2016: The Ten Best Films of the Year

By Livia Peterson

The 2016 provided countless films that allowed contemplation – cinema is dead. Did all the good movies suddenly disappear? The brilliant motion pictures were discovered supporting the modest budgeted or independent fare. It was rare to discover greatness in the underwhelming mainstream movies.
You may observe two significant patterns in the following list: One) I adore movies that depict some aspect of my life in some shape or form. Two) I love films that recover the magic of the movies. Motion pictures tell stories and resonating with the narratives is essential in my film criticism.

Number One: “La La Land”
Damien Chazelle’s third feature film is the exquisite tribute to the dreamers, the musicals, the romance, the vintage Hollywood, and everything else in between. “La La Land” is why we visit the cinema: rejuvenates the magic of the movies and – revitalized my love for the movies. 
Number Two: “Arrival”
The language and the communication are vital to the life. Dr. Louise Banks (the spectacular Amy Adams) examines the alien language. “Arrival” is the communication character study at the core. The impersonal and the interpersonal relationships are crucial, regardless of the circumstances. We variously interact, depending on the situation – family, friends, colleagues, and the like. The relationships are able to change us as human beings – for better and for worse.
Number Three: “Manchester by the Sea”
The death of a loved one is difficult and then some. Kenneth Lonergan masterfully depicts life as it is without the sugarcoating. Patrick Chandler (Lucas Hedges) freaks out opening the freezer because the father Joe (Kyle Chandler) remains in the freezer until the funeral and the burial. The mourning endures several months; however, the loved one will always remain in the heart.
Number Four: “The Edge of Seventeen”
Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) is my girl – almost precisely behaves akin to me in terms of extremely shy around the various people and enjoying at least three friends. Kelly Fremon Craig understands that the teen angst is terrible (avoids the typical stereotypes). I may bury myself in the motion pictures to avoid friendships – but the cinema is my best friend (metaphorically).
Number Five: “Midnight Special”
Jeff Nichols abandons the typical science fiction narrative and establishes his own voice – constantly surprising the audience. In simple terms, “Midnight Special” is one of the best original science fiction films in recent memory.
Number Six: “Elle” (foreign language film: French with English subtitles)
Michele LeBlanc (Isabelle Huppert) is raped. She does not report the incident to the police – learns how to shoot and purchases pepper spray. “Elle” demonstrates the woman is able to advocate for herself without the man rescuing her in the process – flawless in spite of the misery.
Number Seven: “Christine”
Led by the incredible performance provided by Rebecca Hall, “Christine” examines the media and the medical depression. The media still expects perfectionism. I am a perfectionist, akin to Christine Chubbuck. The perfectionism is the blessing and the curse, regardless of the circumstances.
Number Eight: “Café Society”
I love movies that depict the good ol’ days of Hollywood. Woody Allen did not abandon his signature touch during this instance. “Café Society” is a classical tribute to the talkies and – shows the middle finger to the current film industry that is attempting to destroy the magic of the motion pictures.
Number Nine: “The Meddler”
Marni (Susan Sarandon) is always in her daughter Lori’s (Rose Byrne) business. The parents are protective. Marni respectfully resembled my mother and my late Grandma. “The Meddler” demonstrates it is fine to provide individual space – but always support the daughter or son through the trials and the tribulations. I am extremely thankful, regarding the awesome family.
Number Ten A (10A): “Hidden Figures”
The diversity and the inclusion are difficult to discover in films. “Hidden Figures” demonstrates that the diversity and the inclusion are beneficial for everyone involved. Katherine Goble-Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) calculate the launch and the landing, regarding John Glenn (Glen Powell) orbiting the Earth – the lesser known narratives are equally powerful as the well known narratives.
Number Ten B (10B): “Loving”
Lin-Manuel Miranda once said: “And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.” Mildred and Richard Loving (Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton) were unlawfully married yet altered the Constitution (allowing the interracial marriage) in the process. Love is everything. The laws, let alone the color of the skin cannot abandon love is a magical component during the life.
Films That Almost Attained A Spot On The List
~”Finding Dory”
~”Hell or High Water”

Honorable Mentions
~“Hello, My Name Is Doris”
~“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
~“The Lobster”
~“Ghostbusters” (2016)
~“10 Cloverfield Lane”

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