Friday, January 20, 2017

2016 in film (Part XI)

Again, I have too much other stuff I'd rathere do than write about movies I'm going to be writing about again in like a week, so here we go: the 101st through 110th movies I saw from 2016. Eh, let's throw a sentence in for each movie. Why not?

10. American Honey
Thoroughly unlikable in virtually every way, this is an ugly movie with flat characters and serves as little more than a reminder that millenial-era entertainment is a mess.

9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I already wrote over 2000 words on why this movie sucked.

8. Little Men
Way better than the previous two, but a little too underplayed to be effectively dramatic, but fans of Ira Sachs should enjoy it.

7. Jackie
A slightly unconventional bio with strong performances and an interestingly modern take on a classic visual approach.

6. Elle
Sort of like watching a Haneke film, Huppert does a great job, the story is twisted, but it does feel a little too long at times.

5. Wiener-Dog
Hilariously cynical, emotionally engaging at the right times, and another excellent small-scale indie film from Todd Solondz.

4. La La Land
The only flaw here comes from the fact that this story has been done too many times. Technically, this movie is terrific.

3. Nocturnal Animals
In spite of a few slight missteps, this movie manages to be one of the best thrillers of the year. Tom Ford is a visionary filmmaker.

2. Manchester By The Sea
One of the saddest dramas of the year, while simultaneously being one of the funniest movies of the year. Explain that.

1. Fences
The best acting showcase of the year with incredible writing, characterization, visual design, and lived-in setting. I want to watch it again to be sure, but it might be in my top 10 of the year.
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