Best of 2016 (Kinda)

“Mondo” Counts Down Year’s Best Exploitation Films

[Editor’s Note: This is one of a few new writers coming aboard in 2017. Blaine McLaren is a sleazy film guru who blogs at mondomclaren.com and I asked him what the best exploitation films of 2016 were. He gave me the following list. Welcome aboard Blaine!] 2016 was a great year in film that brought…

The Cinephile Files Special Edition: Counting Down the Top 7 2016 Criterion Releases

Say what you will about 2016, at least The Criterion Collection continued to do the Lord’s work. They continue to be the gold standard by which home video releases are judged with their fantastic restorations and copious extras. Here are the seven best Criterion Blu-ray and DVD releases of 2016. 7. The Complete Lone Wolf…

Bang Your Head: 7 Metal Albums from 2016 Not to Miss

Alleageon – Proponent for Sentience Picking a #1 in anything is hard, well this one wasn’t. Proponent is just that good. The first track to be released, (also my favorite) “Gray Matter Mechanics” completely blew me away; flamenco guitar in technical death metal?!?! Thrashy riffing and shredding, yes sir! They also do a kick-ass cover…

It’s Not All Bad: Jacob’s 7 Happiest Moments in this Dumpster Fire of a Year

It’s been a rough year. It would be really easy to compile a list of the worst moments that we’ll remember from 2016. It’s much harder to remember the good stuff. The times that shimmered, providing an island of comfort amid the preceding and ensuing clusterfuck. It’s a hard list because I’m not naturally a…

Lines from 2016 Films That Resulted in My Baffling Laughter

“Learrrrninnnng.” – Apocalypse from X-Men: Apocalypse, with his hand pressed against a tube-television, implying he’s learning the history of mankind via a singular Egyptian television station’s current programming. One hopes he got lucky enough for an anchor on that station to reference the internet so that he learns of its existence and make some real…