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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    Watched During 2018

    Search returned all films watched in 2018
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  1. Movie DetailsLady Bird (2017) 10  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    In 2002, 17-year-old Saoirse Ronan comes of age in Sacramento. Gerwig is keenly perceptive, funny.

  2. EXCELLENT
  3. Movie DetailsAnnihilation (2018) 9  HorrorMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Natalie Portman joins a perilous expedition into the Shimmer, a quarantined disaster area. Hallucinogenic mystery.
  4. Movie DetailsDunkirk (2017) 9  Documentary/True
    Nolan's depiction of Allied soldiers trapped by Nazi forces on the beaches of northern France.
  5. Movie DetailsFaces Places (2017) 9  Documentary/True
    French New Wave director Agnès Varda and muralist JR travel across France. Delightful creative collaboration.
  6. Movie DetailsFlorida Project, The (2017) 9  
    The magical adventures of six-year-old Moonee, living in poverty in the shadow of Disney World.
  7. Movie DetailsIsle of Dogs (2018) 9  AnimationComedy
    The mayor of Megasaki, Japan banishes all dogs to Trash Island. Charming Wes Anderson stop-motion.
  8. Movie DetailsRed Turtle, The (2017) 9  AnimationFantasyI own on DVD
    A man stranded on a deserted island encounters an enormous red turtle. Dialogue-free Japanese fable.
  9. Movie DetailsShape of Water, The (2017) 9  FantasyHorrorWith Sex/NudityAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Love story between a mute janitor and an amphibious creature at a 1962 top-secret laboratory.

  10. VERY GOOD
  11. Movie DetailsBlack Panther (2018) 8  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The advanced African kingdom of Wakanda, powered by vibranium, is in transition. Socially conscious Marvel.
  12. Movie DetailsBoJack Horseman - Seasons 1-5 (2018) 8  AnimationComedyTV Shows
    Absurd adult cartoon about a washed-up 1990s sitcom horse in Hollywood. Surprising wit, depth, self-loathing.
  13. Movie DetailsBreadwinner, The (2017) 8  Animation
    A brave 11-year-old Afghan girl dresses as a boy to survive the Taliban. Beautiful, heartbreaking.
  14. Movie DetailsBuster's Mal Heart (2017) 8  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A motel concierge (possibly lost at sea), Y2K, and a cosmic event called the Inversion.
  15. Movie DetailsCoco (2017) 8  AnimationComedyFantasyMusical/Music
    On Día de los Muertos, an aspiring musician crosses into the afterlife seeking his great-great-grandfather.
  16. Movie DetailsIn This Corner of the World (2017) 8  AnimationDocumentary/True
    In Hiroshima during World War II, a daydreaming girl confronts the devastating horrors of war.

  17. GOOD
  18. Movie DetailsInnSæi: The Sea Within (2016) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    A global journey to reconnect human intuition within our modern world of distraction and stress.
  19. Movie DetailsMiss Hokusai (2016) 8  AnimationDocumentary/True
    Japanese ukiyo-e painter Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his artist daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.
  20. Movie DetailsMistress America (2015) 8  Comedy
    A college freshman in New York meets her spirited stepsister-to-be. Greta Gerwig is brilliant, charming.
  21. Movie DetailsMother! (2017) 8  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Aronofsky's unsettling, grotesque allegory of artistic creation and consumption. The chaotic horror of powerlessness.
  22. Movie DetailsNocturnal Animals (2016) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Wealthy art gallery owner Amy Adams receives a draft of her ex-husband's violent new novel.
  23. Movie DetailsQuiet Place, A (2018) 8  HorrorSci-Fi
    In the post-apocalypse, people live in silence while hiding from blind creatures with supersensitive hearing.
  24. Movie DetailsStar Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) 8  FantasySci-Fi
    Another one! Rey finds hermit Luke Skywalker, then battles Kylo Ren and the First Order.
  25. Movie DetailsThis is Not a Conspiracy Theory (2018) 8  ConspiracyObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Six-part (2014-2018) episodic documentary by Kirby Ferguson about the hidden forces that shape our lives.
  26. Movie DetailsBefore I Wake (2018) 7  FantasyHorror
    Parents haunted by their lost child. The surprisingly rewarding payoff redeems the clichéd Canker Man.
  27. Movie DetailsPearl Jam: Let's Play Two (2017) 7  Musical/MusicObscure/RareSportDocumentary/True
    Eddie Vedder's Chicago Cubs fandom during their 2016 World Series run, plus Wrigley Field concerts.

  28. FAIR
  29. Movie DetailsErrementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2018) 6  FantasyHorror
    Depicts a Basque fable about a cunning blacksmith who makes a pact with the devil.
  30. Movie DetailsRevolt (2017) 6  Sci-Fi
    Amnesiac soldier Lee Pace wakes up during a cataclysmic alien invasion in the Kenyan countryside.
  31. Movie DetailsXX (2017) 6  Horror
    Four-part anthology of short horror films directed and written by women, including musician St. Vincent.

  32. ADEQUATE
  33. Movie DetailsBeyond, The (2018) 5  Sci-Fi
    Faux-documentary of astronauts, wormholes, cybernetics, alien life. Far-fetched pseudoscience. Solid visual effects.
  34. Movie DetailsCloverfield Paradox, The (2018) 5  HorrorSci-Fi
    Absurd, unstable jumble of sci-fi space horror that connects to the previous two Cloverfield movies.
  35. Movie DetailsDelirium (2018) 5  HorrorObscure/Rare
    Topher Grace, recently released from a mental institute, inherits his father's mansion. Haunted? Or psychosis?
  36. Movie DetailsExtinction (2018) 5  Sci-Fi
    A father is plagued by nightmares of a deadly alien invasion. But there's a twist.
  37. Movie DetailsGnome Alone (2017) 5  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/Rare
    Help garden gnomes battle the Troggs and save the world? Or befriend wicked teenage girls?
  38. Movie DetailsHow It Ends (2018) 5  Sci-Fi
    After an apocalyptic event, a man travels west toward Seattle. How it ends is stupidly.
  39. Movie DetailsOrbiter 9 (2018) 5  Sci-Fi
    An engineer boards a young woman's spaceship, upends her sense of reality. Promising but unfocused.

  40. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  41. Movie DetailsDesire (2017) CRAP  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Two estranged sisters reunite at a wedding. Lust destroys their lives again. Boring yet poetic.
  42. Movie DetailsDisappointments Room, The (2016) CRAP  Horror
    Disappointment was in the title, so I can't say I wasn't warned. Incoherent, spooky nonsense.
  43. Movie DetailsEmoji Movie, The (2017) CRAP  AnimationComedy
    They turned a smartphone messaging app into a movie? I was nihilistically curious. WEARY. GRIMACING.
  44. Movie DetailsParadox (2018) CRAP  Musical/MusicObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Daryl Hannah directs outlaw Neil Young in an experimental concert film of supernatural frontier nonsense.
  45. Movie DetailsTad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas (2017) CRAP  AnimationComedyFantasyObscure/Rare
    An awkward explorer, with Peruvian mummy sidekick, versus a millionaire looking for King Midas' necklace.


  46. How much time was spent watching movies?
    On average, Ian watched 0.1 films per day during the past 365 days.
    That's a daily average of about 12 minutes of cinema. Or, about 0.7 films per week.


    Statistical ratings distribution of these 39 films (2.4% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 39 films: 6.8.

    10:2.6%

    9:17.9%

    8:33.3%

    7:7.7%

    6:7.7%

    5:17.9%

    CRAP:12.8%



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