Movies 2016: Worst to Best

The year 2016 will be known for a number of things – an inordinate amount of celebrity deaths and an equally inordinate amount of lackluster movies. Are these two correlated? I’m not convinced its’ not. Anyway, here is my list of movies I watched this year that was released in 2016. It’s not been a good one.

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Number 19: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice 6/10

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Number 18: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them 6/10

Number 17: Before You 6/10

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Number 16: The Choice 6.5/10

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Number 15: How to be single 6.5/10

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Number 14: The 5th Wave 7/10

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Number 13: SUICIDE SQUAD 7/10

Number 12: Rogue One: 7/10

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Number 11: The Huntsman: Winter’s War 7/10

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Number 10: Legend of Tarzan 7.5/10

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Number 9: Finding Dory 7.5/10

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Number 8: Captain America: Civil War: 7.5/10

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Number 7: Zootopia 8/10

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Number 6: The Jungle Book 8/10

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Number 5: 10 Cloverfield lane 8/10

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Number 4: Dr. Strange 8/10

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Number 3: Deadpool (8/10)

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Number 2: Bridget Jones’ Baby: 8.5/10

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Number 1: Pride and Prejudice vs. Zombies 8.5/10

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Movie Review: Finding Dory (2016) – it’s A-DORY-ble!

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Plot: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way

Rating: 7.5/10

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What I liked:

  • The short film: You have to have had a cold hard for a very long time if you did not enjoy that little bird. I died a little inside of the cuteness. The terror was real, the happiness and discovery and adventure was real, and the insane happiness at the end made me so damn pleased.

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  • Baby Dory. GAASSSHH. The big eyes. The baby voice. The remembery loss. Everything.
  • The happy family unit that Dory had and how her parents accepted her disability.
  • Marlin, the clownfish with wrinkles. He’s so worrisome, and just wants to protect his son. Albert Brooks did fantastic work with his voice work here.
  • Hank (Ed O’Neill) – I liked the character but gosh I find octopuses and their tentacles really disgusting.
  • Dory – Ellen DeGeneres is amazing with returning as the ever forgetful fish. I think all grownups would acknowledge that a Dory would be really annoying in your personal life but still is really cute on screen.

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  • Nemo – not really the character, he was never the main focus, but that small little fin is so frigging cute.
  • The CUTENESS – obviously I found everything in here really damn cute. However, it isn’t so cute that I wanted to retch.
  • I really love this animation. I don’t always love movies with animated pictures, but there are a few that I watched as a child and preteen that I will love until the end of time. Finding Nemo is one of those films, and I am glad that Pixar made a second film.
  • The end: I was like AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH when Dory finds her parents. They loved her so much.
  • And lastly: near sighted whales and Beluga wales with connectivity issues? HILAR
  • Pixar and Disney is on top form with this film. The graphics are beautiful.

What I didn’t like:

  • About the only thing I didn’t enjoy was how preposterous the last few scenes became and that the film became drawn out in its’ conclusion. I mean how many obstacles can one fish really take?
  • Finding Dory made me think really hard about aqariums. They have some strong social commentary in there that only adults will pick up on, but really, life of fish in closed tanks look awful.
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Literally, a school of fish

That’s about it. I was really excited to watch this film because I just love the original. I wasn’t disappointed in the least, and it is worth venturing out for.

 

Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

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Plot: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Rating: 8.5/10

Joy can be sad. That statement is so deep man. Wow. Disney and Pixar united to produce this year’s most pleasant surprise – Inside Out is interesting and unique and wins this year’s race in the Originality department.  I enjoyed it immensely and am really happy I went to go see it.

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I loved Riley’s progression from a newborn to a preteen and how her emotions carried her. It’s touching to witness the start of her life as a carefree infant to a more cautious preteen. With her maturing, other feelings arrive and it is not as easy for Joy to remain the most predominant feeling. My personal favorites were Sadness and Disdain (not the feelings, the characters). The casting of the voices worked well – Amy Poehler has the bubbliest voice ever and Mindy Kalling as Disgust was endlessly entertaining.

Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), the main and most important of 11-year-old Riley’s five Emotions, explores Long Term Memory in Disney•Pixar's "Inside Out." Directed by Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”), "Inside Out" opens in theaters nationwide June 19, 2015. ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The animation was unique and pretty and original. It was simplistic but had fanciful elements as well and looked really beautiful.

My only comment that could be construed as not necessarily positive is that Inside Out might be over the head for children. They will certainly enjoy the pretty pictures, but the story is actually quite complex and intricate.

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I loved the movie and think it belongs in some of my favorite animations of all time. I don’t often enjoy animations but I think this one is a film that can be enjoyed regardless if you enjoy the genre or not. Highly recommended!