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The Big List 2016: Ranking Every Movie I Saw

The movie year 2016 is now in the books, and in that year I saw 175 movies that were 2016 releases, a new personal record, beating out last year’s previous record total of 162. Several months of unemployment helped me with the record which, lord willing, will not be broken again in 2017. My reviews, which this year appeared on, Splice Today and Broad Street Review, can all be found on Rotten Tomatoes. My more detailed top ten list is here.

Here’s my personal ranking of all 175 of the movies, as always based on no criteria other than how much I liked them:

    1. La La Land
    2. Everybody Wants Some!!
    3. Moonlight
    4. Manchester By the Sea
    5. The Edge of Seventeen
    6. Hail, Caesar!
    7. Krisha
    8. Tower
    9. Toni Erdmann
    10. I Am Not Your Negro
    11. O.J.: Made in America
    12. Hell or High Water
    13. The Nice Guys
    14. Paterson
    15. Loving
    16. Weiner
    17. Cafe Society
    18. Elle
    19. Fences
    20. The Love Witch
    21. The Lobster
    22. Zootopia
    23. Finding Dory
    24. Silence
    25. Hacksaw Ridge
    26. Hidden Figures
    27. Don’t Think Twice
    28. Creative Control
    29. Sully
    30. Tickled
    31. Kate Plays Christine
    32. De Palma
    33. Do Not Resist
    34. 13th
    35. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    36. Kubo and the Two Strings
    37. The Witch
    38. War Dogs
    39. Elvis & Nixon
    40. Little Sister
    41. Little Men
    42. The Handmaiden
    43. Mountains May Depart
    44. A Bigger Splash
    45. Moana
    46. Gleason
    47. Nuts!
    48. Author: The J.T. Leroy Story
    49. For The Love of Spock
    50. Cameraperson
    51. The Witness
    52. Nora Ephron: Everything is Copy
    53. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
    54. Amanda Knox
    55. Certain Women
    56. Barry
    57. Deadpool
    58. Captain America: Civil War
    59. Doctor Strange
    60. Love & Friendship
    61. Hunt For the Wilderpeople
    62. Jackie
    63. Sausage Party
    64. The Secret Life of Pets
    65. The Angry Birds Movie
    66. The Phenom
    67. The Meddler
    68. The Infiltrator
    69. Midnight Special
    70. White Girl
    71. Pete’s Dragon
    72. The Jungle Book
    73. Allied
    74. Sing Street
    75. Neon Bull
    76. Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids
    77. In Bed With Victoria
    78. Other People
    79. Army of One
    80. Wiener-Dog
    81. Southside With You
    82. Lion
    83. Christine
    84. Arrival
    85. Louder Than Bombs
    86. The Fits
    87. Chevalier
    88. Star Trek: Beyond
    89. Denial
    90. Oasis: Supersonic
    91. Holy Hell
    92. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years
    93. Becoming Mike Nichols
    94. Miss Sharon Jones
    95. Zero Days
    96. Jim: The James Foley Story
    97. Risen
    98. 10 Cloverfield Lane
    99. Blue Jay
    100. Lost in Paris
    101. News From Planet Mars
    102. Ghostbusters
    103. Mascots
    104. Bridget Jones’s Baby
    105. Bad Moms
    106. Sing
    107. Life, Animated
    108. Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
    109. Deepwater Horizon
    110. The Accountant
    111. Eye in the Sky
    112. Nocturnal Animals
    113. Indignation
    114. The Invitation
    115. Captain Fantastic
    116. Barbershop: The Next Cut
    117. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
    118. Girl on the Train
    119. Green Room
    120. The Birth of a Nation
    121. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
    122. Hello My Name is Doris
    123. Maggie’s Plan
    124. Eddie the Eagle
    125. The Light Between Oceans
    126. Personal Shopper
    127. Jason Bourne
    128. Rules Don’t Apply
    129. The Other Side
    130. Race
    131. Uncle Kent 2
    132. The BFG
    133. Equity
    134. Tallulah
    135. Demolition
    136. Passengers
    137. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
    138. The Conjuring 2
    139. A Monster Calls
    140. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
    141. Trolls
    142. Pee Wee’s Big Holiday
    143. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
    144. Knight of Cups
    145. High-Rise
    146. Snowden
    147. Office Christmas Party
    148. Keanu
    149. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
    150. Triple 9
    151. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
    152. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
    153. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    154. All Governments Lie
    155. Miles Ahead
    156. X-Men: Apocalypse
    157. How to Be Single
    158. The Brothers Grimsby
    159. Suicide Squad
    160. Baden Baden
    161. Masterminds
    162. Can We Take a Joke?
    163. Criminal
    164. Central Intelligence
    165. Special Correspondents
    166. The Eyes of My Mother
    167. The Neon Demon
    168. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
    169. Zoolander 2
    170. London Has Fallen
    171. Dirty Grandpa
    172. Money Monster
    173. Alice Through the Looking Glass
    174. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
    175. Swiss Army Man

Did not see (Reputedly good): 20th Century Women, The Founder, Neruda, Live By Night, American Honey, No Home Movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Did not see (Reputedly bad): Nine Lives, Collateral Beauty, Independence Day: Resurgence, Nina, Mother’s Day, Yoga Hosers, Warcraft, Hillary’s America, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben-Hur, Vaxxed


The Big List 2015: Ranking Every Movie I Saw This Year

In 2015, I saw 162 movies, a new record and more than 20 more than my previous record. How’d I do it? I went to two film festivals instead of one, had slightly better screener access, and a couple of months of unemployment to catch up. Yet even with all that, there were still more than 200 days that I didn’t see a movie. That’s when I did all that stuff like working, being a husband and father, and all that.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s everything I saw this year (Find all my reviews here):

    1. Mad Max: Fury Road
    2. Spotlight
    3. Creed
    4. Anomalisa
    5. Wild Tales
    6. The Mend
    7. Dope
    8. Love & Mercy
    9. Chi-raq
    10. Brooklyn
    11. Inside Out
    12. The Big Short
    13. The Martian
    14. Ricki and the Flash
    15. Carol
    16. 45 Years
    17. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    18. Ex Machina
    19. Results
    20. The Walk
    21. Steve Jobs
    22. I’ll See You in My Dreams
    23. Beasts of No Nation
    24. The End of the Tour
    25. The Look of Silence
    26. Tangerine
    27. Trainwreck
    28. Bridge of Spies
    29. The Hateful Eight
    30. Room
    31. The Revenant
    32. Magic Mike XXL
    33. Moonwalkers
    34. I Am Big Bird: the Caroll Spinney Story
    35. Sleeping With Other People
    36. Youth
    37. ’71
    38. Danny Collins
    39. Night Owls
    40. Kingsman: The Secret Service
    41. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
    42. Furious Seven
    43. Call Me Lucky
    44. The Best of Enemies
    45. Listen to Me Marlon
    46. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
    47. Batkid Begins
    48. What Happened, Miss Simone?
    49. Tig
    50. Clouds of Sils Maria
    51. Southpaw
    52. Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
    53. The Assassin
    54. Experimenter
    55. Time Out of Mind
    56. It Follows
    57. Victoria
    58. James White
    59. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
    60. The Sandwich Nazi
    61. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
    62. Amy
    63. Three and a Half Minutes Ten Bullets
    64. The Wrecking Crew
    65. Larry Kramer In Love and Anger
    66. Cartel Land
    67. Straight Outta Compton
    68. Mistress America
    69. A Wonderful Cloud
    70. The Woman in Gold
    71. Phoenix
    72. Heaven Knows What
    73. Ant-Man
    74. The Peanuts Movie
    75. I Smile Back
    76. 99 Homes
    77. Sicario
    78. Joy
    79. Before We Go
    80. White God
    81. Z For Zachariah
    82. Black Mass
    83. By the Sea
    84. Concussion
    85. Trumbo
    86. The Good Dinosaur
    87. Spy
    88. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Faith
    89. The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
    90. The Wolfpack
    91. Do I Sound Gay?
    92. Red Army
    93. Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile
    94. Sons of Ben
    95. A Walk in the Woods
    96. The Visit
    97. Love
    98. The Danish Girl
    99. Maggie
    100. Timbuktu
    101. Deep Web
    102. Live From New York
    103. Manglehorn
    104. Slow West
    105. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    106. Focus
    107. McFarland USA
    108. I Am Chris Farley
    109. Our Man in Tehran
    110. Jurassic World
    111. Welcome to Me
    112. Age of Adaline
    113. The Rewrite
    114. Uncle Ken 2
    115. What We Do in the Shadows
    116. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
    117. The Overnight
    118. Fifty Shades of Grey
    119. Deathgasm
    120. Our Brand is Crisis
    121. Crimson Peak
    122. Merchants of Doubt
    123. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
    124. Son of the Congo
    125. Atari: Game Over
    126. While We’re Young
    127. Minions
    128. Thought Crimes
    129. Irrational Man
    130. The D-Train
    131. The Sheik
    132. Hot Girls Wanted
    133. Undocumented Executive
    134. Pitch Perfect 2
    135. Wolfcop
    136. The Film Critic
    137. Adult Beginners
    138. San Andreas
    139. The Duff
    140. Chappie
    141. Escobar: Paradise Lost
    142. Snapshot
    143. Tomorrowland
    144. The Last Five Years
    145. Entertainment
    146. Get Hard
    147. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
    148. A LEGO Brickumentary
    149. Entourage
    150. Blackhat
    151. The Wedding Ringer
    152. Run All Night
    153. Aloha
    154. Staten Island Summer
    155. Serena
    156. American Ultra
    157. Hot Pursuit
    158. True Story
    159. No Escape
    160. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
    161. The Cobbler
    162. Jupiter Ascending

Did not see (reputedly good): Diary of a Teenaged Girl, He Named Me Malala, The Duke of Burgundy, Grandma, The Tribe

Did not see (reputedly bad): Truth, Ridiculous Six, Pixels, Mortdecai, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Fantastic Four, Stonewall

Year-End Movies and More

In case you missed it last week, here’s my top ten movies list for the year, which is led by “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

New recent reviews include “American Hustle,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and a roundup of recent video/Netflix viewings.

And switching gears, here’s the year-end blog post from Noah and Jonah.

Writings of Late

I apologize for the lack of posts recently; it’s been a crazy fall with lots of work and lots of travel. Here’s some new writings from this month:

At EntertainmentTell, I’ve got movie reviews of “12 Years a Slave,” “All is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Fifth Estate,” and more, which you can find at my Rotten Tomatoes page. I’m also newly a member of the Online Film Critics Society,

Also recently from the site: A shot at CNN’s plans to rip off The Daily Show; an essay about this year’s How I Met Your Mother season; some making fun of Maureen Dowd;  and some investigation into which baseball team Bryan Cranston roots for.

For Philadelphia magazine, I wrote about Ruben Amaro’s stathead hiring plans, that awesome new commercial for the Eagles and that weird trucker protest in DC. Last month marked the end of my time as a weekly columnist there, but I may pop up occasionally in the future.

And last and best, here’s the latest blog post from Noah and Jonah covering, among other events, the wedding of their Aunt Amy and Uncle Jason.

Recent Clip Roundup: Movie Reviews

You can always find my movie reviews at EntertainmentTell and on my Rotten Tomatoes page; I’m also pleased to announce that I recently became a member of the Online Film Critics Society.

Here are some recent notable movie reviews:

– “Short Term 12”

– “The Spectacular Now”

– “Drinking Buddies”

– “Jobs”

– “The Act of Killing”

– “Fruitvale Station”

– “We’re the Millers”