Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Top Films (July-November)



Features
La Belle saison/Summertime (2015, Catherine Corsini) Probably the top film of the year for me so far.
I, Daniel Blake (2016, Ken Loach) Best film I saw at AFI.
The Rose (1979, Mark Rydell)
Morris from America (2016, Chad Hartigan) Great performances and lots of great, new, young performers.
Under the Shadow (2016, Babak Anvari) One of my favorites in competition for 2016's Best Foreign Language Film (Oscars)
Le Silence est d'or (1947, René Clair)

Top Documentaries
13th (2016, Ava DuVernay) Netflix
10 on Ten (2004, Abbas Kiarostami) bonus feature on Ten
Poto and Cabengo (1980, Jean-Pierre Gorin) formerly on Hulu
And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986, Louis Malle)  formerly on Hulu
Somm (2012, Jason Wise)
Breathing Together: Revolution of the Electric Family/Growing Up in America (1971, Morley Markson) Video Link
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016, Werner Herzog)                       
The Eagle Huntress (2016, Otto Bell)                       
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016, Jeff Feuerzeig)
Gleason (2016, J. Clay Tweel)
The Lovers and the Despot (2016, Ross Adam, Robert Cannan)
Audrie & Daisy (Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk, 2016) Netflix
Amanda Knox (2016, Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn) Netflix
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016, Kevin Macdonald) Netflix
Burroughs: The Movie  (1983, Howard Brookner) Great features on the DVD, including a commentary by Jim Jarmusch
The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1995, Les Blank)

Short Films
How to Win an Election (Sarah Klein, Tom Mason) Op-Docs Video Link
Untitled Portrait (1993, Cheryl Dunye) from the DVD The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye
A Well Spent Life (1972, Les Blank, Skip Gerson)
Gap-Toothed Women (1987, Les Blank)
Q & A (2015, Adam Epstein)
Everything Is Samuel L. Jackson's Fault (2013, Zoe Jackson) Video Link

Honorable Mentions
Elle (2016, Paul Verhoeven)
Julieta (2016, Pedro Almodóvar)
Christine (Antonio Campos, 2016) Great performance by Rebecca Hall that I hope doesn’t get overlooked.
Miss Sloane (2016, John Madden)
Anjô-ke no butôkai/A Ball at Anjo (1947, Kôzaburô Yoshimura)                       
Mes chères études/Student Services (2010, TV Movie, Emmanuelle Bercot)
Rhapsody in Blue (1945, Irving Rapper)
La Fille de nulle part/The Girl from Nowhere (2012, Jean-Claude Brisseau) Very bizarre, unique, poignant film
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002, Bob Gale) viewable on Amazon Prime
Lola Versus (2012, Daryl Wein)
Nikui an-chikushô/I Hate But Love (1962, Koreyoshi Kurahara)    formerly on Hulu
Fathers & Daughters (2015, Gabriele Muccino)
Café Society (2016, Woody Allen) Really, I thought this film was way better than the critics have been giving it credit for.
The Hollars (2016,  John Krasinski)       
Postales de Leningrado (2007, Mariana Rondón)
Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer/The People vs. Fritz Baer (2015, Lars Kraume)

Series/Mini-Series
Making a Murderer (2015, Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi) Netflix
Top of the Lake (2013, Jane Campion, Garth Davis)
L'Inde fantôme (1969, Louis Malle) formerly on Hulu

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