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. 



 a mirror of this post on my grumblr




 LOVING
.
UNDER THE SHADOW

.
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

.
HELL OR HIGH WATER
.
SUNSET SONG
.
SILENCE
.
EVOLUTION
.
KNIGHT OF CUPS
.
AQUARIUS
.
HAIL, CAESAR!
.
THE LOVE WITCH
.
CERTAIN WOMEN
.
GREEN ROOM
.
MY GOLDEN DAYS
.
CAMERAPERSON

.
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) 






 LONG WAY NORTH

.
KILL ZONE 2
[SPL II: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES]
.
MICROBE & GASOLINE
.
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
.
THREE
.
CHEVALIER
.
THINGS TO COME
.
THE RED TURTLE

.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
.
THE LOBSTER
.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
.
SING STREET
.
THE WAILING
.
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
.
13TH
.
ARRIVAL
.
IXCANUL
.
THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE

.
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

.
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

.
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

.
EMBERS

.
DE PALMA

.
WIENER-DOG

.
TIKKUN

.
STANDBY FOR TAPE BACK-UP


****


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. +CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson)
  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. +MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI (Claude Barras)
  29. UNDER THE SHADOW (Babak Anvari)
  30. LOVING (Jeff Nichols)


RUNNER-UP 
LONG WAY NORTH (Rémi Chayé), KILL ZONE 2 (Pou-soi Chang), MICROBE & GASOLINE (Gondry), APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD (Desmares, Ekinci), THREE (To), CHEVALIER (Tsangari), THINGS TO COME (Hansen-Løve), THE RED TURTLE (Michael Dudok de Wit), 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), +THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (Øvredal), SWEATY BETTY (Frank, 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), 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 (Sono), INTO THE INFERNO (Herzog), SLASH (Liford), TOWER (Maitland), THE WAVE (Roar Uthaug), 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), EMBERS (Claire Carré), DE PALMA (Baumbach), WIENER-DOG (Solondz), TIKKUN (Avishai Sivan), STANDBY FOR TAPE BACK-UP (Ross Sutherland)










MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL 
SINKING INTO THE SEA (Dash) 2017 release
MISTER UNIVERSO (Covi) 2017 release
MA (Rowlson-Hall) 2017 release
CONTEMPORARY COLOR (Ross bros.) 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), I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (Peck), FIRE AT SEA (Gianfranco Rosi), BASKIN (Can Evrenol), DESPITE THE NIGHT (Grandrieux), MEURTRIERE (Grandrieux), MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI (Barras)DO NOT RESIST (Craig Atkinson), I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY (Feng Xiaogang), AFERIM! (Radu Jude), 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 
LIVE BY NIGHT (Affleck) - SEEN 1/15/2017 
CAMERAPERSON (K.Johnson) - SEEN & PLACED 1/25/2017
AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (Ovredal) - SEEN & PLACED 2/4/2017
GOLD (Gaghan) - SEEN 3/5/2017 
LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI (Claude Barras) - SEEN & PLACED 3/26/2017


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