TOP 50 MOVIES OF 2016 – 50-41



50. The Neon Demon
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by Mary Laws,Nicolas Winding Refn, and Polly Stenham

I love Nicolas Winding Refn. That Dane is an A+ in my book. Shit, I even liked Only God Forgives. I thought it was pretty cool. Style over substance, but man it had some STYLE. This probably WOULD have been a case of style over substance, if not for the incredible ending, It retroactively made the whole movie better.

That being said, holy shit guys watch his Pusher trilogy.

49. X-Men: Apocalypse
Directed by Bryan Singer
Written by Simon Kinberg

I LOVE the X-Men. They are and always have been my favorite superhero team. This movie was pure X-Men: The Animated Series. It didn’t do so hot with the critics, but it’s definitely overall my 3rd favorite entry in the franchise. It’s pure cartoon fun.

48. The Edge of Seventeen
Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig
Written by Kelly Fremon Craig

The Edge of Seventeen is a teenager coming-of-age dramedy. Sounds played-out and typical, but it’s actually really good. This is better than your average entry into this genre, due to the R-rating. Let’s be honest, most movies about 17-year-olds don’t really capture what it felt like to be 17 because they can’t be realistic due to the PG-13 rating. Anyway basically what I’m saying is this is a movie about teenagers where they can say “fuck” and talk about sex like actual teenagers do. It gets a little sentimental and unrealistic, but overall, it’s one of the best entries in its genre to date.

47. The Invitation
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi

Despite the fact that even calling The Invitation a horror movie is basically a spoiler, I’m telling you it is one. But I won’t tell you why. This is the scariest yuppies have been since American Psycho. WATCH IT. SUPPORT INDIE HORROR.

46. Star Trek Beyond
Directed by Justin Lin
Written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung

My friend Zach loves Star Trek. He also hated the first new Trek movie and thought the second one was “meh.” He liked this one. That should tell you something. Me? I like the first Trek movie, really like the second one, and LOVE this one. It was pure space exploring fun. AND IT SHOULD HAVE WON THE OSCAR FOR BEST MAKE-UP OH HOLY SHIT MAN I AM SO MAD.

45. Hush
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Written by Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel

Hush is a home invasion horror movie about a man who invades the woodland getaway of a deaf writer. Yup she is DEAF what a GREAT TWIST. She can’t hear him. Oh man this was such a cool, tense movie. And it was written by Mike Flanagan and his WIFE Kate Siegel who is also the STAR of the movie WOW what a great thing. Great horror movie.

44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
Written by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone

A parody of the newfound pop star documentary, Popstar is an incredibly funny mockumentary (one of my favorite genres) with an incredibly funny soundtrack. This movie is non-stop laughs from start to finish. Definitely one of the funniest movies of the year.

43. Hail, Caesar!
Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

I love the Coen brothers, and although many people consider this “minor Coen” (which is like wow the most pretentious shit I can think of), I tend to disagree. This is a thoroughly entertaining movie with some of the best set design I’ve seen in years. Also, if I were to make a list of the best individual scenes in film in the year, the sailor dance would be in the top 10, if not top 5.

42. The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Directed by André Øvredal
Written by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing

This wonderful man gave the world Trollhunter and now he has brought us The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which is one of the more unique horror movies I’ve seen in SOME TIME. WOW was this movie cool. It was intense, had the SPOOKS, and even had some real emotional moments that I appreciated. All-in-all, really cool, inventive, and fun horror movie.

41. Hardcore Henry
Directed by Ilya Naishuller
Written by Ilya Naishuller


Seriously though, Hardcore Henry is this like crazy first-person video game thrill ride that goes at full speed from start to finish. And Sharlto Copley, who is always awesome, has his 2nd best performance to date in this (best is still District 9). He plays like 15 characters!


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