Sunday, December 25, 2016

2016 at 24fps

Of the 600+ titles I saw this year, these were my most favourite. A Top 30 & many many honorables. Also, my 2016 film ballot at the Wandering Image, highlighting the year's best in film by category.



also, mirror of this post on my grumblr.





 here's the countdown:





 LOVING
.
MICROBE & GASOLINE
.
LONG WAY NORTH
.
HELL OR HIGH WATER
.
SUNSET SONG
.
SILENCE
.
EVOLUTION
.
KNIGHT OF CUPS
.
AQUARIUS
.
HAIL, CAESAR!
.
THE LOVE WITCH
.
CERTAIN WOMEN
.
GREEN ROOM
.
MY GOLDEN DAYS
.
UNDER THE SHADOW
.
OUR LITTLE SISTER
.
KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE
.
THE MERMAID
.
ELLE
.
HOMO SAPIENS
.
DEMON
.
VOYAGE OF TIME: LIFE'S JOURNEY
+ [THE IMAX EXPERIENCE]
.
THE WITCH
.
TONI ERDMANN
.
ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING 3D
.
MOONLIGHT
.
HAPPY HOUR
.
THE HANDMAIDEN
.
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA
.
PATERSON


*****









ALSO ESSENTIAL. NOT RANKED. 
(the other titles of 2016 I loved that could've placed) 






 KILL ZONE 2
[SPL II: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES]
.
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
.
THREE
.
CHEVALIER
.
THINGS TO COME
.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
.
THE LOBSTER
.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
.
SING STREET
.
THE WAILING
.
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
.
13TH
.
ARRIVAL
.
IXCANUL
.
SWEATY BETTY
.
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
.
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
.
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR
.
HIGH-RISE
.
NERUDA
.
THE STRESSFUL ADVENTURES OF
BOXHEAD & ROUNDHEAD
.
THE SHALLOWS
.
QUEEN OF KATWE
.
HYPERNORMALISATION
.
CREEPY
.
MY BIG NIGHT
.
LITTLE SISTER
.
SLEEPING GIANT
.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

.
THE FINEST HOURS

.
CONTEMPORARY COLOR

.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

.
GIMME DANGER

.
TALE OF TALES

.
M.O.P.Z.

.
MY BEAUTIFUL BROKEN BRAIN

.
THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK

.
COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS

.
PIPER

.
MORRIS FROM AMERICA

.
LOVE & PEACE

.
INTO THE INFERNO

.
SLASH

.
TOWER

.
THE WAVE

.
OFFICE

.
THE BFG

.
UNCLE KENT 2

.
MEN GO TO BATTLE

.
LO AND BEHOLD:
REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

.
LITTLE MEN

.
KRISHA

.
THE LITTLE PRINCE

.
TRAIN TO BUSAN

.
A BIGGER SPLASH

.
THE INVITATION

.
SHIN GODZILLA

.
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

.
SEASONS

.
FREE STATE OF JONES

.
CLOWN

.
THE FITS

.
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE

.
STANDBY FOR TAPE BACK-UP

.
THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD

.
EMBERS

.
DE PALMA

.
WIENER-DOG

.
TIKKUN

.
DARK HORSE


****







recap
2016

  1. PATERSON (Jarmusch)
  2. O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA  (Ezra Edelman)
  3. THE HANDMAIDEN (Park Chan-wook)
  4. HAPPY HOUR (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
  5. MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins)
  6. ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING 3D (Dominik)
  7. TONI ERDMANN (Ade)
  8. THE WITCH (Robert Eggers)
  9. VOYAGE OF TIME: LIFE'S JOURNEY (Malick)
  10. DEMON (Wrona)
  11. HOMO SAPIENS (Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
  12. ELLE (Verhoeven)
  13. THE MERMAID (Stephen Chow)
  14. KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE (Robert Greene)
  15. OUR LITTLE SISTER (Koreeda)
  16. UNDER THE SHADOW (Babak Anvari)
  17. MY GOLDEN DAYS (Desplechin)
  18. GREEN ROOM (Saulnier)
  19. CERTAIN WOMEN (Reichardt)
  20. THE LOVE WITCH (Anna Biller)
  21. HAIL, CAESAR! (Coen bros.)
  22. AQUARIUS (Mendonça Filho)
  23. KNIGHT OF CUPS (Malick)
  24. EVOLUTION (Hadzihalilovic)
  25. SILENCE (Scorsese)
  26. SUNSET SONG (Davies)
  27. HELL OR HIGH WATER (David Mackenzie)
  28. LONG WAY NORTH (Rémi Chayé)
  29. MICROBE & GASOLINE (Gondry)
  30. LOVING (Jeff Nichols)


RUNNER-UP 
KILL ZONE 2 (Pou-soi Chang), APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (Desmares, Ekinci), THREE (To), CHEVALIER (Tsangari), THINGS TO COME (Hansen-Løve), LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (Whit Stillman), THE LOBSTER (Lanthimos), MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Lonergan), SING STREET (John Carney), THE WAILING (Hong-jin Na), HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Waititi), 13TH (DuVernay), ARRIVAL (Villeneuve), IXCANUL (Jayro Bustamante), SWEATY BETTY (Joseph Frank, Zachary Reed), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Jeff Nichols), THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (Nicolas Pesce), CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR (Weerasethakul), HIGH-RISE (Wheatley), NERUDA (Larrain), STRESSFUL ADVENTURES OF BOXHEAD & ROUNDHEAD (Cowan), THE SHALLOWS (Collet-serra), QUEEN OF KATWE (Nair), HYPERNORMALISATION (Adam Curtis), CREEPY (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), MY BIG NIGHT (de la Iglesia), LITTLE SISTER (Zach Clark), SLEEPING GIANT (Andrew Cividino), 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (Trachtenberg), THE FINEST HOURS (Craig Gillespie), CONTEMPORARY COLOR (Ross bros), KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Travis Knight), GIMME DANGER (Jarmusch), TALE OF TALES (Garrone), M.O.P.Z. (Rohal), MY BEAUTIFUL BROKEN BRAIN (Sophie Robinson), THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK (Potrykus), COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS (lots of people), PIPER (Alan Barillaro), MORRIS FROM AMERICA (Hartigan), LOVE & PEACE (Sion Sono), INTO THE INFERNO (Herzog), SLASH (Liford), TOWER (Maitland), THE WAVE (Roar Uthaug), OFFICE (To), THE BFG (Spielberg), UNCLE KENT 2 (Rohal), MEN GO TO BATTLE (Zachary treitz), LO AND BEHOLD (Herzog), LITTLE MEN (Sachs), KRISHA (Shults), THE LITTLE PRINCE (Mark Osborne), TRAIN TO BUSAN (Sang-ho Yeon), A BIGGER SPLASH (Guadagnino), THE INVITATION (Kusama), SHIN GODZILLA (Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! (Linklater), SEASONS (Perrin, Cluzaud), FREE STATE OF JONES (Guy Ross), CLOWN (Jon Watts), THE FITS (Anna Rose Holmer), IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE (Ti West), STANDBY FOR TAPE BACK-UP (Ross Sutherland), THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD (Thom Andersen), EMBERS (Claire Carré), DE PALMA (Baumbach), WIENER-DOG (Solondz), TIKKUN (Avishai Sivan), DARK HORSE (Louise Osmond),












MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL 
SINKING INTO THE SEA (Dash) 2017 release
MISTER UNIVERSO (Covi) 2017 release
THE RED TURTLE (Dudok de Wit) 2017 release
MA (Rowlson-Hall) 2017 release
(festival films I loved that got no 2016 theatrical release & no distribution deal. 12/25/16)









MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhangke), COSMOS (Zulawski), CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson), SEPULVEDA (Brandon David Wilson), LIVE BY NIGHT (Affleck), NO HOME MOVIE (Ackerman), DON'T THINK TWICE (Birbiglia), MEN & CHICKEN (Anders Thomas Jensen), TANNA (Martin Butler, Bentley Dean), VESSEL (Diana Whitten), TRAPPED (Dawn Porter), JULIETA (Almodovar), FIRE AT SEA (Gianfranco Rosi), BASKIN (Can Evrenol), DESPITE THE NIGHT (Grandrieux), MEURTRIERE (Grandrieux), DO NOT RESIST (Craig Atkinson), I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY (Feng Xiaogang), AFERIM! (Radu Jude), RAW (Julia Ducournau), MISS SHARON JONES! (Barbara Kopple), FORT BUCHANAN (Benjamin Crotty), HUNTER GATHERER (Joshua Locy), ANTIBIRTH (Danny Perez), SEA FOG (Sung-bo Shim), THE OTHER SIDE (Roberto Minervini), NEON BULL (Gabriel Mascaro), RIGHT NOW WRONG THEN (Sang-soo Hong), HOMELAND: IRAQ YEAR ZERO (Abbas Fahdel), THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (André Øvredal), THE ORNITHOLOGIST (João Pedro Rodrigues), GOLD (Stephen Gaghan), PERVERT PARK (Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors), DER BUNKER (Nikias Chryssos), GIRL ASLEEP (Rosemary Myers), THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (Jaco Van Dormael), IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (Hans Petter Moland), A MONSTER CALLS (J.A. Bayona), LIFE ANIMATED (Roger Ross Williams), CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (Matt Ross), TOO LATE (Dennis Hauck), BORN TO BE BLUE (Robert Budreau), MAGGIE'S PLAN (Rebecca Miller), EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (Greenaway), SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (Richard Tanne), THE GREASY STRANGLER (Jim Hosking), TICKLED (David Farrier, Dylan Reeve)
*CROSSED OFF:
A MONSTER CALLS (J.A. Bayona) - SEEN 1/9/2017 




(I want to hear what your favorite films of 2016 were. do kindly post them below)