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My Favourite Films of the Year

Last year was been shit. In fact it was dog shit.

However, there were some absolute bangers released (both in terms of film and music). These are my favourite 10 films of 2016 (listed in no particular order/of the films I have seen – there are so many left on my ‘to watch’ list that I am sure are amazing too).

  1. Deadpooldeadpool.jpgDirected by:
    Tim Miller

    Written by:
    Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

    – Ryan Reynolds
    – Morena Baccarin
    – Ed Skrein
    – Stefan Kapicic
    – Brianna Hildebrand
    – Karan Soni

    Romantic comedy/Sci-Fi/Superhero movie

    Wade (Ryan Reynolds) creates the alter-ego Deadpool after being subjected to a rogue experiment (which he turns to after discovering he has incurable cancer) that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge for being disfigured.

    Why I loved it:
    This film is hilarious. It has a dry, quick script which is cutting. It’s a film that takes the mick out of its own genre, and is not afraid to subvert it at the same time. It’s a mixture of the humour of ‘Ant Man’ (2015) combined with the comic book style narratives of ‘Zombieland’ (2009) and ‘Kick-Ass’ (2010) (but less naivety and more sass). Even if (like me) you’re not totally convinced by superhero films as a genre, you’ll love this one.

  2. Green Room
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    Written and Directed by:
    Jeremy Saulnier

    – Anton Yelchin
    – Joe Cole
    – Alia Shawkat
    – Callum Turner
    – David W. Thompson
    – Mark Webber
    – Patrick Stewart


    A band on tour play an off-road gig in a secluded part of the American Pacific Northwest, and accidentally witness a horrific violent act. Consequently, they unintentionally become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads (who own the bar they have played in), and so have to try and escape as the skinheads attempt to cover all evidence of the crime.

    Why I loved it:
    I went into the cinema expecting this film to be a tongue-in-cheek, black comedy movie about a band trying to escape a room they become trapped in after witnessing something they should not have. I was pleasantly (or shockingly) surprised to find out that this was in fact a fully fledge horror film about neo-Nazis, and was fully gripped/horrified in equal measures. There is an excellent balance of music, gore and suspense. It was not what I was expecting, and had a resounding impact on me. I loved the style/way it was filmed, and the acting is great. If you like dark, subtle horrors you’ll like this.


  3. The Witch
    Written and Directed by:
    Robert Egger

    – Anya Taylor-Joy
    – Ralph Ineson
    – Kate Dickie
    – Harvey Scrimshaw


    Set in New England in the 1630s, a family lead a devout Christian life on the edge of a community they have been banished from. One day, their baby disappears from under the eyes of their eldest child, which their younger children blame on the ‘Witch’ that lives in the woods.

    Why I loved it:
    I am a Northerner, so first and foremost, I loved the broad English Northern accents of all the actors. I also love this period of American history, especially the suspicion aroused by devout Christians suspecting that the unusual women of society are all witches. In turn, I liked how the film captured the traditional themes of witchcraft in a subtle, natural way (like the act of becoming possessed). If you like old-school horrors, you’ll love this.

  4. Nocturnal Animals
    Written and Directed by:
    Tom Ford

    Amy Adams
    – Jake Gyllenhaal
    – Michael Shannon
    – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    – Isla Fisher
    – Ellie Bamber
    – Arnie Hammer


    The Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal) writes a novel about his ex wife Susan Morrow (Amy Adam) and dedicates this to her, despite not having spoken to her in years. The name of the book is ‘Nocturnal Animals’ (named after her), and as she reads this ‘devastatingly beautiful’ piece, she sees parallels of her life within the book, through dark and thrilling action.

    Why I loved it:
    I know I said I would not rate these film in any order, but I have to say that this was my favourite film of the year. This is because this film had the most impact on me. The plot is so simple yet so gripping. The cinematography, script and acting are flawless. I left the cinema feeling ill at ease in the best way. If you want a film that will entice and make you leave the cinema feeling a little introspective, then watch this!

  5. My Scientology Movie
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    Written and Directed by:
    John Dower

    – Louis Theroux
    – Rob Alter
    – Tom Cruise
    – Paz de la Huerta
    – Tom De Vocht


    This is a documentary about Scientology (a 1950s religion founded by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard shrouded in mystery and controversy). The investigative journalist Louis Theroux follows Mark Rathburn (a former senior church official), as well as other ex-members, and recreates scenes that these past members have personally experienced. They are unable to gain access to the ‘Churches’ facilities, and so have to recreate these scenes in a studio with hired actors.

    Why I loved it:
    I love Louis Theroux, so am probably a little biased with regards to recommending this. I think he is so engaging, and speaks on a level that anyone and everyone can connect with. Similarly, this topic is fascinating, and highlights (like most American subcultures) all the hypocrisies of this weirdly eccentric scientific based religion. I went to a Q&A session of this, and was blown away by how engaging Louis Theroux is. I know how long it takes to make a good documentary, so although the idea of Scientology has been done (and some may view this as outdated and tired), this was definitely worth the wait. It was eye opening, fascinating, and made me want to learn more about Scientology (and religion/cults in general).

  6. 10 Cloverfield Lane
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    Directed by:

    Dan Trachtenberg

    Written by:
    Josh Campbell, Matthew Steucken and Damien Chazelle
    John Goodman
    – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    – John Gallagher Jr.


    Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has an accident when another car hits hers (when she’s distracted from witnessing something flying through the sky), and wakes up locked in a room. She discovers that this is an underground bunker habited by 2 other men. She has to figure out what has happened and / or escape from the unintentional trap she has got herself caught in.

    Why I loved it:
    It just was not what I was expecting. When I read about this sequel to ‘Cloverfield’ (2008), I thought it was going to be just that – a sequel. I thought it was going to be filmed in exactly the same way (with the same handheld style footage), in the same way (an alien invasion where the characters of the movie are trying to escape impending death), and full of actors I only half recognised. Consequently, I was happily surprised that none of this rang true. I loved the original, but am glad that they did not just replicate this, and instead produced something that was different from your run-of -the-mill alien invasion films/was grilling and had a great cast and soundtrack. This was a happy surprise. A lot is captured in this film despite its small setting and sparse cast – very entertaining and one of my favourite films of the year.

  7. A Bigger Splash
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    Directed by:
    Luca Guadagino

    Written by:
    David Kaiganich and Alain Page

    – Tilda Swindon
    – Matthias Schoenaerts
    – Ralph Fiennes
    – Dakota Johnson

    Paul De Smedt (Matthias Schoenaerts), an ex drug addicted actor, and Marianne Lane (Tilda Swindon), a singer recovering from a throat operation, take refuge in France. They bump into the Marianne’s old boyfriend (Ralph Fiennes), and so end up putting him and his young, volatile ‘daughter'(Dakota Johnson) up for the weekend. Things turn a rye as tensions (both psychological and sexual) build as the four have to deal with living together.

    Why I loved this:
    I liked the way it was filmed. I was not 100% sure what the film was about before watching it, and could not entirely predict what was going to happen. I liked the style of the film (the setting, costumes, behaviour), as well as the cast. I like the soundtrack, and it just reminded me of a cool 60s film with edge. Both Tilda Swindon and Ralph Fiennes were great (and Matthias Schoenaerts is just so handsome and cool) – another winning film in my eyes. This is based on the film ‘La Piscine’ (1969), which I definitely want to watch.


  8. Hail, Caesar!
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    Written and Directed by:
    Joel and Ethan Coen

    – Josh Brolin
    – George Clooney
    – Alden Ehrenreich
    – Ralph Fiennes
    – Scarlett Johansson
    – Tilda Swindon
    – Channing Tatum
    – Jonah Hill

    Black comedy

    Set in the 1950s, this film focuses on the Communist writers strike in America in a comical, ironic way. Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), a famous actor, is kidnapped by the writers guild, and is held for ransom.

    Why I loved this:
    It was made by the Coen Brothers. The storyline was very slow, and little to nothing happened (except for the above mentioned synopsis). However, not much has to happen in a Coen Brothers’ film for it to be a success. The manner in which they tell stories is just brilliant. They are always composed of grand schemes undermined by the flawed characters that create them. I like this era (1950s McCarthyism, with American film studios at their classiest, sprinkled with a smidge of Communist fear), and it is just captured so well – the unjust contrasts of the era (that arguably still persist today) perfectly captured in this piece.

  9. Finding Dory
    Directed by:
    Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane

    Written by:
    Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane, Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson

    – Ellen DeGeneres
    – Albert Brooks
    – Ed O’Neill
    – Kaitlin Olson
    – Hayden Rolence
    – Ty Burell
    – Diane Keaton
    – Idris Elba
    – Bill Hader
    – Sigourney Weaver

    Comedy/Animation/Adventure film

    A forgetful fish named Dory ( tries to find her real family with the help of 2 other fish, but sadly loses her way.

    Why I loved this:
    This is the second sequel mentioned in this list and, like the first, I was expecting this to be a complete replication of the first film (‘Finding Nemo’ (2003)). However, I was pleasantly surprised that this, again, was not the case. I was terrified that Pixar could not create another film that would hold up to the original, so really did not want them to make this – but am happy that they did. There were obvious parallels between each of these the film (as the original cast are featured/the story is pretty much a continuation of the first), but with a strong cast of new characters, fantastic humour (suitable for all ages), and interesting storyline, this film comes into its own. It was cute and Pixar has definitely done it again – another fantastic animation!

  10. Bridget Jones’ Baby
    Directed by:
    Sharon Maguire

    Written by:
    Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson
    – Renee Zellweger
    – Gemma Jones
    – Jim Broadbent
    – Sally Philips
    – Shirley Henderson
    – Colin Firth
    – Patrick Dempsey


    Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) has a baby, but is unsure who the father of her baby is. There is a 50/50 chance that it is either her ex (Colin Firth) or a one night stand (Patrick Dempsey), and so she has to tackle the situation and deal with the fall out of this.

    Why I loved this:
    I love chick flicks (when they are good), and this one is fantastic. I liked the first film, but was not balled away by the second, so did not know what to expect. I ended up falling in love with this. I could (and have to many people) poke holes in the plot of this film, but in spite of all this, thought it was cute and a great way to reintroduce this character (created by the author Helen Fielding). I liked all the actors involved (even Colin Firth – who I find annoying in anything other than ‘Love Actually’ (2003)). I have put this in my top 10 as I find it hard to find a good chick flick, but when I do, I can watch them over and over again. I have already watched this 4 times, and it has not even been out for a year yet….It’s a goofy, classic.



Golden Globe Awards (2017)

This is my fist film blog of the New Year, so as it was the 74th Golden Globes last night, I have decided to start the year off with a post on the best films of the previous year/those still yet to be released.

Below are the lists of the film/television winners and nominees from the award ceremony hosted last night, held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Of those I have seen, the winners are rightly so – and those I have not yet seen, I am extremely excited to!

Similarly, the hype surrounding this award ceremony has made me pumped for the Academy Awards that are to be held on the 26th of February 2017.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
‘Moonlight’: Winner
‘Hell or High Water’: Nominee
‘Lion’: Nominee
‘Manchester by the Sea’: Nominee
‘Hacksaw Ridge’: Nominee


Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
‘La La Land’: Winner
’20th Century Women’: Nominee
‘Deadpool’: Nominee
‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: Nominee
‘Sing Street’: Nominee


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Isabelle Huppert (‘Elle’): Winner
Amy Adams (‘Arrival’): Nominee
Jessica Chastain (‘Miss Sloane’): Nominee
Ruth Negga (‘Loving’): Nominee
Natalie Portman (‘Jackie’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actor in Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck (‘Manchester by the Sea’): Winner
Joel Edgerton (‘Loving’): Nominee
Andrew Garfield (‘Hacksaw Ridge’): Nominee
Viggo Mortensen (‘Captain Fantastic’): Nominee
Denzel Washington (‘Fences’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actress in Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emma Stone (‘La La Land’): Winner
Annette Bening (’20th Century Women’): Nominee
Lily Collins (‘Rules Don’t Apply’): Nominee
Hailee Stenfield (‘The Edge of Seventeen’): Nominee
Meryl Streep (‘Florence Foster Jenkins’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Ryan Gosling (‘La La Land’): Winner
Colin Farrell (‘The Lobster’): Nominee
Hugh Grant (‘Florence Foster Jenkins’): Nominee
Jonah Hill (‘War Dogs’): Nominee
Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Viola Davis (‘Fences’): Winner
Naomie Harris (‘Moonlight’): Nominee
Nicole Kidman (‘Lion): Nominee
Octavia Spencer (‘Hidden Figures’): Nominee
Michelle Williams (‘Manchester by the Sea’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (‘Nocturnal Animals’): Winner
Mahershala Ali (‘Moonlight’): Nominee
Jeff Bridges (‘Hell or High Water’): Nominee
Simon Helberg (‘Florence Foster Jenkins’): Nominee
Dev Patel (‘Lion’): Nominee


Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’): Winner
Tom Ford (‘Nocturnal Animals’): Nominee
Mel Gibson (‘Hacksaw Ridge’): Nominee
Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’): Nominee
Kenneth Lonergan (‘Manchester by the Sea’): Nominee


Best Screen Play – Motion Picture:
Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’): Winner
Tom Ford (‘Nocturnal Animals’): Nominee
Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’): Nominee
Kenneth Lonergan (‘Manchester by the Sea’): Nominee
Taylor Sheridan (‘Hell or High Water’): Nominee


Best Motion Picture – Animated
‘Zootopia’: Winner
‘Moana: Nominee
‘My Life As A Zucchini’: Nominee
‘Sing’: Nominee
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: Nominee


Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
‘Elle’ (France): Winner
‘Divines’ (France): Nominee
‘Neruda’ (Chile): Nominee
‘The Salesman’ (Iran, France): Nominee
‘Toni Erdamann’ (Germany): Nominee


Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Justin Hurwitz (‘La La Land’): Winner
Nicholas Britell (‘Moonlight’): Nominee
Jóhann Jóhannsson (‘Arrival’): Nominee
Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka (‘Lion’): Nominee
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch (‘Hidden Figures’ (Nominee)


Best Original Song – Motion Picture
City of Stars – Justin Hurwitz (‘La La Land’): Winner
Can’t Stop the Feeling! (‘Trolls’): Nominee
Faith (‘Sing’): Nominee
Gold (‘Gold’): Nominee
How Far I’ll Go (‘Moanna’): Nominee


Best Television Series – Drama
‘The Crown’: Winner
‘Game of Thrones’: Nominee
‘Stranger Things’: Nominee
‘This is Us’: Nominee
‘Westworld’: Nominee


Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
‘Atlanta’: Winner
‘Black-ish’: Nominee
‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Nominee
‘Transparent’: Nominee
‘Veep’: Nominee


Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’: Winner
‘American Crime’: Nominee
‘The Dresser: Nominee
‘The Night Manager’: Nominee
‘The Night Of’: Nominee


Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Sarah Paulson (‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’): Winner
Riley Keough (‘The Girlfriend Experience’): Nominee
Charlotte Rampling (‘London Spy’): Nominee
Kerry Washington (‘Confirmation’): Nominee
Felicity Huffman (‘American Crime’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Tom Hiddleston (‘The Night Manager’): Winner
Riz Ahmed (‘The Night Of’): Nominee
Bryan Craston (‘All The Way’): Nominee
John Turturro (‘The Night Of’): Nominee
Courtney B. Vance (‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’)


Best Performance by an Actress in A Television Series – Drama
Claire Foy (‘The Crown’): Winner
Caitriona Balfe (‘Outlander’): Nominee
Keri Russell (‘The Americans’): Nominee
Winona Ryder (‘Stranger Things’): Nominee
Evan Rachel Wood (‘Westworld’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actor in A Television Series – Drama
Billy Bob Thornton (‘Goliath’): Winner
Rami Malek (‘Mr Robot’): Nominee
Bob Odenkirk (‘Better Call Saul’): Nominee
Matthew Rhys (‘The Americans’): Nominee
Live Schreiber (‘Ray Donovan’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Tracee Ellis Rosh (‘Black-ish’): Winner
Rachel Bloom (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’): Nominee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’): Nominee
Sarah Jessica Parker (‘Divorce’): Nominee
Issa Rae (‘Insecure’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Donald Glover (‘Atlanta’): Winner
Anthony Anderson (‘Black-ish’): Nominee
Gael García Bernal (‘Mozart in the Jungle’): Nominee
Nick Holte (‘Graves’): Nominee
Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Olivia Coleman (‘The Night Manager’): Winner
Lena Headey (‘Game of Thrones’): Nominee
Chrissy Metz (‘This is Us’): Nominee
Mandy Moore (‘This is Us’): Nominee
Thandie Newton (‘Westworld’): Nominee


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Laurie (‘The Night Manager’): Winner
Sterling K. Brown (‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’: Nominee
John Lithgow (‘The Crown’): Nominee
Christian Slater (‘Mr Robot’): Nominee
John Travolta (‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’): Nominee


Cecile B. DeMille Award
Meryl Streep: Recipient