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My Favourite 10 films of 2016

Anomalisa (dir. Charlie Kaufman)

Pete’s Dragon (dir. David Lowery)

High Rise (dir. Ben Wheatley)

The Invitation (dir. Karyn Kusama)

Ghostbusters (dir. Paul Feig)

Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)

Green Room (dir. Jeremy Saulnier)

Supersonic (dir. Mat Whitecross)

The Conjuring 2 (dir. James Wan)

Knight of Cups (dir. Terrence Malick)

Other assorted opinions and random things

* I enjoyed both MCU films, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Wars: Rogue One and some leftovers from 2015 like Love & Mercy, Trainwreck, The Walk, Carol, Steve Jobs & The Visit.

* Over the holidays I intend to catchup with some missed stuff like Everybody Wants Some, The Witch, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Don’t Breathe, The Jungle Book, Neon Demon, Voyage of Time, Zootropolis and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

* Now You See Me 2 was unwatchable. Batman v Superman was noisy and incoherent. Deadpool was puerile and overrated but I would’ve loved it as a teenager.

* I thought Spielberg’s BFG was a lesser effort, though not without charm. From my end, Disney’s Pete’s Dragon was the forgotten gem of the summer, out-beasting the adequate Fantastic Beasts, out-Spielberging a C-grade Berg and topping Stranger Things in terms of 80s nostalgia porn.

*Malick’s Knight of Cups was a massive improvement on To the Wonder.

*The Conjuring 2 is a really likeable and scary horror sequel – a rarity. The new Blair Witch movie was alright too, and deserved to be more successful.

*Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters is very funny and didn’t deserve to get caught up in some sort of online culture war. No original-cast or original-continuity sequel would’ve worked as well.

*On television, I was on board for Better Call Saul, Daredevil, Preacher, Westworld, Peaky Blinders, Rick & Morty, Broad City, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and engaged in way too many conversations about Making a Murderer.

*Musically, I liked PJ Harvey’s Hope Six Demolition Project, Radiohead’s Moon Shaped Pool, The Last Shadow Puppets Everything You’ve Come to Expect, Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker and Peter Doherty’s Hamburg Demonstrations. I’m still pissed with Kanye West for not putting out a CD of Life of Pablo and refuse to listen to it. Hamilton Soundtrack is still in solid circulation.

* In 2017, I’m looking forward to Twin Peaks Season 3, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, Star Wars Episode VIII, Guardians 2, Furious 8, John Wick 2, The Dark Tower, Logan, the entire awards run list I’ll catch in January (La La Land, Fences etc), and other similar boring things that 30-year old white men all like.

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