My Favorite Films of 2016

The 89th Academy Awards are tonight, so I thought I’d share my favorite films of 2016.

Since tastes in entertainment are very personal, I’m not going to say these are the best films of 2016. I’m also not going to predict which movies will win at the Oscars. I’m just listing the movies that moved me, made me think, or that I would recommend for others to see.

I’d love to hear your feedback on these films or which ones from last year were your favorites.

Todd’s Top 5 Favorite Films of 2016 (as of 2/26/2017):

La La Land

Okay, this one may win the Oscar and I would totally agree. It was definitely my favorite movie of the year. I’ve always been a fan of the classic musicals like Singing in the Rain and West Side Story, and writer-director Damien Chazelle brought that nostalgia back with La La Land. Even if you’re not into musicals, I think it’s worth a watch just for the storytelling, the acting, and the visuals. It’s also a pretty good representation of the artist’s life in Los Angeles.

My favorite song from the movie is Emma Stone’s solo, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).” Check out the teaser trailer below.

Lion

I honestly have to say this movie made me cry more than any other movie I have ever seen. It’s based on the true story of a lost child looking for his family. It’s a journey worth taking. It also brings to light the tragedy of tens of thousands of missing children in India. #LionHeart

Miss Sloane

A movie that went under the radar, but should be seen by more people. An amazing performance by Jessica Chastain with an exciting twist-and-turn story by first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perrera. The topics of gun control, political lobbying, and government malfeasance make it a very timely film.

Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson re-establishes his reputation in Hollywood as a great filmmaker with this World War II movie that explores bravery, faith, patriotism, and the sanctity of life. Not to mention, the battle scenes were filmed in a way that make you feel like you’re actually there.

Hell or High Water

This movie can be described as a violent cops-and-robbers story, but it is so much more. At the core, it’s a movie about family and the extent to which a father goes to give his sons a better life. Amidst the violence and crime is a story of love and empathy.

 

Bonus: Documentary Film

Before the Flood

I haven’t seen many of the documentaries from 2016, though I know there are many notable ones. However, I did see Before the Flood at a screening and was quite impressed. Leonardo DiCaprio has been very vocal about the environment, but this movie reveals the reasons behind his passion. It combines his personal journey to understand climate change while revealing our need for action.

Happy Moviegoing!

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