This one was a film I had heard about prior but completely forgot about it. And then the trailer dropped (before being pulled off for the wrong aspect ratio) but it’s gloriously back online. Steven Soderbergh is a certified legend. Once the hardest working directors ever. In the year 2000, he was nominated for Best Director twice for Erin Brockovich and Traffic and then won for Traffic. If you take a look at his filmography, something in there will surely shock you – like the fact he’s the credited second unit director for the first Hunger Games film.
There was nobody else on this site who was more excited to write about this trailer than me. First off, A24 is the company that sends me flocking to the theatres time and time again. Their track record is incredible (at least for myself) and is behind my last three favourite films of a year (First Reformed, Good Time, and Moonlight). So any time they announce a film or release a trailer, I get excited. This time isn’t any different.
For months Arianne has been talking about this film. If you know her or her taste, you’d know why. Any movie with Lily James or Tessa Thompson is a must-see in her household. So, imagine her reaction when they’re in a film together. And also imagine hearing about it for months on end. In fact, the only reason I’m doing this write-up is that she’s stuck at work and hasn’t even had the opportunity to look at the trailer yet. Sorry friend.
I’ve blinked and the year has already finished, which as we all know means, we need to discuss some of the best films of the year. It never gets easier, year after year it’s a struggle to put a list together. For as long as I can remember, I haven’t been able to narrow it down to 10 films, and this year isn’t any different. So, these are my twenty favourite films of the year. There are many I didn’t get around to watching, and I will be rectifying that in the near future, but for the time being, these are the films I think helped define this year, and the ones I’ll be recommending for the foreseeable future.
The first eighteen films will be in alphabetical order, except for the last two that are tied.
A few years back, Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine, and during her acceptance speech, she touched on something that Hollywood had yet to catch on to: “[They think] female films, with women at the centre, are niche experiences – they are not, audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.” She said it in 2014, but they’re just barely catching on.
If you take a look at the films coming out of the major studios, there’s a tendency towards casting known White actors. It seems as if Hollywood believes that by doing so they will attract more viewers. Fans of Wes Anderson are aware that isn’t always the case. When we focus on a specific group of people, like some examples we will be looking at momentarily, we’ll see how they aren’t minimizing the amount of viewers.