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I have already counted down my top ten films of the year, I only thought it appropriate to review and countdown my ten favorite films I streamed in 2016. To be clear, these are the films I watched and streamed in 2016; that does not mean they were released in 2016, but I had not seen them until now. These are the movie I saw for the first time ever in 2016, and I saw them on Netflix. There is some crossover with my 2016 movies list, but not much. These are my opinions and I will try not to spoil anything about these films, since they are, after all, recommendations for movies.

10. The Jungle Book (2016)

I had heard great things about the visual style of this movie and had gotten recommendations from man people to see this movie. So when I saw this in the new releases, I decided I would take two hours and watch it. The voice work was fantastic (with the exceptions of Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson) and the visuals were spectacular. I would recommend it to any self-respecting Disney junkie and anyone who enjoys really good looking movies.

Director: Jon Favreau

Written By: Justin Marks

Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, & Idris Elba

9. RENT (2005)

I am a sucker for musicals and I always knew about the musical RENT, but I had never seen or heard about the film version starring most of the original cast. This rock musical is a colorful look into what it is like to live with AIDS and living in 90s New York. RENT features excellent performances (Highlights: Idina Menzel, Rosario Dawson, & Anthony Rapp) and even more fantastic music. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys musicals and emotional stories.

Director: Chris Columbus

Written By: Stephen Chbosky (based on the musical by Jonathan Larson)

Starring: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, & Idina Menzel

8. Barton Fink (1991)

I am a huge Coen Brothers fan. This was one of my first Coen films and I loved the heck out of it. Barton Fink is about the titular playwright and his transition to Hollywood to become an on-staff screenwriter for Capital Pictures. The film features great performances from John Tuturro, John Goodman, & Judy Davis. I would recommend this to any self-respecting Coen fan and anyone with a sense of humor as dark as the Coens themselves.

Directed & Written By: Joel & Ethan Coen

Starring: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis & Tony Shaloub

7. Begin Again (2013)

This was a film I found by following the "More You Might Like" tab in Netflix from my number one on this list. The film follows a down-on-his-luck music producer (Mark Ruffalo) and a heartbroken songwriter (Kiera Knightley) and their rise to the top. This film has lots of great performances and great moments. The writing is fantastic. I would recommend this to music fans, film lovers, and just anyone in general. A great film.

Directed & Written By: John Carney

Starring: Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, & James Corden

6. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

This is the second of three Coen Brothers films to make the list. This time, the Coins follow three prison convicts' escape and misadventures on their way to wealth. Based on Homer's The Odyssey, the film is beautifully written, excellently directed, and features hilarious performances from George Clooney, John Tuturro, & Tim Blake Nelson. I would recommend this to comedy lovers, Coen fans, and people with black senses of humor.

Directed & Written By: Joel & Ethan Coen

Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, & John Goodman

5. Quiz Show (1994)

This best picture winner is a brilliant piece of cinema. This historical drama follows an investigation into a potentially rigged quiz show. The film features great performances by Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, & Rob Morrow and has excellent writing and directing. I would recommend this to films lovers of all genres and all people.

Directed By: Robert Redford

Written By: Paul Attanasio (Based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin)

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, & Paul Scofield

4. Coming To America (1988)

This is my favorite comedy of all time. The oldest film on this list, Coming To America follows an African prince in his search to find true love and a queen. The film is hysterical, featuring the best performance ever from Eddie Murphy. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves to laugh and loves great comedy.

Director: John Landis

Written By: Eddie Murphy, David Sheffield, & Barry W. Blaustein

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, & John Amos

3. No Country For Old Men (2009)

This film is fantastic. The last Coen Brothers film on this list is their best movie of all time. The 2010 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture features excellent performances all around, with great cinematography and directing. No Country For Old Men follows a cat & mouse game played between average joe Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) and ruthless hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), all while being pursued by sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones). I would recommend this to anyone who just loves film.

Directed & Written By: Joel & Ethan Coen (Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy)

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, & Woody Harrelson

2. Nightcrawler (2014)

I was browsing the Independent films section of Netflix and found this gem. The beautifully shot film follows Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man desperate for work and turns to "nightcrawling", the slang term for selling video footage to news channels. Jake's performance is electric and on par with Javier's performance as Anton Chigurh (see #3). I loved this film from start to end. I would recommend this to anyone who loves thrillers and films.

Directed & Written By: Dan Gilroy

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton & Riz Ahmed

and finally...

1. Sing Street (2016)

This should be no surprise to anyone who read my top ten films of the year list. The John Hughes-esqe storytelling is fantastic. The film, set in 1980s Ireland, follows a boy and his ventures to create a band and impress a girl. This film has transcended this list and my films of the year list to join my favorite films of all time list. The music is stellar and the performances are so enrapturing. I recommend this to anyone who l

Directed & Written By: John Carney

Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Kelly Thornton, Jack Reynor, & Aidan Gillen

Which movie are you going to add to your queue? What is your favorite movie on Netflix? Favorite show? Let me know in the comment below.


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