Best Films watched by me (for the first time) in 2016
Whilst many other websites and podcasts for that matter, give lists of films that were released in the past twelve months for their end of year shows.. I always prefer to focus on films that I have seen for the first time in the past twelve months. I wont allow a film to miss out on a chance for a Frompage2Screen Award just because I failed to watch it later year. So welcome to what is an annual awards ceremony for my website and podcast. With the end of year podcast already recorded (but awaiting editing) I thought I would share my Top film choices and the Best Performance on screen awards here in an article for you. So you can talk about the films, and perhaps on this list there are films you havent gotten around to watching yet, but I might have persuaded you to do so. So for now. Check out my favourite films that I saw in 2016. Other than the winner (which is mentioned) all the other films and in no specific order.
Watch and enjoy!
Hannah (played by Jennifer Connelly) and Tahir (played by Aothony Mackie) fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.
Written and Directed by Paul Bettany
Eye In The Sky
Col. Katherine Powell (played by Helen Mirren), a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
Directed by Gavin Hood
A helpless British astronaut (played by Edmund Kingsley) suffering Hypoxia is locked in a dysfunctional Cold War space Capsule orbiting earth.
With limited contact with his own team, the deeply suspicious Russians and Americans attempt to intervene… One Man, One Mission, One Choice… Who will he Trust?
Directed by Andrew Martin.
The NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency’s employees, Edward Snowden,(played by Joseph Gordon Levett) in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.
Directed by Oliver Stone
Beasts of No Nation
A drama based on the experiences of Agu (played by Abraham Atta), a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Directed by Michael Bay
In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape from an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
Fundamentals of Caring.The
A man (played by Paul Rudd) suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
Directed by Rob Burnett
A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
WINNER of the Best Film of the Year
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid (played bu Julian Dennison) and his foster uncle (played by Sam Neill ) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush
Directed by Taika Waititi
Best Performance of 2016 in a motion picture
Edmund Kingsley (Capsule)
Whilst the film has already been listed in my favourite films viewed by myself in 2016, the performance of Edmund Kingsley in ‘Capsule’ leapt to the top of this awards list as soon as I had seen it. I already knew that Edmund was a wonderful actor having seen him in many other projects over the past few years but his role as Astronaut Guy Taylor is something very special. With noone to act against, and only voice characters and minimal scenery to put him in the mind set. Edmund does a fantastic and super convincing job of allowing the viewer to forget that this film is pretty much devoid of other cast members. I have such a fondness for ‘limited location’ films and its films such as Capsule and performances on screen like the one Edmund delivers that reinforces my love for these type of films. Super clever, super dramatic even though it shouldnt be. How does someone make a feature length film with what amounts to one guy in a closed room (other than a few other scenes in the film) Well the crew of Capsule managed it 100% Edmund Kingsley not only easily deserves the FromPage2Screen Best Performance On Screen award, but deserves to wake up each morning with piles of great scripts at his front door. Thanks for Capsule! and thank you for giving such a fantastic performance on screen Edmund.