Well guys here we are, the last twenty four hours of 2016. It’s been a hell of a year, a lot of growth, a lot of falling back as a society,a lot of sadness, a lot of happiness and good times too. But we’ll cover all the highs and lows of 2016 in the next column that I’ll do later today after I think and marinate on it a bit more. What I have prepared in my head, and on paper, is my Top Ten List of Movies for this year.
It’s just movies that I personally have seen this year, so there’s going to be some omissions here. Haven’t seen La La Land yet, or Fences, but I will at some point in the coming year, but as such they won’t be making the cut for this list here. I’ve done proper reviews for almost all of these movies, save for a few that came out at the beginning of the year B.R.G.G. (Before Reel Geek’s Guide) so when there are proper reviews I’ll link them in the article, so you can refresh yourself, or read for the first time newcomers, my thoughts on the film.
Honorable Mention: Sausage Party
Was one of the most bizarre and hilariously dumb comedies of the year also had some biting social commentary and I for one relished the opportunity to see it on the big screen. Just didn’t quite make the final cut of the top ten list for me though.
Original Review: https://reelgeeksguide.com/2016/08/21/reel-geek-review-sausage-party/
10. Suicide Squad
A very polarizing film takes my #10 spot. It could have been better, but I, for one, was sucked in by the stylistic action and fun that was Suicide Squad. It’s also one of the few movies this year that I paid to see twice in the theaters, so it had to make the top ten list for sure.
Original Review: https://reelgeeksguide.com/2016/08/09/reel-geeks-review-suicide-squad/
9. Star Trek: Beyond
Justin Lin’s (Fast and The Furious franchise) take on the Star Trek rebooted franchise that JJ Abrams started was one of the most fun times I’ve had at the theater this year, and the first time in the reboot series history that it really felt like a Star Trek story to me, albeit still a fun roller-coaster ride of a time at the movies.
Original Review: https://reelgeeksguide.com/2016/09/14/looking-back-on-star-trek-at-50-from-a-mostly-star-wars-fan-perspective/
8. The Jungle Book
Disney has been doing their, let’s remake an animated classic of ours into live action for a little bit now. I still haven’t seen Cinderella, but if Beauty and The Beast is half as good as Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man) The Jungle Book was, then we’re in for a real treat when he does The Lion King in a year or two. He kept the feel and fun of the original movie, while still making it it’s own movie, it’s own story, and he gave some more depth into some of the characters, such as Idris Elba’s Shere Khan.
I hear rumors of another Jungle Book movie getting made with Benedict Cumberbatch in the Shere Khan role, which will be interesting to see, but it’ll take a lot in my book to top this one. You can also watch this movie on Netflix now, thanks to the partnership with Disney. Go watch it now if you haven’t.
7. Doctor Strange
Marvel’s best original movie since Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the role had some of the best visuals I’ve ever seen in a Marvel movie, or in any movie this year, really capturing the trippy Steve Ditko comics of the 1960s. And Cumberbatch brought new life and personality into the character that until I read the most recent run on the character in the comics by Jesse Aaron, I wouldn’t have thought existed.
6. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Jk Rowling’s return to the Wizarding World was a total blast from start to finish, and the most dark PG-13 movie I’ve seen (in parts) since Temple of Doom. She breathed new life into a once completed franchise, great for Warner Bros accountants, and even better for us Harry Potter fans. Hopefully we’ll get plenty more returns to this magical world.
Original Review: https://reelgeeksguide.com/2016/11/21/reel-geek-review-fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-spoiler-review/
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I for one, am genuinely shocked that this didn’t get the top spot on my list. I loved the movie, but there were films in 2016 that I liked just a bit more overall.
Full Review: https://reelgeeksguide.com/2016/12/18/reel-geek-review-rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-review-spoilers/
4. Captain America: Civil War
The best Marvel movie of the year, and the best comic book adaptation we’ve seen in a while, it wasn’t perfect, but it was a fantastic movie, and you can watch it on Netflix now as well.
Original Review: https://reelgeeksguide.com/2016/05/09/reel-geeks-review-of-captain-america-civil-war/
Deadpool was a long anticipated movie, that really should not have succeeded, or even gotten made at all, but somehow it did, and legions of fans both old and new are forever grateful for it. Ryan Reynolds was the perfect choice to play Deadpool, a fact which Fox realized years ago but messed it up the first time. Thankfully they fixed it all with this one, a raunchy, violent, hilariously immature comedy that dares to poke fun at the superhero genre itself.
Zootopia was the first big release Disney had this year, a movie which dropped early in the year, at a time when not a lot of greatness gets released usually (except for Deadpool, and like..The Lego Movie a few years ago) but this movie, which until very recently held my favorite movie of the year spot, was one of the more deep Disney movies I’ve ever seen. Great social commentary tucked into a fun and funny buddy comedy film noir esque family movie. And it’s on Netflix as well so you can watch it again.
- Hidden Figures
For a lot of you, this movie hasn’t been released yet, not til next week. But as I got to see it today, and it is released in select cities, this squeaked in right at the last minute as my favorite movie of the year. Heartfelt and inspiring, it’s a movie that everyone should see. If only to show Hollywood that movies with black women as lead roles can be successful too.
Well that about wraps up my Top Ten Best Movies (That I’ve Seen) In 2016 list. Stay tuned for later today when I wrap up the year with the last column, the first ever Geeky Awards, where I give out non existant awards for my favorite things of the year.