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Dec 13, 2016

Top Ten of 2016

It’s been a mixed bag of a year, for many reasons, but when it came to culture, 2016 was only a “great, but not staggering” year for film and TV. We seem to have hit a plateau. I’m yet to see ‘Manchester by the Sea’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Toni Erdmann’, or ‘Childhood of a Leader’, but even those titles I know what i’m going to get, and it seems unlikely that they are films I’m going to be talking about in decades to come. We seem to have missed the mark (less said about ‘Mr Robot’ the better – awful) in most areas of visual artistry this year (apart from Louis CK). That said, progress in music seems to have accelerated, still pushing forward. Anyway, like every year, what you see below is what I’ve seen or heard this year so there may be a couple of pieces from 2015 in there. Without further ado, here’s the list:

FILM

1. One More Time With Feeling
2. The Revenant
3. Anomalisa
4. Everybody Wants Some!!!
5. Green Room
6. A Bigger Splash
7. Nocturnal Animals
8. Paterson
9. The Witch
10. Chiraq

Honourable Mentions
Arrival, Junun, End of the Tour, The Nice Guys, High Rise, Maggie’s Plan, Love & Friendship, Born to be Blue
Overrated
Hateful Eight, The Big Short, Neon Demon, Deadpool, Hail Ceaser!, Sing Street, Brooklyn, Miles Ahead, Swiss Army Man, Suicide Squad, Danish Girl, Warcraft, Rogue One, Batman v Superman, Lemonade
 

 

TV / Online

1. Horace and Pete
2. Halt and Catch Fire
3. Black Mirror
4. High Maintenance
5. Silicon Valley
6. Atlanta
7. Broad City
8. War & Peace
9. Planet Earth II
10. Transparent

Honourable Mentions
The Americans, Eric Andre, Baskets, Nathan for You
Overrated
Stranger Things, Westworld, Game of Thrones, Vinyl, Mr Robot, Gilmore Girls, Peaky Blinders

 

MUSIC (Albums)

1. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
2. Bon Iver – 22 Million Years
3. Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree
4. Savages – Adore Life
5. David Bowie – Blackstar
6. Kanye West – Life of Pablo
7. Anhoni – Hopelessness
8. Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker
9. Frank Ocean – Blonde
10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

Honourable Mentions
Avalanches, Nicolas Jaar, Mica Levi, Kendrick Lamar, Mitski, Jenny Hval, Preoccupations, Parquet Courts, Adult Jazz, Kevin Morby, Porches
Overrated
Beyonce, Drake, Iggy Pop, James Blake, 1975

 

MUSIC (Singles)

1. Radiohead – Daydreaming
2. Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
3. Savages – Adore Life
4. Nick Cave – I Need You
5. David Bowie – Lazarus
6. Frank Ocean – Nikes
7. Kanye West (ft. Weeknd) – FML
8. Preoccupations – Anxiety
9. Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
10. Hamilton Leithauser – A 1000 Times

 

So there we have it, the year in review. Although blockbusters still reign supreme at the box-office, and we continue to see a shift towards multi-platform, or online-only releases, I still have hope for film, namely because next year we have releases from Martin Scorsese and P.T Anderson, plus we have the return of ‘Twin Peaks’ to look forward to!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Michael Henry