Saturday, December 31, 2016

End of the Year Review: 2016

Well, it is that time of year again, where I reflect on the movies I watched this past year. My goal in 2016 was to watch at least 52 new movies, one per week. I didn't quite make that goal, even with binge watching movies through this holiday season. Before I get into my best and worst films of the year, I would like to share the films that are still on my "Watch List." In no particular orde, those films are Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Silence, La La Land, Moana, Hacksaw Ridge, Fences, and Nocturnal Animals.

Best (by genre):

Action: Captain America: Civil War

Adventure: The Jungle Book
Animation: Kubo and the Two Strings
Comedy: Deadpool
Comic Book: Doctor Strange
Crime / Mystery: The Nice Guys
Drama: (Moonlight tentatively, need to watch)
Fantasy: Warcraft
Historical or Bio Pic: Sully (Hacksaw Ridge could usurp)
Horror: Green Room
Indie Film: Sing Street
Musical: (La La Land tentatively, need to watch)
Sci-Fi: Arrival
Thriller: Deepwater Horizon
Western: Hell or High Water
War: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

My Top 10 Best

  1. Arrival
  2. Hell or High Water
  3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Zootopia
  6. Deepwater Horizon
  7. Sully
  8. The Nice Guys
  9. Sing Street
  10. Deadpool
When it comes to the "worst" films of the year, for me these are the films that just missed the mark. Some of these films were decent films overall but bad compared to those on my best of the year list. Since I don't get paid to watch movies and have a limited cinema budget, SOME of the films on this list are drawn from other critics whose taste in film usually align with mine. These films were so bad in their opinion, that I didn't give them the time of day.

Worst (by genre):

Action: Hardcore Henry

Adventure: Gods of Egypt
Animation: Norm of the North
Comedy: Zoolander 2
Comic Book: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Crime / Mystery: Now You See Me 2
Drama: Ben-Hur
Fantasy: The Huntsman: Winter's War
Historical or Bio Pic: The Finest Hour
Horror: Cabin Fever
Indie Film: (NA)
Musical: (NA)
Sci-Fi: Independence Day: Resurgence
Thriller: Money Monster
Western: (NA)

War: Man Down

My Top 10 Worst

  1. Independence Day: Resurgence
  2. Norm of the North
  3. Zoolander 2
  4. The Huntsman: Winter's War
  5. Gods of Egypt
  6. Ben-Hur
  7. Hardcore Henry
  8. Now You See Me 2
  9. Money Monster
  10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Now it is time to look forward to 2017 and the movies I'm most anticipating on seeing.

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017

  1. Star Wars Episode 8
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Spider-Man Homecoming
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  5. Justice League
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Ghost in the Shell
  8. The Circle
  9. Thor: Ragnarok
  10. Power Rangers

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