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The Best of the First Half of 2016

the nice guys, crowe, gosling
Time just freaking flies, doesn’t it? We’re now in July and officially in the second half of the year, which means one thing…it’s time for my mid year look at the best of the first half! As of today, July 1st, I’ve seen only a movie or two below the 150 mark, so I’ve hit on almost all of the worthwhile bits of cinema that have come out between now and January 1st. Obviously, there’s probably still something that I missed that you’d have wished were included here, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. I tried to be as exhaustive as possible, but things fall through the cracks. Still, I suspect there’s more than enough here for you all.

Below you’ll see my rankings for everything that I’ve seen since the year began. Take special note, as I’ve thrown out my rules governing what to include and what not to. If I’ve seen it so far, it’s included, plain and simple. Mainly, I did that due to enthusiasm for some still unreleased titles from the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as having just seen Captain Fantastic and being blown away by it. Some might call it cheating, but it’s my list, so I did as I pleased. Honestly, I think it helps round out things a bit more, but that’s just me. You’ll see what I mean momentarily…

Starting now, you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, along with a handful of my picks for the best in certain individual categories, as well as my awards for the first six months of 2016. Here you go, and as always, enjoy these handful of lists:

Captain Fantastic
10. Dean
9. Where to Invade Next
8. Cafe Society
7. The Lobster
6. Weiner
5. Captain Fantastic
4. The Nice Guys
3. Sing Street
2. Deadpool
1. Everybody Wants Some

Honorable Mention: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Between Us, Captain America: Civil War, Demolition, Everything is Copy, Eye in the Sky, Green Room, Life Animated, Midnight Special, Tumbledown, The Witch, and Youth in Oregon

Demolition Jake Gyllenhaal
Next, the ten best performances of the first half of 2016:

10. Patrick Stewart in Green Room
9. Colin Farrell in The Lobster
8. Kristen Stewart in Cafe Society
7. Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition
6. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 10 Cloverfield Lane
5. Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool
4. Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic
3. Olivia Thirlby in Between Us
2. Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys
1. Glen Powell in Everybody Wants Some

Honorable Mention: Morena Baccarin in Deadpool, Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, Zoey Deutsch in Everybody Wants Some, John Goodman in 10 Cloverfield Lane, Blake Jenner in Everybody Wants Some, Kevin Kline in Dean, Frank Langella in Youth in Oregon, Helen Mirren in Eye in the Sky, Jason Sudeikis in Tumbledown, and Anton Yelchin in Green Room

Now, on to the awards for the first half of the year so far…

Everybody Wants Some
(Obviously, my number one pick above would be my choice for Best Picture so far (with number two the runner up, and so on, but here are the other awards I would give out)

Best Director: Richard Linklater for Everybody Wants Some (runner up: Tim Miller for Deadpool and Matt Ross for Captain Fantastic)

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling for The Nice Guys (runner up: Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic and Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool)

Best Actress: Olivia Thirlby for Between Us (runner up: Mary Elizabeth Winstead for 10 Cloverfield Lane and Helen Mirren for Eye in the Sky)

Best Supporting Actor: Glen Powell for Everybody Wants Some (runner up: John Goodman for 10 Cloverfield Lane and Patrick Stewart for Green Room)

Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart for Cafe Society (runner up: Morena Baccarin for Deadpool and and Zoey Deutsch for Everybody Wants Some)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Deadpool (runner up: Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book)

Best Original Screenplay: Everybody Wants Some (runner up: The Nice Guys and Sing Street)

Best Animated Feature: Finding Dory (no runner ups)

Best Documentary Feature: Weiner (runner up: Where to Invade Next and Life Animated)

Best Foreign Language Feature: Microbe and Gasoline (runner up: A War and The Wave)

Best Production Design: The Nice Guys (runner up: Captain Fantastic and Everybody Wants Some)

Best Cinematography: Cafe Society (runner up: Captain Fantastic and The Nice Guys)

Best Costume Design: The Nice Guys (runner up: Captain Fantastic and The Witch)

Best Film Editing: Everybody Wants Some (runner up: Deadpool and Sing Street)

Best Makeup: Deadpool (runner up: The Nice Guys and Sing Street)

Best Sound: Sing Street (runner up: Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool)

Best Original Score: 10 Cloverfield Lane (runner up: Finding Dory and Midnight Special)

Best Original Song: Drive It Like You Stole It from Sing Street (runner up: To Find You from Sing Street and Up from Sing Street)

Best Visual Effects: Captain America: Civil War (runner up: Deadpool and Midnight Special)

Best Ensemble: Everybody Wants Some (runner up: 10 Cloverfield Lane and Captain Fantastic)

Quickly, in case you’re wondering, these are my least favorite films of the year so far, in order from worst to, well, slightly less terrible:

Independence Day: Resurgence
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
The Purge: Election Year
The Boss
Knight of Cups
Hardcore Henry
Always Shine
Triple Nine
The 5th Wave

And let’s never speak of those flicks again…

Here’s to a great second half of the year!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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