If you have been waiting for M. Night Shyamalan to make some sort of comeback, his last two films may just give you hope. While Split isn't perfect, Shyamalan reminds us why people fell in love with him in the first place. He has crafted a thriller, that is designed to keep you guessing. Without the gutsy performance of James McAvoy here, I'm not sure this movie would have even worked. McAvoy, goes all the way, and it just elevates Split into something else entirely. Anya Taylor-Joy, is also solid here. While the story does teeter on the brink of destruction at times, it is the work of both Shyamalan and McAvoy, that hold it together. While there is no "twist" to speak of, there is a special reveal, that changes the game entirely. It also gives those of us who enjoyed Shyamalan's early work, a very special treat. It's the first time, in a long time, I am genuinely curious as to what Shyamalan will do next.
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The hideous bitch-goddess that was 2016, has gone away. FIlm wise, it was also a mixed bag for me. There were a lot of high profile releases that I was looking forward to, which fell really flat. That's not to say, there weren't some great gems mixed in there somewhere.
Note, these are my personal favorites, and I'm not judging based solely on technical merrit. These are the films that have stuck with me, this entire year. You will not see a whole list of artsy-fartsy crap that nobody has every heard of.
I like to mix it up a bit when it comes to these lists. I see all sorts of films, not just the big blockbusters.
That being said, I have not yet seen Manchester By the Sea, or Moonlight. I also have not seen Moana. Which I hear they are good, but won't be on this list. Manchester and Moonlight specifically, are really hard to find, so I had to skip them.
Without further delay, here they are, my ten favorite films of the year.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
WHAT THE FUCK WERE THEY THINKING
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
7. GREEN ROOM
6. HELL OR HIGH WATER
5. DON'T BREATHE
4. 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
3. SING STREET
2. LA LA LAND
1. THE NICE GUYS
La La Land, is superb craftmenship. Writer/Director Damien Chazelle, has cemented himself as a talent, and force to be reckoned with. While some of La La Land can drag a bit, Chazelle, along with Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling, fill the screen with pizaz. Both Stone, and Gosling, are so charismatic together, we are sucked into their journey. You route for these two so hard, it's almost sickening how much it works. Couple that with the musical elements, its tributes to cinema, and some stunning photography, La La Land is fantastic. It probably is more fantastic than it deserves to be. However, that is a true testament to just how well executed this film is. Run, don't walk, to see this movie.