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Best Movies of 2016
By the way, have you seen "The Lobster"? Although it shows as 2015 at Imbd, it came out this year in the US theaters. I did not love it, but of all the movies I've seen this year, this was the most interesting one visually and conceptually (I have yet to watch Manchester and Moonlight).
Going slightly off the topic, I think 2016 has been a much weaker year for films than 2015. It also has been the first year (for me) to acknowledge that the TV shows were better than the movies. And I mean without reservations: more engaging, original, poignant, better shot and written. Like the best scenes I've seen on the screen in 2016 are the Battle of the Bastards, or the first episode of The Night Of. The characters I liked most are the kids from Stranger Things. The best crime story is Narcos. Best comedy Vice Principals/Veep. Maybe it is just me, though.
Vlad, because of the increasing quality of television, it's getting tough for movies. Especially cuz the only movies getting big financing are comic book stuff. That's a problem that there can't be another Shawshank.
Hurry up and see my top two do we can talk about them!
I think you're right that 2016 wasn’t fantastic. I think there were only 4-6 really great or memorable movies. That's not enough. Fences making my list speaks volumes... In a year if someone mentions Fences, I'll assume they're talking about a Tom Skerrit TV show
I don't usually go see dramas in the theaters so I won't see a lot of your stuff until it moves its way up my video backlog.
Good list, Barney. We'll share a lot of the same picks, if not the same order. #9 or not, your praise of Sing Street is well stated.
I thought Kung Fu Panda 3 was great, though.
Black Barney wrote: Silence ? Garfield seems so miscast in that one. Please see Handmaiden, I really want to know about it.
Yeah kung fu panda 3 knocked me right out
If I see Handmaiden, it might not be through altogether, uh, legal means. I was set to go to Portland a few weeks ago to see that and La La Land with a ladyfriend, but the weather turned nasty and hasn't let up since. Looks amazing, though.
I've heard some very good things about Silence, and also some more meh reviews. But I think it's the kind of thing I might appreciate, and it is coming to my area next week (I think), so I'll want to make my own judgment.
1. Doctor Strange - my new favorite Marvel movie. Strong performances, amazing visuals, action, drama, and humor. Imagine if the Matrix movies had featured Doctor House.
2. Deadpool - Though the pace was a bit slow in the middle, this was still a bold and witty comic book movie that finally like one of my least favorite comic book heroes.
3. The Witch - Outstanding horror movie with a startling ending. The immersion in the period was wonderful. Still, the unrelenting bleakness made this film a bit hard to like at times.
I thought it was an excellent year for movies, and I'm still woefully behind on so many. I have firm plans to finally see Moonlight this Tuesday, so I'll finally be able to discuss that one. Have you seen Moana? I kinda expected that to be high on your list, moreso than Kubo. Of course, I still haven't seen either. Some additional yet to sees: Jackie, Silence, Tower, Sully. Maybe X-Men: Apocalypse just out of curiosity.
I really do think Zootopia is a better film and Kubo is a better animated film. How is the Academy going to possibly choose between these three this year? It has to be Kubo, right ?
Can you please see Apocalypse so I know if Mad Dog is nuts or what?
Kubo was visually amazing, but in retrospect the plotting has knocked it down a few notches for me, particularly the (too drawn-out) ending.
Really enjoyed La La Land - it surprised me in a lot of ways. Have yet to see MBTS and Moonlight. (on a 2017 note we saw Hidden Figures and it was very well-done).
At the bottom for me were X-Men Apocalypse - so, so stupid - and The Lobster. I haven't been actively angry at a movie in a long time, but The Lobster managed it. What a pretentious piece of tripe.