Back in the day when my kids were between the ages of one and five, I never thought I'd ever have a chance to pursue my passions again. Now that they're a bit older, I find myself writing more (working on a book), drawing more (going to publish more toons), and watching more movies in the theater (yes!). And the beauty of it all is that I have these two impressionable young minds to educate ... or screw up, along the way.
Well, probably a little of both.
Here are my best movie experiences of 2016. I say 'experiences' because some of these films came out in 2015, some came out a bit later (not this year).
Some other films I wanted to see, but didn't have the time, include Fences, The Edge of Seventeen, Jackie, La La Land, Camera Person, Elle, Moonlight, The Founder, Scorcese's Silence, and Chan Wook Park's The Handmaiden.
Oh yeah, and please tell me your ten favorite film experiences of last year. I'd love to know. And also, can you give my Twitter feed One-Sentence Movie Reviews some love, please?
'Kubo & The Two Strings': Imaginative 3D stop-motion film that has both a very creative storyline & stunning art direction. @kubothemovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 1, 2016
'Deadpool': Dir Miller perfectly combines Vaughn's KICK-ASS with Raimi's DARKMAN, drapes it in a 'Marvel' movie & smothers it in NSFW spunk.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) October 6, 2016
‘Brooklyn’: No explosions, SFX, blood or guts; simply a charming 50's #love story about an Irish immigrant trying to make it in #NYC— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) March 31, 2016
#7 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
'10 Cloverfield Lane': Goodman steals the show as a schizophrenic prepper in this well-acted, horror-thriller, non-sequel. #Cloverfield— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) March 13, 2016
#6 THE LOBSTER
'The Lobster': A uniquely absurd look at monogamy, loneliness, and the endless search for a soul mate .. but a very odd search. #TheLobster— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) November 7, 2016
#5 HACKSAW RIDGE
'Hacksaw Ridge': Gibson dips into his bag of ultra-violence to create a poignant, thrilling, pro-American, anti-war movie. #HacksawRidge— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 14, 2016
#4 THE REVENANT
‘#TheRevenant ’: Revenge is a dish best served cold, literally, in this beautiful, brutal Inarritu film with acting props to Leo & Hardy— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) January 31, 2016
#3 HELL OR HIGH WATER
'Hell Or High Water': Gritty bank heist film w/ fine character development shows that it's no country for young men either #hellorhighwater— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 29, 2016
#2 MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
'#ManchesterByTheSea ': Casey Affleck plays a tortured soul in a Lonergan film that's so well written & acted, you'd think it was real.— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) December 31, 2016
# 1 ARRIVAL
'The Arrival': Director Villeneuve creates one of the smartest sci-fi alien visitation movies I've seen in quite some time. @arrivalmovie— 1SentenceMovieReview (@EimerFilmReview) November 14, 2016
ALMOST MADE THE CUT:
- The End of the Tour
- Pawn Sacrifice
- Me & Earl & The Dying Girl
- Green Room
- Finding Dory
- The Bronze
- The Jungle Book
- Don't Think Twice
- Midnight Special
- Diary of a Teenage Girl
CHECK OUT MORE OF EIMER'S FAVORITES:
- Eimer's Favorites of 2015
- Eimer's Favorites of 2014
- Eimer's Favorites of 2013
- Eimer's Favorites of 2012
- Eimer's Favorites of 2011
- Eimer's Favorites of 2010
- Eimer's Top 141 Favorite Movies of All-Time