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No year is a “bad year” for movies, but some years aren’t exactly too kind to certain subjects, genres, concepts and people. 2016, for all of its many negatives, has been a good year for film – and for its women, both behind the camera and squarely in front of it.
While female filmmakers are still struggling to be recognized in the same way as their male counterparts, the women who have broken through – from reliable auteurs like Andrea Arnold, Rebecca Miller, Kelly Reichardt and Anne Fontaine to rising stars like Maren Ade, Sophia Takal and Clea Duvall – did so in a very big way this year, thanks to films that spoke to their own talents and visions. Actresses also shown bright in 2016, from awards favorites like Natalie Portman, Annette Bening and Octavia Spencer to fresh faces like Kate Lyn Sheil, Ruth Negga and Sasha Lane.
There’s still a ways to go, »
- Kate Erbland
Getting a grasp on “Atlanta” is no easy feat, but that unsettling nature is the show’s intent. The new FX comedy effortlessly drifts from goofy and dreamy to stark and downright frightening, and the man behind it all is Hiro Murai. The director had collaborated with Donald Glover on music videos released under the name Childish Gambino, and now has followed the comedian to television.
“It’s obviously a different format,” Murai told IndieWire in an interview. “Even in the narrative format I’ve done, we’ve never had extensive scripted dialogue scenes and whatnot. But it felt like a natural extension of what Donald and I have done in the past. So in that sense it was a really nice, seamless transition.”
It could be argued that Murai’s music video background and lack of »
- Hanh Nguyen
2 items from 2016
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