I want to thank everybody for visiting Shoton35.com this year and there were many of you that visited from all over the world. So thank you, thank you, thank you, because of you Shoton35.com can keep growing each year!

Below you will find my list of my favourite movies and tv series of this past year. Now you may notice that some movies on the list are ranked different from the ratings that I first gave in the review. That’s because some of those movies I really enjoyed or enjoyed it even more on second viewing, despite recognizing some of it’s flaws. I really struggled choosing the #1 and #2 this year, because I love both of those movies so much it was difficult to put them in place.

Some may notice (mainly people from the USA and UK) that movies like Moonlight, Manchester By the Sea, Silence and A Monster Calls which are receiving major buzz before awards season, are not on the list. That’s because I haven’t seen them yet, as where I live they are all being released next year in January and February. Stay tuned for those reviews. So enjoy the list and leave a comment with your Top 10 if you like.

Thank you once again and let’s hope that 2017 brings us more amazing projects onto the silver screen and on TV! I wish you all a happy 2017!

Peace out!

– Dani

Best Movies Of 2016:

10. The Wailing (哭声)


The Wailing is a stupendous and sustained piece of storytelling. It is loaded with frightful incidents and stuffed with mystifying characters. On top of that, it is genuinely terrifying as it preys on the goodness of ordinary people. Read more…

9. The Neon Demon

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I am a big fan of Refn’s work, which we know have divided critics and audiences alike. The film, as usual, is fantastic on a visual level. It is steeped in a profoundly well-conceived aesthetic. It is a cinematographic wonder to the eyes done by one of the great female cinematographers, Natasha Braier (which i’ve been a fan of for quite a while). Read more…

8. Nocturnal Animals


‘Nocturnal Animals’ is a rich movie, it opens itself to many questions and even if it might not give everybody the emotional pay off they wish they had (I thought it was a great pay off), its mesmerizing images will be stuck in your head for days to come, with your thoughts wondering on every little detail to figure out what actually went down. Read more…

7. Krisha


Go into Krisha not knowing much because its plot synopsis doesn’t do its execution justice. Just know that it’s emotionally affective and refreshingly raw thanks to the technical choices. It isn’t perfect, but it still wrings a lot of earned domestic drama out of a rather familiar premise, further helped by its performances and direction. Read more…

6. Hacksaw Ridge


Gibson returned to the director’s chair to helm this true story, giving his touch of humanistic quality, anti-war themes and brutality to the horrors of war to much great detail. The direction is pretty much on point throughout and never loses itself. The brutal battle itself, the violence here is given so much detail, not holding back on the horrors of war and the devastating effect it carried on both sides. Read more…

5. The Nice Guys


With dynamic timing and uproarious gestures, Gosling mines his diverse abilities and becomes a blast in The Nice Guys. Together with Russell Crowe they play their roles out with such a great chemistry, that you can’t help yourself but root for them through their stupidity, which is an art of itself in this movie. Read more…

4. La La Land

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Chazelle, like in Whiplash, has crafted up that rare film beast, a unique tapestry of brilliance that practically bounces along frame to frame and is matched majestically by its two leads, who in turn give us a duo of characters we are unlikely to forget anytime soon. From a technical standpoint I think this is definitely the Best Picture front-runner. Read more…

Honorable Mentions:

Under the Shadow / Hunt for the Wilderpeople / The Handmaiden (아가씨) / Green Room / Born To Be Blue / Kubo and the Two Strings / Elle / The Accountant / Midnight Special / Loving / 10 Cloverfield Lane / Captain Fantastic / The Wave (Bølgen) / Barry / Imperium / Deadpool / Hush

3. Hell or High Water


This movie accomplishes something that not many do: an emotional payoff through its actors and storytelling. There are some deep thematic elements here that you notice the first time you see it and stay with you. Albeit certain mannerisms in the characters or the pitch perfect ending, but this movie genuinely takes you on a journey and once you see it you feel like you just saw something special. Read more…

2. The Witch


The work in The Witch is magnificently elevated. It is a tonal masterpiece. From the beginning montage to the ending’s chillingly satisfying final image, you can see the meticulous calculation that went into the making of this movie (which was made on a budget of just $3.5 million). Even if, and I am certain of it, nothing here will be noticed by such a sanitized society like the Academy or an immature audience seeking cheap thrills, the fact remains that everything on display in The Witch is of master-class craftsmanship. Read more…

1. Arrival


It’s a second win in a row for Villeneuve! Arrival is a film that is more than just about language. It shows how divided we are as a species as each nation and culture interprets the alien’s language in different meanings. And from this lack of clear understanding it creates fear and paranoia that could lead to global war. It shows that despite the mystery that surrounds the unknown, the future can be just as hopeful and bright as it might be scary and we should approach it with confidence. Read more…

Best Director:

1. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

2. Robert Eggers (The Witch)

3. David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water)

Best Cinematography:

1. Jarin Blaschke (The Witch)

2. Bradford Young (Arrival)

3. Natasha Braier (The Neon Demon)

4. Linus Sandgren (La La Land)

5. Hong Gyeong-Pyo (The Wailing)

Best Screenplay:

1. Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

2. Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)

3. Robert Eggers (The Witch)

Best Soundtrack:

(Links to Spotify included)

1. Mark Korven (The Witch)

2. Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)

3. Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival)

4. Cliff Martinez (The Neon Demon)

5. Abel Korzeniowski (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Actor or Actress:

5. Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys)


4. Emma Stone (La La Land)

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3. Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)


2. Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch)


1. Amy Adams (Arrival)


Best TV Series:

5. Penny Dreadful (Season 3)


4. Game of Thrones (Season 6)


3. Westworld (Season 1)


2. Atlanta (Season 1)


1. Mr. Robot (Season 2)

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Best Director for TV:

1. Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot)

2. Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones)

3. Michelle McLaren (Westworld)


Written by Dani

Gallego/Español 🇪🇸 | Writer & Director for Film | Editor in Chief of http://Shoton35.com | Supporter of Celta de Vigo | Fan of DC Comics & Vertigo


  1. Nice list, and one I can agree with almost across the board. I’m glad to see Arrival made first place, and especially that you included it in the best director list, as I’m a great admirer of Denis Villeneuve’s work.

    Your inclusion of the more minor film, Krisha, makes me determined to take a look at it.

    My only strong disagreement is with the inclusion of The Neon Demon as best film. I agree that the soundtrack was great and deserves to be included; and the cinematography was at least the most interesting and unusual of 2016. As you say yourself, Refn (and this movie) is divisive, so disagreement is to be expected, but I’m surprised to see the movie itself in your top 10, since your own review of the film was mixed, gave it a 7.6/10, and mentioned the same flaws I found in it: lack of character development and “style over substance.” To those I would add overtones of misogyny, and a tendency to be showily and self-consciously weird for weird’s sake.

    PS: Happy new year, and looking forward to more of your reviews in 2017.

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    1. Badger!

      Happy New Year and thanks for following my reviews all these years, it really means a lot!

      It’s a strange thing with ‘The Neon Demon’, because its one of those movies that the more I rewatch it, the more I love it. Aside from Braier’s fantastic cinematography work, I started to show more appreciation for its abstract plot and Refn’s skewed directing style. Still I’m not surprised that people would disagree with me for putting it in the top 10, but films stay and always be subjective. But do try and give it another chance sometime, maybe you will change your mind about it.

      Thanks again and take care!


      1. Fair enough. I may give it a second look, after a suitable break. Some of my favourite films were ones I didn’t care for on first viewing.

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