Wrapping Up 2016: Top 10 Best Movies of the Year With a Special Guest Writer


The following article is the transcript of a previously recorded exchange between main writer Nate and special guest writer Rob, as they talk about their top ten best movies of 2016. 

Nate: Hey everyone, and welcome to The Movie Paradise's Wrapping Up 2016. This is our Top 10 Best Movies of the Year. My name's Nate. I'm the main writer here. And with me I've got special guest writer, Rob.
Rob: Hello.
Nate: How today's going to work is that we're gonna go through our honorable mentions, then we'll do our ten through six, then our five through two, and then we'll both talk about our number one movie of the year. So I'll start it off.

Nate's Honorable Mentions


Nate: I have five honorable mentions. My number five is The Birth of a Nation. I really liked this film, a lot actually. It's not the best film, but I thought the direction was excellent. I thought Nate Parker was excellent in the role. I thought it handled a lot of things well. Hidden Figures is my number four for my honorable mentions. I really liked this movie. I thought it was handled, I thought it was well directed. The acting across the board was really good. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons were okay, but everyone else was great in it. And I thought it handled a part of history that not a lot of people knew about very well. My number three is War Dogs. I think I like this movie a lot more than other people do. It's just, I really like the story. I thought Jonah Hill was really good in it. I thought Miles Teller was excellent. I thought the direction was good. It was just a fun movie. A Monster Calls is my next one. I saw this movie at an early screening, both me and Rob did. We really liked it, but as more movies came out, there were just more movies this year that I liked more than A Monster Calls. And Kubo and the Two Strings did not make it onto my top ten. I thought it would be there, but it just barely got knocked off. So those are my honorable mentions. Rob, what are some of your honorable mentions?

Rob's Honorable Mentions


Rob: Alright, well I'd like to first start off with saying that I didn't get a chance to see Moana or Hidden Figures. So if anyone's up in arms about that, just know that. My number five for honorable mentions is Zootopia. Is it in your top ten, just curious?
Nate: No, actually it isn't. 
Rob: Oh!
Nate: Yeah, there's almost as if there's another honorable mentions list, that these movies didn't even make it into my honorable mentions-- that would be in that list. 
Rob: I hear ya. Well, the reason I like this movie is because it's more adult-orientated than a regular animated movie. You know what I'm saying, Nate.
Nate: Yeah.
Rob: I thought it dealt with a lot of adult issues while still being an animated movie. It kept me interested, because I remember not knowing whether I was going to like it or not. But the way it deals with racism and showing how basically the animals were people like us, I thought it was very clever. And it was funny too. I really liked Jason Bateman as the lead fox.
Nate: Yeah, it was a surprisingly mature film, but it was also catered to kids in the same way. I thought it was very well done. 
Rob: My number four is The Jungle Book. I wish I could've put this in my top ten, but there were a lot of better movies than this. But it's probably the best special effects we've gotten in a film this year.
Nate: Oh yeah, by far!
Rob: Those animals legitimately looked real, for the most part. Most of them. 
Nate: Yeah, no, it barely... it would also be in my second honorable mentions list. It didn't make my top ten.
Rob: I liked how they incorporated the original music into it. I just thought it was a faithful adaptation of the original. Alright, my third honorable mention is The Witch. This is probably my favorite horror movie of the year. It's probably the one that scared me the most, which is why I put it on here. The Conjuring 2 was pretty good, so was Green Room and Ouija: Origin of Evil, which was a big surprise. But I thought The Witch, the way it brought us back to old... was that New England?
Nate: I believe so. 
Rob: I liked how it showed that people back then, with the witch trials, it can strike people with paranoia and all that.
Nate: Yeah, I liked it, but I don't think I liked it as much as other people did. I would say that The Conjuring 2 was my favorite horror movie of the year, but that didn't end up on my list at all. 
Rob: Oh, wow. Okay, my number two is, you're probably going to react to this, is Hacksaw Ridge.
Nate: Really? It's that low?
Rob: Yeah. Don't get me wrong. It's a fantastic movie. It's just that there were other movies I thought were better made and I overall liked more than that movie. Andrew Garfield was absolutely fantastic in the lead role. It's probably the best role I've seen Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington in for dramatic roles. Usually I can't stand Sam Worthington, and I don't really like Vince Vaughn either. I thought Mel Gibson's direction was fantastic, and I thought it really portrayed what war actually looks like, and it didn't beat around the bush or anything. Anyways, my number one honorable mention is Deepwater Horizon. The reason it's an honorable mention is cause I didn't really feel like putting two Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg films in [my top ten]. I thought I should just stick with one and leave the other out. But this movie is really awesome. It's probably one of the best disaster movies I've seen in theaters. Did you see it at an IMAX theater?
Nate: No, I didn't. 
Rob: I saw it in IMAX and it was awesome!
Nate: Yeah, I wish I had seen it in IMAX. 
Rob: You felt like you were there, honestly, with the explosions. Honestly, in my opinion, I thought John Malkovitch was very overlooked in that movie. I don't know about you.
Nate: I mean, I saw it a while ago, but from what I remember I thought he was pretty good. 
Rob: If he had a couple more scenes, I think he would have a chance at getting nominated [for an Academy Award], I really do. 
Nate: Maybe.
Rob: Yeah. Well, anyways, that's my number one for honorable mentions. 
Nate: Okay, so moving onto the actual top ten. I'll go first with my ten through six.

Nate's #10-6


Nate: My number ten is The Edge of Seventeen. I'm glad it made it on the list. For awhile, I thought I was going to have to bump it to honorable mentions, but no, it stayed. I really liked this film. Hailee Steinfeld was fantastic in this movie. And she had really great scenes with Woody Harrelson. It was funny. It had great moments of drama. It was relateable. I mean, I can relate to how sh*tty high school was. I found this movie to be so-- it was such a surprise. I didn't think it was going to be good. I remember watching the trailers thinking "What the f*ck is this sh*t?". And then I heard it was rated R, and I thought "Oh, that's interesting". Then the reviews starting coming in, and they were good, so I said "Well, I guess I gotta go see it". And I saw it and I thought "Holy sh*t, this movie's awesome!" So I'm glad that made it as my number ten. My number nine is Deadpool. This was originally a little higher, but I had to move some things around in order to accommodate for a couple of things. I'd say this was the most surprising comic book movie of the year. We thought it was going to be good. We suspected it. I didn't think it was going to be atrocious. But I didn't think it was going to be as good it was, to the point where it could possibly be nominated for Best Picture. It's crazy. It was funny. It was very well acted, all across the board. There was great action. Again, it was funny. It just did so many things right. It was such a good movie and such a good time. The fact that people are still remembering it now, and it came out in February, that just shows how great of a movie it was. My number eight was Patriots Day. It was the last movie I saw of 2016, and I'm glad we waited to do this list until I saw this movie, because I was blown away by it. We're both from the Boston area. We're both in the New England area, so this movie hits home for us a little more than someone from, I don't know, California. 
Rob: Yeah, some people may give me some scrutiny for my top two choices, but the reason they're up there is because it close to home for me, so it made them the best movies in my opinion. 
Nate: Yeah. Patriots Day was so well acted. I think that's the most vulnerable I've seen Mark Wahlberg. Like the scene when he's just breaking down crying. I've never seen Mark Wahlberg like that before. 
Rob: The Happening.
Nate: He was crying after the movie came out, that's a little different. [Laughs] But the direction was so great. Peter Berg did such a magnificent job. I said in my review, there was a very thin line being walked. If he went too far and made it too gratuitous, then it would've turned so many people off. Or he could've made it too stylized and too much like an action movie. But he did it in the perfect way that, when you see the carnage of what happened, you're entertained because it's a movie, but it's not entertaining because it's an action movie. You know what I'm saying?
Rob: Correct, yeah. 
Nate: It was just so well done. My number seven is Cafe Society. Despite all these allegations of Woody Allen, I really like his movies. I think he's a terrific writer. I think he's a great director. I think he's a better writer than director, but I always like his films, and Cafe Society was no exception. Steve Carrell, Kristen Stewart. I'm really turning onto Kristen Stewart now. I used to not like her, back when she was doing Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman. I couldn't stand Kristen Stewart. But now she's done a return to form, where she's coming out with movies like this. I thought she was great in this. And I think this is the best performance I've seen from Jesse Eisenberg, I think even better than The Social Network. Cause with The Social Network, he just played this nerd that talked real fast. I didn't think he deserved the Oscar nomination he got. But he was a very different character [in Cafe Society]. The fact that he played this in the same year that he played Lex Luther in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it just showed he has a range.
Rob: What's wrong with Lex Luther?
Nate: He was a f*cking idiot. I hope he gets a Razzie nomination for that. He was so awful. It was so bad. [Editor's Note: This was recorded before the Razzie nominations came out. Jesse Eisenberg was in fact nominated for Worst Supporting Actor] My number six is Fences. Did you end up seeing Fences
Rob: Yeah, I really liked it. It's not on my top ten, but I liked it. It's a very good movie. 
Nate: I loved this movie. Denzel Washington--- I'd have to think about it more, and see a few more movies and really think about, but I think this may the best movie where you have one person who directs it and stars in it. Equally, the performance from Denzel and the direction are as strong. I think with Ben Affleck's movies, when he directs and stars in it, I think he's a better director. So when you get the movies where you have the person who directs and stars in it, it's usually one is better than the other, but I think with Fences both are equally fantastic and they're both Oscar worthy. I don't think Denzel is going to win, but he's my pick for my favorite performance of the year. He was absolutely brilliant in this movie. Viola Davis was fantastic. Everyone who acted in it was great. The screenplay was great. Of course, it was adapted from a play, but it was still really well written. The lead actors know this play. I think Denzel said he's performed it like 150 times on stage or something.
Rob: Wow.
Nate: Yeah, they know this. They just did a fantastic job adapting it.
Rob: The only problem I had with it was, I don't think I could watch it again. You know what I mean? It was a great movie the first time I watched it, but I feel like if I watched it again I would fall asleep. 
Nate: I get what you're saying. I would personally disagree, but I get what you're saying. So what's your ten through six?

Rob's #10-6


Rob: My number ten is a film that me and you saw together, and I had already seen it online illegally in 2015. Can you guess what it is?
Nate: Oh The Lobster!
Rob: I love The Lobster! I was hooked by the premise, because I hadn't heard anything that interesting in a movie before, and I really like Colin Farrell. So I ended up watching it online, and I couldn't put down my phone! I watched the whole thing and then I watched it again, and when it came out in theaters in June or May, me and you saw it, and I liked it just as much. It definitely has a great blend of comedy, with little parts of sci fi, and all the performances are fantastic. I can watch that movie at least once a year I think.
Nate: The Movie Paradise does not condone watching movies illegally. [Laughs] Aside from that, I liked it. I wouldn't put it anywhere near my top ten or anything, but I liked it a lot. 
Rob: My number nine is probably much higher on your list, but La La Land
Nate: Really? It's that low?
Rob: Yeah, I didn't like it nearly as much as Whiplash. I know they're different films. I think Damien Chazelle definitely deserves to win Best Director this year, and I think La La Land will win Best Picture, but I don't know. What it was about it, was I didn't really feel [Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone]'s chemistry as much as I did in other movies, like Crazy, Stupid, Love. I don't know if you saw that.
Nate: Yeah, I watched that movie recently for the first time. I thought they were stronger in La La Land than in that.
Rob: Oh really? I thought Emma Stone was the star of this movie, really. I thought this was the best performance she's ever given. 
Nate: Yeah, I wouldn't disagree with that.
Rob: Cause she mostly does comedy roles. She put it all out there, and I think she will win [Best Actress].  All the song are good. There are only a couple of them that I would listen to like in the car. But overall, I thought all the song were good. And I liked how they showed L.A. It was kind of old fashioned movie. Well, that's nine. Eight is one you've already mentioned, and that's The Edge of Seventeen. I'm a big fan of coming-of-age movies. When I saw the trailers for this movie, I thought it looked really funny, but I didn't think it would be this good.
Nate: I didn't think at all it would be top ten material.
Rob: No, I just thought it would be good. Then I saw it had a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and I thought "Jesus, this must be good". So I rushed my butt down to the theater Thursday night, and I really liked it. I think this could possibly be one of my top five coming-of-age movies. I thought Hailee Steinfeld just owned that movie. If it were up to me, I would nominate her for Best Actress.
Nate: I hope. I don't know how possible it is, but I would put her in that list and I hope she does. I really hope she does. 
Rob: She just took that movie on her shoulders and carried it the whole way through. I think that's why it has the 95%, but also Woody Harrelson. He was really funny in it.
Nate: Yeah, he was great in that. I don't think it's likely either, but I hope he gets nominated for Best Supporting Actor. I don't think it's going to happen though. 
Rob: Yeah, I'm not sure it's going to happen. Alright, my number seven is-- I don't think you've seen this movie yet. I never got a chance to see it in theaters, so I got it on Blu-Ray, and I must've watched it like five times now. It's Everybody Wants Some!!
Nate: Oh yeah. I still haven't seen that. 
Rob: I'll let you borrow it. Anyways, it's a movie that doesn't really have much of a plot. It doesn't really do much, but you get to see all college baseball players, one week before college starts, just hang out, party, drink beer, get laid, you know-- live in the moment. It was just a ton of fun. 
Nate: Now, isn't it a semi-sequel to Dazed and Confused?
Rob: Yes, but the way I think they're different is that Dazed and Confused is all one day, and Everybody Wants Some!! is three days. But with Dazed and Confused you get to see the freshmen and the seniors and the people who already graduated. You get to see all their stories interweave. You see the nerd and the outcast, and they all form and go to one party, and they all end up mixing up. This movie is one group of guys and you just follow them. I mean, Dazed and Confused is a much better film than this, but it's absolutely great. My number six another movie you already talked about, and that's Deadpool. Honestly, I think this is the best comedy of the year. The writing is so smart and so funny. The action, I know it's not really like the action you get in Captain America: Civil War, but it was still good enough to keep me entertained. I really liked Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin-- their chemistry is really what sells the movie. It makes you want to keep watching it. I liked T.J. Miller too, I thought he was a good supporting character.
Nate: Yeah, I think it may be the best romance couple in a comic book movie. 
Rob: It's probably the only one that actually serves the story.
Nate: Yeah, it didn't feel forced at all. It worked. Okay, moving onto our five through twos.

Nate's #5-2


Nate: My number five is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I love this movie so much. It just plays so well into Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It feels so much like the classic trilogy. I like it more than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Rob: Boo!
Nate: It feels so much like the classic trilogy. The Force Awakens was good. I really liked it, but Rogue One goes back to what Star Wars was. I know The Force Awakens was creating its own thing, but Rogue One is just classic Star Wars. I felt like I was watching A New Hope. And right after I saw Rogue One, I went home and I watched A New Hope. Honestly, Rogue One elevates A New Hope, and you view it differently. So at the very end of A New Hope when the Death Star blows up, it's honestly two movies' worth of set-up and pay-off. It was just so well done when it could've gone so wrong. I think it's one of the best examples of how reshoots can actually help a film and make it great. Because, as we've learned, the Vader scene was a reshoot, and that's probably the best part of the whole movie!
Rob: Yeah, I did like it a lot. It's just that, with The Force Awakens, you get to really know those characters. You get to love those characters. But with Rogue One they just appear, and you just follow them. I can understand why they did that since, this is a spoiler, but they all die. I think they just don't want you to get too attached to them. But I feel like if I was more attached to them, I would've been more emotional at the end when they all die. You know what I mean?
Nate: I understand that, but, for me personally, with The Force Awakens, I don't feel as personally connected to those characters as everyone else is. Like everyone else, like you said, says "I felt so connected to those characters, I resonated with them". I didn't feel that as much. I definitely understand that the characters in The Force Awakens were more fleshed out and more developed [than Rogue One]. But for Rogue One it didn't matter for me as much because I was so swept up into this world and what they were doing. The fact that I didn't know everything about the characters--- I think I knew what I needed to know about them. Yes, it would've been nice to go a little more in detail with them, but I think [LucasFilm] realized that you don't need to develop these characters as much for one film. With The Force Awakens, you needed to develop them more because you're lasting with them for a trilogy. With this movie, you know you have one movie with them. So would you rather spend time developing these character or would you rather have the incredible third act that you have. They could've developed the characters more, but it didn't bother me as much as it did other people, like you. 
Rob: Yep, like me.
Nate: Let's see. Number four is a movie you haven't seen yet: Moana. I love this movie. When I was going to see Moana, I had seen Kubo. I loved Kubo, and I didn't think there was any way that there was going to be an animated film that was going to beat Kubo for me. When I went into Moana, I was thinking "Yeah, this probably going to be good. I don't think it's going to beat Kubo at all, but I'm sure it's going to be pretty good". And I just love this movie so much. Dwayne Johnson is just fantastic as his character, Maui. He's so great, and he just brings his bombastic personality to screen, and his charisma and everything-- it just fills the movie. The new girl that they got, Auli'i Cravalho, she's never acted in anything before, but they got her to be the lead. She has a brilliant voice. I'm really excited to see what she does next. The music by the Hamilton guy, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The music was just so well written and fits the movie so well. I'm still singing songs from the movie, and it's been like three months since I've seen it. I probably remember more songs from Moana than I do La La Land, even though La La Land is higher up on my list. So I just loved Moana. My number three is Captain America: Civil War. I've been playing around with this one and my number two, switching them for a while now, but I re-watched Civil War. I realized that as much as I love the film, I think my number one and my number two are better films. I think I probably enjoy Civil War more because I'm a comic book fan, and I just love this universe. But I think the other two are better films With Civil War, we see Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) going at it, head-to-head. We watch all these superheroes fight, and it's great to see. There are problems with the movie, I'm not going to deny that. But I think my top two are better films are better. 
Rob: I think Civil War is the best action movie we've gotten this entire year. It's outstanding. 
Nate: It would depend if you can qualify one of my top two as an action movie, but we'll see.
Rob: I know where you're going now.
Nate: My number two is La La Land. When I went to go see this movie, I had super high expectations. A part of me thought that there was no way the movie was going to meet my expectations. And, when I saw it, immediately after we left the theater, I was thinking to myself "That was really good, but I don't know if it was as good as I thought it was going to be, but it was really good." But the more I thought the movie, the more I realized how much I loved it. I think it's where my expectations were. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, their chemistry was fantastic. Personally, I thought it was the best I've seen them. Emma Stone was brilliant. Ryan Gosling had just so much charm and charisma that it just made the movie. J.K. Simmons has a great cameo. The music is brilliant. I think it's the best direction of the year. Damien Chazelle did a magnificent job directing it, and I think it's a wonderful movie. I think it's going to sweep the Oscars. It's not my number one of the year, but I think it does deserve to win Best Picture and all these other awards.
Rob: I don't think it's going to win Best Actor, though. 
Nate: Eh, I think it has less of a chance winning that, but I think it'll probably win Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Song. All of those awards.
Rob: Yep.
Nate: So what are your five through two? 

Rob's #5-2


Rob: My number five is a Ryan Gosling movie that's not La La Land. What do you think it is?
Nate: Oh, The Nice Guys.
Rob: Oh yeah! I love The Nice Guys. This movie is so funny. You feel like you're literally in the 70's. You feel like you're with them the whole time, like walking through the club, and the party. I thought it was a pretty good mystery too. I didn't expect it was going to go the way it did. I've started to really like Shane Black as a filmmaker, cause I really want to see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang now. I really liked Iron Man 3, and now The Nice Guys was definitely awesome. I thought the best thing about this movie was Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's chemistry. If that failed, I don't think this movie would've worked as well as it did. The child actor [Angourie Rice] was really good in it. 
Nate: I liked the movie enough. I didn't think it was as great as everyone says it is. I think I gave it like a 3.5/5. So it doesn't go near my top ten really, but I know a lot of people are putting it on their lists.
Rob: Alright, number four is Captain America: Civil War. This is my favorite comic book movie. I liked the first Captain America movie, I know you don't. The second one I don't like as much as everyone else does. I just don't find it to be a re-watchable movie. It kind of lags at some parts, in my opinion. But this one ended the trilogy in the right way. It brought together mostly all of the Avengers, and that airport fight is absolutely fantastic. I loved when the Paul Rudd big guy came up, or whatever he is.
Nate: Giant Man?
Rob: Yeah. And I think we're going to get a great standalone movie for Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). I think he was one of the stand-outs of the movie in my opinion. It was a great movie to introduce Black Panther and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) too, his first appearance. And I thought Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) was probably one of the better villains we've gotten in these Marvel movies, because usually they're not that great.
Nate: Yeah, I've said what I think about Zemo before. I think he's probably one of the better ones. I still think that movie could've functioned just as well without a villain.
Rob: I agree.
Nate: For what we got, I thought he was pretty good. I liked how he didn't have powers. That's what really worked for him.
Rob: Yeah, I agree. My number three is, which was my number one of the year. I thought it was going to stay there, but two other films came out and surpassed it. It's Hell or High Water. This is the first movie that I've seen Chris Pine give an incredible performance. In Star Trek, he's good. And in other movies he's good. But in this movie, I didn't see Chris Pine; I saw the character. This movie is a very slow burn, but I never lost interest in it because of the acting. Jeff Bridges is absolutely fantastic in it, and it's probably the best role I've seen Ben Foster in too.
Nate: Wait, you don't like him as Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand? Come on!
Rob: I honestly don't mind him as Angel. I thought the writer, Taylor Sheridan, he wrote Sicario, did a great job with the script. He has his own movie coming out this year. And the director-- I think it was a first time director, or something like that. [Editor's Note: Director David Mackenzie directed nine feature films prior to Hell or High Water] It's probably going to get nominated for Best Picture, and I think it's a well deserved film. I wish more people could've seen it, because I think it's an underappreciated film.
Nate: Yeah, I don't think I liked it as much as everyone else did, but I definitely enjoyed it as a film. Not in my top ten, though.
Rob: Yeah, obviously.
Nate: So what's your number two?
Rob: My number two is the best male performance I've seen this year, and probably of the past few years-- and that is Manchester by the Sea. I thought this movie was just... like I said, it hit me at home. There were places in the movie where I thought "I drove by that place", or "I've played football there". It felt like I was actually watching real people, and I didn't see any of the actor. But Casey Affleck man, this is probably the best he's ever been. Honestly, I think he's better than his brother [Ben Affleck] now, after this movie.
Nate: I don't know about that, but he was excellent in the movie. I will say that. I didn't like the movie as much as everyone else did, but I do agree he gave a great performance.
Rob: Yeah, and newcomer Lucas Hedges was really. I think he's going to get nominated too. And Michelle Williams too. She was really good. And Kenneth Longergan. He did a great job directing. He wrote the script too. I think he'll get nominated for those. Did you know John Krasinski was supposed to be part of that movie. 
Nate: I didn't know that. I knew Matt Damon was supposed to be. 
Rob: He was supposed to direct it, and then John Krasinski was going to star in it.
Nate: Oh, wow... Oh wait. Now that you say that, I think I did know that. That rings a bell.
Rob: Yeah, I think that would've been interesting, but I think this was the perfect fit, in all honesty. 
Nate: Yeah, it was a great role for Casey Affleck to show us that he can actually act.
Rob: I think he's finally out of his brother's shadow now.
Nate: Yeah, no. Definitely. Alright, and now onto our number ones.

Nate's #1


Nate: My number one... can you guess what it is?
Rob: Hacksaw Ridge.
Nate: Yep. Hacksaw Ridge. When I saw the film, I didn't think it was going to end up being my number one of the year. I loved it, but I didn't think it would end up staying my number one. And it did. I thought Andrew Garfield... you know, after seeing him in Silence, it reminded me of how great he was in Hacksaw Ridge. I thought he just completely transformed. He's no longer Spider-Man. He's no longer that kind of actor. He's going to be an Academy Award nominated actor. I think he deserves to win it, but I don't think he will. He was great. Mel Gibson directed the hell out of this movie. It was great because you had such a human story, and it told... Mel Gibson described this movie and talked about how he doesn't like superhero movies, but he feels this is a true superhero movie because you're telling a story about a real hero who did real things, that we didn't know about. We didn't learn about this guy, Desmond Doss, in high school. We should've, because he was so transformative and did so much without picking up a gun. He's a true hero. And Mel Gibson just did such a great job directing this movie. He showed us the intimate parts. He showed us the personal parts. And then he would show us the brutality of war. It was never pro-war. It was never, like, trying to make an action movie. But it was rather showing us what soldiers go through, and I thought it was a very respectable movie. 
Rob: Yeah, I liked it a lot. I'll probably buy it on Blu-Ray when it comes out.
Nate: Oh, I definitely will. And what's your number one?

Rob's #1


Rob: Patriot's Day! No movie this year has--- well, people will say because this was the last movie I saw this year, so maybe it's just fresh on my mind. Well, maybe. But I honestly thought this was the movie that kept me on the edge of my seat this whole time. I knew a lot of the story, but there were a lot of things I didn't know until I saw the movie. Like in the beginning, when it was showing all these characters, I didn't know who they were so I was like "Who are they? What's going on here?" Then you see those characters go deeper and deeper into the story, and you see how they were affected by this terrorist attack. You see the incredible bravery by all the people in the city. You see these people just not giving up and fighting. I thought all the performances were good. I think Kevin Bacon was probably my favorite performer out of this whole movie. He was really serious and down-to-earth. Everybody was great in the movie. J.K. Simmons. Mark Wahlberg. I liked how it wasn't taking advantage of being a Boston Marathon bombing movie. It paid respect and it was classy. And Peter Berg, I think, should be nominated. One of the best directing jobs I've seen. How he respected the situation, gave all these characters their moment to shine, and how they dedicate the movie to all the survivors. I just thought it was a very classy, respectable movie.
Nate: No, I completely agree.

Nate: Alright, well that concludes our lists of our top ten best movies of the year. I'd like to thank Rob here for helping me out.
Rob: No problem.
Nate: And tune in again for our worst five movies of the year. 


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