Amada’s Top Ten Films of 2016!

Dec 29, 2016 by Savannah Taylor on The Nickelodeon Blog

Every year, the Nick staff gets together and reflects on their favorite Nick programming from the past year. Check out Programming Coordinator and Development Assistant, Amada Torruella’s top ten films of 2016!


The Witch


Director:Robert Eggers

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.


Fried Ice Cream: The Summer is Ours


Director: House of June

A Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color selection

The Summer is Ours is one concept visual of many, hatched from House of June’s feature length script: Fried Ice-Cream, a coming-of-age story of young mavericks, encapsulated within a tale of summertime’s vibrant adventures and Catch-22s.


Neon Bull


Director: Gabriel Mascaro

A Foreign Focus selection

Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events.


The Lobster


Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.


American Honey


Director: Andrea Arnold

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.


Cover Me


Director: Garret Bradley

A Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color selection

A young musician tries to find her place in New Orleans, city of musical dreams and failures. Bradley expresses the musician’s inner life with remarkable editing and a moving soundtrack that reinforces the city’s slow pace.


I, Destini


Director: Destini Riley, Nicholas Pilarski

An Indie Grits 2016 official selection, Filmmaker Fellow Award winner

Destini Riley’s memories of her brother’s incarceration–whispered in melancholy, incisive associative poetry–activate the negative space of this hallucinatory animation.




Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.


Embrace of the Serpent


Director: Ciro Guerra

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.




Director: Barry Jenkins

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.