GWW Best of 2016 – Movies, TV & Music
Another year has come and gone and now its time for the Geeks Worldwide staff to look back at the best Movies, TV and Music for 2016. These selections are chosen by GWW staff member, writers, podcasters, and editors, and shows the diversity and range of our fandoms. As always we would love to hear from you in the comments and your best of 2016 picks.
So without further ado…
Finding Dory (Disney/Pixar)
Yes there were some great films in 2016, but I loved this movie. Adding in Ed o’Neill as the voice of Hank the Octopus was excellent. Plus the whole story line taking place at a aquarium was perfect. Just Keep Swimming!! – Chris Pirri
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucas Films)
This has my vote because this is the best movie of the year in entertainment. I really think this bridges the gap between Star War Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars A New Hope in a way that far exceeded my expectations. The story bounced around a bit, but the movie was fun and the ending was very satisfying. – Andrew Squires
Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Studios)
This one is a no brainier, but it still was almost edged out by Dr. Strange. Marvel was on top of their game this year and I believe the addition of Spider-Man and Ant Man going giant really won this movie the award for me. – Everett Harn
Arrival (Lava Bear Films)
With everything going on in the world, what a time for a movie as socially relevant such as this one to appear. Arrival is a beautiful film about learning how to communicate with others who aren’t quite like yourself. – Vanessa Benavides
Deadpool (Fox Studios) – Kevin Veldman
Best TV Show
Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
I really struggled with this decision, and if everyone else hadn’t picked Game of Thrones, I probably would have. But when I really thought about it the show I have enjoyed the most this year is Legends of Tomorrow as it has take the title for most comic bookey TV show and had the best episode of the Dominators Crossover Events. – Casey Walsh
Designated Survivor (ABC)
A great series that shows the politics going on behind close doors in Washington D.C. There is a mystery/conspiracy theory looming.and the mid-season finale was mind blowing. – Chris Pirri
Game of Thrones Season 6 (HBO)
Season six is the strongest season so far, with more battles, heartbreak, and revelations than ever before; long live the queen. – Sarah Belmont
The Flash (CW)
This has my vote for best TV show because the Flash’s writing is so well done and the acting, especially from Tom Kavanagh, is so good. I think the only flaw is that it is starting to get a bit convoluted with the number of time travels that I may need a flow chart to keep track of things. I think Tom’s Dr. Wells has played 6 different character thus far from the multiple Earths and timelines.
Game of Thrones: Season 6 (HBO)
I had a hard relationship with Game of Thrones after the first season with me being a book purist and all. This season marked the start of a different Game of Thrones for me. A story that continues the story from the book, but with no written material to reference and compare it to. This gave the season a fresh and exciting take this season and left me dying to see more. –Everett Harn
Stranger Things (Netflix) / Atlanta (FX). – I couldn’t just choose one.
Stranger Things was such a 80s nostalgia trip. It certainly was strange and at times kept you at the edge of your seat. The series does pay homage to several sci-fi films back in the day, however, this doesn’t take away from the story one bit. The acting from the entire cast, including supporting was A+. This was easily one of the most talked about shows of the year and I can’t wait to see what they bring us in Season 2.
Atlanta is such a well written series. It was brought to life by writer, rapper, comedian, producer, Donald Glover. The man can do it all and this series is a testament to this. Atlanta covers multiple hard hitting topics such as race and gender. The series overall is well balanced in terms of comedy and drama, and provides it’s own unique style making a series like this one, one-of-a-kind.
I could go on in terms of television series but I will say two other honorable mentions are Mr. Robot and This is Us. – Danny Benavides
Game of Thrones Season 6 (HBO) – Kevin Veldman
Best New TV Show
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Another tough decision this one came down to family. My entire family, even my 5 year old daughter ( I know, I’m not winning any parent of the year awards) was enthralled with Stranger Things, and we devoured it in a day and a half. – Casey Walsh
A story that explores human consciousness in a non-liner fashion, capturing our attention in 2016. – Sarah Belmont
Designated Survivor (ABC)
Yes it is the best show on television new or old. Keifer Sutherland is perfect in this role as acting President of the United States.A great cast with brilliant writing. – Chris Pirri
The world is changing rapidly before our eyes. According to many experts and futurists, artificial intelligence is set to achieve general (human level) intelligence within the next century or possibly even within the next decade or two, depending on who you ask. Such is a topic that has both fascinated and rightfully intimidated me for the past half decade. The subject matter is on the tip of the tongues of many writers right now, but none of them came onto the scene and dealt with it more eloquently and more compellingly than HBO’s latest hit, Westworld.
With a stellar cast led by Evan Rachel Wood and the always formidable Anthony Hopkins, Westworld tells the story of a not-so-distant future wherein wealthy humans venture to a theme park to live out wild west fantasies with the aid of robot “hosts” who are programmed to react and adapt to their every move and story suggestion. It’s like the living embodiment of a MMORPG, only the robots are maybe becoming sentient. With a deeply philosophical narrative that discusses the nature of consciousness, morality, and the inevitable future of our own coexistence with artificial super intelligence, Westworld is both immensely entertaining and extremely thought-provoking. – Mark Delaney
This show started in January of 2016 and turned the procedural crime genre on its head with comedy, mythological elements and a knock out first season. Season 2 is still being aired, so I’ll reserve judgement until next year, but this is definitely a show to be watching. – Everett Harn
Stranger Things (Netflix)/The Magicians (SyFy) – Hank
Westworld (HBO) – Kevin Veldman
Suicide Squad: The Album by Various Artists
With a plethora of hits and insanely listenable tracks from artist like Twenty One Pilots, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex and more, Suicide Squad: The Album marks the return of the motion picture soundtrack. – Casey Walsh
For All Kings by Anthrax
They still have it after eleven studio albums. The boys from New York know how to play hard, fast, and loud. A must have for any metal fan to add to their collection. – Chris Pirri
Midnight Machines By Lights
This was really the only full album I bought this year due to me having listened to over sixteen audio books instead this year, but gosh damn is it a good one to have bought. If you’re already a fan, this album is composed of six acoustic versions of previous hits and two new acoustic songs. I’ve always preferred Lights doing acoustic, so this wins it for me. – Everett Harn
We got it from Here… Thank you 4 your service By A Tribe Called Quest
This is the groups first album in 18 years. Fans thought this moment was never going to happen, especially after the death of Phife. (RIP to the “Five-Foot Assassin”). Then earlier this year Q-Tip surprised fans through a series of posts on his social media stating an album was on the way.
I was ecstatic when I heard the news of a new album on the way but at the same time hesitant and concerned it may be regarded simply as a nostalgia trip. Boy, I was wrong. Thank You 4 Your Service properly closes out the epic legacy of ATCQ and continues to prove the bands importance and relevance throughout the years. I recommend listening to this album front to back. The album features a slew of guests from Jack White, Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar and a beastly rhyme from Andre 3000 of Outkast. – Danny Benavides
Best/Most Memorable Moment
Golberg pins Brock Lesnar at WWE Survivor Series in less than 2 minutes (WWE)
It was hyped for over 2 months and it turned out to be a squash match to appeal to Goldberg’s desire to have his wife and kid see him compete inside a WWE ring for one more match. No one would have thought it would be a “squash match”. – Andrew Squires
Game of Thrones “The Door” (6×05) (HBO) ending scene is such a well executed moment that transcends the series, as a linear story becomes circular. – Sarah Belmont
The last 15 or so minutes of Lucifer 1×6 “Favorite Son” (FOX)
There wasn’t a single moment in anything I watched this year that caused the same level of emotions that I got when Chvrches began to play during the reveal of Lucifer’s angel wings at the end of this episode. Those emotions prompted me to write a two thousand word essay on the episode that got the attentions of Tom Ellis and several other cast members. It’s the first and only thing that comes to mind when I think of most memorable moment. – Everett Harn
Simon Biles Winning Olympic Gold – Kevin Veldman
Most Anticipated Movie of 2017
Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures)
DC/WB haven’t had the greatest success when it comes to making good comic book movies sense Nolan’s Batman films. As a DC comics fan I want nothing more for them to experience the same critical and financial success as Marvel and I hope Wonder Woman is the break out film that Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad weren’t. – Casey Walsh
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Marvel Studios)
Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time earlier this year and now he will be receiving his own standalone movie in the same universe. I thought the day would never happen. The release of the recently trailer only adds to the hype. I cannot preface enough how excited I am to see my favorite comic book hero of all time in the hands of creators who care about their fans. Bring on Vulture, Shocker, and hopefully one day, we’ll see Venom or Carnage given proper justice on film. (One step at a time though.) Tom Holland stole several scene’s in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, and I have no doubt we have found the perfect Peter Parker. – Danny Benavides
Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures)/Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)
Luckily, we got to see Wonder Woman in action in Batman V Superman. I’d happily say she was even the best part of the film, but now she will get her own film which will circle her life within the past century. Here’s to hoping this will become the DCEU’s best film yet.
Also, I will have to throw Guardians of the Galaxy in there as well, mainly because I can’t wait to see Groot and Rocket together again on the big screen. I would honestly watch an entire film of just those two roaming the galaxy stealing people’s prosthetic limbs.
Justice League (Warner Bros. Pictures)
This is my vote for most anticipated, even though it probably won’t win, but I am looking forward to it the most. I think Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice got a raw deal because of early Internet chatter that it was horrible so everyone went in thinking that it sucked with that preconceived notion, so of course they probably thought it stunk. I for one loved it. I disliked some of the cinematography and the final battle with Doomsday. The latter could have been better. I am looking forward to see how much of a villain Steppenwolf is in Justice League. – Andrew Squires
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Thunder Road Pictures)
It would be easy to write that I’m excited to see any of the three Marvel films, Justice League, Star Wars etc. next year, but those I already know I’m going to love so there isn’t much actual anticipation. John Wick: Chapter 2 on the other hand has me bouncing off the walls wanting to see it. The first movie was spectacular and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not this movie can top it or not. – Everett Harn
Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios) – Kevin Veldman
Most Anticipated TV Show of 2017
Young Justice (TBD)
I love animated superhero show and grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man, and X-Men, so when Young Justice came around I was instantly in love and devastating crushed when it was canceled. But now that its back I can’t think of a single thing I am more excited to see on TV in 2017. – Casey Walsh
Iron Fist (Netflix)
Marvel and Netflix’s team-up has not let me down yet and I do not seeing it happening here either. I am looking forward to seeing the final Defender and how they explain his origin story. – Chris Pirri
The Defenders (Netflix) – Kevin Veldman
The Leftovers Season 3 (HBO)
Most people know Damon Lindelof as the writer behind controversial works such as LOST and Prometheus. Plenty have mocked him for his shrouded-in-mystery style that begs questions he doesn’t intend on answering. If you’ve found yourself in the minority as a fan of such a style, like I have, you owe it to yourself to binge-watch the past two seasons of The Leftovers in anticipation of the final eight episodes coming to HBO this spring. The Leftovers is based on a book by Tom Perotta that details what happens when 2% of the world’s population vanishes literally into thin air on an otherwise normal day. The series shows us this fateful day before jumping ahead three years to a time where no one, neither science nor religion, has offered any concrete answers as to what happened.
The sci-fi premise ultimately gives way to a remarkable character drama that reveals to viewers the many different ways humans cope with grief. Anger, sadness, denial, self-harm — these outlets and many others are explored in a world painted beautifully yet tragically by Lindelof and original author Perotta. It’s a shame the show only merits a million or so viewers weekly, but its saving grace is that the channel is giving the crew their chance to say goodbye with its rightful final season. By the time this summer arrives, one of the best shows on TV will have told its entire somber story, and unless something changes, very few people will have witnessed it. You should help change that. – Mark Delaney
The Leftovers Season 3 (HBO)
The Leftovers final season has a lot to live up to after a nearly perfect sophomore season. – Sarah Belmont
Krypton (SyFy) or Legion (FX)
The former because it is about Superman’s grandfather’s house of El and his time on Krypton before it is destroyed. I do not have high hopes that it will debut though, so Legion is supposed to debut next year and I think it is about the New Mutants line of Marvel’s comics. – Andrew Squires
Iron Fist (Netflix)
Another no brainer. Iron Fist is the character out of the four “Defenders” heroes that I’ve been most excited for since the rumors of the Netflix team line-up. As a huge Iron Fist comic fan, I am really crossing my fingers that they didn’t shy out on the magic and mythological aspects that this character is built upon. If they embrace the dragon I think it’ll come to be everyone’s favorite series of the four. – Everett Harn
The return of Young Justice (TBD) and Iron Fist (Netflix)
After years of heavy campaigning from the fans, WB and Cartoon Network recently announced the rival of one of the best animated superhero series Young Justice.
The second TV show on my list is Iron Fist. Could you have imagined we would have ever seen an film or series circulating around Danny Rand, himself? Because I didn’t. Iron Fist debuts this March and will introduce Danny to the Marvel Netflix Universe, who is the final member of The Defenders, which includes Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage. – Danny Benavides
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