January 2017 – A Recap

This January was surprisingly a very crowded, busy month. Great films from the passing year were released in accordance with the coming of award buzz, new blockbusters were swarming up; and Sinekdoks made annual list called Best of 2016. I watched all Oscars-nominated films, but I intend to post the reviews in a long-streak of post in February. I joined up in two series I once participated in 2015.

Here’s a recap to help readers catch up with what went in Sinekdoks along January 2017!

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Best of 2016: Films

For all the flops and the bombs, and all the hypes and all the vibes, 2016 was an offbeat year for films. The year witnessed the falls of mega-franchise and sequels, but also saw the rises of smaller-scale gems. Controversy engulfed films on-screen and off-screen culminating in series of backlash to Oscars contenders; but, compassion has won over the fatigue audiences with the dormant genres awakening—say, musical, children literature and satire.

Among the finest gems of the year, Sinekdoks has hand-picked the top 20 films watched between the period of January 30, 2016 to January 28, 2017. While the numbers of films Sinekdoks has declined into 150 new films by the end of period, 2016 is still a very merry year with 13 films achieving 4 stars and around 20 others achieving 3.5 stars. Here’s the the list of Best Films of 2016 (with top 5 runner-ups)! Continue reading “Best of 2016: Films”

Blindspot: Chicago (2002)

“C’mon, Babe, why don’t we paint the town… and all that Jazz!” Velma Kelly sings on the stage.

In the 75th Academy Awards, Rob Marshall’s Chicago triumphed over with six winnings, including Best Picture, overpowering strong contenders like The Pianist, Gangs of New York, and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Chicago becomes the second musical to win Best Picture after 1968’s Oliver!; and together with Moulin Rouge, it is responsible for the reemergence of musical film in modern days. Continue reading “Blindspot: Chicago (2002)”

Best of 2016: Biggest Misses

This is a new category on my Best of Year series. Biggest Misses of the year is an answer to some frequently asked questions asking about some films, which aren’t on the list. It’s the list of my biggest regret of the year for not having able to watch these films, which turns out great in 2016… and here’s 20 Biggest Misses of 2016! Continue reading “Best of 2016: Biggest Misses”

Best of 2016: Performances

My most favorite list in a year is always: Best Performances. It’s a list dedicated to the year’s most fascinating acting performances—as usual, I made this list without classification. There’s no leading or supporting category; there’s no male or female category; there’s no young or veteran category; there’s even space for screen-stealers. Among the most vigorous performances in 2016, here’s my list of 15 Best Performances of 2016! Continue reading “Best of 2016: Performances”

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) – Review

Review: The sixth installment of Resident Evil franchise opens with a recaps of ‘the story so far’ narrated by the protagonist, Umbrella’s prodigal daughter, Alice (Milla Jovovich). Going further to several years prior to the first film, the prologue jumps to the event in the first film, and abruptly shifts to several minutes before this Final Chapter.

At one point it’s a courtesy to help audiences refresh and brush up some worn-off memories about the plot of the whole franchise. At the same time, it confirms that, except for the first installment, Resident Evil is rather prolonged, characterless, and forgettable. The Final Chapter has the potentials to wipe that gripe off, to make a lasting final impression; but, the same thing that weighed down its predecessors weighs it down, too. Continue reading “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) – Review”