A new year means a new awards season, and the awards show that kicks it all off is the Golden Globes, airing on Sunday. As you already know, this is one of our favorites since it celebrates both film and television (added bonus: the celebrities always look like they are actually having a good time at the ceremony). Here at Clementine, we don’t claim to be highbrow critics, but we do want to share our favorite Golden Globe-nominated films and television shows, just for fun. Here are a few of the movies and TV series that we loved the most this year, and here’s hoping they bring a little cinematic joy to your 2017.
1. La La Land (in theaters now)
La La Land is the perfect film to start the new year off on a high note. Charming and fun, La La Land is a swoon-worthy, modern day take on the movie musical. Every ounce of the movie is laden with charisma from the dance numbers to the music to the costumes, with a special shout-out to Ryan Gosling’s short scene as the keytarist in an 80s cover band. Anyone living in LA will particularly love it, and if you don’t, it will probably make you want to book a trip soon. The film has six Golden Globe nominations, so we’re crossing our fingers that it wins a few – especially best original song for Gosling’s sweet rendition of “City of Stars.” See it on the big screen while it’s still out, if you can.
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Emma Stone); Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Ryan Gosling); Best Director, Motion Picture (Damien Chazelle); Best Screenplay, Motion Picture; Best Original Song, Motion Picture “City of Stars”
2. Sing Street (streaming on Amazon and iTunes)
If you loved Once as much as we did, you won’t want to miss Sing Street. A teenage boy in 1980s Dublin starts a band to impress a girl, and the band turns out to be pretty great. Once the film gets going, the ragtag Sing Street band will completely charm you. The main character’s older brother imparts life lessons through the music of the 80s, and the tunes chosen from Duran Duran, Hall & Oats and The Cure (along with some fantastic 80s-inspired original songs) do a terrific job. It’s a sweet gumdrop of a movie that’s fun for the whole family – especially those of us that experienced the 80s the first time around.
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
3. Moonlight (in theaters now)
Subtle and thoughtful, this film feels like reading the director’s diary. Moonlight is about a young, gay black man growing up in Miami who struggles to find himself and his place in the world. It’s a small story with a big emotional impact – a film you will take home with you. Although the action is tense at times, it’s a poetic, vulnerable, raw and beautifully shot indie movie. It’s a critical darling of a film that is receiving a lot of high praise from the press, so perhaps it will win a few awards on Sunday as well.
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Naomie Harris); Best Director, Motion Picture (Barry Jenkins); Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
4. The Lobster (available on iTunes)
This movie is super weird (in a good way), and Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are fantastic in it. In the world of The Lobster, single people are required to find a romantic partner within 45 days or are transformed into an animal of their choice (Farrell chooses a lobster) before being sent off into the woods. It was a big hit at the Cannes Film Festival where it was the first English-language film from the director of the even weirder (and totally brilliant) Dogtooth. It’s a great pick when you’re in the mood for a European art film.
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Colin Farrell)
5. Stranger Things (streaming on Netflix)
The breakout series of the summer, Stranger Things, lived up to all the hype (and then some!) After the disappearance of a young boy, his family, close group of friends and the town sherif start a search that leads them anywhere but the ordinary. Attempting to describe the plot much more would do the series a grave injustice, but if you love 80's pop culture and sci-fi/horror flicks (or fantasy, or drama, or comedy), you cannot help but be sucked into this crazy plot, perfectly sweetened by the adorable gang leading the cast. And, if you are anything like us, you will soon be counting down the days until the next season begins!
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Television Series, Drama; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series
6. This is Us (streaming on NBC and Hulu)
A big, sweet drama, This is Us hooked us the first episode and kept us laughing and crying until the end. It’s the story of three siblings (twins and an adopted brother), moving between their present day and their 1980s childhood. Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimigilia play the parents (with a sexy and supportive kind of marriage reminiscent of that in Friday Night Lights). It’s a great cast and an easy watch.
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Television Series, Drama; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore)
7. The Night Of (streaming on Amazon)
A not-so-sweet crime drama with the always incredible, John Turturro, and newish comer (but seemingly everywhere of late), Riz Ahmed. Based of the BBC series "Criminal Justice", this 8 part series explores the justice system and the myriad of cycles it can perpetuate. We were definitely left with many "what ifs" floating around in our head at the end, which we always consider a hallmark of a great series.
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
8. War Dogs (streaming on Amazon and iTunes)
Jonah Hill is SO FUN to watch in War Dogs. Yes, it’s a big “shoot ‘em up” studio movie, but he is brilliant as a loud, brash, hedonistic American gun runner who is operating way out of his league. This is the kind of movie that goes great with popcorn.
Golden Globe Nominations: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Jonah Hill)