Media Inventory: What I Watched and Read in 2016


    This will not be on the midterm. This is not valuable information to anyone but me and those who stalk me (hi, Tim!). It’s just a list of what I watched and read this year.


    As it happens, I watched exactly 366 different movies this year, one for each day. But I watched 12 of them twice, making a total of 377 screenings. That might sound like a lot, but at an average of 100 minutes per film, it only adds up to about 26 days’ worth. Links are to my reviews or other features I wrote.

    2016 releases (224):

    10 Cloverfield Lane
    20th Century Women
    13 Hours
    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
    The Accountant
    Almost Christmas
    American Honey
    Approaching the Unknown
    April and the Extraordinary World
    Alice Through the Looking Glass
    Arrival (x2)
    Assassin’s Creed
    Bad Moms
    Bad Santa 2
    Barbershop: The Next Cut
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Being Charlie
    The BFG
    A Bigger Splash
    The Birth of a Nation
    Blair Witch
    Bleed for This
    Boo! A Madea Halloween
    The Boss
    The Boy
    Bridget Jones’s Baby
    The Brothers Grimsby
    Cafe Society
    Captain America: Civil War
    Captain Fantastic
    Carnage Park
    Cash Only
    Central Intelligence
    Certain Women (x2)
    The Choice
    Collateral Beauty
    Complete Unknown
    The Conjuring 2
    Criminal (2016)
    Dark Horse
    The Darkness
    Deepwater Horizon
    De Palma
    Doctor Strange (x2)
    Dog Eat Dog
    Don’t Breathe (x2)
    Don’t Think Twice
    The Eagle Huntress
    Eddie the Eagle
    The Edge of Seventeen
    Eisenstein in Guanajuato
    Elvis & Nixon
    Everybody Wants Some!!
    The Eyes of My Mother
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Fifty Shades of Black
    Finding Dory
    The Fits
    Florence Foster Jenkins
    The Forest
    The Founder
    Free State of Jones
    Free to Run
    The Fundamentals of Caring
    The Girl on the Train
    Ghostbusters (2016)
    Gods of Egypt
    Good Neighbor (aka The Waiting)
    The Greasy Strangler (x2)
    Green Room
    Hacksaw Ridge
    Hail, Caesar!
    The Handmaiden
    Hands of Stone
    Hardcore Henry
    Hell or High Water
    Hidden Figures
    The Hollars
    How to be Single
    Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    The Huntsman: Winter’s War
    I Am Not a Serial Killer
    Ice Age: Collision Course
    In a Valley of Violence
    Independence Day: Resurgence
    The Infiltrator
    The Intervention
    The Invitation
    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
    Jason Bourne
    The Jungle Book
    Keeping Up with the Joneses
    Kevin Hart: What Now?
    King Cobra
    Knight of Cups
    Kubo and the Two Strings
    Kung Fu Panda 3
    La La Land (x2)
    The Legend of Tarzan
    The Light Between Oceans
    Lights Out
    Live by Night
    The Lobster (x2)
    London Has Fallen
    Maggie’s Plan
    The Magnificent Seven
    Manchester by the Sea (x2)
    The Man Who Knew Infinity
    Max Steel
    Me Before You
    Mechanic: Resurrection
    The Meddler
    Meet the Blacks
    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
    Midnight Special (x2)
    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    Miss Sloane
    Miss Stevens
    Money Monster
    A Monster Calls
    Moonlight (x2)
    Morris from America
    Mother’s Day
    Mr. Church
    Mr. Right
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
    My Blind Brother
    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
    The Neon Demon
    The Nice Guys (x2)
    Nine Lives (2016)
    Nocturnal Animals
    Now You See Me 2
    Office Christmas Party
    The Ones Below
    Operation Avalanche
    Other People
    Ouija: Origin of Evil
    Our Little Sister
    Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
    Pete’s Dragon
    The Phenom
    Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    The Purge: Election Year
    Queen of Katwe
    Ride Along 2
    Rogue One
    Rules Don’t Apply
    Sausage Party
    The Secret Life of Pets
    The Shallows
    Shut In
    Sing Street (x2)
    Southside with You
    Standing Tall
    Star Trek Beyond
    Suicide Squad
    Swiss Army Man
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
    Toni Erdmann
    Touched with Fire
    Trash Fire
    Triple 9
    The Wait
    War Dogs
    Where to Invade Next
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
    Why Him?
    The Witch
    Under the Shadow
    X-Men: Apocalypse
    Yoga Hosers
    Zoolander 2

    Festival films to be released in 2017 (or possibly never) (34):

    The Blackout Experiments
    The Lure

    Oxford (Miss.) Film Festival:
    The Missing Girl
    The Sinking of Sozopol
    The Week
    What Lola Wants

    American Fable
    Before the Sun Explodes
    The Master Cleanse
    My Father, Die
    War on Everyone

    Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival (Salt Lake City):
    Out Run

    Fantastic Fest:
    Buster’s Mal House
    A Dark Song
    Down Under
    The Girl with All the Gifts
    The High Frontier
    The Playground
    Safe Neighborhood
    Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl
    They Call Me Jeeg
    The Truth Beneath
    We Are the Flesh
    The Young Offenders

    Another festival
    I was on the screening committee for a festival. I can’t tell you which festival, or the names of the movies I watched, but I watched five of them. Just take my word for it.

    Pre-2016 films that I re-watched (71):

    2001: A Space Odyssey* (1968)
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
    The Addams Family (1991)
    Airplane! (1980)
    All the President’s Men (1976)
    The Amazing Colossal Man** (1957)
    Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    Bowfinger (1999)
    Brooklyn (2015)
    The Brothers Solomon (2007)
    Carol (2015)
    Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    Chi-Raq (2015)
    Citizen Kane (1941)
    City Slickers (1991)
    Daddy-O** (1958)
    Defending Your Life (1991)
    Down with Love (2003)
    Dreamcatcher (2003)
    Elf (2003)
    Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Frailty (2002)
    From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    Fugitive Alien** (1978)
    Gamera vs. Gaos** (1967)
    Gangs of New York (2002)
    Ghostbusters (1984)
    Half-Baked (1998)
    Hook (1991)
    Hot Fuzz (2007)
    Inside Out (2015)
    In the Mood for Love (2000)
    It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
    Jack Reacher (2012)
    The Jungle Book (1967)
    Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
    Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
    The Last House on the Left (1972)
    The Love Guru (2008)
    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
    The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    Man of Steel (2013)
    The Martian (2015)
    Mary Poppins (1964)
    Memento (2001)
    Modern Times (1935)
    Moulin Rouge (2001)
    Once I Was a Beehive (2015)
    Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
    The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    Psycho (1960)
    Roman Holiday (1953)
    Running Scared (2006)
    Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    Spotlight (2015)
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
    State & Main (2000)
    Step Brothers (2008)
    Strange Brew (1983)
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
    Time of the Apes** (1974)
    To Be or Not to Be (1942)
    The Untouchables (1987)
    The Violent Years** (1956)
    Waiting for Guffman (1997)
    Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)
    West Side Story* (1961)
    The Wild Bunch (1969)

    *in 70mm at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre, a choice experience I highly recommend
    **the MST3K version

    Pre-2016 films that I watched for the first time (49):

    Always (1989)
    American Gigolo (1980)
    Animalympics (1980)
    Billy Madison (1995)
    The Blob (1958)
    Blow Out (1981)
    The Bodyguard (1992)
    Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
    Breaking the Waves (1996)
    Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    Boy and the World (2015)
    Bulworth (1998)
    Cat People (1942)
    The Changeling (1980)
    Come Drink with Me (1966)
    The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1990)
    Crocodile Dundee (1986)
    The Crow (1994)
    Dead Ringers (1988)
    Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015)
    The Flying Deuces (1939)
    The Fog (1980)
    Friday (1995)
    Fright Night (1985)
    Gimme Shelter (1970)
    Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)
    The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
    Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    Jerry Maguire (1996)
    The Living End (1992)
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
    Murder Party (2007)
    My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    My Own Private Idaho (1991)
    Paddington (2015)
    Phantasm (1979)
    Purple Rain (1984)
    Risky Business (1983)
    Rounders (1998)
    Ruthless People (1986)
    Schizopolis (1997)
    The Secret of NIMH (1982)
    Sid and Nancy (1986)
    Sisters (1973)
    Stranded in Space (1973)
    Stranger with a Camera (2000)
    To Be or Not to Be (1983)
    The Wicker Man (1973)
    A Woman Under the Influence (1974)


    Huh. I wouldn’t have guessed there were 25 shows that I watched regularly (I’d have thought it was around 15), but the numbers don’t lie.

    Angie Tribeca (S2)
    Another Period (S1, started S2 but lost interest)
    Archer (S7)
    Better Call Saul (S2)
    Black Mirror (S3)
    Bob’s Burgers (S6-7)
    BoJack Horseman (S3)
    Broad City (S3)
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S3/4)
    The Exorcist (S1)
    The Good Place (S1)
    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (S10-11)
    Mr. Robot (S2)
    The People vs. O.J. Simpson (limited-run series)
    Rick and Morty (S2)
    Saturday Night Live (S41-42)
    Silicon Valley (S2-3)
    The Simpsons (S27-28)
    South Park (S20)
    Supergirl (S1-2)
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (S2)
    Veep (S5)
    Vice Principals (S1)
    Westworld (S1)
    The X-Files (S10)


    As always, I don’t finish books I’m not enjoying, so all of these are at least partly recommended. But the ones I especially liked are marked.

    All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
    **The Bone Clocks (David Mitchell)
    California (Edan Lepucki)
    The Fever (Megan Abbott)
    **The Girl with All the Gifts (M.R. Carey)
    **Mind of Winter (Laura Kasischke)
    The Miniaturist (Jessie Burton)
    The Paying Guests (Sarah Waters)
    A People’s History of the Civil War (David Williams)
    **The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)
    **Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn)
    We Are Not Ourselves (Matthew Thomas)