Media Inventory: What I Watched and Read in 2016

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    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.

    MOVIES

    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
    31
    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
    The Accountant
    Allied
    Almost Christmas
    American Honey
    Antibirth
    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
    Ben-Hur
    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
    Christine
    Collateral Beauty
    Complete Unknown
    The Conjuring 2
    Criminal (2016)
    Dark Horse
    The Darkness
    Deadpool
    Deepwater Horizon
    Demolition
    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
    Elle
    Elvis & Nixon
    Everybody Wants Some!!
    The Eyes of My Mother
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Fences
    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
    Genius
    The Girl on the Train
    Ghostbusters (2016)
    Goat
    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
    High-Rise
    The Hollars
    How to be Single
    Hunt for the Wilderpeople
    The Huntsman: Winter’s War
    Hush
    I Am Not a Serial Killer
    Ice Age: Collision Course
    In a Valley of Violence
    Independence Day: Resurgence
    Indignation
    Inferno
    The Infiltrator
    The Intervention
    The Invitation
    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
    Jason Bourne
    The Jungle Book
    Keanu
    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
    Lion
    Live by Night
    The Lobster (x2)
    London Has Fallen
    Loving
    Maggie’s Plan
    The Magnificent Seven
    Manchester by the Sea (x2)
    The Man Who Knew Infinity
    Mascots
    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
    Moana
    Money Monster
    A Monster Calls
    Moonlight (x2)
    Moonwalkers
    Morgan
    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
    Nerve
    The Nice Guys (x2)
    Nine Lives (2016)
    Nocturnal Animals
    Now You See Me 2
    Office Christmas Party
    The Ones Below
    Operation Avalanche
    Oriented
    Other People
    Ouija: Origin of Evil
    Our Little Sister
    Passengers
    Pele
    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
    Race
    Ride Along 2
    Risen
    Rogue One
    Rules Don’t Apply
    Sausage Party
    The Secret Life of Pets
    The Shallows
    Shut In
    Sing Street (x2)
    Slash
    Snowden
    Southside with You
    Spaghettiman
    Standing Tall
    Star Trek Beyond
    Suicide Squad
    Sully
    Swiss Army Man
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
    Tickled
    Toni Erdmann
    Touched with Fire
    Trash Fire
    Triple 9
    Trolls
    The Wait
    Warcraft
    War Dogs
    Where to Invade Next
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
    Why Him?
    Wiener-Dog
    The Witch
    Under the Shadow
    X-Men: Apocalypse
    Yoga Hosers
    Zoolander 2
    Zootopia

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

    Sundance:
    The Blackout Experiments
    The Lure

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

    SXSW:
    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
    Fashionista
    The Girl with All the Gifts
    Headshot
    The High Frontier
    The Playground
    Raw
    Safe Neighborhood
    Split
    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)

    TV

    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)

    BOOKS

    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)