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Meg’s Favorite Movies of 2016

The Oscars have come and gone with all their hilarious snafus and cringe-worthy moments, but the people are still asking, “What were Meg’s favorite movies of the last year?” Glad you asked! Not sure why you would ask, but glad you did all the same. In the typical fashion, the list below is presented in no particular order, as I am physically incapable of picking favorites. If you haven’t seen these yet I hope you do and let me know what your favorites were if I left out any good ones. Enjoy!

Zootopia

Judy Hopps overcomes physical barriers and cultural bias to become Zootopia’s first bunny police officer. Continuing to be underestimated, she has to set off on her own, with a dubious cohort, to discover what’s happening to the city’s missing animals.

When Disney released its teaser trailer for Zootopia back in 2015 I was immediately hooked. The art style was cute, the characters were charming, and it seemed to have a good sense of humor. What more could we ask for out of a nice, new Disney IP? Who could have predicted we would get the hard-hitting social commentary America desperately needed? If you haven’t seen the movie yet I’m not going to spoil it for you but suffice it to say, the creators of this film were definitely hoping to make the next generation woke AF while watching cute bunnies, chubby cheetas, and the most accurate depiction of a DMV ever seen. I love it. For those of you who have seen the movie, check out this amazing analysis of it done by one of my favorite Youtuber’s, MatPat. It will blow your mind!

Deadpool

Your favorite chimichanga loving accidental superhero(?) finally gets a decent origin story movie in which he tries to seek revenge and work up the courage to show his lady love his seriously jacked up face.

Apparently last year I was the person to take to see Deadpool. I saw it in theaters three times and narrowly avoided seeing a fourth. Everyone in my family seems to have gone, “Hm. This is an inappropriate superhero movie. Better go see it with Meg! She won’t judge me or make eye contact during the naughty parts.” Turns out that was a pretty safe assumption, though I’m concerned as to what in my character led them to this conclusion. Well, time for soul searching later. Deadpool was the sassy action flick I’ve been craving for my whole life complete with crotch shots, crayon drawings, 4th wall breaking, masturbation jokes, and Ikea references. It’s not for the squeamish but if you can stomach the violence and a gratuitous, holiday-themed sex montage it’s a treat.

Hardcore Henry

Henry wakes up in a facility to learn his body had to be almost entirely rebuilt. Before his wife can explain more she’s abducted! On his quest to rescue her he struggles to remember who he is, learn who he can trust, and figure out what this crazy villain wants.

I was so excited about Hardcore Henry when I saw the trailer and I was over the moon when I realized one of our tiny little theaters out here in the middle of nowhere was going to play it. Literally, I think my husband and I were the only ones in the theater on a Saturday afternoon so we may have been the only ones around here that saw it but it was so amazing! The story is pretty generic but that’s not what you should be watching this movie for. Shot entirely from a first person perspective, it really feels like you are a part of the action. The stunts Henry pulls off are amazing to watch. I think this is a genuine case where I can saw I was at the edge of my seat through the whole thing. I haven’t watched this again since theaters so I don’t know how immersive it will feel on a smaller screen but give it a chance and admire the creativity either way. Oh, and do be warned about violence. There are parts where it gets really intense.

Ghostbusters

Four badass ladies team up to save New York from inevitable, spectral destruction and to piss off misogynists everywhere. Two long-term paranormal researchers, an eccentric inventor, and a transit worker/city history savant may just be our only chance.

Anyone who boycotted this movie severely robbed themselves of a great time. Just to tell you how much I loved this movie, it’s the first DVD I have bought at full price in at least 10 years. Yeah. That much. The cast is phenomenal. Their chemistry together and their humor seems so effortless. While this movie reboots the Ghostbusters universe it still feels right at home with the style of the first two. It’s also a very tongue and cheek feminist parody of the genre complete with eye candy. Can’t go wrong with that!

The Boy and The Beast

A young boy accidentally travels to the beast world and ends up entangled in a struggle for power over a place he didn’t even know existed! Through his years training as an apprentice it’s hard to tell if he or his teacher will learn more.

I don’t know exactly what I expected when I started this movie but it didn’t end up like that at all! It takes so many twists and turns I had to eventually stop trying to predict the plot all together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better coming of age story before.

Fantastic Beasts

Newt Scamander runs into a little trouble when he lugs a suitcase full of magical creatures across the pond to America. He needs the help of both a muggle and a witch to sort it out, quickly if possible, before attracting the undue attention of the Magical Congress.

J.K. Rowling knows her fans are getting older and decided to gift us with this gem of a story for all our long years of dedication. The gorgeous 1920’s setting plus magical creatures plus the most adorably awkward band of heroes you could imagine plus a muggle main character was almost too much for my tiny brain to absorb. That’s not to say this movie doesn’t have its faults. As great as Joe is she obviously doesn’t have a firm grip on the history and culture of America. There’s also some weird plot holes. But skip over all that and you have a great escape back into the world of Harry Potter all over again!

The Mermaid

Mermaids exist and they’ve and got some real beef with what you’re doing to their oceans. Watch out, these merfolk aren’t here to sing and use your cutlery as hair curlers. They’re out for blood.

Honestly, if the scene in the trailer where the guy is trying to describe mermaids to the policemen didn’t make you want to watch this movie there’s nothing more I can do for you. A more hilarious movie with an eco-conscious message cannot be found. Just be ready for things to get a little ridiculous.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

A reporter with nothing to lose at home, Kim sets off to Afganistan. It’s meant to be temporary but soon life there becomes more like home than anywhere else. Not that it’s without its dangers…

I knew very little about this movie when I went to watch it other than Tina Fey was in it. That was enough really. I didn’t expect a movie with such an expert mix of humor and seriousness. The protagonist, Kim, is strong and smart and so kick ass. Following her story is really amazing. I definitely have the book this was based on in my To Read list.

Swiss Army Man

I don’t even know what to put here for a synopsis. Shipwrecked man drags a magical corpse to freedom and vividly hallucinates on the way? Or maybe he doesn’t?

This is one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen in my life. For a while, I was really divided on whether I wanted to watch it or not. I love Daniel Radcliffe and I’ve really liked Paul Dano’s work but it just looked way too weird. Even for me. I may have been right? Weird or not, it deserves to be seen. I kinda feel like it’s one of those Lady and the Tiger stories, you get to figure out for yourself what it meant, what parts happened, and why. If you’ve watched it I would love to hear your thoughts.

Moana

An islander who has always felt the call of the sea sets off on and adventure to find a demi-god and return the Heart of the Ocean. Seems simple right?

Definitely my favorite Disney princess movie since Brave! This all-star cast and amazing production team put one hell of a story together. It’s engaging, empowering, and emotional. And also adorable. So adorable! Also, the music will be stuck in your head for the rest of your life. You’re welcome!

Even if Meagan E. Garey wanted to set down her mint cocoa in her very favorite Kiki’s Delivery Service mug, there is absolutely no room. Scrapbook paper, Perler beads, stationary, embroidery thread, origami birds, and packages of clay litter the small desk. Instead, she opts to stand, put the cup on top of a nearby shelf, and get back to work. Her library haul of the latest YA fantasy, a chunky graphic novel, and some classic that was overlooked in school and moved to the floor to make more room. She pops on a movie to watch while she works. The familiar animated faces make her smile and make the work go by faster as she repeats the well-memorized lines. Don’t worry, she’ll write that next article… eventually.

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