The Best of 2016 in Film – Dreamers, witches and nice guys.

It seems that the events of 2016 have birthed a new generation of cynics, and at the turn of the new year, all one can hear around are people crying over the horrible year that has passed. However, being one who prefers to count gifts over curses, I consider ourselves blessed to have received a stellar list of films, taking various different genres to stranger waters, and realizing the full potential of some others. Now while the movies that big franchises and studios have churned out were more in the form of financial investments than works of art, 2016 has witnessed masterpieces from global filmmakers and the independent categories. The following is the list of films that I think made the most of their run-time this year, and deserve to be seen by one and all. (This year, I’ve added suggestions of old movies similar in some way to each film on this list, so the doubtful ones can decide what to watch.)
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‘La La Land’ review – Here’s to the ones who dream

What makes a great song, a great film or, for that matter, any great work of art? Damien Chazelle’s answer to that question is that great art is anything done by a person who is passionate about it. His latest film La La Land is then a testament to great art, combining the passionate performances of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling with the equally passionate filmmaking by Chazelle in a story that brings two characters, equally passionate in their own arts, into each other’s lives. While being a refreshing revival of the grandiose Hollywood musical, La La Land also turns out to have the biggest heart of any film in a long time. And in this year when most of the world seems to be taking a step back for the worse, isn’t an escape of optimism something we could all use?
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The Nightmare Before Christmas – You are now inside the mind of Tim Burton.

Oh sweet, delicious and irresistible animation! Since this is Christmas time, I have decided to join in the holiday spirit and bring out some reviews right from under the mistletoe. And what better one to re-watch and talk about than Tim Burton’s spooky and sweet The Nightmare before Christmas? Despite what the title suggests, this tale that looks exactly as the inside of Burton’s mind would was directed by Henry Selick. This is not to say that Burton is just along for the ride, for this dual-holiday flick was his brainchild, one that he had been nursing ever since he started out of school. Completely filling out the extent of stop-motion, the tale of Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King creates a dreamland you can find yourself getting lost in. Deceivably a children’s movie, it does not escape enjoyment from the young and the old, a great musical that stands the test of time.
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