Just saying it is enough to make some of you cringe.

There’s an ongoing narrative about how awful this year has been, and not just in American politics. I’ve heard more than a few people say that 2016 has been underwhelming for movies, too, and I can certainly see where they are coming from. Personally, I’ve found a great many movies this year to be disappointing. In a lot of cases I was either let down by something I was anticipating, or I didn’t share my peers’ enthusiastic response to films I enjoyed. I found Deadpool, Jackie, Zootopia, and The Magnificent Seven to be uninspiring at best. Two of my favorite up-and-coming directors (Jeff Nichols and Denis Villeneuve) released three films between them and none was particularly strong. And even though I liked Arrival, Rogue One, Sing Street, Hell or High Water, The Wailing and others, I wouldn’t say any of them were better than pretty good. So in some sense my experience fits the concept of a weak year.

However, we live in a time when the media harvest is nothing if not plentiful. There are so many movies being made by so many people that you’re bound to find the good ones if you look long enough. While I merely scratched the surface of all the films released this year, that was enough to reveal gold amidst the dross. This year saw new films by Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Paul Verhoeven, Shane Black, Clint Eastwood, John Carney, Richard Linklater, Whit Stillman, and Pixar. We had exciting debuts from Robert Eggers, Kelly Fremon Craig, Dan Tractenberg, and the Daniels; and auspicious new features from such talents as Jeremy Saulnier, Damien Chazelle, and Fede Alvarez.

It’s not every year you witness a masterpiece, but my number 1 film of 2016 is just that. So let’s get there, shall we? Here are my 15 favorites from 2016:



Oscar Talk 2012

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced yesterday morning. As usual, there were some surprises. Perhaps most notably we have a strange number of Best Picture nominees : 9. Here is the alphabetical list: READ FULL ARTICLE

Zombieland (2009)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone

Running Time: 1 hr, 28 min
Rated: R

Review by Brother Reed

Every horror aficionado has a zombie survival plan.

There’s something about the zombie sub-genre of horror flicks that has inspired fierce devotion from the geek community. If you don’t believe me, try calling 28 Days Later a zombie film and see how quickly you are corrected on your technical error. Being something of a geek myself I find it kind of endearing. I just don’t know why it had to be zombies. Maybe it’s the desire to control an imagined scenario, or a kind of superiority stemming from one’s imagined tactical ability. Maybe it’s just a fun mental exercise. Whatever the reason, a lot of people have a detailed and specific plan as to what they would do in the event that corpses begin rising from their graves and ambling hungrily through the streets like Lindsay Lohan after a night of heavy drinking. READ FULL REVIEW