Best Picture: Drama 2016

This is my third year on Annual Superlatives of Which I Have Not Given A Proper Name.  The has been quite the year in movies, and I have so many gushings to come.

My nominees are:

Best Picture, Drama
A long winded timeless story of resistance.  Sonia Braga possesses a sensuality and presence that maintains the verbosity, filled by a reminiscing screenplay by writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, celebrating the tenacity of a senior refusing to be pushed out of the life she built.  The final scene makes you want to cheer.  
A Bigger Splash
A quartet of fantastic performances by harnessed by Luca Guadagnino, prepping for an explosive release with Call Me By Your Name, showcases the sexiest drama of the year.  A whispering Tilda Swinton. A manic Ralph Fiennes. A bombarded Matthias Schoenaerts. An assertive Dakota Johnson.  Sharply humorous while nostalgicly destructive; this group’s history delivered its risky liaison.  
The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden adapts a British period novel into Japanese occupied Korea and milks every obscene moment of historic erotica, lesbian dentistry, and aristocratic manipulation for a fast paced, brilliantly designed mystery marvel.  Chan-wook Park is inventive in his delivery; the library is a stunning set piece that develops the most memorable scenes.

A horror movie of a family dinner.  Breaching the mind of a black sheep risking invitation to a get-together prone to bring trouble.  Trey Edward Shults makes a grand announcement of coming talent (It Comes At Night debuts this year) with a nail biting psychological drama.  His real life aunt Krisha Fairchild makes a shocking breakout with this built in troubles of a woman on defense.  John Cassavettes would be proud.
Barry Jenkin’s tryptic adaptation of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue contains a miraculous consistency between its vastly different periods.  An exceptional ensemble is surrounded by camerawork and score that drags you into Chiron’s trouble upbringing.  Each portion essential in its own right, this journey is simultaneous theatrical and deeply personal.
Runners Up 


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