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I’m Having My Own Oscars: 2017

We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!

Best Films 

  1. Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig)
  2. Loveless (dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  3. Western (dir. Valeska Grisebach)
  4. On Body and Soul (dir. Ildikó Enyedi)
  5. Call Me By Your Name (dir. Luca Guadagnino)
  6. Raw (dir. Julia Docournau)
  7. mother! (dir. Darren Aronofsky)
  8. Wajib (dir. Annemarie Jacir)
  9. Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele)
  10. 20th Century Women (dir. Mike Mills)
  11. Lady Macbeth (dir. William Oldroyd)
  12. The Levelling (dir. Hope Dickson Leach)
  13. The Square (dir. Ruben Östlund)
  14. The Ornithologist (dir. João Pedro Rodrigues)
  15. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
  16. Mudbound (dir. Dee Rees)
  17. The Other Side of Hope (dir. Aki Kaurismäki)
  18. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (dir. Martin McDonagh)
  19. Foxtrot (dir. Samuel Maoz)
  20. Holy Air (dir. Shady Srour)
  21. Daphne (dir. Peter Mackie Burns)
  22. Heartstone (dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)
  23. The Shape of Water (dir. Guillermo del Toro)
  24. Detroit (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
  25. Blade Runner 2045 (dir. Denis Villeneuve)

I am still planning on writing a few additional reviews for some of the films above (as well as for Wind River that I just recently watched and was somewhat disappointed with) – but for now, here’s a link to a podcast where I talked about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s in Slovene though, so an English version is definitely coming soon!

What about 2016? Here are my favourite films from last year.

What white people have to do, is try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place, because I’m not a nigger, I’m a man, but if you think I’m a nigger, it means you need it.

James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro

Best Documentaries

  1. Austerlitz (dir. Sergey Loznitsa)
  2. I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck)
  3. The Family (dir. Rok Biček)
  4. Playing Men (Matjaž Ivanišin)
  5. Safari (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
  6. Machines (dir. Rahul Jain)
  7. Whose Streets? (dir. Sabaah Folayan)
  8. Strong Island (dir. Yance Ford)
  9. Liberation Day (dir. Uģis Olte & Morten Traavik)
  10. Kedi (dir. Ceyda Torun)

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Best Women-Directed Films

For the longest time, I thought I was doing my part when it came to women directors; that I am watching as many films made by women as possible, that I am absolutely doing my part at helping the cause. But around 2015, after reviewing the list of films I watched in the past year, I realised that I was living in a bubble – less than 10% of the films I’ve seen every year have been made by women. And I decided to flip that percentage around.

Now, I believe many will stop at this point and say: but hey, there’s not even enough films made by women to do this! Or even if they are, they probably aren’t any good. I am not going to say that every film written or directed by a woman is automatically good – far from it, just as with male directors, there’s a number of them that are pure crap and almost unbearable to sit through (I am quite sad to say that three out of four “worst films” of the year that you will find below were directed by women). But there’s also so many of them that are REALLY good, even if they are not as well known as, let’s say, films by Scorsese or some other big-shot male Hollywood names. Here’s 15 of them that I liked most this past year – for a more extensive list, visit my Letterboxd page:

  1. Lady Bird (dir. Greta Gerwig)
  2. Western (dir. Valeska Grisebach)
  3. On Body and Soul (dir. Ildikó Enyedi)
  4. Raw (dir. Julia Ducournau)
  5. Wajib (dir. Annemarie Jacir)
  6. The Levelling (dir. Hope Dickson Leach)
  7. Mudbound (dir. Dee Rees)
  8. Detroit (dir. Kathryn Bigelow)
  9. Let the Sun Shine In (Claire Denis)
  10. Beach Rats (dir. Eliza Hittman)
  11. Sami Blood (dir. Amanda Kernell)
  12. I Am Not a Witch (dir. Rungano Nyoni)
  13. Miss Stevens (dir. Julia Hart)
  14. Band Aid (dir. Zoe Lister-Jones)
  15. Landline (dir. Gillian Robespierre)

Most underrated films

  1. Princess Cyd (dir. Stephen Cone)
  2. Patti Cake$ (dir. Geremy Jasper)
  3. Person to Person (dir. Dustin Guy Defa)
  4. The Incredible Jessica James (dir. Jim Strouse)

Best animated features

  1. Window Horses (dir. Ann Marie Fleming)
  2. Loving Vincent (dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman)
  3. Louise by the Shore (dir. Jean-François Laguionie)
  4. Nuts! (dir. Penny Lane)

Best short animation films

  1. The Box (dir. Dušan Kastelic)
  2. Manivald (dir. Chintis Lundgren)
  3. Debiut (dir. Katarzyna Kijek)
  4. Xoxo Hugs and Kisses (dir. Wiola Sowa)
  5. The Blissful Accidental Death (dir. Sergiu Negulici)
  6. Ježeva kuća (dir. Eva Cvijanović)
  7. The Best Customer (dir. Serghei Chiviriga)
  8. Surpresa (dir. Paulo Patricio)

Biggest disappointments

  1. Requiem for Mrs J. (dir. Bojan Vuletić)
  2. Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins)
  3. Let Him Be a Basketball Player (dir. Boris Petkovič)

Worst films of the year

  1. Fifty Shades Darker (dir. James Foley)
  2. The Bad Batch (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)
  3. Fun Mom Dinner (dir. Alethea Jones)
  4. Rough Night (dir. Lucia Aniello)

Best actresses

  1. Saoirse Ronan /Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  2. Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  3. Emily Beecham (Daphne)
  4. Garance Marillier (Raw)
  5. Cate Blanchett (Manifesto)
  6. Maruša Majer (Ivan)
  7. Annette Bening / Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)
  8. Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
  9. Carey Mulligan / Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  10. Juliette Binoche (Let the Sunshine In)
  11. Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth)

Best actors

  1. Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)
  2. Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
  3. Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer)
  4. Claes Bang (The Square)
  5. John Boyega / Will Poulter / Algee Smith (Detroit)
  6. Mohammad Bakri / Saleh Bakri (Wajib)
  7. Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  8. Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories)
  9. Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound)
  10. Javier Bardem (mother!)
  11. Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name)

 

I’m having my own Oscars: 2014

Best Films

  1. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  2. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  3. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  4. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  5. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  6. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)
  7. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  8. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
  9. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
  10. Selma (Ava DuVernay)
  11. Nymphomaniac Vol. I (Lars von Trier)
  12. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
  13. Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
  14. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)
  15. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  16. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  17. Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs)
  18. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
  19. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)
  20. Enemy (Denis Villeneuve)

Honourable mentions: BirdmanCalvary, Gone Girl, Bird People, Listen Up Philip, Obvious Child, Tracks and Night Moves.

Best Woman-Directed Films

  • Selma (Ava DuVernay)
  • The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)
  • Bird People (Pascale Ferran)
  • Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre)
  • It Felt Like Love (Eliza Hittman)
  • Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
  • Palo Alto (Gia Coppola)
  • Belle (Amma Asante)

Best Original Screenplays

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan & Ebru Ceylan (Winter Sleep)
  • Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)
  • Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement (What We Do in the Shadows)
  • Luc Dardenne & Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Two Days, One Night)
  • Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman)

Best Adapted Screenplays

  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
  • Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
  • Walter Campbell & Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin)
  • Javier Gullon (Enemy)

Best lead performances: Women

  • Marrion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Under The Skin)
  • Essie Davis (The Babadook)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Melisa Sözen (Winter Sleep)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Honourable mentions: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Mia Wasikowska (Tracks), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars) Lisa Loven Kongsli (Force Majeure), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) Jenny Slate (Obvious Child).

Best lead performances: Men

  • David Oyelowo (Selma)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  • Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Haluk Bilginer (Winter Sleep)

Honourable mentions: John Lithgow (Love Is Strange), Jason Schwartzman (Listen Up Philip) and Tom Hiddleston (Only Lovers Left Alive).

Supporting performances: Women

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Agata Kulesza (Ida)
  • Carmen Ejogo (Selma)
  • Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac Vol. I)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Listen Up Philip)

Supporting performances: Men

  • J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Kristofer Hivju (Force Majeure)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice)

Best Cinematography

  • Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida)
  • Gökhan Tiryaki (Winter Sleep)
  • Bradford Young (Selma)
  • Darius Khondji (The Immigrant)
  • Erik Wilson (The Double)
  • Manuel Alberto Claro (Nymphomaniac Vol. I)

Best scores

  • Justin Hurwitz (Whiplash)
  • Mica Levi (Under the Skin)
  • Jozef van Wissem (Only Lovers Left Alive)
  • Rachel Portman (Belle)
  • Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)

Best documentaries

  • Citizenfour (Laura Poitras)
  • A Fight For… (Siniša Gačić)
  • 20,000 Days On Earth (Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard)
  • Life Itself (Steve James)

The weirdest gems of the year

  • What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)
  • Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  • Buzzard (Joel Potrykus)
  • Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)

The biggest disappointments

  • The Riot Club (Lone Scherfig)
  • White Bird In a Blizzard (Gregg Araki)
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller)
  • Magic In The Moonlight (Woody Allen) – Woody, I think it’s time for you to retire.
  • Nymphomaniac Vol. II (Lars von Trier) – Lars, Vol. I would suffice.

The worst films of the year

  • The Other Woman (Nick Cassavetes) – this is Hollywood at its worst.
  • Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman)
  • If I Stay (R.J. Cutler)
  • Two Night Stand (Max Nichols)
  • God Help the Girl (Stuart Murdoch)