MAT MARTIN | A 2018 Cinema Project

6 March, 2018, 10:35

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I’m hoping to attend a screening of at least (on average) one film a week this year. In order to see how I get on with that I’ll be cataloguing every film I go to see in 2018 here. For better or worse (I had never realised how slow August is in cinema).

This doesn’t include films seen at home – I have been to organised screenings of each of these films, either at a cinema, at the Tufnell Park Film Club or at one of the Rose & Crown in Kentish Town’s occasional cult film screenings.

The White Reindeer 1952 Erik Blomberg 09/01/2018
La Belle et la Bête 1946 Jean Cocteau 23/01/2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 2017 Martin McDonagh 25/01/2018
Phantom Thread 2017 Paul Thomas Anderson 09/02/2018
Trumbo 2015 Jay Roach 13/02/2018
True Romance 1993 Tony Scott 14/02/2018
The Last Picture Show 1971 Peter Bogdanovitch 20/02/2018
The Shape of Water 2017 Guillermo Del Toro 01/03/2018
Red Sparrow 2018 Francis Lawrence 03/03/2018
I, Tonya 2018 Craig Gillespie 04/03/2018
The Long Hot Summer 1958 Martin Ritt 06/03/2018
Loveless 2017 Andrey Zvyagintsev 08/03/2018
Lady Bird 2017 Greta Gerwig 10/03/2018
Barton Fink 1991 Joel Coen 13/03/2018
My Generation 2017 David Batty 14/03/2018
You Were Never Really Here 2017 Lynne Ramsey 18/03/2018
Unsane 2018 Steven Soderbergh 25/03/2018
The Panic in Needle Park 1971 Jerry Schatzberg 27/03/2018
The Square 2017 Ruben Östlund 30/03/2018
Journeyman 2017 Paddy Considine 05/04/2018
A Quiet Place 2018 John Krasinski 08/04/2018
Ghost Stories 2017 Jeremy Dyson/Andy Nyman 09/04/2018
Isle of Dogs 2018 Wes Anderson 15/04/2018
3 Women 1977 Robert Altman 22/05/2018
On Chesil Beach 2017 Dominic Cooke 29/05/2018
Under The Skin 2013 Jonathan Glazer 31/05/2018
Saint Jack 1979 Peter Bogdanovitch 05/06/2018
McQueen 2018 Ian Bonhôte/Peter Ettedgui 10/06/2018
Hereditary 2018 Ari Aster 22/06/2018
The Happy Prince 2018 Rupert Everett 25/06/2018
Superman II 1980 Richard Lester/Richard Donner 26/06/2018
Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado 2018 Stefano Sollima 30/06/2018
Leave No Trace 2018 Debra Granik 05/07/2018
The First Purge 2018 Gerard McMurray 08/07/2018
Whitney 2018 Kevin MacDonald 10/07/2018
First Reformed 2017 Paul Schrader 18/07/2018
Hotel Artemis 2018 Drew Pearce 20/07/2018
Incredibles 2 2018 Brad Bird 02/08/2018
Mission Impossible: Fallout 2018 Christopher McQuarrie 03/08/2018
The Meg 2018 Jon Turteltaub 12/08/2018
Unfriended: Dark Web 2018 Stephen Susco 15/08/2018
Elvis: '68 Comeback Special 1968 Steve Binder 16/08/2018
BlacKkKlansman 2018 Spike Lee 27/08/2018
American Animals 2018 Bart Layton 28/08/2018
The Children Act 2017 Richard Eyre 30/08/2018
Yardie 2018 Idris Elba 06/09/2018
Searching 2018 Aneesh Chaganty 31/08/2018
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 2018 Desiree Akhavan 08/09/2018
The Predator 2018 Shane Black 14/09/2018
The Warriors 1979 Walter Hill 18/09/2018
Crazy Rich Asians 2018 Jon M. Chu 22/09/2018
The Little Stranger 2018 Lenny Abrahamson 27/09/2018
The Wife 2017 Björn Runge 28/09/2018
Friday the 13th 1980 Sean S. Cunningham 06/10/2018
The Shining 1980 Stanley Kubrick 06/10/2018
Rosemary's Baby 1968 Roman Polanski 06/10/2018
The Exorcist 1973 William Friedkin 06/10/2018
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 Wes Craven 06/10/2018
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 Tobe Hooper 06/10/2018
Stroszek 1977 Werner Herzog 09/10/2018
First Man 2018 Damien Chazelle 14/10/2018
Halloween 2018 David Gordon Green 27/10/2018
Seconds 1966 John Frankenheimer 30/10/2018
Suspiria 2018 Luca Guadagnino 31/10/2018
The Hate U Give 2018 George Tillman Jr. 01/11/2018
Peterloo 2018 Mike Leigh 06/11/2018
Bohemian Rhapsody 2018 Bryan Singer 08/11/2018
Wildlife 2018 Paul Dano 11/11/2018
Widows 2018 Steve McQueen 13/11/2018
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick 15/11/2018
The Last Waltz 1978 Martin Scorsese 27/11/2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web 2018 Fede Alvarez 30/11/2018
Assassination Nation 2018 Sam Levinson 30/11/2018
Sorry To Bother You 2018 Boots Riley 08/12/2018
Shoplifters 2018 Hirokazu Koreeda 12/12/2018
Free Solo 2018 Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi 15/12/2018

Reviewing the year, there have been a lot of highlights and surprisingly few disappointents (although The Predator perhaps unsurprisingly won the race to the bottom of the list). For me, best new film went to Leave No Trace, best old film to 3 Women (with an honourable mention for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and surprise of the year to Unfriended: Dark Web, which I only went to see for want of something I was more interested in. My favourite documentary was Free Solo, which sparked by far the longest post-screening discussion. There weren’t many foreign language films to contend for that title this year, but Shoplifters was a standout, too.

Final mentions go to a handful of other films that have stayed with me since I saw them: You Were Never Really Here, Lady Bird, A Quiet Place and Phantom Thread. The 2019 Cinema Project is now underway.

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