Top Ten Movies 2016


I watched a lot of movies this year.  I watched a lot of very good movies.  I also watched a few bad ones and several disappointing ones.  But the list below, in descending order compiles the movies that had the greatest impact on me during 2016.  A few may have actually been theatrically released prior to 2016 but I didn’t get to see them until this year.

10.

Zootropolis

Zootropolis

‘Disney does it again with very likeable characters, gorgeous animation and a fun, exciting story with plenty of great moments’

9.

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

Shane Black writes and directs the spiritual sequel to Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and the result is every bit as good as that sounds’

8.

The Witch

The Witch

‘One of the more original and genuinely disturbing horror movies of the year’

7.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

‘It shouldn’t work but oh boy … does it.  Disney deliver a remake that really impresses’

6.

X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse

‘Underrated comic book entertainment and for me, the best X-Men movie since X2’

5.

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

‘The biopic of the controversial rap pioneers proves more emotional than I expected’

4.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One

‘A spin off movie every bit as good as the famed saga?  Oh yes and then some!’

3.

The Revenant

The Revenant

Alejandro G. Iñárritu delivers a powerhouse man vs nature survival epic that breaks as many hearts as it does DiCaprio’s bones’

2.

Sing Street

Sing Street

‘Feel good coming-of-age drama with great music, great characters and great performances’

1.

The Martian

The Martian

‘Ridley Scott proves without a doubt that he’s still got it and delivers a powerful, funny, breath-taking sci-fi drama with genuine heart’

A few almost as deserving ‘honourable mentions’ include:

When Marnie Was There

Arrival

Captain America: Civil War

It’s been another great year for movies and I am already looking forward to what 2017 has in store.  Happy New Year everyone and hoping next year is good to you all.

Craig.

Sing Street


Viewed – 23 August 2016  Online rental

Occasionally a movie comes along that you don’t find out about through expensive advertising campaigns, but by sheer accident, watching something on YouTube and it gets a brief but enthusiastic mention.  That was my experience and has to be said I still wasn’t rushing out to see it, but happened upon it when browsing newly released rentals, so thought I’d give it a shot.  And am I glad that I did.

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A young kid (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) growing up in Dublin during the mid eighties, finds his family falling on hard times and has to move schools from a posh public school to a regular school and quickly becomes the target of the local bully and a tyrannical head master.  However he’s quickly distracted from such woes when he spots a girl in the neighbourhood he’s immediately drawn to.  Influenced by his slacker elder brother’s constant speeches about music he asks said girl if she wants to star in his music video for his non-existent band, and when to his surprise she agrees, he realises he actually has to put a band together.

Sing Street RaphinaWith the backdrop of the 80s, the new-romantic fashion trend, pop music like Duran Duran and The Cure, I found myself transported back to my childhood and an era that seemed both  alien and all too familiar at the same time.  This utterly charming and feel good movie is full of personality and interesting characters and packs a lot of heart into it’s story.  Think a cross between Gregory’s Girl and The Commitments and you may see what this one’s going for.  It’s nostalgic and funny but also authentic to what was going on back then.  The relationship between the kid and his elder brother is wonderfully well observed and made me think of myself growing up, looking to my own sibling in a similar way.  It’s also full of memorable songs, some of which were penned for this movie by writer / director John Carney, who apparently comes from a musical background himself.

To nit pick would be to do this a disservice as it works on pretty much every level, but I did find it a bit odd how the kid and his band mates go alarmingly fast from a bit dodgy to very professional, and the ending was a little silly.  Yet this is a movie you’ll probably not have heard of or would pass by in a heart beat …but really don’t as it’s one of the most purely entertaining and thought-provoking movies of the year.  Essential.

Verdict:  5 /5