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Whilst watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I rapidly came to the conclusion that Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Kowalski (Dan Fogler) are more interesting than the main characters.  This got me thinking of the supporting characters that have enhanced movies this year:queenie-alison-sudol-and-kowalski-dan-fogler

Rocky: Let’s start with the strangest, Rocky as a supporting character in a Rocky movie! Creed is a Rocky movie, but it’s also its own beast and Michael B. Jordan is excellent as Adonis Johnson/Creed and was unlucky not to receive an Oscar nomination, but Sylvester Stallone was fantastic as Rocky and truly was a supporting character.sylvester-stallone-creed

Ringer: The 5th Wave was a poor film with little to recommend it but Maika Monroe was brilliant as ever playing the most fun character in the movie.ringer-the-5th-wave-maika-monroe

Sheriff Chris Mannix: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is a truly ensemble movie and it is hard to call any of the characters supporting, however, in a dialogue heavy movie one of the less well known actors stands out: Walton Goggins. Anyone who has seen Justified won’t be surprised.sheriff-chris-mannix-walton-goggins

Penelope Lannier: Like many people the first I heard of Dakota Johnson was Fifty Shades of Grey, like many people I thought she was the only good thing about the film.  In A Bigger Splash not only does she stand out, but she does it against some seriously amazing actors: Tilda Swinton, Marianne Lane, Ralph Fiennes.penelope-lannier-a-bigger-splash-dakota-johnson

Howard: 10 Cloverfield Lane: is a seriously leftfield sequel.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead is fantastic in the lead but the film would have fallen apart without the brilliant John Goodman.howard-10-cloverfield-lane-john-goodman

Isabelle: In Louder Than Bombs, Isabelle Huppert is never less than sensational and has therefore set the bar pretty high for herself.  playing a dead character, we only see her in flashbacks, but she is the focus of the film and it wouldn’t work unless she is good.  The film is mesmerising and she is monumental.isabelle-huppert-louder-than-bombs

Tanya Vanderpoel: Margot Robbie‘s best moment in Whisky Tango Foxtrot is in the trailer.  To add to this she is supporting the brilliant Tina Fey in the first movie role worthy of her talents in years.  To be honest the offhand delivery of her line in the trailer is enough to give her a place on this list, but she also provides great support in to Fey’s lead.tanya-vanderpoel-margot-robbie-whisky-tango-foxtrot

St Clair Bayfield and Cosmé McMoon: If Meryl Streep gets within a mile of a movie she picks up an Oscar nomination, it is therefore hard to stand out in her presence, however, in Florence Foster Jenkins two performances stand out; Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.st-clair-bayfield-and-cosme-mcmoon

Jane Clayton: The Legend of Tarzan: is a good old-fashioned action adventure film that was unfairly derided on release.  Alexander Skarsgård is good as John Clayton / Tarzan, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson do a really good job playing Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.  However, I would happily have watched a movie about Jane played by Margot Robbie in one of three standout performances this year.jane-clayton-the-legend-of-tarzan-margot-robbie

Jillian Holtzmann: Ghostbusters is a week film.  Its problems have nothing to do with the casting or the gender of the stars and has everything to do with flabby direction and a week unfunny script.  To give an actress as talented as Kristen Wiig such a poor part is a crime .  There is one good thing about the film and this comes from the one actor I had never heard of; Kate McKinnon.jillian-holtzmann-ghostbusters-kate-mckinnon

Jake: Star played by Sasha Lane is the star (pun intended) of American Honey but the standout performance comes from the supporting cast as Shia LaBeouf finally fulfils the promise of the talented young actor we saw in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and glimpsed in Nymphomaniac: and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.american-honey-shia-labeouf

Miss Peregrine: Eva Green was the only good thing about Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, although she plays the eponymous role, she is a supporting character in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but a memorable supporting character.MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

Bobby Andes and Ray Marcus: Amy Adams is the focus of Nocturnal Animals, it will be a crime if she doesn’t pickup her sixth and seventh Oscar nominations for this and Arrival, but there are other standout performances that really make the film tick: Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.michael-shannon-aaron-taylor-johnson-nocturnal-animals


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Busy month, here are the contenders:

Zootropolis: In a world of anthropomorphic animals Judy Hopps dreams of becoming the first rabit police office.  A fun movie with some great jokes and a good message.Zootropolis

The Jungle Book: Real life, or to be more precise animation rendered to look real adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s jungle book.  I wasn’t that keen to see this but found it surprisingly enjoyable.The Jungle Book

Sing Street: John Carney’s story of a teenager who starts a band in 1980’s Dublin to impress a girl.  It does nothing particularly original but is funny and charming.Lucy-Boynton-Sing-Street

Our Kind of Traitor: Adaptation of a John le Carré.  Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis over act and Naomie Harris is criminally underused, at least Stellan Skarsgård has a fun with the part.  Not the greatest le Carré but worth seeing.Our Kind of Traitor

Everybody Wants Some!!: Richard Linklater describes his 1980 set collage movie as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused.  Not his greatest film but still fun and funny.Everybody Wants Some

Florence Foster Jenkins: Stephen Frears tells the true and often absurd story of the New York socialite with a desire to be opera singer, unaware that she had a terrible singing voice.  Surprisingly warm and funny.  Meryl Streep is as good as you would expect, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg are the real stars.Florence Foster Jenkins

Green Room: A punk band get caught up in events that don’t concern them and end up trapped in the green room of the title after a gig.   Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to Blue Ruin is violent, bloody and visceral.  I’m sure many viewers will hate it.  I loved it.Green Room

X-Men Apocalypse: The third and weakest instalment of the X Men reboot/prequels, but what did you expect? ” At Least We Can All Agree The Third One Is Always The Worst”X Men Apocalypse

Whisky Tango Foxtrot: Tina Fey stars as a war correspondent based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, based on her own experience.  Enjoyable and interesting, Fey and Margot Robbie are both excellent but the film doesn’t have anything new to say about war or how it is reported.  Would made a good companion piece with last month’s Louder than Bombs.Whisky Tango Foxtrot

A Hologram for the King: There are two things you can be assured of with Tom Tykwer, his films are always interesting and no one can agree how to pronounce his name.  Based on Dave Eggers novel of the same name about a washed-up salesman pitching a new technology to the King of Saudi Arabia.  A slightly confused narrative but interesting and shot with great flair.A Hologram for the King

The Nice Guys: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play a mismatched pair of deceives in 1970’s LA.  The movie is a snarky and funny as you would expect from  Shane Black.The Nice Guys

Money Monster:  Director Jodie Foster keeps the pace up in this timely thriller and enjoyable.  A little preachy at time but well acted by George Clooney, Jack O’Connell and particularly Julia Roberts.  Money Monster

Warcraft: The Beginning: Based on the popular game.  It looks good, the acting isn’t terrible but the script is.  Some enjoyable moments but on the whole, no better than OK.warcraft

And movie of the month is: Sing Street narrowly edges out Green Room.  I loved them both but am more looking forward to a second viewing of Sing Street.Sing-Street_poster

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