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Best Films of 2016 So Far

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016 7:38 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Well, by the end of the year we should be able to think of 10 films that were best for this year. Often in the fall there is an onslaught of quality works, or at least hyped ones, and we don't want to forget the entries from the beginning of the year. Plus, by this time we should have at least 5 films in mind that could be contenders.


So which 5-10 films so far in 2016 do you think are the best?

Without thinking too much about it, I'll start with:
Criminal
Midnight Special
Jason Bourne
Deadpool
13 Hours
Hilliary's America
Free State of Jones
Jane Got a Gun
10 Cloverfield Lane
London Has Fallen



What say you?


The space following here I expect to list a compilation of your lists.


DeadPool is No. 1 - SGG
Star Trek: Beyond - SGG
Captain America: Civil War - SGG, GWEK
10 Cloverfield Lane - SGG
Midnight Special - SGG
Rogue One - GWEK
Trolls - GWEK
Suicide Squad - GWEK
Now You See Me 2 - GWEK
Office Party - GWEK
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - GWEK
Central Intelligence - GWEK
Moana - GWEK
Magnificent Seven - GWEK
Doctor Strange - GWEK
Kubo and the Two Strings - GWEK



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Thursday, August 4, 2016 1:04 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


OK, thought about it more and came up with 10. I'll assume some of them will become superseded before the end of the year.

Nobody else has seen a film that might be a 10 Best of the year?

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:47 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


For me, of the films I have seen so far this year..............

DeadPool is No. 1
Star Trek: Beyond
Captain America: Civil War
10 Cloverfield Lane
Midnight Special

Off the top of my head, those are the Best 5 of the year, up to now.


SGG

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Monday, August 22, 2016 6:41 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I should remember to keep an eye on Abolitionists.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 8:41 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Well, summer has wrapped up - so has anybody seen a summer flick which needs inclusion?
An update to your list?

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Monday, January 16, 2017 8:46 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


OK, so the year has completed.

I can add Rogue One to my list. Maybe Passengers.

Need to think more on it.


What are your lists from 2016?
You may make a separate list for Sci-Fi if you wish.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:41 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
OK, so the year has completed.

I can add Rogue One to my list. Maybe Passengers.

Need to think more on it.


What are your lists from 2016?
You may make a separate list for Sci-Fi if you wish.


Hidden Figures may be, if counted as 2016.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 8:36 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Sully was also very good. But maybe not as compelling after the first viewing.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017 4:24 PM

GWEK


Not a banner year, in my opinion.

1) Rogue One - revived my faith in Star Wars.

2) Trolls - a surprisingly clever "post-Disney" princess movie. The most fun trolls have been since Shrek.

3) Suicide Squad - Not as good as Guardians of the Galaxy, but, for me, at least, a much better movie than Deadpool. But then, I love the whole " bunch of people in varying shades of gray" thing.

4) Now You See Me 2 - The original is head and shoulders better than the sequel, but this merits a slot if only for the "card" scene. Definitely worth a watch!

5) Office Party / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - Hard to pick just one of these, since they're reminiscent of two of my comedic favorites from the past decade or so (Horrible Bosses and Wedding Crashers).

6) Central Intelligence - Probably the best action comedy of the year. The tagline alone - "Sometimes it takes a little Hart and a big Johnson" - is award-worthy.

7) Moana - Neither as thematically pure as Frozen not as fun as Tangled, it's a really good Disney movie nonetheless. The music isn't as catchy as some recent flicks, but grows on you over time.

8) Magnificent Seven - A number of great performances (Denzel, Pratt, and especially Hawke). Ultimately, though, it doesn't explore new territory in the Western genre, which is waht puts it so low on the list.

9) Captain America - Civil War / Doctor Strange - Both good, neither spectacular. They are definitely enjoyable movies, but the genre is getting tired. Still, better than DC's entries.

10) Kubo and the Two Strings - This one has a spot at the bottom of the list because I'm still not sure if I liked it, but it was definitely compelling viewing.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:24 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by GWEK:
Not a banner year, in my opinion.

1) Rogue One - revived my faith in Star Wars.

2) Trolls - a surprisingly clever "post-Disney" princess movie. The most fun trolls have been since Shrek.

3) Suicide Squad - Not as good as Guardians of the Galaxy, but, for me, at least, a much better movie than Deadpool. But then, I love the whole " bunch of people in varying shades of gray" thing.

4) Now You See Me 2 - The original is head and shoulders better than the sequel, but this merits a slot if only for the "card" scene. Definitely worth a watch!

5) Office Party / Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - Hard to pick just one of these, since they're reminiscent of two of my comedic favorites from the past decade or so (Horrible Bosses and Wedding Crashers).

6) Central Intelligence - Probably the best action comedy of the year. The tagline alone - "Sometimes it takes a little Hart and a big Johnson" - is award-worthy.

7) Moana - Neither as thematically pure as Frozen not as fun as Tangled, it's a really good Disney movie nonetheless. The music isn't as catchy as some recent flicks, but grows on you over time.

8) Magnificent Seven - A number of great performances (Denzel, Pratt, and especially Hawke). Ultimately, though, it doesn't explore new territory in the Western genre, which is waht puts it so low on the list.

9) Captain America - Civil War / Doctor Strange - Both good, neither spectacular. They are definitely enjoyable movies, but the genre is getting tired. Still, better than DC's entries.

10) Kubo and the Two Strings - This one has a spot at the bottom of the list because I'm still not sure if I liked it, but it was definitely compelling viewing.


From your list, I agree with Rogue One and maybe Office Party - too many better than it.
But you have me intrigued by Kubo now.
Not sure if you and I have vastly different tastes, or viewing habits.
Thanks for the input. I gotta post more later.

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Monday, January 30, 2017 8:12 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I think I might put Hacksaw Ridge in my top ten of the year.
And I'm not sure yet if Arrival is the best of the year or not - I'll be seeing it again tomorrow, I hope.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 9:08 AM

GWEK


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Not sure if you and I have vastly different tastes, or viewing habits.



I'm pretty sure it's both.

To put it in perspective, of the original 10 you posted mid-year, I have seen 6, of which I found three dead boring, and three somewhat entertaining but not enough to make the cut for me.

Of the remaining four, I have one in my netflix queue and an active desire to NOT see the others.

Some of my viewing habits are shaped by my 7-year old daughter (although I would probably still see the big Disney releases without her), and others my how many hours there are in the day.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 7:57 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by GWEK:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Not sure if you and I have vastly different tastes, or viewing habits.



I'm pretty sure it's both.

To put it in perspective, of the original 10 you posted mid-year, I have seen 6, of which I found three dead boring, and three somewhat entertaining but not enough to make the cut for me.

Of the remaining four, I have one in my netflix queue and an active desire to NOT see the others.

Some of my viewing habits are shaped by my 7-year old daughter (although I would probably still see the big Disney releases without her), and others my how many hours there are in the day.


Excellent info. Thanks.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017 3:56 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Well, by the end of the year we should be able to think of 10 films that were best for this year. Often in the fall there is an onslaught of quality works, or at least hyped ones, and we don't want to forget the entries from the beginning of the year. Plus, by this time we should have at least 5 films in mind that could be contenders.


So which 5-10 films so far in 2016 do you think are the best?

Without thinking too much about it, I'll start with:
Criminal
Midnight Special
Jason Bourne
Deadpool
13 Hours
Hilliary's America
Free State of Jones
Jane Got a Gun
10 Cloverfield Lane
London Has Fallen



What say you?


Hacksaw Ridge and Arrival were both better than London Has Fallen, I think, so that one drops off the list. That still leaves 11.
Hidden Figures is in the running, but not quite there.
Although a true story and great history lesson, Free State of Jones did have a bit of slow spots. So dropping that brings me to the Top Ten:

Criminal
Midnight Special
Jason Bourne
Deadpool
13 Hours
Hilliary's America
Jane Got a Gun
10 Cloverfield Lane
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge

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