Cinecast Episode 467- 2016 Year in Review (The Whole Bloody Affair)

We did it. With the help of Jim Laczkowski from The Director’s Club Podcast and Voices & Visions, Andrew and Kurt are joined by Matt Gamble for a full exploration of the year that was – maybe subconsciously we prefer to stay positive and somehow manage to avoid getting into the whole celebrity death thing. But we do look at a whole lot of trends and themes and strengths and weaknesses that encompassed 2016 as a whole. Of course we make up for our lack of list making over the year with three different top 5/10 lists including our favorite pictures of the year. Per usual, this things clock at nearly four hours. So for your convenience, we’ve chopped it up into three episodes – or, as always, if you prefer the “whole bloody affair” version, that’s available for download as well. We hope you enjoy the show. Whew!

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!

 

 
 


 

TIME TRACKS:

Opening/Intros: :00 – 5:39
Year in Review: 5:40 – 45:23 (Matt Gamble arrives 27:09)
Top 5 Male Performances: 45:25 – 1:23:07
Top 5 Female Performances: 1:23:10 – 2:06:23
Top 10 Films of the Year: 2:06:25 – 3:45:17
Outros: 3:45:18 – 3:48:42
Closing Music: – 3:46:04 – 3:49:39

 

2016 IN REVIEW:

Strong year
Animation
Disney / Blockbusters
L.A. film location
Westerns / Musicals
Witches
VOD / Netflix
Horror / Foreign
Documentaries …and more!

 

TOP 5 MALE PERFORMANCES:

KURT
5. Ryan Gosling / Russell Crowe, The Nice Guys
4. Alden Ehrenreich, Hail Caesar!
3. Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
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ANDREW
5. Casey Affleck, Manchester
4. Alden Ehrenreich, Hail Caesar!
3. Willem Dafoe, Dog Eat Dog
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MATT
5. John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane
4. Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
3. Michael Shannon, Midnight Special / Nocturnal Animals / Elvis & Nixon
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JIM
5. John Hawkes, Too Late
4. Alden Ehrenreich, Hail Caesar!
3. Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
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TOP 5 FEMALE PERFORMANCES:

KURT
5. Kate McKinnon, Ghostbusters
4. Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
3. Amy Adams, Nocturnal Animals
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ANDREW
5. Laura Linney, Nocturnal Animals
4. Naomie Harris, Moonlight
3. Sasha Lane, American Honey
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MATT
5. Sarita Choudhury, A Hologram for the King
4. Jane O’Brien, Tickled
3. Tyne Daly, Hello My Name is Doris
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JIM
5. Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
4. Ruth Wilson, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
3. Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
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TOP 10 FILMS OF 2015:

KURT
10. Hail, Caesar!
9. Sieranevada
8. Chi-Raq
7. Elle
6. Paterson
5. Moonlight
4. The Nice Guys
3. The Lure
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ANDREW
10. Demolition
9. Everybody Wants Some!!
8. Moonlight
7. Triple 9
6. Eye in the Sky
5. The Neon Demon
4. Jackie
3. Manchester by the Sea
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HM: TITLE_HERE
2016 Completely Ranked on LetterBoxd
2016 Favorite Albums

MATT
10. Love & Friendship
9. Tickled
8. Hunt for The Wilderpeople
7. Hardcore Henry
6. The VVitch
5. City of Gold
4. Hello My Name is Doris
3. Sing Street
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JIM
10. The VVitch
9. The Childhood of a Leader
8. Cemetery of Splendor
7. Things to Come
6. Right Now, Wrong Then
5. The Illinois Parables
4. Tower
3. I, Olga Hepnarová
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Full list of 2016 films

 

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Craig
Guest

Hey Kurt, I’m THAT one person who didn’t like Paterson. My brief letterboxd review:

I’ve never really gotten on with the Jim Jarmusch films that I’ve seen, but due to the universal praise for Paterson I was happy to give him another go. Paterson is basically hipster- the film. Adam Driver does the best with what he has and the scenes at that bar are decent enough. The rest of it I found eye rolling, the constant poetry seems to be there just to fill out the running time and the character of Laura just seems to be a checklist of modern quirky cliches.

Just not for me.

Anyway my Top 10 of the year based on UK release dates so vary a little:

1. Spotlight
2. Room
3. Hell or High Water
4. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
5. Everybody Wants Some!!
6. The Light Between Oceans
7. Into The Forest (No UK release)
8. A War
9. Nocturnal Animals
10. The Family Fang (No UK release)

Honourable mentions, Neon Demon, A Bigger Splash, Tickled, Embrace Of The Serpent, Green Room

devolutionary
Guest

Embrace of the Serpent is fantastic, although I counted that in my 2015 list when I saw it in theater. Bought it online from VHX the moment it became available.

I have to second Jim Lazer-Cow-Ski’s 😉 recommendation of Childhood of a Leader. Just a random Netflix watch for me. Had no idea who Brady Corbet was until I looked him up later. What a debut. Been meaning to see Cameraperson for ages. Look forward to the Criterion.

I’ll say one thing about Hardcore Henry, it does what it does better than any ‘videogame’ movie in the past. Truly immersive first-person perspective with surprisingly little (bad) shakey cam. A shame that the plot is equally video-game in quality. Heavily reminded of the Crank movies in energy. Weird that it generated buzz @ film festivals only to be discarded later.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I consider OJ: MADE IN AMERICA a documentary film, whether it aired on TV or not. Since there are very few places in the world that will screen documentaries theatrically (Toronto being one of the exceptions), you often have to look past stuff like that.

The very fact that this film is on the Oscar documentary shortlist should have at least convinced you to include it on your list.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

Sean is right here. OJ: MADE IN AMERICA (in its entirety) screened at least 4 TIMES in toronto. 3 Times during HOTDOCS, and 1 time at the BLOOR cinema during a commerical release.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Actually there were only two screenings of the film during Hot Docs:
– The first screening only consisted of the first episode, followed by a conversation with the director and guests (one of whom was the DA at the time of the OJ trial)
– The second screening was a marathon of the full eight hours

I think what might have confused Kurt was that the marathon was divided into three blocks.

Andrew James
Admin

The Boyle Frankenstein thing played theatrically here. That doesn’t mean it’s a movie. The Trylon was talking about screening “Stranger Things” all day. That doesn’t mean it’s a movie. BBC “Pride and Prejudice” screened at The Walker a few years ago. That doesn’t mean it’s a movie. OJ was a five-part mini-series that played over the course of a few nights and was created specifically for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series. Not a movie. V, Roots, North & South have all played theatrically at some point probably. They’re not movies.

OJ may very well win an Emmy. That’s a TV award show. Not a movie.

Of course, there are arguments to make on both sides (https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/12/is-oj-simpson-made-in-america-a-tv-show-or-a-movie/509963/), but for me, I watched it as a series on ESPN.com and I don’t believe it screened anywhere theatrically outside a couple of festivals and the requisite LA/NY screenings to make it eligible for Oscars (which I now consider a punchline anyway).

Sean Kelly
Guest

A documentary is a different animal than an event screening.

Andrew James
Admin

Why?

Sean Kelly
Guest

For instance, you were able to see documentaries theatrically long before those event screenings were even a thing.

Admit it Andrew, you don’t like documentary as a genre and you are letting it cloud your opinion of them as films. This is coming from a guy who watched over two dozen documentaries (all theatrically) last year and included no less than three of them in his top ten.

Andrew James
Admin

The fact that docs aren’t my favorite genre has nothing to do with it. Saw four docs this year and they were all good to great. I’m simply not going to consider an 8 hour documentary that is split up into five parts over the course of several night and originally on TV for my top ten films of the year.

Also, http://letterboxd.com/andrew_james/list/docs-i-enjoy/

Sean Kelly
Guest

You saying you saw four docs like it’s an impressive feat makes me laugh.

Last year, I started tagging the documentaries I saw on Letterboxd and I can tell you that I saw no less than 90 documentaries in 2016!

Believe what you will Andrew, for me documentaries will always be films first (for the record I also consider the 16 hour STORY OF FILM to be a film).

EDIT: Sorry if I came off like a gloating asshole there. I’m just saying I like and respect documentaries.

Andrew James
Admin

Well now you’re putting words in my mouth. I never said docs aren’t film. Of course they are. Just not this one – because it was a TV show (hence its likely Emmy nominations).

Sean Kelly
Guest

So what if OJ: MADE IN AMERICA was produced for ESPN. The PARADISE LOST trilogy (and many other documentaries) was produced for HBO and nobody disputes them as being not films (with PARADISE LOST 3 even being nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar).

Sean Kelly
Guest

HARDCORE HENRY is on my “couldn’t really enjoy because I was so motion sick” list.

Rolf
Guest

Had hoped for SWEET BEAN to be on your list, Kurt – not even a honorably mention?

devolutionary
Guest

Would that be Kurt’s equivalent of an annual My Blueberry Nights Award?

Kurt
Guest

I like this idea. A lot!

Kurt
Guest

SWEET BEAN (AN) was a 2015 film for me. And got HM last year. Kiki Kirin, the star of the film was #6 on my female performances this year in Hitokazu Kore-Eda’s AFTER THE STORM

Rolf
Guest

oh, sorry thought it was released last year… AFTER THE STORM is on my watch list although I assume it won’t be feel-good-cinema 😀

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Surprisingly, it is pretty feel good. It’s an easy story, a gentle Japanese domestic, with great performances all around. Well worth a look, it also just missed my top 10 of last year.

Gerry
Guest

If anyone in the UK wants to see Zero Days they can tonight at 9.00pm on BBC4, under the title Zero Day: Nuclear Cyber Sabotage. (UK TV companies are good at showing docs but usually give them more literal titles).

It also seems to be freely available on youtube in HD form.

Andrew James
Guest

Just finished Christine. I’m with Kurt. Rebecca Hall’s performance is probably the best of the year. Whoa!

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