Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My top ten films, and the best of 2016

Time for my annual top ten movie list. This is something I’ve been doing since 1985.

As far as other 2016 pop culture stuff:

The Ellie Goulding concert was the best live performance I have seen since the mid 80s.

I have been enjoying the “Supergirl” TV series, as well as Eric Kripke’s new show on NBC, “Timeless”. 

“Fear of the Dead” is now a better drama than the show it spun off from.

 And this past summer’s Olympics were super awesome.

“Homeland” took a year off (perhaps to digest the horrifying events unfolding in real-life politics). But for me, the best show this past year is not on any network, premium channel, or cable station. Is the adaption of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history masterpiece, “The Man In The High Castle”, produced by Amazon Studios and streaming on Amazon Prime.

Actress of the year is hands down Amy Adams for her one two punch of "Arrival" and "Nocturnal Animals". But Elle Fanning's electrifying work in "The Neon Demon" must also be mentioned here (because no one else will give this brilliant girl her due, given the film's polarizing David Lynchian nature).

My favorite scores; Rupert Gregson-Williams soaring strains for "The Legend of Tarzan", and Michael Giacchino's two space opera franchise scores for "Star Trek: Beyond" and "Rogue One".

As for the year in film…

2016 Ten Best List

The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn)
De Palma (Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow)
Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)
Rogue One (Gareth Edwards)
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi)
10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
The Legend of Tarzan (David Yates)
The Shallows (Jaume Collet-Serra)
Nerve (Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost)

Best for each year for the 2010’s

2015 – The Age of Adeline (Lee Toland Krieger)
2014 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves)
2013 – The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
2012 - Argo (Ben Affleck)
2011 – Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)

2010 – Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)