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Sweet 16: Top Films of 2016

For the better part of a decade, this has become an annual tradition for yours truly.

From January to December I compile a list of the best, artistic and most progressive films, television shows, and music albums. One of the reasons I do this is to provide resources to readers who are looking for cerebral, fun, and progressive media. It does exist as my lists have continued to prove. Don’t say I never gave you anything. You’re welcome.

2016 was full of surprises. Many major releases I expected to rank highly didn’t even place while there were a number of 4th quarter and sleeper hits that truly blindsided me. I found myself reranking the list again and again and again.

This past year might arguably be my most competitive list yet and 2017 is already looking to match it or even surpass it.

But that’s not all. For the first time ever three short films were so impressive that they were ranked among on the main feature film list.

As is the standard for a film to be considered, it must pass the Upkins Media Litmus Test.

Many did and they did not disappoint.

Without further adieu, let’s get this party started.


16. Siren

15. The Accountant

14. The Huntsman: Winter’s War

13. Anonymous (Hacker)

12. X-Men: Apocalypse

11. Deadpool

10. Looking: The Movie

09. Captain America: Civil War

08. Our Kind of Traitor

07. Max Steel

06.  Point Break

05. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman (extended edition)

04. Suicide Squad (extended edition)

03. Lemonade: The Visual Album

02. In a three-way tie:

Rain: A Fan Film About Storm

Hoshino: A Star Wars Fan Film

If Congress Was Your Co-Worker

And the number one film for 2016 which was also released in early February and made for an excellent birthday gift for yours truly:

01. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Oh we’re just getting started.


The Birth of a Nation

Come and Find Me

Southside With You


Midnight Special




King Cobra

Those People

Hidden Figures

Best Documentaries

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


A Ballerina’s Tale

WWE Women’s Revolution

Best Specials/Short Films/Oneshots

John Cena: We Are America

It’s Asian Men: A Sexy Short Film

Save The Kiss

Doctor Beyond and the Agents of ABOVE

Literal Bohemian Rhapsody

Understanding: A 35mm Film

Worst Films of 2016


(With the exception of Leslie J who we adore)


Ghost In The Shell

Gods of Egypt

Doctor Strange

Best Animated Films

Batman: Bad Blood

Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues

Justice League vs. Teen Titans

Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout


Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

DC Super Hero Girls

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