What follows is simply a collection of films that stood out to me, for one reason or another, over the past year.
I am no good at numbered lists or rankings. What follows is simply a collection of films that stood out to me, for one reason or another, over the past year. Stories that impacted me and the world around us. 2016 was a completely shitshow for a variety of reasons, but film was not one for them. There were some extraordinary stories put out there that gave me joy, hope and a moment of peace when the rest of the world seemed to be crumbling. And here they are.
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN – I am really looking forward to the world discovering this amazing coming of age story when it hits Blu-ray and streaming services in a couple of months. It was far too ignored in theaters, and is one of the best teen films I have ever seen. A story about understanding yourself and how you fit into the world around you, discovering empathy and taking a vital step toward adulthood, this film is funny, smart and touching.
JACKIE – A beautiful portrait of grief that also embraces notions of history and remembrance. It also showed a strong woman dealing with impossible horrors and still remaining in control of her own narrative. Well acted and wonderfully structured. Natalie Portman’s performance was stellar, capturing the fear, the despair, the uncertainty, and the hope of a woman facing down something unthinkable and pulling herself through.
LA LA LAND – this film made my heart soar. A wonderful marriage of spectacle, love and the