2016 marks the year my wife Rosa, who is also the SoCreate CFO, and I watched the least amount of movies since we became a couple in 2003. This didn’t happen because our mutual love for film had faded. It was the result of another wonderful event in our lives, which was the birth of our twins. Not coincidentally, this year was a blur, and I have never been more tired in my life than I was in 2016. Even so, we still took some time to get out and see some fantastic movies. There are a few great ones I loved, so be sure to catch my faves at the end of this post.
Now on to the movies of 2016.
Before you jump into the list, please note the following:
We watched these movies in 2016; it does not mean they were released in 2016.
At the end of this list, I will give you my take and my personal favorites.
The movies are listed in order from highest combined rating to lowest and not by date watched or released.
My favorite movie in 2016 has to be “Spotlight.” It was so well done, covering a tough topic that was kept in the shadows of secrecy for so many years. The movie was fast-paced and super entertaining, and it stuck with you. Speaking of sticking with you, the movie “Room” haunted me for days after watching it. It was just awful to think of the poor people that experience being prisoners in plain sight. This movie was hard to watch from an emotional perspective, and that is probably why it is not my number one pick. Both of these movies covered tough topics, but “Room” cut you to the core. On a lighter note, Rosa and I had the opportunity to watch a locally shot documentary at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival called “Lives Well Lived,” which I thought was so inspiring. It follows the full lives of older people doing things you couldn’t imagine people could do at their age. It teaches you that aging doesn’t mean you have to slow down or quit living life to the fullest. I recommend that everyone watch this. There are so many other great movies like “The Big Short,” “The Revenant,” “Hell or High Water,” and “Arrival.” All of these movies are must-sees if you haven’t already watched them.
Until next month,