2016: #7 Silence

Directed by
: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks
Based on: The novel “Silence” by Shūsaku Endō
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, and Liam Neeson
Distributor: Paramount
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 161 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/23/2016
Date seen: 1/27/2017
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $7 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 1 (Cinematography)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 1 (Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

Of all the movies on this top ten list, this is probably the one that I can most easily see both myself and the wider film community appreciating more when they give it another look.  In fact I think it’s going to age like fine wine so to speak.  The film takes on some very heavy subject matter that’s not easy to untangle and I’m not 100% sure where he comes out on it but there’s little doubt that he brought this story to the screen with incredible passion.  The film examines something of a war of wills between a society that’s trying to protect its culture from colonialism and well intentioned priests trying to spread their faith to a minority of parishioners who seem to be receptive of their message.  You can see merit in both sides; we know from history that the Japanese had very good reason to want to clamp down on these priests, and yet that means they are in the position of being the intolerant isolationists repressing religious freedom and that’s not good either.  In the middle of all that is the main character’s own personal journey of faith and doubt.  Heavy stuff.  I didn’t know quite what to make of it at first but I’m dying to see it again.

#8 Year End Honors #6