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BYO Criminally Overlooked 2018 Movies

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  1. David Adams says:


  2. Derek L says:

    I truly enjoyed Thunder Road.

  3. Koutchboom says:

    Isle Of Dogs. Everyone had a lukewarm take because woke cultural appropriation came first on this soon to be beloved classic.

    Shot In The Dark is getting no mentions.

    The Director And The Jedi (better than that actual movie).

    Kin, people demand original movies except when they get them.

    American Animals, white boy angst is a last decades fad but this is some Fight Club level cult building thing.

  4. Sideshow Bill says:

    Isle Of Dogs
    Ghost Stories

  5. Stella's Boy says:

    Strangers: Prey at Night
    Mile 22

  6. Geoff says:

    I think Annihilation was a truly fantastic movie that’s apparently getting forgotten during awards season but never even had the chance to be seen on the big screen in most countries earlier this year.

    Beyond that, Sorry to Bother You and Revenge….yeah I’ll see just about anything with Tessa Thompson at this point.

  7. Hcat says:

    Was going to express fear that The Rider and Death of Stalin were going to be lost in the year end conversation. And Lo and behold the Globe nominations come out and they are nowhere to be seen.

    Surprised to see Bohemian and Star is Born in drama category, those are pretty straight forward musicals no?

    And wow, no broadcast series at all in the top two categories. I thought This is Us would hold the ground.

  8. Stella's Boy says:

    I second all of those Geoff. Good picks. I’ll add The Rider, The Endless, and Hold the Dark.

  9. movieman says:

    In no particular order:

    Lean on Pete (provided my most cathartic movie cry of the year)
    The Rider
    You Were Never Really Here
    Isle of Dogs (even as Wes’ live-action films continue to find larger and larger theatrical audiences, his stop-motion animated marvels still struggle at the box office)
    First Man
    Science Fair
    The Other Side of the Wind (c’mon, people! Orson Welles’ at long last completed final film should have been met with more than just a collective shrug)
    The King
    Hal (one of my favorite filmmaker docs about one of my favorite directors)
    Never Goin’ Back (the best femme-centered stoner comedy since “Smiley Face”)
    The Sisters Brothers

  10. Sideshow Bill says:

    Annihilation is my favorite film of the year and therefore didn’t think of it as overlooked but yea, it was.

    And glad to see at least one other person on the Suspiria train, movieman. Respect ✊

  11. Dr Wally Rises says:

    ‘Ignored’ is stretching the definition, but all of these deserved more success than they received:

    Hold the Dark.
    First Man.
    Solo : A Star Wars Story
    Game Night.
    The Mercy.
    A Simple Favor.

  12. Geoff says:

    Good call on Death of Stalin HCAT – I almost forgot that movie myself, would LOVE to see Steve Buscemi get his first Oscar nomination. He was fantastic in that film.

  13. Geoff says:

    Unsane too, yeah that was a fun little thriller – makes me want to catch up on Logan Lucky too since Soderbergh apparently never went away….

    And I don’t know if it’s REALLY overlooked technically since the reviews were strong and all of the hipsters have been singing its praises….and this is the definition of a niche film but I really enjoyed Mandy – would be too much to ask for an acting nod for Nicholas Cage and I get why but….the film also had incredibly Oscar-worth sound design.

  14. movieman says:

    I like “Unsane” and love “The Death of Stalin,” although the latter was at least critically revered and did solid niche (i.e., arthouse) biz. Probably the best it could hope for really.
    Greatly enjoyed “A Simple Favor,” although it did quite nicely and got generally favorable reviews. The most “criminally overlooked” thing about it was how Blake Lively’s pretty freaking great performance has gotten zero awards traction.
    For me, Lively seems like the next logical step in evolution from Jessica Lange to Robin Wright.
    I wish her well, and a long, successful career.
    P.S.= Yeah, agree that “Solo” was underrated. I still think it was the best “Star Wars”-for-kids movie since “Return of the Jedi.”
    “Game Night” has already built up such a cult-ish following that I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually spawns a sequel. (Stranger things have happened, right?)
    “Mandy” got a lot of (critical) love and has cult immortality written all over it. Can’t imagine anything (e.g., Oscar recognition) more in its future, though.
    P.P.S.= “Logan Lucky” is great! Definitely worth checking out, Geoff. It would have definitely headlined my “criminally overlooked” list of 2017 films.

  15. scoots says:

    ‘The Death Of Stalin’ was a BAFTA nom last year making it a little dusty as a possibility for Oscar consideration…. I’m pretty sure it’s out of the race…

  16. Stella's Boy says:

    Can You Ever Forgive Me

  17. movieman says:

    I love “Forgive Me?,” and am kind of shocked that it didn’t create more of a ripple after opening to solid, even rave (in many cases, including mine) reviews.

  18. Stella's Boy says:

    Same here. Saw it today. So good.

  19. leahnz says:

    still no ‘i told u so’ thread so this will have to do i guess.

    so weird how most of the best/freshest take/most heart-rending and compelling movies this year were written-and/or-directed by women and yet i’d wager not a single one will be up for a ‘major’ award in this farcical awards season circle jerk, wank on

  20. Stella's Boy says:

    I agree leah. On that note, can’t believe I forgot to mention Private Life. A masterpiece and easily one of the year’s best.

  21. leahnz says:

    ha i finally saw ‘private life’ last night on the ‘flix (our netflix here is pretty shit but at least we’re getting the new stuff in a timely fashion) after a re-watch of ‘savages’ recently (RIP PSH, he and linney as sibs are entirely believable)
    PL is such a lovely, melancholy, funny, heartbreaking family drama, so well written/conceived (pun intended bah dum dum psh) and executed, i keep thinking about it today. jenkins is a truly gifted film-maker, rock on.

    (and i’ve seen ‘can you ever forgive me’ now 3 times, which is a LOT, but i’m absolutely fascinated by it)

    also, ‘TREASON’S GREETINGS’ Individual 1, you rat-fucking POS
    (maybe this malignant narcissist will finally be held to account for something but i’m not holding my breath)

  22. Stella's Boy says:

    Jenkins is amazing. I’m also a huge fan of The Savages. Private Life, The Rider, and Can You Ever Forgive Me are easily three of the best movies I’ve seen this year. They deserve way more recognition. They have received some, but not enough.

  23. leahnz says:

    leave no trace
    you were never really here

    (eta re the latter, i watched this for i think the third time with my son – who hadn’t seen it yet – the other day, and he was so disturbed by it, i’ve never seen him like that… i was disturbed that he was so disturbed. ‘leave no trace’ made him very sad)

  24. Sideshow Bill says:


    Just watched it. Holy hell. That was a blast.

  25. Stella's Boy says:

    Yes for You Were Never Really Here. Loved it. Still need to see Leave No Trace.

    I need to watch The Night Comes for Us. That director had a horror movie drop recently that I watched. May the Devil Take You. It’s pretty good.

  26. leahnz says:

    hopefully more people will take the opportunity to see granik’s ‘leave no trace’, such a beautiful, painful, gentle meditation on fathers and daughters, love and the inevitable separation of the parent/child bond, finding the strength to forge your own path, post-war ptsd and the pressure to conform, and the contrasting beauty and harsh reality of living rough in nature. the end just quietly destroys me.

  27. Stella's Boy says:

    I already wanted to see it but now I’m really going to make it a priority.

  28. Sideshow Bill says:

    Leave No Trace is one I forgot about but I’m on it.

    And I might watch May The Devil Take You tonight

  29. Sideshow Bill says:

    The Night Comes For Us is way over the top. Not Shoot Em Up level but the carnage and bodily damage is cartoonish. But it’s also well choreographed, creative and week shot and edited. It’s just fun and relentless. The plot is nothing special. But who cares. A lot of The Raid guys are in it.

    This reminds me I have yet to watch The Villainess, or Yakuza Apocalypse. I was hyped for Villainess but forgot about it.

  30. palmtree says:

    I thought Mid90s was the kind of sweet, simple, but yet affecting (and yes, nostalgic) movie that I really wanted to see. Critics didn’t really agree. But even if no one else liked it, it brought a certain kind of indie movie charm back that I’d been craving. And it did it well too.

  31. Stella's Boy says:

    Leave No Trace is pretty wonderful. The two leads are outstanding and it’s so nicely observed and moving. Slow and low-key, but those are attributes in this case. Some of those people seemed like real people and not professional actors. Really liked it.

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