An Aggregated Final List Of The Best Films We Saw Last Year
Using the personal 2016 ten-best lists submitted from a wide swath of ZekeFilm contributors based all over the United States, we’ve compiled this site-wide master list, using a weighted value system. (Ten points for a number one entry, nine points for a number two entry, and so on.)
Participant lists include Erik Yates, Krystal Lyon, Jim Tudor, Sharon Autenrieth, Taylor Blake, Max Foizey, Oscar Jackson III, Dean Treadway, Robert Hornak, Rob Gabe and Paul Hibbard.
On the evening of Friday, January 20, 2017, ZekeFilm held its sixth annual “Best Films of the Year” live countdown event at Emerson Library on the campus of Webster University in St. Louis, where this list was publicly revealed for the first time. A number of ZekeFilm friends and family were on hand for short talks on their favorite films that made the list, as well as a few video submissions from afar.
After the list, have some fun with our 2016 movie trivia questions!
Below you will find audio excerpts from the event itself, as well as the video inclusions. Enjoy, and let us know what you think of our Best Films list at our ZekeFilm Discussion Group on Facebook, or in the comments below!
Listen to Max Foizey introduce the Live Event:
9. (tie) The Lobster
Paul Hibbard discusses The Lobster:
9. (tie) Love & Friendship
Dean Treadway discusses Love & Friendship:
Taylor Blake talks about Zootopia:
Sharon Autenrieth on 20th Century Women:
Paul Hibbard, along with Jim Tudor, talks Moonlight:
5. The Witch
Andrew Wyatt of St. Louis Magazine and GatewayCinephile.com discusses The Witch:
Taylor Blake shares about Arrival:
Robert Hornak discusses Jackie:
Krystal Lyon on Hell or High Water:
1. La La Land
2016 Movie Trivia!
Questions 1-5 by Taylor Blake, Questions 6-14 by Dean Treadway.
Only 3 movies in the Top 10 highest grossing movies of 2016 were not remakes, part of a series, or based off of an existing comic book. Name one of these movies. (HINT: They’re all animated.)
Two 2016 movies are now in the Top Ten highest grossing movies in American history. Name one.
Of the top 10 highest-grossing films worldwide in 2016, this much of the dialogue in those movies was given to female characters:
Two movies were tied for the top Rotten Tomatoes rating in 2016 with a 98% approval rating. Name one.
Zootopia and Hell or High Water
What movie broke a Golden Globes record by winning 7 awards at this year’s ceremony? The previous record was a tie between One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Midnight Express.
La La Land
What’s the name of Ryan Gosling’s proposed jazz club in La La Land?
Chicken on a Stick
One of the characters in Jackie later became the head of the Motion Picture ratings board for over 30 years. What was his name?
What actor was originally going to play the lead in Manchester by the Sea?
The writer/director of Moonlight has previously made only one film. Name it.
Medicine for Melancholy (2008)
List the thirteen actors-turned-directors that released major films in 2016.
Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Ben Affleck, Jodie Foster, Ron Howard, Jon Favreau, Ben Stiller, Woody Allen, Peter Berg, Nate Parker, Ewan McGregor
What Academy-Award-winning songwriter–composer of tunes like “Skylark”, “Stardust”, “Heart and Soul” and “Georgia on My Mind”, once sat upon the piano stool that Ryan Gosling treasures in La La Land?
What kind of animal was working behind the counter at the DMV in Zootopia?
What were the names given to the two aliens in Arrival?
Abbott and Costello
What action/fantasy film bombed in America, but ended up grossing over a billion yen in China?