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10 Best Films of 2016

Honorable Mentions: Cafe Society, Don’t Breathe, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, How to Be Single, The Light Between the Oceans, Fences,  Sully, The Phenom, Everybody Wants Some, Moonlight

10. Hail Caeser!

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I don’t know what type of Kool-Aid the Coen brothers have been drinking, or if they just made a deal with the devil, but they almost always come up with winners.  This along with another favorite film this year….to be named later….harken back to the glory days of the Hollywood system.  Such an entertaining and inquisitive look in to the past, along with just being hilarious and entertaining as well.

9. Deepwater Horizon

I thought this was an absolutely fantastic year for original action films.  Something that we don’t get a lot of because of all of the remakes, and super-hero films it seems we are stuck with nowadays.  Peter Berg’s true telling of the disaster that was the oil rig The Deepwater Horizon is edge of your seat action from beginning to end.  It reminds you a lot of the natural disaster films of the 1970s…well the good ones that is.

8. Imperium

Daniel Radcliffe is starting to put together an impressive resume and move away from his Harry Potter legacy.  He plays deskbound FBI agent Nate Foster, who is called upon to look into the involvement of white supremacist groups across the country.  This is a pretty terrifying look into those who talk a big game….and into those who’s actions are set on destroying our country.

7. Arrival

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Maybe the most depressing film of the year to be honest, but Dennis Villeneuve’s Arrival is an extremely thought provoking film that begs the question lots of other films have in the past….what if aliens did exist?  Arrival raises questions on our current political climates, and how language is a barrier to our society.

6. The Accountant

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Action, action, action.  The Accountant is not a film I really expected to like, and it is a stretch in some parts, but as an original action film it works from beginning to end.  It’s a thriller, it’s suspense, it has twists and turns, it’s funny, Ben Affleck is great.  I mean it has everything you’d want from a Friday night feature at the movies.

5. The Magnificent 7

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Just as I was starting to bash remakes I put one on my list.  This is another one that when I heard about the release I said….why?  Why try and improve on perfection, but somehow director Antoine Fuqua does.  The Magnificent 7 takes the best of the original and expounds upon it with upgraded action and character interaction, and after all…..the original Magnificent Seven was also a remake.

4. The Neon Demon

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Nicolas Winding Refn is on a different plane all his own.  His films are so original and gorgeous, and The Neon Demon is no different.  It’s the sordid tale of a young girl who gets swallowed up in the modeling world of drugs and back-stabbing in order to claw your way to the top.  Innocence lost if you will.  A viceral experience.

3. The Handmaiden

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Chan Wook Park is someone who I have always admired.  His films are filled with tales of seduction, revenge, sex, and murder.  The Handmaiden is a story of all of these things told in three parts from the three main characters of this narrative.  It’s shocking and fascinating as most of his films are.

2. Hell or High Water

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Hell or High Water is a complex tale of two brothers who set out to rob a series of banks in Texas.  There motives are not known.  They perhaps have different motives, and there’s law enforcement that will obviously be coming after them.  The interesting thing is that there really is no good vs. bad at play here.  It’s just different people, with different motives at play.

1. La La Land

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It’s not even close.  There is no film this year that matches the perfect nature that is La La Land.  Director Damien Chazelle has now become a force to reckon with.  His 2014 film Whiplash was my favorite of the year, and now he’s done it again.  He’s proven that he’s not a flash in the pan.  La La Land is the perfect balance of music, of romance, of hope, of love, of loss, of everything that makes you feel human.  It is a beautiful masterpiece.

The Five Worst Films of 2016

5. Darkness

Ok look, I can deal with bad horror films.  I can even deal with horror films that plagiarize other horror films.  What I can’t deal with are horror films that are not scary at all, and that employee famous actors to make us spend our hard earned cash to watch shit like this.

4. Yoga Hosers

Well at least you didn’t make my worst film of the year Kevin Smith.  Just number 4.  And it’s nothing against him.  I love him and his podcast, and also Comic Book Men….but dude….what the hell happened to you?

3. The Lobster

Welcome to the most pretentious piece of garbage you could possibly imagine.  And that’s saying a lot coming from a guy who deals with, and is quite pretentious himself.

2. The Witch

Maybe this is just one of those….I don’t get it, moments.  What’s the big deal?  It’s not scary.  It’s not suspenseful.  It’s boring as hell.

1a. Shut In

I saw this piece of garbage after I had made my list, but I had to add it post 2016.  This is terrrrribbbllleeeee.  It’s not scary at all, and it also makes no sense whatsoever.

1. The Legend of Tarzan

Where do I even begin….script = garbage….CGI = garbage….acting = garbage….direction = GARBAGE.  Why??????