Top 10 Films Of 2016
From a film perspective, 2016 was even more of a letdown than 2015 as most of what I saw was overrated, forgettable or downright awful. With that said, there were a number of films that were worthy of praise. Below I have listed those praise worthy films in my personal top 10 list and a notables list.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- Not only does “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” put the wars in “Star Wars,” but it’s also a ballsy entry in the fantasy sci-fi franchise. The heart-pounding last 40 minutes alone earn this a number 1 spot.
- Paterson- A touching Jim Jarmusch film about poetry, community, love, life, and kindness.
- Deadpool- If you would have told me “Deadpool” would be the best comic book movie of 2016 last year I would have thought you were crazy. As it turns out, it is. It’s fresh, fast paced, funny, and, above all, fun.
- Swiss Army Man- A challenging and creative offbeat movie about loneliness, friendship, love, survival, and mental illness. It’s a one of a kind film.
- Shin Godzilla- A thinking person’s Godzilla film that deals with politics and disaster preparedness. Of course, there are plenty of moments that will satisfy fans of the long running Kaiju movie franchise as well.
- Sully- In these dark times, it’s nice to see a film about true heroism, people working together and disasters being averted.
- Nocturnal Animals- A fascinating two-story dramatic thriller about art, reality, pain, and revenge.
- Lion- An emotionally powerful family centric story based on real events.
- Tickled- A truly bizarre and shocking documentary that almost plays like a thriller at times. It has to be seen to be believed.
- Eddie The Eagle- For whatever reason, this movie barely found an audience which is a shame as it’s a very rewarding underdog story that contains stand-out performances by Hugh Jackman and a barely recognizable Taron Egerton.
Notables: “Sing Street,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “The Eagle Huntress,” “Christine,” “Eye In The Sky,” “Silence,” “Moonlight,” “The Little Prince,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Blue Jay,” “The Fundamentals of Caring,” “La La Land,” “The Founder,” and “Goat.”
I have to give a special shout out to the comic book movies “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Suicide Squad,” “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” (extended version ONLY), and “Doctor Strange.” I acknowledge the flaws of these films and recognize that some of these films might not even be considered good to some. However, I’m a comic book movie nerd and I enjoyed all of these movies to varying degrees. Deal with it.
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