There are still lots of movies I want to see that came out in 2016 but haven’t had a chance to, or haven’t gotten around to yet, but here are my ten favorites out of what I’ve seen. And I’m just glad that there were some damn good movies that came out this year because holy shit was 2016 shitty. Jesus fucking Christ what an awful, awful year from hell.
Barry Jenkins’ film adaptation of the play written by Tarell Alvin McCraney is incredibly powerful stuff. It’s one of those movies you see popping up on everyone’s best-of lists and you wonder, “Is Moonlight really going to be that good?” Yes. The answer is yes. It’s stronger in parts than as a whole (some of it doesn’t congeal together from one segment to the next), but some moments of the film are so strikingly beautiful, or just so absolutely perfectly written that it more than makes up for some of its very, very minor shortcomings. Mahershala Ali’s performance, in particular, is the stuff that super-stardom is made of.
The Invitation begins with a car ride to a dinner party. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) has gotten an invitation from his ex-wife, whom he has not (nor has anyone else) seen in two years. He and his new girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), travel together and along the way, a bad omen begins the night: They accidentally run over and mortally wound a small coyote that Will has to mercifully put out of its misery, lest it suffer.
The awkwardness of the evening only intensifies from there. Will and Kira meet his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new lover David (Michiel Huisman), and a house full of guests to celebrate Eden’s breakthrough in coping with misery. We learn that she and Will had had a child together who died. Both of them had different ways of coping and their relationship crumbled. Eden’s way of coping was by joining a group that seems terrifyingly like a cult.