Last year, I was really excited to get to the Top Ten list. This year, not so much.
I’m still not sure how I feel about 2016. By and large, there were more movies that I liked as compared to other years, but fewer movies that I loved. I liked a lot of stuff, but overall, you can’t help but feel like this year was a weak year for film, especially given the giant amount of major films that were either disappointments or straight up bad. But I think that’s a mask for what’s actually a pretty quietly solid year for smaller films. Though that still didn’t make it easy to figure out this list.
Last year, there was a workable top ten list ready to go by Thanksgiving, had I needed to. This year by Thanksgiving, I had about three movies. And I realized I had to reevaluate my expectations. This ended up being the most difficult top ten list I’ve had since 2013. (more…)