Favorite Movies of 2016
- •1.) American HoneyCriminally underrated/under-distributed masterpiece of the year. Andrea Arnold's Cannes Jury Prize winner is a fresh and original film about youth, love, family, poverty, and America.
- •2.) The LobsterGreek art house legend Yorgos Lanthimos' first English language effort is bizarre, uncomfortable, and moving as hell. A twisted surrealist reflection on both the importance and absurdness of human relationships.
- •3.) ArrivalAn uncommonly paced science fiction film by Denis Villeneuve that deals with how we perceive time and language, and how those perceptions affect our communication and human interactions. Featuring a career-best performance from the always stellar Amy Adams.
- •4.) Cafe SocietyWoody Allen's charmingly melancholic portrait of 1930's social elites in Hollywood and New York City is both familiar to his much practiced style and freshly charged with a unique spirit.
- •5.) La La LandAn undeniably impressive spectacle about the pursuit of dreams from young director Damien Chazelle. While not as deeply explorative as other films on this list, La La Land is a piece of masterful cinema and decidedly fun.
- •6.) MoonlightBarry Jenkins' sophomoric effort is a hauntingly touching and visually stylish mosaic dealing with sexuality, masculinity, and race set against a backdrop of all too real poverty. Superb cinematography from James Laxton.
- •7.) Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford's latest film is a predictably stylish thriller about loyalty and betrayal. Featuring a well rounded cast all delivering exceptional performances.