Saturday, December 31, 2016

10 moments to cherish...2016

  1. La La Land. The music; the dancing in the stars; Emma Stone changing her shoes before a big tap number; Ryan Gosling's eyes at the end of the film; the opening number; that epilogue; the auditions; Ryan Gosling beeping his horn; Emma Stone's one woman show; their voices; that sunset; but above all that feeling of pure joy and escapism that the world needs right now. One of cinema's great films.
  2. Drive It Like You Stole It. And the rest of the joyous Sing Street.
  3. László Nemes bringing the horror of the holocaust to horrific life with Son of Saul. 
  4. Robbie Ryan's camerawork in American Honey and I, Daniel Blake. Two very different films that he helps bring to life immeasurably.
  5. The third act of Moonlight.
  6. Celebrated actors pushing themselves. Amy Adams' delivering two great (and very different) performances for two of the exciting directors with Arrival and Nocturnal Animals; Ralph Fiennes proving The Grand Budapest Hotel wasn't a fluke with Hail, Caesar and A Bigger Splash; Mathias Sconehearts' silent observations in Disorder and A Bigger Splash; Ryan Gosling as America's most entertaining and charming leading male with The Nice Guys and La La Land; and Kate Beckinsale reminding everyone she has genuine talent in Love & Friendship. 
  7. I, Daniel Blake suggesting that cinema can be a voice for the unheard and have political agency. Hopefully.
  8. Michael Giacchino's score for Rogue One. Who thought John Williams' score could be equaled in the Star Wars universe?
  9. Visiting Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam, Kinemathek in Berlin and Eltz Castle in Germany (a real-life Disney castle). 
  10. Watching Julianne Moore (for Freeheld) and Nicole Kidman (for Lion) in conversation, in the flesh. Being in the same room as Cate Blanchett, Ben Whishaw, Lindasy Duncan and Maggie Smith. Interviewing Ralph Fiennes, Jane Horrocks and Glenda Jackson.

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