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The Best Movies of 2016

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Before we get to the Too 10 movies of 2016 I wish to mention several films that narrowly missed this list.

Paterson from director Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver

20th Century Women from director Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening

Swiss Army Man from directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano

Christine from director Antonio Campos and starring Rebecca Hall

The Finest Hours from director Craig Gillespie and starring Chris Pine

Divine Access from director Steven Chester Prince and starring Billy Burke

Hail Caesar from The Coen Brothers and starring Josh Brolin

The Lobster from director Yorgos Lanthimos

The Handmaiden from director Chan Wook Park and starring Kim Min-Hee

Sing Street from director John Carney and starring Ferdia Walsh Peelo

Everybody Wants Some from director Richard Linklater and starring Blake Jenner

Nocturnal Animals from director Tom Ford and starring Amy Adams

Deadpool from director Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds

Don’t Think Twice from writer-director and star Mike Birbiglia

 

 

And now on to the Top 10 movies of 2016

10. The Nice Guys – Somehow, I am always surprised by director Shane Black, even though I shouldn’t be. Black’s work has been consistently great behind the camera with Iron Man 3 being one of the most underrated superhero movies and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang being a legitimate cult classic. Nevertheless, I find myself shocked when he arrives with another terrific movie. The Nice Guys is arguably his best work yet. This buddy comedy with Russell Crowe as a tough guy-straight man to Ryan Gosling’s broader, goofier private eye is rich with wit and wildly clever plotting.

 

9. The Witch– One of the biggest surprises of 2016 is director Robert Eggers’ Pilgrim era horror movie The Witch. When it comes to horror movies I tend not to expect much and then get exactly what I expected. The Witch however, blew away my expectations and transcended its genre to be something so much more interesting than a mere horror movie. The film is a brilliant exercise in tension and suspense and it builds to one stunning moment after another until it reaches an ending that is both strange and cathartic. It ends in the only way this very odd and brilliant film could.

 

8. La La Land – Damian Chazzelle is part of a new generation of directors alongside Robert Eggers, and Denis Villaneuve, directors who’s talents will lead us to the next generation of film as an artform and La La Land is the confirmation of his status as a leader of this next generation. Both a genre film and a brilliant innovation, Chazzelle belongs to a new generation of filmmakers who bridging the divide between art and commerce by transforming genre pictures into indie style works of art.

 

7. Moonlight– Barry Jenkins is another of the next generation of great filmmakers who’s work will be transforming popular culture for the next decade and beyond. Though Moonlight is small in scale, it is a grand statement on identity, gender and sexuality. But Moonlight isn’t just a message picture or a political statement picture, it has style to go with the substance. Check the scene in the second act where Chiron and Kevin are having a tender moment at the beach. The scene is filled with all sorts of tension but the visual is all smooth and silky and most importantly, soothing with deep blues melting extending beautifully from the white sand beach reflecting a nearby streetlight out to the darkening horizon. The scene is gorgeous and sexy and emotionally powerful and perfectly sums up the whole of this incredible film.

 

6. Green Room– Ok, maybe there is a theme to this year’s best films, the next generation of great filmmakers. Jeremy Saulnier definitely belongs in that conversation about the future of film culture. Green Room is Saulnier’s first true masterpiece following the near greatness of his Blue Ruin. The story of a punk rock band trapped in a skinhead nightmare, Green Room is raw and visceral, gritty and darkly humorous.

 

5. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk– Breaking the trend of the next generation of filmmakers dominating my list of the years best is director Ang Lee who taught quite unique lesson about how a filmmaker can innovate the cinematic form. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is supposed to be a war movie with the tropes and cliches of the modern anti-war war movie. In many way it is that movie but Ang Lee makes it so much more by shooting the film at a record breaking frame rate and having his best known cast-members speak directly to the camera as they speak to our title character Billy. There is so much more to it than that but those are two ways in which this film rouses the audience from the usually passive way we consume film.

 

4. Manchester by the Sea– It’s hard to believe, and more than a bit of a loss for those of us who cherish his work, but Kenneth Lonergan has only directed 3 films in his nearly 18 years in the business; his experience making the remarkable movie Margaret likely having stunted his output. At least when Lonergan does work he makes it count. Manchester by the Sea, a story of loss, grief and the excruciating process of healing, is Lonergan’s third career masterpiece following the aforementioned Margaret and his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me.

 

3. Hell or High Water– Time will tell whether or not David Mackenzie will join the likes of Damian Chazelle and Denis Villaneuve in that next generation of great filmmakers but Hell or High Water is certainly a strong statement of belonging. This modern western that posits the modern housing crisis in the context of a classic western about outlaws and rangers carries incredible tension and weight from beginning to end. If anything holds me about Mackenzie it’s that he is the rare modern director who isn’t also a writer. Taylor Sheridan wrote the screenplay for Hell or High Water and the two have to split the credit for this brilliant film.

 

2. The Neon Demon– Nicholas Winding Refn is yet another leader of the new generation of great filmmakers. Perhaps this generation’s Stanley Kubrick, with a dash of Ken Russell, Refn’s piece de resistance is The Neon Demon, a wildly inventive shock fest that divided audiences between those who rapturously praise the film as art and those who consider it trashy and exploitative. Both Kubrick and Russell would be proud.

 

1. Arrival– No film released in 2016 had the kind of emotional impact on me that Arrival did. Arrival acted upon me both intellectually and emotionally. Amy Adams stars as a linguist who is pressed into service by the military to find a way to communicate with aliens that have arrived on Earth but have no stated intentions. Through her work she will develop a way to communicate with the aliens and that communication forever changes the world, and more personally, changes her life in a way that is stunningly powerful. Director Denis Villaneuve has now two unquestioned masterpieces on his resume with Arrival standing next to Enemy as films that I will forever cherish, each having ended their respective year as my favorite movie. Add in Sicario, Incendies and Prisoners, and you have a modern master in the making.

 

Swiss Army Man

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Welcome to the I Hate Critics Movie Review Podcast.

New Releases:

Swiss Army Man
The BFG
The Purge: Election Year
The Legend of Tarzan
Midnight Special

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Top Five Movies so Far in 2016

Undisputed Classic: ET

1986 – Big Trouble in Little China, About Last Night

Trailers:

Sully
Bleed for This

Witch is Brilliant

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Welcome to this weeks episode of the I Hate Critics Podcast. We start this weeks show with our Oscar picks. There are also three new movies this week. Race and Risen are very safe movies which makes potentially decent movies pretty bland. Then there is The Witch which will end up among the best films of 2016 easily. A24 knocks it out of the park again.

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Our Top Five this week is our favorite movies from each of the last five decades as well as the current decade we’re in. We talk about too many movies to even mention here.

Our Undisputed Classic is Suspiria

In 1986 The Hitcher and 9 1/2 Weeks

Trailers

Kindergarten Cop 2

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

And The Nominees Are…White

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Welcome to this weeks episode of the I Hate Critics Podcast. The Oscar nominations are out and they are all white…imagine that. Ride Along 2 won the weekend and Michael Bay attempted to make a non Michael Bay movie with 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

RIP Alan

Our Top Five this week is favorite Alan Rickman movies. He passed away this past week and we remember him by talking about Die Hard, Dogma, Harry Potter, Galaxy Quest, Love Actually and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Our Undisputed Classic this week is The Man Who Fell to Earth. David Bowie also passed this week and we chose to remember him by talking about his cult classic.

In 1986 Clan of the Cave Bear, Troll, The Long Shot and Iron Eagle came out.

Trailers

The Witch
10 Cloverfield Lane

The Best Horror Movie Sequels

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This week we’ve got three new movies this week, American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47 and Sinister 2. Nobody went and saw American Ultra, but I thought it looked really good and Sean had a lot of fun watching it. Hitman: Agent 47 was a lazy action movie and Sinister 2 was a lazy horror film. These two movies appear to be cash grabs and that’s just disappointing. The first Hitman movie wasn’t very good or successful so we’re not sure why they made a sequel, but Sinister was a solid horror film. It’s among one of the most profitable films of all time, so why not make a sequel? So they did.

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Our Top Five this week is Top 5 horror sequels. We talk about Dawn of the Dead, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Friday the 13th Part 2, Basket Case 2, It’s Alive 2, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween 2, Amityville Horror 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, Phantasm 2, Bride of Frankenstein, The Decent 2, Prometheus, Silence of the Lambs, Aliens.

Our Undisputed Classic is Carnival of Souls. It’s a movie that holds up largely due to the atmosphere it creates. The story itself doesn’t hold up but that’s because of movies like The Sixth Sense. There are so many twists in movies today that you can’t look back at a movie from 1962 and not figure out the twist within two minutes of this movie starting. That doesn’t make the movie bad, because it’s a fantastic movie.

In 1985 Teen Wolf, Better Off Dead, Gojira, Warning Signs, The Protector

Our trailers this week are:

The Witch
The Final Girl
Finders Keepers

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