For those wondering how many films I am planning to post over, it’s gonna go up to the grand total of 25. I just enjoyed so many films this year, even though the blockbuster season was a disappointment. Anyway, onward and upward. Here’s FIVE more films on the list that I enjoyed and highly recommend.
16. SING STREET
Although La La Land may be winning all the accolades and critical acclaim, I think that Sing Street is the musical of the year. With incredibly catchy songs (like Drive It Like You Stole It), lovable characters, a perfect balance between social realism and wish fulfillment fantasy and fantastic performances (Jack Reynor steals every scene he’s in), Sing Street is John Carney’s best film. The movie was a fucking jet engine!
17. PETE’S DRAGON
The film that The Jungle Book (2016) should have been. Pete’s Dragon is the perfect remake that instills the director’s distinct touch, changing the genre to make the film stand out while retaining the heart of what made the original stand out: the relationship with Pete and Elliot. It’s also very rare these days to see a family film that is both understated and heartfelt and I admit, I was a little misty by the film’s end. If there’s one Disney film you have to check out that came out in 2016, let it be Pete’s Dragon.
18. TRAIN TO BUSAN
If anyone thought that the zombie genre was being hacked to bits due to the over-saturation of it, Train to Busan is the one film that re-energizes and reinvigorates it. Under Yeon Sang-ho’s direction, he turns the genre on its head by skewering the portrayals of monstrous people, changing cliches as to who survives and providing a refreshing social and claustrophobic bent to the proceedings. And like most Korean films, it’s emotionally exhausting, as it should be.
Read the full review here.
Hime-anole is this decade’s Audition; a film that will shock and surprise you if you go in without any prior knowledge. The performances are fantastic, the production values are thankfully down-to-earth and the direction by Keisuke Yoshida absolutely pulls no punches, especially during the second half of the film. Seriously, avoid any plot details and the trailer, just see it.
Read the spoiler-free review here.
20. THE LOBSTER
With such an absurd premise, hilariously deadpan performances, a profoundly distinct portrayal of dystopia and a sharp satirical look in the social constructs of life, The Lobster is somehow a compelling love story that had me savoring for more. I absolutely can’t wait for Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film!
By the way, it features Ariane Labed dancing, which is worth the price of admission alone.