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MIFF Staff Top 10s of 2016

05/12/2016 at 3:00 pm

We understand, 2016 has been quite the year. Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, Anton Yelchin, Prince, Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Brexit, Trump... 

At least there have been some ripper films in 2016 and we are here to remind you of the good times. With a nice, long summer ahead of us, now is the perfect time to catch up on some of the MIFF staffs picks and get ready for MIFF 2017!

Michelle Carey - Artistic Director
Lemonade – music Beyoncé / visual direction: Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Åkerlund, Mark Romanek, and Warsan Shire
Toni Erdmann
d. Maren Ade
Nocturama d. Bertrand Bonello
Moonlight d. Barry Jenkins
Paterson d. Jim Jarmusch

 

Amber Sloan - General Manager
Hunt for the Wilderpeople d. Taika Waititi
Weiner d. Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Toni Erdmann d. Maren Ade
Spotlight d. Tom McCarthy
Sicario d. Denis Villeneuve

 

Jo Lawson - Partnerships Manager
Lion d. Garth Davis
Proof (25th anniversary restoration) d. Jocelyn Moorhouse
Weiner d. Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
The Neon Demon d. Nicolas Winding Refn
Free Fire d. Ben Wheatley

 

Kate Fitzpatrick - Program Coordinator
Chevalier d. Athina Rachel Tsangari
Weiner d. Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Hail, Caesar! d. Joel & Ethan Coen
Nocturnal Animals d. Tom Ford
American Honey d. Andrea Arnold
I, Daniel Blake d. Ken Loach 
Lovesong d. So Yong Kim
Girl Asleep d. Rosemary Myers
Kedi d. Ceyda Torun
Certain Women d. Kelly Reichardt
(But I would add that I haven’t seen the new Harry Potter film yet and I think that would be on this list otherwise!)

 

Thomas Caldwell's Top Five WTF Cinematic Trends in 2016 - Shorts & Next Gen Programmer
Eating eyeballs (The Neon Demon, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children)
Being ejaculated on by a large animal (Neon Bull, Grimsby)
Men exposing themselves (American Honey, Chevalier, Weiner)
Animated sex (Anomalisa, Sausage Party)
Excellent fart humour (The BFG, Swiss Army Man)

 

Alexandra Lagerwey - Membership Coordinator
Julieta d. Pedro Almodovar
Kedi d. d. Ceyda Torun
Hail, Caesar! d. Joel & Ethan Coen
Everything is Copy d. Jacob Bernstein, Nick Hooker
High-Rise d. Ben Wheatley
The Handmaiden d. Park Chan-wook
Arrival d. Denis Villeneuve

 

Al Cossar's 12 Enthusiastic Viewings - Programmer 

Some old by the end of the year, some brand new; big screen to small, festival to multiplex. Most have made it here, others about to. 

Anomalisa d. Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Arrival d. Denis Villeneuve
Dark Night d. Tim Sutton 
Divines d. Houda Benyamina
Gleason d. Clay Tweel 
The Handmaiden d. Park Chan-wook
Manchester by the Sea d. Kenneth Lonergan
The Night Of (Episodic) d. Steven Zaillian, James Marsh
Nocturnal Animals d. Tom Ford
OJ Simpson: Made in America (Episodic) d. Ezra Edelman 
Starless Dreams d. Mehrdad Oskouei
Toni Erdmann d. Maren Ade

 

Lauren Zoric - Marketing & Communications Manager

Personal Shopper d. Oliver Assayas
Certain Women d. Kelly Reichardt
Things to Come d. Mia Hansen-Løve
Elle d. Paul Verhoeven
Paterson d. Jim Jarmusch
I, Daniel Blake d. Ken Loach
One More Time With Feeling d. Andrew Dominik

 

David Thomas - Technical Manager

Down Under d. Abe Forsythe
Elle
 d. Paul Verhoeven
Hail Caesar! d. Joel & Ethan Coen
The Handmaiden d. Park Chan-wook
High-Rise d. Ben Wheatley
Hunt for the Wilderpeople d. Taika Waititi
I, Daniel Blake d. Ken Loach
Julieta d. Pedro Almodovar
The Revenant d. Alejandro González Iñárritu


  • Chris Howie

    08/12/2016 at 9:31 am

    I like the look of Lauren's list.

  • Jay Bee

    07/12/2016 at 6:35 pm

    In no particular order, my top films for 2016 -
    Anomalisa
    One More Time With Feeling
    Son of Saul
    Sherpa
    Goldstone
    Joe Cinque's Consolation
    Don't Blink - Robert Frank
    Elle
    Weiner
    The Silences

    One that didn't make it for me was 'Hail, Caesar!' - I'm a big fan of the Coen Bros, but thought this one was well below par...

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