Honorable Mentions | 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.

Anders Oster
Anders Oster
  • The dawn of almighty Jefflix.
  • Road tripping across the country with fellow Bit Players Jarryd and Brian while watching movies on my laptop in the backseat.
  • Going to my first drive in movie theater and seeing a double feature of Suicide Squad and Pete’s Dragon.
  • Seeing La La Land in theaters with all of the Bit Players over Christmas break.
  • Completing our first full calendar year of The Bit Players podcast.
Brian
Brian Urrutia
  • Seeing Rogue One with the coolest club at the school: The Star Wars Club.
  • Teaching Lord of the Rings in its entirety to some folks who could really read and run.
  • A snow day.
  • Driving Remy across the country with Geri and Anders.
  • Beginning The Bit Players Wrestling Federation and becoming its heavyweight champion.
Clark
Clark Carmichael
  • Best Cameo: Mark Hamill (Kingsman: Secret Service).
  • Biggest Tease: Anything DC. A year of trailers, not one single movie.
  • Biggest Letdown: Spectre.
  • Best Sex Scene: Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (Yeah, it was a Netflix show but whatever.)
  • Best Comeback: Sly Stallone.
Jarryd
Jarryd Baxter
  • Netflix establishing itself as a haven for artistic freedom and releasing two of my favorite stories from last year: Stranger Things and Trollhunters.
  • Watching “The Beatles, The Touring Years” with a smile.
  • Seeing some old movies for the first time on the big screen: Aliens and Apocalypse Now.
  • Another year, another remarkable Pixar animated short.
  • Some unexpected classics explored with The Bit Players that will bring enjoyment for a lifetime, most notably: Rosemary’s Baby, Broadcast News, The Thing, and Heat.
Jeff
Jeff Pearson
  • The USS Enterprise blasting Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" flying into battle against Idris Elba.
  • Smacking popcorn and candy with Anders during the silent Manchester by the Sea.
  • Idris Elba and Oscar Isaac going full makeup to render them so unrecognizable that those terrible movies won't hurt their careers.
  • This photo of the Rock:
  • Year-long journey to figure out the name of actor Adrian Martinez, attempting to google any combination of "fat," "ugly," curly hair," "comedian," "Gheri curl," etc. only to have Geri come through in the clutch.
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