Top Five Update: 2016 Edition



1. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)—for helping me to appreciate thought-provoking films above all else

2. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)—for showing me the importance of passion and the resilience of the human spirit   

3. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)—for its style and surprising tone

4. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)—for grounding a tired fantasy genre in today’s reality, thereby delivering a stark, incisive critique on today’s society

5. La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)—for being a damn stylish movie on passion and pursuing one’s dreams with no compromises

Honorable Mentions: Singin’ in the Rain, All About Eve, Citizen Kane, The Truman Show, Midnight in Paris, Whiplash, Babette’s Feast, L’Enfant

Film of 2016

1. La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

2. Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

3. The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015)

4. American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)

5. Sing Street (John Carney, 2016)

Other movies I remember watching: CreepSpotlight, Brooklyn, Spy, Deadpool, Clouds of Sils Maria, Air Force One, Zootopia, Finding Dory, Trumbo, The Lobster, Captain America: Civil War, The Revenant, Straight Outta Compton, The American President, Sausage Party, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Love & Friendship, Terms of Endearment, Certain Women, King Georges, Rogue One


1. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

2. Veep (HBO)

3. The Office (NBC)

4. Sherlock (PBS)

5. Downton Abbey (PBS)

Honorable Mentions: Black Mirror, Cranford

TV of 2016

1. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

2. Black Mirror (Netflix)

3. Veep (HBO)

4. The Crown (Netflix)

5. TIED The Good Place (FOX) AND Westworld (HBO)

Other shows I remember watching: Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat, Downton Abbey, Endeavour, The Good Wife, Bachelor in Paradise 😳, Silicon Valley, Stranger Things, John Adams, Seinfeld, Bob’s Burgers


1. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

2. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

3. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

4. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

5. Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace 

Books of 2016

1. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

2. The Sellout by Paul Beatty

3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Other books I remember reading: Blink, Modern Romance, Outliers, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Dinner, Girl on the Train


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