This fall I’ve seen a lot of new movies and here are some of my favorites of the year. Most, if not all (of the movies released in 2016), I’ve seen after summer.
- Nocturnal Animals
- Swiss Army Man
- American Honey
- Finding Nemo
- The King’s Choice
1. Nocturnal Animals
I adored this movie so much that at certain times during it I leaned forward from my seat, with my elbows on my knees and my hands under my chin, I just glared at the screen in awe. From the bizarre opening to the emotionally scaring ending. This was the best movie experience I had all year. Now, just watching the trailer gives me chills and goose bumps. The story, the acting, the cinematography, the music, everything was amazing. I even loved the symbolism of Amy Adams’ character’s make up. Right after I rushed to the library and picked up the book. So far, the movie is much better than the book. It is the most beautiful movie I’ve seen in a long time. Oscar prediction for best director Tom Ford, and best adapted screenplay.
2. Swiss Army Man
This was another movie I enjoyed immensely. Never have I ever seen a movie be so ridiculous and touching at the same time. At times it is a serious movie, but then it’s not, reminding us that that’s what it is, it is just a movie. This is the most original movie I’ve seen in years. You think you know where the movie is headed, but really you don’t know.
3. American Honey
It takes a lot for me to like long movies. When I saw this movie was almost three hours long, I was skeptical. What I liked the most about this one was that you really forget that you’re watching a movie. The soundtrack is magnificent and the acting is superb. The aspect ratio was surprising and gave it a really raw feeling.
4. Finding Dory
A heartbreaking tale which I now just realize has a lot in common with Lion (2016). How the movie focuses on what is right about Dory, rather what is wrong with her, makes this movie a great one. An adorable and incredible follow up to Finding Nemo (2013).
5. The King’s Choice (Kongens Nei)
Felt I should include the best Norwegian movie of the year. An Oscar contender which is pretty good for a Norwegian flick. It may have been because a lot of it is in German. It is quite good, but got to say it was a little too long. The climax scene of the movie is brilliant and absolutely perfect.