Media Consumption 2016

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Here’s a list of the media I consumed in 2016. Let’s start off with “Sitting in the Dark With Strangers”, which is a list of movies I’ve been doing for like ten years now. While I technically watched 122 movies this year (according to letterboxd) these are the ones that would count as being 2016 films, although a few of them technically came out in at festivals in 2015. My list, my rules.

1. High-Rise (dir. Ben Wheatley)

Hail, Caesar!

2. Hail, Caesar! (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)

The Handmaiden

3. The Handmaiden (dir. Chan-wook Park)

The Nice Guys

4. The Nice Guys (dir. Shane Black)

The Lobster

5. The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)

Raman Raghav 2.0

6. Raman Raghav 2.0 (dir. Anurag Kashyap)

The Neon Demon

7. The Neon Demon (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)


8. Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven)

Udta Punjab

9. Udta Punjab (dir. Abhishek Chaubey)


10. Dangal (dir. Nitesh Tiwari)

Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)

11. Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921) (dir. Shakun Batra)

Midnight Special

12. Midnight Special (dir. Jeff Nichols)

Everybody Wants Some!!

13. Everybody Wants Some!! (dir. Richard Linklater)

10 Cloverfield Lane

14. 10 Cloverfield Lane (dir. Dan Trachtenberg)


15. Befikre (dir. Aditya Chopra)

The Age of Shadows

16. The Age of Shadows (dir. Kim Jee-woon)


17. Snowden (dir. Oliver Stone)

Pee-wee's Big Holiday

18. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (dir. John Lee)


19. Dishoom (dir. Rohit Dhawan)

The Love Witch

20. The Love Witch (dir. Anna Biller)

Into the Inferno

21. Into the Inferno (dir. Werner Herzog)

Shin Godzilla

22. Shin Godzilla (dir. Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi)

La La Land

23. La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)

Love & Friendship

24. Love & Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman)


25. Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)


26. Deadpool (dir. Tim Miller)


27. Aligarh (dir. Hansal Mehta)

Star Trek Beyond

28. Star Trek Beyond (dir. Justin Lin)

Doctor Strange

29. Doctor Strange (dir. Scott Derrickson)

League of Gods

30. League of Gods (dir. Koan Hui On)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

31. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (dir. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone)

Brahman Naman

32. Brahman Naman (dir. Qaushiq Mukherjee)

Dear Zindagi

33. Dear Zindagi (dir. Gauri Shinde)

The Magnificent Seven

34. The Magnificent Seven (dir. Antoine Fuqua)

Belladonna of Sadness

35. Belladonna of Sadness (dir. Eiichi Yamamoto)

Eye in the Sky

36. Eye in the Sky (dir. Gavin Hood)


37. Airlift (dir. Raja Menon)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

38. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (dir. Gareth Edwards)


39. Fan (dir. Maneesh Sharma)


40. Keanu (dir. Peter Atencio)

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

41. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (dir. Karan Johar)


42. Warcraft (dir. Duncan Jones)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

43. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (dir. David Yates)

Central Intelligence

44. Central Intelligence (dir. Rawson Marshall Thurber)

X-Men: Apocalypse

45. X-Men: Apocalypse (dir. Bryan Singer)

Captain America: Civil War

46. Captain America: Civil War (dir. Anthony and Joe Russo)


47. Shivaay (dir. Ajay Devgan)

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

48. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (dir. Nicholas Stoller)


49. Ghostbusters (dir. Paul Feig)


50. Wazir (dir. Bejoy Nambiar)

Sanam Re

51. Sanam Re (dir. Divya Khosla)

Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie

52. Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (dir. Jeremy Konner)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

53. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (dir. Zack Snyder)


54. Mastizaade (dir. Milap Zaveri)

Some notes:

• Unfortunately, as of this writing I haven’t had a chance to see Moonlight, the most critically acclaimed North American film of the year. It looks pretty good, though.

• One notable absence from the 2016 list would be Green Room, but that’s because I saw it last year at Dedfest. If I needed to slot it on this list again, it’d be somewhere in the #12-15 region. It’s a great film.

Movies I’d still like to see, in no particular order:

  • Swiss Army Man
  • Hell or High Water
  • Moonlight
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Sing Street
  • The Conjuring 2
  • Neerja
  • Hunt For the Wilderpeople
  • American Honey
  • The Accountant
  • Train to Busan
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • The Wailing
  • Weiner
  • O.J. Made in America
  • Gods of Egypt
  • In A Valley of Violence
  • Always Shine
  • The Mermaid
  • HyperNormalisation
  • Nuts!

Next up, here’s a list of all the books I was able to read this year. Way less than normal, and I don’t know what to think about that just now. Stars are for exceptional quality.

  • *A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
  • *The Cartel, by Don Winslow
  • Bats of the Republic, by Zachary Thomas Dodson
  • The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson
  • & Sons, by David Gilbert
  • Flashman’s Lady, by George Macdonald Fraser
  • Changeless, by Gail Carriger
  • *Flashman and the Mountain of Light, by George Macdonald Fraser
  • Flash For Freedom!, by George Macdonald Fraser
  • *Martin John, by Anakana Schofield
  • City on Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Flashman at the Charge, by George Macdonald Fraser
  • The Wheel Keeper, by Robert Pepper-Smith
  • House of Spells, by Robert Pepper-Smith
  • Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett
  • Kino, by Jurgen Fauth
  • *Slade House, by David Mitchell
  • Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys
  • We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • *The Wasp Factory, by Iain Banks
  • Necessary Evil, by Ian Tregillis
  • Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
  • March Violets, by Philip Kerr
  • The Pale Criminal, by Philip Kerr
  • *Radiance, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • *A German Requiem, by Philip Kerr
  • Culdesac, by Robert Repino

For comics, I continued to enjoy Saga, Lazarus, and The Wicked and the Divine, while The Black Monday Murders, Doom Patrol, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, Shade The Changing Girl and Mother Panic were fun new books. My comics intake continues to decline, with Mother Panic being the closest thing to a main-line Big Two comic. I am singularly uninterested in most of what DC and Marvel put out these days, which is a marked shift from back when I worked at the comic store.

My interest in television continues to dwindle too. I liked Silicon Valley, Game of Thrones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Love and A Very Secret Service.

For video games, I played a fair amount of Avengers Academy on my phone, and I really enjoyed Yakuza 4 and 5. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI has been great, and Beyond Earth was okay, as was Massive Chalice and Transistor. I’m enjoying a replay of L.A. Noire right now, one of the most innovative and best games of this century.

I played a lot more board games this year, with highlights including The Gallerist, Scythe, Kraftwagen, The Networks, Concordia, Pandemic: Iberia, Pandemic: Legacy, Inis, and The Grizzled.

For podcasts, in addition to enjoying working with my girlfriend on the amazing project that Bollywood is For Lovers has become, I enjoyed the following:

  • Archive 81
  • Chapo Trap House
  • Chuski Pop
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • The Dollop
  • Finders Keepers Records
  • The Greatest Generation
  • KCRW’s The Business
  • Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
  • King Falls AM
  • My Brother, My Brother and Me
  • Punching Cardboard
  • Revolutions
  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • Shut Up and Sit Down
  • The Split Screen Podcast
  • Trash, Art and the Movies
  • Whistlestop
  • You Must Remember This

For YouTube channels, I kept up with CGP Grey, Cool Ghosts, ETC Show, First We Feast (Hot Ones), GoodBadFlicks, JusReign, kaptainkristian, Moviebob, Nerdwriter, No Pun Intended, NerdCubed, Rahdo Runs Through, Regular Car Reviews, Shut Up and Sit Down, Super Bunnyhop, The Dom, Trekspertise, Watch It Played and WhatCulture. I think YouTube has almost entirely eclipsed the idea of casual TV viewing in our house, as we are cord-cutting millennials.

I mostly bought Hindi music to go alongside Bollywood is For Lovers, as well as expanding the vinyl movie soundtrack collection but this year I did pick up the new Justice, Carpenter Brut’s Trilogy, Magnetic Systems, Sohail Rana’s Khyber Mail and Run The Jewels.

I also ran on the treadmill some, and continued to go outside on occasion.

The Author

Matt Bowes is a self-proclaimed cultural commentator/arbiter of good taste from Edmonton, Alberta. He enjoys movies and books, and writes about them sometimes at

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