Saturday, July 9, 2016

Top 10 Films Of 2016 So Far

Hello, Bloggers. Here is a quick at what I think are the top 10 best films of 2016 so far this year. So far, it's looking like a very decent year for film and here's hoping it can get better. Take a look:

Honorable Mentions:
The Conjuring 2 
Finding Dory 
Midnight Special 
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 

10. 10 Cloverfield Lane: These days, when we have mindless overbudgeted blockbusters, I cherish any science fiction film that goes the minimalist route. That is certainly one reason why 10 Cloverfield Lane succeeds along with the terrific performances by the main trio and how it shows that the monsters outside the bunker are not the only ones to fear.

9. Captain America: Civil War: Despite Captain America: Civil War being a grand summer spectacle, it is far from mindless. This is some of the most fun I've had at the movies so far this year yet I couldn't help but feel that its story of heroes being put under surveillance is quite an interesting parallel to our society today in the age of Snowden and drone warfare. I would say that this is Marvel's best, and most mature, film to date.

8. The Witch: The beauty of the film's horror is that it isn't about jump scares or CGI. The Witch relies mostly on an ongoing sense of paranoia as well as an constant feeling of dread thanks to its bleak cinematography, screeching violinic score, and sound mixing. After watching this film, sometimes, I'm a little too afraid to go to the woods.

7. The Nice Guys: There's a lot of talk about us seeing a string of big-budgeters underperforming this summer. But to me, what's more devastating is that many people missed out on The Nice Guys (it grossed $35m domestically against a $50m budget). What you guys missed out on is a balls-out good time packed with action, comedy, and nostalgia. Also, it is going to be hard to find an on-screen duo that works so well together better than Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. If there is, I haven't seen it and possibly won't. 

6. Hello, My Name Is Doris: Hello, My Name Is Doris is a gem for several reasons. It shows how love and living it to the fullest can affect people at any age, it makes you laugh while tugging at the heartstrings, and above all, it proves that Sally Field, who carries this film to perfection, has still got it!

5. The Jungle Book: Perhaps the biggest surprise I've seen so far this year, The Jungle Book manages to single-handedly eclipse other live-action adaptations of Disney animated films like Alice In Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman. Its blend of live action and CGI storytelling is an absolute marvel (They might as well deliver the Visual Effects Oscar to those responsible) and it also manages to be a film for everyone: It's hilarious, it's scary at times, it touches the heart, and it's got a few musical numbers. After I saw it in theaters, I immediately wanted to go back to the jungle!

4. Eye In The Sky: How refreshing is it to see a war movie that doesn't take any sides? It presents the issue at hand and lets the audience decide for themselves while being a very tense film-watching experience at that. Even though the film depicts mostly people piloting drones and sitting in chairs, I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what's going to happen next.

3. A Bigger Splash: I usually don't mind films that depict people going on in conversation just as long as the director is able to make something innovative out of it. Luca Guadagnino certainly does that in spades. Its editing and cinematography are very intoxicating, the quartet ensemble is on their A-game, and overall, it is just an exhilarating experience packed with sex, rock 'n roll, and mystery.

2. The Lobster: Director Yorgos Lanthimos is someone who specializes in the unorthodox like with this 2010 film Dogtooth. The Lobster, which is set in a world where being single is illegal, was full of such original world building yet by the time it was over, I was reminded of how I'm frantically swiping left or right on Tinder. It got me thinking of how I myself feel the pressure of being single like the characters in the movie. The more I think about it, the more I might appreciate it.

1. Zootopia: Zootopia was quite a leap for Disney. While it does manage to be a fun family film with humor, heart, and mystery, it also overtly captures the cultural zeitgeist of racism and prejudice going on in our country today. When we see scenes like a couple prey animals moving away from a predator when sitting on a train, you're just like "Wow, that's like us." So I would say it's one of Disney's most mature films to date and it is the best film 2016 has to offer so far this year.

Please be sure to share your own top 10 in the comments section. Thanks for reading!