Favorite Movie Stuff of 2016

I haven't posted in a while, but every year, I try to post my favorite movie stuff, so here I go with that. I gave myself until Oscar day to see as many 2016 movies as I could. I managed 79. You can see those in a vague ranking here (spoiler for the rest of this post): http://boxd.it/CG7q

I also tried to to give myself a few challenges this year:

  • I wanted to watch 366 different movies. I managed to watch 375. That list is here: http://boxd.it/CFDU

  • I also participated in the #52FilmsByWomen challenge. I watched 54 movies directed by women. That list is here: http://boxd.it/CG7K

  • The last one I want to mention is my attempt to watch all James Bond movies in order. I managed to go most of my life without seeing a Bond movie. Then I saw Dr. No a couple of years back. Last year, I watched From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. This year, I watched the rest. That's 21 Bond films this year, and you know what? Not a huge fan of Bond. There were some legitimately good films in the franchise, but most were middling to flat out bad. Anyway, here's a vague ranking of those movies: http://boxd.it/TjNs

Now that I'm done with that, here are a bunch of year-end wrap up lists. I really didn't want to rank, because I truly enjoyed everything listed below, so all the lists are just in alphabetical order. These lists are my opinions, so nothing is wrong and I forgot nothing*. So here's just a whole bunch of movies, performances, and technical stuff I enjoyed from 2016:

*I probably forgot some stuff

Top 20 2016 Releases:

10 Cloverfield Lane
Asperger's Are Us
Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Captain America: Civil War
Don't Think Twice
Finding Dory
The Fits
Green Room
Hello, My Name Is Doris
The Lobster
O.J.: Made in America
Real Boy
Swiss Army Man

Runners Up: The Alchemist Cookbook, Eddie the Eagle, Elvis & Nixon, Eye in the Sky, Ghostbusters, Hail, Caesar!, Hardcore Henry, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, The Hollars, Holy Hell, Hush, Keanu, Kubo and the Two Strings, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Morris From America, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Other People, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Sing Street, Tallulah, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Weiner, Wiener-Dog

Top 20 Directors

Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits)
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War)
Ava DuVernay (13th)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man)
Dan Tractenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane)
David Farrier, Dylan Reeve (Tickled)
David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)
Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry)
Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows)
Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!)
Joel Potrykus (The Alchemist Cookbook)
Logan Kibens (Operator)
Mike Birbiglia (Don't Think Twice)
Sian Heder (Tallulah)
Sophia Takal (Always Shine)
Tim Miller (Deadpool)
Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster)

Top 20 Writers

August Wilson (Fences)
Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney (Moonlight)
Cary Elwes, Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal (Elvis & Nixon)
Chad Hartigan (Morris from America)
Chris Kelly (Other People)
Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War)
Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man)
Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Phil Johnston, Rich Moore, Josie Trinidad, Jim Reardon, Jennifer Lee (Zootopia)
Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Hail, Caesar!)
John Carney (Sing Street)
Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris)
Matthew Stuecken, Josh Campbell, Damien Chazelle (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Mike Birbiglia (Don't Think Twice)
Rhett Reese, Paul Wenick (Deadpool)
Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, Lis Kjerulff (The Fits)
Sharon Greene, Logan Kibens (Operator)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)
Victoria Strouse, Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson (Finding Dory)
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Flippou (The Lobster)

Top 10 Supporting Actresses

Angourie Rice as Holly March (The Nice Guys)
Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson (Hidden Figures)
Janelle Monae as Teresa (Moonlight)
Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann (Ghostbusters)
Margo Martindale as Sally Hollar (The Hollars)
Molly Shannon as Joanne (Other People)
Naomie Harris as Paula (Moonlight)
Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan (Hidden Figures)
Tyne Daly as Roz (Hello, My Name Is Dorris)
Viola Davis as Rose Maxson (Fences)

Top 10 Supporting Actors

Alden Ehrenreich as Hobi Doyle (Hail, Caesar!)
Andre Holland as Kevin (Moonlight)
Channing Tatum as Burt Gurney (Hail, Caesar!)
Chris Pine as Toby Howard (Hell or High Water)
Craig Robinson as Curtis Gentry (Morris from America)
Daniel Radcliffe as Manny (Swiss Army Man)
John Goodman as Howard (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Mahershala Ali as Juan (Moonlight)
Sharlto Copley as Jimmy (Hardcore Henry)
Stephen Henderson as Jim Bono (Fences)

Top 20 Lead Actresses

Amy Adams as Louise Banks (Arrival)
Blake Lively as Nancy (The Shallows)
Ellen Page as Tallulah (Tallulah)
Gillian Jacobs as Samantha (Don't Think Twice)
Kate Siegel as Maddie (Hush)
Mae Whitman as Emily Klein (Operator)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Royalty Hightower as Toni (The Fits)
Sally Field as Doris (Hello, My Name Is Doris)
Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson (Hidden Figures)

Top 20 Lead Actors:

Alex R. Hibbert/Ashton Sanders/Trevante Rhodes as Little/Chiron/Black (Moonlight)
Colin Farrell as David (The Lobster)
Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson (Fences)
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as Conor (Sing Street)
Keegan-Michael Key as Jack (Don't Think Twice)
Michael Shannon as Elvis (Elvis & Nixon)
Ryan Gosling as Holland March (The Nice Guys)
Ryan Reynolds as Wade/Deadpool (Deadpool)
Taron Egerton as Eddie Edwards (Eddie the Eagle)
Ty Hickson as Sean (The Alchemist Cookbook)

Top 50 Movies I Had Never Seen Before Not From 2016:

2 Days in New York (2012)
2 Days in Paris (2007)
48 Hrs. (1982)
The African Queen (1951)
Amira & Sam (2014)
Anomalisa (2015)
Ape (2012)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Being Flynn (2012)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Boy Meets Girl (2015)
Broadcast News (1987)
Casino Royale (2006)
Creed (2015)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
The Departed (2006)
Desk Set (1957)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Electrick Children (2012)
Ex Machina (2014)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)
Grandma (2015)
The Graduate (1967)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Kumare (2012)
The Last Supper (1995)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Modern Romance (1981)
Mother (1996)
Pariah (2011)
Prince of Broadway (2008)
Real Life (1979)
Real Women Have Cruves (2002)
Rocky II (1979)
Selma (2014)
Skyfall (2012)
Spotlight (2015)
Starlet (2012)
The Station Agent (2003)
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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