5. The Wailing
The best surprise of the year.
Hilarious, frightening, mythical, and absurd, The Wailing represents all that is great about Korean New Wave.
A story about looking your whole life, and never being able to find yourself. At times more real, more surreal, and more intimate than life itself, Moonlight’s beauty lies beneath it’s scars.
3. La La Land
La La Land reminds you what it’s like to be enthralled, it reminds you how to dream, and it reminds you that at times, everyone can feel alone. By far the most entertaining film of the year, it’s full of spectacle and wonder not seen in an age.
A true science-fiction film. First contact. A film that makes you think. A film that asks questions.
It’s a film that at times feels like 2001, at times like Memento, but with a bit more beauty. A touch of grace. A true science-fiction film, with heart. Rare to see.
Silence is a film that can awaken your spirituality, make you question your beliefs, and show you the true meaning of tolerance. It is a film that first tests the faith of it’s characters, and then you as an onlooker.
Though many of this year’s films were truly great, there are some that reach another level. A deeper level of consciousness and vulnerability, where one can be shaken and shattered. Few films reach this level, and I believe Silence is one of them.