2016 at the Movies

As an aspiring film director, I feel like the best way to learn my craft is by making more films. Unfortunately, making movies is expensive and I’m broke. So I figured the next best thing would be to watch and critically analyze as many movies as I can. It’s research, right?

In 2015 I started to keep track of all the movies I watched in a spreadsheet. I listed the date, the movie title, movie release date, director and gave it a letter grade. I even wrote notes about why I gave each film its grade. That year I watched 171 movies (to be fair, some of those included entire seasons of TV shows like Game of Thrones or Netflix binges like House of Cards, Daredevil, etc.) and I challenged myself to watch even more in 2016.

As I write this (15 minutes to midnight, December 31, 2016) I’ve watched 190 movies. Not all NEW movies, and I’m even including repeat viewings. I’m just counting every movie I watch and grading it immediately afterward.

So I thought I’d share my list. I put an asterisk next to each film I gave an A (+/-) just in case you were wondering. Next year I’m not going to challenge myself to watch more (that would be insane, I need to go outside every once in a while), but I’d like to try to critically analyze the films more on an artistic and storytelling level which is more important to me as a director.

But I won’t lie, it was a fun ride watching all 190 of these flicks. Enjoy the list, happy new year and happy movie watching! Thanks for reading.

The Big Short
The Revenant
The Martian
Role Models*
A Walk To Remember
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man*
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Inglorious Basterds*
Pulp Fiction
Super 8*
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Wreck-It Ralph
Monsters University*
Steve Jobs*
Victor Frankenstein
The Hateful Eight
Steve Jobs*
Source Code
Terminator Genesys
We’re The Millers*
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Major League
Ghostbusters 2
Star Wars The Force Awakens
Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
Ex Machina*
Reign of Fire
Dawn of the Dead
Eye in the Sky
10 Cloverfield Lane
The Jungle Book (Animated)
Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
The Jungle Book (Live Action)*
The Mummy
The Lincoln Lawyer
Scott Pilgrim vs The World*
Kingsman: The Secret Service*
Captain Ron
Independence Day
Captain America Civil War*
Howard Stern: Private Parts
Captain America The Winter Soldier
Avengers Age of Ultron
Sherlock Holmes*
Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows*
Shaun of the Dead
Captain America: Civil War*
Iron Man 2
Shutter Island
X-Men: Apocalypse
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Equalizer
X-Men: Apocalypse
Forgetting Sarah Marshall*
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping*
The Conjuring 2*
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping*
Ex Machina*
The People v. O.J. Simpson
The Fifth Element
Jurassic World
Independence Day: Resurgence
Finding Dory
Dallas Buyers Club
Boogie Nights*
Pacific Rim
Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
Sin City
Horrible Bosses 2
Star Trek*
Swiss Army Man
Star Trek Into Darkness
Office Space
The Purge
The Purge: Anarchy
Let The Right One In
Ghostbusters 2
The Purge: Election Year
Horrible Bosses
A Bug’s Life
We’re The Millers
Star Trek Beyond
Ghostbusters (2016)
St. Vincent*
Suicide Squad
Ghostbusters (2016)
Jack Reacher
Suicide Squad
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation*
Step Brothers
Triple 9
War Dogs*
The Jungle Book*
The Nice Guys
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Talihina Sky – The Story of Kings of Leon
Wayne’s World*
Wayne’s World 2
Captain America Civil War*
Eddie the Eagle*
Money Monster
Inside Llewyn Davis
Shawshank Redemption*
A Few Good Men*
The Conjuring 2
Magnificent Seven*
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl*
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest
The Accountant
Club Dread
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows
Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides
This is Spinal Tap*
A Mighty Wind
Star Trek Beyond
Waiting for Guffman
Best in Show*
Angels & Demons
The A-Team
Death Becomes Her
Doctor Strange
Girl on the Train
Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
Muppets Most Wanted*
Son in Law
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them*
Iron Man 3
Super 8*
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them*
Revenge of the Nerds
Star Wars – A New Hope
Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars – Return of the Jedi
Star Wars – The Force Awakens*
Hot Fuzz*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
The World’s End*
The Iceman
Office Christmas Party
Love Actually*
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets*
Magnificent Seven*
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story*
Home Alone
Home Alone 2 Lost in New York
The Girl Next Door*
Cowboys & Aliens
Mad Max Fury Road*
Jurassic World