Tag: 2016 in Film

The Best Movies of 2016

2016 can finally be put to bed for me. I can now focus on the 2017 movies… Which is in January… The literal graveyard of movies where shitty horror movies and poorly conceived Oscar bait dwell… OH GOD HELP ME! But… Before I wade waist deep in the cesspool that is January movies, I do want to have one last fond memory of movies that made me smile in 2016. So this is the annual list of the greats, the Best Movies of 2016!

I do want to reiterate like the broken record that I am that these are ONLY MOVIES I HAVE SEEN AND REVIEWED! It you are wondering why a movie got a snub from me, it is probably because I did not see it. I try to see as many movies as possible. But I am just one man on the internet working on a grad student budget. I’m not exactly swimming in the cash.

I also want to state one more time that this is the BEST movies of 2016, not Tanner’s FAVORITE movies of 2016. That would be an amazingly different list. I am judging movies on the quality of the movie, the ambition of the product, and the staying power of a film in the history of cinema. So even though one movie was my favorite, it might not even be on this list at all. So with those said, let’s get this list kicked off with an honorable mention. Continue reading “The Best Movies of 2016”


Tanner Double Feature When the Bough Breaks & Yoga Hosers

You thought this would be the best and worst of 2016? Not just yet! I realized I had the opportunity to see two movies from 2016 that I wanted to add to the list and, as such, I have taken my opportunity. So this will be a fun little double feature that is meant clean up the rest of the movies. So here is a double feature review of Yoga Hosers and When the Bough Breaks. Continue reading “Tanner Double Feature When the Bough Breaks & Yoga Hosers”

Tanner Reviews Manchester by the Sea


manchester_by_the_seaEvery year, around this time, I go see one of the big time movies coming out at the height of Oscar season to potentially compete with the best and worst of that year. Sometimes they pay off… And sometimes they are a pain in the ass. I’m here to tell you today… This movie was fucking incredible! It is a beautiful film. It may not be the most visually appealing or memorable in the annals of history. But Manchester by the Sea is a brilliant character piece that focuses on the complex and realistic emotions of loss, love, and depression. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Manchester by the Sea”

2016 Mini Reviews: Angry Birds, Yoga Hosers, 2016 Doom, and True Memoirs of an International Assassin

It is that time of the year again! The end of 2016 is coming and I need to play catch up on my 2016 movies and video games. So this post is going to catch up on the ones that I have missed or don’t want to write a full review for. So with that said, here is a quick review of The Angry Birds Movie, Yoga Hosers, Doom (2016), and True Memoirs of an International Assassin.

the_angry_birds_movie_posterThe Angry Birds Movie

This movie is terrible. Yes, it is a kids movie and it is meant to just be good natured fun. But I know a good kids movie from a bad kids movie and this movie is terrible. It is just a cash in on the Angry Birds franchise which is growing more and more outdated by the day. The plot is just kind of… there. The characters aren’t interesting or relatable. It is nothing more than a fowl cash in.

Final Score: 1.5/5

yoga_hosers_posterYoga Hosers

I honestly do not have the hate for this movie that a lot of people apparently have. It is fine and it isn’t that offensive. This is certainly one of Kevin Smith’s worst films which says something about the director. It is an ode to the current disenfranchised youth similar to that of A Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. If you are from the millenial generation, you will thoroughly enjoy it. If you were a fan of Tusk, you will enjoy it. But beyond that, it is a decent movie that will hopefully lead into Kevin Smith’s next movie, Moose Jaws.

Final Score: 2.5/5

doom_coverDoom (2016)

You know, I’m sure that there were plenty of people who loved this game and I am also sure that they will play it for several years to come… But honestly, who the hell gives a shit about this game? I forgot it existed until just now which is how much of an impact it had on my memory. It is an okay remake that doesn’t have near enough of the impact as the original. It is just there and it will soon only be remembered by the die hard Doom fans among us.

Final Score: 2.5/5

true_memoirs_of_an_international_assassinTrue Memoirs of an International Assassin

I might be grading this movie on a curve… But honestly it isn’t the worst thing in the world. Sure, Kevin James will always be attached to the Adam Sandler School of Comedy and even if this wasn’t a Happy Madison production, it definitely had the stink of Sandler on it. But, honestly it isn’t that offensive and Kevin James is kind of charming in the movie. The movie isn’t good, but if you are an Adam Sandler-esque fan or just want to kill some time, check out the CIA version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Final Score: 2/5

Thank you for reading and please come back for the grand conclusion of 2016.

Tanner Reviews Zootopia

ZootopiaI FINALLY SAW THIS MOVIE! It took me several months and a lot of shitty movies along the way, but I finally saw it and I am so damn content! I mean, it is Disney. They have to work hard to fail and even their failures are enjoyable to watch. Zootopia is a wonderful movie, plain and simple. It is sweet, caring, has a great message, and is easily going to be one of the best movies of 2016. But okay, I’ve been doing this for four years now and everyone knows we are not going to stop at that. Let’s dive into what makes this movie so damn good.

Not willing to be held by back societal norms, rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) excels at the police academy and is sent to work in Zootopia, which as always been her dream. Once she arrives though, she realizes life isn’t what it is cracked up to be, and she is quickly stuck with the position of meter maid. One day, a family comes in asking about a missing otter which puts Judy on the case by sheer force of willpower being in the same room at the same time. Along with the help of fox and small time hustler, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) the two set out to discover what dark secrets are lucking inside Zootopia. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Zootopia”

Tanner Reviews Ghostbusters (2016)

Ghostbusters_2016_film_posterAh! I finally got to see it! I have been looking forward to this one for a number of reasons. My first reason is because Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies of all time. I adore Ghostbusters! It is my childhood with some of my favorite actors of all time and one of my favorite directors of all time. It is, without a doubt, a perfect movie. So when I heard that the Ghostbusters remake was coming out I was hoping that it could capture just a little bit of the magic that the original created for future generations to become hooked and watched the original as well. Second, I wanted to see a movie that could show the legacy of Harold Ramis, an amazing human being who tragically passed away a few years ago. Third, I was wondering how the movie would work after the abysmal trailer that was released earlier in the year. Fourth, I was hoping that the movie was going to be good just to shut a lot of people up who take remakes far too personally. Don’t get me wrong, I can be someone calling for movies to be left alone as much as the next guy. But I am not one who is going to dismiss a movie as trash before even seeing the movie in the first place. After seeing the movie, I have to say that I am glad to say that this was one of the best movies I have seen so far in 2016. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Ghostbusters (2016)”

Tanner Reviews X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men_-_ApocalypseI have been seeing an unreasonable amount of superhero movies this year. I should go watch something else, anything else just to break the pattern… But at either rate, I still saw it so now it is time to talk about it. This is going to be a rather long review after I went through the preliminaries of all the things that I wanted to discuss. But what all of this ultimately boils down to is the fact that this movie is probably one of the most painfully average movies that I have seen in a long time. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews X-Men: Apocalypse”