There’s been a lot of ink spilled about 2016 being a terrible year for films, but that’s really not the case. Sure, it’s been a fairly crummy year in a lot of respects, and the big studio movies have by and large been fairly forgettable, but for smaller titles it’s been a great year – and there’s even been the odd really good blockbuster as well. So without further ado, let’s get to it: in no particular order, my ten favourite films of 2016.
Forget about THE HATEFUL EIGHT – this was the best Western starring Kurt Russell and his magnificent moustache released this year. A compellingly weird genre blend of old-fashioned oater and cannibalistic horror, it certainly stick in the memory. The first two acts play out much like THE SEARCHERS, with a quartet of cowboys and gunslingers trading some of the year’s best dialogue as they pursue their cannibal quarry. And then the final act slams a hard left into truly gruesome, terrifying horror in the vein of THE HILLS HAVE EYES as our characters realise just how badly outmatched they are. It’s terrific stuff, and has the best kill of the year too.
THE NICE GUYS
HELL OR HIGH WATER
I, DANIEL BLAKE
LA LA LAND
But seriously, that space battle was an all-timer, wasn’t it?
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