Friday, January 6, 2017

Films in 2016

...in an effort to continue a long standing tradition below are ten notable films from 2016...

1
Graduation


Corruption born of desperation rots the Romanian education system; Deeply nuanced, intelligent writing and directing from modern master Christian Mungiu. Every scene a drama unto itself.


2
Tony Robbins I Am Not Your Guru


Seekers in the managerial class are evangelized by a superhuman and his music cues; prone to inexperience, weak minds gravitate to authority; in search of the ecstatic - hypnotized by a giant. A peek into nightmarish never-ending team building exercises that only corporate culture could celebrate. However, messages of Empathy and Will are critical. A spellbinding documentary. Fascinating, powerful. I salute the giant.



3
American Honey



Midwest; homeless kids; rap music in cars. A film that exudes life. A scattered, poetic vision of youth; a patriotic, hopeful mirage of America.


4
Macbeth



Stunningly photographed and directed, the pacing perfectly intertwined with the artistry. A towering achievement from Justin Kurzel.


5
Midnight Special


Faith and the believer unite as 10th dimensional beings reveal themselves in search of a Christ-like E.T.


6
Arrival


Not since The Fountain has multidimensional consciousness been so eloquently dealt with. Well-paced, thoughtful excellence.


7
Heaven Knows What



An otherworldly dream-state reality from the Safdie Bros. Grimy, raw & beautiful. Brilliant electronic score. Arielle Holmes is amazing in this and American Honey, a raw talent.




Who Took Johnny



A haunting real life conspiracy at the highest levels of control. We've known the truth, here we get closer to proof. Then again, maybe the mom is insane. A mysterious movie.


9
The Witch



Initiation into the coven; An intelligent look at religious madness. A few stunning bravado shots, especially of the witches lair. I read the director studied Klimov's Come and See, it shows. An incredible debut film.


10
Only The Dead See the End of War


Heavy, brutal war footage, Fallujah sequence especially. Non-political, poignant, disturbing.


3 comments:

dj billy said...

Thanks for the 2016 list. I use your past years to catch up on movies. You got me to watch IT Follows, loved it. Please keep em coming! :)

Signs of Life said...

that is encouraging to hear billy, thank you! i have no idea if people are reading this stuff or not

dj billy said...

BTW, did you delete your soundcloud account?

Here's mine: soundcloud.com/deejaybilly

Enjoy. :)