January 26, 2017

Top Ten Movies 2016

Tags: Movie, 2016, Top Ten Permalink: toptenmovies2016 Date: January 26, 2017 21:48

✖︎ Top Ten Movies - 2016

Right off the bat I want to point out all the movies that I did not have a chance to see yet. Honestly, my top ten makes the year in film seem a bit lackluster compared to previous years but I’m hoping as I get a chance to see more that might change.

Haven’t Seen

• Moonlight • Captain Fantastic • Hell or High Water • Silence • Green Room • Don’t Think Twice • Arrival • The Handmaiden • Midnight Special

Top Ten

10. Kubo and the Two Strings

  • This seemed to be the year of animation for me, starting with Kubo. I have one more in my top ten and Zootopia just missed it for me. The stop-motion animation in this just fascinates me to endless delights. I might have even included this if the story didn’t stick with me but the little things they were able to do with the stop-motion to add to the story blew me away.

9. Doctor Strange

  • One of the biggest takeaways I had with Doctor Strange was the final fight with the villain. It was handled so differently than any other summer action blockbuster, making it really standout. There are some issues that come across with a lot of the Marvel movies feeling repetitive and making Stephen Strange pretty much the same character as Tony Stark only accentuates that. I still enjoyed it in the end, it doesn’t hurt that Doctor Strange has been one of my favorite Marvel characters as an avid comic reader.

8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • I understand a lot of the complaints with this film but I’m still having a blast getting to see new Star Wars movies that I give some of the issues a pass. The diversity and the cast overall was great and the way they made the fault in the Death Star from the original trilogy a sensible plot line really worked.

7. Moana

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda is well on his way to capturing the elusive EGOT and the jobs he has been getting in the last year or so from this to the Kingkiller Chronicles to Mary Poppins are well deserved. I know other people besides him were critical in the music and obviously the rest of the film, but the music in this was stellar and I’m just super excited to see Hamilton in Chicago next month.

6. Deadpool

  • As a Deadpool comic fan, I thought they hit this out of the park and I’m not sure there is much else they could have done to make it any better. They played with the fourth wall perfectly and it was just a great time at the theatre that it deserves some recognition for successfully doing something different and really standing out in a class of it’s own when compared to other super hero movies.

5. The Nice Guys

  • I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It thought there was pretty good chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and the feel and general style of Shane Black movies really sticks with me even though they are probably more reminiscent to a time that I wasn’t even around during.

4. La La Land

  • This was the movie I had the most trouble with as I turned it over in my head after seeing it. I was super excited for it and enjoyed 90% of it more than almost any other movie but there were three parts that brought it down a notch for me. There is one part where there is a general lull that seems to stay passed its welcome, another where a somewhat irrational argument occurs solely in order to serve the plot rather than feel essential and realistic within the story, and lastly the final montage could have been completely removed. I loved the ending but the montage scene they drop in just didn’t sit right with me.

3. Sing Street

  • Movies with a lot of music are my exact wheel house. I thought John Carney’s last film Begin Again was extremely underrated and Carney just topped that with Sing Street. It’s essentially a coming of age story around a boy in Ireland as he forms a band to impress a girl in the 80′s. Again, the 80′s aren’t really a time I have any fondness for but I loved this nonetheless.

2. 10 Cloverfield Lane

  • As as big Totally Rad Show fan I was super excited to see Dan Trachtenberg’s directorial debut and it did not disappoint for me. I never actually saw the original Cloverfield movie but I had the general idea of what that was and the ties to it were super subtle (based on my limited knowledge). The movie as a whole was a master lesson in tension and John Goodman deserves an Oscar for supporting actor after this performance.

1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • Just go see this if you haven’t yet. Written and directed by Taika Waititi who also wrote and directed What We Do In The Shadows, which was fantastic. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a completely different film but was also so much more enjoyable for myself. Taika makes you care about each character and feel the stakes as you go on a whirlwind adventure with them. The characters sometimes make poor decisions but they still feel sensible as they try to fight their way to survive in the wilderness.

Honorable Mentions

• Captain America: Civil War • Zootopia • Swiss Army Man • Hail, Caesar!

Favorite Scores

Since music is such an important aspect in movies for me I wanted to lay out my favorite scores because there was some really great film music this year.

  1. Swiss Army Man
  2. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  3. Moana
  4. Westworld
  5. Kubo and the Two Strings
  6. La La Land
  7. Patriots Day

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