And just like that, 2016 reaches its halfway point. Wherever you may be in your life right now, I hope you’ve achieved all that you set your heart to. For me, I’ve been trying to make the best use of my time before I enter Uni next year 🙂 What have you guys been up to!?
Anyhow, I wanted to look back at the first half of 2016 in film as well 🙂 It’s been a pretty good year so far…you have your usual blockbuster busts outs like Batman V Superman and the disappointing X:Men Apocalypse. But there is that rare sliver of commercial and critical success. Captain America Civil War helped overturn my perception that The Avengers couldn’t go beyond jokes and action-driven cliches…and Deadpool officially became the GOAT,yes the goat (Greatest Of All Time) of all Valentine’s Day movies and vulgar films. It not only broke records, but also broke walls along the way 😉 People in film everywhere will now look to the frontier that is Deadpool and re-think the value of films rated R for motherfucking mature. It’s a game-changing year in a way.
But hey, this year hasn’t all been about capes and clowns flyin’ around. Right? It ain’t all about a blue-faced bozo telling you, “Cooome my children.” PS. At first some of what Apocalypse said was totally ridiculous and overdone, but then I really started to feel like he was a creepy joke. Straight up bonkers character.
But let’s get serious. 2016 has seen Jodie Foster’s directorial debut Money Monster,a film about the warping of truth in media and a localized perspective of corporate corruption, Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, about an awkward detective pair who stumble across conspiracy-laced Tinsel Town and Key & Peele’s first comedy-drama that combines furry kitties and violent ghettos.
These were pretty alright. Not gonna make you go ‘Man this will change my life.’ but still better than the above average film.
And then there’s the ones where I went wow, that’s actually something. These are one notch better- A group of fractured heroes in ideological battle, a father’s dedication in protecting his unique son from the clutches of others and the superhero who’s just…well uhm…not really your average superhero 😉
Captain America: Civil War, Midnight Special, Deadpool
By the time you reach here, we’re really talkin’. I just noticed how even the posters are super black-based which is really cool. These are movies no one should trifle with and they all impressed me with their darker tone and perspective. A blurrily unsettling dinner at an ex’s place, a jungle mythos relived and the claustrophobic enclosed room drama; These are a few of my favourite things.
The Invitation, The Jungle Book, 10 Cloverfield Lane
La creme de la creme. Although really ‘good’ movies don’t usually come by often in the earlier half of the year, what with all the studios pushing their ‘Oscar-worthy’ films to end of the year releases to catch the Oscar momentum, you sometimes find little gems who go by undiscovered. And in a way, these are perhaps more true and authentic…they are free from Oscar-baiting material. These films do not intend to catch the wave, they are simply pure love for the art. A satire of discrimination in society, a timeless tale of keeping the inner child in you alive, and a band of sisters who fight for sexual liberation and female empowerment – 3 exceptional films.
Zootopia, The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), Mustang
And finally we come to the mother of all films we’ve seen this year. It’s clearly subjective…some would say Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room is the most brutally brillaint, some say Zootopia is one notch above one of 2015’s bests Inside Out, others would say Love & Friendship or something else. But the choice is clear for me. I’ve never seen such a deep psychoanalysis of sin, evil and religion portrayed on screen like The Witch. It is dark yet highly thoughtful, raising all sorts of questions about Puritanical repression of women/people and the mode of fear in which belief is grounded upon – Roger Eggers Sundance win for Best Director is well deserved. I hope this one becomes a cult classic in future.
You didn’t think I’d forget the worst right?
Didn’t like them at all. Knight Of Cups was the most pretentious, self-conscious and shallowest film I’d ever seen in my life. Hail, Caesar wasn’t actually that bad, but ranks one of the lowest when compared to everything i’ve seen this year. And BVS was just really bad from any given angle. Highly incredulous and totally all-over the place.
So. How did you find the films of 2016 so far? Agree? Disagree? Tell me!