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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：133 更新时间：2016/12/28|
In 2016, Hollywood showed us a world where black lives matter, a musical had meaning, young filmmakers could strut their stuff alongside the classic likes of Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and the Coen brothers - and no subject was too hot to handle. Here are 20 movies that reminded us that the best of cinema, whether studio-financed or independently-produced, is capable of lots of things beyond sequels, prequels, remakes, retreads and the Marvel Comic Universe.
Animation was on a roll in 2016 - this was the year of Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Secret Life of Pets, Sausage Party and Sing. But none took fuller measure of the possibilities of the form than this look at an animal kingdom where predators, who once lived in peace, revert to attack mode. The kids will love the cute bunny and the fox. But grownups may find that the resulting rush of politics, prejudice, persecution and wall building resonate disturbingly for the Trump era. There's something for everyone here.
There were powerful documentaries this year, including O.J.: Made in America, Weiner, Cameraperson and I Am Not Your Negro. But the most explosive is Ava DuVernay's incendiary take on the 13th amendment, the one enacted in 1865 that supposedly guaranteed racial equality and outlawed involuntary servitude in the US. Watch it and weep.
L O M：也许是五年来最棒的纪录片，和战争一样，监狱也是门生意。
18. 'Toni Erdmann'
The year's best and most brilliant foreign-language film - sorry, Elle, Julieta and The Handmaiden - is this fierce flamethrower from the great German writer-director Maren Ade. Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller are superb as a divorced piano teacher and his ambitious corporate daughter, united in depression and mutual disgust. Did I mention that Ade's film is comedy? It is, with laughs that stick in the throat, the kind that's so funny it hurts.
17. 'The Edge of Seventeen'
Box-office has been quiet for Kelly Fremon Craig's debut film, which means some of you are missing out on the year's most hilarious and heartfelt rager. Hailee Steinfeld, already an Oscar nominee for True Grit, is a volcanic, hormonal wonder as a pain in the ass named Nadine, an angry teen who gives hell to everyone around her - except for a teacher (a terrific Woody Harrelson) who won't take her shit. Craig and Steinfeld shoot down coming-of-age cliches on sight. Find this movie and hold it close. You can't miss seeing yourself in it.
OK, it's not so much a movie as a bull session that filmmakers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow conduct on camera with contentious director Brian De Palma. With perfectly chosen clips from the veteran filmmaker's career highs and lows, the film is an impure education for De Palma geeks and newbies.
For those who are disappointed that the close encounter Amy Adams has with aliens in Arrival is about communication instead of global annihilation, I can offer no comfort. Except to say that the contemplative tone taken by director Denis Villeneuve and the full commitment Adams brings to a role of ever-surprising layers result in a movie that stays with you long after you leave the multiplex.
14. 'Everybody Wants Some!!'
Richard Linklater makes movies, from Dazed and Confused to Boyhood and the "Before" trilogy, that never show off but keep showing up in our memory. There's nothing here but Linklater taking us back to 1980 as a handful of baseball jocks start a new year at a small Texas University. They listen to music, smoke weed, get laid - and somehow remind us of our first exhilarating taste on freedom.
So great to have Jim Jarmusch back in classic form with this minimalist mesmerizer about a New Jersey bus driver and poet named Paterson who lives in Paterson. Too twee? No worries. He's played by Adam Driver, a sublime actor who stays alert to every nuance as Jarmusch follows the film's hero, hanging out with his Iranian wife (rocker Golshifteh Farahani) and turning his daily encounters into verse that celebrates the mysteries of the everyday. That's Jarmusch in a nutshell – and a pure pleasure to watch.
12. 'Love and Friendship'
Maybe because it opened way back in May, Whit Stillman's elegantly barbed take on Jane Austen's 1794 novella is being forgotten in the year-end prize-giving season. Wake up, people. Kate Beckinsale gives one of the year's best performances as a widow forced to use everything – sex, thievery, betrayal, you name it – to stay independent in a man's world. And Academy voters are hereby advised not to forget the pricelessly funny Tom Bennett as a wealthy idiot who blathers on about peas and what he calls "the 12 Commandments."
11. 'Hail, Caesar!'
How to explain my passion for this Hollywood comedy from the Coen brothers, a whoosh of farce and spiritual dread? Would that it t'were so simple. It's basically a day in the life off a studio cop (Josh Brolin) who's job is to wrangle a nutjob star (George Clooney), a knocked-up swimming diva (Scarlett Johansson), a Commie song-and-dance man (Channing Tatum, pure perfection) and a drawling cowboy (Alden Ehrenreich, also perfection) forced to play a sophisticate by a tyrant of a Brit director (Ralph Fiennes). I couldn't have liked it more.
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