Recapping 2016 in Film-Watching & #52FilmsByWomen

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I’m definitely nowhere near the first to echo this sentiment but… boy, was 2016 exhausting. There was a lot of good in the year just as there was a lot of bad, but oftentimes it really felt as if the latter outweighed the former by gargantuan amounts. If 2015 was the year in which I actually got a firm grip on the stability of my mental health, 2016 was the year that really challenged me and threatened to crumble me back down to ground zero. Besides a lot of a terrible news that affect millions as well as myself, I’ve been dealing with a whole bunch of personal struggles regarding my place in the world and general ability to get unstuck from my current stagnation. Basically, it’s everything one could expect from turning 25 in a new millennium.

Thankfully, I’ve always had movies and music to turn to during these dark times, even though I was literally inconsolable on my absolute worst days. I do think that the perspective on my consumption of films have changed since 2012 and 2013 – and even 2014 and 2015. I think back to the first day of class a couple summers ago, where we had to give our name and one interesting thing about ourselves, and I said that I had watched over 600 movies in the previous year to a flurry of gasps and impressed reactions. These days, though, my focus is more on not the amount of what I watch, but on how much I get out what I do watch. I did get around to filling in a lot of blind spots this past year and have generally enjoyed my movie-watching as a whole, but I’m still trying to chase down the breadth of wide-eyed discovery I achieved in 2013. There was so much pressure to fill up my personal quota this past year that I ended up watching some films that I may not have wanted to watch, but just felt that I had to, depending on each individual context. I know this seems blasphemous coming from someone who had just come off logging nearly 100 items in the month of December alone, but quality over quantity is a perspective that I definitely want to be more mindful of this coming year.

Which is why I want 2017 to be devoted to reading, watching, and listening to only the media I truly, madly, deeply want to indulge in. I still don’t know what compelled me to watch all of David O. Russell’s films in 2016, but the finish line wasn’t all that satisfying even though I knew it wouldn’t be. I want this year to be watching movies from artists I can truly appreciate – movies from women and people of color, horror movies, cult masterpieces, weird arthouse stuff, silent pictures, Christmas movies, cartoons, esoteric documentaries, rom-coms, wuxia film, dark comedies, sprawling landscape epics, 80s movies, action trash that are probably bad but still very fun – all that good stuff. Life is just too damn short to spend hours upon hours watching shit that you won’t remember a single thing about ten years later.

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One of the most important aspects of my viewing experiences, however, came in the form of the #52FilmsByWomen challenge. I already tend to lean toward women-directed films in general, but having it in the form of a concrete number gave me all the more reason to spend two hours through a female perspective as opposed to all the male perspectives I inadvertently veer toward. Unsurprisingly I finished the challenge, and then some, accomplishing sixty-five women-made films in total. Outside of all the wonderful and not-so-wonderful qualities I attained from these films, I also realized that this challenge wasn’t really all that challenging at all. It didn’t really feel like I was going out of my way for an alternative viewpoint – I was just watching what I usually watch, which just so happens to mildly exceed the requirements of the challenge. So this next year, I’m going to up the ante by attempting to watch 100 films directed by women! In other words, in a year where I make my movie-a-day goal, a third of those must be directed by women. This should be a bit more challenging and a whole lot more fun, I think!

If you want to see every woman-directed film I’ve watched in 2016 and how I rank them, I made an entire Letterboxd list for the cause. I got my annual viewing of Daisies, and it being my favorite movie ever makes it #1 on the list. Moreover, I went to a charity screening of Paris is Burning, and that rewatch solidifies it at one of the best documentaries of all time. Speed RacerThe Snowman, and You’ve Got Mail were also rewatches, but everything else was totally new to me. They’ve pretty much all got something worth watching for, with some of course being miles better than others. Born in Flames, specifically, is one of the most unabashedly feminist films I had ever seen and simply thinking about it leaves imprints in my mind and soul. Next time I’m feeling truly angry at the world, I’ll be sure to give it a rewatch as a validation of my emotions.

So to cap off this post, I’ll give a full list of everything I watched in 2016, and after that my top 20 new, non-2016 watches.

  1. Mrs. Miniver (Wyler, 1942)
  2. Shakespeare in Love (Madden, 1998)
  3. Yankee Doodle Dandy (Curtiz, 1942)*
  4. Mustang (Ergüven, 2015)
  5. The Danish Girl (Hooper, 2015)
  6. Dodsworth (Wyler, 1936)
  7. The Little Foxes (Wyler, 1941)
  8. Bye Bye Birdie (Sidney, 1963)
  9. Breakin’ (Silberg, 1984)*
  10. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (Firstenberg, 1984)*
  11. Jezebel (Wyler, 1938)
  12. Three Kings (Russell, 1999)
  13. Wings (Wellman, 1927)
  14. Joy (Russell, 2015)
  15. Anomalisa (Kaufman & Johnson, 2015)
  16. Creed (Coogler, 2015)
  17. Desert Hearts (Deitch, 1985)
  18. Monkey Business (Hawks, 1952)
  19. Actress (Greene, 2014)
  20. The Phantom of the Paradise (De Palma, 1974)
  21. Sicario (Villeneuve, 2015)
  22. I Heart Huckabees (Russell, 2004)
  23. Réalité (Reality) (Dupieux, 2014)
  24. 21 Jump Street (Lord & Miller, 2012)*
  25. 22 Jump Street (Lord & Miller, 2014)
  26. Goosebumps (Letterman, 2015)
  27. Sanjay’s Super Team (Patel, 2015)
  28. The Good Dinosaur (Sohn, 2015)
  29. Crocodile Dundee (Faiman, 1986)
  30. Flirting With Disaster (Russell, 1996)
  31. Nuit #1 (Night #1) (Émond, 2011)
  32. The Revenant (Iñárritu, 2015)
  33. Bridge of Spies (Spielberg, 2015)
  34. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Whedon, 2015)
  35. Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) (Aubier & Patar, 2009)*
  36. Phoenix (Petzold, 2015)
  37. Efes beyahasei enosh (Zero Motivation) (Lavie, 2014)
  38. The Martian (Scott, 2015)
  39. I Was a Male War Bride (Hawks, 1949)
  40. Intolerable Cruelty (Coen, 2003)
  41. The American Astronaut (McAbee, 2001)*
  42. She’s Gotta Have It (Lee, 1986)
  43. Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks, 1939)
  44. Elmer’s Candid Camera (Jones, 1940)*
  45. Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (Jones, 1944)*
  46. Fast and Furry-ous (Jones, 1949)*
  47. Hair-Raising Hare (Jones, 1946)*
  48. Awful Orphan (Jones, 1949)*
  49. Haredevil Hare (Jones, 1948)*
  50. For Scent-imental Reasons (Jones, 1949)*
  51. Frigid Hare (Jones, 1949)*
  52. The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (Jones, 1950)
  53. Baton Bunny (Jones & Levitow, 1959)
  54. Feed the Kitty (Jones, 1952)*
  55. Don’t Give Up the Sheep (Jones, 1953)
  56. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (Clampett, 1942)
  57. Tortoise Wins By a Hare (Clampett, 1943)
  58. Samsara (Fricke, 2011)
  59. Cartel Land (Heineman, 2015)
  60. Felt (Banker, 2015)
  61. Fantasia 2000 (Algar et al., 1999)
  62. Canary Row (Freleng, 1950)
  63. Bunker Hill Bunny (Freleng, 1950)
  64. Kit For Cat (Freleng, 1948)
  65. Putty Tat Trouble (Freleng, 1951)
  66. Bugs and Thugs (Freleng, 1954)
  67. The Apple (Golan, 1980)
  68. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (Hartley, 2014)
  69. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (13 Assassins) (Miike, 2010)
  70. Kung Fu Panda 2 (Yuh, 2011)
  71. Attack the Block (Cornish, 2011)
  72. Ave Maria (Khalil, 2015)
  73. Shok (Friend) (Donougue, 2015)
  74. Alles wird gut (Everything Will Be Okay) (Vollrath, 2015)
  75. Stutterer (Cleary, 2015)
  76. Day One (Hughes, 2015)
  77. Sanjay’s Super Team (Patel, 2015)*
  78. World of Tomorrow (Hertzfeldt, 2015)
  79. Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa (We Can’t Live Without Cosmos) (Bronzit, 2015)
  80. Historia de un oso (Bear Story) (Osorio, 2015)
  81. If I Was God… (Condie, 2015)
  82. The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse (Jean et al., 2015)
  83. The Loneliest Stoplight (Plympton, 2015)
  84. Catch It (Bar, et al., 2015)
  85. Prologue (Williams, 2015)
  86. 45 Years (Haigh, 2015)
  87. Teen Witch (Walker, 1989)*
  88. Canned Feud (Freleng, 1951)
  89. Lumber Jerks (Freleng, 1955)
  90. Speedy Gonzales (Freleng, 1955)*
  91. Tweety’s S.O.S. (Freleng, 1951)
  92. The Foghorn Leghorn (McKimson, 1948)
  93. Daffy Duck Hunt (McKimson, 1949)
  94. Early to Bet (McKimson, 1951)
  95. A Broken Leghorn (McKimson, 1959)
  96. Devil May Hare (McKimson, 1954)
  97. Born in Flames (Borden, 1983)
  98. About a Boy (Weitz & Weitz, 2002)
  99. Training Day (Fuqua, 2001)
  100. Kung Fu Panda 3 (Yuh, 2016)
  101. Lila & Eve (Stone, 2015)
  102. Bulworth (Beatty, 1998)
  103. The Wood (Famuyiwa, 1999)
  104. I Will Follow (DuVernay, 2010)
  105. Everything Will Be Okay (Hertzfeldt, 2006)*
  106. I Am So Proud of You (Hertzfeldt, 2008)
  107. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Hertzfeldt, 2011)
  108. Mississippi Damned (Mabry, 2009)
  109. How to Steal a Million (Wyler, 1966)
  110. Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960)
  111. Hail, Caesar! (Coen & Coen, 2016)
  112. Amistad (Spielberg, 1997)
  113. Mean Creek (Estes, 2004)
  114. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen & Coen, 2000)
  115. Locke (Knight, 2014)
  116. Deadpool (Miller, 2016)
  117. Brown Sugar (Famuyiwa, 2002)
  118. Edge of Tomorrow (Liman, 2014)
  119. The Last Unicorn (Rankin & Bass, 1982)
  120. Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg, 1998)
  121. Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Harris, 1992)
  122. Kangaroo Jack (McNally, 2003)
  123. American Hustle (Russell, 2013)
  124. The Ladykillers (Coen & Coen, 2004)
  125. Flashdance (Lyne, 1983)
  126. Meet the Patels (Patel & Patel, 2015)
  127. The Bling Ring (Coppola, 2013)
  128. The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012)
  129. Killer Joe (Friedkin, 2011)*
  130. Bicentennial Man (Columbus, 1999)
  131. Girlhood (Garbus, 2003)
  132. Losing Isaiah (Gyllenhaal, 1995)
  133. The Voices (Satrapi, 2014)
  134. Smiley Face (Araki, 2007)*
  135. Days of Thunder (Scott, 1990)
  136. Philomena (Frears, 2013)
  137. I’m Still Here (Affleck, 2010)
  138. My Dinner With André (Malle, 1981)
  139. Zootopia (Howard et al, 2016)
  140. The Collector (Dunstan, 2009)
  141. Jersey Boys (Eastwood, 2014)
  142. Catch Me If You Can (Spielberg, 2002)
  143. The Fisher King (Gilliam, 1991)
  144. The Day After Tomorrow (Emmerich, 2004)
  145. The Big Snooze (Clampett, 1946)
  146. Broom-Stick Bunny (Jones, 1956)
  147. Bugs Bunny Rides Again (Freleng, 1948)
  148. Monkeybone (Selick, 2001)
  149. Superman (Donner, 1978)
  150. The Game (Fincher, 1997)
  151. After Earth (Shyamalan, 2013)
  152. Falling Down (Schumacher, 1993)
  153. Cyrus (Duplass & Duplass, 2010)
  154. Pom Poko (Takahata, 1994)
  155. The Rock (Bay, 1996)
  156. They Came Together (Wain, 2014)
  157. Sans Soleil (Marker, 1983)
  158. The Final Girls (Strauss-Schulson, 2015)
  159. Spotlight (McCarthy, 2015)
  160. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (Hallström, 2009)
  161. The Quiet Man (Ford, 1952)
  162. The Witch (Eggers, 2016)
  163. 101 Dalmatians (Herek, 1996)
  164. Hook (Spielberg, 1991)
  165. Hung fan kui (Rumble in the Bronx) (Tong, 1995)
  166. The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011)
  167. Kaze tachinu (The Wind Rises) (Miyazaki, 2013)
  168. Snake Eyes (De Palma, 1998)
  169. Ishtar (May, 1987)
  170. Grey Gardens (Maysles et al., 1975)
  171. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (Vietti, 2014)
  172. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Stoller, 2008)*
  173. Straight Outta Compton (Gray, 2015)*
  174. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Trachtenberg, 2016)
  175. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (Nibbelink et al., 1993)
  176. The Old Dark House (Whale, 1932)
  177. Punch-Drunk Love (Anderson, 2002)*
  178. Harry and the Hendersons (Dear, 1987)
  179. The Adventures of André and Wally B. (Smith, 1984)*
  180. Luxo Jr. (Lasseter, 1986)*
  181. Red’s Dream (Lasseter, 1987)*
  182. Tin Toy (Lasseter, 1988)*
  183. Knick Knack (Lasseter, 1989)*
  184. Los amantes pasajeros (I’m So Excited!) (Almodóvar, 2013)
  185. The Thin Red Line (Malick, 1998)
  186. Take This Waltz (Polley, 2012)
  187. The Holiday (Meyers, 2006)
  188. Encounters at the End of the World (Herzog, 2007)
  189. Hush (Flanagan, 2016)
  190. Er ist wieder da (Look Who’s Back) (Wnendt, 2015)
  191. God’s Not Dead (Cronk, 2014)
  192. Ginger Snaps (Fawcett, 2000)*
  193. Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant) (Fassbinder, 1972)
  194. The Jungle Book (Favreau, 2016)
  195. Miles Ahead (Cheadle, 2016)
  196. Sing Street (Carney, 2016)
  197. You’ve Got Mail (Ephron, 1998)*
  198. Greenberg (Baumbach, 2010)
  199. Best in Show (Guest, 2000)
  200. The Selfish Giant (Barnard, 2013)
  201. Black Moon (Malle, 1975)
  202. Life of Pi (Lee, 2013)
  203. Respire (Breathe) (Laurent, 2015)
  204. Dirty Pretty Things (Frears, 2002)
  205. Black Sheep (King, 2006)
  206. Hell Comes to Frogtown (Jackson & Kizer, 1988)
  207. While We’re Young (Baumbach, 2014)
  208. Zardoz (Boorman, 1974)
  209. Scarface (De Palma, 1983)
  210. Sedmikrásky (Daisies) (Chytilová, 1966)*
  211. Unbroken (Jolie, 2014)
  212. Bowfinger (Oz, 1999)
  213. Prince Avalanche (Green, 2013)
  214. Too Many Cooks (Kelly, 2014)*
  215. W imię… (In the Name of) (Szumowska, 2013)
  216. Animal Farm (Batchelor & Halas, 1954)
  217. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Melendez, 1969)
  218. Snoopy Come Home (Melendez, 1972)
  219. Bring It On (Reed, 2000)*
  220. Scary Movie (Wayans, 2000)*
  221. Viva (Breathnach, 2016)
  222. The Foxy Merkins (Olnek, 2013)
  223. Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, 1955)*
  224. Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013)
  225. Nasty Baby (Silva, 2015)
  226. Death at a Funeral (Oz, 2007)
  227. A Talking Cat!?! (DeCoteau, 2013)*
  228. Heat (Mann, 1995)
  229. Hong quan yu yong chun (Shaolin Martial Arts) (Chang, 1974)
  230. Way Out West (Horne, 1937)*
  231. Capote (Miller, 2005)
  232. Out of Africa (Pollack, 1985)
  233. The Stepford Wives (Oz, 2004)
  234. Song One (Barker-Froyland, 2014)
  235. Adventures in Babysitting (Columbus, 1987)*
  236. Dear Frankie (Auerbach, 2004)
  237. The Departed (Scorsese, 2006)
  238. Switchblade Sisters (Hill, 1975)
  239. The Crying Game (Jordan, 1992)
  240. The Lobster (Lanthimos, 2016)
  241. Kinky Boots (Jarrold, 2005)
  242. The Guest (Wingard, 2014)
  243. Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (Lovers on the Bridge) (Carax, 1991)
  244. Tiger Eyes (Blume, 2012)
  245. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Timm & Radomski, 1993)
  246. The Big Lebowski (Coen, 1998)*
  247. Finding Neverland (Forster, 2000)
  248. Can’t Buy Me Love (Rash, 1987)
  249. Ba wang bie ji (Farewell My Concubine) (Chen, 1993)
  250. The Nice Guys (Black, 2016)
  251. Lemonade (Knowles et al., 2016)
  252. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Clooney, 2002)
  253. Ninja Terminator (Ho, 1985)
  254. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau (Iron Monkey) (Yuen, 1993)
  255. Chocolat (Hallström, 2000)
  256. Captain America: The First Avenger (Johnston, 2011)
  257. The Incredible Hulk (Leterrier, 2008)
  258. Iron Man (Favreau, 2008)
  259. Thor (Branagh, 2011)
  260. Iron Man 2 (Favreau, 2010)
  261. Boogie Nights (Anderson, 1997)*
  262. The Watermelon Woman (Dunye, 1996)
  263. Drugstore Cowboy (Van Sant, 1989)
  264. Pacific Rim (Del Toro, 2013)*
  265. The Amazing Spider-Man (Webb, 2012)
  266. Safe (Haynes, 1995)
  267. Yentl (Streisand, 1983)
  268. The Puffy Chair (Duplass & Duplass, 2005)
  269. Still Alice (Glatzer & Westmoreland, 2014)
  270. Fallen (a.k.a. Fallen) (Albert, 2006)
  271. Love (Noé, 2015)
  272. A Fish Called Wanda (Crichton, 1988)*
  273. Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (My Sassy Girl) (Kwak, 2001)
  274. Mind Game (Yuasa, 2004)
  275. The Avengers (Whedon, 2012)*
  276. The Hitch-Hiker (Lupino, 1953)
  277. Valley of the Dolls (Robson, 1967)
  278. Thor: The Dark World (Taylor, 2013)
  279. Wake in Fright (Kotcheff, 1971)
  280. Rabid (Cronenberg, 1977)
  281. Fury (Ayer, 2014)
  282. Tickled (Farrier & Reeve, 2016)
  283. Iron Man 3 (Black, 2013)
  284. John Wick (Stahelski & Leitch, 2014)
  285. 3 Women (Altman, 1977)
  286. Stitches (McMahon, 2012)
  287. Keanu (Atencio, 2016)
  288. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Russo & Russo, 2014)
  289. Nacho Libre (Hess, 2006)
  290. How to Be Single (Ditter, 2016)
  291. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Schaffer & Taccone, 2016)
  292. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Whedon, 2015)*
  293. Wiener-Dog (Solondz, 2016)
  294. Imitation of Life (Stahl, 1934)
  295. Paris is Burning (Livingston, 1990)*
  296. They Live (Carpenter, 1988)*
  297. Dark Star (Carpenter, 1974)
  298. Nashville (Altman, 1975)*
  299. Batman (Martinson, 1966)*
  300. Timbuktu (Sissako, 2014)
  301. Break My Fall (Wichmann, 2011)
  302. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (Ford, 1949)
  303. Barbara (Petzoldt, 2012)
  304. A Face in the Crowd (Kazan, 1957)
  305. Jaco (Marchand & Kijak, 2014)
  306. A Life Less Ordinary (Boyle, 1997)
  307. Erin Brockovich (Soderbergh, 2000)
  308. Rififi (Dassin, 1955)*
  309. Stephen King’s It (Wallace, 1990)
  310. Saving Mr. Banks (Hancock, 2013)
  311. Piper (Barillaro, 2016)
  312. Finding Dory (Stanton & MacLane, 2016)
  313. Ghostbusters (Feig, 2016)
  314. Welcome To Me (Piven, 2014)
  315. Thirst (Park, 2009)
  316. Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt, 2013)
  317. A Canterbury Tale (Powell & Pressburger, 1944)
  318. Sneakers (Robinson, 1992)
  319. The Mummy (Sommers, 1999)
  320. Cooley High (Schultz, 1975)
  321. Doenjang (The Recipe) (Lee, 2010)
  322. Quills (Kaufman, 2000)
  323. Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) (Varda, 1985)
  324. The Best Man (Lee, 1999)
  325. The Sandlot (Evans, 1993)
  326. Deliverance (Boorman, 1972)
  327. Jigoku de naze warui (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) (Sono, 2014)
  328. A Walk to Remember (Shankman, 2002)
  329. The Stranger (Welles, 1946)
  330. The Trip (Corman, 1967)
  331. Cop Car (Watts, 2015)
  332. Abre los ojos (Open Yours Eyes) (Amenábar, 1997)
  333. Six Degrees of Separation (Schepisi, 1993)
  334. Little Women (Armstrong, 1994)
  335. Hunt For the Wilderpeople (Waititi, 2016)
  336. Killing Them Softly (Dominik, 2012)
  337. Lilting (Khaou, 2014)
  338. The Invitation (Kusama, 2016)
  339. The Motorcycle Diaries (Salles, 2004)
  340. 30 Days of Night (Slade, 2007)
  341. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964)
  342. Speed Racer (Wachowski & Wachowski, 2008)*
  343. How the West Was Won (Ford et al., 1962)
  344. The Matrix Reloaded (Wachowski & Wachowski, 2003)
  345. The Killing Fields (Joffé, 1984)
  346. The Fast and the Furious (Cohen, 2001)
  347. 2 Fast 2 Furious (Singleton, 2003)
  348. Real Life (Brooks, 1979)
  349. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (Jones, 1979)
  350. Flandersui gae (Barking Dogs Never Bite) (Bong, 2000)
  351. 5 to 7 (Levin, 2014)
  352. Red River (Hawks, 1948)
  353. Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (Love is Colder Than Death) (Fassbinder, 1970)
  354. Indie Game: Life After (Pajot & Swirsky, 2014)
  355. Hud (Ritt, 1963)
  356. The Uninvited (Allen, 1944)
  357. Showgirls (Verhoeven, 1995)*
  358. The Doll Squad (Mikels, 1973)
  359. Mississippi Grind (Boden & Fleck, 2015)
  360. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Dante, 2003)*
  361. Blue Velvet (Lynch, 1986)*
  362. Exporting Raymond (Rosenthal, 2011)
  363. The Wicker Man (LaBute, 2006)
  364. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Gilliam & Jones, 1975)*
  365. Evil Dead (Alvarez, 2013)*
  366. Kubo and the Two Strings (Knight, 2016)
  367. Café Society (Allen, 2016)
  368. Sleepwalk With Me (Birbiglia, 2012)
  369. Southside With You (Tanne, 2016)
  370. Defending Your Life (Brooks, 1991)
  371. Blazing Saddles (Brooks, 1974)*
  372. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Stuart, 1971)*
  373. Maps to the Stars (Cronenberg, 2014)
  374. On Golden Pond (Rydell, 1981)
  375. Boy (Waititi, 2010)
  376. What’s Up, Doc? (Bogdanovich, 1972)
  377. The Peanuts Movie (Martino, 2015)
  378. Don’t Think Twice (Birbiglia, 2016)
  379. Don’t Breathe (Alvarez, 2016)
  380. I Shot Andy Warhol (Harron, 1996)
  381. The Day of the Triffids (Sekely & Francis, 1963)
  382. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (Chadha, 2008)
  383. Free Willy (Wincer, 1993)
  384. The Lord of the Rings (Bakshi, 1978)
  385. Chariots of Fire (Hudson, 1981)
  386. G.I. Jane (Scott, 1997)
  387. Birth (Glazer, 2004)
  388. Bad Milo! (Vaughan, 2013)
  389. Hell or High Water (Mackenzie, 2016)
  390. All Over Me (Sichel, 1997)
  391. Cat People (Schrader, 1982)
  392. Girl, Interrupted (Mangold, 1999)
  393. Something, Anything (Harrill, 2014)
  394. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Zhao, 2015)
  395. Sanshô dayû (Sansho the Bailiff) (Mizoguchi, 1954)
  396. Kyss mig (With Every Heartbeat) (Keining, 2011)
  397. Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (Konner, 2016)
  398. Chi-Raq (Lee, 2015)
  399. Belle (Asante, 2014)
  400. Design For Living (Lubitsch, 1933)
  401. I Know What You Did Last Summer (Gillespie, 1997)
  402. Troll 2 (Fragasso, 1990)*
  403. El Dorado (Hawks, 1966)
  404. Bride of the Monster (1955)
  405. Puppet Master (Schmoeller, 1989)
  406. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kaufman, 1978)
  407. Evil Bong (Band, 2006)
  408. Basket Case (Henenlotter, 1982)
  409. Operazione paura (Kill, Baby, Kill) (Bava, 1966)
  410. Child’s Play (Holland, 1988)
  411. Demon (Wrona, 2016)
  412. Dans ma peau (In My Skin) (de Van, 2002)
  413. Q (Cohen, 1982)
  414. The Lazarus Effect (Gelb, 2015)
  415. ThanksKilling (Downey, 2009)
  416. The Hills Have Eyes (Craven, 1977)
  417. Possession (Żuławski, 1981)
  418. Hobo With a Shotgun (Eisener, 2011)
  419. Discopathe (Gauthier, 2014)
  420. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (Harlin, 1988)
  421. House of 1000 Corpses (Zombie, 2003)
  422. The Room (Wiseau, 2003)*
  423. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (Hopkins, 1989)
  424. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
  425. Mirror, Mirror (Sargenti, 1990)
  426. Trail of the Screaming Forehead (Blamire, 2008)
  427. Jaws 2 (Szwarc, 1978)
  428. The Blob (Russell, 1988)
  429. House (Miner, 1986)
  430. C.H.U.D. (Cheek, 1984)
  431. Return to Oz (Murch, 1985)
  432. Babe: Pig in the City (Miller, 1998)*
  433. The Conjuring 2 (Wan, 2016)
  434. Nightbreed (Barker, 1990)
  435. Lights Out (Sandberg, 2016)
  436. When Animals Dream (Arnby, 2014)
  437. Werewolves on Wheels (Levesque, 1971)
  438. American Honey (Arnold, 2016)
  439. Practical Magic (Dunne, 1998)
  440. Hocus Pocus (Ortega, 1993)*
  441. Good Burger (Robbins, 1997)*
  442. Gojira (Godzilla) (Honda, 1954)
  443. The Fog (Carpenter, 1980)
  444. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (Talalay, 1991)
  445. El espinazo del diablo (The Devil’s Backbone) (del Toro, 2001)
  446. Scary Movie 2 (Wayans, 2001)
  447. Halloween (Carpenter, 1978)*
  448. Halloween II (Rosenthal, 1981)
  449. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Wallace, 1982)
  450. Grizzly (Girdler, 1976)
  451. Hotel Transylvania 2 (Tartakovsky, 2015)
  452. The Craft (Fleming, 1996)*
  453. Witch’s Night Out (Leach, 1978)
  454. L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) (Cattet & Forzani, 2013)
  455. Trick ‘r Treat (Doughtery, 2007)
  456. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Selick, 1993)*
  457. The Thing (Carpenter, 1982)*
  458. Ah-ga-ssi (The Handmaiden) (Park, 2016)
  459. Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Blank, 1980)
  460. Escape From New York (Carpenter, 1981)
  461. Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (Mak & Lau, 2002)
  462. Mascots (Guest, 2016)
  463. This Is Spinal Tap (Reiner, 1984)*
  464. The Big Lebowski (Coen, 1998)*
  465. Inherent Vice (Anderson, 2014)*
  466. Sausage Party (Vernon & Tiernan, 2016)
  467. Gas Food Lodging (Anders, 1992)
  468. Moonlight (Jenkins, 2016)
  469. Doctor Strange (Derrickson, 2016)
  470. Everybody Wants Some!! (Linklater, 2016)
  471. Hardcore Henry (Naishuller, 2016)
  472. The BFG (Spielberg, 2016)
  473. The Shallows (Collet-Serra, 2016)
  474. Swiss Army Man (Kwan & Scheinert, 2016)
  475. Justin Timberlake + Tennessee Kids (Demme, 2016)
  476. Green Room (Saulnier, 2016)
  477. 13th (Duvernay, 2016)
  478. A Bigger Splash (Guadagnino, 2016)
  479. Arrival (Villeneuve, 2016)
  480. Knight of Cups (Malick, 2016)
  481. Team Thor: A Mockumentary (Waititi, 2016)
  482. Midnight Special (Nichols, 2016)
  483. Nocturnal Animals (Ford, 2016)
  484. The Love Witch (Biller, 2016)
  485. The Edge of Seventeen (Fremon, 2016)
  486. Vampire’s Kiss (Bierman, 1988)*
  487. Kubo and the Three Strings (Knight, 2016)*
  488. Gamer (Neveldine & Taylor, 2009)
  489. Demolition (Valée, 2016)
  490. Sing Street (Carney, 2016)*
  491. Sliding Doors (Howitt, 1998)
  492. Short Cuts (Altman, 1993)
  493. Wui wan ye (Out of the Dark) (Lau, 1995)
  494. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alfredson, 2011)
  495. Inner Workings (Matsuda, 2016)
  496. Moana (Clements & Musker, 2016)
  497. Shan he gu ren (Mountains May Depart) (Zhangke, 2016)
  498. Toys (Levinson, 1992)
  499. Mei ren yu (The Mermaid) (Chow, 2016)
  500. White Girl (Wood, 2016)
  501. *batteries not included (Robbins, 1987)
  502. Kenzo World (Jonze, 2016)
  503. Sabotage (Jonze, 1994)
  504. To Die By Your Side (Jonze, 2011)
  505. Weapon of Choice (Jonze, 2000)
  506. Praise You (Jonze, 1999)
  507. We Once Were a Fairytale (Jonze, 2008)
  508. How They Get There (Jonze, 1997)
  509. Sure Shot (Jonze, 1994)
  510. Video Days (Jonze, 1991)
  511. Meek’s Cutoff (Reichardt, 2010)
  512. The Kentucky Fried Movie (Landis, 1977)
  513. A Christmas Horror Story (Harvey, Hoban, & Sullivan, 2015)
  514. Night of the Comet (Eberhardt, 1984)*
  515. V paprscích slunce (Under the Sun) (Mansky, 2016)
  516. High-Rise (Wheatley, 2016)
  517. I’m Here (Jonze, 2010)*
  518. The Boys From Brazil (Schaffner, 1978)
  519. Prep & Landing: Tiny’s Big Adventure (Wermers & Deters, 2011)
  520. How the ‘Dook Stole Christmas (Kent, 2014)
  521. Frosty the Snowman (Cannon, 1954)
  522. The Spirit of Christmas (Parker & Stone, 1992)
  523. A Christmas Treat (Sullivan, 1985)
  524. The Spirit of Christmas (Parker & Stone, 1995)
  525. The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives (Ising & Harman, 1933)
  526. Born to Be Blue (Budreau, 2016)
  527. Margot at the Wedding (Baumbach, 2007)
  528. Happy Christmas (Swanberg, 2014)
  529. Gremlins (Dante, 1984)*
  530. Manchester By the Sea (Lonergan, 2016)
  531. Certain Women (Reichardt, 2016)
  532. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Roemer, 1964)*
  533. The Little Drummer Boy (Rankin & Bass, 1968)
  534. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (Rankin & Bass, 1970)
  535. The Year Without a Santa Claus (Rankin & Bass, 1974)*
  536. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (Rankin & Bass, 1975)
  537. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (Rankin & Bass, 1976)
  538. The Last American Virgin (Davidson, 1982)
  539. Jackie (Larraín, 2016)
  540. Return of the Jedi (Marquand, 1983)
  541. Jingle All the Way (Levant, 1996)*
  542. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Meyer, 1970)
  543. Get Santa (Smith, 2014)
  544. Loews Christmas Greeting: The Hardy Family (Sidney, 1939)
  545. Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular (Dohrn, 2010)
  546. Hector’s Hectic Life (Tytla, 1948)
  547. Snow Foolin’ (Sparber, 1949)
  548. Christmas Comes But Once a Year (Fleischer, 1936)
  549. Somewhere in Dreamland (Fleischer, 1936)*
  550. Peace on Earth (Harman, 1939)*
  551. The Snowman (Jackson & Murakami, 1982)*
  552. The Christmas Toy (Till, 1986)
  553. A Muppet Family Christmas (Harris & Till, 1987)
  554. Sunset Song (Davies, 2016)
  555. The Little Drummer Boy Book II (Rankin & Bass, 1976)
  556. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (Rankin & Bass, 1977)
  557. Jack Frost (Rankin, Bass, & Izuka, 1979)
  558. Frosty the Snowman (Rankin & Bass, 1969)*
  559. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Rankin & Bass, 1974)
  560. Kung Fu Panda Holiday (Johnson, 2010)
  561. A Jetson Christmas Carol (Patterson, 1985)
  562. Alpha’s Magical Christmas (Blizek, Blyth, & Bronaugh, 1994)
  563. He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special (Reed & Schmidt, 1985)
  564. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (Rankin & Bass, 1976)
  565. Treevenge (Eisener, 2008)
  566. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Melendez, 1965)*
  567. It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (Melendez, 1992)
  568. Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales (Leichliter, 2002)
  569. Christmas Comes to Pac-land (Patterson, 1982)
  570. Pinky & the Brain Christmas Special (Mills & Masuda, 1995)
  571. Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration (Vinton, 1987)
  572. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Mattinson, 1983)*
  573. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jones & Washam, 1966)*
  574. A Cosmic Christmas (Smith, 1977)
  575. The Smurfs Christmas Special (Baldwin, 1982)
  576. The Town That Santa Forgot (Alvarez, 1993)*
  577. A Garfield Christmas Special (Roman & Singer, 1987)
  578. The Christmas Tree (Ferreira, 1991)
  579. John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together (Charmoli, 1979)
  580. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (Falkenstein et al., 1999)
  581. A Chipmunk Christmas (Monroe, 1981)
  582. Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Great Santa Claus Caper (Jones, 1978)
  583. Casper’s First Christmas (Urbano & Cunningham, 1979)*
  584. It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)*
  585. Home Alone (Columbus, 1990)*
  586. Alpha Dog (Cassavetes, 2006)*
  587. The Holiday (Meyers, 2006)*
  588. Ip Man (Yip, 2008)
  589. Appropriate Behavior (Akhavan, 2015)
  590. Loving (Nichols, 2016)

And now for my top 20 new-to-me films I watched in 2016 (2016 releases excluded):

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20) Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)

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19) The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)

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18) Wings (William A. Wellman, 1928)

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17) World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015)

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16) The Last Unicorn (Arthur Rankin, Jr. & Jules Bass, 1982)

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15) Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)

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14) Possession (Andrzej Żuławski, 1981)

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13) Breathe (Mélanie Laurent, 2015)

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12) 3 Women (Robert Altman, 1977)

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11) The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2014)

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10) Grey Gardens (Albert Sayles, Davis Sayles, Ellen Hovde, & Muffie Meyer, 1975)

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9) Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015)

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8) The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972)

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7) Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)

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6) Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2015)

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5) The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1996)

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4) All Over Me (Alex Sichel, 1997)

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3) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978)

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2) Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983)

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1) Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)

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