So, even though it's a bit late, I'll share my Top 10 best films of 2016 here real quick -- just the list, nothing else. You can read the reasons why I loved a certain movie as much as I did
(provided you can read Spanish, of course -- if you can't, then just browse through these films's pages in Rotten Tomatoes. I'm just echoing things the critics there have already said!).
It was a really interesting list to make. I'm eager to revisit these films whenever I have the chance. The depth of Edelman's Oscar-laws-defying miniseries, the dimensions of grief captured in Larraín's greatest work to date, and of course, the swoon and heartbreak of Chazelle's technicolor lightning. All of them awesome.
As of 2017, I've been taking baby steps (a nod to The Boss Baby, which I'll be seeing later today). Not a whole lot of movies, but that's the usual pace of affairs once Oscar season's done. I'll just mention that I didn't really like Rupert Sanders's Ghost in the Shell
. It's far too fascinated with its own visuals to allow its material to escape the confines of exposition -- not to mention the acting was just so stiff across the board. I heard that Scarlett Johannson got this role thanks to her performance in Under the Skin, but here she feels like she was told to do the exact same thing, but harder.
Granted, I hadn't seen the original 1995 anime film prior to this screening. I went tabula rasa to it. Later, following recommendations from my friends, I got around it and... yeah, at least the tone's there, but also the shortcomings. The anime film is even heavier on the exposition.
At least the lead's more engaging in the cartoon, but... neither of them did much for me other than give me a yearning to watch The Matrix again.
However, last night I got to see M. Night Shyamalan's Split
. Dude's been making a comeback since The Visit, and the tides are pushing him forward: this movie's great. Sure, it's got wacky science that's too absurd to even be considered science fiction, but holy shit it's all balanced out with interests thanks to the performances of Anna Taylor-Joy (still on fire since The Witch!), and especially
James McAvoy. If you needed proof he's one of the greatest actors working today, this is just stunning proof of that. The plot's a bit wonkers but he goes forth with such a potency and nuance I'm going to fall into a clinical depression when this level of acting gets snubbed at next years's Oscars, as it usually happens with horror movies. He's this movie, hands down. If this movie happens to make it to my Top 10 of 2017 list (too early, I know), it's going to be nearly exclusively because of him.
And since it's a Shyamalan movie, there must be a twist, right? Well... there is. Don't fret, though: it's the best one he's done so far. I just think of it and immediately I grin out of the sheer awesomeness it implies. Not going to say anything else -- surely it's been mentioned elsewhere. Or even better: just watch the film. It's superb!
Anyways, that's it for now. See ya!