December 29, 2016

CINEMA | Top 10 Films of 2016

Kim Min-hee Park Chan-wook | The Handmaiden
Each film reviewed where linked below:
1) The Handmaiden * (dir. Park Chan-wook)
2) Moonlight * (dir. Barry Jenkins)
3) O.J.: Made in America ¹ (dir. Ezra Edelman)
4) La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)
5) 20th Century Women (dir. Mike Mills)
6) Hunt for the Wilderpeople (dir. Taika Waititi)
7) Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
8) Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
9) The Lobster * (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
10) Toni Erdmann * (dir. Maren Ade)

Honourable mentions:
Jackie (dir. Pablo LarraĆ­n)
Manchester by the Sea * (dir. Kenneth Lonergan)

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¹ Ezra Edelman's epic five-part, nearly eight-hour ESPN 30 for 30 documentary is a masterful narrative encapsulation of race relations in modern America seen through the life and times of the notorious O.J. Simpson and his lasting cultural legacy/relevancy. O.J.: Made in America proves itself to be essential storytelling as an unflinching dissection of how one man's life represented all the ills and ideals of celebrity culture in the twentieth century. The film manages to deftly say so much more about the American public than its actual subject by investigating every single element that made the infamous figure turned convict who he was.

* films screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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