Thursday, June 23, 2016

5 Off My Head - One Half of Sixteen

I had no intention of doing this because I don't really like to show my hand halfway through the year over what will make my end-of-year lists, but... well I never even got around to making a best-of-year list last year, so maybe keeping track like this will help spur me on come January? And when I actually went through the first six months of 2016 it turned out that -- as long as I don't include films I saw at the Tribeca Film Festival which haven't been properly released yet -- there are pretty much exactly five movies I'd want to single out for extra special attention anyway. So let's! Here's my list of...

 The Five Best Movies of 2016's First Half...

(dir Todd Solondz) REVIEW

The Invitation 
(dir. Karyn Kusama) REVIEW

A Bigger Splash 
(dir. Luca Guadagnino) REVIEW
 Neon Bull 
(dir. Gabriel Mascaro)

The Witch
(dir. Robert Eggers) REVIEW

Runners-up: Embrace of the Serpent (review)
Tickled (review), The Green Room (review)

What have been your favorites movies of 2016?


Huckleberry said...

The Invitation: 90 minutes of hoping it won't end exactly how you think it will, and then it ends exactly how you thought it would. What a letdown.

Calamaio said...

Hail, Caesar!, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

1. Sing Street.
2. The Lobster.
3. Hail Caesar.
4. 10 Cloverfield Lane.
5. A Bigger Splash

remy said...

I need to watch A Bigger Splash.

My list:

1. The Lobster
2. The Whitch
3. High-Rise
4. Neon Bull
5. Green Room
6. Embrace of the Serpent

Anonymous said...

God, I hated every minute of The Witch. Some nice looking shots that could pass for Renaissance paintings, for an insufferable amount of religious fanatism that unexpectedly reads as religious propaganda even though its intention is the opposite. As a Catholic, I don't think I've ever attended a mass service with as many God references as this movie. I just can't with the internet love for this s**t.

Anonymous said...

1. The Witch
2. The Lobster
3. A Bigger Splash
4. Pee-Wee's Big Holiday (yep, it counts)
5. Deadpool (shut up, I haven't seen a lot of movies in theaters so far this year and, hey, at least it was fun)

JA said...

You guys have fabulous taste, by the way!

Well except those of you disagreeing with me ;)

ONE THING: When I wrote up this list I didn't even think of The Lobster because I saw it last year and I guess I would've included on my 2015 list, if I had ever made my 2015 list. But now I'm reconsidering -- I'm not sure which list it will end up on right this minute. But if I had been thinking of it as 2016, it would have made this list, IT WOULD BE NUMBER ONE. Just know that! :)