10 February 2019

The 2018 Jim Ridley Film Poll: The Apocrypha.



The 2018 Jim Ridley Film Poll: The Apocrypha.
So in addition to all the stuff publushed in the Scene’s Film issue, there was a lot more left over. I present it here because it’s a monument to the diversity of thought of this year’s contributors, especially in their willingness to tackle some of my weirder questions, and because I want everyone out in the world to be able to experience each of these responses. I would have had it up sooner but for my house flooding, which is a whole other thing. Be good to one another.



Who would you most like to see in concert: Darlene Sweet, Ally Maine, a festival experience with all the performing artists from Episode II of “La Flor,” or Celeste?


Darlene Sweet for sure. Cynthia Erivo made Bad Times at the El Royale enjoyable for me. She is amazing! She deserves to be a household name. (Howell)

All of them. (McQuiston)

Calum Worthy/Jackie Long/Shoniqua Shandai in Bodied  (Skipper)

I do not especially care for A Star is Born, but I do quite like the music of Ally Maine when she is initially starting off. I imagine it would make for quite a fun lounge show, with Gaga, ahem, I mean Ally’s increasingly velvet-like voice basking over the expansive soundscapes of her quasi-Elton John tracks. (Turner)

I managed to avoid Bad Times at the El Royale — a trend that may continue until my dying days. And I didn’t have time for all 500 hours of La Flor. That said, instead of Ally Maine, I’m going to go see Clint Eastwood from The Mule stand on a stage and sing dirty reworkings of songs he hears on the radio. (Prigge)

Psh. None of these. I want to see Gilda Live in 1980. (Okay, maybe I’d want to see Ally Maine, too.) (Williams)
Buster Scruggs (Tafoya)
I would love to see a Celeste concert, but only if Willem Dafoe narrates. (Burns)

Lakeith Stanfield’s character from SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, performing “Nigga Shit.” (Lindsey)




What’s the film you most want the rest of the world to see in 2019?

Thunder Road is a dazzling portrait of a flawed man trying his damnedest to be better.  The opening 15 minutes are among the best I've seen in years. Writer-director-lead actor Jim Cummings plays Jim Arnaud, who delivers a eulogy at his mother's funeral that is both heart breaking and hilarious, and that frenetic energy carries through the film. We might all see ourselves in Officer Jim — in the ways we grieve, fail and triumph. (Ciccarone)

Sorry To Bother You, if only to shut down the idea that communists can't have fun. (Leavitt)

I would like everyone to put down their cell phones and watch Won’t You Be My Neighbor, especially if they didn’t grow up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We could all use the wisdom and legacy of kindness and compassion that Fred Rogers left us. (Howell)

A tie between Jean-Luc Godard's THE IMAGE BOOK, Kamran Heidari's ALI AQA and Ulrich Koehler's IN MY ROOM. (Erickson)

Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still. KimStim is providing a domestic release for this starting in March 2019 and it’s an incredible first (and last) film for a talent exploring four distinct characters that interact over the course of a day and ultimately decide to find an elephant rumored to grant wishes. It has multiple single-take sequences as the camera diligently follows the characters and one especially neat sequence taking place outside over a prolonged sequence to show the gradual shift from day to dusk. (Lichman)

After the Screaming Stops - It's a fantastic documentary and not to sound cliche, but it made me laugh, cry and immediately want to call my mom. It has been released in the UK, and although most Americans don't know who Bros are - I hope they have a chance to find out. (Feldbin)

I can’t choose! Definitely ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, the indie Japanese zombie movie, because it’s the most innovativefilmgoing experience I’ve had in years. And everyone needs to experience the joy that is THE WORLD IS YOURS, a French crime/thriller/comedy so charming I bet you two eagles you’ll love it to bits (catch it on Netflix right now!) (Winters)

The Academy Film Archive has completed a countless number of restorations of queer experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer's long filmography, showing a number of these in Los Angeles. The Academy only charges shipping + handling for prints, so I hope ambitious programmers take advantage and show off this wondrous oeuvre. (Labuza)

Dragged Across Concrete. Stop projecting politics onto the film / flmmaker and just watch the damn film. It’s electric and Mel Gibson delivers one of his best performances somewhere between Buster Keaton and Lee Marvin. (Kane)

What movie do you want rest of world to see? For anyone with a narrow, staid, or reductive view of the horror genre, I urge them to see SUSPIRIA (2018). I initially was dubious about this "remake." It is a sequel as anti-sequel. Is it a revision of the fairy tale motif ? Is it an exploration of the nexus between magic and delusion ? Is it a meditation on late 20th century European history ? Or is the entire film an exercise in Lacanian psychoanalysis ? It is a film of multifaceted thematics. I saw this film on five occasions and each viewing revealed additional layers of meaning. This film dispels the notion that the horror genre is mindless and tired. (Cosner)

Since Ahmad Kiarostami’s tweet last May that let slip the news about The Criterion Collection working on a restoration of Abbas Kiarostami’s Koker trilogy (WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOME?, LIFE AND NOTHING MORE, and THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES), I’ve been longing for the chance to see these three films in a way that most of America has never had the chance to see them. It has been said that Akira Kurosawa credited Kiarostami as the filmmaker who filled the void left by the passing of Satyajit Ray. But with the devastating news of Kiarostami’s death in 2016 while still working on 24 FRAMES (which was finished by his son Ahmad and played at the Belcourt last April), I’d been left with merely the hope that his hard-to-find and poorly mastered masterpieces would soon get the same treatment that Ray’s Apu trilogy received in 2015 with the Janus Films theatrical release and the Criterion blu-ray release of the miraculous 4k restoration of those wonderful films. Now that the 2019 version of the Criterion Collection New Year’s Drawing seems to suggest that this will be the year they release the Koker trilogy, is it too much to hope that Janus Films will also give us a theatrical release of these three rare gems? (Millennium)

STARFISH, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 3D, and TUMBBAD. (Shawhan)
Black Mother (Tafoya)
Front-runner for my next year's best film is Radu Jude's I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS, which takes the ACT OF KILLING / BISBEE 17 template (re-enacting a past atrocity) but adds the element of the viewer. The director wants to engage in a revisionist take on Romania's role in World War II and the Holocaust, to ... mixed results. Even when the production at its most successful as intended propaganda. Patriotism is a tougher nut to crack than many think. (Morton)

HALF THE PICTURE (Inman)

I think American audiences are going to flip for Climax, but it isn't in English so I'm probably wrong. (Martini)

There should be a law requiring everyone to see MINDING THE GAP. It's a great skateboarding film that evolves into a blistering portrait of dying industrial small towns in America and the violence that exists there. (Owens)

I only want the usual, self-selected group of non-haters to see Godard's The Image Book, thank you very much, so a film I love that I'd want *everyone* to see would be Transit, the latest from Germany's Christian Petzold. It's a story of a fascist takeover of Europe, and from one moment to the next you can't tell if it's set in 1936 or the present day. The two times have melded into a single strand of daily horror. A brilliant film about our times. (Sicinski)

SEDER-MASOCHISM, the latest animated feature from Nina Paley (SITA SINGS THE BLUES). (Lindsey)

Everyone who has ever complained about the lack of quality cinema, the paucity of Black films that aren't romantic comedies, or the lack of productions with roles giving women characters equal power and authority with their male counterparts should see and savor "If Beale Street Could Talk." Barry Jenkins surpasses his amazing achievement of "Moonlight" with this gripping adaptation of the mid-70s Baldwin novel, keeping his work steeped in the intense romanticism and unrelenting authenticity that always resonated within Baldwin's writing. Everything, from musical choices to a gripping, if heartbreaking ending, made this an unforgettable masterpiece. (Wynn)

Bodied! (Skipper)

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD! Unfortunately everyone had a one-day window to get a sneak peek of the film when someone posted a pirated copy to Amazon Prime at the very end of last year... Hopefully that only feeds the hunger for a decent US release of this absolutely phenomenal film about the joys and struggles of collaborative creation. It's also the best film about why you shouldn't denigrate and disparage so-called "so bad they're good" movies. (Hall)






Which film has the production design that you’d most want to live in?


"Bad Times at the El Royale," but without all the creepy hidden stuff. (Duralde)

Wakanda Forever! Not since COMING TO AMERICA has the cinema put forth a place I wanted to live better than BLACK PANTHER. I want to parade around in Ruth Carter's costumes and take in every aspect of T'Challa's homeland. Of course, my clumsy ass will probably fall off one of those cliffs. It's a risk I'm willing to take. (Henderson)

It’s a toss-up between the big-ass house from ROMA or the big-ass house from THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. (Lindsey)

I want to live in the ROMA house -- whatever room they’ll give me. (Inman)

I'd love to linger at any of the vantage points and window sills in 24 Frames. My own pocket of serenity. (Stoehr)
Barbara (Tafoya)
It’s hard to say anything other than Black Panther, which Hannah Beachler so expertly crafted from a multitude of Afrofuturist sources. Wakanda brought, to mainstream audiences everywhere, a way of looking at the world as it might have been were it not for overwhelmingly European-colonial influence. Rather than tradition and modernity being mutual exclusives, it creates a world  where deeply-rooted culture and technological progress go hand in hand, so different from what western cinema normally shows us that even films set in fantasy realms or on distant planets can’t hold a candle. (Adlakha)

As a student of early 18th century British history, I would love to inhabit Queen Anne's palace in THE FAVOURITE. (Cosner)

The cold cement tombs of Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria might not seem inviting to most but I would love to scratch my fingernails against that Brutalist Utopia.  (Adams)

Probably Bad Times at the El Royale - from the funriture to the clothes, to the cars and even wallpaper, that time period and aesthetic (lots of Mid-Century Modern - SWOON) are very much my bag. (McQuiston)

Mandy. I must live in a shared universe with Cheddar Goblin. (Kane)

The Hong Kong musical biopic HOUSE OF THE RISING SONS, which dramatizes the story of Beatles-esque teen idol band The Wynners, features a a meticulous recreation of a 1970s Hong Kong neighborhood block, but drapes it in candy-colored nostalgia. It’s like Wes Anderson got his hands on it and added lots and lots of orange, mint green, sunshine and whimsy. I’d like to move in tomorrow, thanks.(Winters)

Mandy and Red’s house in MANDY. The Tanzgruppe Markos’ headquarters in SUSPIRIA. The house in COLA DE MONO. Treepeopleville in ANNIHILATION. (Shawhan)

Ava DuVernay and the production team behind A Wrinkle in Time practically brought empathy to life with its lush, welcoming vision of Madeleine L'Engle's novel. If I could book a ticket to go hang out with Oprah the a sentient being of hope and be a warrior of light to fight evil bad mood storms, I'd do it in a heartbeat. (Woodroof)

I would want to live on the island in The Wild Boys. It comes from a vulgar imagination, as if erotically charged dreams conjured it out of thin air. (Turner)

1977 Berlin, but mainly the witches’ kitchen, den, and wardrobes, in SUSPIRIA; the miniature and masterfully crafted apocalypse of ISLE OF DOGS; and Sandi Tan’s imaginative dreamworld glimpsed in the lost fragments of SHIRKERS. (Smith)

Benjamin Loeb’s photography in Mandy captured Hubert Pouille’s horrific neon fever dream production design so perfectly to me. Not only would I want to live in it, I’d want to submerge myself in those reds and blues. (Howell)




What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

New Almodóvar, and it sounds like it's his 8 1/2. (Duralde)
Watching Adam Sandler in Auteur Sandler mode, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Pom Klementieff,The Weeknd, and Judd Hirsch working with the incomparable Safdie Brothers on Uncut Gems, what could potentially just about be the greatest film of all time. (Woodroof)

New Martin Scorsese gangster film with De Niro and Pesci and Keitel. But in a theater, Netflix! In a theater!! (Morton)

As a big Star Wars nerd, Episode IX is huge for me.  (Skipper)

COINCOIN AND THE EXTRA-HUMANS, PETTA, BODY AT BRIGHTON ROCK, HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, VELVET BUZZSAW, A WORLD WAR II FAIRYTALE, DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT, UNCUT GEMS, CLIMAX, KNIFE + HEART, The Bruno Dumont/Sparks musical, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, NEW MUTANTS, Ava DuVernay’s Prince Documentary, SOMETHING ELSE, SYNCHRONIC, TUMBBAD 2, and NOW APOCALYPSE. (Shawhan)

Robert Mueller handing down some Trump family indictments. Impeach the motherfucker! (Sicinski)

KNIVES OUT, the latest from Rian Johnson, has me really excited. (Owens)

The ridiculously glorious cliffhanger at the end of the second installment has left me triple excited for JOHN WICK 3, due out this May. Sometimes all you need in life is a little Keanu Reeves, a lot of guns, and maybe a pencil.  RUINED HEART: ANOTHER LOVE STORY BETWEEN A CRIMINAL AND A WHORE from Filipino filmmaker, musician and poet Khavn, was absolutely groundbreaking when it was released in 2015. I have no idea how he could possibly top himself in the newly announced sequel, but I am absolutely ready to see him try. (Winters)

Films from women fueled by #metoo. (Inman)
Glass, Godzilla: King of The Monsters. (Dr. Gangrene)
R. Kelly finally going to jail. (Lindsey)




BLANC OR MARKOS?”

Oh, that's tough. Markos definitely appeals to the lumpy, blobby, misshapen dictator I am in my heart. And who can resist her sunglasses/vestigial baby arm fashion combo? But ultimately I must shout BLANC! She's not who I am, but she's who I'd want to be. She's exacting and cruel, sure, but she's also capable of love and besides, it's all in the name of art! And she looks great eating chicken wings. Who doesn't aspire to that? (Ponder)

Blanc all the way. (Kane)

Blanc! (Skipper)

Blanc. (Feldbin)

Markos. (Martini)

Blanc. Steely-armed artists in flowy outfits > bétisier signifier vulture capitalists. (Shawhan)

This question was actually harder than I anticipated once I realized you get Tilda either way, but I gotta go with… Blanc!!! I always vote the way Ingrid Caven tells me to. (Adams)

07 January 2019

2018 SUPERLATIVES


2018 Superlatives

I love to hierarchize, but numbers are just that. If this were an actual awards ceremony with sconces and drinks and centerpieces and quality eats, it would be the best TV ever. Where such a thing exists, I've linked to my review of the specific film at hand.



FILM

01 ANNIHILATION/THE ENDLESS/SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE
Protean shifts as evolutionary breakthrough. We adapt. We rework. We fragment. We reassemble. We live.

02 LAZZARO FELICE/PADDINGTON 2
Parables of the kind. Teachable moments for a world that needs it.

An invitation to dance. The stage as cosmic therapy. The danger behind the mask. A grotesque and comforting refuge from established power structures. Powerful works of liberation.

Dialogues across time. The Then and The Now not so absolute. Timeless works, extending through modernity and beyond.

05 COLA DE MONO/HEREDITARY/A STAR IS BORN/THUNDER ROAD/TUMBBAD
Family ties as chains, or lifelines. Any of these films would work as Greek tragedies. Big emotions all mixed together; the specific becomes the universal.

06 BLACK PANTHER/FATAL PULSE/THE FAVOURITE/ZERZURA
Visionary alternate histories. Other paths telling surpressed stories and forbidden tales. Inspired and effective works.

07 A BREAD FACTORY/FIRST REFORMED/VOX LUX
Where we’re at and how we got there.

08 MANDY/YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE/WIDOWS
Exquisite deconstructions of the genres we love, focusing past frippery to the boundless emotions within. Deeply haunting efforts which slip past the defenses of modern life and strike deep into the parts that feel, hidden deep within the soul.

Deeply political hearts expressing themselves with maximum visual pleasure. Swoonworthy acheivements.

10 THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS/LA FLOR/SEQUENCE BREAK/TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES
Genre-based autocritique got no better than these.


ACTRESS

Yalitza Aparicio, ROMA
Toni Collette, HEREDITARY
Lana Condor, TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE
Viola Davis, WIDOWS
Trine Dyrholm, NICO 1988
Elsie Fisher, EIGHTH GRADE
Helena Howard, MADELINE’S MADELINE
Cate Jones, MICKEY REECE’S ALIEN
Nicole Kidman, DESTROYER
Lady Gaga, A STAR IS BORN
Melissa McCarthy, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Eva Melander, BORDER
Jeanne Voisin, JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC


ACTOR

Nicolas Cage, MANDY
Jim Cummings, THUNDER ROAD
Ben Dickey, BLAZE
Ethan Hawke, FIRST REFORMED
Joaquin Phoenix, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Adriano Tardiolo, LAZZARO FELICE


SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Raffey Cassidy, VOX LUX
Aline & Elise Charles, JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC
Elizabeth Debicki, WIDOWS
Cynthia Erivo, WIDOWS
Mia Goth, SUSPIRIA
Jennifer Jason Leigh, ANNIHILATION
Millicent Simmonds, A QUIET PLACE
Anya Taylor-Joy, THOROUGHBREDS
Tessa Thompson, ANNIHILATION
Michelle Yeoh, CRAZY RICH ASIANS


SUPPORTING ACTOR

Adam Driver, BlackKklansman
Richard E. Grant, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Michael B. Jordan, BLACK PANTHER
Akshay Kumar, 2.0
Cedric Antonio Kyles, FIRST REFORMED
Antonio Marziale, ALEX STRANGELOVE
Jesse Plemons, GAME NIGHT
Na-Kel Smith, mid-90s
Alex Wolff, HEREDITARY


DIRECTOR

Ali Abbasi, BORDER
Bo Burnham, EIGHTH GRADE
Ryan Coogler, BLACK PANTHER
Panos Cosmatos, MANDY
Alex Gardner, ANNIHILATION
Josephine Decker, MADELINE’S MADELINE
Coralie Fargeat, REVENGE
Luca Guadagnino, SUSPIRIA
Kore-eda Hirokazu, SHOPLIFTERS
Karyn Kusama, DESTROYER
Yorgos Lanthimos, THE FAVOURITE
Steve McQueen, WIDOWS
Damon Packard, FATAL PULSE/NIGHT PULSE/UNTITLED YUPPIE FEAR THRILLER
Lynne Ramsay, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Alice Rohrwacher, LAZZARO FELICE
Shankar, 2.0


CINEMATOGRAPHY

Lol Crawley, VOX LUX
Guillaume Deffontaines, JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC
Julie Kirkwood, DESTROYER
Ben Loeb, MANDY
Hélène Louvart, LAZZARO FELICE
Aaron Moorhead, THE ENDLESS
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, SUSPIRIA
Brian Sowell, SEQUENCE BREAK
Thomas Townend, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE


EDITING

Harrison Atkins/Josephine Decker/Elizabeth Rao, MADELINE’S MADELINE
Andy Canny, UPGRADE
Bob Murawski/Orson Welles, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND
Joe Walker, WIDOWS


ANIMATED FILM

ISLE OF DOGS
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE
TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES


ORIGINAL SCORE

Geoff Barrow/Ben Salisbury, ANNIHILATION
Keegan DeWitt, GEMINI
Jonny Greenwood, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Van Hughes, SEQUENCE BREAK
Jóhann Jóhannsson, MANDY
Anna Meredith, EIGHTH GRADE
Thom Yorke, SUSPIRIA


DOCUMENTARY

AMAZING GRACE
BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY
KUSAMA INFINITY
MARIA BY CALLAS
McQUEEN
MINDING THE GAP
THE ROAD MOVIE


3D

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
THE MEG
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
2.0


PRODUCTION DESIGN

Jahmin Assa, mid-90s
Amparo Baeza, COLA DE MONO
Hannah Beachler, BLACK PANTHER
Eugenio Caballero, ROMA
Nelson Coates, CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Mark Digby, ANNIHILATION
Tracy Dishman, GEMINI
Emita Frigato, LAZZARO FELICE
DeAnne Millais, SEQUENCE BREAK
Grant Montgomery, GHOST STORIES
Hubert Pouille, MANDY
Jennifer Spence, THE NUN
Inbal Weinberg, SUSPIRIA
Grace Yun, HEREDITARY


ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Bo Burnham, EIGHTH GRADE
Josephine Decker/Donna DiNovelli, MADELINE’S MADELINE
Craig Johnson, ALEX STRANGELOVE
Boots Riley, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
Alice Rohrwacher, LAZZARO FELICE
Paul Schrader, FIRST REFORMED
Leigh Whannell, UPGRADE


ADAPTED SCRIPT

Justin Benson, THE ENDLESS
Peter Chiarelli/Adele Lim, CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Jon Croker/Simon Farnaby/Paul King, PADDINGTON 2
Jim Cummings, THUNDER ROAD
Bruno Dumont, JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC
Jeremy Dyson/Andy Nyman, GHOST STORIES
Alex Gardner, ANNIHILATION
Nicole Holofcener/Jeff Whitty, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?


VISUAL EFFECTS

ANNIHILATION
AQUAMAN
BLACK PANTHER
THE ENDLESS
PADDINGTON 2
2.0


COSTUMES

Ruth E. Carter, BLACK PANTHER
Alice Eyssartier, MANDY
Keri Langerman, VOX LUX
McKenzie McAllister, MICKEY REECE’S ALIEN
Giulia Piersanti, SUSPIRIA
Sandy Powell, THE FAVOURITE
uncredited, COLA DE MONO
uncredited, DIRTY COMPUTER
Mary E. Vogt, CRAZY RICH ASIANS


25 FAVORITE SCENES OF THE YEAR

01 Everything from The Lighthouse through the end of the film, ANNIHILATION
02 CBS News Interviews Gay Callas fans, MARIA BY CALLAS
03 Opening Scene, THUNDER ROAD
04 “The Shallow,” A STAR IS BORN
05 “Dance This Mess Around,” ALEX STRANGELOVE
06 Mme Gervaise, JEANNETTE: THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC
07 Final Recording Session, LA FLOR: EPISODE II
08 Bathroom Freakout, MANDY
09 Olga in the Mirror Room, SUSPIRIA
10 Flooded Wedding, CRAZY RICH ASIANS
11 Teen Titans Time Travel, TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES
12 Grief Support Group, HEREDITARY
13 Ending Tracking Shot and Montage, BLACKkKLANSMAN
14 Smilin’ Dave and The Rope, THE ENDLESS
15 “I’ve Never Been To Me,” YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
16 Nicole Kidman delivers Amphibious Kung Fu Beatdown, AQUAMAN
17 Crane Shot on Lenox, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
18 Roadside Attack, 2.0
19 “A Place Called Slaughter Race,” RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
20 Grace and Robbie on the phone, GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI
21 Cheddar Goblin, MANDY
22 Shifting Perspectives, TERRIFIED (ATERRADOS)
23 “Wrapped Up” Vigil Version, VOX LUX
24 A Secret Revealed, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
25 Dance Party, THE FAVOURITE



SONGS OF 2018

01 Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel
02 Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – The Shallow
03 Holy Ghost! - Anxious (A Tom Moulton Mix)
04 Robyn – Send to Robin Immediately
05 Rostam - In a River
06 Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez and Our Lady J - Home
07 Jake Shears – Sad Song Backwards
08 “Celeste” - Wrapped Up
09 St. Vincent – Fast Slow Disco
10 Estiva - Bloom
11 John Grant – Preppy Boy
12 Carly Rae Jepsen – Party for One (Otto Benson Remix)
13 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Body Move
14 Robyn – Missing You
15 Thom Yorke - Suspirium
16 Carpenter/Carpenter/Dawes – The Shape Hunts Allyson
17 Namika featuring Black M – Je Ne Parle Pas Français (Beatgees Remix)
18 Jonny Greenwood – Tree Synthesisers
19 Tracey Thorn – Dancefloor (Pearson and Lindblad Italomix)
20 Dario G - Cry
21 Pusha T – The Games We Play
22 Juliana Hatfield – Suspended in Time
23 Phantoms featuring Vanessa Hudgens – Lay With Me (VIP Remix)
24 Kylie Minogue - Dancing
25 Mø and Jack Antonoff – Never Fall In Love
26 Celine Dion – Ashes (Dark Intensity Remix)
27 Troye Sivan – Bloom
28 Azealia Banks – Anna Wintour
29 Stasney Mav - Bullet
30 Jay Rock - Win
31 Jake Shears – Mississippi Delta (I’m Your Man)
32 Ariana Grande - Breathin’
33 Lil’ Xan’s Dad – I’m Your Dad
34 Thom Yorke – Has Ended
35 Joe Crepúsculo – Todo Lo Bello Es Gratis
36 Ice Cube – Arrest The President
37 Rufus Wainwright – Ziggy (Un Garçon Pas Comme Les Autres)
38 Punx Soundcheck – House Arrest
39 Bleachers – Keeping a Secret
40 Bhad Bhabie – Famous

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ALBUMS OF 2018

01 Janelle Monáe/Dirty Computer
02 Robyn/Honey
03 John Grant/Love is Magic
04 Jake Shears
05 Tracey Thorn/Record
06 Pusha T/Daytona
07 Me’Shell NdegéOcello/Ventriloquism
08 Jóhann Jóhansson/Mandy
09 CupcaKke/Ephorize
10 Cardi B/Invasion of Privacy


TV OF 2018

01 Talk Show The Game Show
02 Pose
03 Nailed It!
04 Big Mouth
05 Legion
06 The Haunting of Hill House
07 Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Gauntlet
08 Channel Zero: The Dream Door
09 Disenchantment/G.L.O.W.
10 The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
11 At Home with Amy Sedaris/The Shivering Truth
12 Claws
13 Star Trek: Discovery/The Orville
14 Deadwax
15 Nightflyers


PODCASTS OF 2018 (Alphabetically)

Attack of the Queerwolf
The Boogie Monster
Gaylords of Darkness
Homophilia
How Did This Get Made?
Just the Discs
Keep It!
Linoleum Knife (and its sibling series LKTV, Linoleum Knife + Fork, and Linoleum Nights)
Pure Cinema Podcast
Shock Waves
The Sour Hour
The Todd Glass Show
Unspooled