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My Favorite Female Lead Performances of 2016

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the female lead performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite lead performances of 2016: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “You look so unhappy.” “Well are you happy? Here?” “Maybe I’m not perfect at it. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I want to be here.”

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My Favorite Male Lead Performances of 2016

Every January, I make myself pick out specific performances I loved from the previous year. I spend so much time talking about movies, but I don’t actually give credit to specific performances. The only time I’ll talk about them is when I’m going over the Oscars. Which isn’t the same thing.

The great thing about lists like this is that it forces you to consider everything. You immediately start thinking of the performances that are nominated for the awards. But if you consider each and every movie you saw from the year (and I did. All 350 of them), and think about how you really felt about all the specific performances, you’re gonna be surprised which ones you actually liked best. (Especially if you can be honest about it and don’t think about what’s already out there, which few people are willing to be.)

Today I’ll be covering all the male lead performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t matter. These are just the ones I enjoyed the most. We’re not talking about awards-worthy or whatever.

So here are my favorite male lead performances of 2016: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “In my life, it has always been the harmless stuff that hurt the most. When there’re things so horribly, you can’t even imagine it. It’s usually a lot easier than you think. You never really know, until you’re the one standing there.”

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The Most Underseen Films of 2016

Onto my final list for the year in terms of films, before we break it down into more individual merits.

This is a list of the films that I felt needed bigger audiences than they got. Simple as that. I’m not even gonna tell you they’re great movies (though obviously I recommend them if I’m putting them on this list). I’m not saying you’re going to love all of them. I’m just saying — they should be seen by more people and are worthy of your time.

Plus, I’m pretty cool, and I have good opinions, so you’re probably gonna like most of these.

Here are the films I feel are the most underseen films of 2016: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “You boys are a regular family business.”

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The Most Underrated Films of 2016

Today we discuss the films of 2016 that are much better than people are giving them credit for. Sometimes they’re movies that people straight up overlooked, sometimes they’re huge movies that are respected that I think are better than people are saying. Sometimes they’re movies that people hated that I think are quietly very good. We run the gamut here.

The main criterion for this list is — you think one thing about this movie… it’s better than that.

So here are the films I consider to be the most underrated films of 2016: (more…)