Movies seen in 2016

Here’s a list of almost every movie I watched last year that’s slightly incomplete because I sometimes forget or was too lazy to list down. But I’m sure I missed only a few. Titles in bold are those I enjoyed and recommend. ๐Ÿ™‚

January


100 Yen Love (JP)
Burnt
Before We Go
Straight Outta Compton
Sicario

The Peanuts Movie
The Peanuts Movie


Left to right: Steve Carell plays Mark Baum and Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises
The Big Short

A drama comedy based on Michael Lewis’ book of the same title about the events of the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007-2009. I first thought this was going to be like Wolf of Wall Street with the quick appearance of Margot Robbie, but this has more substance imo; Michael Lewis explains better the economic meltdown.

Of course, I need to add these photos of Ryan Gosling from New York Magazine’s shoot for The Big Short with photographer Amanda Demme.

Ryan Gosling New York Magazine 2015 001

Ryan Gosling New York Magazine 2015 002


February


The Last Witch Hunter
Life Partners
Steve Jobs (2015)
War Games

Source: Black River Imaging
Finding Vivian Maier
(Source: Black River Imaging)

A biography documentary of photographer (also nanny) Vivian Maier. She gained posthumous recognition after the discovery of her 100,000 street photographs. If you’re a striving street photographer or want inspiration, this is the movie for you. I found this very inspirational and motivational, but I have yet to get my arse back on street photography. ๐Ÿ˜†

Deadpool
Deadpool


March


In the Heart of the Sea
Victor Frankenstein
Tomorrow When the War Began
The Revenant
Hyena Road
The Hateful Eight
Serena
Concussions
Softlad
Sisters
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
The Fifth Wave
Paper Towns

Brooklyn
Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a British-Canadian-Irish romantic drama that stars Saoirse Ronan as Ellis Lacey, a young Irish who moves to Brooklyn to find work. She gets a decent job at a department store and into bookkeeping class, and eventually falls in love with a young Italian.

April


Saint Young Men

(I might have missed to list one or two, but I remember I watched mostly TV series this month.)

May


X-Men: Apocalpyse
Zoolander 2
How to be Single
London Has Fallen
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Ride Along 2
The Finest Hours

Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War


June


Now You See Me 2
Allegiant
Whisky Foxtrot Tango
Lupin III

July


Me Before You
Alice Through the Looking Glass

10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane

A scifi psychological thriller that has no resemblance to its predecessor. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle, who survived a car accident with the help of Howard (played by John Goodman). She was kept inside for their safety or was it really?

The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys

Crime comedy film that stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe who play as detectives set in the 1970s. It has slapstick humor that’s surprisingly, for me, bearable to watch.

McCoy is a favorite
Star Trek Beyond
McCoy is a favorite


August


The Martian
Independence Day: Resurgence
Fantastic Four (2015)
Train to Busan
The Conjuring 2
The Purge 2
Freedom State of Jones
The Answer
Criminal
Septembers of Shiraz
Krisha

Hail, Caesar!
Hail, Ceasar!

George Clooney as Baird Whitlock gets kidnapped that left Eddie Mannix, the problem solver/fixer in the showbiz, in a bind if they don’t pay up the USD100k ransom. Of course, there are other problems that needs fixin’. I need to re-watch this film to understand it better and see Channing’s dance in a sailor uniform. ๐Ÿ˜€

I Spit on Your Grave
I Spit on Your Grave
and I Spit on Your Grave 2

The two I Spit on Your Grave movies are each standalone stories on vengeance by tortured and raped women. Both aren’t for the faint-hearted.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is an American mockumentary comedy that stars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone (the trio behind The Lonely Island). Conner is a kid music prodigy that started a rap group with childhood friends, but they eventually disbanded being Conner took all credit for their rising popularity. Famous celebrities make a cameo in the movie. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was Mariah Carey’s opinion on the song “I’m So Humble,” saying with a straight-face: “I really connected with that, because Iโ€™m the most humble person I know.” Hilarious!

September to October


The Shallows
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Gods of Egypt
Our Brand is Crisis

Suite
Suite Franรงaise

From Irรจne Nรฉmirovsky’s book of the same name, Suite Franรงaise is a romance between Lucille Angellier (played by Michelle Williams), a French lady, and Commander Bruno von Falk (played by his hotness Matthias Schoenaerts), a German set at the time of Nazi-occupied France.

November to December


Wolf Girl & Black Prince
Desperate Sunflowers
Suicide Squad
Bounty Hunters (2016)
Sausage Party
Bad Moms
The Secret Life of Pets
Money Monster
The Danish Girl
Sully
Jason Bourne (2016)
Ben-Hur (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
War Dogs
Tarzan (2016)
The Magnificent Seven
The BFG
Genius
Pete’s Dragon
Saving Sally
Baked in Brooklyn
Inferno
The Light Between Oceans
The Accountant
Summer in February

The Kodai Family
The Kodai Family (Koudaike no Hitobito)

Based on the manga series of the same name by Kozueko Morimoto, stars Haruka Ayase as Kie Hirano and Takumi Saito as Mitsumasa Kodai. Mitsumasa and his two other siblings are telepathic, which they got from their British grandmother. This power makes it hard for them to get involved with anyone until Mitsumasa met someone with a wild imagination.

Evergreen Love
Evergreen Love

I wish I could get a copy of this movie. Evergreen Love is a romance film about an office girl stuck with a home and work routine, who always gets picked on by her boss, and is often alone. Things change for her when she finds a guy collapsed in front of her home. They end up living together and even falling in love. Based on the novel “Shokubutsu Zukan” by Hiro Arikawa.

Scoop
Scoop

A Woody Allen film. The magician Sid (Woody Allen) gets involved with journalism student Sondra (Scarlett Johansson) when a dead reporter appears to her during Sid’s tricks. The dead reporter reveals who the Tarot Card Killer is and Sondra believes this is her chance to get a big scoop. Shallow comedy crime movie, but I enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Eddie Redmayne redeemed himself, to my eyes that is, in this film after seeing The Danish Girl. XD

Far from the Madding Crowd
Far From the Madding Crowd

Another romance film that stars Matthias Schoenaerts. Far From the Madding Crowd is based on a book of the same name that was considered one of the best love stories of all time. It tells the story of Everdene; her life as a farmer to an estate owner and relationships with sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, her neighbor William Boldwood, and soldier Troy. She enjoys her independence, but she did have to make a choice. Who wouldn’t fall in love with Matthias in this movie? ♥

The Drop Source: The Suffolk Voice
The Drop
(Source: The Suffolk Voice)

Tom Hardy and Matthias Schoenaerts in one movie? Yes, please! ๐Ÿ˜€
Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) is a bartender at a neighborhood bar used for money-laundering drops. One night, Bob comes across an abandoned pup inside a garbage can and rescues it, but leaves the puppy with Nadia (Noomi Rapace) who lives near where he found the pup. He really thought hard whether or not he should adopt a dog as though adopting a baby. How adorbs. ๐Ÿ˜€ But the story is actually more than just the pup.

Star Wars: Rogue One
Star Wars: Rogue One

Second Star Wars movie that made me want to go home (from the theater) and play Battlefront. Not because it’s a bad movie; the bgm reminded me so much of the game and how much hours I spent on it. ๐Ÿ˜›

The Handmaiden 1


The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden

Directed by Park Chan-wook of Oldboy, The Handmaiden is an erotic thriller about a con-man who intends to bilk a Japanese woman with the help of a thief who will serve as the handmaiden. This is definitely the best I’ve seen last year. I love erotica! ๐Ÿ˜€

White God
White God

A Hungarian thrilling canine apocalypse movie that’s not an easy watch especially if you’re a dog lover, but still a must-see.

Green Room
Green Room

One of the good thriller/horror movies in 2016, this is about a punk-rock band in an attempt to escape from getting killed by neo-nazis after witnessing a murder.

Cafe Society
Cafe Society

Cafe Society is written and directed by Wooden Allen. It is a romance comedy drama set in the 1930s that stars Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Blake Lively. Eisenberg plays Bobby who moved from Bronx to Los Angeles for a better career then finds himself in love with a woman who is actually involved with a married man. Kristen Stewart delivers quite a surprising and charming performance in this film probably because I always associated her to Twilight. I loved the music in this film.

Special mentions:

  • The Light Between Oceans because Alicia Vikander. I can’t say it’s a great film, but photography is beautiful.

  • Train to Busan third favorite zombie film after Zombieland. The first is Shaun of the Dead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The Jungle Book. Because Baloo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Danish Girl is about real-life Danish painter Einar Wegener who was the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. Alicia Vikander is also in this film.

  • Me Before You is not as heavy as other over-dramatic tragic romance stories.

  • Saint Young Men where Jesus and Buddha are best buds.



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3 thoughts on “Movies seen in 2016

  1. Hi Shabby! Wow that’s a lot of movies! I haven’t gone watching movies a lot last year ๐Ÿ™ I’m taking not all your asian movies listed there ๐Ÿ˜€ And saint young men!! I didn’t know!! XDD

    by the way, I have my own domain ๐Ÿ˜€ Yay!!

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