Hello, dear readers! It’s been awhile since I’ve swam upon these blogging shores, but as the year draws to a close, the self-indulgent, list-obsessive completist in me has once again decided to take a tiny dip back in.
Look–I’m not going to bore you with a tedious, wordy intro on how goddamn awful 2016 was, and conversely, how the very opposite of that awful was reflected in it’s entertainment output–but I am going to instead include quite a few “Melissa’s Best Of” lists to make up for that. Bear in mind that these are MY favorites, not necessarily the best of–and if I left off one of YOUR best of’s, that’s just too damn bad. This was stressful enough as is without worrying what would people would think when I left off THE WITCH. But hi! Thanks for reading this anyways. I like you.
Stand out moments: Pretty much everything about THE LOVE WITCH, the Portishead cover of SOS in High-Rise, SAN JUNIPERO, the last 15 minutes of LA LA LAND, seeing PHANTASM for the first time on the big screen, the montage scene in SWISS ARMY MAN, crying alot in ARRIVAL and then reading the story it’s based on, and finally, ending 2016 with new NINE INCH NAILS.
[Please note: I have yet to see ELLE, THE HANDMAIDEN, JACKIE, MOONLIGHT or KILL ZONE 2 (jesus, I know) which I’m pretty sure would have kicked off a few of the winners on my list.]
Anyways, without further ado & in no particular order, here are my top tens:
FAVORITE FILMS I SAW — OVERALL
Arrival, The Love Witch, La La Land, High-Rise, Swiss Army Man, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, The Nice Guys, Green Room, I Am Not A Serial Killer, The Neon Demon
Honorable Mentions: De Palma, Sing Street, Hell or High Water, The Lobster, Civil War, Deadpool, The Accountant
FAVORITE HORROR FILMS I SAW
Always Shine, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Beyond the Gates, The Eyes Of My Mother, Train To Busan, The Invitation, Holidays–Father’s Day Segment, The Witch, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Don’t Breathe
Honorable Mentions: The Wailing, Blair Witch
FAVORITE MOVIES I SAW ON THE BIG SCREEN AND/OR IN 35MM
Invasion USA, Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2, Lady Snowblood, Belladonna of Sadness, Halloween, Assault On Precinct 13, Mad Max Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition, Phantasm, Alien (and Aliens), The Matrix
FAVORITE BOOKS I READ
House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films, Pink, The Court of Mist and Fury, Borderline, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Queen Emeraldas, Empire of Storms, Stories Of Your Life And Others, The Wicked + Divine Vol. 3
FAVORITE ALBUMS I LISTENED TO
Blood Orange: Freetown Sound, NIN: Not The Actual Events, David Bowie: Blackstar, Run The Jewels 3, Underworld: Barbara, Barbara We Face a Shining Future, A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, Beyonce: Lemonade, Fitz & The Tantrums, Katatonia: The Fall of Hearts, The 1975: I Like It When You Sleep Etc
FAVORITE ART PRINTS I LUSTED AFTER
Rory Kurtz’s A Clockwork Orange, Matthew Woodson’s Under The SKin, Tula Lotay’s Mulholland Drive, Jay Shaw’s A Scanner Darkly, Richey Beckett’s Zardoz, Gabz’ 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Josan Gonzalez & Laurie Greasley’s The Raid, Martin Ansin’s Assault on Precinct 13, Matt Taylor’s Bullitt, Francesco Francavilla’s Madam Satan
FAVORITE VINYL RELEASES THAT ARE MAINLY SOUNDTRACKS BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I COLLECT
Gremlins OST, The Warriors OST, Twin Peaks OST, From Beyond OST, The Monster Squad OST, Dita Von Teese’s Soundtrack For Seduction, Scream 1/2 OST, All The Colors Of The Dark OST, Fight Club OST, Crash OST
FAVORITE TV SHOWS I BINGED
Honorable Mentions: You’re The Worst, Daredevil, Ash vs Evil Dead, The OA
FAVORITE GAMES I DIDN’T PLAY BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE TIME
ALL. OF. THEM. Am I still allowed to own gaming consoles?
(Okay, I played some of Witcher 3 but I didn’t finish so I didn’t include it. I don’t count games unless I beat them.)
(Also, I did replay some Dragon Age Inquisition, more of last year’s Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 2 and then an unbearably gross amount of Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.)
(Are you sick of parentheses-cloaked excuses yet?)
AND THAT’S IT. I’m exhausted.