2012 – 2017: A Film A Year

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Between Argo winning Best Film back in 2012 to last year’s Oscar triumph for Moonlight, the last five years in film have bought us some fantastic moments and great movies to watch and add to the collection. 

Unless you have spent your time under a rock for the last five years you have missed out on some fine pieces of work. 

Below is a list of some films you should catch up on.

2012: Argo

Arguably the best film Ben Affleck has directed (Gone Baby Gone and The Town are very good mind you) in his career.  Argo is entertaining, funny in places and it also builds the tension where it needs to be.  The film also brought an insight into an event that I had very little to no knowledge of beforehand.  The final third is one of the most suspenseful I’ve seen in a long time.  An award winning piece of work.  You should have stayed away from DC Batffleck…

2013: Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue is the Warmest Colour is a film which is around three hours long, as the lead Adèle, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos strives to explore her new-found sexuality with Léa Seydoux’s Emma.  This wonderful piece gives a much more grounded look at sex, stripped of any glamour.  Themes such as social class and food run throughout.  A beautiful and touching love story.

2014: Pride

Pride, the British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus, has a script that is supported by an uplifting score, alongside the bright and bold cinematography.  From the vivid characters dancing on tables to making sandwiches, this incredibly compelling film is an underrated delight.

2015: 45 Years

As their 45th wedding anniversary approaches, a woman, played by Charlotte Rampling learns that her husband (Tom Courtenay) was once engaged to someone else.  Wow.  This film has stuck in my head since viewing.  You learn women and men are different, and still question, after 45 years, do we ever really come close to understanding each other?  Please find this film, Charlotte Rampling is incredible.

2016: Zootropolis/Zootropia

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy, and this was the film of 2016.  An awesome animation that gives Pixar a run for its’ money.  After Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Big Hero 6, Disney has pulled themselves into what we may look back on as a masterfully earned renaissance.  The morals weaving throughout this film are wonderful.  We have a lot to take from this film.

2017: Get Out

I have a feeling this will be in the top tens of many for this year.  It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.  Get Out provided me with something I long for.  The debut of a new filmmaker that makes you look hopefully into the future.  Jordan Peele has done just that.  He wrote and directed this smart, elegant film and even made us find a new way to classify it.  This a horror, comedy, drama and social satire.

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