My top 10 favorite movies of 2016


The Ones I Missed:
Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Hell or High Water, Jackie, Kubo and the Two Strings

The Ones I Liked:
Arrival, The Witch, High-Rise, Knight of Cups, I Am Not A Serial Killer, Popstar, Moana

The Ones I Loved (Top 10):

10 | The Lobster
A twisted, hilarious gut punch of a movie, and a reminder that Colin Farrell is one our greatest living actors.

9 | La La Land
Beautifully dramatizes the idea that it’s not always a straight line from where you are to where you want to be.

Only a master like Spielberg could craft a fart joke sequence as brilliant as the one featured here. Rylance is impeccable.

The Jungle Book
Somehow a Kipling adaptation delivers a powerful, forward-thinking, anti-colonialism message in a year that desperately needed it.

| Green Room
A perfect study in building tension and then releasing it through shocking moments of violence. Stunning subtle performances from everyone.

Hail Caesar!
Come for the fun riffs on classic cinematic styles; stay for the deep-rooted, morally-complex themes about the intersections between business, politics, and Christian faith. It’s kept me thinking all year.

The less you know, the better. The second-best paranoia thriller of the year.

The Invitation
The less you know, the better. The best paranoia thriller of the year.

| Hunt for the Wilderpeople
You can’t help but fall in love with these characters. The funniest movie of the year. Ricky Baker!

It spoke to me on a profound level. Among Scorsese’s finest, which means it’s one of the best movies ever made.