I've heard a bunch of armchair critics claim that 2016 has been the worst year in film history. This statement is clearly hyperbolic in nature and should be considered with the same seriousness as someone who populates their reviews with statements like "FANTASTIC BEATS is the greatest film adaptation of all time" or "CAPTAIN AMERICA should be seriously considered for best picture." So, in an attempt to add a bit of positivity to our conversation I compiled a list of 26 films that made this year not only passable but a phenomenal year for film. Granted most of the films on this list are indies and docs but that just happens to be where my tastes lead me and hopefully, I can encourage you to see something you may have missed.

Editor's Note: This is in no way a complete list of all the exceptional films that were released in 2016. In fact, the author has not seen MOONLIGHT, CHRISTENE, HACKSAW RIDGE, ARRIVAL, ELLE, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, LION EVOLUTION or PATTERSON, so take his best of list with a grain of heavily iodized salt. The author of this piece felt he could have easily made the list 52 films long but alas he is lazy and we don't pay very well so we give a list of 26 films. One for every other week. How many do you need you greedy bastard?







The Ones That Grew On Me

1.Everbody Wants Some
2.The Lobster
3 Maggie's Plan

The One's That Surprized Me

4. Goat
5. La La Land
6. Sing Street

2016 The Year for Docs

7. Gleason
8. Pervert Park
9. Doomed
10. Tickled
11. DePlama
12. Nuts!

The Odd Balls

13. Der Bunker
14. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
15. Hello My Name is Dorris
16. The Arbalest
17. Little Sister

The Creepy Ones

18. Hush
19. The Invitation
20. Green Room
21. White Girl
22. Under The Shadow

Love at First Sight

23. Hell or High Water
24. Lazy Eye
25. Don't Think Twice
26. The Nice Guys