Here are my top ten films of 2016, the ones I responded to the most strongly, the ones I’d most want to watch again, and as is so often the case: the ones I really want to tell everyone about. I hope you’ll watch them too and feel something good.
First you have to wonder: Does director Werner Herzog find these perfect anecdotes and images or do they find him? Early on in his new documentary Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, we are taken on a tour of a room housing the first Internet-capable computer. It’s a solid hunk of metal at rest in the corner of a quaint little room. Dr. Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA explains how it sent this first message; but it’s a story that ends with the perfect Herzog-ian flourish.
August is a strange month for film. It’s when the few remaining “big” movies get released, some just pushed out the door in the hope that enough people will be bored. These are the films their parent studios are just a little unsure about. They could be good! They could be bad! They could be Suicide Squad (which is bad). But still, as always, we make the picks.