2016 in Films: A 365 Day New-To-Me Films Year-End Recap

2016 was quite a year for me, both on a national/international level, but on a personal one as well. I left my job at Rotten Tomatoes and moved from California (I’m a 6th generation Californian!) to Atlanta, Georgia to start work at Turner Classic Movies (and FilmStruck). Uprooting my entire life took a toll on my film watching for most of the year (though I got my numbers up pretty high while attending the Pordenone Silent Film Festival; more on that later). All and all, I think I managed to strike a pretty good balance in my film watching this year. I was afraid after A Year With Women that jumping back into the cinema of men I would find myself just as disgruntled as I started to feel at the end of 2014, however I took much more curatorial approach to my watching this year and chose to skip certain films that were a big part of the ~film conversation~ because I knew I would not like them and focused more on the films I knew I would enjoy. Starting work with TCM reminded me once again how much I love classic Hollywood films, and I found myself watching more older films again. I also spent a good deal of 2016 rewatching films that I love, but maybe hadn’t watched in year. There really is a special joy to revisiting an old favorite. Also, obviously Movie Quote of the Day went away this year. But I did bring back Female Filmmaker Friday – this time in the form of a podcast! So, without any further ado, after the cut you will find every new-to-me film I watched in 2016, plus a few thoughts on some of my watching goals and trends.


  1. (January) Paddington
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Tangerine
  4. Rocky Balboa
  5. Creed
  6. Khaneh siah ast (The House is Black)
  7. Carol
  8. Boxing Helena
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. While We’re Young
  11. Mistress America
  12. Far from the Madding Crowd
  13. Get Your Man (1927)
  14. The Blazing Trail (1921)
  15. Above Suspicion
  16. Red Riding Hood
  17. Swing!
  18. Hallelujah!
  19. Valerie a týden divu (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders)
  20. Ayanda and the Mechanic
  21. Begin Again
  22. Impromptu
  23. A Soldier’s Story
  24. Mo’ Better Blues
  25. The Great Debaters
  26. Saving Face
  27. TiMER
  28. Kung Fu Panda 3
  29. (February) Cadillac Records
  30. Idlewild
  31. Down in the Delta
  32. Hail, Caesar!
  33. Nas: Time Is Illmatic
  34. Dope
  35. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
  36. Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
  37. The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop
  38. Straight Outta Compton
  39. Sorry We Don’t Help Darkies
  40. Mississippi Damned
  41. Honey
  42. In Too Deep
  43. Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
  44. Yelling To The Sky
  45. Out of Time
  46. (March) The Story of Temple Drake
  47. Send Me No Flowers
  48. (April) Naughty Marietta
  49. River of Grass
  50. Lover Come Back
  51. Never Fear
  52. On Dangerous Ground
  53. Born To Be Blue
  54. The Rose Tattoo
  55. Kid Nightingale
  56. Winchester ’73
  57. Nothing But a Man
  58. Miles Ahead
  59. Seven Men From Now
  60. Lemonade
  61. (May) Too Late
  62. Dumbland
  63. Hollywood Canteen
  64. Purple Rain
  65. Money Monster
  66. A Bigger Splash
  67. The Meddler
  68. The Perfect Guy
  69. The Lobster
  70. Battle of the Bulge (1965)
  71. (June) Love & Friendship
  72. Gun Fury
  73. Maggie’s Plan
  74. The Equalizer
  75. The Halliday Brand
  76. Satisfaction
  77. The Neon Demon
  78. The Fits
  79. Echo Park
  80. The Great Sioux Massacre
  81. Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
  82. The World, The Flesh, And The Devil
  83. (July) Raffles
  84. Our Kind of Traitor
  85. White Comanche
  86. The L-Shaped Room
  87. The Paper Chase
  88. Zorba the Greek
  89. They Died With Their Boots On
  90. The Picasso Summer
  91. Two Friends
  92. Mishaps of Seduction and Conquest
  93. The Girl He Left Behind
  94. Tab Hunter Confidential
  95. Lafayette Escadrille
  96. It Always Rains on Sunday
  97. Where the Boys Are
  98. Ghostbusters (2016)
  99. The Naked Spur
  100. Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
  101. Under the Skin (1997)
  102. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  103. What We Do in the Shadows
  104. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
  105. Red Sun
  106. Les Innocentes (The Innocents)
  107. Birthright (1939)
  108. Ten Nights in a Barroom (1926)
  109. Touki Bouki
  110. Tallulah
  111. The Shooting
  112. Within Our Gates
  113. Veiled Aristocrats
  114. The Blood of Jesus
  115. Dirty Gertie From Harlem U.S.A.
  116. Heaven-bound Traveler
  117. Verdict Not Guilty
  118. Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940
  119. Two Knights of Vaudeville
  120. Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled
  121. (August) Shadow on the Wall
  122. Logan’s Run
  123. The Country Girl
  124. Five Nights In Maine
  125. Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?
  126. The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
  127. Delicious (1931)
  128. Change of Heart (1934)
  129. Fabrica de Tabacos
  130. Plaza Vieja
  131. Isla del Tesoro
  132. Una isla para Miguel
  133. Ire a Santiago
  134. Y tenemos sabor
  135. En la otra isla
  136. De cierta manera
  137. Falsche Bewegung (Wrong Move)
  138. Im Lauf der Zeit (Kings of the Road)
  139. Multiple Maniacs
  140. Ladies In Love (1936)
  141. The Young in Heart
  142. Small Town Girl (1936)
  143. City Girl (1930)
  144. Liliom (1930)
  145. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
  146. Bad Girl (1931)
  147. After Tomorrow
  148. Man’s Castle
  149. The Mystery of Mr. X
  150. Hide-Out
  151. Piccadilly Jim
  152. Ever Since Eve
  153. Haunted Honeymoon
  154. Don’t Think Twice
  155. Southside With You
  156. Equity
  157. The Intervention
  158. The Whole Town’s Talking
  159. High Tide (1987)
  160. (September) The Great McGinty
  161. Hail the Conquering Hero
  162. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  163. Women He’s Undressed
  164. When the Bough Breaks (2016)
  165. Ithaca
  166. Sons of the Desert
  167. A Beautiful Now
  168. The Private Life of a Cat
  169. Bridget Jones’s Baby
  170. The Magnificent Seven
  171. Queen of Katwe
  172. (October) (Pordenone Silent Film Festival) Z Dziedziny Sportu Strażackiego
  173. The Mysterious Lady
  174. The Tight Rein
  175. The Silent Shame
  176. Mutt and Jeff Join the Opera
  177. Mutt and Jeff Discover a Wonderful Remedy
  178. His Friend The Elephant
  179. Operating On Cupid
  180. Somebody’s Widow
  181. Father’s Close Shave
  182. A Pair of Sexes
  183. Navy Blues (1923)
  184. Long Hose
  185. Street Life in India
  186. People Die For Metal
  187. Pożar W Zapałczarni
  188. The Man in the Dark
  189. The Everlasting Triangle
  190. The Mission of Mr. Foo
  191. On The Stroke of Twelve
  192. Animacja Czołówka Kroniki Filmowej
  193. Junnileusz 3-Lecia Klubu Sportowego Victoria W Częstochowie
  194. Jank Muzykant (Janko the Musician)
  195. Sowing The Wind
  196. Beyond Recall
  197. Algol. Tragödie Der Macht
  198. Así Nació El Obelisco
  199. Sāo Paulo, A Symphonia Da Metrópole
  200. Budapest Fürdõvaros
  201. Glorious Vamps
  202. Tempest (1928)
  203. Padenia Dinastii Romanovykh (The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty)
  204. A Trial of Souls
  205. Nanà (1917)
  206. Three Live Ghosts
  207. At The End of the Trail
  208. A Wife of the Hills
  209. The Greater Love
  210. The Escape of Jim Dolan
  211. The Rattlesnake – A Psychical Species
  212. The Trail of Cards
  213. Nana (1926)
  214. Namakura Gatana (A Blunt Sword)
  215. Kraków
  216. The Cossack Whip
  217. Pottemageri I Dahomey
  218. Africa Before Dark
  219. The Guns of Loos
  220. Die Weisse Wüste
  221. The Lost Paradise
  222. Do Paryża Na Harleyu
  223. Waltzing Around
  224. Inoculating Hubby
  225. Why Wild Men Go Wild
  226. No Parking
  227. Saving Sister Susie
  228. A Hula Honeymoon
  229. McKinley At Home, Canton, Ohio
  230. Empire State Express
  231. Roosevelt’s Rough Riders
  232. Governor Roosevelt and Staff
  233. Terrible Teddy, The Grizzly King
  234. President Roosevelt’s Homecoming
  235. Judge Parker Receiving the Notification of His Nomination
  236. A Visit To Theodore Roosevelt At His Home
  237. Roosevelt
  238. The Old Way and the New Way
  239. Pathe News No. 46 (Republicans and Progressives Meet)
  240. Warren Gamaliel Harding
  241. Democratic National Convention, New York City, 1924
  242. President Coolidge – Taken On The White House Grounds
  243. The Girl Without Soul
  244. Monte-Cristo
  245. Weighed In The Balance
  246. Amerykanizacja Stolicy
  247. Halsted Street
  248. Fukkõ Teito Shinfoni
  249. Beograd – Prestonica Kraljevine Jugoslavije
  250. Nipponichi Momotaro
  251. Der Adjutant Des Zaren
  252. Broncho Billy’s Narrow Escape
  253. A Girl Of The West
  254. The Craven
  255. A Bit of Blue Ribbon
  256. Una Of The Sierras
  257. Sallie’s Sure Shot
  258. Behind The Door
  259. Upside Down; Or, The Human Flies
  260. The Haunted Curiosity Shop
  261. Artistic Creation
  262. The Cheese Mites; Or, Lilliputians In A London Restaurant
  263. A Railway Collision
  264. Undressing Extraordinary; Or, The Troubles of a Tired Traveller
  265. The Waif And The Wizard; Or, The Home Made Happy
  266. The Magic Sword; Or, A Mediaeval Mystery
  267. An Over-Incubated Baby
  268. Scrooge; Or, Marley’s Ghost
  269. The Extraordinary Waiter
  270. A Chess Dispute
  271. An Extraordinary Cab Accident
  272. The Medium Exposed
  273. The ? Motorist
  274. A Lively Quarter-Day
  275. The Soldier’s Courtship
  276. A Collier’s Life
  277. The Fatal Hand
  278. The Hand of The Artist
  279. Keane Ou Désordre Et Génie
  280. Manden Med De 9 Finger 1 (The Man With The Missing Finger 1; or, The Murder in the Villa Falcon)
  281. Manden Med De 9 Finger IV. Mysteriet I Citybanken (The Man With The Missing Finger 1V, or, the
  282. Lonely House)
  283. The Goad of Jealousy
  284. Blue Jeans (1917)
  285. Le Musée Des Grotesques
  286. Les Fantasies D’Agénor Maltracé
  287. Jobard A Tué Sa Belle-Mère
  288. Jobard Ne Veux Pas Voir Les Femmes Travailler
  289. Jobard Change De Bonne
  290. Jobard Fiancé Par Intérim
  291. Le Retapeur De Cervelles
  292. Le Cheveu Délateur
  293. Umi No Momotaro
  294. The Wizard’s Apprentice (1930)
  295. The Dove
  296. The Arrow of Defiance
  297. When The West Was Young
  298. The Lieutenant’s Last Fight
  299. The Struggle (1913)
  300. The Flaming Arrow
  301. L’Onore Riconquistato
  302. Arrivée En Gondole
  303. Pigeons Sur La Place Saint-Marc
  304. Tramway Sur Le Grand Canal
  305. Grand Canal Avec Barques
  306. Panorama Du Grand Canal Pris D’Un Bateau
  307. Venise: Place Saint-Marc
  308. Arrivée En Gondole Des Souverains
  309. D’Allemagne Et D’Italie Au Palais Royal De Venise
  310. Départ En Gondole De Leurs Majestés
  311. Venetianische Nacht
  312. A Ray Of Sunshine After The Rain
  313. Flirtation On Park Bench
  314. The Summer Boarders
  315. A Strange Adventure
  316. Bezúčelná Procházka (Aimless Walk)
  317. The Irony of Justice
  318. Behind The Screen
  319. Beans For Two
  320. Monkey Shines (1920)
  321. Second Childhood
  322. Grandpa’s Girl
  323. No Sparking
  324. Sora No Momotaro
  325. Min Svigerinde Fra Amerika (My Sister-In-Law From America)
  326. Riders of the Night
  327. Karyjatury Jotesa, Serja VIII: Świat Filmowy
  328. Zza Kulis Dźwiękowców Ploskich
  329. Mocny Człowiek (A Strong Man)
  330. The Woman Disputed
  331. The Little Rascal (1922)
  332. Brooklyn
  333. Pickle (2016)
  334. Girl Asleep
  335. American Honey
  336. The Dressmaker
  337. Power
  338. Red Road
  339. Old Joy
  340. Night Moves (2014)
  341. The Caveman’s Valentine
  342. The Whole Truth (2016)
  343. Safe House
  344. John Wick
  345. Horror of Dracula
  346. Dracula: Prince of Darkness
  347. Certain Women
  348. The Tingler
  349. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  350. The Invitation
  351. (Noirvember) Mystery Street
  352. The Naked Kiss
  353. Moonlight (2016)
  354. One False Move
  355. Tokyo Drifter
  356. Gimme Danger
  357. Border Incident
  358. Dead Reckoning
  359. I Died A Thousand Times
  360. Storm Warning (1951)
  361. Farewell, My Lovely
  362. Cruel Gun Story
  363. Stray Dog
  364. The Frontier
  365. Christine
  366. Arrival
  367. Drunken Angel
  368. The Enforcer (1951)
  369. The Sorrow and the Pity
  370. The Phenix City Story
  371. Dial 1119
  372. Black Angel (1946)
  373. Storm Fear
  374. Force of Evil
  375. Loving (2016)
  376. The Edge of Seventeen
  377. High And Low
  378. Fallen Angel
  379. Aquarius
  380. Whirlpool
  381. JFK
  382. Nocturnal Animals
  383. I Am Waiting
  384. Pale Flower
  385. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
  386. A Colt Is My Passport
  387. Take Aim At The Police Van
  388. Branded to Kill
  389. Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
  390. Le Samouraï
  391. Black Widow (1987)
  392. (Dec) The Man Who Came to Dinner
  393. Kitty (2016)
  394. Inner Workings
  395. Moana
  396. La sirène du Mississipi (Mississippi Mermaid)
  397. La mariée était en noir (The Bride Wore Black)
  398. Les mistons
  399. L’enfant sauvage (The Wild Child)
  400. L’histoire d’Adèle H. (The Story of Adèle H.)
  401. L’homme qui aimait les femmes (The Man Who Loved Women)
  402. La chambre verte (The Green Room)
  403. O.J.: Made in America
  404. 13TH
  405. Into the Forest
  406. Jackie
  407. La La Land
  408. Fences
  409. Hidden Figures
  410. The River (1928)
  411. Underworld: Awakening
  412. Keanu
  413. Lion
  414. No Home Movie

1880s: 0
1890s: 7
1900s: 34
1910s: 68
1920s: 44
1930s: 40
1940s: 23
1950s: 24
1960s: 32
1970s: 16
1980s: 9
1990s: 10
2000s: 15
2010s: 93

I guess I got my count messed up somewhere along the way because I thought I was at 412 films, but this list shows 414 films! Whoops. Here are a few highlights from my cinematic year:


After watching over 300 films by women in 2015, I was hoping to do the #52FilmsByWomen challenge and then double it. However, that did not happen. I made it to 67 films directed by women, though. Also of the 63 new releases I watched this year 33 of them were directed by women, so that’s a pretty good percentage. Of the non-2016 films by women that I saw this year, the one that stayed with me the longest was Carine Adler’s Under The Skin (’97), which features a stunning debut performance from Samantha Morton.


I was lucky enough to get a grant to help pay for my travels and lodging in order to attend the 35th Annual Pordenone Silent Film Festival in ITALY. I did a video recap here and a longer written re-cap for Turner Classic Movies here. Of all the films I watched (and I watched A LOT of films during that fest), the ones directed by John H. Collins starring his wife Viola Dana were my favorites. I wish his films were more accessible, because boy he is one of the great forgotten filmmakers of cinema’s early days.


Noirvember celebrated its 7th anniversary this year! I really never thought Noirvember would take off as much as it did, but I’m so glad that it has. I spent most of this year’s Noirvember catching up on various Japanese noir films that I had been promising a friend I would watch for years. They did not disappoint. I hope you all had a great Noirvember, and if you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will next year!


Along with launching the Female Filmmaker Friday Podcast this year, I guested on quite a few podcasts:


I’d like to send a shout out to two theaters and a video rental store that helped me immensely in my cinematic journey this year: the Landmark Midtown Art Theatre, the Tara Cinemas, and Videodrome – Atlanta’s last video store! I spent a good deal of my time in one of these three places all year.


Along with continuing my #52FilmsByWomen pledge in 2017, I plan to (finally) finish off Denzel Washington’s filmography. I meant to do it last year (even made plans starting last January!) and didn’t do it. I have seen 28 of his films and have 19 left to see (counting a film that is supposed to be released later this year). I already have three rented from Videodrome that I plan to watch today! So here’s to setting cinematic goals in 2017 and actually sticking to them!

About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

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