In 2016 I watched 116 movies, possibly more, making it the most amount of movies that I have watched in a single year (beating 2015 by 30+ films). This year, last year I should say now, I revisited some favorites, watched a few classics, rewatched some films that I loved as a kid and saw them in an entirely new light as an adolescent, and watched a bunch a movies for the very first time- some I loved, some I hated. I explored a handful of French films and got a glimpse of a couple indies. This list is truly diverse and filled with a bunch of gems that some may or may not know. So fell free to explore my 2016 film watchlist……
Kubo and the Two Strings
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Embers- indie lovers check out this film. It’s fresh and unique
World of Tomorrow
Lady Snowblood (first time viewing, loved it, must see) – if you love Tarantino and Kill Bill you will absolutely love Lady Snowblood.
Vivre Sa Vie – very character driven story from Jean-Luc Godard coming out of the French New Wave. Feel free to see why I loved it here.….
Stuck in Love
The Incredibles- I realized that this isn’t only one of my favorite Pixar films but one of my favorite superhero films ever made
The Breakfast Club
Y Tu Mamá También -Alfonso Cuarón is king of the long takes. If you want to get lost in a character driven story, this is a film for you.
Monsters (first time viewing it, loved it, must see) – another incredible character driven story. The title of the film is Monsters, and sure they are there somewhere in the background, but you’ll probably be more interested with what goes on with the two main characters we travel with on the ground rather than the kaiju in the skies.
Paprika (first time viewing, loved it, must see) – no this isn’t Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli but incredible storytelling and animation from Satoshi Kon
Two Days, One Night
Heathers- people were raving about the return about Winona Ryder in Stranger Things and were reminiscing on how she was everyone’s crush of the 80s (I’m to young to know about this). Saw Heathers for the first time this summer, loved it, and now it’s possibly one of my favorite films ever. Simply brilliant!
Battle Royale – on Tartantino’s recommended list….
The Usual Suspects
Pan’s Labyrinth (first time viewing, loved it, must see) – a lyrical soundtrack and masterful storytelling from Guillermo del Toro
Star Trek Beyond
Rear Window – feel free to read why I love’d one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces here……
The Time Machine
The Big Short
Prisoners – Denis Villeneuve may be one of the best directors working today
Annie Hall – 2016 marks the year where I watched my very first Woody Allen film. I was glad to start with something as witty, funny and entertaining as Annie Hall
Pierret le Fou – not only was it breathtakingly gorgeous but it was probably the most immersed I was in a film. Once again another outstanding character driven story
Now You See Me 2
10 Cloverfield Lane
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
Back to the Future II (one of my favorite films ever)
X-Men Apocalypse (yess X-MEN!)
A Bronx Tale
Justice League vs Teen Titans- if you are a DC fan or a comic book lover, this movie is a must see
Hugo (first time viewing, loved it, must see) – all the reasons why I loved this movie can be found here…..
The Wrestler (first time viewing, loved it, must see) – character driven stories seem to be a theme on this list. If you are a fan of them or the work of Aronofsky please go see The Wrestler
Under the Skin
Captain America Civil War
Snowpiercer – this film is incredible visceral but draws resemblances to our own society. Feel free to read my analysis of Snowpiercer
Princess Mononoke (one of my favorite films ever)– a fight for the forest and one of Studio Ghibili’s best
American History X
The Truman Show
Breathless (first time viewing, loved it, must see) – or itss name en français A Bout de Souffle, was the first French film I ever watched. Simply incredible….
The Jungle Book (2016) – a spectacular adaptation to one of my favorite films ever
Sword of Destiny
Batman vs Superman
The Hateful Eight
A Clockwork Orange (first time viewing, loved it, must see)
North by Northwest (first time viewing, loved it, must see)
Carol – this was one of 2015’s best
Bridge of Spies
Good Will Hunting
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Knight of Cups
Beasts of No Nation
Short Term 12 (one of my favorite films ever) – please check out my review of this hidden gem here…..
Full Metal Jacket (one of my favorite movies ever)
Vertigo – the very first Hitchcock film I watched. This is probably where my deep analysis of film began….
In Your Eyes
Alien (YOUNG SIGOURNEY WEAVER!!!!!)
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Duke of Burgundy
Are some of your favorites here? What did you watch in 2016? And what are some of your opinions on films that made this list?