As one looks back on the theatrical sludge that was 2016 in film, it’s safe to say that the year was, in many ways, nothing more than a vast, desolate expanse of disappointment. What should have been sure-fire blockbusters ended up becoming some of the most hated movies of the year, the normally profit-heavy summer movie season was anything but, and movies that initially caught my own personal attention haven’t exactly evolved into movies I wish to revisit anytime soon.
As a result, my top ten list underwent a strange metamorphosis as the year went by, to the point where I don’t believe it’s possible to create one at this time. Movies I ranked highly at first all but dropped off the list entirely, and a few moved up for that same reason. Some titles, however, have held tightly onto their respective slots, and when all was said and done what should have been a top ten became a top five, with the mighty Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out on top, Arrival in a close second, La La Land in third, the severely underrated Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping in fourth & Captain America: Civil War more than likely close behind in fifth. Beyond that, I find it difficult to choose films that could fill out the remaining openings-it’s all a bit hazy from that point forward. What I will say, however, is that the five films I’ve mentioned aren’t just great for 2016-these are outstanding achievements regardless of what year it may be, and I can safely say that they deserve spots somewhere on my list of All-Time Favorites, especially Rogue One.
Other than that, one can only hope that 2017 can succeed where 2016 failed. Here’s to better cinema for all!