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It's a comfort to know that even in no-good-horrible-very-bad years such as this that the movies will always be there to sustain us. However this year the movies seemed to reflect our troubled times right back at us - from racial divides in Zootopia to global communication breakdowns in Arrival. But these very films that embodied the awful also provided us with ways to cope with the ceaseless catastrophe that was 2016.
It should come as no surprise to have more than one horror film on such a list, but let's look at some examples...
The Crazy: Look what nightmares can be wrought from living in a bubble, even a self-induced one. Is this even our reality or just perception?
How to Cope: Go join that coven! You go. You got this, girl!
May you get the gift you want the most tomorrow or today (depending on when you're reading this)! Or in the next week. Don't rush Santa. Since the next two months we'll be jampacked with awards festivities televised and otherwise -- and the Film Bitch Awards comin' up real soon and daily -- there will be precious little time to recap. So herewith an ICYMI roundup so that Team Experience can take a 24 hour break for gifting and egg-noggy boozing before we're back to the holiday-movie-Oscar-buzzing-year- in-review madness. If you've only recently been tuning in for awardage and are catching up with the year's movies frantically and wanting to read about them, catch up!
Don't Miss These Dozen Baked December Goodies
• Jessica Chastain - an interview with Miss Sloane herself
• Golden Globe Gaiety - imaginary parties with the nominees
• La La Land Fact - It's an absolute rarity
• Where is Kyra? - and how should we celebrate La Pfeiffer's return?
• The Wolf Man (1941) - all movie werewolves are in its debt
• The Ladies Who Lush - cheers to these wine-loving ladies
• Rogue One - reviewed
• Edward Scissorhands (1990) - a Christmas classic
• Yes No Maybe So - Spider-Man: Homecoming AGAIN?!?
• Asghar Farhadi Returns - an Oscar finalist again for The Salesman
• Avocado's Hate-F***ing Other Avocados - aka the Makeup Oscar finalists
• Florence Foster's Aesthetic -from ersatz Valhallas to potato salad bathtubs
Newish or Brand New in theaters but some we wrote about long ago in case you're like "what about..." Jackie, La La Land, Fences, 20th Century Women, Lion, Julieta, Neruda, Toni Erdmann, and Live by Night.
As promised we're updating the Oscar charts more often. With the first avalanche of awardage the ground is shifting, if not quite seismically. It's been a very good week for three things in particular: Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and Isabelle Huppert ... and even a good week for, um, Hacksaw Ridge. And you'll see a new lock or two on a few of the charts.
Awards season giveth and awards season taketh away...
November's most fun exercize was a ranking of the "1 and done" actors and actresses who've won Oscars in their only competition, and updating the Oscar charts for 2016, too. The key awards events were the Indie Spirits which Moonlight and American Honey led with six nominations apiece and the Gothams which went big for Moonlight and also loved all over Isabelle Huppert. Here are 16 key posts from the month in case you missed any of them.
• Best Young Performers - which child stars and teen actors deserve kudos?
• Happy Anniversary to the Pfeiffer-Kelleys - a couple for 23 years now
• Tree of Life Revisited - with a live orchestra no less
• Noirvember: Kiss Me Deadly - a "thriller of tomorrow" that still packs a punch
• "Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again" -Judy & Barbra's classic duet
• The Furniture: Hell or High Water - I always see the movie in new ways after these columns
• Noirvember: Bound The Wachowski's debut
• We Give Thanks For...- Team Experience gave thanks for this film year.
8 Most Discussed
• Current Oscar Charts - the four acting categories. Volatile or set?
• It's Not Supposed to Happen This Way - we're in mourning about our country
• Oscar-Less Actress Wonders - which 5 do you love most?
• Yes No Maybe So: Silence - the trailer for Scorsese's latest
• Actress Roundtable - thoughts on the magazine cover
• Meryl Streep and the Cecil B DeMilles - Golden Globe history
• Fences: His & Hers - Denzel and Viola are both sensational
• Posterized: Ang Lee - How many of his films have you seen?
COMING IN DECEMBER
La La Land, Jackie, Fences, Kirk Douglas Centennial, and The Year in Review party begins. Any requests?
Since it's Thanksgiving weekend and your presumably still digesting all that pie, let's stay reflective about gratitude, cinematic and otherwise. You've already heard from positivity-spreading volunteers among our team (Manuel, Jose, Daniel, Murtada, and Chris) so now it's my turn. I shall try very hard to come up with a few new things for which to be thankful since they stole so many of my items!
Here are 16 things I am deeply grateful for in defiance of how awful 2016 was trying to be to all of us...
- The way Meryl Streep's eyes dart around desperately for validation during her wobbly notes in Florence Foster Jenkins. Girl, I feel you. Same.
- Brave endings that really land through force of vision and artistry from The Fits to The Witch through The Lobster and La La Land
Hi, it’s Murtada. Despite “the world being in such turmoil”, I will take inspiration from my favorite awards speeches from actresses and get on with the job at hand. After setting up a monthly donation to the ACLU, and signing up to volunteer helping new immigrants, I’m ready with my “happy movie face”. First I will thank The Film Experience because when you leave it to the end, they play them “off with the music” or put them after the jump.
I'm thankful for….
- The Film Experience, its kind ringleader Nathaniel, its fantastic writers, its engaged readers and frequent commenters, a community, a breathing space, a respite.
- the great big fuck you and “truth telling” Octavia Spencer gives to racists everywhere in Hidden Figures, for her warm, funny and compassionate performance.