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December was a poor month for my movie viewing. Work and blah blah blah didn’t give me much time so I have yet to see Rogue One. I know, SACRILEGE. Call yourself a film critic.
I like to be awkward when picking movies. My criteria is simple. Picking 10 films I saw in 2016. So there may be a couple that you may argue are technically speaking 2015. In the words of Donnie Brasco, forget about it.
I look for films that surprised, entertained and engaged me. There have been so many films that have put me to sleep or have had me on my phone already complaining about said film before it’s even finished (Pretty much my criteria for worst films).
I picked the films that made an impression or made me laugh, cry or think. I’ve provided links for my reviews if you want a complete breakdown of my thoughts.
MY TOP 10 FILMS OF 2016
It’s great when you go into a cinema expecting nothing and get rewarded with a gritty slow burning and well acted Texan noir thriller.
Vikander and Fassbender brought their fiery chemistry to ignite this wonderfully heart rending affair.
Strange, hypnotic, gripping. After all the hype, I was afraid this wouldn’t deliver. BUT oh boy, did it!
So good that I haven’t done a review yet. I’m working on it. The Return of the King (Ba-dum-tsssh). Mortensen was superb as the father devoted to raising his six kids in the wilderness. Easygoing feel good drama.
Probably one of the best Marvel movies going!
QT is back with a tense and ultra-violent Western. It’s everything you could expect from the Pulp Fiction director and I loved every minute.
Larson deserved the Oscar for her stellar performance.
Hard hitting, shocking and brilliantly acted. A must watch.
Crowe, Gosling, Black. You can’t go wrong. My review might be a little picky BUT I had the pleasure of watching this again and enjoyed it so much more.
I was torn between this and Bridget Jones’s Baby (I know. Whaaattt?! It was actually pretty good) BUT I went for the HP spin-off. Redmayne was brilliant and Rowling was able to expand on the ever-growing world that has entertained me for the last decade.
MY TOP 10 WORST FILMS OF 2016
Absolutely bloody dreadful. Jennifer Saunders sold out with this shambolic effort. A review will turn up eventually. BUT trust me, it’s bad. And I was a fan.
As much as I love Natalie Dormer, I did not love her in this.
That creepy atmosphere couldn’t hide what was a drawn out and mind numbing disappointment. Review to follow.
This unnecessary reboot was doomed from the start!
I remember rushing to the cinema wondering why it was only on for 4 days. I soon find out the answer. Yikes!
The anger. I’m sure I used a fair amount of expletives on Twitter to express my feelings on this feeble effort.
The horror, the horror! I hated the first one and for the first 20 minutes of this, I was almost about to eat my own words BUT then it got worse.
I was so excited to see this and by the end, I wondered why they brought him back. It must have been for the money because it wasn’t for the plot and character development. Bourne seemed to know less than he did before. I think I fell asleep at one point. Shame.
As much as I loved watching Lily James kicking zombie ass in a corset, the tone was all over the place. It failed to be scary or funny and was dreadfully dull. So dull it put me off reviewing the thing.
Well, that’s my excuse anyway.
A shame that this is going to be one of Anton Yelchin’s last efforts. This failed to grab me even with Captain Picard playing a Neo-Nazi.
And so concludes my mini-review of 2016. I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the entries this year.
Disappointing comic book yarns (*Cough* Batman Vs Superman *Cough* Suicide Squad *Cough*)
The reboots, the remakes (Point Break), the unnecessary sequels (The Mechanic: Resurrection).
Let’s hope 2017 will bring us a little more joy and originality, eh?