Saturday, 31 December 2016

36th Shadows Awards: Happy New Year!

There's an even wider variety than usual in my top 10 this year, but all of these are films I simply couldn't forget, mainly due to the sheer skill of the filmmakers. Pablo Larrain brought unusual depth and complexity to his exploration of legacy and celebrity in Jackie; Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea is a timely documentary, a heart-pounding adventure and a heart-rending drama at the same time; Damien Chazelle's La La Land is a joyous celebration of love and aspiration in a city known for making and crushing dreams. Those are just the top three, and I feel as strongly about all the movies in my top 50 this year. (Long lists happen when you see some 500 movies a year!) Full lists and then some are ON THE SITE...

  1. Jackie (Pablo Larrain)
  2. Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)
  3. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
  4. Son of Saul (Laszlo Nemes)
  5. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
  6. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)
  7. Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight)
  8. It's Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan)
  9. The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)
  10. Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari)
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Isabelle Huppert (Elle, Things to Come)

Geza Rohrig (Son of Saul)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight, Our Kind of Traitor, Collateral Beauty)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

  1. The Boss (Ben Falcone)
  2. Ride Along 2 (Tim Story)
  3. Stonewall (Roland Emmerich)
  4. Assassin's Creed (Justin Kurzel)
  5. Inferno (Ron Howard)
  6. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (Jake Szymanski)
  7. The Greasy Strangler (Jim Hosking)
  8. Bad Santa 2 (Mark Waters)
  9. London Has Fallen (Babak Najafi)
  10. Warcraft (Duncan Jones)

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