Honorable Mention: Jackie
Honorable Mention: The Purge: Election Year
10) Hacksaw Ridge
8) Hidden Figures
7) Love & Friendship
6) Hell Or High Water
4) 20th Century Women
So, before we get into my top 3 favorite films, let's fly through a couple of genres and talk about what I felt were the best films to come out of each of them in 2016!
The Best Comedy Was.....
The Best Summer Blockbuster Was....
The Best Action Flick Outside the Top 10 Was....
The Best Sci-Fi film Outside the top 10 was....
The Best Horror Film Was.....
The Best Superhero Movie Was....
The Best Animated Film I Saw Was....
The Best Sequel We Weren't Expecting to Be Good Was.....
The Best Film No One Saw Was....
Alright, so we're done with the genres and now it's time to hit my top 3 best films of the year! Nothing but 10s from here on out, too, so you know the competition is fierce!
1) La La Land
One of the smaller moments of this film is actually a really good example of why this is my top film of 2016. During the "Summer Montage" sequence, all of these technical departments come together to film a thrilling and brief 2-minute sequence. You have Gosling and Stone showcasing some wonderful choreography behind some great editing early on, and as the sequence goes on you have great lighting behind Gosling in a jazz club as he plays piano and Emma Stone dances off to the side. Not to mention there are some great pans between the two of them as Gosling gets a piano solo for a measure then the rest of the band comes in and we pan to Stone dancing just to pan back to Gosling getting another piano solo for a measure just to pan back to Stone dancing as the rest of the band plays just to do it all again! All behind a wonderful sequence from composer and soon-to-be Oscar winner Justin Hurwitz. And that little sequence would barely even crack the top 10 for best moments of this film. Then you add in incredible and masterfully choreographed and shot dance sequences during "Another Day in Sun," "Planetarium," "Someone in the Crowd," "A Lovely Night," and of course the exhilarating "Epilogue" sequence that combine every technical aspect of filmmaking to create the best moments in cinema in 2016. And I haven't even mentioned the "Audition" sequence which is more than enough to net Emma Stone an Oscar. And I STILL don't know how they pulled off the opening oner that is "Another Day in Sun." That 4-minute single take sequence shot on location on one of the most popular overpasses in LA is simply incredible, and the film just gets better after that.
While it may not feature a meaningful political statement on anything, it will still inevitably inspire thousands, if not millions of people to follow their dreams. So you can disagree with me all you want and say Moonlight is the best film of 2016, and that's fine. If you judge a film simply by the strength of its story, I'll agree with you. But here at Enter the Movies I do my best to respect every aspect of filmmaking, and if you look at these two films from these lens, it's pretty hard for Moonlight, or any other film in 2016 for that matter, to compete with La La Land. I said it when I first reviewed it and I will say it again: La La Land is the best film I have ever reviewed on Enter the Movies, and it is more than deserving of as many Oscars as the Academy can give it. La La Land is a perfect film and can be enjoyed by anyone who breathes air.
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