Despite courting some controversy
throughout his career Mel Gibson has proven himself to be a pretty competent
film director. Hacksaw Ridge shows off his talents at directing large scale
battles (as he also showed in Braveheart) but he flounders slightly in the build
up to the brutal second half of the film. Hacksaw Ridge tells its story in a
way that most have come accustomed to in such a genre (a love interest, his fellow squad members slow build a growing respect for him despite making him a target of bullying at the start are staple parts of the genre). The film it reminded me
most of was Sergeant York (without the central hero killing the enemy) in which
a simple country boy finds the love of his life, marries her and goes on to become
a war hero.
Here are a number of films from the year 2016 that I feel haven’t quite hit the heights they deserve, be it from low box office takings, positive critical reviews and getting the appreciation it deserves.
The worst films of
the year list is sometimes more enjoyable than the top 10 or 20 best films of the years lists
of the year because people do like reading about how much someone hatessomething. Personally, I don’t like being negative but I disliked
these films such much that they prop the list of films I saw from 2016 (which is well over 120) as the worst of the lot. My much more
positive top 20 list will come soon after I have seen the likes of
Lion, Fences, and Hidden Figures. I want the most complete list as
Jackie follows Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman, the wife of the John F. Kennedy the President who was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. The film follows Jackie in the moments before and after the assassination as she tries to cope with her crippling grief.
Federico Fellini is one of the most renowned and celebrated film
directors of all time, especially in film circles. His name is often found
among the likes of Bergman, Kurosawa, Kubrick, and Renoir as the most influential
filmmakers in the industry. Arguably his most famous film, from a catalogue of highly
regarded films, is 8 ½, a unique film about
the filmmaking process.Fellini was living la dolce vita when his film was nominated for five Academy Awards (including
Best Director and Best Original Screenplay) winning two of them for Best Foreign Film and Best Costume Design.