Countdown to 2017: 2016 Movies

I saw 8 movies this year. This is a major drop from last year’s 18, which had already been a major drop from the previous year’s 25. Last year I said that I kind of gave up on movies, and this year I really saw the effects. Without the movie series we do at my company (Movies for the Mind), I would barely have enough films to warrant an end-of-year list (I don’t really have enough as it is). I usually see movies at MoMA–this year I saw none. I was only in a regular movie theater 4 times this year, but surprisingly that’s one more time than last year (last year I went to MoMA way more). With everything I do, something had to go.

I saw 3 new movies this year, all in a regular movie theater. Last year it was 4 new films. In total, I saw 0 films (both old and new) at MoMA (6 less than last year) and 4 at my company’s Movies for the Mind series (4 less than last year). Of the 8 movies I saw this year, I saw 7 for the first time.

My rating system uses stars and equates as follows: 1=bad, 2=ok 3=really good 4=great.

My favorite new movies (4 stars) this year were:
The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Jackie

Runners up (3.5 stars):
Hidden Figures

My favorite old movie I saw for the first time:
The King of Comedy

My favorite old movies I loved seeing again:
Ghostbusters

Worst new movie:
None

Worst old movie:
Ghostbusters–I both love and hate this movie.

The (Not-So) Big List:
Code Girl (Movies for the Mind)***
Spare Parts (Movies for the Mind)***
The King of Comedy (Film Forum)***
Ghostbusters (Movies for the Mind)***
Pirates of Silicon Valley (Movies for the Mind)***
The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (Film Society of Lincoln Center)****
Hidden Figures (AMC Times Square)***1/2
Jackie (The Ambler Theater, Ambler, PA)****

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