Top 10 Movies of 2018

The final cuts were A Quiet Place and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. 1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout I was on a plane a few weeks ago when a man a few rows up in the aisle pulled out a laptop, plugged in his headphones, and put on Mission: Impossible – Fallout. I […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2017

I have to say I was ambivalent about a lot this year. The top five of the list below notwithstanding, I did not find many standouts (including among the arthouse favorites) – and indeed, the bottom half of this list compares rather unfavorably to that of years past. The final cuts were Logan Lucky, Molly’s […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2016

As in the case of the past few years, living abroad has limited my access to arthouse films in general (even if I’m not a particularly arthouse-y person). For the record, the final cuts were Midnight Special and Pete’s Dragon. 1. Arrival Arrival is a character study at its core. It is a slow burn of […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2015

The usual caveat about living in Japan applies especially to The Revenant, one of the few award contenders I haven’t seen, and to a number of well-received documentaries and foreign films. Brooklyn, The Martian, and Spotlight were the final cuts. 1. Two Days, One Night Off-screen and almost as a prologue, the straightforward premise of Two Days, One Night […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2014

As with last year, I offer a caveat about living in Japan, and the accompanying logistical struggles with movie release dates and accessibility (especially vis-a-vis foreign films). I did get to most of the critically-acclaimed selections, including Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Love is Strange, Nightcrawler, Snowpiercer, and Whiplash – none of which […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2013, Also

When I shared my Top 10 Movies of 2013, I noted I had skipped an inordinate amount of movies from the calendar year – the result of a move to Japan in late August. Over the course of these past three or four months, I was finally able to catch up with just about all […]

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