Best Writing | The Best of 2016

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don’t Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we’ve come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the “to watch” list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

2016 was another great year in movies. From the low-budget indie flicks that made major waves like Hell or High Water and Don't Breathe to the massive super hero epics like Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, it was another year with a little something for everyone in the Bit Players. There were memorable songs, memorable characters, memorable moments all across the board. There were laughs, tears, frights, and action. It seems like every year gets better and better to be a movie fan as the ability to make a film reaches more and more creative fingertips, and 2016 was no exception. Bit Player favorites like Richard Linklater and the Coen Brothers delivered more of the same greatness we've come to expect, but newcomers like Robert Eggers and the continually impressive Jeremy Saulnier firmly placed themselves on the "to watch" list with their 2016 entries. Read below to find out everything we loved about this year, including best films, acting performances, music, scenes, writing, cinematography, and more.

J.K. Rowling
10. J.K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

"My philosophy is if you worry, you suffer twice."
Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi
9. Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi
The Nice Guys

"So you're telling me you made a porno where the plot is the point?"
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
8. Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
The Lobster

"We dance alone. That's why we only play electronic music."
Taylor Sheridan
7. Taylor Sheridan
Hell or High Water

"I've been working here for 44 years. Ain't nobody ever ordered nothing but a T-Bone steak and baked potato. Except one time, this asshole from New York ordered a trout, back in 1987. We ain't got no goddamned trout."
Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
6. Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
10 Cloverfield Lane

"Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come."
August Wilson
5. August Wilson
Fences

"Like you? I go outta here every morning, I bust my butt 'cause I like you? You're about the biggest fool I ever saw. A man is supposed to take care of his family. You live in my house, feed your belly with my food, put your behind on my bed because you're my son. It's my duty to take care of you, I owe a responsibility to you, I ain't got to like you! Now, I gave everything I got to give you! I gave you your life! Me and your Mama worked out between us and liking your black ass wasn't part of the bargain! Now don't you go through life worrying about whether somebody like you or not! You best be makin' sure that they're doin' right by you! You understand what I'm sayin'?"
Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
4. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Captain America: Civil War

"Okay, anybody on our side hiding any shocking and fantastic abilities they'd like to disclose? I'm open to suggestions."
Robert Eggers
3. Robert Eggers
The Witch

"Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"
Damien Chazelle
2. Damien Chazelle
La La Land

"I'm letting life hit me until it gets tired. Then I'll hit back. It's a classic rope-a-dope."
Richard Linklater
1. Richard Linklater
Everybody Wants Some!!

"We came for a good time, not for a long time."
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