I’ve had my copy of Film Comment for a while but just leafed through it for the first time. Here is the results of their annual poll of the best films of the year (2016, of course).
- Toni Erdmann
- Cemetery of Splendor
- Certain Women
- Manchester by the Sea
- Things to Come
- No Home Movie
- The Lobster
- Right Now, Wrong Then
- Love & Friendship
- Kaili Blues
- The Handmaiden
- Everybody Wants Some!!
- The Fits
- The Other Side
Of all the movies I see each year, both in theaters and other ways, I’ve only seen six of these. I disagree about Elle, which I didn’t care for. My Netflix queue is already to capacity so it may be awhile until I get to these. Anyone seen any of the more obscure ones?
Oops, we don’t have a random thread for this month yet. Here’s an article with a conversation between Wesley Morris and A.O. Scott on the year’s best acting, including the intriguing agreement between them that Kristen Stewart is the best actress working right now. Discuss.
Anything but the election.
What’s wrong with this headline:
Channing Tatum to Play Mermaid in ‘Splash’ Remake for Disney
Story here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/channing-tatum-play-mermaid-splash-916172
Disney is apparently not happy with Rogue One and has ordered reshoots. Supposedly the movie is not testing well.
Reading the sad news of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace child star Jake Lloyd’s legal and mental troubles made me think back to this interview he did at a Star Wars convention back in 2009.
It’s clearly an interview that doesn’t go well and many in the YT comments blame the interviewer (he does ask some inane questions) but for mine it’s pretty clear that Lloyd is passive-aggressive from the word go and not only hates doing the interview, but seems to half-hate that he’s at the convention and back in the public spotlight. Seeing this interview and reading about his troubles would surely put off any parent from having their child do acting.
It’s been twenty years since Fargo.
“So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’t you know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day! Well, I just don’t understand it.”
“February made me shiver,
With each newspaper I’d deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep,
I couldn’t take one more step,
And I can’t remember if I cried,
When I read about his widowed bride.
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.”
First of all, a happy new year to all contributors and commenters.
Second, we are coming up, on March 1, to our tenth anniversary. We don’t have as many posts as we used to (take a look at that first month in the archives) but we still are plugging away.
I don’t know what to do to mark it–maybe everyone can come up with a list of the best of the last ten years: films, performances, moments in their personal lives, whatever. I know some children have been born, marriages have occurred, and career and geographical changes have been made.
Think on it and make suggestions.
The awards season officially kicked off with the ever-idiosynchratic National Board of Review’s Awards (which are older than the Oscars, believe it or not):
Best Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director: Ridley Scott – The Martian
Best Actor: Matt Damon – The Martian
Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
Best Adapted Screenplay: Drew Goddard – The Martian
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Breakthrough Performance: Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation & Jacob Tremblay – Room
Best Directorial Debut: Jonas Carpignano – Mediterranea
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Documentary: Amy
William K. Everson Film History Award: Cecilia De Mille Presley
Best Ensemble: The Big Short
Spotlight Award: Sicario, for Outstanding Collaborative Vision
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Beasts of No Nation & Mustang
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Straight Outta Compton
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
The Second Mother
Top 5 Documentaries
Best of Enemies
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence
Top 10 Independent Films
Welcome to Me
While We’re Young
For Mad Max fans who are all excited about Oscar prospects, remember that last year the NBR went with A Most Violent Year, which got exactly zero Oscar nominations. They probably even haven’t seen all movies–I doubt they’ve seen Star Wars.
A couple of trailers for upcoming comedies that look remarkably unappealing:
- Never been a fan of Seth Rogen’s work but this trailer for ‘The Night Before’ seems lazy even by his standards as it seems to fall back on his familiar tropes. Surprised Joseph Gordon-Levitt would appear in something like this.
- After largely being on autopilot throughout the 2000s, Robert De Niro seems to have gotten back some verve and purpose to his acting in the past few years. Which is why this trailer for Dirty Grandpa is depressing as it looks even more of a throwaway than that boxing comedy he did with Stallone. Aubrey Plaza lusting after De Niro?!? Yikes.