the FILM list: 2016

Once upon a time I started my college career as a film major. And like everyone else, I changed my major. Four times to be exact. Yet, I still love reading film blogs all about those Oscar contenders several months in advance. Ever since Slumdog Millionaire took home Best Film and Natalie Portman leapt through award season with Black Swan, I’ve watched as many Oscar-nominated films as possible before the big night. Some of this year’s contenders made the FILM list: 2016 and some of these movies just filled an empty place in my heart. Anyways. Here we go. The 10 best movies of 2016 according to yours truly…

LA LA LAND // Hands down, the most magical, thrilling, and wonderful film of the year. You’ll smile from start to finish. I also dance around my apartment to the soundtrack daily.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates // I  haven’t laughed this hard since Maya Rudolph’s street squatting scene in Bridesmaids. I’d go on vacation with these four any day.

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Sausage Party // Traumatizing. Yet, brilliant in every way. You’ll never walk through the grocery store the same way again.

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Café Society // Woody Allen at his finest. Whimsical art direction. The perfect Sunday morning movie. Plus Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, and Blake Lively.

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How to Be Single // Rebel Wilson takes over New York City with other millennials. TRUE to reality (minus the size of all their apartments). Living in the city IS actually this fun.

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The Secret Life of Pets // Basically the story of my life. The trauma associated with getting a second dog. Also the dog that likes heavy metal might as well be my spirit animal.

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Fences // August Wilson fans rejoice. Just hand Denzel Washington and Viola Davis the Oscars now.

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The Witch // Terrifying. Black Phillip. Weird. Black Phillip. THAT LAST SCENE. Black Phillip. Why bother trying to sleep???

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Manchester By the Sea // Heartbreaking and beautifully shot. I’ll vacation in Manchester anytime. Michelle Williams and newcomer, Lucas Hedges shine.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // The Harry Potter fan in me was THRIVING. A brand new adventure that doesn’t feel cheap, like a sequel, or like it’s trying to hard.

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*I still haven’t seen Moonlight or Jackie or Arrival yet … I know?! WHAT ARE You DOING CHARLIE ?! but those will just have to wait for the AWARD SHOW list: oscars  🙂

 

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