Hello, welcome to my more detailed top ten list of 2016. I tried to go to see as many films as possible within the year. I didn’t get to see every movie in 2016 due to their limited release such as “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land” for example. Anyway, here is my list…
10.) Hacksaw Ridge
There were several movies I wanted to put in the number ten spot. I decided to go with Hacksaw Ridge since I found it to be the most intense war movie since “Saving Private Ryan.” I felt that this movie contained Andrew Garfield’s best performance to date. Say what you want about Mel Gibson but damn, does he know how to direct a movie.
9.) Don’t Breathe
“Don’t Breathe” is the best horror movie of 2016 and possibly the best home invasion movie since “You’re Next”. Stephen Lang plays a frightening yet complex villain in this particular movie.
8.) The Boy and the Beast
Mamoru Hosoda knocks it out of the park once again with “The Boy and the Beast”. What makes “The Boy and the Beast” great is the father-son relationship between the human Ren and the bear-man Kumatetsu. That, and its fantastical animation. This is one of the most underrated movies of 2016.
7.) Hell or High Water
What makes this movie great is its cast and its Coen brothers-esque dialogue between its characters. It’s great seeing Jeff Bridges in a great movie again.
6.) The Nice Guys
Another underrated gem is “The Nice Guys”. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have a great comedic chemistry between them. Shane Black knocks it out of the park once again with his witty script. This film makes a great companion piece to “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”.
Disney had a great year with the release of this movie and “Moana”. While both films were awesome in my opinion, “Zootopia” won out due to its handling of mature topics such as racism and discrimination. The characters of “Zootopia” are likable. Although it has great comedic moments, it does have a heart.
I would be surprised if this movie doesn’t become a game-changer in the superhero genre. Ryan Reynolds manages to redeem himself as the merc with the mouth. Reynolds manages to capture the anti-hero’s mannerism’s with such precision. Plus, it works as a date movie.
3.) Captain America: Civil War
This may be a controversial opinion, but I think “Civil War” is the best MCU movie since the original “Iron Man”. The best aspect of this film is the conflict between Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man
“Arrival” is a great science fiction movie with a very intelligent script. I thought it was a well thought-out scenario over the possible language barrier between humanity and extra-terrestrials. “Arrival” may be the most thought-provoking movie of the year. Denis Villeneuve has the potential to become the next big director.
1.) Nocturnal Animals
Where do I begin?
“Nocturnal Animals” has a great script that does a fantastic job tying three different storylines together. I was surprised that this was only the second film directed by Tom Ford. He has the makings of a master director already. I love his noir-ish approach to the movie. I felt he was snubbed for the Best Director category at the Oscars. Speaking of snubs…
I thought that Amy Adams was snubbed for her performances in the aforementioned “Arrival” and this movie. But the real crime is the snubbing of Jake Gyllenhaal. He was truly the standout role in this movie. In terms of supporting actors, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon gave really fantastic performances as characters in the titular novel within the movie. Aaron was really haunting as the leader of a gang of West Texas rednecks. I felt that he deserved the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Oddly enough, it was Michael Shannon was nominated for Best Supporting Actor category at this year’s Oscars. I really liked his character as well.
Thanks for reading and have a happy new year!