Everything I Watched in 2016

Asterisk denotes personal recommendation. You can scream obscenities at me if you hate one of those films. 

 

Brooklyn*

The Gallows

Joy*

Another Earth*

F is for Family: Season 1*

30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo*

Biutiful*

Tom Segura: Mostly Stories* 

Synecdoche, New York

The Revenant*

Bringing out the Dead

The 400 Blows*

Supersize Me

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Carol*

Safe* (1995)

Galaxy Quest*

We Are Still Here

The Overnight

The Last of the Mohicans*

Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

Far From the Madding Crowd

Code Unknown*

Blood Simple

Trumbo

The Fisher King*

Charade* (rewatch)

Touch of Evil*

Werckmeister Harmonies*

Son of Saul*

Zoolander 2

Welcome To Leith

The Witch*

The Young Victoria*

Tiger House

Truth

Deadpool

Freaks of Nature

Bridge of Spies*

Triple Nine*

Blast of Silence*

Before I Go To Sleep

ESPN 30 for 30: The ’85 Bears*

House of Cards: Season 4*

Nash

Union Bound

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 11*

The Other Side of the Door

The Monster of Mangatiti

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business

Crimson Peak

Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse 

House of a Thousand Corpses

Baskets: Season 1

Protest the Hero: Of Our Own Volition

The Devil’s Rejects* (rewatch)

Hell and Back*

Documentary Now!: Season 1*

Close Encounters of the Third Kind*

Mr. Robot: Season 1*

Mama*

A Dangerous Method*

Midnight Special

Hannibal Does Edinburgh

Iverson*

Eye In The Sky

Willow Creek

The Big Short* (rewatch)

Falling Down*

Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser*

End of Watch

Tomorrowland* (rewatch)

The Jungle Book*

The Matrix* (rewatch)

Green Room*

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rewatch)

Se7en* (rewatch)

Krampus

Jane Got A Gun*

Suffragette* 

Son of Clowns

Murder Party

30 for 30: This Magic Moment*

The Percy Harris Story

The Nice Guys*

Art School Confidential (rewatch)

Adult Children of Divorce “A.C.O.D.”

Popstar: Never Stop never Stopping*

Kidpoker

That Moment: The Making of Magnolia*

The Master* (rewatch)

Gary Gulman: It’s About Time*

Finding Dory*

Gary Gulman: In This Economy?

Jaco*

Things We Lost In The Fire*

The Neon Demon

Regression

Free State of Jones

Bloodline: Season 2

Silicon Valley: Season 3*

Veep: Season 5*

Game of Thrones: Season 6*

The Forest

Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition

World's Greatest Dad

Edge of Tomorrow

The Weatherman*

Hell or High Water*

Contact

The Conjuring 2

Major League

The Captive

Bojack Horseman: Season 3

All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals*

Star Trek: Beyond

Last Chance U*

Captain Fantastic*

Suicide Squad

The Bronze

Stranger Things: Season 1*

Sausage Party

Batman: The Killing Joke*

Tom Segura: Mostly Stories* (rewatch)

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking*

30 For 30: Believeland*

Deathgasm

Indie Game: Life After*

Hunger*

Los Punks: We Are All We Have

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping* (rewatch)

The Light Between Oceans

The Deer Hunter*

Who Took Johnny?

Hush*

Masterminds

Anna Knox

The Girl on the Train

Swiss Army Man*

Mascots

In A Lonely Place*

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Accountant

Lights Out

Life Itself*

Doctor Strange

I Am Your Father*

Arrival

Undecided: The Movie*

The Confessions of Thomas Quick*

Following*

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari*

Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie

Something Wild

The Player*

Pervert Park

David Blaine: Real or Magic?*

Family Guy: Seasons 13 & 14

Trailer Park Boys: Seasons 3-10*

Allied

The Invitation*

Moonlight

Keanu

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Manchester by the Sea*

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope*

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them*

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back*

Imperium*

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story*

Yoga Hosers

The Good Neighbor*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best and Worst - 2016

Here I list my admiration and hatred for the films that came out in 2016. Enjoy, agree, disagree. Just keep in mind that my perspective on cinema remains one that demands good writing above all else. The story is it. Period. 

 

Best Films:

1) Nocturnal Animals

2) Manchester by the Sea

3) Hell or High Water

4) Captain Fantastic

5) Swiss Army Man

6) The Witch

7) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

8) The Jungle Book

9) Moonlight

10) Hush

 Worst Films: 

1) Birth of a Nation

2) Sausage Party

3) Doctor Strange

4) Suicice Squad

5) Lights Out

6) The Forest

7) The Neon Demon

8) Deadpool

9) Batman VS Superman

10) The Bronze

Best Leading Performances:

1) Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

2) Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

3) Kate Siegel (Hush)

Best Supporting Performances:

1) Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

2) Ralph Ineson (The Witch)

3) Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

4) Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

5) Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss Army Man)

6) Alicia Vikander (The Light Between Oceans)

7) Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys)

Best Screenplay:

1) Nocturnal Animals

2) Manchester by the Sea

3) The Witch

4) Hell or High Water

5) Triple Nine

Best Cinematography:

1) The Witch

2) Nocturnal Animals

3) Arrival

4) The Neon Demon

Best Editing:

1) Nocturnal Animals

2) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

3) Moonlight

Most overrated film:

Deadpool

Most underrated film:

Hush

Tail Slate - Newly minted production assistant believes he could easily direct film he's working on

Tanner Copely, 23, was recently hired to work on the dramatic feature film, "Steel River." Two days into shooting he was heard speaking with one of the grips by crafty saying, "Look, I know what I'm talking about. I have an associate's degree in media arts, and I've written many successful screenplays. The only reason I'm working as a PA on this shoot is because they'd already booked this director. And wow. I just...wow. I could make this film really great. I'm telling you. Really great."

Upon speaking with the rest of the crew, it was determined that everyone else was quite impressed with the film's current director. First AD Glen Hough said, "He's really efficient. He's also really good at getting what he wants from his actors. For something low-budget like this, he's doing great."

After a solid week of filming we caught up with Tanner, smoking a cigarette around the corner from set. "Oh, hey. They don't need me right now. I mean, they always need me. But. I just wanted to grab a smoke. From the looks of things, I don't think it could get any worse than this. I mean, the last scene they filmed, three actors were crying in one scene. I mean, overkill much? I wouldn't do that in a million years. I'd do things so differently. I just can't believe I have to deal with this while there are high quality screenplays sitting on my desk. That I've written. I'm such a good filmmaker. Everyone will see. You'll see. Time will tell."

Tanner was later escorted off set that same day for standing too close to the director's monitor multiple times. 

Everything I Watched in 2015

NOTE: I put an asterisk next to the films that I would personally, 100% recommend. If you watch one of these  off of my recommendation and hate it, you can absolutely blame me.  I watched a total of 145 feature length films (one every 60.4 hours). I also watched A TON of television. Some of the best filmmaking available right now is being broadcast on television. Especially in the comedy department. 

MOVIES (That I watched in their entirety for the first time):

Whiplash*

The Imitation Game

Good People

American Sniper

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Honeymoon*

Oculus

Inherent Vice

Better Living Through Chemistry

As Above So Below

Frank*

God’s Pocket

Young Frankenstein

A Most Violent Year

Trainspotting

Wetlands

Lovelace

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind*

The Maze Runner

Kill the Messenger*

Laggies

Into the Wild*

The Imposter*

Losers Take All

And the Oscar Goes To…

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

The Bunnyman Massacre

Maps to the Stars

Still Alice*

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The Better Angels*

Annabelle

Predestination*

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Rich Hill*

I Hate Christian Laettner*

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Outcast

The Game*

Fantastic Mr. Fox*

True Story

Adult Beginners

Ex Machina*

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Mad Max: Fury Road*

Hot Girls Wanted

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

It Follows

The Price of Gold

While We’re Young

Jurassic World

Slow West*

Marie Antoinette

A Deadly Adoption

Fingerprints

Tomorrowland*

Backcountry*

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl*

The Ice Storm*

A Serbian Film

Patch Adams

Spy

Ride With The Devil*

Owning Mahonwny*

An Honest Liar

Infinitely Polar Bear

Insurgent

Tig*

Seahorse

Chronic Con, Episode 420: A New Dope

30 for 30: Broke

Welcome to Me

I, Origins*

Locke*

Wild

Low Down

Creep*

The Damned

The Den*

To Live and Die in L.A.

Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot

30 for 30: Sole Man*

The Green Inferno

Pawn Sacrifice*

The Loft

Black Mass

Sicario

The Keeping Room*

Blade Runner: Final Cut*

30 for 30: Ghosts of Ole Miss*

30 for 30: Run Ricky Run

Reservation Road*    

Riingata

I Am Not a Hipster

30 for 30: The U Part Two

The Final Girls

Z For Zachariah

The Last Witch Hunter

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Casting By

Funny Games (1997)*

Funny Games (2007)*

Steve Jobs*

Spectre

Vacation

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Spotlight*

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Goodnight Mommy*

The Martian*

The Gift

The Wolfpack

Entertainment

Room*

American Ultra

Insidious*

99 Homes*

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Trainwreck

Insidious: Chapter 2

Insidious: Chapter 3

Stonehearst Asylum

The Visit

The Big Short*

The Hateful Eight*

Poltergeist (2015)

The Lazarus Effect*

Dream House

The End of the Tour*

 

REWATCHED:

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Gone Girl

Birdman

Macgruber

Whiplash

Nightcrawler

Tron: Legacy

Interstellar

The Village

Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion

Mad Max

Black Swan

Ex Machina

Return of the Jedi

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

 

TELEVISION

 

Peaky Blinders (Season 1)

Louis C.K. Live at the Comedy Store (2015)

Family Guy: Season 9

Family Guy: Season 10

Parks and Recreation: Season 7

House of Cards: Season 3

Archer: Season 6

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10

Workaholics: Season 5

The Last Man on Earth: Season 1

Bloodline: Season 1

Louie: Season 5

Game of Thrones: Season 5

Silicon Valley: Season 2

Veep: Season 4

7 Days in Hell

The Spoils Before Dying

Bojack Horseman: Season 2

Todd Barry: The Crowdwork Tour

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Dave Attell: Road Work

Archer: Vice

Demetri Martin: Live at the Time

The Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 1

Another Period: Season 1

Metalocalypse: Season 4

Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera

John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

W/ Bob & David: Season 1

Making a Murderer

The Best Films of 2015 (That I saw)

Every year I watch a ton of movies. Last year I averaged watching one like every 45 hours. I haven't compiled my entire list yet for this year, but I don't think it's very far off from that. I've studied film seriously for almost four years now and have been out of film school for two years. I make my own narrative short films and work on large scale commercial projects in the Charlotte area. This is not to say that my opinion matters more than anyone else's. You're going to enjoy what you're going to enjoy. However, good filmmaking should transcend expectation and embody what matters more than any of the countless other aspects of the craft: effective storytelling i.e. writing. Layering characters with subtext and appropriate motivation, or lack thereof. Calculating the visual experience in combination with the characters' ups and downs. Creating a narrative arc that we can remember and watch time and time again. This is my philosophy, and this is how the following list was conceived:

Best Character - Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs) Runner up - Ava (Ex Machina)

Best Production Design - Room

Best Sound Design - Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Editing - The Big Short

Best Cinematography - Spotlight Runner up - Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Supporting Performances (Ranked in order) - 

1. Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina

2. Jacob Tremblay - Room

3. Michael Shannon - 99 Homes

4. Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

5. Michael Stuhlbarg - Pawn Sacrifice

6. Samuel L. Jackson - The Hateful Eight

7. Benicio Del Toro - Sicario

8. Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight

9. Ezra Miller - The Stanford Prison Experiment

Best Leading Performances (Ranked in order) - 

1. Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs

2. Brie Larson - Room

3. Brit Marling - The Keeping Room

4. Tobey Maguire - Pawn Sacrifice

5. Matt Damon - The Martian

Best Screenplay - Jurassic World ...................... GOT EEM! ....................... Steve Jobs Runners up - The Keeping Room - Room - Spotlight - The Hateful Eight

Best Directing - Room Runner up - Spotlight

Best Film (Ranked in order) - 

1. Room

2. Spotlight

3. The Keeping Room

4. Ex Machina

5. Steve Jobs

6. Mad Max: Fury Road

7. The Big Short

8. The Hateful Eight

9. Pawn Sacrifice

10. The Martian

Worst Film (Ranked in order) - 

1. Jurassic World (Seriously, Mega Python VS. Gatoroid has a better script than this)

2. Kingsman: The Secret Service (All style, absolutely no substance)

3. While We're Young (Pretentious hipster garbage. Really disappointed in Noah Baumbach for this.)

Guilty Pleasure - The Green Inferno

Best Surprise - Tomorrowland

IN CLOSING:

I'll be pulling really hard for Room come Oscar time. That film transported me in a way no other did this year. Also, there were some really great blockbusters in 2015. Namely, Mad Max, The Martian, and Tomorrowland. This gives me hope that great stories can still be told at that level. However, just like every year since I started studying/working in film, indie reigns supreme. So many great independent films this year, just like last year and the year before that. Long live independent productions!