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  1. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    I haven't seen it yet. The only film at the moment I'm raring to see is Personal Shopper, which finally comes out in March in the UK after being delayed in distributor limbo for almost a year.
  2. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    Same here, re everyone else's comments. I could not believe how weak the resolution was, that I thought might rescue a well stylised but fairly metricious film. It was a bit like watching Total Recall and finding out not only that the main character had imagined the events of the film on his 'head holiday', but the director comes on at the end to tell the audience they've been trolled, because they've just been watching a movie, but the main character is based on an accountant somewhere named Steve. Probably a bad analogy. But talk about a shaggy dog story. My mother and sister liked it, but even they were baffled by the pointlessness of the end. Not the most overrated film of the year, though. Not by a long shot. I'd recommend the well regarded but completely plotless, characterless, toneless and irrelevant Certain Women myself.
  3. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    I was completely underwhelmed by Nocturnal Animals as well. About the best thing I can say about that movie, because I don't really remember too much about it (which is always a bad omen) is that I like Amy Adams. I just watched Fences. The film has a few detractors, even among mainstream critics, who've been left cold by its deliberate underdirection. Or at least the illusion that its underdirected. The film is bound to feel a bit stagy, because it is based on a play. Aside from my own caveat that it goes on too long in its last fifteen minutes or so, and the conclusion could be stronger (which is not Denzel Wasington's fault), it's a terrific film. Wasington and Viola Davis pitch in exemplary performances, the source material is beautifully written, it is beautifully free of the string laden overstatement and Meryl Streep histrionics others may have forced on it, and it's fully deserving of its general praise. I've added it to my list.
  4. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    JonSnow - A growing number of people are admitting what they really think about Moonlight as well. I hate to be too hard on it, though. The film has some merit. Sometimes fragrant puffery can really do a disservice to your appreciation of a film. Meera - The incompetence during the prize giving really angered me. It put both sets of people in a horrible position, and if I'd been a member of either party I'd have been yelling about it on stage. I'm adding Hardcore Henry to my list, because I'd forgotten about it earlier. I'm also adding a surreal Mexican social allegory/ scifi/ arthouse porn pic I've just seen called We Are the Flesh. It's a niche taste, but it's excellent, and should appeal to anyone who likes Lynch's Eraserhead, Jodorowsky and Gaspar Noe. Just bubbling under for me is The Love Witch. It's not among my favourite films of the year, but it's a lot of fun, and I have a soft spot for Anna Biller. I actually own Viva, which was her first and previous film.
  5. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    To be entirely honest, of the two choices I far preferred La La Land as a movie. Moonlight only gets started in the middle and then goes nowhere in the last third. And the characterisation is stronger on secondary characters than it is on the main character. It's...likable, but I've got Fences to watch later on and higher hopes for it. Poor La La Land, though. It was probably my own joint top pick of the year along with The Neon Demon until Toni Erdmann came out. Oh, and The Greasy Strangler, which is just hilarious, if anyone wants to watch a smartly made bad taste comedy.
  6. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    The Danish Girl is an excellent film. I actually own a copy. There was another really good movie, but about transvestism rather than transgenderism, and a French comedy, called The New Girlfriend from the same year.
  7. Year in Movies: 2016 edition

    I'm coming onto this late, so here's my own list of favourites. 5 star films Toni Erdmann (though it's technically a 2017 film here in the UK - marginally my own pick for the best film of 2016) La La Land (also a 2017 film in the UK, but not Stateside) Arrival American Honey The Neon Demon Sausage Party Captain America: Civil War The Greasy Strangler Love and Friendship Fences Strong 4 star films A Bigger Splash The Nice Guys The Witch Moana Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Kubo and the Two Strings Eisenstein in Guanajato Tale of Tales Swiss Army Man Hardcore Henry We Are the Flesh The Edge of Seventeen The Girl with All the Gifts High Rise 10 Cloverfield Lane Zootopia Passengers A Monster Calls My list is provisional. There's a Japanese anime I really need to check out called Your Name, but I'm having trouble finding a copy. It was only out for a week over here. I really liked Dirty Grandpa, but I don't have any intentions of sticking it on an objective best of list.
  8. So I've just finished watching Moonlight. And I liked it, but I wouldn't have given it the best picture award. It's slow to get going, and then tapers off during its final third just as it's gotten started. It's well photographed and well acted, but it's not a film that anyone is going to remember in a few years. Do I think itwas hyped up and awarded prevalently through political considerations? Not really. I can sort of see where critics were going with their reviews, but it ticked certain criticular boxes without actually having that much behind it. I won't bother comparing it to films which definitely were advanced in the past because of political concerns without even being good movies, such as Monster's Ball or Brokeback Mountain. The film it's most like is Richard Linklater's Boyhood, if you can imagine it having white characters and less conscious grittiness. But, truth to told, it isn't really that gritty. Regardless, Boyhood has more going on in it, more characters and more character development, and is actually a masterpiece whereas Moonlight is no more than a quite good film. If anyone really wants to see a great movie with a homosexual theme they might not have seen yet, I recommend they watch Blue is the Warmest Colour. La La Land was the more deserving Oscar winner over Moonlight, but to be honest I'm not annoyed.
  9. Academy Awards 2017 - Oscar Night: In the Pale Moonlight

    I know that the origins of jazz were in New Orleans and not white Europe. But at the same time there was a European classical influence on many jazz musicians, not least Fats Waller (who started out as a classically trained pianist who did indeed play Bach), Miles Davis and Bill Evans. This influence can't be disputed. Not all jazz music is primarily designed to dance to. I am not claiming white people invented jazz, just that the role that white people have had in its development even though it is a music primarily of black origin is ignored by too many for reasons of agenda. Hell, most rock bands are composed of white musicians, but I'm not going to ignore the contributiion to rock music that black musicians have made. Meera of Tarth - Thank you. That's my attitude as well.
  10. Academy Awards 2017 - Oscar Night: In the Pale Moonlight

    Re jazz, what a lot of people forget is that though it technically is of black origin, a lot of its antecedents were actually in the innovations into syncopated rhythm of some Western classical composers. Bach, for instance, or Beethoven, especially in the latter's last piano sonata, which now sounds uncannily prophetic. A number of the most important jazz musicians, bandleaders and arrangers of the twentieth century were white people. There were also white composers working in a jazz idiom at various points in their career such as Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, and of course Gershwin. It isn't as if the director of La La Land decided, "Hey, let's make a movie pretending white people ever had anything to do with jazz.' Plus, most of the jazz musicians in that film are black people, so I cannot see what people are arguing about. I'm taking a tea break during Moonlight. I'm enjoying it, but it's a slow burner, so I'm not deciding how good I think it is right now.
  11. Academy Awards 2017 - Oscar Night: In the Pale Moonlight

    Thank you. I'm glad you feel enlightened. I always aim to please.
  12. Academy Awards 2017 - Oscar Night: In the Pale Moonlight

    Well, I can take your point on that. I'm British. And I've never come across a black Brit who was into jazz music. It really is more of a thing that white people like more over here, at least in my experience.
  13. Academy Awards 2017 - Oscar Night: In the Pale Moonlight

    I'm completely ignoring polishgenius. But has anyone seen anything I've said in this thread that suggests racism and misogyny? And misogny? One of my favourite films last year was by a female director. In fact, scrap that, because I'd been referring to Andrea Arnold's American Honey, but just realised Toni Erdmann was also written and directed by a woman, and for my money that was the best film of 2016. I tend to go and see movies based on what actress whose movies I generally go and see as opposed to having favourite actors. Since your comments are also off topic, Week, when I mentioned Pizzagate before, I also mentioned that I didn't take it seriously. I'd been alerted to it becoming a topic among those covering the Podesta leaks before a number of people jumped on the bandgwagon. There was no concrete evidence to it. I said so the last and only time I ever mentioned it. I have been clear on that. I'm ignoring Dr Pepper's comments also. Now, none of this is on topic, so I'll get back on topic before anyone else comes out with further personality based attacks. The controversy among "progressives" concerning La La Land, regarding white people being presented as the saviours of jazz, and the main black character being a 'sellout', to me, is a misrepresentation of the movie. But when one thinks of popular black music now one tends to think of modern R and B and hip hop. Jazz has died a death among black music audiences generally, in not just my opinion, over a period of decades. It's my belief that it appeals more now to white music journalists as opposed to a black audience. And this is entirely demonstrable when you look at modern music. It is not a contentious statement, or in any way a partisan one.
  14. Academy Awards 2017 - Oscar Night: In the Pale Moonlight

    Never knew that. Emma Watson would have been a dreadful choice.
  15. Academy Awards 2017 - Oscar Night: In the Pale Moonlight

    I have a yearly cinema pass. I'm going both on critical opinion and on my own experience. I try to watch as many movies as I can from as broad a spectrum possible each year.