What Are Your Best and Worst of 2016

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What were your favorite and least favorite movies of the year? I'll drop mine below in no particular order:

Best:
1.) Moana
2.) Deadpool
3.) Sausage Party
4.) Civil War
5.) The Witch
6.) Deepwater Horizon
7.) Star Trek Beyond
8.) The Nice Guys
9.) Florence Foster Jenkins
10.) Don't Breathe

Mediocre/Dissapointing:
1.) Jason Bourne
2.) Killing Joke
3.) X-Men: Apocalypse
4.) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
5.) Legend of Tarzan

Worst:
1.) Now You See Me 2
2.) Norm of the North
3.) Nine Lives
4.) The Darkness
5.) Warcraft
6.) TMNT
7.) Hillary's America (I'm a Republican and even I cringe at the amount of bullshit propaganda this piece of shit is spewing)
8.) Ice Age 5 (seriously? There are 5 of these now?)
9.) Ben-Hur (kill it with fire)
10.) Independence Day 2 (Absolute shit storm of cock fucking bullshit, EASILY the worst of the entire year)
Dec 27, 2016 3:50 AM
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1. Hacksaw Ridge
2. Arrival
3. Moana
4. Kubo & the Two Strings
5. The Conjuring 2
6. The Witch
7. Zootopia
8.TMNT: Out of the Shadows
9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
10. Free State of Jones

Worst:
1. Zoolander 2
2. Now You See Me 2
3. Max Steel
4. Doctor Strange
5. The Darkness
Dec 27, 2016 5:35 AM
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2016 Best Movies

1: Captain America: Civil War
2: Hacksaw Ridge
3: Miracles From Heaven
4: 13 Hours
5: Hell or High Water
6: The Nice Guys
7: Doctor Strange
8: X-Men: Apocalypse
9: Deep Water Horizon
10: Deadpool

2016 Worst Movies

1: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
2: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
3: Independence Day Resurgence
4: Money Monster
5: Zoolander 2

2016 Most Underrated
Miracles From Heaven
Risen
Eddie The Eagle
Pete's Dragon
The Finest Hours
Dec 29, 2016 5:38 AM
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I watched a lot of classy stuff this year.

Good:
1.) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2.) Sausage Party
3.) Captain America: Civil War
4.) The Nice Guys
5.) Doctor Strange
6.) Keanu
7.) Deadpool
8.) The Brothers Grimsby

Okay:
X-Men: Apocalypse
Ratchet and Clank

Bad:
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Suicide Squad
Yoga Hosers
Dec 29, 2016 6:30 AM
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BEST

1.) Moonlight
2.) Manchester by the Sea
3.) La La Land
4.) The Lobster
5.) Shin Godzilla
6.) Cemetery of Splendour
7.) Jackie
8.) Thunder Road *
9.). Weiner
10.) O.J.: Made in America
11.) Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience
12.) Do Not Resist
13.) 20th Century Women
14.) Krisha
15.) Under the Shadow
16.) Green Room
17.) Love & Friendship
18.) Don't Think Twice
19.) Everything Will Be Okay *
20.) 13th
21.) Dheepan
22.) In Transit
23.) The Fits
24.) Cameraperson
25.) Arrival

WORST

1.) Special Correspondents
2.) American Honey
3.) Slash
4.) The Neon Demon
5.) Holy Hell
6.) Everybody Wants Some!!
7.) The Jungle Book
8.) 10 Cloverfield Lane
9.) Deadpool
10.) Mascots


Dec 29, 2016 4:33 PM
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The Witch
Things to Come
Miss Hokusai
Arrival
Kubo and the Two Strings
Hail, Caesar!
The Love Witch
Green Room
Love & Friendship
Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Honorable mentions: 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Fits, Swiss Army Man, Moonlight, Rogue One, The Invitation, Don't Breathe, Under the Shadow
Dec 29, 2016 5:19 PM
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Dishonorable Mentions:

?The Young Messiah
?The BFG
?Batman Bad Blood

WORST:

I just want to say that I don't hate 7 and 6. I just think they could have been done way better.

7. Allegiant
6. Suicide Squad
5. Ratchet and Clank
4. Norm of the North
3. Jason Bourne (Spanish Dub)-I can usually understand Spanish dubbed films very well, but the dubbing here was awful. You could barely understand a thing.
2. Zoolander 2
1. Ice Age Collision Course-This film had way better Spanish dubbing than Jason Bourne. Besides that, I lost all hope for the Ice Age Franchise in its 95 minute runtime.

Underrated films:

Miss Stevens
Kung Fu Panda 3
Eddie the Eagle
Barbershop The Next Cut

Honorable Mentions:

Sully
10 Cloverfield Lane
Miss Stevens
The Magnificent Seven
The Secret life of Pets
Zootopia
Star Trek Beyond

BEST:

12. Moana
11. Now You See Me 2
10. Captain America Civil War
9. Rogue One A Star Wars Story
8. BOO! A Madea Halloween-I'm a Madea fan so...
7. Finding Dory
6. The Little Prince
5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
4. Arrival
3. Barbershop The Next Cut
2. La La Land
1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Jan 27, 2017 1:40 AM
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Best:
Arrival
Green Room
Krisha
The Lobster
Love & Friendship
Midnight Special
Moonlight
OJ: Made in America
Weiner
The Witch

Worst:
Bad Santa 2
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gods of Egypt
Nina
Nine Lives
Pass Thru
The Sea of Trees
Suicide Squad
Toni Erdmann
Yoga Hosers
Jan 27, 2017 4:18 AM
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God, Yoga Hosers. I wish Kevin Smith the best, but I lasted about 17 minutes before realizing the movie was just going to continue making the choices it was making.
Jan 27, 2017 4:51 AM
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This is way too early for me. ?Come back in 2018:

1. The Invitation A-
2. The Witch A-
3. Hush A-
4. Grease Live B
5. Dooms Chapel Horror B
6. The Art of the Deal: The Movie B
7. Hairspray Live C+
8, Team Thor C+
9. Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again C-
10. Meridian D

Next on the Queue:
Zootopia
13th
Extremis
White Helmets
OJ: Made in America
Jan 27, 2017 4:56 AM
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QUENTIN
WORST

2.) American Honey

6.) Everybody Wants Some!!


Dearest QUENTIN,
Please justify the terrible choices of yours that I've quoted.
haha just kidding.
But seriously. Justify them.
BadLieutenant can justify Toni Erdmann to while he's at it.
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My No Good Terrible Very Bad Recap List of 2016


BEST
1. HyperNormalisation
2. Christine
3. Green Room
4. Arrival
5. Midnight Special
6. Cafe Society
7. Tickled
8. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
9. La La Land
10. O.J.: Made In America


WORST
1. Warcraft
2. Star Trek: Beyond
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Deadpool
5. Coming Through the Rye
Jan 27, 2017 6:19 AM
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Best (most of these aren't even that great):
Silence
Everybody Wants Some!!
Headshot
Colossal
Arrival
Weiner-Dog
The Witch
The Invitation
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Zootopia

(boy this was a lame year for movies)

Worst (most of these aren't even that bad):
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Why Him?
10 Cloverfield Lane
X-Men Apocalypse
Dog Eat Dog
Burn Your Maps
Civil War
Cell
Miles Ahead
The Fits
Rogue One
Jan 27, 2017 6:42 AM
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Black PhilipYour list sucks badly.

Having bad taste seems like the least of your problems, bud
Jan 27, 2017 8:34 AM
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Black PhilipYour list sucks badly.

I concur. 10 Cloverfield Lane, Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One are not candidates for a Worst of 2016 list in any dimension.
Jan 27, 2017 2:25 PM
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BEST:
Moonlight
La La Land
Hell Or High Water
Manchester by the Sea
Everybody Wants Some!!
The Handmaiden
Silence
20th Century Women
Jackie
Arrival
The VVitch
The Nice Guys
Loving
The Lobster
Midnight Special

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
Southside with You
Blue Jay
Maliglutit Searchers
Elle
Toni Erdmann
American Honey
Miles Ahead
Captain America Civil War
Zootopia
Deadpool
Hail, Caesar!
Blood Father
The Bigger Splash
Born to Be Blue
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Things to Come

MEDIOCRE:
The Infiltrator
Ghostbusters
Kicks
Triple 9 (still really enjoyed this movie, even if it fell very short of expectation)

WORST:
Neon Demon
The Birth of a Nation
Suicide Squad
Batman V Superman (enjoyed the extended version)
The Killing Joke
Knight of Cups
Jan 27, 2017 3:50 PM
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?Kitchener Leslie
BadLieutenant can justify Toni Erdmann to while he's at it.

Happy to. Bottom line is that I found the movie fundamentally implausible and excruciatingly unfunny. The implausibility is a big problem because the movie never sufficiently digs into the central relationship between the father and daughter. It's all surfaces. We never learn how these characters got to be where they are in the beginning of the movie, so when they start making baffling decisions (particularly Ines in putting up with any of Winfried's horseshit or in the whole nude party scene) it's impossible to follow their motivations. I can somewhat understand Winfried's intent to teach his daughter to lighten up (though I quickly lost patience with the whole forced whimsy of his methods) but she and everyone at her company who put up with his buffoonery are completely incomprehensible to me.

The movie tries to broach a number of important subjects -- the dangers of globalization and institutionalized sexism among them -- but when it's through the eyes of these characters, it's rendered meaningless beyond broad condemnation. Does the scene where Ines eats a petit-four soaked in her lover/co-worker's semen show the degree to which corporate culture has debased her, or is this just her kink? Is the Toni Erdmann character accepted because the movie is saying this kind of doofus has an easier time in the corporate world, or do people see through his ruse and accept it out of deference to Ines, and if so, what does that say about any of them? I don't know because hardly anyone makes a sound decision in the whole movie. Maybe they're all just idiots.

And the opaqueness of the characters stifles the laughter. By the time we got to the climactic scene that reportedly drew roars of laughter at Cannes, my theater was sitting in stony silence, I think trying to answer the same question I was considering: Who are these people? Why is any of this happening?

Visually, the movie is about as sophisticated as a post-The Office network sitcom, sticking to medium shots with the occasional, minor shake calculated to show it's handheld. These visuals, plus the sitcom premise, might prime a viewer for something more conventional, and thus elicit appreciation from how the movie deviates from expectations. But I don't think any of these deviations particularly recommend the movie. Shapeless, dull scenes go on for too long, with no payoff. Characters spend ages batting around business jargon with all the accuracy of actors in an improv exercise. The attempt at frank sexuality comes off as infantile and not just a little humiliating for the actress.

Richard Brody at the New Yorker probably has the closest take on the movie to mine that I've seen in print, though I think he undersells what a thoroughly unpleasant experience it is to sit through. I don't remember a time I was this out of step with the critical consensus around a festival darling, but I thoroughly hated this one. Still, it's not as bad as Batman v. Superman, I'll give it that.
Jan 27, 2017 6:05 PM
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Best:
1. The Lobster
2. Moonlight
3. O.J.: Made in America
4. The Invitation
5. Kubo and the Two Strings
6. Swiss Army Man
7. The Nice Guys
8. Arrival
9. 10 Cloverfield Lane
10. Don't Think Twice

Worst:
1. Independence Day: Resurgence
2. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
3. The Girl on the Train
4. Don't Breathe
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I haven't seen Elle, Green Room, Hell or High Water, The Salesmen or Silence yet.
Jan 27, 2017 6:58 PM
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Silence
Knight of Cups
Tower
Paterson
Moonlight
The Wailing
American Honey
Arrival
Certain Women
The Red Turtle


Still need to see Toni Erdmann. Bummed to see BL's reaction towards it. Also one of those people that can't feel comfortable placing OJ in this list, otherwise it would be in the top five.
Jan 27, 2017 7:56 PM
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NathanielSilence
Knight of Cups
Tower
Paterson
Moonlight
The Wailing
American Honey
Arrival
Certain Women
The Red Turtle


Still need to see Toni Erdmann. Bummed to see BL's reaction towards it. Also one of those people that can't feel comfortable placing OJ in this list, otherwise it would be in the top five.

Really looking forward to seeing Paterson and Certain Women. Good to see they are getting some love here.
Jan 27, 2017 8:15 PM
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BadLieutenant,

I thank you for your thoughts on Toni Erdmann. I had a lot of the same problems with it that you did, but somehow I still cried at the ending.

Perhaps the Ines character puts up with her father's buffoonery because deep down she really does want a respite from the life she's living, but doesn't have the strength to make a break from it on her own. A lot of her co-workers seemed to put up with Toni's horseshit because they were unsure about who he was and whether he carried any true stature in the business community. To offend him--if he turned out to truly be an Important Person, albeit an eccentric one--could hurt their career. The single-mindedness of career professionals--get ahead, get ahead, by any means, whether it be through sycophancy or otherwise. I do see how that could be a depressing environment. Nothing higher or noble to be found, even though it's the "right path." It reminded me of my college experience.

It didn't make my top 10 though, so it's not like I can disagree with you too much. You've defended your hate elegantly.
Jan 27, 2017 10:34 PM
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