2016: #3 Jackie

Directed by
: Pablo Larraín
Written by: Noah Oppenheim
Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 99 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Date released: 12/2/2016
Date seen: 12/23/2016
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $13.5 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 3 (Costume Design, Score, and Actress)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 6 (Source Music, Editing, Sound, Cameo, Actress, and Original Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Editing, Cameo, and Actress)

A good performance can often do wonders to raise the profile of a film, but sometimes a truly great performance can be a curse for a movie because discussion of the performance can sometimes overshadow everything else about the movie that’s great.  That has to some extent happened with the movie Jackie, which has a great performance by Natalie Portman at its center, but which also has so much more going on in it.  Rather than merely being a greatest hits portrait of the titular first lady, the film uses the weeks following the Kennedy assassination to explore everything from grief to legacy to myth-making to the problem of evil.  Director Pablo Larraín manages to use this highly literate script in order to examine the iconography that’s been associated with the Kennedys and to play around with them.  He handles the film’s fractured chronology beautifully and makes unconventional decisions like the choice to hire composter Mica Levi to give the film such a moody atmosphere or the choice to shoot on 16mm and incorporate archival footage (and recreations of archival footage) into the film.

#4 Year End Honors #2