Best of 2016: Film

elle-01At long last, I present my Top 10 Films of 2016. You have a rape comedy, two queer films directed by heterosexual men, an alien invasion flick, an Italian sex romp, a road movie across the Red States of America, the return of a beloved childhood hero, a dystopian nightmare, a journey into the spirit world, and a homoerotic retelling of the life of a Catholic saint. There’s no point in getting into the many films I didn’t get around to seeing.

  1. Elle. Paul Verhoeven. France/Germany/Belgium.
  2. American Honey. Andrea Arnold. UK/USA.
  3. A Bigger Splash. Luca Guadagnino. Italy/France.
  4. The Ornithologist (O Ornitólogo). João Pedro Rodrigues. Portugal/France/Brazil.
  5. The Lobster. Yorgos Lanthimos. Greece/Ireland/Netherlands/UK/France.
  6. Cemetery of Splendor. Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Malaysia/South Korea/Mexico/USA/Norway.
  7. The Handmaiden. Park Chan-wook. South Korea.
  8. Moonlight. Barry Jenkins. USA.
  9. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. John Lee. USA.
  10. Arrival. Denis Villeneuve. USA.

happiest-day-in-the-lifeHere are the honorable mentions for the year, in no particular order. I haven’t gotten around to writing about Juho Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) or Gastón Solnicki’s Kékszakállú, but I’ll update the links once I have. NOTE: I’ve also added Anna Biller’s The Love Witch and may continue to amend the honorable mentions throughout the month… and also Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women.

aquariusAnd two additional categories:


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