2016 Was a Banner Year For Horror

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If you grab an average person off the street and ask them how they feel about the recently departed 2016, they’d probably give you a detached thousand yard stare. Or burst into tears. It was, for the world as a whole, not a great time to be alive. However, it was a great year for horror movies. And that makes a twisted sort of sense. As we discover new ways to fear and despair, the movies will react accordingly. Whether by accident or design, horror cinema represented everything we dread in 2016. How it will react to the actual events of this past year has me fascinated…and terrified.

Looking back at the past twelve months, it’s astonishing just how good horror cinema has been. It was there when we needed it, offering an avenue of escape and, when necessary, a dark mirror to examine our inner demons.

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the SlashFilm Top 15 of 2016

For the past week, the entire /Film team has been bidding adieu to 2016 in style, publishing our personal lists counting down our favorite movies of the year. But those were just appetizers to the main event: the overall /Film top 15, where the personal lists of the entire staff are brought together to form one big list representing the site as a whole.

Blood was spilled. Tears were shed. Numbers were crunched. But we did it. This is the official, mathematically proven /Film Top 15 Films of 2016.

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/Filmcast Ep. 399 – The Top 10 Films of 2016

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DavidDevindra and Jeff discuss the top 10 films of 2016. What were the biggest movie trends of the year? Which movies broke through the noise? Which movies disappointed? Tune in to find out.

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Let’s get one thing straight: 2016 was a great year for movies.

It certainly didn’t feel that way in the doldrums of the June and July, when audiences found themselves staring down the barrel of the worst summer movie season in years. But while the larger movies fell on their faces, the smaller movies flourished, proving that the only people who think cinema is dead are people who only see movies with numbers and colons in their titles. To carve out my top 10 of 2016, I had to work down from a list of 33 contenders and to be quite frank, I feel like a garbage human for leaving certain movies off this list. But here we are. Liking too many great movies is an excellent problem to have in the grand scheme of things.

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The 25 Best Movie Posters of 2016

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We’re coming down to the end of 2016, and even though we’ve been starting to look forward to the movies of 2017 since as early as this past summer, it’s about time we started to look back at the good stuff this year had to offer. We’ll each be bringing you our personal Top 10 Films of 2016 leading up to a cumulative Top 15 (just like last year), but before that, we’ve got something else to kick off our look back at 2016.

Leading up to every movie, even before a trailer arrives, there’s a movie poster. So it’s time to check out a countdown of the 25 Best Movie Posters of 2016. Which of this year’s one sheets made the cut? Find out after the jump. Read More »

David Chen’s Top 10 Films of 2016

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This is a year where you had to work to see great films. Unlike last year, the vast majority of my favorite movies of 2016 weren’t movies that received wide releases, nor were they films that earned over $50 million at the box office. Instead, they were often quieter releases that I had to read up on in order to make sure I caught them during the 1-2 weeks they were playing in my city.

The good news is, if you did the work, you were richly rewarded. While the movie industry as a whole is not doing so hot, movies as a form of storytelling still feel as vital as ever. What follows are my top 10 movies of 2016.  Read More »

/Film’s Top 10 Films of 2016 So Far

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As we pass the halfway mark of 2016, we at /Film figured it’d be a good time to take a step back and assess the year we’ve had so far. By this point last year, consensus had formed around a few favorites: Mad Max: Fury Road was far and away our favorite of the year one year ago, and it maintained that position all the way through to December. But this year? The results look much more varied. Join us as we count down /Film’s top 10 films of 2016 so far.

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/Filmcast Ep. 364 – Green Room

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DavidDevindra, and Jeff discuss the passing of Prince, the visual brilliance of Lemonade, and the relatability of Catastrophe. Be sure to listen to the /Filmcast interview with Jeremy Saulnier and read Sonia Saraiya’s piece on Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt.

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GREEN ROOM

I remember watching Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin on VOD awhile back and being dazzled by Saulnier’s visual style, his use of practical special effects, and his effortless and naturalistic dialogue. The movie would end up on my top 10 films of the year. Saulnier’s Green Room is somehow even more intense. Chronicling the trials and tribulations of the final days of a punk rock band tour, Green Room has an even larger cast of characters and more ambitious thrills than anything Saulnier has ever done.

Green Room is out in limited release today and I’d highly recommend you check it out. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with Saulnier while he was in Seattle. We talked about how much of his life he poured into Blue Ruin, how he came up with the concept of Green Room, and why performance is just as important for selling special effects. Hit the jump to listen to my interview with Saulnier, and to read transcribed excerpts.
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I first saw Green Room a few months ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier‘s nasty, brutal thriller has wedged itself into my brain in a big way – it’s the kind of movie that’s so intense that it makes most hard-edged genre movies look downright friendly and agreeable. This is take-no-prisoners filmmaking at its finest.

So we’re pleased to debut a new clip from Green Room, which should give you a little taste of what to expect from the final film.

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