Oscar time has finally arrived! This coming weekend, expect the academy to reveal their choices for what they consider to be among the best of 2016 for film. I have finished watching most of the films for 2016 and nearly all of the Oscar contenders. Instead of a prediction list (I’ll give you a hint; La La Land will sweep up and Casey Affleck/Emma Stone will win the big honors) I want to give my insight into what was the best of 2016. Making this list was difficult, I had to organize the list into a concrete top ten and here are some of the omissions that just missed the mark but shouldn’t be overlooked because of that. Here are my honorable mentions in no particular order:
In 2013, J. J. Abrams said that he and Gabe Newell of Valve were in talks about bringing both Half Life and Portal to life via live action movies. We haven’t heard much else since then, but recently Abrams spoke to IGN and gave us a bit more confidence and put our minds at ease. Continue reading J. J. Abrams confirms Portal and Half Life movies still in development
I don’t use slogans like “On the edge of your seat.” I just find that rather contrived. I came into this movie having an idea of what I was about to see. A movie that mostly dealt with our characters in an underground bunker and the tensions that arose during their stay. What I got not only far exceeded my expectations but makes for a benchmark movie of 2016. That’s something I also don’t say often, but what I can tell you is that 10 Cloverfield Lane is one of the most suspenseful movies I’ve seen in recent memory. It’s written well, acted excellently, and has this flair to detail and mystery that make it a continually compelling journey. I wasn’t “On the edge of my seat” but I never let my guard down the entire movie.
Here’s something I didn’t think anyone expected; we’re getting a Cloverfield sequel. Now keep in mind I may have a ton of people cry out that this isn’t a sequel. Well J.J. Abrams is saying that it’s a “blood relative” to the original monster from 2008. 8 years after the first surprise hit we’re getting a movie that isn’t found footage and looks more like the fallout and current state of the world in Cloverfield, known as the enigmatic “10 Cloverfield Lane”