Even though I watched more films in 2016 compared to 2015, I also managed to go to the theater a whole lot more. That is a testament to the quality of productions that were available to me. I don’t go to the cinema just to see whatever is playing, I am selective with how I choose to spend my time and money, so if a film is playing that was created by those that I respect, I will go out of my way to experience it the way it was intended. It is easy to just pick something off any of the multitude of streaming services and have it be just another thing you do to pass the time, but as a student of the art form, I need to be completely immersed and removed from distractions to truly appreciate the work.
This list represents my most memorable cinematic experiences of 2016, ones which embody the reasons as to why I go to the movies when so many other options are available.