2016 Tournament of Champions

Top tens are not my favorite sort of lists really.  It’s all a matter of bias and I always feel something is being left out.  Even if the writer does a honorable mentions section.  For my best of 2016 I decided to try and show my thought process / bias in this Tournament of Champions.  Give everyone a chance to really get mad at me.

 

Tournament of Champions

 

In the process I pitted some films against each other who otherwise should never be.  I have to pause, consider details, and in the end go with the movie that brought me the most joy and or moments of thought.

 

For example Rogue One beating out The VVitch.  Two movies I thoroughly enjoyed for very different reasons.  The VVitch being such a visceral film I had a long hesitation but Star Wars wins when Star Wars is done right.

 

That left Hell Or High Water against The Handmaiden.  Two power house films about love, loss, entrapment, desperation, and good old fashioned capers.  It’s weird to think about these films being so similar, in such drastically different settings, culturally and locality.  But there they were, two desperate women fighting with two desperate men.

 

In the end I had to go with Hell Or High Water because of my own current cultural desperation.  Hell or High Water shows me the world in which Trump became president and it humbles my liberal feminist heart a little.  Just a little.  Not too much.  #dembabyblueeyes

 

So my cultural bias chooses Hell Or High Water as the best film of 2016.

 

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Episode #174 – Best of 2016!

We’ve got a super special episode for you this week. We’re joined by the folks from The Front Row Movie Reviews to give us their best of the year in movies. Special Guest Jeff Ott calls in to tell us the go-to games from last year. Coy Jandreau from Marvel Movie News flies in to gush about how Marvel took 2016 by storm. The Chicks Who Script hit us up with the best television. It’s a big episode so don’t waste another minute and listen now!

 

If you want to play along, we list all the categories we discussed below. Why not fill it out and let us know in the comments?

 

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Top 10 Movies in 2016 That ATH Made Me Watch

I generally dislike lists, and I can never seem to keep track of what I’ve watched in a year, but here we are.

2016 was perhaps the worst year in moviegoing for me…because I didn’t really see all that many films. The only reason I can present this dumb list to you is because I HAD to watch films for the podcast in order to talk about them.

 

Turns out, I watched JUST enough to come up with a (in my opinion) barely passable TOP TEN list. I’m sure a few of the movies listed will surprise you, but a majority of them won’t if you’ve listened to us ramble about movies all year. There’s also a television show on this list in the honorable mentions because – like I said – I’m not a huge fan of lists.

 

In order to write as little as possible for this post, I’ve resorted to using gifs from one of my favorite films – GALAXY QUEST. Turns out, you can use GALAXY QUEST gifs for pretty much anything in life. That said, let’s get crack-a-lackin’ on my TOP 10 MOVIES IN 2016 THAT THIS SILLY PODCAST MADE ME WATCH!

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Jonathan Hardesty
I spend too much time on the internet and not enough time fighting dragons. An editor by trade, screenwriter by long-term-goal, and someone who can't spend a day without making stuff.

2016’s Most Over and Underrated Movies

The hype machine is an unavoidable beast.  No matter how much you want to ignore it, it’s always there, lurking in the corners of your internet browser.  Cruising by on buses as you sit at a red light.  Plastered on the side of buildings!  Everywhere you look… movies.

Being the the host of a movie podcast, I feed right into this situation.  I love talking movies, and I get really excited about them.The problem is, sometimes, I think we all get a little too fired up.  We end up launching mediocre films into the stratosphere.  On the flip side, we are so worked up about some of these movies, we totally ignore others.  In this vein I present to you, the top five over and underrated films of  2016!

 

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Bryan is the Host and Producer of After the Hype. He loves talking. About everything. But mostly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman.   He also lives in Los Angeles and works in TV Post Production

Least-Worst Comic Book Movies of 2016

Hey everyone! Ryan here, emerging from the Comic Corner to bring you 2016’s TOP 7 LEAST-WORST COMIC BOOK MOVIES.

 

To keep it from being any longer, I only included the live action theatrical releases, so no mention of Batman: The Killing Joke on this list. They were easy to rank at the top, but the rest were engaged in a nosedive race to the bottom.

 

I gave it my best shot anyway, enjoy!

 

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Ryan James
Ryan is a sound engineer in Los Angeles, focusing on Production Sound for Film and TV. He's an avid video game player, comic book reader, and all-around collector of nerd culture.

Episode #173 – Hell or High Water

This week we’re joined by Samantha Garrison to talk about HELL OR HIGH WATER, a modern western that took us completely by surprise. Jeff Bridges continues to wow us with his mumbling, and Ben Foster turns in YET ANOTHER flawless performance. You won’t want to miss this episode!

 

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Episode #172 – Swiss Army Man

FART NOISE! We’ve got the best boner corpse movie of 2016, and we’re talking about it in 2017! That’s right, we’re talking SWISS ARMY MAN. Author extraordinaire Paul Kreuger joins us on this revealing adventure!

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