It’s that time of the year when critics rank the best and worst movies of the year. They get to see movies before the rest of us, so they’ll have Oscar contenders on the list that many of us will see in 2017 and so they’ll likely be on my list next year.
That means you’ll see some movies that won at the Oscars last winter on my “best of” list for 2016.
Additionally, you’ll see a couple of movies on this year’s list that are several years old. When I rank my movies, I include movies that I see for the first time in 2016 regardless of the year it was released.
So, before I start counting down my 20 favorite movies of the year, I want to share my favorites from the past few years.
My favorite movie of 2010 was “The Kids Are All Right” with Annette Benning, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. In 2011, my favorite was “Children of God”.
“Weekend” was my favorite movie of 2012 and “Out of the Dark” topped my list in 2013.
My favorite movie of 2014 was “Bridegroom” and last year, it was “Lilting”.
You may have noticed that most of the top movies I listed from 2010 through 2015 were not mainstream. Sadly, LGBT movies don’t get the same distribution and promotion.
It’s now time to start the countdown and I’ll let you in on a secret. While my #1 movie this year is not LGBT, it wasn’t a widely seen movie either (in the U.S).
“THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR”
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $118.4 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $400,000
*WARNING: R-RATED TRAILER*
“MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL”
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $25.1 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $187,674
Note: This movie was reviled by the LGBT community because it loosely fictionalized the Stonewall events through the character of Danny, a white Midwestern boy (Jeremy Irvine).
However, I know the story of Stonewall and I’ve written about it many times. I know that drag queens, transgender, and people of color were at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots back in 1969. I’ve done my homework.
With that being said, I still enjoyed the movie for what it was — a movie.
I hope that the few people that saw it and weren’t familiar with Stonewall took the time to Google the real story. We should never get our news or learn about history from headlines, social media, or Hollywood.
And, finally, just because I crush on Irvine, that alone doesn’t justify a place in the Top 20.
“PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW”
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: unknown
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $62.1 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $36.6 MILLION
“THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES”
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $34.9 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $34.4 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $61.2 MILLION
“HOLDING THE MAN”
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $909,122
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $1.4 MILLION +
“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $171.7 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $29.4 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $35.4 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $101.1 MILLION
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $533 MILLION
“FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS”
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $27.4 MILLION +
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $5.9 MILLION
Before revealing my favorite movie of 2016, it’s time for the worst movie I saw this year.
Let me say that Dan Stevens has a chance for redemption in March 2017 with the live action “Beauty and the Beast” movie and John Travolta was incredible in “Saturday Night Live”, “Grease”, and “Swordfish”.
But, “Criminal Activities” was not the movie to see! It was so bad that I won’t even torture you with the trailer.
For much of 2016, I had a five-part BBC America miniseries as my second favorite movie of the year. I mean, if “American Horror Story” can brand itself as this or that to qualify and win Emmy Awards, why can’t I call a miniseries a movie?
But, I decided to share “London Spy” as a must-see bonus!
It’s also a chance to mention the adorable and very talented Ben Whishaw and the amazing Charlotte Rampling.
Okay, focus Anthony!
My favorite movie I saw in 2016 was an Austrian film from 2015 starring the incredible Susanne Wuest and twins, Elias and Lukas Schwarz.
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE: $1.2 MILLION +
So, there’s my list.
What are your favorite and least favorite movies you saw in 2016. Let me know.