Sully was one of last year’s best films (and in a weaker year would have received a lot more awards attention). Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks teamed to bring one of the most astounding true life stories in recent memory to life by doing a very un-Hollywood thing: they didn’t glamorize it. If you watch the documentaries and compare it to the film, there’s only embellishment to make it believable. Sully was actually CALMER than Hanks, who only amped it up a slight notch. The crash scene is meticulously recreated. Eastwood knew he didn’t have to give the story any more glitz, because “The Miracle on the Hudson” was already a miracle. It didn’t need a pounding score or extra complications.
My favorite scene is where you really understand how extraordinary Sully’s quick decision-making and piloting skills are: during the NTSB hearing when he challenged results showing he could have done anything other than what he did. We all know the range of Hanks. He can literally do anything onscreen, but it takes a seasoned actor to mimic the restraint of the real hero and let that power carry the scene. As a bonus, if you missed Hanks reprising his role on Sully on Saturday Night Live , I’m including that as well because 1) it’s hilarious and 2) it shows the massive Hanksian range I just mentioned when compared to the film.
It’s good that it was a great year for movies because we certainly needed the escapism in 2016. I cannot recall a year with more quality films, both inside franchises and standalone films. Exemplifying that most was Disney, which had the single greatest year of any studio in Hollywood history, grossing way over $7 billion, and doing it with quality. It’s no accident that The House of the Mouse will end up with the top 5 grossing movies of the year. Whether it be through their own animated and live action films, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars, Disney put quality product after quality product out in 2016 and people responded in droves. It may be overly optimistic, but let’s hope that studios take note that the films that made the bucks were the films that were good.
And there’s so many films yet to see! I have to qualify this as a preliminary list. I’ve seen 64 movies in 2016 (normally I average 90 when all is said and done). With Oscar films releasing wide in January, this list may very well change, which is why my ultimate say on the year in film is our annual Renaissance Film Awards which will take place Oscar week. But as this year ends, it’s fitting and right that I single out the my top 10 (the quality is so deep, I may do a top 25 list later in February alongside the Rennys). My top two films have not changed since May and they are such a dead heat in my mind that they just swapped again last night. No surprise, both are Disney films. I gave out three perfect 10’s (thus far) for 2016 films, but more 9’s than any year I’ve been a reviewer. Yes, there were films we were counting on that fizzled (Batman vs. Superman, Jason Bourne, Assassin’s Creed, etc.), but many more films stood up and surpassed our wildest expectations. So, caveats in place here is my simple Top 10 as the year ends followed by a great 2016 Year in Film video put together by the talented people at We Got This Covered. May you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and I’ll catch you killing time in 2017. Continue reading Killing Time’s Top 10 Movies of 2016→
A great trailer is like a mini-film. The best of them tell you just enough to want to kill to see the movie it’s advertising without giving away the whole plot, use iconic imagery and music to capture the soul of the film, and live on even after the film’s release as a pleasure to watch. A great trailer can even be for a movie that ended up being a huge disappointment. Most of the films on this list are universally critically acclaimed, but Suicide Squad sharply divided fans. Does that make that amazing “I Started a Joke” trailer released any less a masterpiece? Nope. Half of what was in the Rogue One trailers never made the final cut of the film. Will that stop me from watching them for decades to come? Not a chance.
A few words about the process of selection. One, all that mattered for consideration was that the FILM came out in 2016 (even in limited release). Some of these trailers first dropped in 2015, just as we’re getting trailers for 2017 films in 2016. Two, there are two films on the list with red-band trailers, so content warning, but they’re the trailers that made me want to see those films. If you have any picks for trailers you think should’ve made the list, comment away, if WP will let you, paste the trailer’s link. A great set of trailers sets up a great movie watching experience, and if you go to as many films as I do you tend to see the same ones over and over. I never tired of these. Continue reading Top 10: Trailers of 2016!!!!→
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 16th brings two old franchises back with Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’ Baby, and Oliver Stone’s biopic of the polarizing Edward Snowden. Will any of them be able to knock Captain Sully off the top spot at the box office? Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/16/2016) – Blair Witch, Snowden, Bridget Jones’ Baby→