I decided to undertake a movie challenge in 2017. This seemed like a good way to see some classic movies that I have unfortunately never seen – the Battleship Pretension Top 100 provided just that challenge.
I feel in some ways this might be the most personal movie I’ve watched since starting this challenge. I watched Fantasia countless times as a kid. I have a lifelong habit of putting stories in my mind to music, especially classical music; Fantasia must have been an early influence on that. I was admittedly nostalgic watching a childhood favorite film with adult eyes for this challenge.
I made a determined effort in 2016 to see as many critically lauded films as I possibly could, telling myself that the inadequacy and incompleteness that I’ve imminently felt when it came time for year-end top ten lists would, for once, be somewhat stifled. Yet, here I am, attempting to write a top ten list having not seen Weiner, Hell or High Water, I Am Not Your Negro, Kubo and the Two Strings, Certain Women, and too many other films to count that other bloggers and podcasters have raved about. I’ve let go of the idea that my opinions represent that of any significant corner of the film criticism world and thus, present to you, faithful reader, a meager representation of my limited exposure to the world of 2016’s cinema.
Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Natalie Portman, JACKIE
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, MOONLIGHT
Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, FENCES
Best Original Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Best Adapted Screenplay
Eric Heisserer, ARRIVAL
Linus Sandgren, LA LA LAND
Tom Cross, LA LA LAND
Best Original Score
Justin Hurwitz, LA LA LAND
Best Art Direction
Ryu Seong-hie, THE HANDMAIDEN
Joe Sang-gyeong, THE HANDMAIDEN
Best Foreign Film
THE HANDMAIDEN (dir. Park Chan-wook)
Best Animated Film
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (dir. Travis Knight)
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (dir. Ezra Edelman)
The Bruce McGill Award for Best Performance Under 15 Minutes
Channing Tatum, HAIL, CAESAR!