The nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards come out tomorrow. But before, we have Gary’s top picks for the best films of the year today.
Want to hear more about these, as well as all the nominations, then join us Thursday night at the Dallas Arboretum for our #WineandFilm “Oscar” preview event, pairing wines with key categories while chatting about them all. A few tickets still remain for $65 each. Available http://www.thedallasarboretum.org. We hope to see you there!
1.”La La Land”… A beautifully photographed, emotionally realized musical that had me leaving the theater euphoric. Emma Stone should win the Oscar for her performance.
2.”Arrival”… A sci-fi film that is not a sci-fi film with Amy Adams traveling emotionally inward as she physically travels upward inside an alien space craft.
3.”Moonlight”… A life story told in three parts that is so impeccably seamless it feels like reading a good novel.
4.”Manchester By The Sea”… Sad, sad, sad, and oh so real.
5.”Hell Or High Water”… West Texas bank robbing movie with Jeff Bridges as the Texas Ranger hot on the trail. Smart, introspective and wonderfully written.
6.”Silence”… “Martin Scorsese’s violent, thought provoking take on proselytizing Catholic missionaries and the country that will have no part of them or their religion.
7.”Fences”… A great Pulitzer Prize winning stage play and a powerful film with language rarely heard on screen.
8.”Nocturnal Animals”… Every frame of this adult thriller scared me or thrilled me.
9.”Lion”… “Beautiful and moving to watch. A film of compassion and forgiveness.
10.(Tie) “Rogue One”/ “The Jungle Book”… “Rogue One” fits nicely as a stand alone film and my third favorite in the cinematic “Star Wars” universe. “The Jungle Book” is a technical wonder.
Jackie, Sing Street, Sully, Moana, Captain Fantastic, The Eagle Huntress, 13th, Tower, Deadpool, Elle, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Loving, American Honey, Queen Of Katwe, A Monster Calls, Captain America: Civil War, 10 Cloverfield Lane.
*The Worst Film Of 2016… It made more than 140 million dollars, was rated a generous 84% on “Rotten Tomatoes” and I felt like I was watching 89 minutes of people (or vegetables) screaming at me, “Sausage Party”