I can’t believe that 2016 has already reached an end! This year has absolutely flown by, but it was an amazing year for cinema. This is a list of my top 10 favorite films of the year, and it was really hard to just narrow it down to 10, but I did so with some honorable mentions.
It’s important to note that these films aren’t ranked based on the grade I gave them. These are just my personal favorite films ranked based on my opinion and how much I love them. Also, I have not yet seen Paterson or Silence because they haven’t opened in the Southeast yet. Without further ado, let’s get started with my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2016!!
10. The Neon Demon: I know not everyone loved this film, but Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest effort really took my breath away. I think Refn said so much about vanity and beauty in our society through brilliant visual storytelling, and I liked it more with repeat viewings.
9. Green Room: Jeremy Saulnier delivered a brutal and heart-pounding cat and mouse thriller that kept me coming back for more. After I saw this film the first time, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’ve seen it 5 times, and could easily watch it some more. It is beautifully violent and incredibly well directed.
8. Nocturnal Animals: Tom Ford brought us his best film to date in a really impressive visual tale that connects three narratives wonderfully and takes you on a gritty journey with amazing performances that make it hard for you not to be sucked in with your eyes glued to the screen.
7. Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen is back and delivers one of his best performances to date in this touching and moving film about family that offers up some wonderful insights on our society. The script is sweet and funny, and the performances are touching.
6. Manchester by the Sea:This film was so realistic and the dialogue was so masterfully crafted, that I felt like I was just peering in on the lives of these people. Casey Affleck delivers one of the best performances of the decade in a film that deserves to be seen.
5. Hacksaw Ridge:Mel Gibson is back and better than ever! This film is absolutely stunning. It really sits and builds this hero without pushing any kind of agenda whatsoever. The hero is built up so that when we got to the war sequence, my jaw was on the floor and my eyes were full of tears. This is the most brutal war film since Saving Private Ryan, but it isn’t glorifying violence in any way. It is placing these events in front of your eyes without holding back, so you can appreciate true heroism.
4. Arrival: Denis Villeneuve continues to prove he’s one of the best directors working because he just gets better and better at honing his craft. Arrival is a gorgeous film that examines communication and human connection in a slow burn and methodical film that rewards you more so than I expected. Villeneuve continues to blow me away with each film he makes.
3. The Nice Guys: This is, by far, the funniest film of the year, and one of the funniest in quite a few years. The chemistry between Gosling and Crowe is pure cinema magic and Shane Black’s script is genuinely perfect. Black has provided an amazing movie for true fans of cinema to soak up. Please go support this movie because it underperformed, and that is such bullshit because The Nice Guys is phenomenal.
2. Hell or High Water: This movie blew me away. I adore this film. I bought the blu ray, and I’ve watched it over and over again, and I just love it more each time. I actually think this is the best screenplay of the year, powered by great direction and Oscar worthy performances across the board. The cinematography is also gorgeous, bringing this world to life in one of my favorite films I’ve seen in many years.
1. La La Land: I was a huge fan of Whiplash, but I think Damien Chazelle outdid himself here. La La Land is the best directed film of the year, hands down, and is a love letter to people with passion, ambition, and who want to follow their dreams. Gosling and Stone have chemistry that comes along maybe once every couple of decades in cinema and the film builds upon them masterfully. The script is amazing, the songs are tremendous, and the directing is flawless. This is truly one of my new favorite films, and it actually got better on the second viewing! There was no doubt in my mind that La La Land was my favorite film of 2016 because it is a true cinematic masterpiece.
There you have it! Those are my 10 favorite films of 2016! Thank you so much to all of you who have read our reviews here at Home Planet Reviews for yet another year. It really means a lot to us that people care about what we have to say because we just love movies. We started this page just for fun and because we love talking about cinema, and we get to do that here. So, to anyone that reads our reviews, thank you. We look forward to doing it again in 2017!
Probably my most favorite movie ever, Rudderless, gives a new look at the other side of the tragedy of school shootings.
And the soundtrack is amazing! Anton, Billy and the rest of the Rudderless gang do their own singing, plus you get the tracks by the other performers in the pub! (I have the soundtrack-got it on Amazon)