Sophisticated audiences and new filmmakers eventually learn that they need to know how to “read” a film. It’s a technique used by artists that understand the significance of cinema—not TV, video or streaming, but CINEMA.
Some say it’s a lost art form that faded once the marketing boys took over Hollywood and tried to capitalize on sequels over art. However, many who watch art house films or participate in the industry have held onto the techniques. In fact, I’d say that everyone who is truly serious about the art of cinema knows how to “read” a film or they’re trying to learn as fast as they can.
The top most significant films of 2016 that reveals and strengthens that art of cinema are listed below. I tried to put them in order of their significance to the industry, although my personal biases would want to tweak the list order ever so slightly.
1. Manchester by the Sea
2. La La Land
4. Hell or High Water
7. The Jungle Book
9. Hacksaw Ridge
10. Captain America: Civil War
If you’re a super fan, you’ve already seen these films. And, if you’re a filmmaker you’ve already chatted up other filmmakers on the significance of the films. But, if you call yourself a filmmaker and haven’t seen any of these films, I’ve got to question how you define filmmaker. Maybe you’re just a video guy that shoots up concepts and releases coolness, rather than being an advocate of the cinema.
I don’t mean to sound snooty about it, but there is a big difference between the person who understands that art of cinema and its significance in the molding of our societal norms verses the guy who’s just out to watch a flick after dinner.