“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Tim Gordon – on “On the Basis of Sex,” “Destroyer” and the Best/Worst Films of 2018

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Tim Gordon of thefilmgordon.com

Welcome to the third episode of the 2018-2019 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was the Film Gordon himself (and President of WAFCA), Tim Gordon, returning to the show once more. We discussed our favorite (and least favorite) films of 2018 (see my full list here), plus On the Basis of Sex and Destroyer. Enjoy? Be sure to check out our first and second episodes of the season, or even last year’s season (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4 and Episode 5). We’ll be back in March. Until then!

In Howard County, Maryland, you can watch the show on Channel 41 (if you’re a Verizon customer) or Channel 96 (if you’re a Comcast customer), and you can watch it online from anywhere. The fantastic Dragon Digital Media team did their usual superlative job putting this together, especially producer Karen Vadnais and director Danielle Maloney, as well as floor manager Anthony Hoos. Have fun this summer at the movies! Here’s hoping there are at least a few great films!

Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best Film Acting of 2018

On December 26, 2018, I published my list of best (and worst) films of the year, and now here is my list of best actors of the year. As always, there is no need to publish a separate “best directors” list since, if the film is good, I credit the director for much of that quality. A few actors and actresses in films which I did not put among my highest choices still made it onto the list, below, since they were so magnetic (to me), even if the film they were in was less so. All movie titles are hyperlinked to my review, if such a review exists, or to the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page, if there is no review. While last year I listed more than 5 actors per category, this year I go back to the traditional five-per-category model. In alphabetical order, by last name within each category, I give you:

BEST ACTRESS:


BEST ACTOR:


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Mr. Reed’s Metaphysical Neighborhood Presents the Best (and Worst) Films of 2018

[For an explanation of my blog-post title, check out my “best of” list from 2013.]

Below, you will find lists of my favorite films of the year, divided by documentary (nonfiction) and narrative (fiction) formats. Not all the movies mentioned have received a significant release in 2018, though many of them did; the others may still be making the festival rounds, or may have only been released abroad, or only online (something evermore common, so almost not worth mentioning). Where I have previously written reviews of a movie (whether for Film Festival Today or Hammer to Nail), the title of that movie is hyperlinked to my original review. In the case of the one film among my Top 20 choices which I did not review, I include a brief capsule description of it, here (and link to its distributor’s website). Where, in the “honorable mentions” section, I have not reviewed a film, I have hyperlinked the title to the movie’s IMDb page. Continue reading

More @hammertonail coverage: 5 Reviews and 2 Interviews

Here are 5 reviews and 2 interviews from my Hammer to Nail coverage over the past three weeks:

Enjoy!

@fogoftruth Bonus Episode: Our Respective Top 10 Documentaries of 2018

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year where everyone loves to assemble top-ten lists of all sorts. In this bonus episode, we each discuss our top ten documentaries of this year and the general trends we are seeing in 2018 doc films. Please note that ANY documentary that we profiled on our podcast is worth watching, even if it didn’t make the Top 10! As always, you can find the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Our next bonus episode will air sometime in January, with reviews of films playing at the 2019 Sundance and Slamdance film festivals. A few weeks after that, we will launch our fifth season, with interviews conducted in Park City, UT, at those two film festivals, featuring the directors whose films we will have reviewed in the January bonus episode. Stay tuned!

Here are our lists:

Bart’s Top 10 List (in alphabetical order):

Chris’ Top 10 List (in alphabetical order):

Summre’s Top 10 List (in alphabetical order):

Coverage of DOC NYC 2018 at @filmfesttoday and @hammertonail (Part 1)

This year’s DOC NYC (November 7-14) offered its usual terrific selection of documentary films. Here is my initial coverage of the fest for both Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail:

Enjoy!