While terrible in other aspects, 2016 was a remarkable year for film. From beginning to end, I got to see more than 130 movies released this year, and while that included some really bad stuff, most of it actually ranged from good to brilliant. While that wound up making me very happy over the last 12 months, it also made the construction of the list that you're about to read annoyingly challenging.
From January to December, we saw a huge number of impressive movies come out in a wide variety of genres, but ultimately I settled on the following 10 as my favorites of the year. Read all of my selections and reasons, and then hit the comments section below to share your own personal Top 10s of the year!
Back in 2010, I got my hands on a copy of the Deadpool script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. In the days, weeks, months and years after, I occasionally looked at a few pages, and laughed at a couple great scenes... but I never read the full thing. Why? Reading the full thing would have meant ultimately spoiling the big screen experience, and while it took forever for the thing to get made, I never lost faith that it would. That faith was rewarded in 2016, with the vision of Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds shared with the world, and it also came with the bonus factor of being one of the best movies of the year.
Limited by a tight budget, Deadpool is a very small-scaled, simply-told superhero story that basically unfolds in three sequences - but it's the film's exploitation what what's so amazing about the titular character that makes it such a victory. That same tight budget came packaged with permissions to go full-on R-rated, and that freedom is used in the best way, with all the blood and cursing adding distinct flavor to the ridiculous action and hilarious dialogue. In case it isn't clear, I've been a fan of Deadpool comics for years, and this movie was pretty much everything that I could have wanted -- and it's why it made my Top 10 of the year.
Read my full review here.