The Oscar’s are fast approaching so I thought I would take this time to recap my highlights from 2016! Gonna jump right into this. (this is not in order)
1. Sing Street
In my opinion, the most underrated movie of the year. If I made an in order post about underrated movies, this would be #1. If I know someone who hasn’t seen this, I have to explain what it is and then proceed to convince them to watch it, only for them to fall in love with it the same way I did.
Synopsis: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes
2. Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures ticks off all the boxes that I like to see in a movie: Great cast, good history if its a biopic, intriguing story, lovable characters, great message, and stylistically good. A movie I could re-watch over and over, that perfectly mixes comedy, drama, romance, and badass women showing the world exactly what they are capable of. A story everyone needs to know.
Synopsis: The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
3. Buster’s Mal Heart
The first TIFF film I ever saw, and with an incredible female director, Buster’s Mal Heart was packed full of curiosity, comedy, drama, and darkness. A pick based off my admiration of Rami Malek’s talent, I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this, and I hope more and more people soon will get to see this, with an American (and hopefully Canadian) release becoming a possibility sometime this year.
Synopsis: The film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He’s haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea only to discover that the dream is real: He is one man in two bodies.
4. The Edge of Seventeen
In short: everything I’ve ever looked for in a high-school teen drama. Good acting, not too cheesy (except when it works with the story), decently accurate, and can reach to all audiences. Was happy to close out TIFF with this film, and have recommended it ever since.
Synopsis: Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine, who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian starts dating her best friend Krista. All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.
5. The Nice Guys
A hilarious comedy that gives many memorable scenes that I often find myself watching those clips on youtube every once in a while. The kind of movie I could watch with a group of friends many times. Once again, great cast that gave some great performances, hilarious yet interesting plot, and amazing characters.
Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.
Last but not least, everyone’s favourite, Deadpool. What can I say about this that hasn’t already been said? A nice change from marvel, and something I hope that causes more films just like it. Deadpool is everything we needed to flip the switch on the repetitiveness of recent superhero movies.
Synopsis: A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.
Honourable mentions: La La Land, Nocturnal Animals, Burn Your Maps, Jackie (I’ve already talked about this so much I decided not to this time), Moonlight, It’s Only the End of the World.
There were way too many movies for me too mention, as I saw so many great ones towards the end of 2016. I wanted to focus more on movies I haven’t mentioned, don’t plan to review, or don’t think they’ll come up in future posts!
Thank you for reading.