New years mean lists of things we really liked last year. I, generally, have misgivings about these lists because they are either all the same or all just popular crap. I do tend to look at lists of things that were overlooked from the last year. Maybe smaller movies or books that weren’t bestsellers. Things that didn’t get much press. All of this doesn’t mean that I’m not going to make my own list. I kept track of both movies and books this year. I had an off reading year and just don’t feel like even talking about books right now. So, my list of Top Ten Movies of 2016 is based on the movies that I watched in 2016, which means that some (many) of them weren’t actually released in 2016. Get over it. Or complain about it. idc.
In no particular order:
- The Danish Girl (2015): based on the novel by David Ebershoff and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Elbe was one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander
- Deadpool (2016): From Marvel Comics starring Ryan Reynolds. It’s dumb, violent, crude, and funny. Just go with it.
- Sicario (2015): FBI agent enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a Mexican drug cartel. Stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Broliln.
- The Witch (2015): historical period supernatural horror. Set in 17th center New England, dude and his family leave town and build a farm near a forest. Weird shit happens. Stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson.
- 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016): Follow up to Cloverfield. Much better than Cloverfield. No found footage here. Stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr.
- Krampus (2015): Christmas horror with some comedy. Based on Germanic folklore. Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Krista Stadler. Because horror movies need large families to scare and, maybe, kill off.
- Demon (2015, Poland): This one might not have hit the states until 2016, I’ve seen it listed under both years. Anyway, kind of a black comedy thriller (or horror, idk). Bridgegroom is possessed by a spirit during his wedding celebration. It’s a take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk. Subtitled. Stars Itay Tiran, Tomasz Schuchardt, Andrzej Grabowski, Adam Woronowicz, Wlodzimierz Press, Tomasz Zietek, Katarzyna Gniewkowska, and Agnieszka Zulewska.
- Anthropoid (2016): historical spy/thriller. Tells the story of Operation Anthropoid during WWII, which was the only assassination of a high ranking Nazi leader (Reinhard Heydrich) in Czechoslovakia. Stars Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Aña Geislerová, and Toby Jones.
- Ida (2013, Poland): set in 1962 Poland. A woman about to take Catholic vows learns that she is actually Jewish and is required to meet her aunt before taking her vows. Shot in black and white. Subtitled. Stars Agata Kuleza, Agata Trzebuchowska, and Dawid Ogrodnik.
- Rogue One (2016): Because Star Wars, also explains some of the large gaping plot holes in A New Hope. Stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker.
Now that I’ve typed that out, it seems like I watched a lot of movies from 2015 this year. Probably because I mostly watch movies via Netflix or iTunes. Deadpool and Rouge One I did see at the theatre. 10 Cloverfield Lane I watched on a plane to California, or maybe on the way home from California. I don’t remember which. Anthropoid was a rental. Everything else was either Netflix, iTunes, a friends house, or, maybe, hulu.
What did you watch this year that you loved?