’10 Cloverfield Lane’
‘Star Trek Beyond’
‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (Ultimate Edition)
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’
#5. ‘La La Land’
Just saw this the other night. Probably won’t do a full review on it, but I think I can say what I need to right here.
This is a beautiful movie. I loved the characters, the story, the film-making (especially the lighting and camerawork), and I really enjoyed the music. The chemistry with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling was fantastic, and their bond just really tugged at the heartstrings.
The ending left me feeling very bittersweet. But since I’ve left the theater, I’ve realized how realistic the outcome was for the two lead characters, and how mildly unconventional it was. I must say it was beautifully handled, and made the title make a bit more sense in retrospect.
I’m sure by now everyone has heard how good this movie is. It gobbled up a ton of Golden Globes and I’m sure it will have a lot of Oscar success as well. It’s just a very classical feeling movie. I would even go as far as saying it’s this era’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’.
I think this really resonated well with me as it’s a film about both movies and jazz, which are huge passions of mine. The script had subtle embellishments that were there not to simply improve character and story, but to offer a valid viewpoint on the arts that are in focus. I really loved the dialogue throughout on why jazz stands out among any other genre, and how it should always be evolving in order to grasp the interest of new listeners.
With ‘Whiplash’, and now ‘La La Land’, I’m eagerly waiting to see what director Damian Chazelle brings next.
#4. ‘Captain America: Civil War’
‘Civil War’ was just fantastic. It handled so many characters so incredibly well, and still ended up being a Captain America movie at its core. I’m looking forward to everything this movie set up for the Marvel universe, and I’m happy that Marvel has made such an excellent trilogy for this character.
#3. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’
As a HUGE Star Wars junkie, this movie had one job. To prove to me that Star Wars can work outside of the Skywalker family tree.
It can. ‘Rogue One’ is a fantastic first step into exploring the Star Wars universe outside of the main “Episodes”. It was an exciting standalone movie that somehow improved elements of the original film, ‘A New Hope’. I can’t wait to see Star Wars continue in all the various directions it will be taking in the future!
I knew it’d be funny. I knew it’d be entertaining. But I didn’t know I’d practically die of pure joy when watching this movie in the theater.
It’s possible I may look back a couple years from now and wonder why the hell this movie is ranked at #2. But I will always remember the gut hurting feeling I had when watching this the first time. It truly hurt to laugh, and I’m pretty sure I had a permanent smile on my face 2-3 days afterwards.
‘Deadpool’ could turn out to be a “product of its time”, but it’s something you just have to see before you die.
#1. ‘The Nice Guys’
I just realized I never wrote a review for this one either. Sorry Ryan Gosling!!!
So here’s the review I guess.
‘The Nice Guys’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ are the only movies on this list I didn’t get a chance to see in theaters. My regret for that is minimal though thanks to how quickly movies get home releases now.
I can’t say enough about this movie. It’s hilariously well written, acted, and directed. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe create the best buddy-duo I’ve seen in years. Director Shane Black just crafts this perfect comedy thriller that feels like it doesn’t have any real boundaries in what the characters might do. This is the guy that wrote ‘Lethal Weapon’, directed ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’, and ‘Iron Man 3’. He’s now directing the next Predator movie.
This dude has so much variety up his sleeve, and it’s obvious that we should just expect a huge element of surprise when watching his movies in the future. Say what you want about ‘Iron Man 3’, but I bet you can’t say you expected most of the decisions he made for that story.
‘The Nice Guys’ never drags, and it throws a lot of curve balls for the characters who are so well executed. It’s just pure entertainment from start to finish, AND… it’s quite original. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you must do so as soon as you possibly can.
There are definitely a lot of other movies that I want to see that were released in 2016. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’, and ‘Sully’- just to name a few. So obviously this list is based only on what I have seen so far.
I’m really excited for the 2017 slate. I have a feeling it’ll be an excellent year!