Monday, 29 February 2016

The 4th Annual Cinema Touch Awards!

by
Julien Faddoul

Welcome to the 4th Annual Cinema Touch Awards for 2015.

Here are my favourite cinematic achievements of the year in several categories.

Enjoy!












But before I move on from the year completely, I’d like to dedicate this year’s awards to the memory of Chantal Akerman. Considered by many to be the greatest female filmmaker, she was, for me, not only that but also a great hero. She killed herself this year at the age of 65. I implore you to check out her films, especially her masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.



The 2015 Cinema Touch Awards - SPECIAL CITATIONS

by
Julien Faddoul 




SPECIAL CITATION – SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR





World of Tomorrow
For the greatest film of any kind this year. It says more about our world, our future and our humanity in 16 minutes than any feature-length film in 2015.




SPECIAL CITATION – DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE YEAR





The Look of Silence
The year’s most vital film: A sequel of sorts to the director’s previous film The Act of Killing. It brilliantly conveys an easily attainable yet inconceivable hell that can occur when people keep quiet and do nothing.


Runner Up: Listen to Me Marlon




SPECIAL CITATION – MOST OVERRATED FILM OF THE YEAR





Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The year's most successful film was also beloved by most critics. This one critic was left utterly cold by what was clearly a thin, immobile piece of corporate brainwashing.


Runner Up: Ex Machina




SPECIAL CITATION – MOST UNDERRATED FILM OF THE YEAR





Sleeping with Other People
The funniest film of the year (and that includes Inside Out) that, for me, gives a new hope to the level of intelligence that the romantic comedy genre is still capable of.


Runner Up: Buzzard




SPECIAL CITATION – MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE OF THE YEAR





Creed
It reminds one that it is all in the handling. Any set of circumstances, no matter how labored and familiar, can make a great film.


Runner Up: When Marnie Was There




SPECIAL CITATION – BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR





Tomorrowland
I always stick up for this film in conversations because I felt the film's intentions were never impure in any way at any point. But in execution, it certainly left a lot to be desired.


Runner Up: Mistress America




SPECIAL CITATION – MOST MISUNDERSTOOD FILM OF THE YEAR





Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
When did people stop finding this kind of thing fun? Instant labels like “twee” or “manipulative” are the lowest form of film criticism. Many were so busy trying to label this film that they were incapable of realizing that they illustrated precisely what the film ridicules: people realizing that the world is full of deep and dangerous others, and none of them should be considered merely the supporting cast in the movie that is your life.


Runner Up: American Ultra




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The Top 20 Scenes of the Year

by
Julien Faddoul

This list is presented alphabetically until the top 3.






American Ultra
Two Lovers





Buzzard
Spaghetti





Carol
Ugly People





Creed
If I Fight, You Fight





The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Monroe’s Boat





45 Years
Slide Show





The Hateful Eight
Jim Jones at Botany Bay





Inside Out
Skating with Riley





The Look of Silence
Sadistic





Mad Max: Fury Road
Mediocre





The Martian
A Rational Discussion





Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Stopping Treatment





The Revenant
The Bear Attack





Room
The Dog





Sicario
Border Trouble





Sicario
The Raid





Tomorrowland
Touring Tomorrowland





Mad Max: Fury Road
Max vs. Furiosa





Inside Out
Take Her to the Moon for Me





Carol
I Can’t Help You with That






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