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Top Ten Films of 2016, Resolutions and some feelgood loving

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Howdie Folks,
G'day Mate
How are ya love
Good day to you
Peace and Goodwill for the Year Ahead
Could always be worse
Could be a damn sight better.

I hope you're well, I truly do. Life can be a shit fight at times. A constant ebb and flow of dilemmas, decisions and insecurities. Doubt lingers and assholes thrive. It's always been that way. This year will be no different. Hopefully we might cope with it a little better.

Let me know how you're going. You can leave a comment on the site or drop me an email. Some people reached out to me late last year following a few related posts. Yes I was down in the dung-heap. I went to some dark places. No need to reiterate; you can go back and check if you like. It's all right there. Thank you to those people. It did help. I really appreciate it. If it wasn't for the fact that I have a young daughter, I don't know where I'd be right now. Truly. It was .... like that. (And let's not even go into all the shitty politics, terrorism and celebrity deaths of the year).

So let's get to something more 'up', perhaps a little frivolous, though films are a passion of mine, so perhaps its not frivolous at all. Here's my Top Ten films of 2016. Obviously I haven't seen every film released in the year, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments. Others might benefit too.

Let's get into it. As always, there's no particular order.

Image of Captain Fantastic

Both a comedy and a drama, Viggo Mortensen is brilliant in this tale that challenges the way in which we live told within the context of a fractured family. Fresh and invigorating. 

                                                                Image of Son of Saul

Officially from 2015, this was nominated for the Best Oscar for foreign film. It's a holocaust film, told from the point of view of a man forced to work to help exterminate his own people, but it's the unique way it's filmed that brings you in close and personal. Brilliant. 

Image of Hacksaw Ridge

What made this film so powerful, aside from the incredible battle scenes, is the content itself, being based on a true story. The buildup felt a lot like Full Metal Jacket and other films, but the second half is stunning, (especially on the big screen). An excellent return for Mel Gibson as director, even if he did cast Sam Worthington. 

                                                            Image of Free State of Jones

An aspect of history that I was not familiar with made this story a fascinating one. That's always worth a few extra points. I like the way it was shot, and Matthew McConaughey is a fine actor.

                                                             Image of The Nice Guys

Comedies are usually a mild distraction but this was hard to resist. Nice to see both of these actors stretching their talents, and the nod to Lou Costello was hugely appreciated by fans of the legend, namely me. (Ironically Lou was mentioned in Arrival too).

                                                                 Image of Snowden

True stories well told are always worth watching, and there's not many incredible stories of individual courage like Edward Snowden's. It's overlong but it's a return to form from Oliver Stone, who's made nothing but shit for years. Big Brother is watching, and it seems no one gives a shit.

  Image of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The first real Star Wars film for adults. No cutesy moments for kids. This is a dark tale. Main characters die. There are complex motivations. Ben Mendelsohn was great. And it all ties in beautifully in the lead up to the original film from 1977. (RIP Carrie). I don't think we'll get something this 'real' from the S.W. universe again.

                                                                 Image of The Lobster

Bizarre and bold. Released late 2015 but could feature at this year's Oscars. Hopefully it will. Director Yorgos Lanthimos is a genius (check out his earlier films) and Colin Farrell is superb.

                                                               Image of Arrival

I wasn't interested in this at all. The trailer looked woeful. I only went because nothing else was on. What a surprise. Far more intellectual and engaging than I expected. And there's a close connection to parenthood, which resonated with me, obviously being one. Amy Adams was excellent.

I have a feeling these films might make the grade, but I haven't had the opportunity to see them as they haven't been released yet and/or available on Home Media (and no doubt a whole bunch of indie films that haven't surfaced yet).


                                                                Image of The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Lastly, a toss up between Genius, Deepwater Horizon, (more true stories), Midnight Special, plus another Michael Shannon film in Frank and Lola and Embrace of the Serpent but I'm going with The Autopsy of Jane Doe. I feel like I'm too old for horror movies. Most of them are merely jump fests, but this one really tried to step outside the cliches and originality is always worth honouring. With a great actor like Brian Cox on board, it says something about the quality in place. Very well directed and pretty creepy. 

I'd love to hear your views/recommendations. 

I have a couple of books by friends I want to share with you in the coming weeks, as well as more Poetry of course, short stories, and more videos. I'm hoping to ramp things up this year. Something's got to shift. Let's see what happens. Despite my cynicism regarding New Year's Resolutions, I am feeling quite positive. 

Take care of yourself. Until next time.... Peace.

The Force will be with you... always.

UPDATE April/17:

Having seen many more now I want to nominate these as the films of 2016:

Nocturnal Animals
Manchester by the Sea
The Lobster
Rogue One
Son of Saul


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  4. Hi, (My fourth attempt to try and remove typos) I haven't seen Rogue One because a lot of my science fiction buddies who saw it didn't like it. One thing they said was it lacked character development. I came to the conclusion that it was just a cynical attempt to drag more money out of the Star Wars universe by Disney, especially as the filming of the second in the new series of Star Wars films was finished in July this year. Arrival was good, intelligent science fiction. But for it to be the best of the year, shows what a pathetic year it was for science fiction. Simon Pegg's writing of the same old, same old, Star Trek plot this year probably ended the franchise for a few years - until the new series, if any good, has an impact. Nearly went and saw Passengers yesterday, but its reviews have not been great. But I am very much looking forward to the release of the sequel to Prometheus this year. Thank God for television science fiction with one of the best series in years in Westworld, being on this year (its plot is much more than a rogue robot killing humans). Other notables were Mars, Class, 12 Monkeys and Dark Matter. What I can't get over is film producers will spend $200 million making a film but fuck all on ensuring the most important element is right, the script. Scripts that explore themes and ideas and make the viewer think. There are so many great science fiction novels out there that would make great movies, like The Martian. I saw very few films last year. Lobster, of course, did not come on at the local cinema.

    1. Thanks for your comment Graham. I dont mind typos. :)
      Ive heard good things about Westworld. I will get onto that.
      Totally agree re Star Trek. Just another film. Enjoyed it but totally forgettable.
      As for the new Star Wars, youre right of course about Disney making money out of it. Let's not kids ourselves, the entire movie industry is about making money unless its a low budget independent film and even then there's alot of money at stake.

    2. What I did love about Rogue One was the character depth. Probably more to it than any other Star Wars film, so I think you need to make up youre own mind there.

    3. oh and The Lobster is out on dvd. I bought it. It's pretty bizarre though, more arthouse than sci-fi.

  5. Oh, and I hope 2017 is a great year for you and the black dog disappears.

    1. Thanks mate, the little bugger had its teeth hooked into me good. I've managed to escape it for the time being. Feeling good. Thanks for your friendship and support Graham.


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