Well, here we go are again: at the end of yet another year, looking back over twelve months of cinema. Extraordinary cinema, it must be said. After the difficulty in assembling the best ten of 2015 I didn’t think 2016 could possible beat it for sheer quality and diversity. Well, perhaps it did, perhaps it didn’t. That’s for you to decide. What is clear though is that 2016 has been a good one for film, if nothing else. Alas, it will be remembered for Brexit: the UK’s decision to leave the EU. I voted and my conscience is clear. History will tell us if we made the correct decision. In America, Donald Trump was elected President. Again, 2017 will show the full extent of the US public’s decision to swear in this man. This isn’t a political soapbox and so I won’t be going on with this theme!
This year will also be remembered as the year that an absurd amount of people lost their lives. Acts of terrorism in Nice and Brussels, the Syrian refugee crisis, the Zika virus pandemic. We lost many, many people from the world of entertainment: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Anton Yelchin, George Kennedy, Prince, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are a mere few. But, we look on, to 2017, which has to be better. It must be.
Before I delve into my personal favourite top ten films of 2016, here are a few worthy mentions that didn’t quite make my selection:
Mustang, Queen of Katwe, I am Belfast, Bone Tomahawk, Captain Fantastic and Nocturnal Animals.
And so, here is my Top 10 (based on UK release dates only).
10. When Marnie Was There (dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi).
Full review here: When Marnie Was There (2016) ★★★★
9. Trumbo (dir. Jay Roach).
8. Spotlight (dir. Tom McCarthy).
Full review here: Spotlight (2016) ★★★★
7. Kubo & The Two Strings (dir. Travis Knight).
6. The Neon Demon (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn).
Full review here: The Neon Demon (2016) ★★★★
5. Under The Shadow (dir. Babak Anvari).
4. Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve).
Full review here: Arrival (2016) ★★★★
3. Room (dir. Lenny Abrahamson).
2. I, Daniel Blake (dir. Ken Loach).
Full review here: I, Daniel Blake (2016) ★★★★★
1. High-Rise (dir. Ben Wheatley).
Full review here: High-Rise (2016) ★★★★★
Those are my choices. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading. More reviews from me in 2017, but until then, have a blessed 2017 and stay safe tonight. Love to all.