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MY MOVIE JOURNAL: THE BEST MOVIES OF 2018

 

Kembali berada di pengujung tahun, film-film yang beredar sejak awal tahun lalu masih bergerak tak jauh dari sebelumnya. Blockbuster musiman tetap merajai pasar dengan dominasi franchise superhero, dan sebagian hadir dengan bidikan representasi ras atau gender yang kuat untuk bisa diterima lebih baik oleh kritikus berikut resepsi box office bagus dari public audience.

Sementara, pergerakan sinema independen dengan pendekatan lebih genuine, otentik dan jujur dalam merambah ajang-ajang awarding tetap mencuatkan beberapa judul kuat dan semakin hidup dengan platform online yang memberi sineas-sineasnya sebuah kebebasan artistik, walaupun mungkin tak bisa terlalu klik dengan mayoritas penonton awam.

Seperti tahun lalu pula, perkembangan film animasi di tahun ini tetap menguat dengan sematan konten yang fresh, berbeda serta didasari konsep-konsep meta; dari Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Ralph Breaks the Internet dan tentunya, animasi paling solid di akhir tahun – Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse yang mendobrak tak hanya di sisi visual namun juga storytelling.

Dari sinema luar Hollywood, sinema India tetap datang dengan kuat lewat sebagian besar film-film mereka di tahun ini, termasuk sinema daerahnya, Tamil, yang selalu menjadi sumber ide-ide inventif dalam tema dan tak kalah dari tampilan serta value produksi. Tetap tak sulit rasanya kalau harus membuat list top 10 terpisah hanya dari sinema mereka. Sementara sinema Jepang tahun ini menggebrak lewat One Cut of the Dead, hit independen yang merangsek menjadi salah satu film dengan profit box office mengalahkan The Blair Witch Project. Ada pula Dukun dari sinema Malaysia, film kontroversial yang tertahan selama 12 tahun untuk akhirnya bisa menunjukkan kehebatan sutradara Dain Iskandar Said mengemas konten dengan elemen sosiokultural yang sangat kaya dan tak biasa.

Seperti biasanya, list ini pasti diwarnai subjektivitas berdasar urutan, namun di baliknya yang menjadi pertimbangan adalah film-film rilisan tahun ini yang hadir dengan inovasi dalam konsep, konten serta menawarkan cinematic experience berbeda. Ada 32 total film yang menjadi pilihan terbaik tahun ini atas pertimbangan itu, dan rasanya tak perlu menahan hanya 10 atau 20 saat memang ada banyak karya-karya yang menonjol dengan pencapaiannya masing-masing. Catatan dari tiap-tiap film diambil langsung dari capsule reviews di akun twitter @danieldokter dengan link ke full review dari kolom Dan at the Movies di website danieldokter.com.

So here’s a look back at them. Agree or not, please leave your comments. Happy New Year, and enjoy!

  1. AQUAMAN

Finally something we’ve never seen in DC – WB superhero installments in years, @creepypuppet took his #Aquaman to a classic way, gigantic splash of epic spectacle filled w/ exciting actions, great visuals – and big hearts. A total rad! WHOA!!!

  1. A STAR IS BORN

Absolutely the best version of all, #AStarIsBorn performed over an electrifying, to the moon and back musical persona – romantic chemistry from Cooper – Gaga, and Lukas Nelson’s instant classics. Like 12 notes in an octave repeats, it might be the same story told over and over. But in the hands of the right composer, you could get the ultimate composition. A total KNOCKOUT!

  1. READY PLAYER ONE

With a life span of movies and pop culture just popped out one way or another, #ReadyPlayerOne is a larger than life cinematic adventure that throws us back to the magical core of 80s warmhearted fantasy classics, pure Spielberg. (Mar 28)

Hits so close to home like the ultimate easter eggs, mostly to the pop-culture geeks – movies, games, music, even collectible stuffs, #ReadyPlayerOne is a classic reminder of why we love movies & still dying to live with it. (Apr 2)

  1. BUMBLEBEE

Transforming low key to a high pitch replacing clangs with ultimate 80s compilation and explosions with heartbeats, #BumblebeeMovie brought back the glory of the 80s family fantasy trope with even a greater bang. A solid blast!

  1. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER VERSE

W/ great visual comes great awesomeness, #IntoTheSpiderVerse swing you to the high-stakes, expanded #SpiderMan universe w/ huge, never-before-seen excitements & fun! Storytelling-nya GOKIL!

  1. CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Selling dreams but never lose one single soul in its exploration of culture, #CrazyRichAsians really hit all the notes like what #PrettyWoman once did to the genre. One might lose it a bit at mahjong, but nobody will at its core of hearts.

  1. CREED II

With hearts burning and on fire, #Creed2 is a no bullshit, solid spin-off that never hesitate to step in the formulaic path, expanding the #Rocky legacy with symmetry & full respect. Hard-punching & heartfully emotional, a total knockout!

  1. FIRST MAN

Wrapped up like a wonderful concerto in minor but immersively depicting a major human journey of a man struggling beyond love, life and distant dream, all in Chazelle’s distinct signature, #FirstMan is way more than just a moon-landing flick.

  1. BADHAAI HO

Comes with a ‘naughty’ premise yet so much speaks about culture while keeping it grounded to its core of hearts, #BadhaaiHo is a kind of movie we need to always come home to the greatest thing called family. Bikin pecah pertahanan.

  1. SHOPLIFTERS

Again exploring the meaning of family yet in a different way never before seen, like a calm before the storm, #Shoplifters shaped by Kore-eda’s distinct aesthetic and calibrated emotions with such a powerful ensemble.

  1. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Real life or fantasy, #BohemianRhapsody never stop amazes us in its every process of creating Queen’s masterpieces. Mazello steals his scenes as the perfect Deacon. Prepare yourself for the Sheer Heart Attack at Live Aid climax!

  1. GAME NIGHT

Like a movie-geeks tour to revisit the 80s low key seasonal action comedy blockbuster, #GameNight kicks in with hundreds of smart references along every hilarious minute of it!

  1. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Not only for the superhero genre, #AvengersInfinityWar might be the most packed yet well-handled gigantic ensemble in movie history wrapped w/ a tricky twist that even leave us wanting more. Earth’s MIGHTIEST heroes, it is. EPIC!

  1. BURNING

A sexy, haunting, enthralling masterpiece, #Burning took us on a rich, extraordinary and often unanswered journey of lust, class and obsessions. Finding symbols has never been this seducing.

  1. ONE CUT OF THE DEAD

Stood as one of the most inventive, groundbreaking ideas in the genre with lots of scene & timing precisions, also a love letter to indie movie making, #OneCutOfTheDead filled with rarely-seen passions for cinema. Kocak gila!

  1. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Wonderfully affecting, nostalgic & filled w/ beautiful melancholy without ever being depressive like turning each page of our favorite childhood book, #ChristopherRobin re-awaken your inner child, back to the days of Pooh. Indah sekali.

  1. BLACKKKLANSMAN

Provocative, relevant & powerfully acted over a slight tribute of Blaxploitation cinema without having to sacrifice the thrills and entertaining tone, #BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee’s return to form, best in years. Blanchard’s score is a dope.

  1. US AND THEM

Plays like Chinese Before Trilogy, but dives deeper observing socio-cultural relevance in characters & motives, also fatherhood wisdoms, #UsAndThem sets all the beautiful mood as a tug-your-heartstrings ode to unrealized love. Bikin baper!!

  1. BLACK PANTHER

Packed wide range of excitements from Bond, Indiana Jones to medieval fantasy adventures, #BlackPanther played in MCU genre variation unlike anything they ever did before. And yes, by representation, the best black superhero movie to date.

  1. PAD MAN

Following the relevant, eye opening & thought provoking women’s issues in #Toilet, #PadMan is another example of how Bollywood can turn ‘too much’ into still, a moving & grounded tale of how far would you go for someone you love. @akshaykumar rocks.

  1. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

#ReadyPlayerOne for internet freaks-Disney fans, took u into a wonderful trip of friendship & grow up finding ur dreams, #RalphBreaksTheInternet stood up there among the most imaginative ideas ever brought on screen.

  1. SEARCHING

Might be one of the finest debutante works in the thriller genre, #Searching was masterly crafted, very well acted with carefully built, layered tense & innovative suspense over a widely relevant modern socmed paranoia and parenting. Baguus!

  1. BLACK MAIL

Back to his hot seat like the remarkably out of the box #DelhiBelly, Abhinay Deo did a Bolly spin on Coen Brothers’ in #Blackmail – a darkly funny, sweet revenge tale gone amok with hilarious performances from Irrfan Khan & Co.

  1. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES

Juvenile farces over reference & tons of cross-homage to superhero/pop culture, even at times mocking its own home, #TeenTitansGoToTheMovies surprisingly keeps you giggling all over. Boo-yah, super fun!

  1. A QUIET PLACE

Put aside some internal logic, #AQuietPlace marks Krasinski’s promising writing/directing career in exploring the genre unlike any other, depicting human nature & primal fear into a bone chilling, nonstop suspense that never lose hearts.

  1. DHURUVANGAL PATHINAARU (16)

Skillfully crafted layer by layer like a game you can’t miss any single details, Karthick Naren’s #Dhuruvangal16 might be one of the freshest things come from Tamil Cinema these days & among the world’s finest twisted thrillers.

  1. GREEN BOOK

Friendship, race and jazz – flipping & reversing Driving Miss Daisy, #GreenBook is a solidly moving human story with wonderfully calibrated chemistry between its two leads. Eskalasinya emosinya luar biasa, and they keep it so lighthearted.

  1. HEREDITARY

Though the finale might be a bit too revealing, #Hereditary was masterly crafted as a shocking,uncompromised, atmospherical horror like an evil slowly lurks beneath your creepiest nerve. Award-worthy performances too. Don’t cluck. Watch yourself.

29. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

Still play on the same globe-trotting field, but escalate the ammo up to the level where Cruise-McQuarrie relentlessly challenge themselves, w/ added hearts too, #MissionImpossibleFallout paid off all of its stakes.

         30. DUKUN

Dark, deep, creepy & disturbing at once, the 12 years banned #Dukun smoothly blend all three supernatural horror, homicide and courtroom thriller over a strong ancient Batak cultural beliefs and well acted ensemble cast. Very extraordinary.

31. SANJU

Though covered some names into the composite – amalgamated characters filled with amazing performances, Rajkumar Hirani & co. keeps #Sanju light yet an absorbing biopic mostly as a personal, heart wrenching ode of a son to his father & family.

  1. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

Took us back to the wonder of this modern fairy tale composed by ABBA’s famous musical hits, #MammaMiaHereWeGoAgain rocks like a Super Trouper! The more, the merrier, you’ll be singing, dancing & crying happy tears! (dan)

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