2016 – A Year in Review

revenantJust like that, 2016 is done! Personally, I’m not sad to see it end as I’m excited to see a brighter 2017. However, as I reflect on the films I watched in 2016, it was a year in which I saw a lot of great flicks…and a few not-so-much. I also enjoyed seeing a lot of older films on the big screen, several in 35mm! There was the annual Kansas Silent Film Festival, numerous Cinema a-Go-Go events and I finally made it to watch several Alamo Drafthouse screenings in downtown Kansas City. And let’s not forget attending my first Christopher R. Mihm world premiere!

Let’s get things started with some statistics.


hohwAction: 18
Animated: 7
Comedy: 21
Documentary: 7
Drama: 15
Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi: 135
Mystery/Thriller: 11
War/Western: 3

Total films watched: 217 (down from last year’s 240 but up a few from 212 in 2014)

Movies Watched in a Movie Theater: 55 (40 new and 15 old; the most since I started keeping track in 2009)

And now, for the official best-of-the-best and worst-of-the-worst. As with any list, they’re subjective to my viewing experience and mood at the time. That’s the extent of how much influence science and film theories play into these lists. Enjoy them and maybe you can get a few suggestions along the way.

sbbTop Ten Movies Seen in a Movie Theater

  1. The Revenant
  2. Deadpool
  3. Captain America: Civil War
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. Doctor Strange
  7. Arrival
  8. The Magnificent Seven
  9. Star Trek Beyond
  10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Honorable Mention: The Conjuring 2

Worst Movies Seen in a Movie Theater

  1. Blair Witch
  2. Independence Day: Resurgence

mr-holmesTop Ten Movies Seen on Home Media for the First Time

  1. Mr. Holmes (2015)
  2. Ex Machina (2015)
  3. The Witch (2016)
  4. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
  5. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
  6. Captain Phillips (2013)
  7. The Golden Bat (1966)
  8. Chess Fever (1925)
  9. The Grim Game (1919)
  10. The Hallow (2015)



Worst Movies Seen on Home Media for the First Time

  1. Too All a Good Night (1980)
  2. Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)
  3. Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964)
  4. Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
  5. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)

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