Sunday, February 26, 2017

Best and Worst of 2016


There was a time when everyone was talking about how few good movies had come out in 2016. Film reviewers all over the internet were talking about how the high points weren't as high as 2015, and the low points were even lower than last year. But that was during the summer, and to be fair, the summer season was underwhelming both in terms of the quality of the blockbuster movies and the box office numbers for them. However, a surprising number quality indies made the festival rounds and got wider releases toward the end of the year. Now, suddenly, compiling a list of best films, the year doesn't look too bad after all.


So here are 15 of my favorites:

  1.  The Lobster
  2.  La La Land
  3.  Arrival 
  4.  The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  5.  Manchester by the Sea
  6.  Moonlight 
  7.  Kubo and the Two Strings
  8.  Hell or High Water
  9.  Green Room
  10.  A Man Called Ove
  11.  Loving
  12.  Blue Jay 
  13.  The Nice Guys
  14.  Captain Fantastic 
  15.  10 Cloverfield Lane 


Inevitably there are films I can't get around to seeing every year (especially when so many of the most talked about movies only get limited releases, or all get released together during a busy holiday season).

So here are 15 movies that may have earned a spot on my list, if only I'd had time to see them:

  • Silence
  • A Monster Calls
  • Sunset Song
  • The Handmaiden
  • Mountains May Depart
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Sing Street
  • Jackie
  • Lion
  • Moana
  • Toni Erdmann
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Paterson
  • Christine

Worst Films of 2016:
Overrated Films of 2016:

Underrated/Underappreciated Films of 2016: