Hey everyone, my buddy Mark Adams is back with another guest blog! He’s going to give you his rundown of his best film picks of last year, plus a little bit more, as the title suggests. If you like this blog and want to see more from Mark, let him know in the comments, and give him a follow on his new Twitter account: @GryffinMark. Take it away, Marknado!
(Oh and yes, my top 10 is coming next, by request)
MARKIE MARK’S 10 BEST MOVIES OF 2016 AND MORE!
LA LA LAND
My Best Picture winner and rightfully so. As a fan of old school musicals and not your typical love stories, this movie entertained me greatly.
One of the most creative and funniest films in a long time. Add onto it that it’s a comic book movie and you have so much goodness happening.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Epic story telling. Another home run for Marvel. The airport scene is one of the best fight scenes ever. Does anyone else think Robert Downey Jr. was overlooked for award talk for his performance?
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Welcome back Wizarding World! Great start to new magical adventures. My favorite film of the year. The characters, the music, the story, and the costumes brought us back into the world of witches and wizard in such a fun way. I look forward to seeing what magic is created next.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
I wasn’t blown away after the first viewing. Don’t get me wrong, great throwback Star Wars storytelling. Those last 15 minutes are amazing! But it wasn’t till after a second viewing that this film made it to my top 10.
I went into it with low expectations and was shocked at how wonderful the film was. The songs are all enjoyable, but the main song “How Far I’ll Go” is award worthy. My vote for Best Animated movie of the year.
There are just some movies you walk out of and are just blown away by the top notch acting. This film is by far one of them. The three main actresses all deserved high praise for their performances. Some of the supporting men did as well, but these ladies owned the show. Taraji P. Henson should of easily been nominated for Best Actress.
This film is one that flew under the radar and I hope to bring more love its way. The soundtrack is one of the best of the year. If you like 80’s nostalgia then you’ll really appreciate the film. The story is a romantic one where a boy will do anything to get the girl. Even start a band.
LIVE BY NIGHT
An underrated gangster film from the under appreciated Ben Affleck. With this film go into it thinking of early Hollywood gangster movies with an influence of Martin Scorsese. The acting is top notch.
A MONSTER CALLS
A small film that carries a big heart. The film’s young star delivers a performance that will blow you away. The film mixes fantasy storytelling and real world elements to bring this story of loss and anger to life.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sully, The Nice Guys, Doctor Strange, Zootopia, Arrival, and 13 Hours.
MY WORST OF THE YEAR: Independence Day: Resurgence. You had so many good ideas but then you just went horribly wrong. You were my biggest disappoint of the year.
MY BIGGEST SURPRISES: Nerve, The Shallows. Both very thrilling for such little films.
MY SHOUT OUT FILMS
BFG: Almost made the honorable mention list. A wonderful children’s story film that will remind you of the fun you had with Peter Pan and other children films.
TROLLS: Almost made the honorable mention list over Zootopia. I left Trolls highly entertained and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Fun soundtrack.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: EXTENDED EDITION: Yes, the film could of and should of been great. I am sad at the lack of storytelling with Superman but I understand they had to set everyone else up. Watch the extended cut, it adds a lot to the story that was missing.