Hey now. It’s been a while, kids. I’ll be honest, a domain renewal notice reminded me that this site’s not only still around, but needs love, just like you and me. My attention and affection has been elsewhere for the last year, but thought it wise to update some links and such here, and share a quick post while I’m at it.

There have been a handful of killer films released this year (loads of clunkers, too, but that’s a different post) and I’ve listed some choice ones in a manner that the Buzzfeed-reading youth can comprehend: in Graphics Interface Format, or “JIFs” as assholes like to call them. It’s GIF with a hard G. Please, stop fighting that fight.
“Your revolution is over, JIF people. Condolences. The bums lost!!”

So, without further ado, I give you—nay, I GIF you—my favorite films from the first half of 2016 — that is, movies that saw a theatrical release in the U.S. between January 1st and June 30th:

















While not listed in any particular order or ranking, the films shown above are, from top to bottom: The Witch, Green Room, Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, The Nice Guys, Finding Dory, Hail, Caesar!, and Swiss Army Man.

As we trudge through this lackluster movie summer like Artax through Swamp of Sadness, there are some glimmers of light in the distance. Plenty of films still to come on the back half show a lot of promise, including Arrival, The Birth of a NationLa La Land, and Blair Witch, as well as expanded universe franchise entries like Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

We’ll probably see each other sooner, but I’m sure to have some kind of ‘best of’ list once 2016 comes to a close, too. Let’s see how many of these will make the final cut. Thanks for stopping by, gang. 


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