Saturday, December 31, 2016
Top Ten Films of 2016
Here are the top ten best feature films during 2016. (Note that the Internet Explore browser doesn't support the reversed list as 10, 9, ..., 1, so you have to mentally reverse the list below, which shows the #1 film on the very bottom.)
War (Krigen | Denmark 2015 | in Danish | 115
min. | My
Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm's intelligent and thought-provoking third feature vividly depicts how the so-called collateral damage continues to have a profound impact on everyone both physically and mentally, abroad and at home.
- Paths of the
| China 2015 | in Tibetan | 115 min. | My review)
Care (Domácí péče | Czech
Republic 2015 | in Czech | 92 min. | My review)
In this hilarious directional debut, the Czech writer-director Slávek Horák creates a wonderful home-care nurse character who is amiable, competent, dedicated, hard-working, humorous, and efficient.
Night (USA 2016 | in Korean | 93
min. | My
The writer-director Andrew Ahn's superb feature directorial debut tells an engaging story about an introvert Korean American teenager David (Joe Seo) in Los Angeles who struggles with his sexuality while fulfilling his obligation to help out his parents.
- Please Remember
Me (我祗認識你 |
China 2015 | in Shanghainese | 78 min. | Documentary
This gripping documentary, by Chinese director Zhao Qing (赵青), doesn't only bring the "unprecedented, pervasive, and enduring" aging issue to the front and center, but also affectionately tells an endearing love story between an elderly couple.
Look of Silence
2014 | in Indonesian | 103 min. | Documentary)
In this powerful documentary, the director Joshua Oppenheimer follows an optometrist Adi whose brother was among the victims of the Indonesian Genocide half a century ago. While performing in-home eye-exams, the soft-spoken Adi interviews his brother's killers who are still in power and remain silent about their hideous actions.
Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta? | Brazil 2015 |
in Portuguese | 121 min.)
When a lifelong maid's daughter comes to the city to take an exam, the seemingly routine life turns up-side-down. This terrific film fantastically captures the subtle exchange of emotions among a few superbly crafted and marvelously performed characters.
(жажда | Bulgaria
2015 | in Bulgarian | 90
min. | My
This Bulgarian director Svetla Tsotsorkova's wonderful directorial debut is more of a character study than storytelling, portraying a few nameless characters who are thirsty for water, love, and a new life beyond a deserted hill.
Demons (Les démons | Canada
2015 | in French | 118 min.) | My
The sensible and complex emotion of a 10-year-old boy is beautifully captured in this writer-director Philippe Lesage's spellbinding film.
by the Sea (USA 2016 | 135
min. | My
In this deeply affecting film, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan masterfully creates a touching drama about love, grief, guilt, redemption, hope, and living.
Until next year...