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09:21 31 Dec 2016
My wife and I go weekly (sometimes twice) to Cineworld in Eastbourne, her with a Cineworld Card and me with a CEA card as her carer. Four of the ten I've not heard of and the best film we've seen this year was Passengers, though because of its late arrival (pun intended) may have missed your list. My daughter tells me it was panned by the critics so may have made another of your lists. The beauty of all art is that it's subjective and nobody can tell me I'm wrong, disagree with me you can but wrong tell me you should not. Watched your broadcast on BBC1 this morning detailing the year's films, do you have a separate blog post for comments on this or will it be forthcoming?
15:07 27 Dec 2016
10. Hell or Highwater
9. Kubo and the Two Strings
8. Rogue One
7. The Jungle Book
4. Swiss Army Man
3. Captain America Civil War
20:00 25 Dec 2016
I still think you would be better off waiting until Oscar time to do this. Following the UK release calendar means including last year's films which are now old news while leaving off most of the current main awards contenders. When people look up Titanic they see it is a 1997 film, they don't say it was a 1998 film because it went on UK general release in January.
23:09 22 Dec 2016
Well, Dr. Kermode you seem to leave your best to last: This list is phenomenal imho.
Before giving my top films, to comment on other comments:-
1. Trump, it's showbiz people, no more no less, so be happy (and don't worry).
2. Up to a point, Brian - New Forest, 2 blogs 5 films each, 2 hands, 5 fingers (digits strictly) each. I think there is much to talk about for the best films. However I don't see any reason for the two blogs about the worst films, which I've pointed out before on "criticism" and take George Orwell's view on that.
3. "Hail! Caesar!" was the most outstandingly successful reception by my mom I've ever known for a film recommendation so that is one way to measure a film's value. Great escapism, with lots of references to film, 50's and great cast and script. Good solid fun.
4. I too can never make a full list of 10 films each year but I've done well this year...
5. Hateful 8 isn't great but it is great Tarantino and you'll see it that way if you ever did stay up late watching "Spaghetti Westerns" back in the day of a few channels and marvelling at their strangeness and style all at the same time. It was a good effort at getting the Western back in cinemas.
6. The above French actress, that film looks interesting imo, the French (perhaps middle class) I would guess are very acutely aware of how French they are? Interesting.
My top list:-
A quantum distance between this and all the others:-
3. The Martian (no idea if I've got the right year)
4. I, Daniel Blake
5. Hail Caesar!
These are all almost as good as each other in different ways, except perhaps Julieta being the best of them at 2. Julieta felt really connected to life affirming atst as being a tragic story, it really stands out. I, Daniel Blake is just a great illustration of the issues of the processing of people by the state, it felt a little set-up but still had the charm of glimpses of "ah that..." about it. The Martian was so good: Hollywood full production at it's very very best so high in the list. As said Hail Caesar went down such a storm, one of the best presents I ever got anyone.
I also saw:-
6. Hateful 8
7. The Revenant
Amazing cinematography and hence good value but nothing I'd go out of my way to watch.
Visually very strong, but could not play the subtle slide from civilization into feral savagery that Ballard is so good at, and in particular so hilariously good at in the book. A shame imo. Don't end up with that many positives for this one.
I finally saw the Danish piracy film which was brilliant (can't remember it's name) and would be in my top list if it came out this year. Highly recommended. That's it "A Hijacking". I have not seen the new anime, it looks spectacular art, just not sure teenage angst is the theme I'm after? I still can't gauge from reviews it's strengths and weaknesses??
Again, I was 110% put off Arrival by the trailer: Ugh! I saw "a who's who" of "Look at ME ACTING!" and it was as they say in the states or used to "barf-inducing". It also came across as Contact part deaux though the reaction suggests the story premise is really tight, so who knows?
14:45 22 Dec 2016
As I've only seen 15 films that were released in the UK in 2016, I've listed them all in my order of preference
2. A United Kingdom
5. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
6. I, Daniel Blake
7. The Revenant
8. Nocturnal Animals
9. Bone Tomahawk
10. Hail, Caesar!
14. Midnight Special
15. 10 Cloverfield Lane
14:10 22 Dec 2016
Shock horror, why are people including the Hateful Eight in a best list? Its top of my worst list. Absolutely horrific movie by a total has been, tired, old ideas, same boring cast, same boring language
14:07 22 Dec 2016
Very tough to narrow down to a top10 but here goes:
1. The Revenant
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
3. The Handmaiden
4. Green Room
5. Son of Saul
8. The Hateful Eight
Bone Tomahawk would have slid in to the No.3 spot but I saw it in 2015 at the Leeds Film Festival.
Also notable mentions have to go to Train To Busan, Hacksaw Ridge, Zootropolis, The Shallows, Room and The Nice Guys.
12:40 22 Dec 2016
1. Son of Saul
2. The Neon Demon
3. Hell or High Water
5. The Revenant
6. Little men
7. I, Daniel Blake
9. Childhood of a Leader
10. Hateful Eight.
12:24 22 Dec 2016
1. Ethel & Ernest (best film I've seen since Whiplash, beautifully moving, funny and nostalgic)
2. Brand New Testament
3. Nocturnal Animals
7. Eye in the Sky
8. The Girl with all the gifts
As for Room, it was decent, slightly annoying with too many plot holes. Pretty over rated.
Cant wait for the worst 10, Midnight Special is right up there!
11:35 22 Dec 2016
My top 10 list for the year is based more upon my enjoyment of the film and its overall presentation. I do however take into account stellar performances from leading or supporting actors. With that my top 10 from 10 to 1 are:
10 - Sausage Party. I loved the humor and the risk it took. At some moments the jokes were predictable, but they still hit for me.
9 - Arrival. I have it a bit low for no other reason than simply no one blew me away. I loved the premise of the movie and also loved the performance from Amy Adams, but it was not enough for me to beat some of the other films ahead of it this year.
8 - Don't Breathe. Now I 'm not one for horror but I utterly enjoyed this film. Every jump scare and tense moment was perfectly played. Stephen lang stole the movie for me, he played the invulnerable blind man to perfection.
7 - Sing Street. Now for a lot of people this may be higher up, but being a millennial like I am, some of the pop cultural references of that time did fly over my head. I have a feeling if I re-watched it with my old man, he'd love it more than I would. But the love story played out was great and the fact it was a musical did not take me out of the movie at all, flowed perfectly.
6 - Hacksaw Ridge - Okay, so are we going to give Mel Gibson his props or not? Hell of a film, couldn't fault this movie if I tried. Andrew Garfield is excellent in this too, he's really shown me that not being Spiderman anymore is the best thing that's ever happened to him and I liked Amazing Spiderman 1 lol.
5 - Kubo and the Two Strings. Stop motion at its very best. I loved the asian themes flowing through this movie. The plot was excellent, and for a relatively short film at 1 hr 42, it kept me entertained right to the climax.
4 - The Jungle Book - Another animated film that blew my mind with the voice over acting talent, but for me it was the visuals that was the real winner for me, I thouroghly enjoyed myslef, and again, it had the reputation of the animated film top live up to, and although it does not emulate it scene for scene, the musical numbers were great. Also, Idris Elba and Ben kingsley were amazing.
3 - Deadpool. Man, from the marking work, to the aftercredit scene, this film was so so good. I loved the love story within a comic book storyplot it tried and to a large extent accomplished. A little weak on the villain but I didnt care, i came to see Deadpool and loved what i got. Cant wait for him to join the X-Men universe.
2 - Rogue One. The prequal we deserved. That's all I've been saying since watching this film. Theme wise, it fits so perfectly with New Hope. I loved the subtle easter eggs we got and the CGI work with Tarkin and Leia were great. I intent to watch it 2 more times before 2017.
Quick Honourable mentions: Birth of A Nation, Secret Life of Pets, Star Trek - Beyond, 10 Cloverfiel Lane, The Nice Guys & Moonlight.
1- Civil War. All I will say is, Return of the Jedi may be one of the greatest 3rd film to end a triliogy, but Civil war will forever be my favourite. Avenger 2.5 or not, it was magnificent.
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