It’s that time of year when a colorful nicely wrapped list is put together for movies that survived a turbulent year to say the least. Let’s start.
10. The Shallows
A Blake Lively movie that’s too small to make waves but surprisingly turned out good. Nancy is attacked by a great white shark while on holiday, either she dies or the shark dies, its that simple. The Shallows goes out of its way not to try and top Gravity, thereby making it a great quite entry that’s worth your money. Find it, watch it and get back to me.
I didn’t expect to love this movie. But when the events started playing out , I realised I’ve asked myself that same question before “did I do the right thing in a particular situation”? The decision to land the plane in the Hudson River was not made lightly, but with lives on the line Sully had to make the call. Company men come in all shapes and sizes but some are heroes when the need arises and this drama illustrates that.
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
“Some things” have landed on earth and a “good” Samaritan saves your life after a car accident leading up to the alien invasion, how do you thank them? Simple…by escaping the safety of their bunker as fast as you can. The creepy factor in this “installment” from producer JJ Abrams puts the fear of God in you from across the dinner table. 10 Cloverfield Lane is a smart side note from the last Cloverfield entry. It’s not a sequel to the movie of the same name but none of that matters when John Goodman is trying to save your life…whether you like it or not.
7. Star Trek beyond
This Star Trek entry is one of the best ones in a long time. You can go ahead and add this next to Wrath of Khan, and I stand by that. I didn’t like Into Darkness, and the first movie in 2008 was serviceable to say the least, but Beyond doubles down on what made the original series good to begin with. It’s not perfect, but neither was the original series but the big ideas are again taking centre stage and that’s what Star Trek was always about.
6. Sausage party
Challenging religious believes using food, ok.
5. The Jungle Book
I’d say a lot of kids where pleasantly entertained by this movie. The cgi was good, the story was not complicated and the songs didn’t ruin the experience. It deserves a 2016 spot for achieving these in a time where adults cry over kiddy properties. And I bet my money that this Jon Favreau flick will still hold up when WB release its version in 2018.
4. Captain America: Civil War
“When captain America throws his mighty shield, all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield” 1966 theme lyrics.
The thing that most people overlook about this movie is that it was not just a movie, it was an experience. Marvel was saying thank you to all the loyal supporters that stuck with them for 8 years, and this is the pay off. All that knowledge gathered in the past 8 years since Mr. Stark announced to the world he’s Iron Man pays off when fans have to choose a side. Laugh at the villain’s plans all you want but you missing out on an experience that’s more rewarding than you think.
When years of asking,dealing and organising finally pay off, you get Captain Deadpool or just Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds has no business being a big name in 2016 with a genre defining superhero movie, but he does. And not just in the movie circuit. The advertising campaign for Deadpool deserves every award it’s won and then some. He has worked hard to win a role he believed in and went the extra mile to make it special for the mainstream audience, R rating and all. Fuck yeah!!!
2. Kubo and the 2 strings
My favourite animated movie to date is Spirited Away Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this is close second to that. The depth of the story and the characters make you feel for Kubo as he goes on a dangerous journey to escape sh!tty family members. The art is fantastic and the story is well crafted, it made 2016 special in a “touch-your-heart” kind of way. Classic status for this one.
1. The Nice Guys
The father of buddy cop action movies returns with another Christmas themed murder mystery. You watch a Shane Black movie for Shane Black humour and Shane Black wit. The story goes; a private eye and a knock-around-guy team up to solve the murder of a porn star. You walk away loving the characters and enjoying them going about the business of getting justice for the little man or in this case, the perfectly-shaped-boob pornstar with a great smile and rebel with a cause attitude. The soundtrack is great the dialogue is great and it’s a great time with characters you can relate too. This was the movie to beat for 2016.
What’s your list, let me know below. Happy new year ?