Top 10 Movies of 2016

2016 have gone and passed and though it’s been a hit and miss for big budget blockbuster movies, no doubt the year has given us some of the most memorable movies to date.

Counting down is my personal top 10 movies of the year, this list is purely subjective and it’s not an official list of any sort.

10. The Witch

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Coming at number 10 is The Witch, this haunting movie gave me the creeps when I watched it. From the gloomy look to the sound design to the characters it’s a very creepy movie and it’s one that puts shivers down your spine.

9. Deadpool

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Coming in at number 9 is the Merc with the Mouth, Deadpool. Boy am I glad that this film did great. From the jokes to the characters this movie is incredibly funny and solidifies Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. It revitalized his career and without a doubt revitalized the property.

8. Kubo and The Two Strings

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Number 8 is one I was really excited to watch and glad to say I really liked. Kubo and the Two Strings, the stop motion animation was jaw droppingly incredible. The voice acting was great as well as the mythology. Laika studios should be proud of this movie as it is one of the better animations to come out this year.

7. Star Wars: Rogue One

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Number 7 is Rogue One A Star Wars Story, I appreciated this film with the tone it took. With darker tone and more serious characters this broke off from the original movies and gave it it’s own personality. The 3rd act of this movie was an intense edge of your seat moment and every Star Wars fan should check it out.

6. Dr. Strange

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Number 6 is a superhero movie, Dr Strange. Much like Deadpool this is another origin story but an extremely effective one. The mind bending visuals gave me a unique viewing experience and not to mention that Benedict Cumberbatch depicted Dr Stephen Strange perfectly.

5. Nocturnal Animals

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Nocturnal Animals comes in at number 5 and what a great movie this is. The story within a story format worked really well and it’s very tense. All four leads were great in their roles especially Aaron Taylor Johnson. This is an incredibly strong thriller and one that’s worth checking out.

4. The Wailing (Goksung)

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Number 4 is a Korean horror movie, The Wailing. This movie is amazing, it’s got horror, drama and mix in a little bit of mystery and you got this gem. The mythology they used to craft such a gripping story is awesome. One of the better foreign movies this year and it’s definitely worth checking out.

3. La La Land

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Number 3 is La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle. La La Land is a musical that features Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. This movie is beautiful, from the music to the look to the dance numbers everything about this movie is near perfect. Definitely one of the best movies of the year.

2. Captain America: Civil War

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Adapted from one of the most successful storylines in the comics, Civil War pits Captain America and Iron Man against each other as their different ideologies clash as well as their fists. This is a dream come true for fans who loved the Civil War series and to finally see it depicted in the big screen is incredible. The Russos did a masterful job in adapting the storyline and it makes me want to look forward to their next project.

1. Your Name (Kimi no na wa)

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Coming in at number 1 and my personal favourite movie of the year is Your Name. Makoto Shinkai has done it again with his gut wrenching romance and story telling. The animation on this film is gorgeous, the music accompanies the film very well and our two leads are great. The body swapping story worked really well and was executed perfectly.

So there you go my top 10 films of 2016. There are other great movies that came out this year. Movies such as Arrival, Green Room, Zootopia, Moana and the list goes on but these 10 movies are my personal favourites. Let me know if you agree with me tell what are yours in the comment section below. Thank You for taking the time to read this and until next time!!

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Movie Review: The Witch

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Set in 1630s New England, The Witch is a story about a family ex communicated from a Puritan settlement, in return forced to live in the wilderness and terrorized by possibly a Witch living near their home.

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The Good

Easily the creepiest movie and possibly the best horror movie to come out this year. The Witch is an incredibly unsettling experience. The sound is haunting and it lingers even after you’ve seen the movie. It’s increasingly disturbing as it goes and it does an amazing job creating an eerie environment that would definitely give you goosebumps and make you squirm on your seat.

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First time director Robert Eggers understands horror and he knows what makes you uncomfortable. He did an incredible job with this movie and his actors and actresses did the same. They are all very good in the movie, each bringing out the best performance they can get from one another. Anya Taylor Joy who plays Thomasin is without a doubt the breakout star in this movie. With her convincing and strong performance she did a great job playing her role.

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The cinematography is great, the movie has very bleak visuals which creates a feeling of hopelessness and though you want to root for the family to prosper, you can tell it’s all downhill from the get go. The story is very unpredictable and it keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next.


The Bad

Though it did an amazing job creating an extremely uncomfortable environment. The movie does starts very slow. Some might find this boring though when the horror and unpredictability kicks in, it’s a disturbing experience all the way to the end.

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Seeing how the movie’s set in the 1600s the character’s dialogue are filled with “thou” and “thy”. This in return, might make it difficult for viewers to understand the movie and at times I found myself needing subtitles.


Rating

The Witch won’t be for everyone, horror fans who loves jump-scares will most likely find this movie boring for the most part. However if you’re someone who enjoyed movies such as It Follows, Let The Right One In or The Babadook, The Witch is something you would appreciate. It’s a slow burn of a movie that builds up to an intense climax and it’s one that lingers hours after you’ve seen the movie.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Strong Performances
  • Eerie and Uncomfortable Atmosphere
  • Haunting Sound
  • Slow Start
  • Hard to Understand Dialogue