For the better part of a decade, this has become an annual tradition. From January to December I compile a list of the best, artistic and most progressive films, television shows and music albums. One of the reasons I do this is to provide resources to readers who are looking for cerebral, fun and progressive media. It does exist as my lists have continued to prove. Don’t say I never gave you anything. You’re welcome.
2016 was full of surprises. Many major releases I expected to rank highly didn’t even place while there were a number of 4th quarter and sleeper hits that truly blindsided me. I found myself reranking the list again and again and again.
This past year might arguably be my most competitive list yet and 2017 is already looking to match it or even surpass it.
But that’s not all. For the first time ever 3 short films were so impressive that they were ranked among on the main feature film list.
As is the standard for a film to be considered, it must pass the Upkins Media Litmus Test.
Many did and they did not disappoint.
Without further adieu, let’s get this party started.
THE TOP FILMS OF 2016
15. The Accountant
14. The Huntsman: Winter’s War
13. Anonymous (Hacker)
10. Looking: The Movie
08. Our Kind of Traitor
07. Max Steel
06. Point Break
05. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of
Justice Wonder Woman (extended edition)
03. Lemonade: The Visual Album
02. In a three-way tie:
Hoshino: A Star Wars Fan Film
If Congress Was Your Co-Worker
And the number one film for 2016 which was also released in early February and made for an excellent birthday gift for yours truly:
01. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Oh we’re just getting started.
EXEMPLARY HONORABLE MENTIONS
The Birth of a Nation
Come and Find Me
Southside With You
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
A Ballerina’s Tale
WWE Women’s Revolution
Best Specials/Short Films/Oneshots
John Cena: We Are America
It’s Asian Men: A Sexy Short Film
Save The Kiss
Literal Bohemian Rhapsody
Understanding: A 35mm Film
Worst Films of 2016
Gods of Egypt
Best Animated Films
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
DC Superhero Girls