite
  14. Bloody Passionate Kissing into Pregnant Eat-Out — Good Manners
  15. Three-Way — Superfly
  16. Loveless Procreation — Under the Tree
  17. ?!?!?! — Loving Pablo
  18. Un-kosher Sex in Bakery — The Cakemaker
  19. Opening — Let the Sunshine In
  20. Bestial Forest — Beast
  21. Trapped in Pleasure — A Simple Favor
  22. Lesbian Stars — Disobedience

LINE OF DIALOGUE
  1. “Gucci!” — Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  2. “This is unauthorized narcissism!” — Simon Russell Beale, The Death of Stalin
  3. “Prison is not something to take lightly. I should know: I spent 3 years in Les Miz.” — Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
  4. “I like your synthetic mind” — Let the Sunshine In
  5. “I was removing a birthmark.” — Shinobu Terajima, Oh Lucy!
  6. “I like it when she puts her tongue inside me.” — Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  7. “Be still my beating vagina.” — Christine Baranski, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  8. “I gotta shit. Can you man the shop for 25 minutes?” — Emile Hirsch, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
  9. “Not as sweet as her snatch, is she?” — Blake Lively, A Simple Favor
  10. “Don’t be so negative.” — Nicolas Cage, Mandy
  11. “I hear you think you’re hot shit, but you ain’t nothing but a cold fart.” — Frederick Weller, BlacKkKlansman
  12. “I like to have fun when I’m having fun. I don’t like to be told when to have fun.” — Alex Honnold, Free Solo
  13. Using “valid” as a compliment — Skate Kitchen

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