RAMZY'S TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2016


So hey it is that time of the year now! I saw a ton of films this year, and this post will just be a simple list of my favorite or top films from the year of 2016. Now right upfront, I am letting you know that the list is arranged in no particular order whatsoever! I just found it too hard to rank them and in the end, decided to just throw that idea out of the window like we will all be throwing away the year of 2016! Hahaha. And with that, let's begin!

1. Finding Dory
"The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way."



First one on the list is Pixar's wonderful animated feature that stars our favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory! The movie is even more hilarious this time around with the film now centering on Dory as she tries her hardest to overcome the biggest obstacle that she has been battling her entire life: remembering. The animation is spectacular, as with every Pixar film that comes out, the characters both old and new are pretty great, and more importantly, the movie is just a ton of fun!

2. Kubo and the Two Strings
"A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past."




Speaking of memories and holding onto them, the next movie on the list is "Kubo and the Two Strings" from the animation studio Laika which has a story that revolves around how strong the power of love and memories of your loved ones are. It's probably the most gorgeous looking film I've seen this year not only in the animated movie category, but for movies in general. The story also happens to be really solid and heartfelt, and the performances from the voice actors are simply sublime. This is probably my favorite animated film of the year.

3. Captain America: Civil War
"Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man."



Or as I would like to call it "Avengers 2.5", this movie definitely feels more...solid as an ensemble movie than the actual sequel to the first Avengers movie. It's filled to the brim with fantastic action sequences and the now staple Marvel brand of sometimes sudden snarky humor, even with the Captain America films being the more serious installments to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Civil War" is a great movie. Probably the best movie to come from Marvel this year.

4. Deadpool
"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."


MY FAVORITE VALENTINE MOVIE EVER. Hahaha! But seriously though, "Deadpool" being the fruit of love and labor from the man himself, Ryan Reynolds, and the amount of hurdles that this movie had to go through just to get made, it is simply astounding how it still turned out to be a hell of a movie in the end. Without a doubt, the funniest comic book hero movie I have ever seen. It had tons of kickass action scenes, and I appreciate how they opted to have a story that was a bit contained. And most importantly...how absolutely perfect Reynolds just is for the part!

5. Zootopia
“In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.



I think this might just be the smartest Disney film I've ever seen and that just impresses me so much, specially coming from what I thought would just be a run-of-the-mill animated flick that was just filled with your typical goofy characters, some family-friendly humor and then a good, but simple lesson for the kids to hopefully reflect upon...but it offers a bit more than that! I don't see many kids fully grasping the ideas that the film tries to convey immediately though, at least right after they grow up a bit, maybe see a replay of this, think "Hey, I used to love this movie back then, I'll just watch it again." and then remember the lesson in that moment. I'm saying this from first-hand experience because I've had quite a few movies in my childhood that I didn't really get back then, and just took a rewatch when I was a bit older in order for me to get what it was really about.

6. Sing Street
“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.



God this movie was just so charming. On paper, when you read how it's about a boy forming a band out of nowhere in an attempt to impress a girl, you might think it's going to be generic or boring, but the movie is just executed with such an air of honesty and charm and then combined with its characters who are so well-layered, that the movie just ends up feeling so sincere and as I've said earlier, charming.

7. The Nice Guys
“In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.



I do love me some dark comedy from time to time. And "The Nice Guys" really hit that spot pretty well for me. The entire movie was just ridiculously hilarious from the get-go and just a bunch of solid fun. In a lot of ways, it felt really refreshing albeit the vintage setting. The story overall was just super fun and interesting and the two male leads have such great chemistry. What a great movie!

8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
“After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.




Arguably the biggest surprise of the year for me in terms of movie releases. If you're not aware, this movie was shot with an alias or another working title "The Cellar" unbeknownst to everybody else on the outside that it would've turned out to be a spiritual successor to the 2008 film "Cloverfield". Even with just a cast of three and basically the entirety of the film being set in a questionable man's underground bunker, the movie manages to be one hell of an anxiety-inducing film in the best way possible. It pulls off such a tense vibe and really keeps you on the edge of your seat. I highly enjoyed the hell out of it.

9. Doctor Strange
“A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.




Coming into this movie, I honestly did not know what to expect as I wasn't really quite familiar with the Doctor Strange intellectual property. All I know was that he does some sick, reality-bending magic and he deals with some pretty crazy, inter-dimensional shenanigans. But after watching it, I found myself quite liking it, really. Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange is pretty entertaining. He has that Tony Stark snarkiness going on but a bit more toned-down and goes through a nice character arc as the movie progressed. More-so, it was this movies visual aesthetics that really struck a chord with me. Just the 5 minute acid trip sequence right around the beginning of the movie was quite something to witness, specially in IMAX 3D.

10. The Witch
“A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.



Okay, this one is pretty nuts. I wouldn't really call it a horror, but more of a mindfuck of a thriller. It's more creepy than scary, but is oh so good nonetheless. It paints such a thick stroke of atmosphere that just felt absolutely unsettling, and disturbing. It also happens to look immaculate with such captivating cinematography. The music, and acting, all quite spectacular as well. This movie is just quite something else.

What about you! What are your top ten films for this year? Even just top three or five. Do let me know in the comments! Have a happy new year! :)

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9 comments

  1. Civil War for the win! And I love Doctor Strange too!

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  2. Hmm, I've only watched Finding Dory from your list. Haha, and a bit of Zootopia. All kid movies because, no choice sometimes. LOL. Most of the movies I've watched from my movie marathon nights were not released in 2016 but those of a few years back. Also spent quite a lot of time rewatching GG so I had less time for movies.

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  3. I literally cried atong Finding Dory ayyy. The lines we're perfect sa akong feelings that day. Hahaha

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  4. Wew..The list is good.. I haven't some of the movies listed but will downloaded.. I was surprise that Cloverfield was included. I just downloaded it but I haven't tried to watch it yet!..

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  5. You love animation and Super Hero stories... ;) I guess I missed a lot of good movies this year.

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  6. Wow, I'm so sad that I have not watched all these movies. I'll surely still watch them If I get the chance, some movies in your list are not even familiar to me, maybe because I have not heard about it.

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  7. I only watched half on this list. I just wish I could watch them all.

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  8. Zootopia! <3 <3 <3 <3 I love this movie and still hoping it will win Best Animated Film of the year!

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  9. Sucks that I only managed to watch 4 of the movies on this list! If it wasn't for the time I had though, I wouldn't be able to blog more. Hoping I could find balance this year!

    Nice list, Ramzy! :D

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