Thursday, January 17, 2019

2018 Countdown With Keith Uhlich (Part 1)

Witches, Worship, and White People: Oh my! Keith Uhlich returns for another year of counting down films, television, and other media of 2018 in this Part 1 of 2. The choices remain as eclectic as always, but the spirit of debate shifts toward not just what constitutes not just what cinema is but when it is (2017? 1972? Who Knows!)—part of the larger flux in our ever expanding digital world. Each challenges the other for a statement of principals to understand not just what films get made and who gets to make them, throwing wrenches into questions surrounding the systems that hold the keys and the role of representation on screen. Strap on (!) in for another series of conversations on what might not be the best films of the year, but the ones that engaged us most into a winding conversation.

0:00-2:52 Opening
2:52-27:04 Picks for #10
27:04-50:21 Picks for #9
51:08-55:07 Sponsorship Section
55:29-1:21:01 Picks for #8
1:21:01-1:43:53 Picks for #7
1:43:53-2:05:26 Picks for #6
2:06:02-2:06:35 Wrap Up 
2:06:44 -2:08:52 Close / Outtake

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Peter's List
6. The Rider (Chloe Zhao, USA)
8. Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman, USA) / Stranger in Paradise (Guido Hendrix, The Netherlands)
9. Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin, USA, 1972-2018)
10. Downsizing (Alexander Payne, USA, 2017)

Keith's List
"…And This Is Love"
6. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, Barry Jenkins)
7. Sense8: Amor Vincit Omnia (2018, Lana Wachowski)
8. Suspiria (2018, Luca Guadagnino)
"Dea(d)r White People"9. Monrovia, Indiana (2018, Frederick Wiseman)
10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018, Joel and Ethan Coen)
Notes and Links to the Conversation
—Follow Keith Uhlich's website and his Hollywood Reporter work
—What happened to Buster Scruggs as an anthology series?
—Read a brief interview with Scruggs associate producer Catherine Farrell on her post-production work for Hail, Caesar! 
—Caden Gardner on Looney Tunes and Buster Scruggs
—Reviews and thoughts on Downsizing from Nick Pinkerton, Inkoo Kang, and Walter Chaw
Keith's review of Downsizing at Toronto
Hong Chau discusses her idea of the role in Downsizing
—Watch Frederick Wiseman films on Kanopy
—There are a few Wiseman films that actually do end with a one-take monologue, including High School and The Store
Hillbilly Elegy
Dan Callahan, Andrew Chan, and Odie Henderson on Amazing Grace
—James Baldwin's The Devil Finds Work
Glenn Kenny on Suspiria
Vadim Rizov on the State of 3D
Luca Guadagnino profiled in The New Yorker
—Stranger in Paradise reviewed by Vadim Rizov and Eric Hynes
—Roxanne Samer's roundtable for Sense8
—Michael Koresky on The State of Streaming
—On If Beale Street Could Talk by Kam Austin Collins and Adam Nayman
Odie Henderson discusses A Wrinkle of Time alongside Black Panther here

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