Monday, 27 February 2017

The 2016 Cinema Touch Awards - PICTURE

by
Julien Faddoul







5. Pete’s Dragon
For a wistful, moving and utterly unpretentious family film from Disney with a refreshing sense of bluntness and respect toward its target audience that left me utterly floured.









4. 20th Century Women
For a witty, rhythmic coming-of-age comedy with a great deal of ruminative thought. Superbly written and acted, it captures its laissez-faire age and its disaffected inhabitants with a kind of liberating humanity.








3. Moonlight
For a beautiful, gripping, penetrating drama with an almost electric delicacy. It presents such a wide viewpoint of empathy that is rarely seen on screen, despite its affected air of broken-hearted yearning.








2. Cameraperson
A cinematic memoir: The result is breathtaking, not only because every piece is either moving or hilarious or provocative in itself, but also because everything is about context, and experiencing it through the cinema’s guidance changes all meaning. And although much of the film depicts the destructive acts many people are capable of, its lasting sensation is one of compassion. But as a film, it is one of the purist pieces of cinema one could witness.








1. OJ: Made in America
For a massive 8-hour collage of drama, public footage, private footage and 72 interviews conducted over the course of 18 months that all culminates in one of the greatest pieces of cinematic journalism ever committed to the medium: covering not only the circumstances surrounding The Trial of the Century, but using it to ignite a staggering disquisition on the social history of race, fame, sports and Los Angeles over the past half-century. And it’s that world that produced the Shakespearean tragedy of O.J. Simpson, a man who was made in America.





My Top Ten

6. Indignation
7. Jackie
8. La La Land
9. Cemetery of Splendour
10. Kubo and the Two Strings


Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical)

The Club
Everybody Wants Some
Finding Dory
Green Room
Hail, Caesar!
Kate Plays Christine
The Love Witch
Silence
Sully
10 Cloverfield Lane
Weiner
The Witch



Films I'm Sad to Have Missed

Amanda Knox
April and the Extraordinary World
Aquarius
Barry
Being 17
Between Us
Blue Jay
Born to be Blue
Chevalier
The Childhood of a Leader
Chronic
Cosmos
Creepy
Deephan
Denial
De Palma
Dog Eat Dog
Do Not Resist
Don’t Think Twice
Francofonia
The Greasy Strangler
Hands of Stone
Hello My Name is Doris
Hunter Gatherer
Hush
The Innocents
The Intervention
Into the Inferno
Jim: The James Foley Story
The Lovers and the Despot
Maggie's Plan
Men & Chicken
Miss Stevens
Mountains May Depart
Mr Chicken
Nuts
Operation Avalanche
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Our Little Sister
Rats
Southside with You
Tallulah
Time Out of Mind
Tower
The Wailing
White Girl
The Witness


Films I'm REALLY Sad to Have Missed

The Handmaiden
Neruda
The Salesman
Toni Erdman



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