After seeing about 70 new films this year, I've chosen 20 to represent my favorite films of 2016:
1. Closet Monster
The struggle of finding oneself is something everyone must deal with during life. Coping with personal demons is another. Closet Monster gives us a beautiful look at these struggles through the life of a young, aspiring make-up artist whose sexuality is budding. Add one of the greatest soundtracks (sounds like Ooberus Oblivious in movie form) and Isabella Rossellini as a talking guinea pig for comedic effect, and this movie encapsulates everything I love about cinema. The film is full of so much heart & pain, with a dash of humor and amazing music set perfectly to every scene where it is utilized (the Halloween house party scenes are still ingrained on my brain).
The heart of a movie is always what pulls me in most and A Monster Calls is pretty much all heart.
3. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
More heart and hilarity. See a theme?
4. Kubo and the Two Strings
By far the best animated film of the year that I've seen, which means it will surely go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things. See it!
5. The Lobster
This movie is so bizarre and a superb take on modern love.
6. La La Land
I figured I would like this movie, but didn't realize how much it would make me love it by the end. Catchy, vibrant and heart-warming to no end.
7. Miss Sloane
I am not a fan of political dramas, but Miss Sloane won me over, mainly thanks to Jessica Chastain's awesome performance. In times of such political unrest, it's good to find hope in movies such as these.
8. Swiss Army Man
This films ride a fart gag from beginning to end and in doing so, shows a certain beauty & love. I'm sure an off-putting movie for many, I actually loved it.
A slow-moving poem of a movie that you have to just sink into and let the simplistic beauty carry you away.
10. The Greasy Strangler
All I'm gonna say is "HOOTIE TOOTIE DISCO CUTIE, HOOTIE TOOTIE DISCO CUTIE!!" and if you don't enjoy The Greasy Strangler you're a true BULLSHIT ARTIST!!
10.1 Sing Street
11. Hidden Figures
12. 10 Cloverfield Lane
13. Midnight Special
14. Don't Breathe
15. Nocturnal Animals
17. Bølgen (The Wave)
18. The Shallows
19. Eye in the Sky
20. Hell or High Water
And and and, we cannot forget my LEAST FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARDS which go to:
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
2. Captain America: Civil War
3. X-Men: Apocalypse