Sunday, January 8, 2017

2016 Favorites With Keith Uhlich (Part 2)

Often, we ask questions about what can cinema do. Perhaps the more important question, however, is to ask what should cinema do. As Keith Uhlich and Peter Labuza countdown their favorite media objects of 2016, this question plays out in a myriad of discussion. From the trascendence of genre to the nature of longform, to the act of describing to the disection of popular entertainment. And finally, the two enter a long debate about the nature of non-fiction and reality, as well as the very act of seeing death in cinema. What function should the camera perform, not just for us but the people who hold it? And is there something unique about art and its function in the surrounding world? Plus, former guests of the show call in with their favorite films of the year.

0:00-2:57 Opening 
2:57-27:45 Picks for #5
29:06-49:34 Picks for #4
49:34-1:08:04 Picks for #3
1:09:47-1:12:29 Sponsorship Section
1:13-40-1:39:20 Picks for #2
1:40:40-2:11:53 Picks for #1
2:11:53-2:13:37 Closing Thoughts
2:13:47-2:15:27 Close / Outtake
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Peter Labuza's List
1. O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman, USA) // Cameraperson (Kirstin Johnson, The Globe) // Live Video July 7 2016 (Diamond Reynolds, USA)
2. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, Germany / Romania)
3. Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, People's Republic of China)
4. SPL II: A Time of Consquences (Soi Chang, Hong Kong / Thailand) // Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan)
5. Love and Friendship (Whit Stillman, UK)
6. Sxity Six (Lewis Klahr, USA)
7. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, USA)
8. Allied (Robert Zemeckis, USA) // Sully (Clint Eastwood, USA)
9. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie, USA)
10. Sunset Song (Terence Davies, UK)

Keith Uhlich's List
1. JT + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme, USA)
2. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refen, USA)
3. Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick, USA)
4. Ten Mornings, Ten Evenings and One Horizon (Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan)
5. The Girlfriend Experience (Lodge Kerrigan / Amy Seimetz, USA)
6. Silence (Martin Scorsese, USA)
7. The BFG (Steven Spielberg, USA/UK)
8. 31 (Rob Zombie, USA) // Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, USA)
9. Things To Come (Mia Hansen-Løve, France) // Certain Women (Kelly Reichard, USA)
10. Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, France) // The X-Files, "Babylon" (Chris Carter, USA)

Guest Choices
Amir SoltaniRio Corgo (Sergio da Costa / Maya Kosa, Switzerland / Portugal)
Carson Lund — Skagadjördur (Peter Hutton, USA, 2004)
Adam Kempenaar — Tower (Keith Maitland)
Emily Carman20th Century Women (Mike Mills)
Eric Allen HatchThe Other Side (Roberto Minervini)

Notes and Links from the Conversation
—Keith's BBC List of the Top Television of 2016
—Kent Jones on Film Comment
Tomonari Nishikawa's website
—Carson Lund on Knight of Cups
Peter on The Neon Demon
—During our discussion of Toni Erdmann, I referred to the city the film mostly takes place in as Budapest. The city is of course Bucharest.
—Various takes on Toni Erdmann referenced: Adam Nayman, Vadim Rizov, Richard Brody, and Nick Pinkerton. A long discussion of Ade's process appears in her interview with Mark Peranson in Cinema Scope.
—Discussing Stop Making Sense with Tim Grierson
Walter Benjamin discusses the nature of politics and aesthetics
—Michael Sicisnki on O.J.: Made in America
—Keith on Rogue One

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