6 items from 2017
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Prevenge is the brilliant and off-the-wall writing and directing debut feature by Alice Lowe (Sightseers). She wrote, starred in, and directed it whilst 7-8 months pregnant with her first child, who also appears in the film. Alice was one of the Bifa nominees for ‘best debut director’.
Known for her work as a UK television comedy actress, Alice Lowe made her move into film with her screenwriting debut Sightseers, directed by Ben Wheatley, in which she also starred as the hapless Tina. After premiering at Cannes, Sightseers went on to receive several accolades, Empire’s Best British Film, as well as acting and screenplay awards for Alice.
A pitch black, wryly British comedy, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious. It’s her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth’s actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. »
- Phil Wheat
Chicago – The year 2016 was a dangerous one to be a famous person. In the past twelve months, one dozen of my former photo subjects passed away, celebrities who at one time or another famously posed for my lens. However, on a positive note, at least photos are forever. Or to quote the immortal words of Pee Wee Herman – “Why don’t you take a picture, it will last longer!”
The ranking of the portraits are based on a combination of the star power wattage of the subjects, the artistic results and the difficulty of landing the quarry…for those budding smart-phone-celebrity-stalkers who may wish to play along at home. So without further adieu, I present my top 20 celebrity portraits of 2016.
Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Arrival helped eOne top the overall list, while Lionsgate was bouyed by La La Land.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: full list of nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers
Entertainment One (eOne), the UK’s leading indie at the box office in 2016, has topped the list of distributors nominated for Bafta film awards this year with 20 nods, a company record.
The company also received five nods for Mel Gibson’s [link »
Mark Harrison Jan 6, 2017
Nobody is likely to look back on 2016 fondly, whether because of global political instability, celebrity deaths or the rejection of Boaty McBoatface as a suitable name for a research vessel. In the world of film, we note that a lot of the contenders in this year's awards season haven't even been released in UK cinemas yet, and it was hardly a banner year for blockbuster cinema either.
On the plus side, there were some exemplary smaller films, of the kind that awards bodies tend to overlook, released in the last 12 months. Without any apparent genre contenders, like The Martian or Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, this is a year in which performers are more likely »
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
6 items from 2017
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