Ahh, the end of the year. It’s finally here. For Finding Wonderland, this means the annual “best of” lists that are so popular around this awesome blogging community. Today our Top Ten Tuesday topic gives us a nudge to put together said list with a best movies and TV of 2016. Or at least this is what I’m going with.
Broke and Bookish December 27th | Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc) – Broke and Bookish
Instead of spinning some sort of Best of 2016 book list, I’ve decided today to look at some of the best movies and TV shows of 2016. Don’t be alarmed, I will still be publishing a Best of 2016 Book List (because isn’t this a requirement of all book bloggers?), it will simply not arrive until tomorrow or the next day. Either way, I invite you to return to read that list. Or you know, just to hang out for a while.
Read on for my list of favorites in the cinematic realm (if available, reviews are linked in titles). Only be aware, things are about to
get long. Read at your own peril, fellow book nerds.
BEST MOVIES OF 2016
1. The 5th Wave | This is one of those completely unexpected films that I watched early on in 2016.
2. Alice Through the Looking Glass | Though I’m not the greatest fan of this storybook tale, I do like Burton’s adaptations (because they’re tailor made for him) and Depp as the Hatter. Plus, this one is, in my opinion, far and away an improvement over the prequel.
3. Allegiant | I’m probably the only girl who still enjoys these. But what can I say. They’re entertaining – and I love Tris and Four as a YA Lit couple.
4. Ant-Man (2015) | Yet another one I didn’t see until 2016. It’s one that, long after the credits roll, I asked myself the following question, “Why?” (As in, why’d I wait so long!?)
5. Brooklyn | Beautiful in so many ways. This story is one of the best romances I’ve seen in a while.
6. Captain America, Civil War | It’s Marvel, Captain America is involved, and then there was THAT kiss. Enough said.
7. The Choice | Yep, I’m a Nicholas Sparks junkie, and found a partner in crime in my cousin who’s as big a fan as I am. But on a more serious note, I thought this was one of Sparks best yet.
8. Dr. Strange | Finally saw this one, and am all too aware I need to post my review. It’s Marvel though so that should give you a hint of what said review will be like.
9. Ghostbusters | Wasn’t sure what to expect from this comedy, but I wound up enjoying it. My favorite part though wasn’t the women (though all of them were fabulous in their roles), but Chris Hemsworth. Something I’d elaborate more on if I would ever publish a review. *Adds to list*
10. The Huntsman, Winter’s War | Speaking of Hemsworth, he led the way in this Snow White and the Huntsman sequel that oddly enough, was void of Snow. Huh.
11. Jason Bourne | Just watched this one on Christmas day, and as is always the case, I loved it. Reasons are sure to be given in followup review.
12. Joy | This is probably the first “adult” role I’ve seen Jennifer Lawrence in, and I thought she was fabulous.
13. The Legend of Tarzan | Beautiful is the only word I can think to describe this one. Ironically, it was also the film I thought would be “too ridiculous” to be good.
14. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | A super fun romp so long as you don’t take this one too seriously, I was ridiculously excited to finally watch this one this past summer.
15. Suicide Squad | Recently watched this one when it released to DVD. Needless to say, I adored it. Although I will say, Suicide Squad is quite a bit darker than Marvel (in general) as its peers and DC Comics tend to be. Still, if you like Arrow or The Flash, you should enjoy this.
16. Zootopia | Too cute for words. What more is there to say?The Best of the Best at the Cinema and Small Screen #archives #Movies #FavoriteMovies #Marvel Click To Tweet
THE SMALL SCREEN OF 2016
1. Bull (CBS) | Sadly NCIS alumni Michael Weatherly said goodbye to his long time character, Anthony DiNozzo this past year. But for those of us who are fans, you can now see him on the (really good) CBS drama, Bull.
2. Chesapeake Shores (Hallmark) | This is probably my favorite Hallmark series yet.
3. The Crown (Netflix) | A brilliant period piece about the early days and marriage of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
4. Doctor Thorne (ITV) | From Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, this one is, as one would expect, charming, in a lighthearted kind of way.
5. Frequency (CW) | Haven’t seen the film on which this is based, but I thought the pilot was fabulous.
6. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix) | Adding this is anticipatory since I’ve not watched the four films that constitute this miniseries. (You can check out my fangirl-y season one review or my “Classic Romantic Moment” article.)
7. Houdini and Doyle (Fox) | Love this humorous period drama, short lived status notwithstanding.
8. Jericho (ITV) | I’ve gushed about this one more than enough. Suffice to say, it’s worth the “cliffhanger” ending (and no future seasons!).
9. The Living and the Dead (BBC) | Recently watched this one, and surprisingly, I wound up really enjoying it. Sadly, I took down the star rating a bit because the final 5-10 seconds “ruined” what otherwise would have been a nice ending.
10. Mercy Street (ITV) | This one played at my house last winter, and really surprised me. I didn’t think it was worth toting as the “next Downton Abbey” (because the comparison isn’t fair due to the subject/genre), but it’s a nice Southern drama nonetheless.
11. Second Chance (Fox) | The idea for this one is a contemporary take on the Frankenstein legend. Or that’s how I understand it. Either way, I really liked this short-lived series.
12. Timeless (NBC) | Despite the similar plots already “out there,” this is a really fun show to binge.
13. Victoria (ITV) | Technically this one doesn’t premiere for the states until January 2017 (and is again being pushed as a ‘Downton’ replacement), but I’ve been watching it these past couple months, and heavens. All I can say is this: don’t miss this
14. War & Peace (BBC) | Another period drama (question to self: trend much?), and a beautiful one at that. I loved how “lighthearted” this story begins before the real drama and tragedies bombard our screens.
What films did you love from 2016? What made your best movies and TV of 2016 list? Comment down below! I’d love to know, and chat them up with you. Also, leave your Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d be happy to visit your bookish havens.
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