There are a host of films coming out in 2016: Batman vs. Superman (why are they fighting each other again?), the new X-Men, Suicide Squad, Rogue One, Star Trek Beyond, and the Jungle Book (which I’M most excited for). Maybe you love all of them. Maybe you loathe all of them. Maybe you’re just a little hyped for maybe 1 or 2. But while we’re looking ahead in film, let’s take a little look behind and appreciate the art that has already been made.
Here are my top 5 picks of what YOU should watch this year:
1. Love and Death (dir. Woody Allen)
I absolutely adore this movie. It’s hilarious. It’s dry. Based in czarist Russia, a neurotic Russian and his cousin formulate a plan to kill Napoleon with Allen, of course, playing the part of the neurotic Russian named Boris. The film also stars Diane Keaton as his saucy cousin Sonja. It’s a gigantic play on Russian literature and czarist Russia, and it’s wonderful.
Boris: You think I was made in God’s image? Look at me. You think He wears glasses?
Sonja: Not with THOSE frames.
2. When Marnie was There (dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
Studio Ghibli holds a special place in my heart, so when I heard they released a new movie ON MY BIRTHDAY. LAST YEAR. I was a little ticked. The movie revolves around Anna, a gifted young artist who travels to the country to live with relatives due to bouts of social anxiety and depression. She soon meets a mysterious blonde girl named Marnie, whom she befriends quickly. Marnie lives in an abandoned mansion across the marsh, but everything isn’t what it seems when dream crashes beautifully with reality. Lovely, artistic, and heartbreaking, this film exceeded my expectation. (If you are on OC’s campus, I will gladly lend it to you!)
I love you the most too, more than anyone I’ve ever known.
3. River of No Return (dir. Otto Preminger)
Two words: Marilyn. Monroe. Yes, my girl. And she’s in a WESTERN. How killer is that? You see that woman in JEANS, with long hair and let me tell you: she looks fantastic. After serving a prison sentence, a farmer returns to a gold rush town to retrieve his young son and start his life over again. He’s left in the care of a singer named Kay, and they part ways never suspecting that they would cross paths again. After Kay and her fiance end up stranded near their farm, Kay’s fiance robs the farmer of his horse and gun and runs up to his gold claim alone. Kay, the boy, and the farmer head down river, plotting their revenge.
One thing about this: the longer you last the less you care.
4. Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (dir. Wes Anderson)
I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan. His color schemes give me chills and his characters send me to cinematic heaven. Amongst “Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, this gem is lost. Renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) has sworn vengeance upon the rare shark that devoured a member of his crew. In addition to his regular team, he is joined on his boat by Ned (Owen Wilson), a man who believes Zissou to be his father, and Jane (Cate Blanchett). They travel the sea, all too often running into pirates and, perhaps more traumatically, various figures from Zissou’s past, including his estranged wife, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). It’s funny, and it’s got Jeff Goldblum.
Don’t point the gun at him, he’s an unpaid intern.
5. Tombstone (dir. George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre)
If you haven’t seen Tombstone, do so. Marvelous writing, gritty one liners, and a WHOLE lotta Val Kilmer sass. Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers, Morgan (Bill Paxton) and Virgil (Sam Elliott), have left their gunslinger ways behind them to settle down and start a business in the town of Tombstone, Ariz. While they aren’t looking to find trouble, trouble soon finds them when they become targets of the ruthless Cowboy gang. Now, together with Wyatt’s best friend, Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), the brothers pick up their guns once more to restore order to a lawless land.
Doc Holliday: This happens to be a nocturne.
Billy: A which?
Doc Holliday: You know…Frederick F*CKING Chopin.
I have a million and one more recommendations, but these have been in the forefront of my mind!
I hope your holidays were merry and bright. NOW GO BACK INSIDE AND WATCH MOVIES.