favorite films of 2016

Favorite Films of 2016
1. Only Yesterday
2. Manchester by the Sea
3. Swiss Army Man
4. Shin Godzilla
5. Kill Me Please
6. Embrace of the Serpent
7. Zootopia
8. Moonlight
9. Moana
10. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Also: Trolls, Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War, and "Drive It Like You Stole It" from Sing Street

The year felt oddly unsatisfying, but least we got music video-directing duo Daniels finally making a featureShin Godzilla being the most terrifying entry in its series since the original, and Disney tackling racial profiling. Only Yesterday is also a bit of a cheat, since it was technically released in 1991, but this year was its U.S. debut and seeing it on the big screen radically altered my opinion. So there it is.

Favorite Television of 2016
1. WWE Cruiserweight Classic
2. The Great British Baking Show
3. Stranger Things
4. Atlanta
5. Mythbusters - "Tanker Crush"

Also: a surprisingly great year for Saturday Night Live

Favorite Vines of 2016 (R.I.P. Vine)
A Vicious Rotti & Kicked Too Much

Favorite Comics of 2016
1. Secret Wars #9
2. Spider-Woman
3. Superman
4. All-New Wolverine
5. Detective Comics' "Victim Syndicate" arc

Favorite Other Things of 2016
The production design of Final Fantasy XV, giant pandas being taken off the endangered species list, & sake flavored Kit Kats


favorite music videos of 2016

Frank Ocean - "Nikes" (NSFW)

Leon Bridges - "River"

Miike Snow - "Genghis Khan"

Obongjayar - "Creeping"

Radiohead - "Daydreaming"

Rihanna - "Needed Me" (NSFW)

Siimba Liives Long - "W.I.A."

Up Up Girls - "Party People Alien"

The Weeknd - "Starboy"

World Order - "Have a Nice Day" (Shibuya version)


favorite pro wrestling of 2016

Favorite Wrestling Matches of 2016
1. Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito (G1 Climax Day 18)
2. Aztec Warfare II (Lucha Underground 03/23/16)
3. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazuchika Okada (G1 Climax Day 13)
4. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn (NXT Takeover: Dallas)
5. Sexy Star vs. Mariposa (Lucha Underground 05/04/16)
6. Yuji Nagata vs. Tetsuya Naito (G1 Climax Day 2)
7. Kota Ibushi vs. Brian Kendrick (WWE Cruiserweight Classic)
8. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Battleground)
9. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito (G1 Climax Day 8)
10. Mike Quackenbush vs. Johnny Kidd (CHIKARA: Chamber of Secrets)

Honorable mentions: LiliCo vs. Super Sasadango Machine (DDT Pro: Audience),  Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe (NXT Takeover: Dallas),  The Miz vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Extreme Rules), Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kazuchika Okada (G1 Climax Day 1), and a bunch of Cruiserweight Classic matches.

While pro wrestling's greatest villain Tetsuya Naito appears most on this list, Kenny Omega is my MVP pick for 2016. Starting the year by ascending to New Japan Pro Wrestling's heavyweight division, he became the first foreigner to ever win the G1 Climax tournament and is soon to headline the Wrestle Kingdom mega-event. His showdown with Naito also happens to be a masterpiece.

In other federations: WWE's Cruiserweight Classic was one of the greatest events in the company's history. And while their main roster booking remains ever-peculiar, there were plenty of highlights such as AJ Styles, The Miz, Heath Slater, (basically most of Smackdown! Live), the Kevin Owens/Chris Jericho friendship, and that time Cesaro returned from injury and ripped off his suit. NXT showcased the best tag team wrestling in the world, Lucha Underground brought in Olympian Jeff Cobb as the Monster Matanza Cueto, the legendary Mike Quackenbush came out of retirement in CHIKARA, DDT Pro featured a Titanic match, and even TNA was worth paying attention to thanks to Broken Matt Hardy.

Favorite Wrestling Moments of 2016
1. The debut of the monster Matanza Cueto (Lucha Underground 3.23.16)
2. Sexy Star yells 'fuck you' into the microphone (Lucha Underground 05/04/16)
3. Shinsuke Nakamura's NXT debut entrance (NXT Takeover: Dallas)
4. Tomohiro Ishii chops Kazuchika Okada during the rainmaker pose (G1 Climax Day 13)
5. AJ Styles debuts in WWE (WWE Royal Rumble 2016)
6. Kenny Omega turns on AJ Styles, ascends to the heavyweights (NJPW New Year Dash)
7. The Miz's promo on Daniel Bryan (WWE Talking Smack)
8. Cesaro returns from injury, tears his suit off (WWE Monday Night RAW)
9. Brian Kendrick's tearful farewell (WWE Cruiserweight Classic)
10. Tetsuya Naito wins the IWGP belt, promptly tosses it away (NJPW Invasion Attack)

Also: Sami Zayn holds Kevin Owens up before the helluva kick (WWE Battleground), Heath Slater confronts Brock Lesnar (WWE Monday Night RAW), Sasha Banks wins the Women's Title (WWE Monday Night RAW), AJ Styles kicks out of a super-Attitude Adjustment (WWE Summerslam), AJ Styles' 450 splash onto a table (WWE TLC), HHH takes Cedric Alexander to the back (WWE Cruiserweight Classic), Yuji Nagata mocks Tetsuya Naito (G1 Climax Day 2), Katsuyori Shibata earns the respect of the New Japan dads (NJPW Dominion), Mike Quackenbush comes out of retirement (CHIKARA), LiliCo's Titanic dive (DDT Pro: Audience)